Nov 112019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Ohio, Massachusetts and California!

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

Escapes Completed


Penny for Your Secrets (A Verity Kent Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date – November 1, 2019
Setting – England
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Shot Through the Hearth (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)
by Kate Carlisle
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – California
Kate Carlisle will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans (Chocoholic Mystery)
by JoAnna Carl
Release Date – November 5, 2019
Setting – Michigan
My Review will be up on Thursday!


Whack ‘N’ Roll: A Bunco Babes Mystery
by Gail Oust
Release Date August 4, 2009
Released titled Murder is Dicey (Kate McCall Mysteries) August 9, 2015
 Setting – South Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Turkey Basted to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath
Release Date – November 15, 2018
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Murderous Tangle (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Ghosts of Painting Past (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
by Sybil Johnson
Release Date – November 19, 2019
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

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November 11 – 17, 2019


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Nov 042019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting England, California and Michigan!

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

Escapes Completed


Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Three Widows and a Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Woman of Two Minds
by Bourne Morris
Release Date – November 9, 2019
Setting – Nevada
Review will be up Thursday!


Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries
by Nicole Asselin
Release Date – September 4, 2019
Setting – New England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Penny for Your Secrets (A Verity Kent Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date – November 1, 2019
Setting – England
For Review


Shot Through the Hearth (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)
by Kate Carlisle
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – California
Kate Carlisle will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans (Chocoholic Mystery)
by JoAnna Carl
Release Date – November 5, 2019
Setting – Michigan
For Review

Future Escapes

November 4 – 10, 2019


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Oct 282019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting West Virginia and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – Mississippi
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Silent Knit, Deadly Knit (A Knit & Nibble Mystery
by Peggy Ehrhart
Release Date – November 1, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday this week!


Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – October 1, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
Watch for my review on Halloween!

A Catered Murder (A Mystery With Recipes)
by Isis Crawford
Release Date – November 1, 2004
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Three Widows and a Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


A Woman of Two Minds
by Bourne Morris
Release Date – November 9, 2019
Setting – ??
For Review
Not up on GoodReads yet 🙁

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October 28 – November 3, 2019


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Oct 262019
 

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

About Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide


Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published
Print Length: 212 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VG2QZXV

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

Christmas craft projects included.

Author Interview

I am excited to have Lois visit today! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have a degree in graphic design and illustration from back in the pre-computer dinosaur era and worked for decades as a designer and editor in the consumer crafts industry. Now I’m a bestselling and award-winning author of 17 adult novels, 1 middle-grade novel, 5 novellas, one nonfiction book, and several short stories. I began my writing career penning romances and romantic suspense before switching over to cozy mysteries. I now write two cozy series—The Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, featuring reluctant amateur sleuth and crafts editor Anastasia Pollack, and The Empty Nest Mysteries, which is my homage to the classic Thin Man movies but with a modern twist.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. I can play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon in two degrees. Not that I’ve ever met Kevin Bacon, but his father and I attended the same church when I lived in Philadelphia.
  2. I wanted to be an astronaut, but NASA isn’t interested in vertically challenged astronauts who suffer from motion sickness.
  3. I’m one of a select few people in the world (or so it seems) who hate peanut butter. I can’t even stomach the smell of the stuff. I used to hold my breath when I made PB&J sandwiches for my kids.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Fun with Dick and Jane. Does that show my age?

What are you reading now?

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

What books have most inspired you?

