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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes


Murder on the Mother Road
by Glenn Nilson


Murder on the Mother Road:
A Bobby Navarro Mystery

Male Sleuth Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (March 15, 2016)
Paperback: 318 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234916

Goodreads Summary:  Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66.

Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an “interview”.

Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that’s just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner’s cooks. The staff don’t think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.


FTC Disclosure:  I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: 

This book is a bit of a departure for me. I read a wide variety of genres – a little bit of everything. I do love mysteries, but I tend to stick cozy mysteries such as those written by Ellery Adams or Avery Aames with a few police/detective proceedurals like The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson or The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton.  The Bobby Navaro Mysteries fall somewhere in between those. And to be honest, when I first started reading, I was a bit uneasy. But, all that was forgotten before I finished the first few pages. The next thing I knew  Gilson had sucked me into the story and I have now added another character I want to keep my eye on.

Maybe it was the Harley (my husband rides one), more likely it was simply Bobby Navaro. He is just a solid good character. Somehow I felt as though I had known him for years.  I immediately felt as though he were a character to be trusted. That combined with an engaging mystery had me hooked until the end. And now that I’ve read this book, I want to go back and read Murder on Route 66. I love it when I find a new series to enjoy and this has the added bonus of being one that expands my mystery genre reading.  Even better I have a long list of people I will be recommending this series too.

This tour just started yesterday. Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance to win a print or e-copy of Murder on Route 66.

Visit the other stops on the tour for a chance to learn more about the author and his character.

Tour Participants

July 14 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW

July 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

July 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

July 17 – My Funny View of Life – REVIEW

July 18 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

July 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 20 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

July 21 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

July 22 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST

July 23 – Back Porchervations – SPOTLIGHT

July 24 – deal sharing aunt – SPOTLIGHT

July 25 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

July 26 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW – BOOK 1

July 27 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW – BOOK 2 – INTERVIEW



Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran


Read to Death
by Terrie Farley Moran

The novel is engaging and pulled me in right from the beginning.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

This book was so good I did not want it to end.
~Laura’s Interests

The characters are fun and realistic, and the mystery keeps you turning pages, anxious to see how it all plays out.
~Book Babble

READ TO DEATH is a fun, lighthearted read that is character driven.
~Cinnamon Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

I really enjoyed Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran. There is a lot going on so you need to pay attention while you read ~ it took me to the end to figure out who the murderer was! Which is just how I like a cozy mystery to be.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

This is a fast paced story that will have you turning pages and it kept me guessing till the very end..
~Melina’s Book Blog

The authors writing style is very light and flowing which makes your reading time just fly by.
~A. Holland Reads

A spunky heroine, a bookstore-cum-cafe, a host of interesting secondary characters, and Florida’s West Coast — this series is a lot of fun! Read to Death is the third book*, and Moran is on a roll.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard


Read to Death
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270301


The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…

At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…

With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.


About This Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

Author Links:
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FTC Disclosure: I received a free NetGalley of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: This is one of those series for which I’m always anxious for the next book. Terrie’s writing flows smoothly at a fast pace. The reader is engaged in the story right up to the end. This third installment in the series is no exception. One of the things I look for in a cozy mystery (besides the mystery) is whether or not I would want to visit the town and meet the people in the story. I would love to have a Read’em and Eat Cafe here in Colorado Springs. I love Sassy and Bridgy. They are closer than sisters and compliment each other in their approach to life and it’s mysteries.  Their various book club members had extra depth and humor to the story.   In this installment, I also enjoyed learning a about the Edison and Ford Winter estates.

If you are looking for an engaging mystery with truly likable characters then this is the series with you. You can easily read this book as a stand alone, but I do recommend reading the first two books in the series: Well Read, Then Dead and Caught Read Handed

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win a print copy of this book.  Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

July 5 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW*

July 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW*

July 6 – Book Babble – REVIEW

July 6 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW

July 7 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW*

July 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW, GUEST POST*

July 8 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW*

July 8 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW

July 9 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

July 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW*

July 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST*

July 11 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

July 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW*

July 13 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

July 14 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

July 14 – Curling Up by the Fire – REVIEW

July 15 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

July 16 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW*

July 17 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

July 18 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW*



Posted by on July 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Tea Cups and Carnage by Lynn Cahoon – Review and Guest Post


FTC Disclosure: I received a free NetGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome the author of one of my favorite series to the blog today. 

It’s all about family.

