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Great Escapes Tour: Murder at Rough Point by Alyssa Maxwell – Review

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Murder at Rough Point
by Alyssa Maxwell

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Murder at Rough Point
(A Gilded Newport Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (August 30, 2016)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496703286
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGUE8
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Synopsis

In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .

 

Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries

“Another entertaining entry in this cozy series.” —Library Journal on Murder at Beechwood

“Maxwell’s second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who’s likeable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder at Marble House

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About The Author

Alyssa Maxwell has worked in publishing as an assistant editor and a ghost writer, but knew from an early age that being a novelist was what she wanted most. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian, Edwardian, and post WWI eras. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns while strolling manor house gardens, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons.

Author Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Alyssa__Maxwell
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gildednewport/
Webpage – http://www.alyssamaxwell.com/
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163135.Alyssa_Maxwell

Purchase Links

 Amazon  B&N  INDIE BOUND

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

My thoughts:  It’s really simple. I loved this book. Murder at Rough Point is the the 4th book in the Gilded Newport series and I’m ashamed to say that this is the first time I’ve heard of this seres. I don’t know how I missed this one, but rest assured, I will be going back and reading the first three books.  If you enjoy mysteries with a bit of history, Murder at Rough Point is a good match for you.

This story had a classic Agatha Christie flavor to it: an eccentric group of characters essentially isolated, leaving a small pool of suspects. It reminded me of Christie’s And Then There Were None. However, Maxwell gave it her own twist. Murder at Rough Point is a delightful read.

Even though the suspect pool was rather shallow, the author had me guessing through out the story. The author paints a story that keeps the reader engaged to the end. I love historical mysteries, especially when they include real people, particularly real people from America’s gilded age. Of course those stories usually have me running to the computer and putting my librarian degree to use in order to figure what is real and what is made up.

Maxwell is quite skilled at creating a tightly woven mystery. I did not want to put this story down and return to reality. Now, I’m hoping for an early snow day so I can have a day off from school so I can dive into the previous books in the series. Though Murder at Rough Point is the fourth book in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone. There are some references to previous stories, but nothing that will keep you from enjoying this book. I do believe that you will enjoy the story and Emma so much so that if this is your first Gilded Newport mystery, you will want to go back and read the others simply because they are bound to be a good read.

Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win a print copy of this book. This is the day on the tour, so be sure to visit the other stops to learn more about this great series.

 

Tour Participants

September 12 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

September 12 – Girl Lost In a Book – REVIEW

September 13 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

September 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

September 15 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

September 16 – The Editing Pen – INTERVIEW

September 16 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

September 17 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

September 18 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

September 19 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 19 – deal sharing aunt – INTERVIEW

September 20 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

 

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: A Story To Kill by Lynn Cahoon – Guest Post and Review

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It is my pleasure to welcome one of my favorite authors, Lynn Cahoon, to the blog today.

The birth of a new series. I have to say, a lot of my ideas come to me because of travel. Maybe it’s the long, boring (at times) car rides. Or maybe, it’s a time out of my normal routine where the muse allows me to play with the what ifs?

Tourist Trap was born out of one of these trips, although a few years after I spent a week on my own little tour of the central California coast. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the series went through a lot of incarnations, before Kensington bought the series and put the town of South Cove on the covers and in reader’s hearts. But the main story – the one about a woman finding her way in her new to her town, that stuck.

So when we drove back home to Idaho from the St. Louis area where we’ve been for the last 10 years, my mind was thinking about a new series. What could I do to entice Kensington to move me from digital first to mass market paperback. Authors are always looking for the next step in their career and for me, I’d decided it was print.

As we drove, I bounced ideas off my husband. He doesn’t read a lot, but he watches a lot of television and movies. So when I’d bring up an idea that he’d already seen, he would nix it. Finally, I came up on Cat’s writer’s retreat. He didn’t nix it. Then I thought about where I wanted it to be set. I already had a series in both Idaho and St. Louis so I thought about where I wanted to be. Colorado was the obvious choice. We’re mountains and lakes kind of people. So I get Seth, Cat’s love interest. He’s the outdoor type. And I can still understand Shauna who’s new to the Colorado life style.