This is one of those questions I find really hard to answer because there are so many ways to be inspired by books. I love books that make me laugh, and I love books that pull on my heartstrings. There are some books that have stayed with me even though I read them years ago because the plots and characters were so fabulous and the writing so gripping. Have they inspired my own writing? I’m sure everything I’ve ever read has inspired me in one way or another. It’s very hard for a writer not to be inspired by everything she reads, sees, and experiences.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Long story short—one day an editor told my agent she was looking for a cozy series featuring crafts. Knowing my background in the crafts industry, my agent suggested I try writing one. It turned out to be love at first tap of the computer keys. I never went back to writing romance.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a dedicated office for my writing. There’s a large, L-shaped desk, lots of bookcases, and two large windows.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I’m a news junkie. Just about all of my plots have been inspired by what I’ve read in the newspaper or seen on the local or national news. For instance, the plot of Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide was inspired by a murder that took place last year about twenty miles from where I live.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Some writers plot out every scene of every chapter before they ever begin writing the first sentence. If I did that, I’d find writing the actual book too much like drudge work because I’d already know everything that was going to happen. The most I’ll ever do in the way of plotting is write a couple of paragraphs of a general idea for the story. So sometimes I wind up writing myself into a corner, and it takes a few days of mulling things over in my head and brainstorming with my critique partner before I can figure out a way to move forward. It’s frustrating when it happens, but it always works out in the end.

What do you think makes a good story?

A book has to hook me from the very beginning with interesting characters and well-written prose. If it doesn’t, I toss it aside and move on to the next book. Life is too short to spend any time with mediocre writing and boring characters.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I think I subconsciously instilled much of my personality into Anastasia. We’ve also had similar careers and communist mothers-in-law.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

When I was asked to write a crafting cozy, I did a lot of research into the sub-genre and found they all centered round a crafter who worked in one specific craft or who owned a specific type of craft shop. I wanted to do something different rather than compete with what was already out there. Writing about a protagonist who works as the crafts editor of a women’s magazine enables me to feature different crafts in each book.

In addition, most cozies take place in small towns. Mine takes place in a suburb of New York City.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m already thinking about the next book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series and am mulling over a few different plot ideas.

Thank you Lois for dropping by today!

 

More About Lois Winston

 

USA Today 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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Oct 212019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Mississippi, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania!

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

Escapes Completed


The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
My review will be up tomorrow!


Fudge Bites (A Candy-Coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – September 24, 2018
Setting – Mackinac Island
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Versions of Her
by Andrea Lochen
Release Date – July 23, 2019
Wisconsin Author
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


Unleashed (A Hamilton Christmas Novella)
by Donna Kauffman
Release Date – October 1, 2018
Setting Virginia
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – October 29, 2019
Setting – Mississippi
For Review


Silent Knit, Deadly Knit (A Knit & Nibble Mystery
by Peggy Ehrhart
Release Date – November 1, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week!


Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – October 1, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
Watch for my review on Halloween!

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October 21 – 27, 2019


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Oct 162019
 

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

I am thrilled to shine the spotlight on Lois Winston’s new book today! 

 

About Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide


Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published
Print Length: 212 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VG2QZXV

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

Christmas craft projects included.

About Lois Winston

USA Today 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.

Author Links – Website     Blog     Pinterest     Twitter     Goodreads     Newsletter sign-up

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October 22 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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Oct 122019
 


It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on Abigail Keam’s
Murder Under A Blue Moon today!


Murder Under A Blue Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently published (April 29, 2019)
Paperback: 282 pages
ISBN-10: 1094674559
ISBN-13: 978-1094674551
Kindle ASIN: B07QBD2NPC

Miss Mona is broke. It’s during the Depression, and National Geographic has just turned down her application to join an expedition to the Amazon.

What’s she to do? Perhaps get a job as a department store salesgirl. Anything to tide her over until the next assignment.

There’s a knock on the door. Who could this be in the middle of the night? Holding a revolver, Mona reluctantly opens her door to a man wearing a Homburg hat and holding a briefcase.

“I bring glad tidings. Your Uncle Manfred Moon has died and left you as his heir to the Moon fortune. You are now one of the richest women in the country!” he says.

Mona’s response is to point her revolver in his face. If the stranger is telling the truth, she will apologize. If he is a fraud, she will shoot him.

That’s how Mona does things in 1933.

