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Final Harvest (Finding Home) by Barbara Howard #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I am so happy to shine my spotlight on
Final Harvest by Barbara Howard today!


Final Harvest (Finding Home)
by Barbara Howard

About Final Harvest 


Final Harvest (Finding Home)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (August 1, 2020)
Paperback: 164 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8655968134
Digital ASIN: B08BKZ58YF

Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.

About Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Moving and unpacking are still playing havoc with my reading time.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Florida and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


A Waffle Lot of Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Florida
My Flashback Friday Read
My Review


Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Scotland
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday!


Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Virginia
My Review will be up on Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes

The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son: A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Saturday!


Flea Market Felony: A Cozy Mystery Novel (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders
Release Date – March 31, 2021
Setting ???
For Review


The Corpse Who Knew Too Much (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 29, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

March 28 – April 3, 2021 


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The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series) by Elizabeth Pantley #Interview /Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley


I am so happy to welcome Elizabeth Pantley to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Elizabeth, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve written parenting books for the past twenty years, but always had fictional stories rolling around in the back of my head. My wish was to someday write fiction – and now I am!

What are three things most people dont know about you?

My favorite vacation spot is Disneyland! I take my mom there every year and the two of us have a we’re-kids-again week. Obviously we didn’t get to go in 2020 – so I guess that means we can go twice once they open back up again, right?

My kids all hike, camp, and climb. Last year they took me out to climb my first mountain – and I loved it!

I used to be a darn good skier. But now, I don’t like to be cold, so I rarely ski.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I’ve always been a voracious reader! Some of my childhood favorites were the Boxcar Children, Black Beauty, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Secret Garden.

What are you reading now?

I’m always reading three or four books at a time, and I’ll pick one depending on my mood! Currently, it’s Give up the Ghost by Jane Hinchey, Bridgerton The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and Magic & Misfits by Annabel Chase.

What books have most inspired you?

I read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino in college and discovered it really wasn’t about sales at all, but about believing in yourself and your goals. It’s a small book with big impact.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I love reading cozy mysteries! I enjoy the puzzle of the story without the gore, fear, or details of thrillers. It suited my story-telling style.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

As long as I have a cup of tea and my laptop, I can write anywhere. My surroundings fade away and I see my story unfold in my mind – almost like a movie.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Real-life, the newspaper, books I’ve read, dreams. All of it merges once I’ve got a plotline and begin to let the story swirl around in my head.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The sales, marketing, and bookkeeping! It would be fun just to write, write, write, but the business end must be handled, too!

What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters, world-building of a place I’d love to visit, with a touch of humor and fun. And of course, a happy ending.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I’d like to think I’m like my adventurous main character, Hayden, or her quirky sidekick cat, Latifa! However, in reality, I’m probably more like the grande dame of the family, Eleanor. Always serious, in control, making lists, and running things.

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

Destiny Falls is a fascinating, enchanted place filled with quirky characters. The stories have a deeper intrigue that goes far beyond the murder. It’s an experience and an adventure as much as it is a mystery.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m deep into writing the next book in the series: The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales. I’m having an absolute blast with the new ghost character!

Thank you so much for visiting today, Elizabeth.

Keep reading to find out about Elizabeth’s new book!

About The Disappearance of Emily

The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (March 15, 2021)
Number of Pages 250
Digital ASIN: B08MDZDQY7

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

More About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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Great Escapes Praise for The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley

The growing family connections, the friendships, and the beautiful setting lured me in and the mysterious secrets yet to be uncovered make me eager for the next installment.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The Disappearance of Emily is a clean cozy mystery filled with magic and mystery. You will be enchanted with the wonderful, sometimes mysterious characters. And, most of all, you’ll be swept away by the mesmerizing town of Destiny Falls.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

The book is quite interesting. There is a murder, a kidnapping, and lots of family bonding. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the various characters other than I must feel as Hayden does – not entirely sure about who to trust.
~Literary Gold

I felt like this book expanded my knowledge about Destiny Falls and the Caldwell family but it also left me with a few more questions than answers so I can’t wait for the third book to discover more about this little town.
~Storeybook Reviews

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives) by D.E. Haggerty #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson
and
Hold the Coffee
(The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives)
by D.E. Haggerty

 

About Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson


Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson
(The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives)
Cozy Mystery

4th in Series
Independently Published (February 19, 2021)
Number of Pages – 100
Digital ASIN: B08KYCCFZY

Bernadette didn’t smoke. The fire couldn’t have been an accident!