And the Cat Latimer series was born. Of course, after that trip, there was a lot of work getting the story right, figuring out who dies, who kills them, and more importantly, the why. Because random acts of murder don’t make a good mystery.

Since that road trip, Cat and the crew have become part of my imaginary friends’ club. Book two is already written and this fall, I’ll start on the third. I have to say, my little college town of Aspen Hills, Colorado is holding tight to some secrets. So I hope you enjoy A Story to Kill and come back for Fatality by Firelight, Book two releasing February 28th. I had a blast writing them.

And I’ve got a new road trip coming up to North Carolina. I wonder what story the muse has in store for me then?

Do you like to road trip by car?

Thanks for sharing, Lynn. Personally, what I like about a road trip is the opportunity to read (provided someone else is driving of course) or to listen to a book on audio. I’m glad that road trips get your creative juices flowing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with after your trip to North Carolina.

A Story to Kill
by Lynn Cahoon

There is everything you could want in a cozy mystery, an intriguing mystery with a sub-plot mystery that leaves a cliffhanger at the end of the book, a wonderful and realistic cast of characters, enough backstory to endear you to the character’s lives, and even some romance.
~Classy Cheapskate

If you are looking for a great start to a new series … and who doesn’t love being in on the story from the beginning … you will not go wrong with Cahoon’s A Story to Kill.
~Back Porchervations

Brilliant from chapter one, with every page I turned I became more and more caught up in this book.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

This had mysteries inside of other mysteries. I really enjoyed the journey it took you on…
~Community Bookstop

Cahoon made me care about these recurring characters…And she entertained me with a solid mystery, a believable field of suspects, and a satisfying conclusion…
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

The story captured me from page one; if not for sleep and work, I would have kept reading all the way through…
~Bea’s Book Nook

The story will keep you guessing and just when you think you MIGHT know who it is…a twist comes into play and you are off guessing again.
~Sleuth Cafe

It’s a mystery within a mystery!
~Storeybook Reviews

I enjoyed it from the start and the plot twist kept me captivated and guessing till the end. You will be hooked on this new read.
~Shelley’s Book Reviews

…an enjoyable and fast paced read, with many a twist and turn that should appeal to mystery lovers.
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

Ms. Cahoon does an excellent job setting the stage for her characters right from the start.
~Queen of All She Reads

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A Story to Kill (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1496704351
E-Book ASIN: B0190HGVK6
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Synopsis

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder…
The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon

Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Website – http://lynncahoon.com/

Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Purchase Links

Amazon – Barnes and Noble 

My thoughts: FTD Disclosure – I received an free Netgalley copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I’m a big fan of Lynn’s Tourist Trap series, so I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the tour for her new series. I knew from the synopsis that I would love it. It’s set in Colorado and it’s about writers (one of my dream jobs – if only I had the skill set.)  

I wasn’t wrong. I did love this book. The story is very well written with a nicely woven plot. I liked that there were multiple mysteries running through out the story.  That can sometimes be distracting, but Lynn is a master story weaver and the different mysteries gave added depth to the story.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this story is that there wasn’t an annoying nemesis for Cat. I often find that those type of characters (and plenty of my favorite series seem to have one or two) take away from the mystery. All of the characters in A Story to Kill were a delight to read about. I love Cat’s uncle. Shaun and Seth round out the ensemble nicely. I enjoyed spending time with them in print and if they were real, they are the kind of people I’d want to hang out with. Just like South Cove, I’d love to visit Aspen Hills. And since I live in Colorado, maybe I can figure out the area that inspired Aspen Hills. I’m looking forward to seeing how Cat and Seth renew their high school sweetheart relationship.