Editorial Reviews

FIVE STARS! – READERS’ FAVORITE
“Murder Under A Blue Moon: 1930s Mona Moon Mysteries Book 1 by Abigail Keam is a most delightful novel. Author Abigail Keam shows off her gift for fantastic descriptions and vivid characterization with the classic setting that revolves around the Moon mansion. Mona is the epitome of strong female characterization as she balances her free-thinking, trouser-wearing independence with the softer side of an alluring woman of fashion and wealth. Readers of this mystery will love this book and eagerly await the next installation of the Mona Moon Mystery series.”
FIVE STARS! – MJB REVIEWS
The characters are well rounded and well developed. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author seems very knowledgeable about this time period and that lent an authenticity to this book and kept me fully engaged. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. If you enjoy reading about past eras, grab this book.
“Readers who enjoy witty historical mysterieswill love this brand new series!” Kate Carlisle, author of the Bibliophile Mysteries and the Fixer Upper Mysteries.

From the Author

Award-winning author Abigail Keam has just released her new mystery series—the Mona Moon Mysteries—a rags-to-riches1930s mystery series that includes real people and events into the storyline. The new series is about a cartographer who is broke and counting her pennies when there is a knock at her door. A lawyer, representing her deceased uncle, announces Mona has inherited her uncle’s fortune and a horse farm in the Bluegrass. Mona can’t believe it. She is now one of the richest women in the country and in the middle of the Great Depression!

Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth. The Last Chance For Love Series tells of strangers who come from all walks of life to the magical Last Chance Motel in Key Largo and get a second chance at rebuilding their lives and The Princess Maura Fantasy Series.

Her first mystery novel, Death By A HoneyBee, won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Readers’ Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011..

Death By Drowning the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Readers’ Favorite and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist.

She is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Abigail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.

Author Links

Website           www.abigailkeam.com

Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/AbigailKeam

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YouTube         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCThdrO8pCPN6JfTM9c857JA

Bookbub        https://www.bookbub.com/authors/abigail-keam

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Sep 192019
 

Ring-A-Ding Dead!
(The Myriad Mysteries)
by Claire Logan

It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on
Ring-A-Ding Dead today! 

About Ring-A-Ding Dead!

Ring-A-Ding Dead! (The Myriad Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (May 29, 2019)
Print Length: 244 pages
Digital ASIN: B07SG1XXM6

Just married! It’s time for a … murder?

When checking into the posh Myriad Hotel on their honeymoon, Hector and Pamela Jackson discover a dead body! All the couple wants to do, though, is keep out of the commotion and enjoy some well-earned rest.

But another person dies, and they happen to appear at the crime scene. When a third person falls right in front of them, the police begin to wonder why.

Who’s responsible for the murders? Why are they happening? Are the couple under suspicion? Where does the little stray dog hanging around the hotel entrance come from? And when are Hector and Pamela finally going to have a proper honeymoon?

Praise for Ring-A-Ding Dead!
(The Myriad Mysteries)
by Claire Logan

Ring-A-Ding Dead! is two mysteries for the price of one . . . I greatly enjoyed the story and found the solution to the murders satisfactory, if not wholly unexpected.
~The Ninja Librarian

This one is a page-turner . . .
~My Reading Journeys

About Claire Logan

I’ve loved reading since I can remember! I love puzzles and mysteries and intrigue, and of all the cities I’ve been to, Chicago is my favorite. My four years of living in Chicago during grad school were wonderful. Plus I love history. And wasn’t the 1920’s wild? I’ve always wanted to write a series set in Chicago and now here’s my chance.

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Sep 142019
 

A Tangle in the Vines
(A Calla Lily Mystery)
by Anna Celeste Burke

 

I am excited to welcome Anna Celeste Burke to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Anna Celeste, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a retired professor who lives in the California desert near Palm Springs. That’s where you’ll find me most days, Snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style!

I took the long way around to writing fiction. I worked in the field of behavioral health treatment and research for thirty years. I wrote and published many nerdy academic titles during that period of my life. When they say publish or perish in university settings, they mean it!