Family. Can’t chose them, can’t kill them. Or at least you can’t in real life. In fiction, you can do a lot. Like pay back for the Chicken Heart story my brother told a terrified second grader (me) one night when he was babysitting. Don’t know Chicken Heart? Well, he’s coming to get you. He’s down the street (beat, beat), he’s outside the house (beat, beat), he’s coming up the stairs (beat, beat) … You get the idea.

The happy ending of this was just as my brother was doing his final scene and threw the shoe at my bedroom door, my parents came in and heard my blood-curdling scream.

Boy, did he get in trouble.

So when I started writing Tea Cups, I wanted to work with family dynamics. I knew there would be two sisters (Kathi and Ivy). One was beauty queen pretty, the other, more plain and a homebody. One sister had spread her wings and left their little Texas town for the sunshine and happy ever after’s of California. The other sister had been left behind to take care of their ailing father and clean up the mess Kathi left behind.

In addition to my brother, I have three sisters. Four when I count the woman my brother married, which I do. We all have gotten together too many times this last year for the illness and then, the loss of our mother. Four strong women who are so totally different from each other and from me, but yet, we’re all woven together because of our family ties.

Sometimes you chose family. Sometimes it choses you. I see Jill and the South Cove gang as a large family. Sometimes they fight and argue. Sometimes they hurt each other. But sometimes they get it right and realize what they are there for.

To love each other.

I hope you enjoy this recent trip to South Cove. I enjoyed writing it.


Thanks Lynn! One of the things I like most about Jill and the rest of the South Cove residents, is that they do seem like one big family. You have created a wonderful dynamic among your characters. (Scroll down for my review of the book.)

Tea Cups and Carnage
by Lynn Cahoon

A solid, fast moving mystery, TEA CUPS AND CARNAGE is a fabulous tale of secrets, lies, murder, and more!
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

This series just keeps getting stronger! I know when I settle in to a Tourist Trap mystery from Lynn Cahoon that it’s going to be like a visit with old friends in a town I always enjoy visiting…
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

The various sub-plots in this one made it hard to put down – I really needed to know what was going on, on all fronts!
~The Book’s the Thing

Multiple threads going on kept my sleuthing mind busy, and the character depth in Tea Cups and Carnage added new layers to our familiar friends (and introduced a couple of new faces to the mix).
~Reading is my SuperPower

Fast-paced, action packed story with plot twist that keep you captivated.
~Shelley’s Book Case

There are subplots and many relationships, with twists and turns…
~Christa Reads and Writes

If Tea Cups and Carnage were a guitar, the first part of the book would be an easy-going folk song, the kind families sing on car trips. The ending was a blistering guitar solo…very tense and thrilling and balanced the story perfectly.
~Back Porchervations

Lynn Cahoon has this great ability to write mystery that really pulls you in and won’t let you go.
~Community Bookstop


Tea Cups and Carnage (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 7, 2016)


The kettle’s about to boil over . . .

The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .

Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name—without getting herself in hot water.



New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

Author Links


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Purchase Links

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My thoughts: This is not the first time I’ve participated in a blog tour for The Tourist Trap Series. This series is one of my all time favorite reads. Each book I’ve read has been an engaging and entertaining read. The latest installment Tea Cups and Carnage is no exception. The mystery is well developed and  had me guessing up until the end.

In my opinion, one of the things that makes the story so great, is that even though there is a mystery to solve, there is still just every day activity going on. South Cove really does feel like a real town.  It’s like reading a letter  about your friends and family back home. The town and it’s residents could be real people.  Even if there wasn’t a mystery to solve, I would still want to read about Jill and the rest of the bank.

In this book, we get to see how Jill and Greg’s relationship continues to grow. We also learn more about some of the other characters, too. (Lille and Josh, but I won’t spoil anything.)  The Tourist Trap Mystery series is on my Auto-Read list. Tea Cups and Carnage is a solid good read.

If this is your first visit to South Cove (and seriously, I wish I could visit for real), then I highly recommend that you go back and start with the first book: Guide Book To Murder. However, you can easily read this book without having read the previous books. But trust me, once you read this one, you’ll want to go back and read the others. 

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win an e-copy of this book.  You will also want to be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

June 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

June 8 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW

June 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST

June 9 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

June 9 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

June 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW or CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

June 13 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

June 13 –  Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

June 14 –  Community Bookstop –  REVIEW

June 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST

June 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

June 17 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW

June 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 18 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews –  SPOTLIGHT

June 19 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW

June 20 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

June 20 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 21 – Book Babble – REVIEW


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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


Wish by Barbara O’Connor – Review


Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Goodreads Summary:  Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

FTC Disclosure:  I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: I chose to read this book as a possible selection for my 4th & 5th Grade Book Club (Book Detectives) since it might be a Newbery contender.

