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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #32 – 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 South Carolina, Washington D.C., and New Hampshire!

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

Escapes Completed


Corpse and Robbers: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
by Stephen Kaminski
Release Date – May 13, 2022
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


A Dish to Die for (A Key West Food Critic Mystery)
by Lucy Burdette
Release Date – August 9, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Hook, Line and Sinker: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Date – July 14, 2022
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here on Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Dark and Stormy Tea (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – August 9, 2022
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Lethal Legacies
by Colleen Shogan
Release Date – August 9, 2022
Setting – Washington D.C.
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Handbook for Homicide (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Release Date – July 21, 2020
Setting – New Hampshire
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.

Future Escapes

August 7 – 13, 2022


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#FlashbackFriday – Boats and Bad Guys (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy) by Diana Xarissa #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Boats and Bad Guys (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Isle of Man
Independently Published (February 15, 2017)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 230 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1540750159
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1540750150
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01N53XBM9

Fenella Woods is excited to be taking the ferry across the Irish Sea to England so that she can begin her research. When she finds a dead body in her cabin, she has to change her plans.

The police seem convinced that the killer is one of the other passengers who had a cabin reserved for the journey. Fenella meets a group of suspects that includes a wealthy couple, an older man and his much younger wife, and a retired and incredibly nosy woman.

Finding herself caught up in the middle of another murder investigation isn’t pleasant for Fenella. This time Fenella is determined not to take any advice from her dead aunt who continues to occupy the luxury apartment that used to be her home. Her kitten, Katie, isn’t much help either, as she seems determined to cause as much mischief as she possibly can.

While Fenella wants to help Inspector Robinson find the killer before he or she strikes again, things certainly aren’t going the way she’d expected when she started her new life on the Isle of Man.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and have been looking forward to reading this book since I finished it.

This time Fenella Woods is ready to start her research and will be traveling by ferry across the Irish Sea to do so. She has reserved a cabin for the voyage in case she gets seasick and needs to lie down.

She checks in and hurries to her cabin already feeling a little ill but someone is already in the room. She finds a very dead man in her bunk. She backs out of the room and calls her new friend Daniel Robinson, a CID Inspector. The ferry is soon inundated with police and the ferry captain is livid. He feels he should have been told first and then he would decide if and when to alert the authorities. Now all his passengers need to make other arrangements and spend time being questioned.

The police believe the killer is a passenger and Fenella is forced to wait in a room with the other passengers that had booked cabins. They are an eclectic bunch. She is upset about being involved in another murder case. When she gets home her dead aunt wants to start investigating right away no matter much Fenella wants to leave it to Inspector Robinson.

When she moved into the apartment she inherited from her aunt she never expected to be caught up in one let alone two murder investigations. Then again, she never expected to be living with her dead aunt’s ghost either.


I love the Isle of Man setting for this series. Someplace I will never be able to physically visit but the author’s words take me there effortlessly.

Fenella has made some good friends in her neighbors, Peter and Shelly, and also in Inspector Robinson. There is definitely romantic tension between Fenella and the good inspector but she has her ex calling her all the time from the states begging for them to get back together. Then there is Mona, Fenella’s aunt in ghostly form. She is pushy and funny. She pops in at some inopportune moments and is never short on advice for her niece. All these characters sans the ex are delightful.

We are introduced to several ferry passengers. Charlotte Master who is quite a busybody, Justin Newmarket, a 24-year-old who was on his way to Liverpool to spend the weekend with his mates, Brenda Proper and her husband, Nick, both retired, they were on the way to visit their children, a stern Harry Hampton and his much younger wife Sherry also going to visit family, and Sarah Grasso who was set to go on holiday with her husband. We also meet Captain Matthew Howard who is very upset about his authority being overlooked. All are well crafted and easy to keep straight, especially because the captain keeps bringing them together trying to get the answers he wants which are totally different from what the police are looking for. All of them are the inspector’s suspect list.

The mystery is very well-plotted with several meetings and interviews in the quest for the truth. I was kept guessing right up to the end. Captain Howard was really pushing my buttons even though I knew he wasn’t the killer I wanted someone to throw him overboard.