The subject matter about how to improve outcomes for people with alcohol, drug, and mental health problems was interesting and meaningful to me. The structure and style used for writing and reporting what I’d learned from the research was excruciatingly stilted and confining.

In the oh so serious world of social and behavioral science, making stuff up is strictly taboo. Writing fiction began as a fun, creative, and liberating activity. When I retired, I was finally free to make stuff up all the time!

When I’m not writing, I enjoy hiking, reading, exploring old haunts and new locales in California, and hanging out with my husband and Siamese cat, Coco.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

*Before I became a professor, I worked as a chef at Walt Disney World after completing their WDW University Chef Training. I have a real “Micky Mouse” diploma!

*I’m also trained as a psychotherapist and worked as a clinician for about five years. I continued to have a role in supervising students in practice settings for the entire time I was a professor. It was a great way to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world.

*I’m a strong believer in the value of second chances.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I was four years old and read The Little Golden Books over and over. The Little Red Hen was a favorite. I loved fairytales, too.

What are you reading now?

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. I also have a recently released David Baldacci book that I hope to find the time to read soon. There are still a couple of Sara Paretsky’s more recent books that I haven’t read—so many books, so little time!

What books have most inspired you?

There are so many! I loved the classics written by women like Louisa May Alcott, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jane Austen. I didn’t know about their struggles, but they made it seem natural for women to write and to be taken seriously. I read scads of biographies that inspired me, too, including those about women pioneers in science like Marie Curie.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Like so many other girls, I got hooked on mysteries by reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and The Hardy Boys books. As I got older, I moved on to Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories featuring his Sherlock Holmes character. Unique, idiosyncratic, even flawed characters were especially interesting to me. I was captivated by Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Mrs. Pollifax, Jim Qwilleran, VI Warshawski, and so many other well-known sleuths.

When I decided to write fiction, mysteries seemed a natural extension of my fascination with understanding people, their motives, and choice of methods for solving their problems. There’s a lot of detective work in doing research and in working with clients struggling with alcohol, drug, and mental health problems. Sometimes those problems get them into legal trouble, so I had contact with the criminal justice system during my career. In fact, one of the first research projects I worked on was conducted in a women’s prison. Even in prison, the questions about whounit and why don’t always end.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Yes. I have a big chair—a chair and a half. Coco, my Siamese cat, sometimes sits on the back of it while I write. The chair sits in front of a large window in the great room with a view of sunny blue skies, glittering palm trees, and magenta bougainvillea. The Santa Rosa Mountains are visible in the distance, too.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

It depends. Radical Regatta, my latest book in the Corsario Cove series, draws on a real-life incident—a dog found alone, swimming in the ocean. In that case, the dog had fallen off a cargo carrier and was rescued by workers on an oil rig. The situation seemed to have the makings of a great mystery. It also seemed a perfect way to start a new story for my twenty-something snoops, Kim and Brien, who love each other, surfing, and sleuthing.

The entire Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series is inspired by the time I spent “working for the mouse” at the “Mouse Factory.” Some of the circumstances and incidents in the stories are loosely based on those I experienced during the five years I worked for Disney.

When I went to “casting” and joined the Disney family, Walt Disney was no longer alive. I often heard him referred to fondly as a creative genius who also had more than his share of flaws. That description applies as well to “Mad” Max Marley, founder of Marvelous Marley World—a Disneyesque entertainment empire based on the success of a cartoon cat.

In a way, the Georgie Shaw series is an exercise in what ifs. Georgie Shaw, trained as a chef, spends her entire career working for the “Cat,” and eventually moves into upper management at Marvelous Marley World. What if I’d stayed at Disney? How interesting might the “path not taken” have been—with a big dose of murder and mayhem tossed in, of course?

