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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #50 2017 – Minnesota – Virginia – Oregon – Maine

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am starting in Minnesota, then off to Virginia, Oregon, and Maine.   

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

Escapes Completed

A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow!


A Crime of Poison (A Silver Six Mystery)
Release Date – December 5, 2017
Setting – Arkansas
Nancy will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Tulip Shirt Murders (The Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries)
Release Date – November 8, 2017
Setting -Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


The Trouble with Murder (A Gourmet Cat Mystery)
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – California
Review will post Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Discombobulated Decipherers: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery
Release Date – November 21, 2017
Setting – Minnesota
The Great Escapes Tour stops her Saturday!


A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Release Date – December 12, 2017
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Live and Let Fly (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – (December 5, 2017)
Setting – Oregon
Clover Tate will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week.


Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Release Date – December 26, 2017
Setting – Maine
For Review

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Posted in Giveaways Great Escapes Book Tours Spotlights

#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery by Erin Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour

Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery
by Erin Johnson

Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins: A Cozy Witch Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self Published (November 21, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
Paperback: 286 pages
Kindle ASIN: B077CHVX8N

Murder at a Mermaid Nightclub

The enchanted village of Bijou Mer’s on high alert, with the villainous Horace on the loose. Imogen’s excited to escape the tension with a trip to the underwater Mermaid Kingdom to bake for the young mermaid queen’s engagement to the pirate king.

But when the mermaids turn out to be less French Riviera and more Jersey shore, the bakers are wrapped up in their world of clubbing in sea caves and fighting off seals for the best tanning spots, and are embroiled in a pirate smuggling scandal. It gets worse when a member of the mermaid court is found dead in a fishing net, and one of Imogen and Maple’s baked goods seems to be the murder weapon.

Imogen tries to fish out the real murderer to clear their names, while struggling with her romantic feelings for Hank. At the same time, she’s working with him to learn to control her magic and investigate Horace’s riddle and her own mysterious past.

As the mermaid court’s freewheeling lifestyle rubs off on the bakers, the gang lets loose and passions rise to the surface. But with a giant octopus crawling the ocean floor, the mermaid court filled with simmering secrets and scandals, and the ever present threat of the Badlands Army, Imogen must solve the murder before she ends up fish food herself.

About the Author

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Website: www.erinjohnsonwrites.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWrites. Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

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New Release Tuesday – November 2017 – Week #3

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

Just 3 to share with you this week!

 

The Cat of Christmas Future (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 14)


The Discombobulated Decipherers: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery


The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)

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Posted in Cloak and Dagger Challenge Giveaways Reviews 2017 Wisconsin Author Wisconsin Setting You Read How Many Books Challenge

#Review / #Giveaway – The Mayor’s Son by Susan L. Pare’

The Mayor’s Son
Mystery/Crime/Suspense
Setting – Wisconsin
Self Published (August 29, 2017)
Paperback: 254 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996619578
Kindle ASIN: B0758JN3FT

 

 

 

It’s summer time, 1957. Early on a Sunday morning, a young woman is found dead in the street. She’s been murdered and thrown away like a sack of garbage. Hours later, a second woman is pulled out of the Crawfish River, another victim of a brutal killing.

Chief Augie Austin, Columbus’ top cop, suspects that he may be dealing with a serial killer. But, when the clues send him in two different directions, he realizes that is dealing with two murderers, not one.

Austin’s peaceful world is turned upside down, as he realizes that Columbus is not the unspoiled, perfect little town he thought it was. As he interviews witnesses and friends of the deceased, he finds himself up against one road block after another. People aren’t talking and he wants to know why.

As the evidence builds, Austin recognizes that it is pointing to one of his own officers. Already suspicious that this cop has been bending the rules for personal gain, Austin realizes that he may have a murderer patrolling his streets.

