Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year #bookgiveaway

By: Jaymie Leighton Müller
Titles: Breaking the Mould (2018) & Cast Iron Alibi (2019)
From: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #8 & #9
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

It's that time of year again! As Queensville, MI, gets ready for another Dickens Days festival, I remember last year's event, and the tragedy that almost cancelled it. (Breaking the Mould - 2018)

I'm hoping that doesn't happen this year. And that got me to wondering... as I negotiate with Jocie as to what events she'll go to this season - whose parties, what family events, how many shopping trips with her aunts and cousins - as opposed to the schoolwork that still needs to get done and the real life that needs to be lived, I realize that every Thanksgiving to Christmas rocket blast of time is both the same and so very different.

In our town every November and December is Dickens Days, the lighting of the tree, and the decorating of the town. But Jocie is a year older this year. She is less child already, more into bubblegum tinted nail polish and less into tea parties.

I'd best make the most of this fleeting time of childhood. I already missed so much, meeting her when she was eight. I'd best get moving and enjoy some holiday time, hopefully with no Dickens Days murder to investigate.

How is each holiday season the same for you, or how is it different? Let me know what you think!


Cast Iron Alibi (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #9)

Wish summer was back? Read Cast Iron Alibi to recall those last fleeting days of summer fun!

In the new Vintage Kitchen Mystery from the author of Breaking the Mould, when an over-amorous handyman is found murdered, Jaymie will have to use every tool at her disposal to nab the culprit . . .

Looking forward to her girls-only college reunion vacation, Jaymie’s on cloud nine at the idea of lazy trips to the beach, dinner cruises on the nearby river, and snug sleeping in the vintage trailer she’s renovated. But no sooner does the group reconnect than her hopes turn to tension as petty squabbles and old acrimonies surface, along with tagalong friends, unexpected guests, and stalkerish ex-husbands. And when a local toolbelt Romeo with an eye for one of the women is found murdered, his home ablaze, the simmering hostility in the group suddenly shifts to secrecy.

Local law enforcement is zeroing in on the victim’s best friend and girlfriend as the most likely suspects, but Jaymie’s inquisitive instincts are telling her one of her former classmates may have been involved in the foul deed. Forced to navigate her fraught relationship with a local police detective and determined to uncover the myriad secrets her college friends are hiding, Jaymie knows she’ll have to dig deep to figure out whose alibi is cast iron, and whose is flimsy as tin . . .


Happy Season's Readings, Everyone!


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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Happy Pie Baking! Holiday Giveaway from Goosebush!

by Delia Greenway
from the Garden Squad series by Julia Henry

You know, I love to bake. I really do.


I get a bit obsessed with baking, and making everyone happy.

When Lilly wanted to host Thanksgiving desserts, I thought it was a great idea. It was the first big holiday event she wanted to host since her husband, Alan, had died.

It wasn't the full dinner, which was too much. For both of us. instead, Lilly decided to host a dessert party at her house starting at 7. Since we were going to Tamara and Warwick's house for dinner at 2, that would give us plenty of time to get back to the house and get things ready.

And it wasn't like there wasn't going to be help. Ernie and Roddy were in charge of beverages, and had the coffee urns ready to go, tea caddy stocked, wine refrigerator full, and mulled cider spiced.

Tamara and Warwick were bringing cookies and chocolate. Most of them were from Warwick's team sales this past fall. Whenever the team needed to sell more cookies or candy, the O'Connor's stepped up.

I'd volunteered to make the pies. I liked making pies. How hard would that be?

Then I asked a couple of people what their favorite pie was. No one had the same answer.

Apple. Pumpkin. Chocolate cream. Lemon meringue. Cherry. Mince. Pecan.

How could I choose? Who would I disappoint?

Well, I decided to make mini-pies and make everyone happy.

I gave myself a week, and made 60 pies. A bit overboard, perhaps. But I wanted everyone to be happy. And to have leftovers to bring home. Lilly likes to have pie for breakfast, so I know they won't go to waste.

