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No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries) by Linda Reilly #Review / #Giveaway @LindaSReilly7 @PPPress

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No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Vermont
Poisoned Pen Press (July 26, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728238358
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728238357
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JJ46K9H

The second book in a delicious culinary cozy series—the muensters have arrived in Balsam Dell in this Halloween cozy mystery featuring a grilled cheese shop owner turned amateur sleuth

After a long hot summer in Balsam Dell, Carly Hale is ready for crisp Vermont weather and gourmet grilled cheeses at her Grilled Cheese Eatery. And the upcoming Halloween food competition is the perfect way to impress the locals.

But Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before the competition, one of Carly’s employees quit his part-time gig at Menard’s sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down.

That’s when Menard’s body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart. But Menard had a slew of enemies, and if Carly doesn’t figure out which one is the culprit, she might find herself—or someone she cares about—serving grilled cheese sandwiches under lock and brie!

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Autumn in Vermont is perfect for a cup of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Carly Hale has a bit of competition, though, not just for her food but for an employee too. Ferris Menard gets on his high horse when he decides that Carly is the bain of his existence. One of his employees that had been working part-time for both Menard’s Sub-a-Dub-Sub Shop and Carly’s Grilled Cheese Eatery has decided to work full time for just Carly. He went so far as to publicly accuse Carly of sabotaging his business during the Halloween Scary-Licious Smorgasbord food competition.

When Menard’s daughter finds her father’s dead body the next morning in his shop’s kitchen with a steak knife plunged into his heart Carly knows she will be on the list of suspects, along with someone she cares about. It should be a long list though, the man had made plenty of enemies over the years but she can’t take any chances. Carly’s going to do her best to flip the real killer and fry them up in a pan before she sends them off to jail.


Carly has settled into her new life well. Her eatery has really taken off and she has great friends and employees that support her in everything she does. She is a strong protagonist but she may need to fine-tune her investigation techniques. One person tells her, “You know Carly, you’re about as subtle as a coronary.” Another tells her, “a careful driver like you is easy to tail.” But her heart is always in the right place she will do anything she can to help anyone. I love the direction her relationship with Ari is taking. And Havarti, Carly’s lovable Morkie always makes me smile.

Carly’s supporting cast is great too. Grant and Suzanne are wonderful employees that truly have become friends. Suzanne has a little accident in this story that put her out of commission for a while but that made for some interesting temporary employees. I will say my favorite character in No Parm, No Foul was retired teacher, Evelyn Fitch. She is a regular at Carly’s Eatery and she really is a special lady who plays a major role in the mystery.

The mystery had as many tangles as a Halloween cobweb with a lot of evidence pointed in one direction. It is clearly a frame-up. Carly gets clues from some unusual sources. One who uses poetry to help her get on the right track. She does get frustrated but doesn’t give up. I was totally engaged following along with her step by step. There were some really nice twists and that meant my jaw dropped when the killer was outed during a scary and exciting reveal.

This second Grilled Cheese Mystery, No Parm, No Foul, is an excellent addition to this series. I do suggest having a cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese handy as your start reading because the cravings start almost immediately. There are a couple of recipes at the end of the book you are going to want to try too.

Engaging characters, a fun mystery, and a cheesy-filled story will have you coming back for more. Cheddar Late Than Dead will be released on January 31, 2023.

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About the Author

Linda Reilly is the author of several mystery novels, including the Cat Lady Mysteries, the Deep Fried Mysteries, and the Grilled Cheese Mysteries. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Cat Writers’ Association, she can be found prowling the shelves of a local bookstore or library when she’s not pounding away at her keyboard. A dyed-in-the-wool New Englander, she lives with her husband and rescue cat in southern New Hampshire.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #30 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I am still working on getting my reading groove back,
I hope this week will get me back to normal.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York and California!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
by Linda Reilly
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up tomorrow!


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler
Release Date – May 25, 2022
Setting – South Dakota
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Mint Chocolate Murder: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery
by Meri Allen
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Shielding the Tiny Target
by Deena Alexander
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Killing in Costumes (A Hollywood Treasures Mystery)
by Zac Bissonnette
Release Date – August 9, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I need to select a #FlashbackFriday book to read!

