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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, Newfoundland, and Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed


Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – Italy
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – November 24, 2022
Setting – Iceland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – Maine
My Flashback Friday Read


Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death
by Jo Dereske
Release Date – January 1, 1999
Setting – Washington State
I read this for my A-Z Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Sleuthing in Stilettos (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Death Checked Out: A Larkspur Library Mystery
by Leah Dobrinska
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries : A Sgt. Windflower Book
by Mike Martin
Release Date – September 25, 2022
Setting – Newfoundland
For Review


Dead Even (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read

Future Escapes

December 4 – 10, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature this week for Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
My Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Peach Keeper: A Novel
by Sarah Addison Allen
Release Date – March 22, 2011
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the November Alphabet Soup Mini-Challenge.


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Washington State
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan

Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Future Escapes

November 13 – 19, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Pennsylvania, Idaho, and California!!

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

Escapes Completed


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature next week on Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
For Review

Future Escapes

November 6 – 12, 2022


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Too Much to Candle (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on
Too Much to Candle (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)

by Sarah E. Burr

About Too Much to Candle


Too Much to Candle (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery/Paranormal
2nd in Series
Setting: A fictional town in upstate New York called Crucible
Independently Published (October 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: 249
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1QT8XL8

Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury sets out again to bring the truth to light.

 

Iggy Alewell, Hazel Wickbury’s friend and candle shop assistant, is eager to purchase his own home with the advance from his first big book deal. Iggy is on the hunt for something with character, so what could be better than the old Cragmire house that’s rumored to have buried treasure somewhere on its property? Hazel is thrilled her friend has found success, but things in Crucible take a nasty turn when another potential buyer for the Cragmire house goes missing. He was last seen taking a boat out on Lake Glenmyre, and when the rental is found empty, it’s clear to police that foul play is involved.

 

What’s worse is that Iggy becomes the prime suspect in the man’s disappearance, and Detective Holden Whitfield’s thorny, new partner is certain Iggy is guilty. To clear Iggy from suspicion and dispel the darkness penetrating their beloved town, Hazel and her Aunt Poppy team up again to find a killer before their friend gets burned.

 

Return to Crucible in Too Much to Candle, Book Two in the award-winning Glenmyre Whim Mysteries.

About Sarah E. Burr

Sarah E. Burr lives near New York City. Hailing from the small town of Appleton, Maine, she has been dreaming of being Nancy Drew since she was a little girl. After not finding any mysteries in corporate America, Sarah began writing some of her own. She is the author of the Trending Topic Mysteries and the Court of Mystery series. Sarah is also the author of the award-winning Glenmyre Whim Mysteries. You Can’t Candle the Truth was a 2022 NGIBA Best Mystery Finalist and a 2022 Silver Falchion Best Supernatural Mystery Finalist.

Sarah is a member of Sisters in Crime, currently serving as the social media guru for the NY-TriState Chapter. She is also the creative mind behind BookstaBundles, a content creation service for authors. Sarah is the co-host of The Bookish Hour, a livestreamed YouTube series featuring author interviews and book discussions. She writes as a member of the Writers Who Kill blogging team. When she’s not spinning up stories, Sarah is singing Broadway show tunes, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee.

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Great Escapes Praise for Too Much to Candle (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
by Sarah E. Burr

Characters that are absolutely cheer-worthy, a setting that sounds like a place I’d love to visit, a fascinating magical system, and an engaging mystery that kept me guessing – Too Much to Candle gets five twinkling candlelit stars from me!
~The Plain Spoken Pen

With its comfortable and homey setting, engaging characters, unique paranormal elements, and intriguing mystery, I recommend TOO MUCH TO CANDLE to cozy mystery readers who enjoy a touch of the supernatural in their stories and those who would like the cozy and warm small-town New York setting during the Halloween season.
~Guatemala Paula

If you are looking for a Halloween read, but don’t want the fear factor, this book might be just what you need.
~Elza Reads

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops. 
October 14 – The Plain-Spoken Pen – REVIEW
October 14 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 16 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT
October 16 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
October 17 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
October 17 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – REVIEW
October 18 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 18 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 19 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 19 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
October 20 – Elza Reads – REVIEW, AUTHOR GUEST POST
October 20 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
October 21 – Lady Hawkeye – CHARACTER GUEST POST  
October 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 22 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT
October 22 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

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A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries) by Rebecca McKinnon #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon

About A Hill to Dye On


A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – A small town in the Rocky Mountains
Independently Published (October 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: ~250
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B6D7BXL4

Summer has made its way up the mountain to Clear Creek, and with the new season, the town is offering a slew of summer classes at the community center. Happy to participate, Jemma and her yarn shop sponsor a fiber-dying class taught by her oldest friend, Kitty.