If you like a well plotted mystery with well developed characters that will give you a peek into the writer’s world (both seasoned and beginning writers), I strongly recommend you add this one to your reading list. I can’t wait to read Fatality by Firelight

For a chance to win a print copy of this book  visit the tour page and don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

August 29 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

August 29 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

August 30 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 30 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

August 31 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW

August 31 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

September 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW

September 1 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW

September 2 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW

September 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

September 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW

September 4 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – REVIEW

September 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 6 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW

September 7 – MysteriestEtc – REVIEW

September 7 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST

September 8 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW

September 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

September 9 – Book Babble – REVIEW

September 9 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 10 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

September 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

September 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Dandelion Dead – Cover Reveal

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Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies September 27, 2016

by Chrystle Fiedler

In a spicy cozy mystery filled with herbal remedies readers will love, a sustainable winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional homeopath and amateur sleuth Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true essence.

 

Pre-Order today –

Amazon – B&N – IndieBound

I love the cover on this book and I can’t wait to read it. Wine and mystery? Sounds awesome. —– Booklady

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Written Off by E.J. Copperman – Review

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Goodreads Summary:  Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy finishing up her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.

Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

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

My thoughts:  This is the first book in the new Mysterious Detective Mysteries. I love it when I discover a new series. I hate it when I discover it just as it’s beginning and I have to wait for the next installment to be written and published. I loved this book and waiting for the next installment is going to be hard. It has a sort of Remington Steele/Murder She wrote feel to it. Duffy of course is Remington and Rachel is a young Jessica Fletcher. This was a very engaging read with all sorts of twists and turns to keep the reading guessing. I’m really looking forward to reading more about Duffy and Rachel.

If you are looking for an interesting new series with a different twist, I highly recommend this book.

E.J. Copperman is the author of several interesting mystery series. Check out his website here to learn more about them.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Books N Bloggers Swap

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a swap. I’m really looking forward to this one. It’s one of my favorites. Not only do you find out about great books, but you meet some really nice fellow bloggers.  Today  is the last day to sign up, so go on open to Chaotic Goddess Swaps and sign up now.

This is how it works:

Send a book-package to your book-loving partner!

YOUR PACKAGE MUST INCLUDE

  • 1 Book from your partner’s wishlist
  • 1 Book you love and recommend they read
  • 1 Other book of your choice
  • Other book-related goodies

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Sign-Ups Start: Monday, August 15th
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, August 22nd
  • Parnters Assigned by: Wednesday, August 24th
  • Packages Ship on/by: Saturday, September 3rd
  • Recap Linky Opens: Wednesday, September 7th
 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: Silk Stalkings by Diane Vallere

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Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270592
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q47C
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Fabric shop owner Polyester Monroe can get tangled up in textiles, but it’s murder that really throws her for a loop in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Crushed Velvet.

The time has come for San Ladrón, California’s annual Miss Tangorli beauty pageant, and Poly has agreed to use Material Girl’s inventory of shimmery silks to create embellished gowns fit for a crown. But when millionaire Harvey Halliwell—the man who revived the city’s citrus trade with his imported tangorli tree—is found dead days before the pageant contestants are announced, something sour takes over the town.

To make matters worse, her friend, mechanic Charlie Brooks, is soon caught up in the crime, having been seen in the company of the case’s prime suspect. Now Poly’s on a mission to squeeze out the truth. But as she searches for a pattern, the killer seems intent on cutting up the evidence…

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About The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries,  Material Witness Mysteries, and the new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries!

The Material Witness mysteries feature Polyester Monroe, who inherits the fabric shop where she was born. Books include SUEDE TO REST  and CRUSHED VELVET . The third, SILK STALKINGS,  will be out in August 2016.

The Style & Error Series features former fashion buyer turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd. Books in that series include DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY ; BUYER, BEWARE ; THE BRIM REAPER ; and SOME LIKE IT HAUTE . (A short story, “Just Kidding ,” tells the story of how Samantha first met shoe designer Nick Taylor). Book 5, GRAND THEFT RETRO, will be out in 2016.