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July 24 – 30, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #29 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

My reading time took a hit this week when I just couldn’t keep my eyes open.
I am hoping to get back on track because
I have a full calendar of books this week I need to read.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Vermont, South Dakota, and Connecticut!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


The Guest is a Goner: A Humorous Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Sedona Spirit Cozy Mysteries)
by Carly Winter
Release Date – February 11, 2021
Setting – Arizona
My Flashback Friday Read
and for my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.
My Review


Peppermint Barked: A Spice Shop Mystery
by Leslie Budewitz
Release Date – July 19, 2022
Setting – Washington State
Leslie Budewitz will be here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Double Dipped (One Scoop or Two)
by Terry Korth Fischer
Release Date – June 29, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


Boats and Bad Guys (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy)
by Diana Xarissa
Release Date – February 17, 2017
Setting – Isle of Man
My Flashback Friday Read
and for my Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
by Linda Reilly
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Vermont
For Review


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler
Release Date – May 25, 2022
Setting – South Dakota
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Mint Chocolate Murder: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery
by Meri Allen
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
For Review

Future Escapes

July 17 – 23, 2022


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Special Guest Mary Anna Evans – Author of The Physicists’ Daughter: A Novel #GuestPost / #Giveaway @maryannaevans @PPPress

The Physicists’ Daughter: A Novel
by Mary Anna Evans

About The Physicists’ Daughter


The Physicists’ Daughter: A Novel
Historical Fiction
Poisoned Pen Press (June 7, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1464215553
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1464215551
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TGB4BVK

The Nazis are no match for the physicists’ daughter.

New Orleans, 1944

Sabotage. That’s the word on factory worker Justine Byrne’s mind as she is repeatedly called to weld machine parts that keep failing with no clear cause. Could someone inside the secretive Carbon Division be deliberately undermining the factory’s war efforts? Raised by her late parents to think logically, she also can’t help wondering just what the oddly shaped carbon gadgets she assembles day after day have to do with the boats the factory builds…

When a crane inexplicably crashes to the factory floor, leaving a woman dead, Justine can no longer ignore her nagging fear that German spies are at work within the building, trying to put the factory and its workers out of commission. Unable to trust anyone—not the charming men vying for her attention, not her unpleasant boss, and not even the women who work beside her—Justine draws on the legacy of her unconventional upbringing to keep her division running and protect her coworkers, her country, and herself from a war that is suddenly very close to home.

Great Escapes Praise for The Physicists’ Daughter: A Novel
by Mary Anna Evans

Sabotage, espionage, and lots of science combine to make THE PHYSICISTS’ DAUGHTER an enthralling novel filled with cunning characters, growing friendships, and cloak and dagger adventure.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The Physicists’ Daughter delivers a wartime thriller from a fresh perspective—espionage on the home front.
~Novels Alive

The Physicist’s Daughter feels like a very scientific mystery. The narrative is very analytical, detailed, and thorough. I give the author kudos for her portrayal of women’s roles at home during this fascinating time period.
~Mysteries with Character


It is my pleasure to welcome Mary Anna Evans
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Getting Comfortable in the 1940s with The Physicists’ Daughter

 

I’ve been writing mysteries about archaeologist Faye Longchamp for twenty years, so I’ve done a lot of digging around in history. To get an idea for the next book, I’d decide on a setting, then I’d read about its history until I came up with something cool for her to dig up. (Or for something cool for her to find at a library, since archaeologists “dig” there, too.)

To write Justine Byrne’s story in The Physicists’ Daughter, I did much the same thing. During a visit to New Orleans, I toured The National WWII Museum and was fascinated with the importance of the war work that was done right there in a city that was just a hundred miles from where I grew up. How could I not have known that the famous boats that carried troops ashore on D-Day—the duckbilled boats that we’ve all seen in photos and newsreels—were built in New Orleans? The same factories built PT boats like the one John F. Kennedy commanded. They built airplanes and much, much more.