Knowing he must tread carefully, Austin sets out to build a rock solid case against Officer Drollstrom – the Mayor’s son.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A mystery set in your small home town can be unnerving. This story takes place almost exactly 4 years before I was born. With all the real places, businesses, streets, homes and character names similar to their real ones or descriptions clear enough to recognize who they were based on had me thinking parts of the story could come from actual events, I mean I wasn’t around . . . but the real mayor’s son at the time has assured everyone it is purely fiction.

When a young woman is found dead near the town’s only set of stop and go lights “the four corners” and a second woman is pulled from the river Police Chief Augie Austin fears Columbus may have a serial killer. Trying to find a link between the women is tough because no one will answer his questions. Like him, most residents of this small Columbia County town can’t believe this happened in their close knit community. The investigation starts to move forward when the results on evidence from the crime lab start to come in and they are pointing to one of his own officers. The guy is lazy as they come and doesn’t respect Austin’s authority, but a murderer. . .

This is my first book by this author and clearly it will not be the last. She knows how to set a scene and has created unique characters. I love that in 1957 she has a capable and well trained woman on the police force. All the characters are realistic and their dialogues are believable. Her descriptions make it so easy to picture everything clearly even if you have never set foot in the city.

Murder, prostitution, and small town politics, all come together in a suspenseful mystery with amazing twists and an ending you will never see coming. There is also a fair amount of humor woven throughout the story.

I love my home town.  Taking a step back in time was a pleasure. From the city hall, to Earl’s Cafe (where both my mother and sister worked), to the Fireman’s Tavern, the Stokely canning factory, the popcorn wagon, the Crawfish River and more brought back so many memories. I grew up there and still don’t live too far away. My dad was a milkman, a school bus driver and later the Fire Chief. My mom worked not only at Earl’s Cafe but at the garment factory and later owned a tavern with my dad. Heck, I was runner up to Miss Columbus in 1979. Life there wasn’t perfect but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I admire the author’s imagination and the drama she brought to life in her book. The characters are well crafted and the story really flowed well. I look forward to reading another of her books that hopefully don’t hit quite so close to home 🙂

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Posted in New Release Tuesday

New Release Tuesday – November 2017 – Week #2

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

November 14 – 17, 2017



November 14
Death in the Stacks (A Library Lover’s Mystery)


Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery)


Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum)


Ghost of Christmas Past, The: A Molly Murphy Mystery

November 16

The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Short Story)

November 17

Barking with the Stars (The Pampered Pets Mysteries)

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Posted in Giveaways Great Escapes Book Tours Spotlights

#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Dressed to Kill, An Antique Hunters Mystery by Vicki Vass – Great Escapes Book Tour

Dressed To Kill: An Antique Hunters Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Tedeschi Publishing (October 12, 2017)
Print Length: 177 pages
E-Book ASIN: B076DQ3R8T

In 1865, Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, conspired to change the course of the Civil War. Crossing lines between North and South, the band of conspirators wove a plan that remained undiscovered for more than 150 years until Antique Hunter Anne Hillstrom finds one of Keckley’s gowns. She and fellow Antique Hunter CC Muller unravel the mystery that has left a trail of dead bodies, leading to the doorstep of their antique store, Great-Aunt Sybil’s Attic.

Dressed to Kill is the fifth book in the Antique Hunters Mystery Series. Rooted in history, the series reimagines real-life events blurring the line between fact and fiction.

Praise For Dressed to Kill, An Antique Hunters Mystery
by Vicki Vass

A fun romp through history and a road trip of adventure.
~Laura’s Interests

I was thrilled to be transported into such a hot topic piece, the Civil War. It was a great read, and one that reminded me how much I enjoy this author.
~Bibliophile Reviews

I enjoy reading any book written by this author. She has a way of writing that makes the story move along nicely. I also like that she includes some historical things in her mysteries.
~A. Holland Reads


About the Author

With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter’s notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

Author Links –

Website – Blog – Facebook 

Purchase Link – Amazon

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November 5 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
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November 10 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST
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November 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
November 13 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW
November 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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Posted in New Release Tuesday

New Release Tuesday – November 2017 – Week #1

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

November 7 – 10, 2017

 