The Madison Night Mysteries feature a modern day interior decorator who specializes in midcentury design (studying Doris Day movies to get the look right). Books are PILLOW STALK,THAT TOUCH OF INK , and WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL . A prequel novella, “Midnight Ice,” can be found in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE .

The new Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries feature former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn who has come home to run her family’s costume chop. A Disguise to Die For was released February 2, 2016 and Masking for Trouble will be released October 4. 

Author Links

Webpage: http://www.dianevallere.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/DianeVallereAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianevallere

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4739022.Diane_Vallere

Purchase Links

Amazon – B&N – Google Play 

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

 

My thoughts: This is one of my favorite series. I liked Poly from the first few chapters in the first book: Suede to Rest. I really enjoyed the first two installments in this series and was looking forward to this new book. I believe I mentioned before that this series is one of my go to reads for an engaging read. Silk Stalkings enforces that feeling.  

The characters are well developed and make the story interesting even without the mystery. The budding romances between Poly and Vaughn and Charlie and Clark add a nice touch to the story without overpowering the mystery.  

As for the mystery, there were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged until the end. Maybe I’m off my game (I generally figure out Who Dunnit before the end), but I was taken by surprise when the killer was revealed.  

It was nice to learn more about Charlie’s life before she moved to San Ladron and to see a more human side of Vic McMicheal.  Silk Stalkings can easily by read without having read the other two mysteries in the series, but once you read it, you will find that you want to read more about the characters and will want to read the entire series.  Don’t forget to visit the tour page for a chance to win a Kindle Fire preloaded with four of Diane’s books.  Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

August 1 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW*

August 1 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW 

August 2 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW *

August 2 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW

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

August 3 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Jane Reads – REVIEW*

August 4 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW*  

August 5 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW*

August 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

August 8 – Carole’s Book Corner – SPOTLIGHT

August 9 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

August 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW*

August 10 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW*

August 10 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

August 11 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

August 12 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW *

August 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Great Escapes Tour: Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber – Recipe and Review

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Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

So many suspects. It seems like when Jenny clears someone from her list, something else pops up and they’re back on it. Not an easy one to solve, which keeps Jenny hopping and those pages turning.
~ FUONLYKNEW

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is a book about the past, choices and changes made and the impact on today. It’s also a book about loyalty, perseverance, and pushing through.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The characters are really what makes this book (and this series) stand out for me. Ms. Gerber has a talent for creating believable characters who are easy to like…and believable characters who are easy to dislike (so you don’t mind finding them at the wrong end of a murder).
~Brooke Blogs

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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Berkley (August 2, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279410
E-Book ASIN: B017SCQLSW
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Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.

As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished.

Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals…

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About This Author

DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California.  As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.

“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com

Daryl’s Blog – http://www.darylwoodgerber.com

Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com

Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com

Killer Characters – http://killercharacters.com

Facebook:

Daryl http://www.facebook.com/darylwoodgerber

Avery http://www.facebook.com/averyaames

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber

Goodreads: 

Daryl Wood Gerber https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4750535.Daryl_Wood_Gerber

Avery Aames https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3153786.Avery_Aames

 

Purchase Links

Amazon –  B &N 

It is my pleasure to welcome Daryl Wood Gerber to the blog today. She is sharing a delicious recipe with us.

Do you like using spices when you cook? I heard about Penzey’s spices from my fellow authors on Mystery Lovers Kitchen (where authors love to cook up crime and recipes)! It turns out it’s a local company for me, located in Santa Monica, but they have a great online presence. They send out promotional magazines that include delicious recipes.