The pies were a huge hit. Tonight Lilly asked what I thought about hosting a dessert party around Christmas. And using the Garden Party invite list. That's over one-hundred people. Yikes.

I figure if I start now, I can make enough pies for the party. I hope 144 will be enough. I'm adding blueberry, buttermilk, banana cream, custard, and peach to the list. Have any other suggestions? Keep them to yourself, please. A dozen of a dozen will make this holiday season a happy one.
 Pruning the Dead debuted this past January, and Tilling the Truth came out in August.
Friends, as you know, Julia Henry writes the Garden Squad mystery series.

As part of our Season's Readings Celebration, I'm going to give away two copies of Pruning the Dead to commenters who answer this question.

What is your favorite type of pie?

Comments will be open through Saturday, November 23.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


By Sassy Cabot of the Read 'Em and Eat cozy mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran

Welcome to the Season’s Readings Happy Holiday Giveaway!!! On behalf of Bridgy, Aunt Ophie, and all the folks here at the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore in gorgeous Fort Myers Beach, along with Carmela, Ava, Babcock and the rest of the gang from the Scrapbooking Mysteries that our author co-writes with the marvelous Laura Childs, I’d like to offer you an opportunity to win ONE of these four books: WELL READ, THEN DEAD, CAUGHT READ-HANDED or READ TO DEATH from the Read ’Em and Eat series; or the brand spanking new MUMBO GUMBO MURDER from the Scrapbooking series.

For a chance to win the book of your choice, please comment below and tell us which book you would like to win. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name(AT)server(DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes midnight your time Thursday, November 21st.

No matter which holiday you celebrate this season, we all hope your days are filled with joy, love, family and friends.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Okay, Woof

by Biscuit, Carrie Kennersly's dog in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Hi, it's Biscuit again.  Not sure I need to introduce myself.  I've barked here lots before.  I'm a dog--what people call a poodle-terrier mix--and I supposedly belong to Carrie Kennersly, the human who's the subject of the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, but as I say often, in my opinion she belongs to me. 

After all, she takes care of me--as I also take care of her.  She feeds me.  Even came up with some really delicious treats she says are healthy as she worked as a veterinary technician at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic.  Of course she let me taste them, try them out.  And since I liked them, she wound opening a shop in Knobcone Heights where we live--Barkery and Biscuits--where she sells the delicious doggy treats she created.

And, oh yes, she also opened one next door, Icing on the Cake, where she sells treats that people like.  Even though it's popular, I doubt the stuff there is as good as the things she sells in the Barkery.  She even lets me hang out in the Barkery meeting people with their pets--and, yes, tasting more treats.

The thing is, I worry about her.  She started a while back to solve murders of people in Knobcone Heights. That's put her in danger a lot.  Fortunately, I don't think she's got her nose into sniffing out another killer, but I'm never sure...

Anyway, the last time she did so, her investigation was reported in a book called For a Good Paws.  As I've said before, since I consider my own paws good, I like that title.  But I've liked the titles of the other books, too, that reported her solving more murders: Bite the Biscuit, To Catch a Treat, Bad to the Bone, and Pick and Chews.

And will Carrie solve any more murders after this?  It's okay with me, as long as she stays safe, and I'll always be here for her.  But we'll see...

FOR A GOOD PAWS, the fifth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2019 release from Midnight Ink.  



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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Turkey Dinner in a Braid - Happy Thanksgiving from the Crozats!

By: Ninette Crozat
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Author: Ellen Byron

Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

Ninette Crozat here, mom to Maggie Crozat. There's been a lot of drama in our little town of Pelican, Louisiana over the last few years - and by drama, I mean murders, I'm sorry to say - but even crime seems to take a break so we can all celebrate this national holiday. 