And, because D-Day came so late in the war, I realized that many of the people building those world-saving war machines would have been women. By 1944, women all over the country were doing jobs that had always been reserved for men, and they were doing them well. When I imagined Justine Byrne, twenty-one years old and alone in the world, using the welding skills that her physicist parents taught her to fight back at the Nazis, I knew I had my story.

But people are more than their jobs. I needed to be able to imagine Justine’s world as it was in 1944. Fortunately, there are books, libraries, and the internet in this world. I actually already owned a critical book, the Federal Writers’ Project’s New Orleans City Guide, published in 1938. It was intended for travelers planning a vacation to New Orleans, so it gave me enough information on night clubs for me to invent my fictional TickTock Club, where Justine breaks up a bar fight with her shoe. It also gave me a sense of the city’s waterfront in those days, when it was much more of a working port than a tourist destination.

A Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas helped me choose the neighborhood where her rooming house would be, and it helped me plan how she would get around, since a woman earning her salary at that time wouldn’t have been able to afford a car. An article on historic preservation in New Orleans told me that her neighborhood would have been posh in the 1800s but pretty grimy in the 1940s. An old newspaper article told me about the air raid drills the city experienced during the war.

And the war pervaded everything in those days. Scrap metal was too valuable to waste, and food was rationed, but people are creative. I found a fabulous article on newspapers.com that included recipes designed to use what people tended to have in their pantries. Sugar was rationed, but people will always want treats to keep their hopes up, so one of those recipes was for a chocolate cake sweetened with corn syrup. It was shelf-stable, which meant that many cooks had it on hand for times when they couldn’t get sugar. I like to imagine people celebrating their birthdays with that chocolate cake, laughing and smiling despite the hard times.

To make Justine’s world seem real, I learned about the jitterbug and about victory roll hairstyles. I learned about the peep-toed shoes that Justine used to stop that fight. I learned about the landscape around the real-life manufacturing plant where she worked, a facility where NASA now builds rockets. I looked at a 1940 yearbook for Tulane and at historic maps for Sophie Newcomb College. I read about the history of New Orleans’ famous streetcar lines.

And I learned about the history of science, especially the history of women in science. Justine saves the factory where she works, she saves her friends, and it is entirely possible that she salvages victory in a world war, because she understands physics. She understands how things work. Women were often prevented from learning science in those days, so the science she learned from her parents sets her apart. It makes her who she is. Take a trip to mid-twentieth-century New Orleans with Justine and see how she uses knowledge, facts, and most of all, science to save the day.

Thank you Mary Anna for visiting today!

More About Mary Anna Evans

Mary Anna Evans is the author of The Physicists’ Daughter, the first in her series of WWII-era historical suspense novels featuring Rosie-the-Riveter-turned-codebreaker Justine Byrne. Her thirteen Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries have received recognition including the Benjamin Franklin Award, a Will Rogers Medallion Award Gold Medal, the Oklahoma Book Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals. She is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing, including mystery and suspense writing. Her work has appeared in publications including Plots with Guns, The Atlantic, Florida Heat Wave, Dallas Morning News, and The Louisville Review. Her scholarship on crime fiction, which centers on Agatha Christie’s evolving approach over her long career to the ways women experienced justice in the twentieth century, has appeared in the Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie (coming September 22, 2022), which she co-edited, and in Clues: A Journal of Detection. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer. She is at work on the second Justine Byrne novel, The Physicists’ Enigma.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Buried in a Good Book (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

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It is my pleasure to share my thoughts with you 
today about Buried In A Good Book!
It will be released next Tuesday!


Buried in a Good Book (By the Book Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Washington State
Poisoned Pen Press (May 24, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728248604
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728248608
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CLLJN32

Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess’s recent divorce, but they’ve barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it’s raining fish guts and…is that a human arm?

Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she’s thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they’ve spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales—something he’s less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter’s summer plans at stake, it’s up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.