 

Oh boy, the gray-haired knitters are at it again. Of course, they are. It’s been way too long since they ‘solved’ a mystery. But the investigator determined the fire at the craft store was caused by an unattended lit cigarette. Arson isn’t even a remote possibility. Except the owner Bernadette didn’t smoke and now she’s dead.

 

When Bernadette’s granddaughter asks me to look into the matter, the knitters practically cheer. They are on the case!

 

But is there even a case? Or are we seeing murder and arson where there’s merely smoke?

About Hold the Coffee

Hold the Coffee
(The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Independently Published (March 19, 2021)
Number of Pages – 100
ASIN: B08QZST69G

Oopsie. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives accused the wrong person of murder.

 

Poor Milly is furious after being hauled into the police station to be interrogated. She is not letting those knitters get away with pointing their fingers at her! Absolutely not. Instead, she insists they solve the murder and clear her name.

 

Naturally, the knitters jump at the chance to solve another mystery. They don’t care if the victim was hated by one and all. They’ll find the murderer!

 

Can the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives wade through the suspects to find the actual killer?

About D.E. Haggerty

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home.

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Great Escapes Praise forWhere There’s Smoke, There’s Arson
and Hold the Coffee (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives)
by D.E. Haggerty

I love how each lady’s personality shines through. They seem that they should be totally incompatible as friends, and yet the years of bonding come through. I have to admit Martha and her constant stalker-like matchmaking is my favorite.
~I Read What You Write! for Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson

This cozy offers plenty of love and laughter. I have decided that Noel is my new fave. Not only does he read as simply dreamy, but he has a wicked sense of humor and the old (not old) ladies can’t get anything past him.
~I Read What You Write! for Hold the Coffee

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, humorous cozy mystery, you’ll enjoy Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson. When I read the synopsis of this, I figured that it would be quirky and entertaining, and I wasn’t wrong!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners for Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson

I liked this one a lot since I felt like I knew the characters a little more. Though these can all be read on their own, it’s more fun reading them in order. You develop an affinity for the characters throughout the books in any series!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners for Hold the Coffee

These are super fast read for busy days. But they are packed with Mystery and great characters that you will fall in love with.
~My Reading Journeys for Where There’s Smoke There’s Arson

 

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Book Blast – Wedding Day and Foul Play (A Consignment Shop Mystery) by Duffy Brown


Wedding Day and Foul Play (A Consignment Shop Mystery)
by Duffy Brown


Wedding Day and Foul Play (A Consignment Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Independently Published
ASIN: B08WYCY16X

Wedding cake on top of the table, a dead body underneath and a favorite auntie accused of putting it there is no way to start a marriage.

 

It’s been one-hundred-and-eighty-three days and fourteen hours since Reagan Summerside tripped across yet another dead body but hopes of her Savannah wedding to Walker Boone going off without a hitch are dashed, when a corpse is found under the cake table and Auntie KiKi is accused of putting it there. Can Reagan and Walker find the killer without him finding them first, or will their new address be Bonaventure Cemetery?

 

About Duffy Brown 

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She is a National Bestselling author and now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own. She has two series the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah along with rescue pup Bruce Willis and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island with judgmental cats Cleveland and Bambino.

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Special Guest – Dianne Ascroft – Author of The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries) #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
by Dianne Ascroft

I am so happy to welcome Dianne Ascroft
to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dianne,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello everyone. I’m Dianne Ascroft. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Britain three decades ago. I’ve been gradually downsizing from city to town to countryside until I’m now settled on a farm in rural Northern Ireland with my husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals. I enjoy the outdoors so when the household chores are completed (my least favourite part of life) and I’m not writing, I go for long walks and also spend time with our cat. For many years, we had a pair of goats as companions until the last one died several years ago. Now our constant companion is our tortoiseshell cat (yes, one of the cats in my cozy mystery series is modeled on her).

I wrote historical fiction, often with an Irish connection, for several years before veering off into cozy mysteries. The Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series is a joy for me to write. Writing stories set in my homeland Canada has been a nostalgic journey for me and I enjoy every minute of it.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

For approximately two decades, I played the Scottish bagpipes and loved playing and competing with a pipe band in parades and piping contests in Canada, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

I’m the only right-handed person in my family.