When a mysterious man walks into class, something about him pulls Jemma into a tangle. Learning Kitty once knew him, Jemma has questions — but her friend is staying mum. Then Jemma goes on an early-morning walk and discovers the man dead.

This time, Jemma’s determined to stay out of the investigation — until she learns that because of a past she’s been hiding, Kitty is the main suspect! Unwilling to turn her back on her friend, Jemma starts looking for a dropped stitch.

Because somewhere, there’s a person with dye on their hands.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a great cover! I love the vibrant colors!

Summer has arrived in Clear Creek and it’s time to dye some yarn. Jemma is excited to sponsor a class for just that taught by her friend Kitty at the local community center. Kitty gets a blast from her past when an old friend walks into her class. Jemma immediately has concerns about the man but Kitty isn’t talking. The next morning Jemma finds the man dead on the trail and Kitty becomes the prime suspect. Jemma planned to stay out of the investigation but she can’t leave her oldest friend to fend for herself. She is going to have to knit some clues together and catch the real killer in her web.


Jemma has been busy trying to fill her grandmother’s shoes in the community, managing her yarn shop while still trying to address the future of her travel vlog. She has reconnected with her old friends Kitty and Brandon. She and Brandon are trying to keep a secret from everyone but you know how gossip rolls in a small town. Kitty is her BFF from way back and having her accused of murder brings out Jemma’s protective nature. We learn more about Kitty’s life, when Jemma wasn’t around, and why some of Kitty’s behavior feels off to Jemma. The interactions between these characters are genuine. The author has done an excellent job of character development.

I love the small town setting and the way the town rallies around no matter what. They are an eclectic group. Granny the matriarch of Gossip Central is my favorite. She has been a part of Jemma’s life forever and is still in the middle of it today. From making sure Jemma gets fed because that girl just can’t cook at all, to her romantic life, and voicing her ideas about the murder. She is what some would call a busybody but her heart is in the right place.

Ms. McKinnon has plotted out a story where we find our protagonist in danger and hurt as she tries to untangle all the clues. There were more suspects than I first expected so I really enjoyed following along and trying to solve the mystery before everything was revealed. Because the author plotted the story so well that didn’t happen. I think I knitted when I should have purled.

A Hill to Dye On is a Perfect Escape for all cozy lovers. The characters are so well-written and the mystery was a real puzzler. I am excited to see the nearby places Jemma takes us on her vlog. It sounds like she is going to take us to some great places.

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About Rebecca McKinnon

Rebecca McKinnon enjoys playing with her imaginary friends and introducing them to others through her writing. She dreams of living in the middle of nowhere but has been unable to find an acceptable location that wouldn’t require crossing an ocean.

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Great Escapes Praise for A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon

If you enjoy beautiful scenery, mountains, and more, then you might want to check out this series. It is set in a small town in Colorado, and as it is with all small towns, everyone is nosey and in each other’s business, and it is hard to keep much of a secret.
~Storeybook Reviews

The cozy small-town setting, the characters who genuinely care about each other, and the well-plotted mystery make A Hill To Dye On the perfect cozy mystery for a cozy day. I highly recommend it!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I must admit that I am totally hooked on this series! Makes for a fabulously fun read making it the perfect choice for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books A Plenty Book Reviews

The first book is now on my TBR pile. I liked the characters and hope there are more of the series yet to come. Readers who like cozy mysteries, great characters, and the small-town feel will enjoy this book.
~Christa Reads and Writes

TOUR PARTICIPANTS – Please visit all the stops. 
October 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 10 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
October 11 – Reading Authors Network – SPOTLIGHT
October 12 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
October 12 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
October 13 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 13 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
October 14 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 14 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
October 15 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 16 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
October 17 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
October 18 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
October 19 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
October 19 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 20 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
October 20 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
October 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
October 21 – Brooke Blogs – AUTHOR GUEST POST
October 22 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT  
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Montana and Rhode Island!!

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

Escapes Completed


Kill Them with Canvas (A Paint by Murder Mystery)
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon
Release Date – October 13, 2022
Setting – A small town in the Rocky Mountains
I am going to use this book as my Colorado entry
for my Literary Escapes Challenge.