Most often the idea for the next book in a series comes from some incident or character in the previous book. I enjoy writing mysteries with “ensemble” casts and a new mystery in the series creates the opportunity to feature a particular “cast member.” For example, in A Dead Nephew, book 6 in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series to be released later this year, Betsy Stark, a peripheral member of Jessica’s “Cat Pack” will play a larger role. Her Cahuillan ancestry is important in the next mystery where the murder victim and the young man convicted of killing him are both members of a wealthy local tribe here in the Coachella Valley.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Keeping up with all the tasks involved in publishing and marketing my books is very challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?

Apart from introducing readers to interesting characters who change and grow over the course of a series, I want readers to feel as if they’re part of the action, and I like to keep them guessing until the very end. It’s also important to me for each new mystery I write to be fresh and unique.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’ve mentioned that some aspects of Georgie Shaw’s life are like mine. That’s true for most of my lead characters. My twenty-something sleuths, Kim Reed and Brien Williams, are an homage to the young, impulsive couple my husband and I were at their age. My husband and I ran off and married in Tijuana. I was underaged at the time, so I got as far as LA before the police picked me up as a runaway. Still married forty-nine years later, we’ve matured some although I’m still waiting for the “wisdom” that comes with aging to kick in. LOL! The high-school dropout, rock and roll guitar player I married, grew up, and became a professor too. That’s part of why I love second chances and believe in writing about characters who grow and change over time. A long “character arc” is one of the luxuries of writing a series.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

They all feature romance and humor, which isn’t always the case with books in the cozy mystery genre. Two of the series I write include a bit more suspense than many cozies—The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series and the Call Lily Mystery series. These two series are closer on the continuum to “edgy” cozy mysteries but are less edgy than the Agatha Raisin or Stephanie Plum series.

The other three—Corsario Cove, Georgie Shaw, and Seaview Cottages are much more traditional cozy mysteries. Like most culinary cozies, my characters eat well. That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise given my job as a chef. I have series that feature both cats and dogs, but most recently, I’ve added a more unusual pet to one of the series.

Another difference in my series might also be that in the Corsario Cove and Georgie Shaw series, married couples solve the mysteries together. I don’t think that happens often, but I find the Thin Man series by Dashiell Hammett so enjoyable I’ve watched the old films starring Myrna Loy, Ronald Coleman, and their dog, Asta, over and over.

Until recently, I didn’t realize it, but all my female leads are “survivors” of one kind or another. That wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, but it isn’t too surprising. There’s more to the story, but I’ll leave that for another time.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I have two more books planned in the Calla Lily Mystery series for early next year: Falls Killer Vintage, mystery #3, and The Vintners Other Daughter, #4. I have a new book planned for each of the other series, too. A Dead Nephew, Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery #6 will be out in early November.  A Fairway to Arms in Hemingway Hills, Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery #4 or A Canary in the Canal, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #8 will be available by the end of the year—I’m not sure which one yet. I’d be delighted if I could finish both by then.

Radical Regatta, Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4 is only available in our USA Today Bestselling box set, Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries & Cozy Crimes. That is a limited-edition box set and will be unpublished at the end of October. At that point, I’ll make Radical Regatta available as a standalone book. I have a fifth book in the works for the Corsario Cove series, Bogus Bones, in which two newly introduced rascals in book 4 will be back to cause more mischief.

About A Tangle In The Vines


A Tangle in the Vines (A Calla Lily Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (September 10, 2019)
Number of Pages 250 pages with recipes
ASIN: B07T62B16Q

The curtain may fall on the Calla Lily Players’ first season unless Lily and Austin can find a killer on the loose in California’s wine country. Torrential rains threaten to put a damper on The Calla Lily Players’ first outdoor theater production. When the ground suddenly shifts, buried secrets revealed amid the tangled vines put the spotlight on murder. As Lily and Austin dig deeper into the mystery, the drama unfolds onstage and off. The race is on to find a killer before opening night.

Grab your copy of the second book in the Calla Lily Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Anna Celeste Burke and join the race! Recipes Included. Free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Praise for A Tangle in the Vines
(A Calla Lily Mystery)
by Anna Celeste Burke

Well developed characters each playing a part makes it even more fun. Makes for a great cozy read making it perfect for fans of the genre. Wine lovers should appreciate it as well since it is set in the middle of wine country.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

 

About Anna Celeste Burke

An award-winning, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, I hope you’ll join me snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, and food—California style!