I can’t ride a bicycle.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Dick and Jane grade-school readers. Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham also stands out vividly in my mind.

What are you reading now?

I always have a ‘stack’ of books waiting on my Kindle but the one I’m currently reading is Last Night with Tokyo Rose by Alexa Kang. I like to read a mix of cozy mystery and historical fiction, as well as the odd contemporary fiction in between.

What books have most inspired you?

There are loads of books that I could name, but I really admire Diana Gabaldon’s storytelling skill and her ability to interweave stories that unfold over several books. I’m also inspired by Laura Bradford’s ability to write compelling mystery plots and the way Leighann Dobbs weaves a believable magic world and engaging characters into her stories.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

For several years I wrote Second World War fiction, set in Northern Ireland. Then a couple of years ago I decided to have a change of pace. I had an idea for a mystery series and I knew a small town in Canada that would be the perfect setting for it. I think that part of the enjoyment of reading a cozy mystery is losing oneself in a pleasing setting. So, I fictionalized the small town that I knew as Fenwater and the first novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series evolved from there. I wanted to create a place that beckons readers to step in and stay a while, and characters that readers would remember. Cozy mysteries allow me to explore the characters and the place, as well as the mystery at the heart of the story.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I do much of my writing at a desk in the corner of the spare bedroom in my house but my favourite place to write is at the dining room table, often with a cup of tea on the table beside me, and our cat draped across my knee (or sitting beside me tapping my leg with her paw). My husband is next door in the living room so, if he misses me, he can pop his head through the doorway to reassure himself that I’m still there. There’s a small window on the wall opposite and a patio door beside me so the room is bright and cheery. But, since they look out onto the side lawn and the farmyard respectively, the view doesn’t distract me – unless, of course, a hare hops through the farmyard and stops to glance around, or a cow escapes from a field and comes wandering over for a nosy at me through the patio door (both have really happened).

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

The seeds that sow the ideas for my cozy mysteries come from many different places: incidents that happen to me, random thoughts that cross my mind and bits of trivia that catch my attention So far in this series, each story has been linked to a beautiful, cherished historic object: a watch that survived the sinking of the Titanic, a rare Haida Indian carving, a cameo brooch, and in this novel, an antique quilt. I’ve been a keen patchwork quilter since I was a teenager so when I stumbled across information about the tradition of wholecloth quilting in the Scottish Borders region, where the original settlers of my fictional town Fenwater came from, I had to weave it into the plot of The Heritage Heist. In the Scottish Borders town Hawick, their wholecloth quilts have a ‘broken heart’ and thistle motif. In this design, the stitching never meets at the top of the heart to complete the shape. I modelled the antique quilt in The Heritage Heist on this design. My character Lois is wowed by the exquisite workmanship in the beautiful counterpane when she first sees it and she keenly feels its loss when it’s stolen. She is even more perturbed when one of her friends becomes the prime suspect in the theft of the cherished textile.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Probably the most difficult aspect of the process for me is deciding what the theme of the story is and how the plot has to develop to reflect this. I spend time thinking about a new story and jot down my ideas before I begin to construct the plot. Once I have a list of ideas and information about the characters and the events in the story, I try to pull them together into a coherent plot. The theme then blends into the background but guides the development of the plot. As I pull the plot together, I check to be sure the story flows in a believable way and each character’s actions and the reasons behind them make sense. As I write the story, I frequently refer back to my plot outline to be sure it is still on course.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a story needs to be compelling, one that will matter to the characters and the reader. This doesn’t mean that it has to be a larger-than-life blockbuster that includes a huge cast of characters and many flashy settings. It can be set in a small place with characters that live relatively ordinary lives. But there must be a significant problem or conflict for them to solve, and events must drive relentlessly forward until the problem or conflict is resolved. As well as the underlying problem or conflict, the characters in the book need to touch readers’ hearts and make readers want to root for them.

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

Lois Stone, the main character in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, is very like me in many ways. After years of doing detailed historical research for my previous books, I wanted to write stories that wouldn’t involve a huge amount of research. So, as I created Lois, I deliberately added some of my own likes and dislikes to her personality. That made it very easy for me to bring her to life. Lois and I have had different experiences but there’s more of me in her than in any other character I’ve ever created.

