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You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #CharacterGuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
by Sarah E. Burr

About You Can’t Candle the Truth


You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 16, 2021)
Digital Number of Pages: 267 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09DDBVSRD

Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury has a secret. She knows when someone is going to die.

Welcome to Crucible, a small town with a storied history. Founded by five prestigious families, Crucible has been tucked away in upstate New York for centuries under the protection of a shield enchantment cast by Jedidiah Glenmyre, Hazel’s revered ancestor. The enchanted barrier is meant to protect Crucible from anything bad ever happening to the town. No crime, no awful weather, no natural disasters…a haven from the greater world.

Until the heir to a billion-dollar company is found dead in his home. With the help of her uncanny power, known as a “whim,” Hazel realizes foul play is involved. But more than being concerned about a murderer running loose and Jedidiah Glenmyre’s protection shield deteriorating, Hazel and her aunt Poppy are worried the town’s kindhearted art teacher will be charged with the sinister crime.

Hazel and Poppy team up with an internationally acclaimed mystery author visiting Crucible to figure out who had it in for the victim. Their fledgling investigation has them questioning if long-time friends have turned into foes and whether blood is really thicker than water.

Determined to prove her friend innocent, Hazel is ready to shine a light on the real killer…if they don’t snuff her out first.

I am so happy to welcomr Hazel to Escape With Dollycas today!!

Character Guest Post: Hazel Wickbury

Thank you so much for having me here today. For those of you who don’t know me, as I am brand new to the cozy mystery scene, my name is Hazel Wickbury. I’m a candlemaker, and I own a candle shop in my hometown of Crucible, New York.

I got into candle making several years ago after my mom passed away. Watching the wax melt and slowly stirring the mixture was oddly therapeutic, and it helped me deal with the trauma of her death. Losing your mom at a young age (I was 23) is really hard. Losing your mom and having a special power awaken within you is even harder. You see, my mom’s family, the Glenmyres, are an interesting bunch. People—more specifically, my aunt Poppy—toss around the term witchcraft when talking about the Glenmyres. Maybe the Glenmyres of old were witches, but I am certainly not. If I were a witch, I would magic away this morbid ability I have.

I can see when someone is going to die.

This power, what my family calls a ‘whim,’ awakened after my mom’s death right there in the hospital. It was overwhelming, seeing glaring, glowing digital clocks counting down above the heads of everyone around me. It nearly drove me over the edge, but luckily Poppy and my Great-Aunt Ruthie were there to help me deal with this new power. Ruthie even designed special glasses for me to wear, hiding the “lifeclocks” so that I could live somewhat of a normal life.

I often wonder why I have this strange whim. I’m a little bitter about the hand fate dealt me. The Glenmyres have had so many exciting and helpful whims over the centuries. Every day, I wish mine was different. I wish I had Poppy’s whim. When she looks at a person, she can see a colorful aura around them, revealing their true emotions. At a glance, she can tell when someone is down and needs a shoulder to cry on or when they’re bursting at the seams with happy news. She can even tell when someone is lying.

My mom had an amazing whim when she was alive. She could touch the cover of a book and learn everything within its pages in an instant. She was so brilliant, able to recall these details at the drop of a hat.

The list of cool whims doesn’t stop there. According to the Glenmyre Opus, the ancient record of our family’s history, we’ve had relatives who could speak with animals, predict the weather, be able to see through solid surfaces, understand any language, and hear people’s thoughts, to name a few. I certainly feel like I drew the short straw when it comes to useful and fun powers. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to forget my whim, but then my glasses slip down my nose, and I am rudely reminded. It happens a lot while I’m working in my candle shop, A Wick in Time. I catch a glance of a customer’s lifeclock, and it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. It makes it difficult to get close to people, too. Knowing when strangers are going to meet their maker is one thing, but knowing when a friend will die… I’ve avoided such awful encounters so far. That’s because I keep people at a distance, but even I know I can’t close myself off forever.