I have fallen in love with two of their spices: Parisien Bonnes Herbes and Bouquet Garni. I use their chili and cinnamon. I also bought their garlic salt, which is great! By the way, funny story, but I purchased a “bag” of the Parisien herbs, and my adult son saw it in my pantry. He chuckled and said, “Mom, do you have a secret?” Yes, it looks like something you’d smoke! Not I, thank you very much. LOL

Try this recipe and after you finish your meal, open up a good book and settle in for the night. Hmm…maybe that would be the time to taste Penzey’s hot cocoa! It’s divine…even in the midst of summer!

PENZEYS SAVORY SWISS CHICKEN (CHICKEN SWISS)

(serves 2)

2 chicken breasts (with bones left in)

4-8 basil leaves

2-4 teaspoons Penzey’s Parisienne Bonnes Herbes

4 slices Swiss cheese

Kitchen twine (or kite string)

Rinse chicken breasts. Make a slit in each breast, lengthwise starting from the rib-side. Lay open.

Season with Penzey’s spices. (This is always about preference. There is no salt in the spice, so the chef needs to decide how much. I used 4 teaspoons.)

Layer basil and cheese in the center. (Again with the basil. This is a chef’s preference. I used 2 VERY large leaves in each breast. Do not skimp on the cheese. J)

Tie the chicken with twine (or kite string if that’s all you have). *If you’re going to barbecue, make sure you soak the string in water before applying.

For barbecue: heat the grill to medium high. Oil the grill. Set the chicken, bone-side down on the grill. Cook on each side for 5 minutes. Reduce the grill to medium-low and grill for another 30-40 minutes. Make sure the skin is crispy (to your liking).

For baked: Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Set chicken in a baking pan lined with foil. Close the foil tightly. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Open the foil and remove the TWINE from the chicken. Turn the oven to broil. Broil the chicken breasts for 10-12 minutes, until chicken skin is crispy (to your liking).

Serve hot.

Bio:

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. In addition, she has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She absolutely adores Lake Tahoe, where GIRL ON THE RUN is set, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.

GIVEAWAY:

Today I’m giving away one copy of your choice of any of my published books. Leave a comment and tell me what spices you like to use for barbecue.

 

 

My thoughts:  This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Grilling the Subject is delicious read – perfect for an end of summer read (well, perfect any time for those who enjoy a good mystery.) I always enjoy visiting Crystal Cove and catching up with Jenna, Rhett, Bailey, Aunt Vera and the other residents.  In this 5th installment in the Cook Book Nook Mysteries, the mystery hits close to home as Jenna’s dad is a suspect in the death of a neighbor, Sylvia Gump. Sylvia is not well liked by many of the residents of Crystal Cove, so Jenna’s dad isn’t alone in the suspect pool. To complicate matters, an unlikely figure from Jenna’s past shows up to add an interesting twist to the story.  Grilling the Subject is an engaging mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the end. There are so many viable suspects it’s hard to keep them all straight. As always I enjoyed the cook book suggestions Daryl always includes in the stories. My Amazon Cook Book wish list almost always doubles when I read a Cook Book Nook Mystery. Grilling the Subject can be read as a stand alone, but I know you will enjoy the characters  and will want to go back and read the others in the series if you haven’t done so already.  Each of the books in the series has a festival theme that adds to the fun in the book and makes the reader want to visit Crystal Cove for real. This time it is a Wild West theme with lots of mouth watering recipes for you to try. As the story was ending, the town was getting ready for a book club themed week. Now that sounds interesting. Grilling the Subject is an all around good read. You don’t want to miss it.

Daryl is offering a chance to win one copy of your choice of any of her published books. Be sure to leave her a comment telling her what spices you like to use for a BBQ.

You have until midnight of August 3rd to enter. The winner will be chosen by random generator.

Be sure to check out the tour page for a chance for a great prize package and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants

July 27 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Interview, Recipe

July 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe

July 29 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe

July 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Recipe

July 30 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe

August 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Recipe

August 2 – A Holland Reads – Review, Recipe

August 3 – Back Porchervations – Review, Recipe

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

 

 
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