I do all the cooking at our Crozat Plantation B&B. I thought I'd share this tasty, fancy-looking but easy-peasy to make recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers with y'all. It tastes as good as it looks and can be an appetizer or a meal, depending on how big you cut the slices. I call it Turkey Dinner in a Braid. Here's what the final product looks like:

And here's a link to the recipe, which can be found on author Ellen Byron's website: 

Hope you enjoy it. And laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll. Yes, we even say that on Thanksgiving. ;-)

Readers, how do you enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sherlock in Savannah

Hi Reagan Summerside here from the Consignment Shop series written by Duffy Brown and set in Savannah.
I’m a Sherlock fan...actually I’m a Sherlock nut that is proved by the big Sherlock Bear I have in the Prissy Fox, my consignment shop here in Savannah. I got it as a present from my wonderful new husband, Walker Boone. He said I’m always solving crimes and have hero worship for Sherlock Holmes

Fact is, I love anything Sherlock. I read Sherlock as a kid but the real love affair started with the new BBC series Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch and the best Dr. Watson ever played by Martin Freeman. The only drawback is these two terrific actors can only get together for three episodes a year…or every two years. 
Dr. Watson in old movies is often kind of a stupid guy. He’s a doctor so he’s intelligent but not all that clever. Not so with the new Dr. Watson. He’s smart and clever and a perfect match for Sherlock.
The thing with the new Sherlock series is that they brought it into the 21stCentury. I thought I’d hate this but the writers and produces did such an amazing job of making Sherlock true to his character. 
And the stories are a take off of the original ones. A Study in Scarlet became aStudy in Pink. The Sign of Four became The Sign of Three. You get the picture
But enough of the new Sherlock there is still the magic of the old Sherlock to consider. What is amazing to me is despite the old-fashioned language and pace the stories have stood the test of time and are still captivating. IMO it's not really the mystery that’s the draw but the character of Holmes himself. It really is amazing that a character such a product of his times can be still so intriguing over a hundred years later. Sherlock is a super-hero in many ways but also an enigmatic and flawed hero which makes him so intriguing. 
So, are you a Sherlock fan? Do you think you know your Sherlock? Here’s a little Sherlock quiz. Let me know how you do.
Sherlock questions:
            What instrument did Sherlock play?
            Where did Holmes live (Do you know the address?)
            Who was his sidekick?
            What was the first Sherlock Holmes book?
            Name of his brother?
            Name of his nemesis? 
            His one love interest?  
           Who was his housekeeper?

            What did he take up when he retired? (That’s a tough one)
            Author of Sherlock Holmes?
So, how did you do?
Are you a Sherlock nut like me? Do you have a Sherlock bear or other Sherlock memorabilia? I think I need therapy.
Come visit me in Savannah and take a walk around my consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and we’ll talk all things Sherlock.
Hugs, Reagan Summerside

Friday, November 15, 2019

I’m Frankie Chang and I got a big problem

And I don’t know what to do about it or who can help me.  My mother is missing.  My dad says she’s fine, she’s just gone away.  

“Away?” I ask.  “Where?”  

“Oh, to visit her auntie.”  

 But I don’t believe him.  I think he’s lying to me.  And he’s scared too.  I can always tell when he’s nervous.  

There’s something else going on but I can’t figure out what it is.  My grandfather just starts to cry when I ask too many questions.  
I know you're gonna say, why don't you call the police, but I can't do that.  My dad would kill me if I talked to a stranger.

I don’t know who can help but I have an idea.  I found a place down the street in North Beach.  It’s called The Mystic Eye and they have these things called psychic fairs.  Maybe that’s what I need -- a psychic.  Maybe a psychic or an astrologer could tell me where my mother is and where I can find her.  
It costs ten bucks to talk to somebody.  I only have seven but I found three dollars in a big jar on a shelf in the kitchen and I snuck it out.  I’m sort of afraid to go there and talk to somebody strange, but I don’t know what else to do. 

What do you think?  Should I go?  Maybe I should talk to an astrologer.  That doesn’t sound as scary as a psychic.  I don’t care who I talk to as long as someone can give me some answers and I can find out what happened to my mother!

PS:  You haven’t met me yet, but you will pretty soon in the next Zodiac Mystery.  Then you can find out the whole story.  

If you'd like to know more about my author Connie di Marco, you can visit her at her website or Facebook and Twitter @askzodia and you can learn all about the stories in the Zodiac Mysteries.