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

I would describe my cozy mystery stories as heartwarming with a hint of history. For me, it’s important that the characters and place both appeal to the reader. I usually focus on characters that are people readers might meet and the kinds of places that everyone knows. The world of powerful corporations or the rich and famous isn’t for me. I don’t want to write larger-than-life places or people – just ones I hope readers will connect with. My goal is to warm readers’ hearts and put smiles on their faces. My mysteries have tension and drama, but perhaps in a more understated way than some other books do.

Also, I guess it goes back to my beginnings as a historical fiction author, but I can’t help throwing historical elements into my stories. Objects that have been stolen in the novels and novellas in this series include an artifact from the Titanic, a rare Haida Indian carving, and an antique wholecloth quilt. And in Out of Options, the prequel novella to the series, the story is set in a community divided over whether to continue to uphold their ‘dry’ status almost a century after the town voted to ban the sale of alcohol.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

The next novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series, of course. I had an idea for Book 3 in the series recently and I’m busy sketching out the plot for the book. It will soon be fleshed out enough for me to start writing. The novel will be available later this year.

Thank you Dianne for stopping by today. 

More About Dianne Ascroft 

 

Dianne Ascroft writes the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries, set in rural Canada, and The Yankee Years historical sagas, set in WWII Northern Ireland. She has a passion for Ireland and Canada, past and present. An ex-pat Canadian, Dianne lives on a small farm with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals.

Her previous fiction works include An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and a historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.

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Twitter: @DianneAscroft

 

About The Heritage Heist


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (December 15, 2020)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8581502389
Digital ASIN: B08QMHW6DD

A fall fair, a cornered craftsman, an heirloom heist. When an antique quilt that is a cherished part of Fenwater’s past disappears from the market before her town’s fall fair, it’s up to Lois to resolve the quilt quandary.

 

Middle-aged widow Lois is enjoying her second season in her new town and her century house, away from the dangers of big city life in Toronto. She can’t wait to experience her first old-fashioned fall fair, complete with hot apple cider. But when the local market is burgled, her enthusiasm for the upcoming festival plummets. During the break-in one of the security guards is badly injured and an antique quilt, on loan from the museum, vanishes. Her friend, Bruce, designed and built the display case and has one of only two keys to secure it. That makes him a prime suspect in the theft. Lois won’t let Bruce’s reputation, nor the trust his customers have in the bespoke furniture maker, be damaged by the allegation. She’s determined to piece the clues together to find the quilt, clear Bruce’s name and save a piece of Fenwater’s history.

 

And so begins a week of deepening friendships, hot apple cider, calico cats, backseat shenanigans, hazy housemates, and few puzzle pieces to work with, set against the backdrop of a rustic market building amidst stately stone architecture, the crackle of flames in the hearth, a blaze of colour on leafy residential streets and the scintillating scent of cinnamon.

 

The Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series is set in rural Ontario, Canada during the early 1980s.

 

A tale for fans of Cindy Bell, Leighann Dobbs, Dianne Harman and Kathi Daley.

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Cozy Wednesday with Jodi Linton – Author of The Hiker’s Guide To Murder – #Interview | #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JodiLinton1

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy to welcome Jodi Linton
to Escape With Dollycas today!


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton


Hi Jodi,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in Texas with my husband, two kids, one dog, and two cats. When I’m not writing my next cozy mystery, I’m working the day job at the family business my husband and I run together.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Give me a recipe and I’ll cook it. I love to cook, and try new foods.

I recently discovered my love for home decoration. Since we’ve been staying home, because of 2020 and 2021, we started to remodel our house, and I realized I really do a décor taste. Lol. I’ve enjoyed putting various styles together to find my own.

And third, I’ve traveled to several countries before I was married. My hope is once it’s safe to travel again, I can take my husband to see some of the countries I visited in my youth.

What is the first book you remember reading?

R.L Stein books.

What are you reading now?

I just finished It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kyle Scott. It was my first time reading her, and I adored it. Her dialogue is so witty and sharp, and fast.

What books have most inspired you?

Sookie Stackhouse books and Stephanie Plum. After reading both series, I knew I had an itch to write my own mystery series.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I started out in romance. I sold my first series back in 2014. It was a mystery, that after the sell, I beefed up the romance in edits. I guess I’ve always enjoyed writing a book with a case as the plotline.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Not really. I have an office set up in my bedroom.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Life. Travels. My latest series, A Southwest Exposure Mystery Series, I gathered my ideas from our regular family trips to Red River, New Mexico and Salida Colorado. We went rafting, mountain bike riding, hiking, and even fed chipmunks in a ghost town. The only thing we didn’t find was a dead body like my heroine, Andie Sullivan. Thank goodness.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The whole thing. I’m not kidding. I’m writing my 12th book, and each book has its own challenges. Sometimes it’s that little imposter syndrome voice echoing in my ear. Other times, it’s finding time to write as well as do mom duties and day work stuff.