This is an Alphabet Series so I have a long way to go and I am looking forward to reading them all. Boats and Bad Guys takes place about 6 weeks after Arrivals and Arrests and it was a nice follow-up. I hope to be turning the pages of Cars and Cold Cases soon.

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About the Author

Diana has lived in several US states, the north of England, and the Isle of Man. While she is currently in the US, she still misses the stunning scenery, wonderful people, and fascinating history that make the Isle of Man so unique.

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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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #28 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Washington State, Arizona, and home to Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


A Perilous Pal (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
by Laura Bradford
Release Date – July 5, 2022
Setting – Tennessee
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Muddled Through (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross
Release Date – June 28, 2022
Setting – Maine
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – June 21, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


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.

Scheduled Escapes


Peppermint Barked: A Spice Shop Mystery
by Leslie Budewitz
Release Date – July 19, 2022
Setting – Washington State
Leslie Budewitz will be here next 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 next Thursday!

I will need to choose a #FlashbackFriday book!

Future Escapes

July 10 – 16, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #25 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I apologize for not posting last week. I spent the whole day Sunday and a lot of Monday in bed trying to recover from the cold my husband so generously passed on to me. 

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Alabama and Arizona!

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

Escapes Completed

My reading time was a causality of my cold so I only read 2 books.


The Case Of The Cat Crazy Lady (Buttercup Bend Mysteries)
by Debbie De Louise
Release Date – May 15, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Overlook Murder (A Wintergreen Mystery)
by Patrick Kelly
Release Date – June 4, 2022
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – June 28, 2022
Setting – Alabama
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Tuesday Night Survivors’ Club (A Survivors’ Book Club Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – June 14, 2022
Setting – Arizona
For Review

I hope to read a Flashback Friday book too!

Future Escapes

June 19 – 25, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Virginia, and Michigan!

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

Escapes Completed


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


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 this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Seven Deadly Sequins (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – October 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
My Review will be up Thursday!


Two Wicked Desserts (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise
(A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)

by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – May 17, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Diva Says Cheesecake! (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – May 31, 2022
Setting – Virginia
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Renovated to Death (A Domestic Partners in Crime Mystery)
by Frank Anthony Polito
Release Date – May 31, 2022
Setting – Michigan
For Review

Future Escapes

May 22 – 28, 2022


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Saturday Giveaway – Garden Girls Cozy Mystery Novels Box Set (The First 10 Books) (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series) by Hope Callaghan

Garden Girls Cozy Mystery Novels Box Set
(The First 10 Books) (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series)


Garden Girls Cozy Mystery Novels Box Set
Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 27, 2021
Print length ‏ : ‎ 1835 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PC6G77X

Treat yourself to this deluxe box set featuring the first 10 novels from bestselling author Hope Callaghan’s “Garden Girls Mystery Series.”

Gloria Rutherford, a lonely widow finds new purpose in life when she and her senior friends help solve a murder in their small Midwestern town.

★★★★★ “If you like clean, fun-filled mysteries that keep you guessing until the end, you’ll love the Garden Girls!”

Discover why so many fans love the Garden Girls Mystery Series with thousands of four and five star reviews!

BONUS: RECIPES INCLUDED!

CONTENTS
1-Who Murdered Mr. Malone?
2-Grandkids Gone Wild
3-Smoky Mountain Mystery
4-Death By Dumplings
5-Eye Spy
6-Magnolia Mansion Mystery
7-Missing Milt
8-Bully In The ‘Burbs
9-Fall Girl
10-Home For The Holidays

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: (Box Set I)

★★★★★ A very enjoyable read
This was my first “Cozy mystery” and I have to say I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was impressed that each mystery wasn’t a “cookie cutter” of the last one, but rather an intriguing new story. The author has a fun sense of humor and I look forward to reading more of her books!!!! – Jane Austen

★★★★★ I Am In Love
My new favorite mystery! Love the women, love their lives, love their relationship and love their adventures! Very good stories! I am in love! – Leslie Watson Wilson

★★★★★ Wonderful
I loved this series and all of Hope Callahan’s books! Wholesome and entertaining. I highly recommend all of her books. – lyndall713