Even though I predicted the ending early on, I really love the book.  I know that several of my young readers will enjoy the book, too.  It’s just an all around great read for kids. The characters are funny and of course the dog! I love that the title of the book, the heart of the book, is incorporated into the title.

Wish is a great for a read aloud and is also great for many discussions. I have already added it to my order list for the fall. I can’t wait to start recommending it to my students.

Wish will be released on August 30, 2016. Don’t miss it!

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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson – Review


The Calamity Cafe
by Gayle Leeson

I absolutely loved The Calamity Cafe!!! This book was a well-written mystery, with charming characters and down home recipes that will make your mouth water.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

We are treated to a murder mystery and some romantic overtones… If you’re looking for a fun summer read, this would be a wonderful choice.
~Book Babble

A cleverly constructed plot, well-written characters, and a setting that feels like the town next door all blend together to form the perfect recipe for a new series!
~Reading is my SuperPower

The first book in a new cozy mystery series is full of colorful characters, delicious food, a solid mystery and a light touch of romance.
~Queen of All She Reads

The plot is engaging and fast paced, pulling the reader along on a wild tale of murder and suspense.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

This book was great it had southern charm mixed in with old history and crime…
~Community Bookstop

This is a stellar start to the Down South Café Mystery series!
~Cinnamon and Sugar and A Little Bit of Murder


The Calamity Café: A Down South Café Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
Series: A Down South Café Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1101990780

First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to die for.

Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in smoke when someone kills the competition…

Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the café of her dreams. Amy can’t wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.

At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal, she tells Amy to come see her.  Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate, Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.

Includes delicious Southern recipes





About The Author –

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series. I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I’m having a blast writing this new series!

Authors Links:

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Gayle Trent Webpage –

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Purchase Links 

Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Books-a-Million – Kobo 

My thoughts:

FTC Disclosure – I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is another brand new series. My summer reading has gotten off to a great start with The Calamity Cafe. Leeson’s Down South Cafe Mystery series promises to be an awesome new series. It has all the things that appeal to cozy readers: engaging mystery, wonderful characters (especially Amy), and delicious recipes.

The mystery which not only includes a current day murder, but is also tied in with a mystery surrounding the victim’s family history, is engaging and kept me guessing almost until the end.

I loved Amy from the start and not just because of her love for her deceased Nana – I’m a sucker for grandparent relationships – but because she’s such a no-nonsense well rounded character.  She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go for it. I also liked the way she treats those around her – even mean, cranky Lou Lou.

Leeson has created a wonderful supporting cast of characters as well. I think my favorite is Homer.  His hero a day has sparked some ideas of an activity for me to do with my elementary students in the fall.

Bottom line: The Calamity Cafe is an all round good read. Don’t miss out on this new series – I’ve already added it to my must read list.  Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

June 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review

June 7 – The Self-Rescue Princess – Character Interview

June 8 – Reading Is My SuperPower – Review, Giveaway

June 8 – Book Babble – Review

June 9 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Giveaway

June 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review

June 9 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway

June 10 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – Review

June 10 – Books Direct – Guest Post, Giveaway

June 10 – Mystery Playground – Guest Post – Drinks and Reads

June 11 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

June 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway

June 13 – A Holland Reads – Review, Character Guest Post, Giveaway

June 14 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my – Review

June 14 – Classy Cheapskate – Review

June 15 – Back Porchervations – Review

June 16 – The Book’s the Thing – Review

June 16 – Island Confidential – Interview

June 17 – Melina’s Book Blog –  Review

June 18 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

June 19 – I Read What You Write – Review, Interview

June 20 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Character Guest Post, Giveaway

June 20 – cherylbbookblog – Review

June 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

June 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review



Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


Great Escapes Tour: Eclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford – Review


Éclair and Present Danger
by Laura Bradford

I truly enjoyed the scenarios that the author created and thought that they were very clever.
~Girl Lost in A Book

Éclair and Present Danger is well written and it is an original concept.

Well let me tell you, Laura just gained herself a new lifelong fan! ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER is a smart, snappy read and I was struck over and over again how absolutely creative the author is.
~Cinnamon and Sugar and A Little Bit of Murder

This book is fast paced the way that I like it. Just the right amount of suspense and mystery.