Luckily, my aunt Poppy is there to lend me her support. Since she is a Glenmyre, my whim doesn’t work on her. I can be around her without any fear. She’s the one who has convinced me to conduct our own murder investigation, and while that might not sound like a whole lot of fun, it certainly has forced me to lower my barriers and be more involved with my charming community.

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. Since she wasn’t stumbling across any crime scenes in corporate America, Sarah left her career in healthcare technology to write mysteries of her own.

You Can’t Candle the Truth is Sarah’s first foray into the paranormal cozy genre, and there’s even more murder and mystery in the works for Sarah. #FOLLOWME FOR MURDER, first in the TRENDING TOPIC MYSTERIES, shines the spotlight on a social media PR expert after she discovers a dead body in her clients’ store, forcing her to untangle a web of secrets in her small, beachside town. This title is expected in February 2022 by Level Best Books. Sarah is also the author of the Court of Mystery series, where murder is always a royal affair for her heroine, Duchess Jacqueline.

Sarah attended Elmira College and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy & Religious Studies. She loves to weave these themes into her writing. When she’s not spinning up new stories, Sarah is off seeing Broadway musicals, reading up a storm, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee. She is represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery) by Jenny Kales #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I am thrilled to feature Slayed by Souvlaki
(A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)

by Jenny Kales today!

About Slayed by Souvlaki


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Greece / Wisconsin
Independently published (October 30, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 267 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8750257041
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09H56VYN7

Greek vacations can be murder! Recipes are included in this cozy mystery set in the Greek Islands.

Callie Costas can’t believe she is finally traveling to Greece with her significant other, Detective Ian Sands. However, this isn’t your average voyage: Callie’s father has invited a slew of colorful family members to his beautiful childhood village to celebrate his recent marriage. Callie is especially delighted to be reunited with her Greek “Aunt Sweetie” aka Glykeria.

The Costas family’s Greek getaway turns to Greek tragedy when murder turns up on the menu at the seaside restaurant of her father’s friend, Dimitrios. A restaurant employee has been killed and Dimitrios is a prime suspect.

With a hodge-podge group of tourists and villagers to round out the suspect list, can Callie help her father clear his friend’s name before the killer skewers her?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Callie Costas’s father George is not taking a typical honeymoon trip with his new bride. No, he is taking his whole family including Callie’s boyfriend, Detective Ian Sands on the trip of a lifetime. He is so excited to take them to his childhood village in Greece where they will meet his best friend and experience his restaurant. It also allows them to catch up with “Aunt Sweetie” who had recently visited them in the States. Everyone is looking forward to viewing the historical sights and eating the amazing food.

Tragedy strikes though after enjoying their first authentic Greek meal when one of the restaurant’s employees is found dead. Callie’s father is shocked when his friend since childhood, Dimitrios, is arrested for the crime. Her father is beside himself with worry, so Callie decides to do something she does best . . . snooping. She comes up with a nice list of suspects and soon Ian figures out what she is up to, and dives in to help her in any way he can because he knows she isn’t going to stop until she finds the real killer.


It has been a while since Ms. Kale released a book in this series but let me tell you it was well worth the wait. These characters are so memorable it was very easy to pick up right where we left off. Plus she takes us along with these fantastic characters to Greece. It really is a family affair. I loved that the family members could split up and do their own things. Trips to the ruins, the beach, and the pool filled the days but everyone came together for the evening meal. Traveling with a big family isn’t easy but the Costas family pulled it off along with a little amateur investigation and a treasure hunt for a lost piece of jewelry.

The author’s descriptive writing style took me on a wonderful virtual vacay of my own. I so enjoyed traveling the streets and checking out the shops. The special date Ian put together for he and Callie really warmed my heart. All the places they traveled were easily cast in vivid pictures in my mind. My only issue was missing out on the gelato and other delicious food. There are recipes at the end of the story but I could never do them justice.