★★★★★ What a fun series!
Hope Callaghan has created a great group of friends that of course has a leader. You will find the stories containing entertaining characters, adventure, drama, intriguing plots, clean romance and faith-based values. Try them you will love them. Can’t wait to get into the next set of books. – Phyl

★★★★★ Love the Christian aspect of these books!
I am in love with the writings of Hope Callaghan! I’ve read all of the Cruise Ship Cozy mysteries with Millie. Now enjoying the Garden Girls mysteries. Each one has its own mystery & yet connected to the previous book. These books are a good clean read with scripture & prayers. My favorite! – Michele (Shelly) Hedinger

★★★★★ You will be cheering for the characters in this book. Love it!
You can’t go wrong with Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries! These stories are well developed, funny in places, suspenseful, and a joy to read. You will be cheering for the characters as they figure out the murder and mayhem that they come across. – Bev

★★★★★ A fun cozy read.
It is so nice to read stories full of fun and intrigue. The characters quickly became friends and left me wanting to read more. – Ruth M. Morgan

★★★★★ Cozy Mysteries
I enjoyed the humor, the mystery story of older ladies and the writing without curse words…just a fun book to read. – Kindle Customer: Tina

★★★★★ Fun Series
A fun and clean cozy mystery series that reflects family, friendship, faith, and fun. You’ll enjoy this series which features a smart and funny group of senior ladies who have several adventures. – Paula

Synopsis: Who Murdered Mr. Malone? – Book 1

Nothing exciting ever happens in the small town of Belhaven. Nothing that is, until a body was found in the woods behind the local elementary school. With the entire town in an uproar, “Garden Girl” Gloria Rutherford makes it her personal mission to find the killer or killers and solve the mystery with some help from her friends.

PLUS GET THE NEXT 9 BESTSELLING MYSTERIES IN THE SERIES!

About the Author

Hope Callaghan is an American author who loves to write clean fiction books, especially Christian Mystery and Cozy Mystery books. She has written more than 70 mystery books (and counting) in six series.

Born and raised in a small town in West Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her husband. She is the proud mother of three wonderful children.

When she’s not doing the thing she loves best…writing books…she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading books.

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Saturday Giveaway – Spells & Caramels Magical Mysteries: The Complete Series- Kindle Edition by Erin Johnson


Spells & Caramels Magical Mysteries:
The Complete Series

by Erin Johnson

 

The complete series!
10 full-length paranormal cozy mystery novels.
Over 3,000 pages.
One delightfully witchy series you’ll never want to end.

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Imogen Banks is hashtag struggling.

After a disaster ends her career, destroys her home and burns up all the money she’s saved to open her own bakery, she enters a baking contest for an all-or-nothing, last ditch chance at getting her life together.

But when she arrives at the mysterious island off the coast of France, she discovers all the inhabitants of the quaint town are magical and if she wins the contest, she’ll become the next royal baker at the castle on top of the hill. No worries that the last royal baker appears to have been murdered.

And one more small thing– Imogen herself is apparently a witch!

As Imogen struggles to learn new spells, wrangle a snarky magical flame into baking her desserts and try and not burn the whole white tent down in the process, a fellow contestant drops dead with all evidence making Imogen the top suspect.

But she hasn’t only caught the eye of the bumbling and pompous police inspector, who’s doing his best to pin the crime on her. With a hunky medic and a broodingly handsome baker vying for her attention, Imogen’s whipped a little romance into the mix.

But when she discovers ties between the recent murder and the previous royal baker’s death, Imogen’s out to not only clear her name, but figure out which of the cooks has a taste for killing.

Will Imogen tap into her fledgling powers in time to save herself, or will it all prove a recipe for death and disaster?

This boxset contains the complete, 10-book Spells & Caramels series. These books are fun, clean, imaginative mysteries
you’ll stay up all night binging.