…a fun new mystery with a feisty cast of characters.
~Shelley’s Book Case

The characters are funny, resourceful and downright a blast to read about.
~Texas Book-aholic

ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER was a delightful read which brought many a smile to my face.
~Cozy Up With Kathy 

…is a really wonderful book. The story grabs you from the first page and keeps you entertained until the last page.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!

Once I started reading I could not put the book down.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

This story had a unique cast of characters, and was a great introduction to this new series.
~The Book’s the Thing

Eclair and Present Danger is everything a cozy mystery should be! Laura Bradford has created the perfect recipe for fans of the genre – winsome characters, humor, quirky pet, cute small business, and a whodunit that isn’t immediately obvious.
~Reading is my SuperPower

This book is all kinds of fun. The character’s are a mixed bunch of young and old, many older as Winnie lives in a senior community. The author did a wonderful job of giving voices to these different aged characters, keeping them in their roles and keeping me in stitches.

The plot of this book was a new and engaging idea and put a new spin on cozies that center around bakeries.
~Classy Cheapskate

The creativity of the author makes this novel such a wonderful reading experience. I was pulled in from the very beginning and kept thoroughly engaged in the story and it’s cast of multifaceted characters.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

This book is a great start to a fun new cozy mystery series. What more can you ask for good food and mystery all rolled up into one.
~A. Holland Reads

Éclair and Present Danger is an entertaining cozy whodunit filled with enough humor, drama, yummy recipes, and a subtle romance that will easily keep the reader engaged and guessing the identity of the killer.
~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Such a great mystery…
~Community Bookstop

This one grabbed my attention from the start and didn’t let it go till I finished it. It was very well written and had such a unique and interesting plot.
~Melina’s Book Blog!

I love the titles of these fun books…
~Deal Sharing Aunt


Éclair and Present Danger (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
New Cozy Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 7, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280898


The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim…


About The Author – 

Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.  In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, Laura writes The Amish Mysteries and The Jenkins & Burns mysteries, as well as The Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey).

For more information, visit Laura’s website:  or get to know her even better on Facebook at, and on Twitter:  @bradfordauthor



Twitter:  @bradfordauthor


  Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble      Amazon

My Thoughts: FTC: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is one of my new favorites! There is not a thing about this story that I didn’t like. And I’m so pleased that it is the first in a series, for that means there are more stories to come! I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries that include recipes. I’ve been known to shelve some of those mysteries with the rest of my cookbooks.  

The recipes in Eclair and Present Danger are delicious. I can’t wait to try some of them, but what makes this such a great book is the story itself.  Laura has created an engaging story with characters that are interesting even without the mystery.

Yes, the mystery did keep me guessing until close to the end, but . . . what I really enjoyed was the learning about Winnie, her entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, her relationship with her older neighbors and her can do attitude. Laura did an outstanding job creating a solid foundation for what I hope will be a long lived, multi book series. If you can only add just one new series to your standing reading list – then I highly recommend that you make it this one.  As you know, I received a free e-copy of this book, but I’ll be purchasing a print copy for my collection. And so should you.

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win a print copy of Eclair and Present Danger, Churn for the Worse and Needle and Dread. 

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

June 1 – Girl Lost In a Book – REVIEW

June 1 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW

June 2 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW

June 2 – The Self-Rescue Princess CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 2 – cherylbbookblog – REVIEW

June 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 3 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW *

June 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW *

June 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – REVIEW *

June 4 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

June 5 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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June 6 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW *

June 6 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 6 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW*

June 7 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

June 7 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 7 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

June 8 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW*

June 8 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

June 8 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW *

June 9 – Melina’s Book Blog –  REVIEW *

June 9 – deal sharing aunt – REVIEW *

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June 10 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE *

June 10 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

June 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 11 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – The Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW *

June 12 – Book Babble – REVIEW

June 12 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

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Posted by on June 10, 2016 in Uncategorized


Tour: The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco – Review and Guest Post


It is my pleasure to welcome Connie di Marco to blog today. Connie is the author of The Madness of Mercury, book one in the Zodiac Mystery Series.  Welcome Connie!

Lillie Coit

A Liberated Woman

The Zodiac Mysteries are set in San Francisco, where my protagonist, astrologer Julia Bonatti, lives and works. Julia’s an independent, liberated woman, with an unusual occupation, but she’s pre-dated by another liberated woman — an eccentric real-life San Francisco character named Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who died almost ninety years ago.

Lillie, born in 1843, was a wealthy socialite who loved to smoke cigars, wear trousers (shocking!) and often dressed like a man so she could gamble in the male-only establishments of North Beach. She loved to gamble!