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up.

Retired now, I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Coachella Valley, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series set along California’s Central Coast, The Georgie Shaw Mystery series set in the OC, The Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series set on the so-called American Riviera, just north of Santa Barbara, and The Calla Lily Mystery series where the murder and mayhem take place in California’s Wine Country. Won’t you join me? Sign up at: http://desertcitiesmystery.com.

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Who Shot the Serif?
(Hand Lettering Mystery)
by Jessa Archer

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Who Shot the Serif? today!

About Who Shot the Serif?


Who Shot the Serif? (Hand Lettering Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (July 7, 2019)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-10: 1079134891
ISBN-13: 978-1079134896
Digital ASIN: B07TBL3TTV

When Jamie Lang finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the window of her shop, Flourish, with a hole shot through a serif, she knows someone’s trying to drive her business into red ink. Jamie confronts Earleen Culp, the ruthless owner of the local stationery shop, in front of the most popular breakfast spot in the small town of Cedar Valley. Of course, Earleen professes shock and innocence, so when she’s found dead in front of Jamie’s home the next morning, Jamie becomes the prime suspect.

Jamie’s one cross-stroke short of acquittal, and even her best friend has her doubts. But Jamie’s not the only one in town with a motive for wanting Earleen silenced for good. To clear her name, Jamie’s going to need every last drop of ink in her quill.

With the hot police chief Ridge, and her makeup artist friend Nora on her side, she’s prepared to go out with a flourish if that’s what it takes to catch the real murderer. She’s desperate to save her hand lettering business, but will her quest lead her right into a killer’s snare?

Praise for Who Shot the Serif?
(Hand Lettering Mystery)
by Jessa Archer

This was a great, quick read and the first crafting cozy I’ve read with hand-lettering as the theme. The characters were likable, the pace was quick, and I found this to be a fun start to a new series.
~The Book’s the Thing

Who Shot the Serif? is a humorous cozy mystery with a nasty nemesis, police chief with a fine physique, rampant rumors, canceling customers, surprising secrets and a hand lettering artist with a desperate need for coffee.
~The Avid Reader

What a great start to a new cozy series!
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The story moved along at a nice pace, with enough suspense to keep the pages turning . . . Nice start to a cute series likely to please most cozy mystery fans.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

I quite enjoyed the first book in this new series, from the clever writing to the killer hiding in plain sight. Then there is Jamie’s business, hand lettering, something I admire but cannot do myself. I think I should have paid more attention to my cursive in grade school!
~Storeybook Reviews

Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer is as smartly done as its title and as cute as its cover . . . Witty banter, solid friendships, and a little dash of romantical feelings round out the clever mystery and keep you fully engaged to the end.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Immediately you will settle into the town of Cedar Falls – there is even a map in the front of the book! I love maps like these! As you get to know Jamie’s friends, clients, and neighbors, you will wish you lived there too.
~Here’s How It Happened

Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer is fabulous. The characters, setting, and knowledge of hand lettering are amazing.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

At first, I wasn’t sure about this book . . . by the end, I was thinking about adding the later books to my TBR list!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

 

About Jessa Archer

Jessa Archer writes sweet, funny, warm-hearted cozy mysteries because she loves a good puzzle and can’t stand the sight of blood. Her characters are witty, adventurous, and crafty in the nicest way. You’ll find her sleuths hand lettering inspirational quotes, trying to lower golf handicaps, enjoying a scone at a favorite teashop, knitting a sweater, or showing off a dramatic side in local theater.

Jessa’s done many things in her long career, including a stint as a journalist and practicing law. But her favorite job is spinning mysteries. She loves playing small town sleuth and transporting readers to a world where the scones are delicious, wine pairs with hand lettering, and justice always prevails.

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