From Readers

“A lovely and lighthearted read” ★★★★★

“This magical mystery is a lot of fun” ★★★★★

“This cozy magic book (series) has twists and turns, good and evil, love and loss. All that, and baking, too!” ★★★★★

“I’m addicted. Totally and 100% under Ms. Johnson’s spell! The best book that I’ve read in a while and believe me, I have read some grrreat books! ” ★★★★★

“Witches, shifters, vampires, a talking flame, AND a baking competition… with a side dish of murder and mystery?! Yes, please! Adorable and lighthearted the story kept me engaged, and flipping pages like hotcakes. A delightful fantasy to escape to!” ★★★★★

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#FlashbackFriday – Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series) by Tonya Kappes #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Independently published (June 26, 2018)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8746786456
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 196 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1723010863
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1723010866
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CJK17LS

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY WITH A SMIDGEN OF HOMICIDE

USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes brings you southern and quirky characters in her mystery series. Her stories are charged with humor, friendship, family, and life in small southern towns.

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Mae West is getting settled into the RV lifestyle as the owner of a campground in Normal, Kentucky.

Happy Trails Campground, located in Daniel Boone National Park, has started to attract late summer vacationing families who love to hike, swim, fish, and enjoy being outdoors.

Betts Hager, owner of several small businesses, is swamped with work and desperate for help with her cleaning business. Mae offers her services, happy about the prospect of a little extra cash. Heiress Tammy Jo Bentley’s mansion is the first one on her schedule.

Mae makes sure Tammy Jo’s house is spotless because the Kentucky Kennel Association’s annual meeting is going to be held at the mansion. Fifi, Tammy Jo’s high pedigree, insured poodle, is going to be on display and Tammy Jo will be evaluating potential suitors to sire Fifi’s offspring.

Before the annual meeting, Camille Braun, Fifi’s nanny, is stabbed to death.

Everyone knows that Camille would put her life on the line *or* lay down her life for Fifi and, apparently, she did.

Mae tries her best to stay out of it. Tammy Jo begs Mae to help her; after all, she did find the last killer in Normal. Plus, it’s not good for business – or Normal’s revived economy – when a murderer is on the loose.

Mae has grown to love her RV community and now that she’s found a place to call home, she’s not going to let anybody ruin it. Mae throws all of her heart and amateur sleuthing skills into bringing the real killer to justice.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back in Normal, Kentucky. Mae West has done a lot to get the Happy Trails Campground back on track while repaying those her ex-husband scammed. She gets a little blast from the past when Bobby Ray Bond shows up at the campground. He is her foster brother that helped her move to New York for a fresh start 12 years ago. Now it may be her turn to help him out.

Mae is also helping Betts Hager with her cleaning business. The extra cash she will earn always comes in handy. Her first assignment takes her to Tammy Jo Bentley’s mansion to make sure the place is immaculate for the annual meeting of the Kentucky Kennel Association. Tammy Jo dotes on her prize pup and is hoping to find a perfect sire for the poodle.

Realizing she forgot to get payment for her services, Mae returns to the mansion for the check. Instead, she makes a ghastly discovery. She finds the pampered pooch’s nanny has been stabbed to death. Tammy Jo is taken into custody and she is reminded that Mae caught the town’s last killer. She begs Mae to do the same for her. Mae agrees because a murderer on the loose isn’t good for business and she isn’t going to let a pesky killer ruin all the progress she has made.


The characters in this series are so much fun. They are quirky and genuine and full of charm. Mae has been accepted now as everyone sees she is trying hard to right the wrongs done by her ex. She has also grown so much as a person in just two books. She seems always ready to help anyone she can whether it be helping them find a job, lend a sympathetic ear, or sleuth out a killer.

The mystery this time had me stumped the entire way. Ms. Kappes entangled some nice red herrings to misdirect and I think I fell for all of them. I really enjoy the humor she includes heavily within her stories. It makes the characters and their situations feel more real. At under 200 pages, the pace is quick but everything is well detailed.

I really enjoy the way Mae pursues the truth while juggling everything else going on in her life. She has two romantic interests, a campground to run, odd jobs here and there, a foster brother showing up out of blue, and a new house guest, all as she tries to solve a murder case. I envy all of her energy.

Deserts, Driving, and Derelicts is a wonderful cozy mystery filled with fantastic characters and Southern charm. The Laundry Club ladies always crack me up. The gossip runs wild and I love it!

I know I am way behind on this series so I hope to visit again soon.

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has published numerous mystery and romance titles. Known for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, she has earned thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.


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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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