What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it’s the character’s relationship and dialogue. I’m big on dialogue. – You are going to like my review 🙂

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

Andie Sullivan. I protect the people in my circle, but also strive to be the best person I can be for myself, and make sure I’m fulfilled in life as much as my kids are. I’m also quiet nosy. So, I’d probably make a good cozy mystery sleuth.

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

They’re set in a unique setting, open with action, and I try to blend my case plot with a romantic arc so the reader roots for both outcomes. Having written romance for so many years, the romantic angle is ingrained in me, and I knew I wanted a strong romance plot to play second fiddle to the mystery solving. I felt it grounded the characters in reality.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Writing book three in A Southwest Exposure Mystery Series, RAIDERS OF THE CAMPSITE.

Thank you so much, Jodi, for visiting today. 

More About Jodi Linton

Hey Y’all,

I’m just a girl from Texas, minus the big hair…and oh, yeah, a horse. My crew consists of two kiddos, one which inherited my makeup addiction, and a husband still living out his garage band dreams, but in our closet next to my shoe collection.

I love to hang out with my readers, discussing books, recipes, and just everyday shenanigans. I got started in the romance community, which you might know a few of my books from there. Now, I’m all about the cozies…and the coffee. Yeah, can’t forget that.

I’d love for you to come and join my reader group, Jodi’s Book Corner, or come like me on Facebook to discover my books. And chat. Naturally.

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About The Hiker’s Guide to Murder


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – New Mexico
Independently Published (February 1, 2021)
Print length: ~200 pages
Digital ASIN: B08D28ZCMB

Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body? Not exactly the fun party outdoor guide Andie Sullivan planned for her brother, Kyle. Welp.

 

When the body is identified as a local who worked at the parks department, Andie decides to put her clue-solving skills to use. Winter tourism is at stake, and if word gets out that Bushwhack has another killer on the loose, she can kiss that sweet revenue goodbye.

 

Easier said than done. Meanwhile, Sheriff Zac Mars is neck and neck with her on uncovering clues, proving solving the latest murder in town is harder than powering through a mountain bike tour on an energy bar breakfast. Racing against the clock, Andie must uncover evidence to make her mountain community safe for ski bunnies. But as one new plot twist turns into another dead body, Andie learns not everyone likes meddling civilian sleuths. If she’s not fast enough, the killer may find her before she finds them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Andie Sullivan and her brother Kyle hike the Kindling National Forest every year for Kyle’s birthday. A day for just the two of them usually. This year three people truly is a crowd especially when the third person is dead. The woman found in a cave was an employee of the Parks Department and her death could really affect Andie’s bottom line. Sullivan’s Adventure Company depends on tourists coming to Bushwack and dead bodies tend to deter their visits to the area.

So Andie starts some sleuthing on her own much to the dismay of Sheriff Zac Mars. Despite their age difference and the fact that Andie used to babysit Zac, you could cut the romantic tension with a knife. He knows she is not going to back away from the case so they make a friendly wager as to who will solve the case first. Then Andie finds another body and realizes she could be next. She may have taken her last hike.


After reading The Killer Outdoors I couldn’t wait to return to Bushwhack, New Mexico to see how Andie was fairing and what kind of adventure she, Zac, and Kyle would take us on next. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

I really enjoy these characters. Andie is such a strong protagonist. She is independent and smart with a drive to succeed in her business and in life. She isn’t sure about starting a relationship with Zac but he is making it very clear that he wants to be more than friends. She feels the attraction, she just needs to be sure she isn’t making a mistake. Of course, Kyle isn’t shy about adding his two cents. And neither is Vivian, Andie’s friend who is always up for a little amateur sleuthing.  Ms. Linton has created a splendid cast of characters. Their relationships feel natural and the dialogue is superior.

The author also treats her readers to another fast-paced mystery. Trailing along with Andie was so much fun. I was totally caught up in trying to solve the mystery. I thought I was on the right track but then came that twist that jumbled by thinking and made perfect sense. The second book in the series, the second time I was surprised at the reveal.