The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Thursday!


A Three Book Problem: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – January 11, 2022
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


A Christmas Candy Killing (A Killer Chocolate Mystery)
by Christina Romeril
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – Montana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Ghost and the Stolen Tears (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – October 4, 2022
Setting – Rhode Island
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I will choose a Flashback Friday Book.

New and Future Escapes

I am posting the month of October through the 22nd since I missed posting them the last couple of weeks.

October 2 – 8, 2022

October 9 – 15, 2022

October 16 – 22, 2022


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Saturday Giveaway – The O’Malley Adventures by Ted Mulcahey #Spotlight / #Giveaway

It is my pleasure today to shine my spotlight on
The O’Malley Adventures by Ted Mulcahey



Bearied Treasure
Suspense/Thriller
1st in Series
Independently Published (September 3, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735493228
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735493220
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08HHGFVV5

Some Adventures Leave You Questioning, “How Did I Get Here?”

What do you get when you mix a 1920’s cult, a couple of interior designers, the Pacific Northwest, a small fortune in gold, and a Kodiak bear?

You get this clever and adventurous “what if” story weaving real-life historical characters with the imagination of Ted Mulcahay–Bearied Treasure.

Are you struggling in life? Maybe you have an addiction or you’re in a bad marriage. Perhaps you simply need a new beginning…

Brother XII is waiting for you on DeCourcy Island, just off the coast of British Columbia where he is the remnant of a cult that resided on the island in the 1920s. There he is recreating the idyllic setting his grandfather started with the Aquarian Foundation.

But rumors abound about a stash of gold hidden somewhere on the island from the commune’s founding days.

And with those rumors come scammers in search of the treasure.

Join interior design husband and wife Kevin and Jenne O’Malley, along with commune members and con men as they search for hidden fortune in an otherwise unassuming Pacific NorthWest refuge.

This tongue-in-cheek tale of fiction is based loosely on real people and places.

Will the con artists make off with the gold?

Will the O’Malleys be able to help stop them?

What will become of Brother XII and the other members of the cult?

What’s the deal with the bear?


Teed Up for Terror
Suspense/Thriller
2nd in Series
Independently Published (August 9, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735493201
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735493206
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08FCW3S83

Jewel thieves, hero dogs, white separatists and interior designers make for a tongue in cheek tale of murder and mayhem among the members of a not so exclusive country club.

The story, sarcastic and irreverent at times, revolves around interior designers Kevin and Jenne O’Malley who seem to have a knack for attracting trouble. In this light-hearted parody of the membership of a private golf club, located in Bellevue, Washington, they stumble upon a gruesome murder. The incident is only the beginning of a seemingly unrelated sequence of events so heinous that it eventually attracts national attention.

Little Dirt Road: Bad Men on Whidbey Island
Suspense/Thriller
3rd in Series
Independently Published (January 21, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 250 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735493244
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735493244
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QFLG6PR

The O’Malleys are doing what? How is it possible that dangerous complications arise from their simple vacation in wine country? With their recent move to South Whidbey Island, only the O’Malley’s would stumble upon drug smugglers, embezzlers, and murderers amongst the locals. The quirky, pastoral island, reachable by a less than speedy ferry from Mukilteo or the narrow, deteriorating Deception Pass bridge, is no match for the wicked men about to visit.

A notorious drug lord and a nondescript enforcer with freakish hell-raising skills invade the peaceful Pacific Northwest island—where not even the friendly locales and free-roaming long-eared rabbits can soften his homicidal heart.

Weeding through the facts and surprisingly connected characters with their trusted friend, Bellevue Detective Bill Owens, the narrative swirls from Mexico to Canada and throughout Puget Sound. It’s a heart-racing and outrageously offbeat adventure for two innocent people, proving once again that trouble will find the O’Malleys without the slightest amount of effort on their part.


Juiced: A Whidbey Adventure
Suspense/Thriller
3rd in Series
Independently Published (March 22, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 258 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735493260
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735493268
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VJPNDCF

Juiced is a fun, thrilling adventure involving secret, breakthrough research.

An invention that can save the planet?

Somehow, someway the O’Malleys have found themselves in the thick of things once again. On peaceful, bucolic Whidbey Island, they become entangled in a corporate plot to stifle a paradigm-shattering discovery, one that promises to upend conventional thinking, topple markets, and create an entirely new industry.