Put your sleuthing hat on—Buried in a Good Book features:

  • A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment
  • Her young daughter who’s more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be
  • An isolated cabin in the woods that’s probably—definitely—hiding something
  • The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

A rustic cabin in the woods of Northern Washington, “they could probably reach out and touch the Canadian border”, with no electricity, phone service, or Wi-Fi, seemed like the perfect place for bestselling author Tess Harrow to bond with her daughter and finish her book following her divorce. Expecting a lot of peace and quiet they are jolted literally when an explosion occurs and then another and another. When Tess and Gertie turn to investigate they see a man running toward them shouting followed by another BOOM! Then came a shower of water, fish guts, and a HUMAN ARM! They hadn’t even gotten unpacked and they already had to call the cops.

Tess writes about murder all the time but solving one in real life could be really exciting especially when she meets the local sheriff who bears a striking resemblance to her lead character Detective Gabriel Gonzales. Of course, the sheriff doesn’t want her help but that is not going to stop her from solving the case before he does. Plus all this drama is going to be perfect for her new book!


Oh, my, this was a hilarious cozy mystery!

Tess was a strong protagonist but could be a bit aggravating at times. She is always thinking about scenes for her next book, basically, she has her mind on murder almost 100% of the time and sometimes drifts off into her own little world, but she pulls it off. Her daughter Gertie, is a typical teenager, dependent on technology, livid that they are out in the boonies with no cell towers. But then she comes around and sometimes is several steps ahead of her mother in figuring things out. She also finds herself lost in a book during this story and I LOVED THAT!

Readers are introduced to several characters including Sheriff Boyd and that man was so patient with Tess. He really surprised me which made him my favorite character. He had to deal with some really crazy things and he didn’t get shook. The supporting cast is rounded out by a bookmobile librarian who becomes fast friends with Tess and Gertie, a couple of deputies including a budding author, the Peabody brothers who own Peabody Timber, and other residents of Winthrop. Tess’s ex also makes an appearance. I felt all the characters were pretty well fleshed out for the first book in the series.

Ms. Berry has written a really unique mystery full of corkscrew twists and gritty turns. Tess’s years of writing thrillers help her envision several different scenarios of what could be happening in the woods by her grandfather’s cabin and she is happy to share all of them with Sheriff Boyd. Some are pretty out there but she soon was on the right track. It was a lot of fun to follow in her footsteps as all the clues started to fall into place but I was totally surprised by the super exciting ending.

As I said, this book is so funny, I had several laugh-out-loud moments. But there were a few scenes that if I were watching it as a movie I may have covered my eyes. That being said those scenes were true to the plot the author was building so it made total sense in this off-the-wall mystery.

Buried in a Good Book will keep readers on their toes while tickling their funny bones. Tess and Gertie’s relationship really evolved into something wonderful by the end of the story and I am anxious to see what the author has in store for them next.

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About the Author

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Find out more and her website and sign up to be on her mailing list here.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Canada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Buried in a Good Book (By the Book Mysteries)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – Washington
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Midsummer Night’s Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – Michigan
My Review will be up Thursday!


Dead in the Water (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read and my book
for the Alphabet Soup May Mini Challenge.
My Review will be up Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Cover Art
by Vanessa Westermann
Release Date – May 17, 2022
Setting – Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Murder with Darjeeling Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
by Karen Rose Smith
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Seven Deadly Sequins (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – October 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
For Review

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May 15 – 21, 2022


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The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel by Robert Thorogood #Review / #Giveaway @robthor @PPPress

the marlow murder club
The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel
Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth Mysteries
1st in Series
Setting – England
Poisoned Pen Press (May 3, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 172825051X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728250519
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CLMYJYB

Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow.

Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don’t believe her story. It’s an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can’t be left for dead like that.

Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar’s wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.

When another body turns up, they realize they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Within these pages, The Marlow Murder Club is born.

Judith Potts, a crossword puzzle creator is now 77 years old and enjoys skinny dipping in the Thames and a good glass of whiskey.

Suzie Harris, a single mother to children who are now adults, a grandmother, a dog walker, and a breath of fresh in Judith’s world,

Rebecca (Becks) Starling, the vicar’s wife, a little OCD, trying to be a good wife and mother to her 2 children, who meets Judith in an unusual way.