The other part of my vacation that I enjoyed was tagging along with Callie as she sorted out clues. We met a few tourists, shopkeepers, and residents of the village as Callie tried to mix together and make sense of everything she was learning about the victim and his connections with others around the town. She really went all out to find the answers she needed. I really felt for Ian. Out of jurisdiction, he was unsure if he could keep Callie safe or get her out of trouble with the local authorities if that need arose. One thing is for sure. They do make a great team when they work together. At one point I thought I had the killer skewered but within a few pages, my theory fell apart. As I continued reading I must say I had that edge-of-the-seat feeling and that was evidenced by how quickly the pages started to fly.

I have to thank the author for transporting me to an idyllic place with such genuine characters. Of course, I enjoy the stories set in my home state of Wisconsin but would never turn down taking a trip with some of my favorite characters.  Callie has come so far from the first book in this series, On The Chopping Block. The loving relationship she has with her dad always makes me miss mine. Oh, and the ending of the book was just plain sweet.

Slayed by Souvlaki was a Perfect Escape. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series. I implore the author to write quickly. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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About Jenny Kales

Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series, featuring Greek-American Calliope Costas, a feisty food business owner and amateur sleuth, who lives in a scenic Wisconsin town with colorful characters — and a high murder rate! Each book contains several delicious recipes, both Greek and American. Callie’s latest adventure, SLAYED BY SOUVLAKI is the 5th Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series and was released in October 2021.

Jenny is an avid reader, cook, and baker and she’s addicted to reading and British TV mysteries. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and is the mom of two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. She’s hard at work on additional writing projects including more Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries and a new series releasing in 2022.

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Adventure Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery) by Mollie Hunt #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


I am very happy to shine my spotlight on Adventure Cat
(Crazy Cat Lady Mystery)

by Mollie Hunt today!

About Adventure Cat

Adventure Cat (Crazy Cat Lady Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published (November 17, 2021)
Digital – Print length ‏ : ‎ 263 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JDYDW6X

An elfin recluse, a handsome feline archaeologist, a stolen artifact, and one very special cat…

Five years ago, cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon discovered a gym bag in a warehouse. Inside the bag were a kitten, a cat toy, and ten thousand dollars. Then shots began to fly. Now, half a decade later, Lynley is thrown back with the very people from whom she’d been running.

Adventure cats, those fantastic felines who go boating, hiking, and traveling into the wilds! When Friends of Felines cat shelter starts their own adventure cat group, taking cats for strolls in the quiet parks of Portland, Lynley can’t wait to join up.

Then disaster happens! Dirty Harry slips out of his harness and runs up the Mt. Tabor hillside, leading Lynley on a merry chase. Finally she finds him resting in the arms of an enigmatic stranger named Carry. Carry lives a solitary life in a bungalow at the top of the hill, surrounded by an amazing red-foliaged garden. Carry has a cat of her own, the very kitten Lynley rescued five years previous and been shot at for the effort! Suddenly Lynley finds herself embroiled in the caper that precipitated that long-ago encounter. She survived the first round, but can her luck continue to hold?

About Mollie Hunt

Cat Writer Mollie Hunt is the award-winning author of two cozy series, the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and the Tenth Life Paranormal Mysteries. Her Cat Seasons Sci-Fantasy Tetralogy features extraordinary cats saving the world. Mollie also pens a bit of cat poetry. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like her cat lady character, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California and Michigan!

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

Escapes Completed


Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)
by Andrew Shaffer
Release Date – July 10, 2018
Setting – Delaware
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
by Laura Bradford
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
by Jenny Kales
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – Greece (Wisconsin)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Antiques Roadkill: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery
by Barbara Allan
Release Date – July 1, 2007
Setting – Iowa
My Flashback Friday Read and
for My Literary Escapes Challenge

Scheduled Escapes


Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
by Jennifer J. Chow
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bear a Wee Grudge (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

November 28 – December 4, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Greece and another point or 2 to be revealed!