Lillie also loved to chase fires. At the age of fifteen she witnessed a fire engine attempting to respond to a fire on Telegraph Hill. The men were shorthanded, and Lillie decided to pitch in and help. To her parents’ chagrin, she soon became the engine company’s darling, jumping into action every time she heard a fire bell. One of her favorite things was to ride along with the engine company in street parades and celebrations. Throughout her life, she was recognized as an honorary firefighter and today is considered the “matron saint” of San Francisco firefighters.

When Lillie died in 1929 in her beloved city, she left a third of her sizable estate to the city for beautification projects. These were the funds that built Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill in 1933.

Knowing Lillie’s history, you can see why it’s no coincidence that the tower was built in the shape of a fire hose. Today, city historians dismiss that idea, claiming the shape of Coit Tower has nothing to do with Lillie’s love of chasing fires.

I, for one, do not agree. Take a look at the top of that tower again. It’s a fire hose! Lillie would have loved it!

Connie – thanks for joining us. I loved hearing about Lillie. She reminds me of another independent woman – Dr. Mary Walker. Aren’t we lucky to have had such women pave the way for us?



The Madness of Mercury
by Connie di Marco

The story is very well-written, and the characters are realistic and likable.
~Book Babble

Full of suspense and surprises…
~Laura’s Interests

It’s a truly engrossing mystery, captured me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down.

This was a fun read with an entertaining and unique main character.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

You know from reading the blurb that there’s more than one mystery going on. The threads don’t tie together until the conclusion and it definitely keeps you guessing.

Such a charming start to a new series!!!
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Ms. di Marco serves us up one of the most chilling stories of a cult spin out of control in recent memory.
~Back Porchervations

The Madness of Mercury provides an interesting debut to what promises to be an entertaining series.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

I like when cozy mysteries have unusual settings or unusual careers for the lead character and “The Madness of Mercury” certainly fit that bill.
~Bea’s Book Nook

As a main character, I liked Julia. She’s kind, caring, and very determined. She goes out of her way to help her friends and even her clients.
~Read Your Writes Book Reviews

This mystery is well-written, the characters likable and realistic, and I ended up reading it in a single sitting!
~The Book’s the Thing

A Fresh new cast of characters and a strong story line keep your interest peaked and keep you so involved in the story you won’t want to stop reading.

~Shelley’s Book Case

I really enjoyed this book and when the killer was revealed I could not have been more surprised!
~Storeybook Reviews

The Madness of Mercury
(A Zodiac Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2016)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738749129


San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods—he was a trickster and a liar as well.

Connie di MarcoAbout The Author –

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink.  She was fascinated by astrology at an early age and this was the inspiration that gave birth to Julia Bonatti, San Francisco astrologer and her newspaper column Ask Zodia.  Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.  Connie lives in Los Angeles with her family and a constantly talking cat.


Twitter:  @askzodia



Purchase Links 

Amazon –  B&N 

FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts: I found the idea of an astrology themed mystery rather intriguing and having read Connie’s Soup Lover’s Mysteries,  I was excited to be a part of the tour for this new book.  At first, I found it hard to wrap my brain around all the astrological information. The charts, houses, moons and planets all swam together in my brain – but a lot of that could be due to my suffering from end of school year-itis.  I think I might need Julia to give me a reading to get me all straightened out.  I really like Julia and the way she interacts with other characters. Anyone, whether they believe in astrology or not, would feel comforted by her care and advice. Julie had me engaged in the story from the beginning. I found myself wanting to know more about her – it’s a good thing this is a series.  Connie has written an engaging and thrilling mystery. Readers are drawn into the story from the beginning and are kept on the edge of their seat until the end. If you are looking for a new series to add to your regular reading schedule, I recommend that you add  the Zodiac Mysteries.  Be sure to check out the Tour Page for a chance to win a free copy of the book and be sure to visit the other stops on the tour.


May 20 – deal sharing aunt – Spotlight*

May 20 – Book Babble – Review

May 21 – Laura’s Interests – Review

May 21 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

May 22 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Spotlight*

May 22 – Mystery Playground – Interview

May 23 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

May 23 – fuonlyknew – Review

May 24 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review

May 24 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post

May 25 – Back Porchervations – Review

May 25 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post

May 26 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review

May 26 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review, Interview

May 27 – The Book’s the Thing – Review

May 27 – Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight*

May 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post

May 29 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

May 30 – StoreyBook Reviews– Review

May 31 – I Read What You Write – Review, Interview

June 1 – A Holland Reads – Spotlight*

June 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight

June 2 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post

June 2 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight



Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


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