Dec 122017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – December 11 – 15, 2017

December 11

Mistletoe Murder (Dewberry Farm Mysteries)

December 12

A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery


Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery


The Trouble with Murder (A Gourmet Cat Mystery)

December 15

Reindeer Roundup (A Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery)

Cozy Author Dawn Eastman has a new traditional mystery out this week too!

Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery

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New Release Tuesday – June 27, 2017 – Cozy Mysteries

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Jun 272017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – June 27, 2017

These books are available today!

A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation) by Juliet Blackwell

If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (A Haunted Vintage Mystery) by Rose Pressey

Lowcountry Bonfire (A Liz Talbot Mystery) by Susan M. Boyer

Grace to the Finish (A Manor House Mystery) by Julie Hyzy

Death of a Lobster Lover (Hayley Powell Mystery) by Lee Hollis

Death of a Bachelorette (A Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine

Booked 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by J.C. Eaton

The Tell-Tale Tarte (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan

Enforcing the Paw: A Paw Enforcement Novel by Diane Kelly

Dieting Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story (A Baby Boomer Mystery) by Susan Santangelo

A Crime of Passion Fruit (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander

Take Out by Margaret Maron

Murder at the Puppy Fest (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson

Boston Cream Bribery (The Donut Mysteries Book 32) by Jessica Beck

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Jun 222017
 


A Crime of Passion Fruit (A Bakeshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250088079
E-Book ASIN: B01MRU56AS

Torte―everybody’s favorite small-town family bakeshop―is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . .

Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary café to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules’s estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can’t resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary . .
“A warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve!” ―Fresh Fiction

Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambéing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can’t anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she’s ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?

“A perfect mix for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck.”
―Library Journal

About The Author

Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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New Release Tuesday – January 3, 2017

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Jan 032017
 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – January 3, 2017!

These wonderful books are available today! 

Changing Things Up A Bit To Bring You New Books By The Week! 

 

 

Assault and Beret (A Hat Shop Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay

Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander

Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery) by Sofie Ryan

Graveyard Shift(A Pepper Martin Mystery) by Casey Daniels
(Actual Release Date – January 1)

Third Time’s a Crime (A Love or Money Mystery) by Diana Orgain

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Apr 252014
 

just for fun 2014This is a challenge to help us get some of those books on out To-Be Read stacks read without the pressure of a review (unless we want to) or meeting any other challenge. These books are read totally Just For Fun.

comehomeCome Home
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 10, 2012)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617938337
Paperback: 400 pages (February 26, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1250023297
E-Book File Size: 492 KB
ASIN: B00603QR2Q
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Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—though it is stressful—and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.

But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I had seen several great reviews of this story when it first came out and added it to my wish list. My wish was recently fulfilled when the book was sent to me by PaperBackSwap. If you are addicted to reading the way I am you really need to check out PaperBackSwap, they are a huge part of the reason my To-Be-Read Bookshelf is overflowing.

This book really shines a light on the relationship of mothers and daughters, whether they be your own biological child or step-children you come to love when you create a new family. I absolutely loved they way Jill really had no distinction even though after the divorce her ex kept his daughters away from her. When one of them came to her for help she was right there for HER. It also depicts how a new man would feel about these children reentering her life while he was trying to create a new life with Jill. These were not little girls, they are young women and at times I thought he was a real butt-head about the situation.

The mystery of the ex-husband’s death had some very suspenseful moments and a big twist. I don’t think any of these things could actually happen anywhere but in a book but they kept the pages turning.   I did have a slight problem with the dialogue, it just didn’t sound or flow right at times.

I think Lisa Scottoline had a interesting concept with a mom turning into a real Supermom, but it wasn’t completely executed in the final story. With that said I am a mom of divorced son with a daughter and I hope the woman he brings into their life loves his daughter as much as Jill loved her stepdaughters.

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Apr 052013
 

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DeadPeasants_authorDolly asks about my becoming a writer later in life, my brother and the family tradition:

I think I always knew I would eventually become a writer.  I dabbled in journalism in college, but by then my brother, Thomas (Tommy) Thompson was well on his way to a successful writing career, first as a reporter and then with LIFE magazine in its heyday.  I chose not to follow in his footsteps and went to law school at The University of Texas.