Judith hears a gunshot ring out during one of her nightly swims coming from her neighbor’s yard after she heard a shout. She calls the police but they do a cursory search and leave. So she goes to have a look of her own and finds her neighbor shot and dead. When the police return they would not even acknowledge the man had been murdered. Because “nothing ever happens in Marlow” Judith assumes the police are ill-equipped to handle a murder so she starts investigating on her own.

Then another man is killed and she realizes she is looking for a serial killer and with the clues found on the bodies there is going to be another murder soon. While doing her search Judith meets Suzie and Becks and together they set out to do what the police have failed to do – catch a killer before he turns the table on them.


I really enjoyed this group of female amateur sleuths. They are all different as night and day, have their own strengths and weaknesses, and appear to be willing to put their lives on the line to find the truth. They are some truly funny moments and some very scary ones too as these women refuse to give up.

Not all the women are strong in this story though. I was really disappointed in Detective Sergeant Tankia Malik. She was clearly over her head investigating these murders. So much so that she does an unusual thing even in the world of cozy mysteries. She turns all the reports and evidence over to Judith, Becks, and Suzie and basically becomes their lackey.

The mystery Mr. Thorogood put forth draws from a classic theme but was quite a puzzler, perfect for Judith, who has her own unique way of composing and solving clues. All the suspects have firm alibis but all three women felt they were on the right track. There were some nice twists and turns but I started to put things together a bit before they did and couldn’t wait to see how the story would play out. Well, let me tell you the ending was quite exciting. I am sure my blood pressure was on the rise as the story reached its climax. I do wish more of the solution had taken place on the page instead of Judith just telling us how all the clues came together but I am sure the author had a reason for wrapping up the mystery the way he did.

I was captivated by the setting of the story. Especially Judith’s mansion on the banks of the Thames, where she could slip out quietly for a bit of skinny dipping. But truly every scene in the story was described in a way to take readers right there. He made it very easy to escape into the town of Marlow and all it had to offer.

The Marlow Murder Club took me on quite a journey that now has me invested in the members of this unique club. There are some over-the-top sections and a good dose of humor but all in all the book was an entertaining and enjoyable read. Judith, Suzie, and Becks all evolved nicely. They became friends, overcame some personal obstacles, and became better people than we met at the start. That being said I think we have much more to learn about them. I am so happy to see there is another book featuring them in the works. Death Comes to Marlow is set to be released in November.

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About the Author

Robert Thorogood is an English screenwriter. He is best known as the creator of the BBC 1 Murder Mystery Series, Death in Paradise.

Robert was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and read History at Downing College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he toured with the university’s student comedy troupe Footlights in 1993 and was elected President in 1994. Soon after leaving Cambridge, Robert set up a theatre company that toured small theatres and schools, the highlight of which was a production of Molière’s The Miser that he directed and acted in alongside Robert Webb, David Mitchell, and Olivia Colman.

Robert wrote for many years – selling scripts to the BBC, ITV, and independent film companies – but before 2011 the only script of his that was actually broadcast was a Radio 4 afternoon play called From Abstraction about the life of Paul Wolfskehl.

In 2008, Robert entered the inaugural Red Planet Prize and was a chosen finalist, where he was able to pitch his ‘Copper in the Caribbean’ idea to Tony Jordan. By 2011, when the show was finally broadcast – making it Robert’s first TV broadcast credit at the age of 39 – Robert had become something of a poster boy for ‘never giving up on the dream’.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling from North Carolina, Alaska, and Michigan!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


No Farm No Fowl (Thelma & Louisa Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – April 12, 2022
Setting – Georgia
My Review will be posted here tomorrow!


Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – January 29, 2019
Setting – Maine
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel
by Robert Thorogood
Release Date – May 3, 2022
Setting – Marlow, England
My Review will be up on Thursday!