A Late Frost (An Orchard Mystery)


A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery


Every Breath You Take (An Under Suspicion Novel)


Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery)


Assault and Buttery (A Popcorn Shop Mystery)


Death at the Emerald: A Frances Ffolkes Mystery


That Olde White Magick (An Abracadabra Mystery)

Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery)


City of Lies (A Counterfeit Lady Novel)


Eaves of Destruction (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)


The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery


Much Ado About Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery


A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
  November 8


Canal Days Calamity (A Dog Days Mystery)
 November 8


Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery)
November 10

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Scrapbook of Murder by Lois Winston – Great Escapes Tour

Scrapbook of Murder
by Lois Winston

Scrapbook of Murder (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Self Published (October 2, 2017)
Print Length: 171 pages
E-Book ASIN: B075FCSCPL

Crafts and murder don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but “normal” deserted craft editor Anastasia Pollack’s world nearly a year ago. Now, tripping over dead bodies seems to be the “new normal” for this reluctant amateur sleuth.

When the daughter of a murdered neighbor asks Anastasia to create a family scrapbook from old photographs and memorabilia discovered in a battered suitcase, she agrees—not only out of friendship but also from a sense of guilt over the older woman’s death. However, as Anastasia begins sorting through the contents of the suitcase, she discovers a letter revealing a fifty-year-old secret, one that unearths a long-buried scandal and unleashes a killer. Suddenly Anastasia is back in sleuthing mode as she races to prevent a suitcase full of trouble from leading to more deaths.


About the Author

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 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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November 8 – Varietats – REVIEW
November 9 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
November 10 – Jane Reads – REVIEW
November 11 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Seashells, Spells & Caramels by Erin Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour

Seashells, Spells & Caramels
by Erin Johnson


Seashells, Spells & Caramels by Erin Johnson
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published
Release Date – October 29, 2017
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1976214820
Kindle ASIN: B076GT2MXY

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom’s big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker, and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non magical life.

It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges, but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.

With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.

Praise for Seashells, Spells & Caramels
by Erin Johnson

This is delightfully delicious fantasy with romantic overtones. A combination of the popular televised Great Bake-Off shows and catty reality dramas…
~Laura’s Interests

Its not the typical cozy, which makes it unique, but it also has some of the elements I like in a cozy mystery, baking and food!
~A Chick Who Reads

This was such a great story. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the magical elements that made this story truly unique.
~Brooke Blogs

Absolutely wonderful cozy mystery!!! This is some of the best world building I have read in quite some time.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

This was an absolutely delightful read!
~Valerie’s Musings


About the Author

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Author Links
Website:    Facebook    Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

 

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October 29 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
October 29 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
October 29 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
October 30 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY
October 30 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
October 30 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
October 31 – Readsalot – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT 
October 31 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 31 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 1 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
November 1 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
November 1 – Celebrating Authors – SPOTLIGHT 
November 2 –  The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
November 2 –  Varietats – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 2 –  Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 3 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 3 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – RECIPE, GIVEAWAY
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Posted in My Reading Itinerary Monday

My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #44 2017 – Coast to Coast

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am traveling coast to coast.

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

Escapes Completed


In It For The Money (A Blu Carraway Mystery)
Release Date – September 12, 2017
Setting – South Carolina
My Review


The Secret, Book & Scone Society
Release Date – October 31, 2017
Setting – North Carolina
Review will post tomorrow!


King Harald’s Snow Job (King Harald Mysteries)
Release Date – July 24, 2017
Richard will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – California
Daryl will be my special guest this Thursday!


Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries)
Release Date – July 26, 2010
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Cardinal Cabin
Release Date – September 12, 2017
Setting – Connecticut
For Review


Thread the Halls (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Release Date – October 31, 2017
Setting – Maine
For Review


Eaves of Destruction (A Fixer-Upper Mystery)
Release Date – November 7, 2017
Setting – California
Kate will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!

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Dollycas
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