From there I moved to Houston, married and started the law firm that I still head.  With three kids and a full time law practice there were not enough hours in the day to write; so, I shoved the idea aside.

When my youngest son graduated from SMU, I decided to see if I could write a novel.  Having had my last formal training in freshman English, I was brazen enough to forego writing seminars and just sat down at the computer.  That led to my first novel, So Help Me God. 

My brother, by the way, left LIFE and published his first book when he was thirty-seven.  He went on to become an internationally famous best-selling author who died way to young with liver cancer.

It was twenty years after his death that I began So Help Me God. So, I suppose that it is something in our DNA that leads us into writing.  Whatever it is, I find I enjoy the creative process and look forward to my time at the computer (usually a couple of hours early in the morning before I head off to a full day as a trial lawyer).

~Larry

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Dead Peasants: A Thriller
Suspense Thriller
Thomas Dunne Books (October 2, 2012)
St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250009494
E-Book File Size: 465 KB
ASIN: B008VA736K

Dead Peasants: A Thriller

Synopsis: Lawyer Jack Bryant retires early to Fort Worth to kick back, relax and watch his son play football at TCU. Bored with retirement he opens a pro bono office in his RV. When Jack finds an elderly widow at his doorstep, clutching a check for life insurance proceeds on her husband but payable to his former employer, Jack files a civil suit to collect the benefits rightfully due the widow. A seemingly accidental death of his client’s husband thrusts Jack into a vortex of serial killings. He and his new love interest find themselves targets in the same murder for hire scheme. To stop the killings Jack must unravel what in their past makes certain people worth more dead than alive.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

RIVETING!!!

I loved this book! I sat down on a Sunday afternoon and started this book and hardly moved until I reached the last word.

I wish I knew an attorney like Jack Bryant. He has enough money to live comfortably forever and retires to put his son first. Something he hasn’t been able to do before because of his career. But his son is grown and while it is great having him around and watching him play ball, Jack needs more. He decides to give back to his community by helping those who need legal help but could never afford proper representation. An added bonus is his son being able to work with him.

I was personally touched by the man he helped with his mortgage foreclosure. This is happening all over the U.S. and the banks are winning because people can’t get help or get scammed by the wrong help. Scary to think the home you have had for years could be gone and you could be homeless.

The real meat of the story is the case he takes on for June Davis. Her husband Willie passed away and like always she is struggling to just get by. Then she receives a surprise from the U.S. Postal Service that in Jack Bryant’s hands could change her life forever. It will also open up a huge can of worms that will start to link together several unexplained deaths and will put his own life in danger.

Thompson has created fantastic well rounded characters and writes their stories in such a way that you are right there with them in the courtroom, on the streets and in his office RV. It also felt has if I was watching a movie, the pages were turning so fast.

A legal thriller that packs quite a punch!! This is one I would shout about from the rooftops if I could!! a perfect escape 5 STARFISH5 STARFISH

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Jan 152013
 

political suicide

Political Suicide
Suspense – Thriller
Published by : St. Martin’s Press (December 11, 2012)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0312587550
E-Book File Size: 529 KB
ASIN: B008RLTYU6

Political Suicide

Dr. Lou Welcome from Oath of Office returns and finds himself in a heap of trouble. A desperate phone call from his client and friend, Dr. Gary McHugh, just starts the ball rolling. McHugh is a blackout drunk and Dr. Welcome has been trying to help him. It seems McHugh was found unconscious in his wrecked car just down the road from the home of Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. As he wakes up in the hospital he hears the Congressman has been murdered. He needs Lou to help him figure out exactly happened. Lou doesn’t believe that his friend would kill anyone so he agrees to do a little investigating never knowing the huge conspiracy he was about to unravel or that he was putting a enormous target on his back.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I could not put this book down! A Spectacular Political Suspense Thriller!! 

The political twists and turns in both the government and the military are absolutely scary. While you know the plot can in no way be true, Palmer writes in such a way that that makes the reader almost believe this fiction is fact.  I found my heart racing and breathing quicken as he takes us on Dr. Lou Welcome’s spellbinding adventure. At times Welcome seems almost superhuman but the addition of attorney Sarah Cooper tempers and grounds him a bit, keeping him real in the reader’s mind. He also gets a little help from some unexpected places.