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

Escapes Completed


Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 5, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read
plus my Alphabet Soup Mini Reading Challenge!
My Review


Mystery in the Hill
by Aaron Qualio
Release Date – March 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up tomorrow!


A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Read


Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)
by Andrew Shaffer
Release Date – July 10, 2018
Setting – Delaware
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
by Laura Bradford
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – ??
For Review


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
by Jenny Kales
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – Greece (Wisconsin)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I need to choose a book for Flashback Friday!

Future Escapes

November 21 – 27, 2021 


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Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise) by Terry Ambrose #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

I am happy to shine my spotlight on this new book from Terry Ambrose today!

About Mystery of the Eight Islands


Mystery of the Eight Islands (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Independently Published (November 2, 2021)
Length: 325 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HK1BBRY

If you love senior sleuths in cozy mysteries, you’re going to love McKenna and his pal Chance Logan

 

Apartment manager and amateur sleuth McKenna wants a break from solving murders. Too bad his best friend, wannabe PI Chance Logan, doesn’t feel the same. Chance has found a case he thinks McKenna’s going to love—the death of prominent attorney Julian Carr, and the theft of a 125-year-old necklace that’s worth a quarter of a million dollars. Before long, McKenna’s feeling pressured from all sides—find the necklace, solve the murder. Sure. Why not just add save the world?

 

McKenna’s sure something fishy is going on when he and Chance meet with Julian’s granddaughter about the case. She’s created her own murder board with five suspects. The list includes an unstable, art-collecting veterinarian, a convicted felon, a disbarred attorney, a suspected art thief, and Julian’s new business partner.

 

As the investigation ramps up, McKenna and Chance see their leads drying out faster than laundry in the tropical sun. The really bad news is they’re not sure they can even find the Eight Islands or solve the murder. For once, McKenna’s worried they just might fail.

 

Why you might love this book
Tired of the same old cozy mystery fare? Then cozy up with male amateur detective McKenna and his PI wannabe pal Chance Logan in this Hawaii murder mystery. When it comes to senior sleuths in cozy mysteries, McKenna’s as sharp as they come, but with a fun dose of snarky attitude thrown in. Enjoy the ambience of Hawaii while you’re savoring a little murder in paradise.

 

About Terry Ambrose

Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars—but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

Terry has written eighteen books, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. His series include the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries, the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, and the License to Lie thriller series.
You can learn more about Terry and his writing at terryambrose.com.

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Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery) by Jodi Linton #Review / #Givaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton

About Nightmare On The Bike Trail


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New Mexico
Independently Published (November 9, 2021)
~158 Pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08L2JFWDW

Welcome to Bushwhack, New Mexico: home to tourists, the great outdoors, and murder…

Andie Sullivan, adventure guide in the mountain community of Bushwhack, NM, is gearing up for the annual bicycle race hosted by her tour company. When a ghost from her and sheriff Zac Mars’ past registers to participate—her suspicions are raised.

And then a gun goes off deep in the wooded forest along the trail, leaving her and Zac to fight for their future by revisiting past grievances. With lives at stake and secrets opening old wounds, Andie must piece together the clues to solve a decade old case she thought was closed.

But time isn’t on her side and sometimes even the best sleuth can miss a piece to the puzzle. Especially a cold case clouded with jealously and pain. Will she spot the clue this time or is it too late to make amends?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bushwhack, bikes, and bullets never go together but that is what happens when an annual bike race sponsored by Sullivan’s Adventure Company kicks off. Zac’s Florida past has come to New Mexico with an ax to grind. An ax that includes Andie. She and Zac could both wind up dead unless Andie can cycle through all the clues for that big missing piece. Her quest has her reexamining the past to find out what led to this present tragic situation. If she doesn’t more bullets are going to fly.


Wow! This story starts out with a not very cozy bang and takes us readers on an exciting trail.

