Dec 292015
 

second chance at murderA Second Chance at Murder:
A Love or Money Mystery

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Spain
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (January 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Bill Bruning
Cover Design by Danielle Abbiate
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271698
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKIHG
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In the latest from the USA Today bestselling author of A First Date with Death, reality TV gets all too real with murder…

After Love or Money made them reality TV stars, former cop Georgia Thornton and her new boyfriend Scott were supposed to live happily ever after. Unfortunately as their fifteen minutes of fame came to an end, actual reality kicked in and their prize money quickly evaporated.

So Georgia and Scott agree to appear in a new program, pitting them against other teams in an athletic journey across the countryside of Spain for a chance to win $250,000. But the fierce competition turns frightening when Scott disappears during an overnight camping trip in the Pyrenees Mountains, leaving only his bloody wristwatch behind—and a woman’s dead body.

With the Spanish authorities ready to convict Scott, Georgia must find him and prove his innocence in an amazing race against crime…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In the first book, A First Date with Death, it was like The Bachelorette. This time it is like The Amazing Race, except when someone goes missing and a dead body is found on the first stop, forcing the entire contest to travel nowhere. Yes, the went from America to Spain but that was then the reality show became real and the police wouldn’t let them leave. Georgia and the bachelor she picked in the first story, Scott, are again appearing on a television show. Scott doesn’t get much time onscreen because he disappears before the competition even begins. He will get some jail time though if the police find him because his fancy watch was found next to a woman that had been murdered. The producers expect Georgia to continue the race with a new partner. Can she race and find the real killer? She knows Scott wouldn’t kill anyone…or would he???

Diana Orgain has penned an excellent story that had me staying up late until I finished the whole thing. I wasn’t exactly sure where she was going to go with this series and I love the direction she took in this second book. The characters we loved from the first book are back and we meet several new ones in Spain. I especially liked police detective, Sergio, and the senora that owned and operated the B&B, a very wise woman. The people making up the race teams were very interesting too.

We follow the race teams to many places as they find hidden items and complete the challenge tasks. There are a couple of very scary moments and a couple of funny ones too. Like the real television show expecting the unexpected is key.

The places they visited sound so beautiful and rich with history. Orgain painted wonderful pictures with her words.

As the race went on almost everyone was a suspect in Georgia’s eyes while the police stayed focused on Scott. I was completely in he dark for most of the book. I knew something was amiss but never dreamed it would play out the way it did.

I am ready for more right now. I was blessed to receive an advance copy of this book. Maybe I can get an advance of the advance copy for the next one. 🙂

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About the Author
Diana Orgain is the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and coauthor of Gilt Trip with Laura Childs in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries. She holds a B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting. Diana has acted professionally both on stage and in national commercials. She’s written several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouse Productions, and PlayGround. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her atwww.dianaorgain.com.

 

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Mar 062015
 

flamenco flan    large banner640It’s my turn today on the Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities Great Escapes Tour. As you can see below it is getting great reviews.

Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities
by Mary McHugh

Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities serves up just what it says: good entertainment, good food and good mystery! I am looking forward to reading other books in this series.
~Back Porchervations

Talk about transporting the reader – I felt as if I were in Spain for the last few days.
~Socrates Book Reviews

I enjoyed this book a little better than I did the first Happy Hoofer mystery. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book that kept me guessing.
~Melina’s Book Blog

I adored this cozy mystery, everything is wonderful: the places, the plot, the characters, the food ………
~LibriAmoriMiei

The characters have depth with unique characteristics and conflicts.
~Christa Reads and Writes

I think I’ve fallen in love with this series! No joke, how can you not love a cozy series with a group of dancers called the Happy Hoofers? Its impossible, I tell you.
~A Chick Who Reads

It is a delightful trip with these ladies covering dancing, information about Spain, photography tips, a little romance and drama, and some great food and recipes.
~Lilac Reviews

I especially liked the descriptions of the scenery and the places they visited, including the restaurants, and that there were recipes for some of the things that they tried along the way.
~THe GaL iN THe BLue MaSK

It was fun to see how all the characters interacted and how their thought processes worked.
~Laura’s Interests

You will laugh your way through this fantastic read. The characters are hilarious and the story line will keep you moving through the pages until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case​

This is a first time read for me by this author and I adored her book…The characters are a hoot…
~Bab’s Book Bistro

I loved this book and reading about the great recipes included in the story. This book was full of adventure and mystery and had pulled me in and wouldn’t let go!
~Community Bookstop

I liked reading about the camaraderie of the five friends, and their sightseeing in Spain, just as much as trying to figure out whodunit.
~Jane Reads

flamenco flanFlamenco, Flan, and Fatalities
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting: Spain
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617733611
E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASU8S
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Synopsis

Murder is nothing to tap at. . .

The high-kicking Happy Hoofers–Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini–have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan–with Gini as suspect numero uno–the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.

The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!

Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes

If you haven’t met the Happy Hoofers check out my review of the first book, Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses here.
Amazon has the Kindle Version on sale for $1.99 right now.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gini narrates this time and she a force to be reckoned with. She has a hard time holding her tongue and that lands her on the suspect list.