This story is extremely complex with many levels as it evolves but Palmer makes it very easy to follow. The most confusing for me was the area of Washington D.C. and where the military compounds and armories are located. But with a story as faced paced as this one locations seem to just fall away as the action continues.

While this seems to be the second in what I hope with become a Lou Welcome series, it reads alone just fine. Palmer does tease us a bit at the end with what should be in the next installment. The first book Oath of Office did make my Best of 2012 list so I recommend you read that one as well. 

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5 STARFISH

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Aug 282012
 

The Last Refuge:
A Dewey Andreas Novel

3rd in Series
St. Martin’s Press (July 3, 2012)
Political Thriller
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250007155

The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas, #3)

Kohl Meir has come to New York to recruit Dewey Andreas to help him complete a very secret mission.  Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source has seen the bomb.

Before they can meet Meir is kidnapped off the streets of Brooklyn by the Iranian Secret Service. They transport him back to Iran where he is imprisoned and tortured and now must stand trial. The trial is just for show. When found guilty he will be sentenced to death by firing squad.

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. He is honor bound to save the man that saved his life. Even if the prison where he is being held is a fortress that makes a rescue virtually impossible. He is also on a quest to get rid of the nuclear threat posed by Iran. With a little help from his friends he sets off on his most dangerous mission yet.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

I must first say this is my first Ben Coes novel and while part of a series it reads satisfactorily as a stand alone, but there are several references to events in previous books.

This book is quite the tale of covert operations and the author has taken a little creative liberty is some protocol issues and definitely shows his feelings about the people of Iran. Formerly a campaign manager for Mitt Romney back in 2002, I find the plot timely and its release a bit politically generated as Mitt Romney wants to wage war against Iran as soon as he is elected, which I pray never happens.

With those issues aside the book is a thrilling page turner with many twists and turns. There are several characters to keep track of at first but soon the story starts to flow. Dewey is quite a hero and you really to want him to succeed in his mission. The fast pace does keep you on the edge of your seat. I was surprised on how quickly I read this book.

Fans of Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, two of my husband’s favorites, will love this book. I may go back and read the first two as I wait for the next installment.

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About This Author

Ben Coes began his career in the public sector, working at the White House under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush, serving as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy at the height of the Gulf War. Coes subsequently wrote speeches for Texas oilman billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Coes served as campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s successful run for Governor of Massachusetts and was subsequently invited to be a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A graduate of Columbia College, where he won the prestigious Bennett Cerf Memorial Prize for Fiction during his senior year, Ben lives in the Boston area with his wife and four children.

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Jan 272012
 

2012best suspense

Oath of Office
St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 14, 2012

 

When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree killing his partner, staff and two patients and then turns the gun on himself all the blames falls to Dr. Lou Welcome. Dr. Welcome was working with a group that helps doctors regain their licenses. In this case the doctor’s license had been removed for alcoholism and losing his temper with a patient. He had worked with Meacham for years and knew Dr. Meacham was an excellent doctor and advocated strongly to have his license returned. When he learns about what happened he is shocked like everyone else but he believes the authorities are missing something. Dr. Welcome  just can’t let it go so he starts to investigate himself.  What he discovers is truly terrifying.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is quite a suspense thriller. I used the terms “scary good” back in 2010 to describe The 19th Element by John L. Betcher and this story tops that. Betcher’s story was about Al Quada terrorists striking in the Midwestern United States.   Oath of Office is about Americans terrorizing other Americans through products we need to survive.  All in the name of greed and the path leads directly to the White House.

I would say it is Spine-Chillingly Excellent!!!

The truly scary part is that if you do an internet search for the scientific terms in this book they are out there. Hopefully we can trust that they are being used for good and there are regulations in place to save us from something like this occurring. But with all the deregulation talk spinning around Washington could make this story more fact the fiction. 

Michael Palmer is a bestselling author for very good reason. He writes an extraordinary story. This book will hold you in its grasp tightly from the first page until the very last word.

I never thought of myself as a squeamish person but chapter 39 almost did me in. That’s my only caution about this book. The book is fabulous and I give it my highest recommendation. I can honestly say this is the best book I have read in a very long time.


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