Ms. Linton has put her star characters in a very precarious situation but then using flashbacks shows us the backstory of Andie and Zac. From the time they first met, there was an attraction but there were many obstacles in their path. There were some dicey times when she visited him in Florida at college that sets up the premise for this story. I loved the little snippets of their past. I was invested in these characters from the first 3 books but I care even more now.

This book really had a speedy pace. Tension was at a high level the entire time. I think this is the fastest I have ever read a book. All 158 pages flew! There should have been steam coming out of my Kindle.  In addition to learning how the lead characters came to the point where they are now the author treated us to a heck of a mystery. Some nice twists, a keen observation, and a pushy woman, (Andie), lead up to a surprising and thrilling ending.

I should have learned my lesson after reading the prior books in this series but I started this late one evening planning to read just a couple of chapters but I read it straight to the end. It was like time stood still but the clock told me otherwise. I did feel it the next day but it was so worth it.

While I feel this story may not be entirely cozy due to some scenes, I loved every minute of it. The characters are well crafted and the small town setting is an outdoor lover’s paradise. I have been entertained by every book in this series, so much so that my husband has started reading The Killer Outdoors after me telling him about this book. Like me, he is a stickler for reading series in order.

I have to give this book my Paradise Rating. It was just so darn good and has me impatiently tapping my foot for February when the next book in this series, Kayaker, It’s Cold Outside is scheduled to be released.

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About Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is the author of several romance novels and cozy mysteries. She pens funny, romantic, whodunnits during her days in between being a carpool mom. She lives in Texas with her husband, with who she runs the family day business with, and two kids. When she isn’t writing her next page-turner, she likes to delve into her hobby of finding all the cool, new makeup products to buy.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Idaho, Wisconsin, and back to Mississippi!

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

Escapes Completed


Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read! My Review/Giveaway


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen
Release Date – November 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)

by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 12, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – November 6, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escape Tour stops here Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 5, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read
plus my Alphabet Soup Mini Reading Challenge!


Mystery in the Hill
by Aaron Qualio
Release Date – March 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

November 14 – 20, 2021 


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Happy Reading!!

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Florida, Kenya, and New Mexico!

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

Escapes Completed


A Toast to Murder (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 25, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


A Murder Between the Pages: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery
by Amy Lillard
Release Date November 24, 2020
Setting – Mississippi
My Review will be up by tomorrow. 


Death at the Salon (A Daisy Thorne Mystery)
by Louise R. Innes
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Surrey, England
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Escape


Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen
Release Date – November 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here nwxt Tuesday!


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)

by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 12, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – November 6, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escape Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

November 7 – 13, 2021 


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Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!

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Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tours


Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

 

I am excited to welcome Lois Winston back to Escape with Dollycas today!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

After graduating art school, I worked as a layout artist for John Wanamaker, the first U.S. department store (sadly no longer in existence). After my first son was born, I began freelancing, designing for craft and needlework magazines, craft book publishers, and craft kit manufacturers. Eventually, the writing bug bit me. My first published novel, Talk Gertie to Me, debuted in 2006, followed by Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception.

One day my agent spoke with an editor who was looking for a crafting-themed cozy mystery series. Knowing my background, my agent decided I’d be the perfect person to write such a series. That was the beginning of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. The first book, Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, came out in 2011. Stitch, Bake, Die!, is the tenth book in the series. There are also three companion novellas.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

This really depends on the theme of the book. Having worked in the consumer crafts industry for decades, I relied on many of my own experiences to creating Anastasia. As a women’s magazine crafts editor, she and I have had similar work experiences—minus the dead bodies, of course!

I also didn’t have to go far when creating Anastasia’s communist mother-in-law as I, too, had a communist mother-in-law. Her personality inspired Anastasia’s mother-in-law Lucille.