Current Escape


Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series)
by Tonya Kappes
Release Date – June 26, 2018
Setting – Kentucky
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Smile Beach Murder (Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery)
by Alicia Bessette
Release Date – May 10, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
For Review


Bear Witness (An Alaska Untamed Mystery)
by Lark O. Jensen
Release Date – May 10, 2022
Setting – Alaska
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Here Comes the Fudge (A Candy-Coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – Michigan
For Review

Future Escapes

May 1 – 7, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling from Georgia, Maine, and Marlow!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Murder Next Door (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – April 19, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Double Shot Death (A Ground Rules Mystery)
by Emmeline Duncan
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Oregon
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library (A Lakeside Library Mystery)
by Holly Danvers
Release Date – February 8, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will post on Thursday! 


Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery)
by Erica Ruth Neubauer
Release Date – March 31, 2020
Setting – Egypt
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


No Farm No Fowl (Thelma & Louisa Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – April 12, 2022
Setting – Georgia
For Review


Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – January 29, 2019
Setting – Maine
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel
by Robert Thorogood
Release Date – May 3, 2022
For Review
Setting – Marlow, England

Future Escapes

April 24 – 30, 2022

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April 17 – 23, 2022


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Cozy Wednesday featuring Pleading the Fish: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review . #Giveaway @PPPress @BreeBakerBooks

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am thrilled to share my thoughts today about Pleading the Fish by Bree Baker!


Pleading the Fish: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery
(Seaside Café Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Poisoned Pen Press (March 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 172823865X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728238654
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097GNN9DB

In the seventh and final book of Bree Baker’s critically acclaimed Seaside Café Mystery series, Pleading the Fish, Everly Swan’s wedding plans are upended by a dead body. She’ll have to run her teashop, find a dress, and catch a murderer all before she can walk down the aisle!

Hitting all the sweet-tea spots, this series is:

    • A delightful Tea Shop and Café Culinary Mystery
    • The ideal cozy beach read
    • Perfect for fans of Laura Childs and Kate Carlisle

Café owner and amateur sleuth Everly Swan, like every Swan woman before her, is cursed in love. The only problem? Her fiancé Detective Grady Hayes has something to say about it—he doesn’t believe in magic and is determined to prove the curse wrong so they can spend their lives together. Everly wishes it could be so simple!

It feels like a sign when a historian looking into Swan history is found dead in an antique wishing well, and Everly fears the curse is spreading. Grady takes the case, looking to find justice and prove the curse wrong, while Everly does a bit of investigating on her own. Big change is coming for Everly and her friends, but with mysterious strangers lurking about and someone leaving increasingly threatening messages for the happy couple, Everly’s not sure she’ll get her happily-ever-after!

INCLUDES DELICIOUS FOOD AND DRINK RECIPES

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have loved every book in this series so knowing this is my last visit to Charm is bittersweet. Sad to let these truly wonderful characters go but thrilled with the way Bree Baker ended their story.

I anxiously awaited each book in this series to check in on Everly, Clara, Fran, Grady, Denver, Denise, Matt, Wyatt, Amelia, Ryan, and all the other residents of Charm even Lou and Maggie. Each visit has been absolutely delightful, and chasing down clues with Everly was always fun.

For that reason, this is probably one of the shortest reviews I will ever write because I don’t want to give anything away and spoil this amazing story for anyone.

As always Ms. Baker has given her readers a marvelous mystery but more than that she takes them on an emotional ride with all the characters. I feel blessed that the author knew that this was going to be the last book of the series. That gave her the chance to write the story in a way for her characters to receive the farewell they deserved. It also gave us readers the joy of some really happy endings and peeks at the future.

Thank you Bree Baker for creating such an amazing series! I will never forget the pleasure of totally escaping into each and every book and my time spent at the beach and all the virtual ice tea I drank while following Everly everywhere she went! This entire series is Must Read! I recommend them all highly.

Note: Bree Baker is a pseudonym of Julie Anne Lindsey, Julie Chase, and Jacqueline Frost. This series may have wrapped but she has several others to check out. In fact, the first book of her new Thelma & Louisa Mystery Series was released yesterday!

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You can read my review of No Good Tea Goes Unpunished here, Live and Let Chai here, Tide and Punishment here,
A Call For Kelp here, Closely Harbored Secrets here,
and Partners In Lime here.

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small-town high jinks, sweet tea, and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her family, friends, and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and a recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now, she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


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