What I really liked was the romantic vibes between Zac and Andie blended effortlessly with the mystery bringing some comedy to several situations while never detracting from the main story.  Sometimes it is hard to hit that balance but Ms. Linton does it very well.

Great characters and a first-rate story. I read The Hiker’s Guide To Murder incredibly fast, all in one sitting. I never once thought of putting it down. I am very excited about the continuation of this series. Raiders Of The Campsite hits shelves April 13. 

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I enjoyed the plot. It was a fun ride along with Andie as she looked for clues and annoyed the Sheriff.
~My Reading Journeys

This was a quick and easy read with a fun storyline. I loved the interaction between the characters. Once I started reading, I had a difficult time putting the book down.
~Literary Gold

A light, quick read good for around a campfire or safe in your own home.
~Laura’s Interests

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, Michigan, and Massachusetts!

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

Escapes Completed


Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – February 9, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – February 1, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stop here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – August 5, 2014
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Furbidden Fatality (A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery)
by Deborah Blake
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – New York
For Review


Farm to Trouble (Farm to Table Mysteries
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Michigan
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week!


A Side of Murder (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
by Amy Pershing
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts

Future Escapes

February 14 – 20, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, New Mexico, and Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – September 18, 2020
Setting – Scotland
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Death by Intermission (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan
Release Date – January 26, 2021
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Rhino Charge: A Gripping Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – February 5, 2021
Setting – Africa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Current Escape


The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)
by Larissa Reinhart
Release Date – April 16, 2018
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!
Alphabet Soup February Mini Challenge

Scheduled Escapes


Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – February 9, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Hiker’s Guide To Murder (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – February 1, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stop here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – August 5, 2014
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Future Escapes

February 7 – 13, 2021


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Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #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.


Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
Independently published (September 14, 2020)
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8684013119
Kindle ASIN: B087RMBK7B

When a trip to Scotland ends in tragedy, travel guide Lana Hansen must sleuth out who murdered her guest before she ends up paying the piper.

Lana hasn’t seen her ex-husband, Ron, since their divorce was finalized eight months earlier. So when they bump into each on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, she is not exactly jumping for joy.

To make matters worse, Ron threatens a member of her tour group—a beloved and respected magician named Presto the Amazing. Ron is convinced Presto stole one of his magic tricks—the same act that propelled the famous magician into stardom—and swears he will get his revenge.

After Presto is scared to death by a group of well-meaning bagpipers, the police suspect he was first poisoned—and that Ron is the culprit!

As much as Lana would love to let her ex-husband rot in prison, she soon discovers that he is not the only one who would prefer to have Presto vanish.

Did Ron poison the magician? Or did one of several family members accompanying Presto on the trip use this vacation to knock off the domineering patriarch?

When another guest is murdered, Lana must decide how far she is willing to go to save the man who broke her heart.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What should have been an idyllic trip to Scotland is ruined by first one murder and then another.

Magician Presto has arranged a tour to Scotland for his family. Lana soon learns the family is highly dysfunctional but she never imagined their patriarch would be killed and that her ex-husband Ron, who she hasn’t seen in months, would be tapped as the prime suspect. Ron does have a history with the deceased by Lana can’t believe he would resort to murder.

Then another member of the family group is killed. With Ron in custody, Lana fears she is traveling with a killer.


Lana’s patience is really tried in this Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery. The family is a bunch of spoiled brats expecting their father/grandfather to dole out cash for their every need and want. Ms. Alderson has created a wonderful group of unlikable characters. They are each unique with their own issues and easily envisioned from the author’s descriptions. Lana and Presto’s personal secretary are the only ones besides one of the deceased that have any redeeming qualities.

The roots of evil in this mystery are money and greed and Lana has a plethora of suspects including her ex. The author has put her protagonist in a difficult situation. She sees and overhears things, things that make her realize she is in a prime spot to do some investigating. She uncovers many secrets and lies and in doing so she puts her own life in danger. I found the mystery to be very well-plotted with a nice pace and an exciting reveal.

Again Ms. Alderson takes her readers on a great virtual vacation. Her descriptive voice brings all the landmarks her characters visit to life. I just wish Presto’s family would have appreciated the extraordinary places they were visiting.

Death by Bagpipes was another Perfect Escape. I really am enjoying this series.

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About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning mystery series—the Zelda Richardson Mysteries and Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries—and standalone stories.

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