When my plots involve legal, medical, or law enforcement issues, I have a network of contacts I consult to make sure my ideas are feasible and my facts are correct. However, stories I heard growing up provide fodder for the Mafia characters in my books. My grandfather was captain of the largest county police force in New Jersey and responsible for putting away quite a few well-known gangsters back in his day. I also went to school with the sons and daughters of various “families.”

Beyond all that, I’m a news junkie and many real-life crimes have inspired quite a few plots and subplots in my books.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I have in the past, especially when life has hit me with a whammy. I’ve found that sometimes it’s okay to give yourself permission not to write. We all need a break at times. Forcing yourself to write at these times isn’t always the best approach, but every writer is different. You need to learn what works best for you in these situations.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Write! Too many people talk about “someday” writing a book, but “someday” always seems off in the future. I’ve also known writers who spent years polishing the first three chapters of a book to submit to agents and editors but either never finished the book or didn’t devote the same care to the remainder of the manuscript. If you really want to get published, you need to work toward that goal.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

Up until a few months ago, when my husband and I relocated to Tennessee, I’d go to a Broadway show or NYC museum. The theater and museums were my happy places. But it’s a long commute from Nashville to Manhattan. Once this pandemic is finally gone from our lives, I’m going to have to find something to take their place.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing.

The pandemic has curtailed most of my activities. Although vaccinated, I’m still leery of being around large groups of people. We moved to Tennessee to be closer to family. I have grandchildren here who are too young to be vaccinated, and I don’t want to inadvertently expose them to the virus because I’ve somehow been infected and am asymptomatic. So I stay in my writing cave as much as possible.

One thing I’ve decided to do, though, is not address the pandemic in my books. People read cozies to escape the real world. I’ll leave pandemic fiction to the dystopian, thriller, suspense, and literary authors.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

At this point I’d just like to be able to travel safely anywhere. First up would be a trip to California to visit my older son and his family. We haven’t been out to see them in nearly three years.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I’m already percolating the next Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery. I’ve dropped a few breadcrumbs in Stitch, Bake, Die! Readers should look for the eleventh book in the series a year from now.

Thank you Lois for visiting today!

~*~

About Stitch, Bake, Die

Stitch, Bake, Die! (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting – New Jersey
Independently Published (October 4, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D5VZFRX

With massive debt, a communist mother-in-law, a Shakespeare-quoting parrot, and a photojournalist boyfriend who may or may not be a spy, crafts editor Anastasia Pollack already juggles too much in her life. So she’s not thrilled when her magazine volunteers her to present workshops and judge a needlework contest at the inaugural conference of the NJ chapter of the Stitch and Bake Society, a national organization of retired professional women. At least her best friend and cooking editor Cloris McWerther has also been roped into similar duties for the culinary side of the 3-day event taking place on the grounds of the exclusive Beckwith Chateau Country Club.

 

Marlene Beckwith, wife of the multi-millionaire pharmaceutical magnate and country club owner, is both the chapter president and conference chairperson. The only thing greater than her ego is her sense of entitlement. She hates to lose at anything and fully expects to win both the needlework and baking competitions.

 

When Anastasia and Cloris arrive at the conference, they discover cash bribes in their registration packets. The Society members, few of whom are fans of Marlene, stick up for the accused and instead suggest that Marlene orchestrated the bribes to eliminate her stiffest competition.

 

The next morning when Marlene is found dead, Anastasia questions whether she really died peacefully in her sleep. After Marlene’s husband immediately has her cremated, Anastasia once again finds herself back in reluctant amateur sleuth mode.

 

With the help of Cloris, Marlene’s personal assistant Rhetta, and a laptop someone will stop at nothing to find, Anastasia soon unravels evidence of insurance scams, medical fraud, an opioid ring, long-buried family secrets, and too many possible suspects. And that’s before she not only stumbles over the body of yet another member of the Stitch and Bake Society but also finds Rhetta unconscious.

Can Anastasia piece together the various clues before she becomes the killer’s next target?

Crafting tips included.

More About Lois Winston

 

USA Today and Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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