Kevin and Jenne, along with scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, find themselves pitted against a band of bumbling criminals who will stop at nothing to get what they want—including arson and murder.
It’s another rollicking adventure for the retired interior designers ably assisted by their favorite detective, the FBI, and Emma, their ever-vigilant German Shepherd Dog.

About the Author 

Ted Mulcahey

I’ve lived throughout the US, mostly in the Pacific Northwest including Whidbey Island. I’m an Army vet, sales and marketing VP, entrepreneur, business owner, avid reader, one of nine children, former caddie and lover of dogs and golf. The last twenty-five years were spent in partnership with my wife Patte as the owners of highly respected and published hospitality interior design firm in the Seattle Area. We’re now back living on Whidbey Island and loving it.

http://tedmulcahey.com

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Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery) by Elizabeth McKenna #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ElizaMcKenna


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

About Murder up to Bat


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Independently Published (August 18, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 186 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8218055424
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BBPPR2SF

Mystery with a whiff of romance…After falling in love with the quiet lake life and a certain police detective, former Chicago Tribune reporter Emma Moore trades interviewing jocks for chasing champion cows at the county fair. As a small-town newspaper reporter, she covers local topics both big and small, but when her friend Luke is arrested for the murder of the head coach of his club softball team, she’ll need to hone her investigative skills to clear his name. Emma calls up her best friend Grace for help, and together the women go up against cutthroat parents willing to kill for a chance to get their daughters onto a premier college sports team.

It’s the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded, and murder is up to bat. Can Emma and her friends bring the heat and win the game?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

People all over take their kid’s sports very seriously especially when scouts are watching with the promise of college scholarships. In Murder up to Bat, it is girls’ softball at the forefront and a coach being killed.

Reporter Emma Moore and her significant other Detective Ryan O’Mara arrive at their friend Luke’s gym, LT’s Performance and Fitness Center, just in time to see Luke standing over Coach Brian Barnett with a bat in his hand. Emma knows the scene is daunting but there is no way her friend Luke is responsible for that attack. Thankfully her best friend Grace is in town visiting. Together they will be doing some scouting of their own with the promise of clearing Luke’s name and catching the real killer.


I enjoyed the first book in this series, set in my home state of Wisconsin, and was thrilled when I learned this book was being released. Let me tell you it was worth the wait. Elizabeth McKenna did not disappoint.

Emma Moore has made her home in Fontana reporting about champion cows and small-town life instead of the hustle of Chicago. Of course, falling in love with Fontana Detective Ryan O’Mara made the move pretty easy. She is making new friends like Luke while still keeping in touch with old friends like Grace who comes to visit in this story. Emma could see Luke was attracted to Grace from the moment they met but Grace was oblivious at first. Now, Grace is all in to clear Luke of murder and see what their future holds. All four characters are relatable and likable.

The new characters introduced in this story, the softball players, their parents, and coaches are well-crafted, all with a purpose to the story. While none has been driven to murder I have witnessed people like them in real life. Ms. McKenna has captured their stunning behavior perfectly.

The author has written a very tangled-up mystery that was not easy to solve. Gossip, jealousy, and secrets lead Emma, Grace, Luke, and Ryan in several different directions before the truth is revealed. It was a surprising and emotional ending.

For me, Murder up to Bat was A Perfect Escape. A mystery with just the right about of romance and engaging core characters! I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the 3rd book in this series. I am anxious to take the short trip south to the Fontana/Lake Geneva area again soon.

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About Elizabeth McKenna 

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

Her novels reflect her mercurial temperament and include historical romances, contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and dark mysteries. With some being “clean” and some being “naughty,” she has a book for your every mood.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband and Sidney, the rescue dog from Tennessee. When she isn’t writing, reading, editing, or walking the dog that never tires, she’s sleeping.

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Great Escapes Praise for Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

Wow, Ms. McKenna knows how to start the story going with this mystery. Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna is a great story that ended up being worth the three-year wait. I am rating Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna with five stars, and I recommend it to all you cozy readers out there. I can’t wait for more of these tales.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

If you are looking for an entertaining, enjoyable, and unique cozy mystery, I highly recommend you give Murder Up To Bat by Elizabeth McKenna a try.
~The Book Decoder

 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York and the Rocky Mountains!!

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

Escapes Completed


Live and Let Grind (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
Release Date – August 23, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Gone for Gouda: A Cheese Shop Mystery
by Korina Moss
Release Date – September 27, 2022
Setting – California
I will post my review next Tuesday.