I like these stories because these woman are my age and I wish I could be traveling right along with them. I am mystery fan so even the dead bodies wouldn’t both me too much….yeah right…well I would hope I could help them sleuth out the killer.

Set on a train traveling through Green Spain sounds just spectacular except when a murder means the passengers are stuck on the train instead of seeing the sights. The Happy Hoofers have made friends with certain people though that allows them to travel to some local tourist attractions and restaurants, but they are usually quick secret excursions.

This is basically a closed mystery meaning the killer has to be someone on the train even though it makes several stops. Even in the close quarters these ladies find a way to snoop and eavesdropping is pretty easy with everyone so close together. There are more than a few twists before the true culprit is revealed and I was thrilled that I was on the right track.

I did enjoy the disabled passenger on the train. Their experience mirrored mine about life in a wheelchair and they offered some great insight.

Mary McHugh has penned a very humorous mystery with a key emphasis on friendship. There is a bit of romance too. Love always seems to bloom when people travel. The recipes are great too!

This can be read as a stand alone but recommend starting at the beginning with Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses. They are quick entertaining reads and a great way to spend an afternoon.

We don’t have long to wait for our next vacation with the Happy Hoofers. We head to France with Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets August 25.

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About This Author

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.

She loves to tap dance and to travel -two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.

She lives in the New York area. Visit her at http://marymchugh.org/index.html

 

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Jun 062014
 

the lemon groveThe Lemon Grove
Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Romance)
Published by Doubleday (June 3, 2014)
RANDOM HOUSE LLC
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0385538534
E-Book File Size: 1577 KB
ASIN: B00HTMBEO8
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Jenn and Greg are enjoying their annual summer getaway to Deia, a village in Majorca off the coast of southern Spain. They are spending lazy days on the beach and afternoon sex in their gorgeous villa.

Everything is wonderful until Emma, Greg teenage daughter, arrives with her boyfriend Nathan. Jenn finds herself immediately drawn to the young man. It is taking all her strength to curb her temptation. Is giving in worth the risk?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was an amazing fast read.

The author has given has four very flawed characters. Jenn is bored with her life and even bored with her vacation to this idyllic place. Greg is keeping a secret and seems to really have a problem with a landlord they have known for years. Emma is fifteen, need I say more. In addition to the usual angst of a 15 year old she really has a problem with her step-mom and the divide divide is growing, leading to a tension between Greg and Jenn. Then there is Nathan. This young man is quite a piece a work. Sadly I really didn’t like any of them but their story is very compelling and I just couldn’t stop reading. Which may be exactly what the author wanted.

She describes the panoramas of Spain beautifully. She painted a picture of an awful storm so clearly I could almost feel the wind and rain. She also tells the sexual parts of the story very graphically so if you are uncomfortable with that this is not the book for you.

The plot had several twists that drew me even further into the story. There were several times I wanted to just jump into the book and shake Jenn and tell her what she was doing was wrong. But it was like watching a scary movie and you cover your eyes so you can’t see the frightening parts but they still happen. The ending surprised me, a shocking twist. Helen Walsh wrote a great story but the ending was masterful.

I think this is a story people really like or absolutely hate. It was not a perfect escape for me but I definitely want to read more books from this author.

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I am not giving this book away at this time because both of my daughters want to read it 🙂

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Dec 072013
 

november echo
November Echo
Aleksandr Talanov Thriller Series
Published by Regis Books (November 1, 2013)
Paperback: 298 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0958666435
E-Book File Size: 2944 KB
ASIN: B00G727L70
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Every spy has a beginning and this story is about Colonel Aleksandr Talanov’s beginning. For Talonov, an agent of the KGB, his life as a spy started back in 1985 at the height of Cold War tensions between the Americans and Soviets. It was after the the Biological Weapons Treaty of 1972 and the Soviets ignored the treaty. They instead set up several facilities to create biological weapons to use around the world whenever they decided to attack. In 1985 one of the Soviet scientists working with these deadly toxins decides to defect and Talanov is assigned to bring him back. This assignment changes the entire course of Talanov’s life.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Wow! Wow! Wow! My husband and I read this book at approximately the same time and we both uttered those words as we finished the last page. We had the same reaction to Turner’s Greco’s Game which I reviewed last year and named Best Indie Suspense Thriller of 2012.

James Houston Turner packs a lot into the pages of this book, car chases, hand to hand combat, bombs, fires, gunfire, truth, lies, compassion and fear.  A major twist turns the whole story upside down. It was a non-stop ride from the first page until the last. I can easily see this as a movie. The drama was vivid in my mind’s eye. 

Turner is an awesome writer. He has created this fabulous character, Aleksandr Talanov, and masterfully written another fantastic espionage thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.  I can’t believe how fast I read this book. The pages were flying.

There are 3 books featuring Aleksandr Talanov, Department Thirteen, Greco’s Game, and November Echo. I can’t believe I have not read Department Thirteen, but it is on my Wish List and I am going to get it on my reading schedule as soon as I can. These books can all be read as stand-alones and in any order. It is because of books like this that I had to add another level to my rating system because this book deserves more than 5 stars!!

Bravo James!!

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Dollycas

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