Scheduled Escapes


Kill Them with Canvas (A Paint by Murder Mystery)
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon
Release Date – October 13, 2022
Setting – A small town in the Rocky Mountains
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

I need to choose a Flashback Friday Book.

Future Escapes

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Guilty as Framed (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston #GuestPost

Due to my hospitalization last month I was unable to post this guest post during Lois’s Great Escapes Tour.
I didn’t want you to miss out on it so I am posting today.


Eight Paws and a Beak
By Lois Winston

When I was asked to write a cozy mystery series, I knew I should include a pet. Cozy readers love books with pets, especially dogs or cats. Sometimes the pet is even an integral part of helping to solve the mystery. I also have many friends who write cozy mysteries, and most of them are pet owners.

I’m the outlier. I don’t have a fur baby. Instead, I have allergies. Allergies to just about all pets. At least the kind you can pet, cuddle, and play with. Tropical fish would probably be safe, but I consider those pretty things to watch swimming around rather than pets. If it has fur or feathers, I need to steer clear, and chances are, I’d probably also have issues with amphibians and reptiles. I’m even allergic to certain people—or at least to some of the grooming products they use.

I used to have pets. When I was a teenager, we had a dog. I walked around sneezing and coughing and suffering with horrible sinus headaches for several years until I left for college. Once I had my own apartment, I tried kittens. What was I thinking? The headaches, sneezing, and coughing returned with a vengeance.

When my kids were young, we got them a pair of gerbils. Even though I stayed far away from the cage, I still suffered.

So, unfortunately, I remain petless. My protagonist in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries is far from petless, though. Not only does Anastasia’s household include her mother-in-law’s French bulldog Mephisto and occasionally Catherine the Great, her mother’s Persian cat, but Anastasia has also inherited her great-aunt Penelope Periwinkle’s African Grey parrot.

However, Ralph is no ordinary parrot. Having spent most of his life in Great-aunt Penelope’s classroom, listening to lectures on the works of William Shakespeare, Ralph possesses a unique talent. He has the uncanny ability to squawk situation-appropriate quotes from the Bard of Avon.

Is this even possible? Some African Grey’s do have huge vocabularies, but even though I’ve read up on the species, I’m no parrot expert. It doesn’t matter, though. I write fiction, humorous fiction. If readers can suspend their disbelief enough to accept a protagonist who stumbles across more murders than the average cop in an entire law enforcement career, why not a Shakespeare quoting parrot?

Ralph is also very protective of his adoptive family. I hope you’ll check out how he proves his worth in Guilty as Framed.

About Guilty as Framed


Guilty as Framed (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Independently Published (September 6, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 263 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1XHPLBC

When an elderly man shows up at the home of reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack, she’s drawn into the unsolved mystery of the greatest art heist in history.

Boston mob boss Cormac Murphy has recently been released from prison. He refuses to believe Anastasia’s assertion that the man he’s looking for doesn’t live at her address and attempts to muscle his way into her home. His efforts are thwarted by Anastasia’s fiancé Zack Barnes.

A week later, a stolen SUV containing a dead body appears in Anastasia’s driveway. Anastasia believes Murphy is sending her a message. It’s only the first in a series of alarming incidents, including a mugging, a break-in, another murder, and the discovery of a cache of jewelry and an etching from the largest museum burglary in history.

But will Anastasia solve the mystery behind these shocking events before she falls victim to a couple of desperate thugs who will stop at nothing to get what they want?

Crafts projects included.

About Lois Winston

USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Lois Winston began her award-winning writing career with Talk Gertie to Me, a humorous fish-out-of-water novel about a small-town girl going off to the big city and the mother who had other ideas. That was followed by the romantic suspense Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception.

Then Lois’s writing segued unexpectantly into the world of humorous amateur sleuth mysteries, thanks to a conversation her agent had with an editor looking for craft-themed mysteries. In her day job Lois was an award-winning craft and needlework designer, and although she’d never written a mystery—or had even thought about writing a mystery—her agent decided she was the perfect person to pen a series for this editor. Thus, was born the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, which Kirkus Reviews dubbed “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” The series now includes eleven novels and three novellas. Lois also writes the Empty Nest Mysteries, currently at two novels, and one book so far in her Mom Squad Capers series.

To date, Lois has published twenty novels, five novellas, several short stories, one children’s chapter book, and one nonfiction book on writing, inspired by her twelve years working as an associate at a literary agency.

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