Cozy Prizes Friday: Just in Time

Today’s visiting author, Suzanne Trauth, is not only able to write a compelling mystery, but she can act it out, and if you fall in love with your significant other during her performance, she can marry you. I love a renaissance woman. Just in Time takes place during the community theater production of Bye Bye Birdie, just the place for drama and mystery! 

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About the Book


Just in Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (September 25, 2018)
Print Length 220 pages
Kindle ASIN: B078QTBB4F

FACE THE MUSIC

Business is humming at Dodie O’Dell’s Windjammer Restaurant, where she offers theme menus connected to the Etonville Little Theatre’s amateur productions. This June, the theatre is collaborating with the neighboring Creston Players to stage Bye Bye Birdie under the stars—their first musical! There’s a contest in the play to pick a fan to receive rock idol Conrad Birdie’s last kiss before he ships off for the Army, so Dodie plans a contest to pick the food for a pre-show picnic.

But before the show opens, Ruby, the rehearsal accompanist, is found dead in her car. Why would anyone murder the crusty old gal who loved to sneak a smoke and a nip between wisecracks? Once again, the resourceful restaurant manager must play the part of amateur sleuth, accompanied by Police Chief Bill Thompson, who also happens to be her beau. Confronted with a chorus of suspects, she’ll need to stay composed to catch the killer—or it’ll be bye bye Dodie…

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About the Author

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Readers can visit her website at www.suzannetrauth.com.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Read and Gone

Don’t you just love it when relatives show up unexpectedly. (or hurricanes?) The only thing worse would be the trouble they cause (or hurricanes…) Allison Brook is back with the second book in her Haunted Library Series, Read and Gone.  Be sure to enter Allison’s giveaway for your chance at a print copy of Read and Gone!

 

About the Book


Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

Twenty million dollars’ worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton’s long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life and it’s up to Carrie to clear his name.

A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn’t know since her dad Jim’s been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.

Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie’s boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr’s life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she’s searching the victim’s country cabin.

Retreating to the quiet confines of the library where she works, Carrie watches as Smokey Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library’s ghost Evelyn, or something shinier?

You can find Read and Gone at these online retailers:

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About the Author

Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

Author Links

Website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com

My Amazon page: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/

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Cozy Prizes Friday: K Street Killing

Want to talk about a small town? Try the halls of Congress in Washington DC.  There’s enough fodder there for a thousand stories! Colleen Shogun is back with her fourth book in the Washington Whodunit series. 

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About the Book

K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Camel Press (July 15, 2018)

It’s the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff–Kit included–leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.

On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone’s enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren’t so easily convinced foul play isn’t at work. While balancing Doug’s mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon’s candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg’s handsome new beau, the victim’s conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit’s car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she’s closing in on the true story of what happened.

You can find K Street Killing at these online retailers

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My Review: 5 Stars

This second book I’ve read in Colleen Shogun’s Washington Whodunit Series. In K Street Killing, Kit is working a fundraiser for her boss Maive Dixon when there is a suspicious death. Kit is also dealing with a change in her personal life as husband Doug considers a job in another city. As usual, I love reading about the world of politics and Shogun does a good job of letting the reader see this world of competition and negotiation.  The mystery elements were good. I recognized some of the clues but didn’t figure out the killer. Death and intrigue in our nation’s capitol? Shocker.

About the Author

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first mystery one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist, she previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress who works on great initiatives such as the National Book Festival. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. She is the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Prize for Best Mystery.

Author Links

Webpage – www.colleenshogan.com

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

Twitter – www.twitter.com/cshogan276

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1269678.Colleen_J_Shogan

 

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Book Blast Tuesday: Stabbed in the Baklava

With those gentle September breezes rolling in, how about we imagine ourselves at one of those little tables outside at a Mediterranean restaurant? Let’s visit with author Tina Kashian about her new book Stabbed in the Baklava.

Here’s Tina!  

Thank you for hosting me today to talk about the newest book in my Kebab Kitchen mystery series, “Stabbed in the Baklava.”

How did you come with an idea for your book?

I grew up in a family restaurant in New Jersey. My Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. My mom was a talented Mediterranean cook and the grapevine in our backyard was more prized than any rosebush. It was a family business and I worked every job—from rolling silverware in napkins as a tween to hostessing and waitressing as a teenager. My tips paid for my prom gown. We also used to vacation every summer at the Jersey shore. It was a perfect fit!

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

The first chapter sets the tone for the book, and I enjoyed writing it. I’ve always loved weddings and following celebrities. Stabbed in the Baklava begins when Lucy Berberian is asked to cater a celebrity wedding at the Jersey shore. Of course, she doesn’t plan on stumbling upon a body during the reception!

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I’m working on the fourth book in my Kebab Kitchen cozy mystery series. Lucy and Katie will return to solve another crime in Ocean Crest.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I’ve written historical romance under the name Tina Gabrielle. I’d love to write a historical mystery.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, through the blog tour I’m giving away copies of “Stabbed in the Baklava.”

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Reviews are super important to authors! Please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Here’s a quick blurb of Stabbed in the Baklava:

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth.

 Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

Recipes included! “A delectable read.”

—Bestselling author Shelley Freydont

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About the Book


Stabbed in the Baklava (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth . . .

Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

Recipes included!

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About the Author

Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.

After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.

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Bears in the Night

In my Piney Woods Series, I write about a historic hotel, which was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. I grew up not too far from the Stanley and it is also the hotel that was featured in The Shining.  Check out this bear coming in the window at three in the morning!

Hmmm, I wonder if he used Expedia or Priceline for his reservation?

If you love reading about hotels, may I recommend Murder of a Good Man?

A bear free establishment.

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: Sipped

Sipped (The Penningtons Investigate)
by CT Collier

 

About the Book


Sipped (The Penningtons Investigate)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Asdee Press (June 11, 2018)

The Penningtons are back in book three of The Pennington’s Investigate Series by C.T. Collier. Have you ever gone into someone else’s desk drawer to find something? Uh, yeh. Me either. Looks like there’s some snooping and little bit of gossip going on in this one.

Be sure to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a copy of Sipped. 

 

After a rough semester, Professor Lyssa Pennington just wants to post her grades and join her husband, Kyle, in Cornwall for Christmas. First, though, she’s expected to host an elegant dinner for Emile Duval, the soon-to-be Chair of Languages at Tompkins College.

Too bad no one told Lyssa murder is on the menu. And, by the way, Emile Duval is an imposter.

Who is he really? And who wanted him dead? Without those answers, the Penningtons can kiss Christmas in Cornwall goodbye.

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About the Author

How did you come with an idea for your book?

While the overarching framework, setting, and main characters for Sipped come from its series, The Penningtons Investigate, the concept and plot for Sipped grew from a rumor—a rather salacious one, to be honest. I’d heard the tale whispered in the hallways at one of my old workplaces, a college whose identity will not be revealed. It wasn’t a story I would use as is (did I mention it was salacious?). Gossip like that doesn’t appeal to me and doesn’t fit with the clean upbeat tone of the Pennington books.

Still, there was something at the heart of the rumor that made for a good mystery. That something was the notion of two people sneaking around someone’s old office looking for evidence left behind, to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Who might those two people be? One was a person completely unfamiliar with the campus; and that person would need a savvy guide to find the right office, break in, and make off with the goods … all the while evading security.

And what if someone else—someone providing a distraction for the theft—was bumped off during the robbery but the thief didn’t know it? Confused? So are the police! There are almost no clues to the motive for the murder or to the identity of the murderer, but there’s an abundance of red herrings. Who but the Penningtons could possibly sort through the mess to find the real killer?

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I love every scene in Sipped, of course, but the one I choose to read aloud at book signings comes early in the book, when Lyssa and her friend Natalie are celebrating the official end of fall semester at Tompkins College. They’re fixing dinner in Natalie’s kitchen and Natalie is going on and on about having met her idol, a supermodel named Vivienne. Lyssa thinks Natalie is pulling her leg … or maybe someone is pulling Natalie’s leg. It’s all good fun, but Lyssa’s skepticism is blinding her to some serious clues the author is setting up for attentive readers to discern.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I do have a completed romance series, Lakeside Porches, that is actually the entire backstory for the main characters of The Penningtons Investigate, including Lyssa and Kyle Pennington’s love story (Waking Up to Love, written as Katie O’Boyle, released by Soulmate Publishing, Inc.).

There are several spinoff series on the drawing board, including one romantic suspense series. Right now, though, my focus is on The Penningtons Investigate. I’m currently writing book 4, Chugged, and there will be at least two more after Chugged.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I love a good romance and a gripping romantic suspense!

My favorite romance series is Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries. Every book in the series is a gem, and I love watching Grace’s story unfold through the diary entries she writes with each book. For romantic suspense, Carla Neggers is my idol. I started with Declan’s Cross, one of the Sharpe and Donovan series; now my book buddies and I eagerly await each new book in the series. Every one of Neggers’ series—some are romance, some romantic suspense—has its own flavor, and I enjoy many of them. Of her romance series, I especially like the Swift River books.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, several of the blogs on the “Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book” tour for Sipped include giveaways, and there is a giveaway that spans all the blogs on the tour. Prize is the reader choice’s: Kindle, Nook, or print copy of Sipped (US only for print, please).

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I would love for readers to post a review to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, their choice. Here are some helpful links:

Amazon Paperback: https://tinyurl.com/y8rkglpe

Kindle: https://tinyurl.com/yd8aaffc

Barnes & Noble paperback: https://tinyurl.com/y8thfleb

Nook: https://tinyurl.com/y92jccys

And here’s the link for readers to add Sipped to their Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40607107-sipped

 

C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits. Her setting is entirely fictional: Tompkins College is no college and any college, and Tompkins Falls is a blend of several Finger Lakes towns, including her hometown, Seneca Falls, NY (AKA Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life).

Author Links

Website: https://drkatecollier.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kate.collier.315

Twitter: @Tompkins Falls

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/zds5zps

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Death Over Easy

Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

That’s it! I’m going to the first to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Banjos are dangerous. At least they’re dangerous in Maddie Day’s latest Country Store Mystery, Death Over Easy. (Cue the Deliverance theme song in the background…)

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About the Book

Death Over Easy (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711236
Digital ASIN: B0776H5T7B

Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .

June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

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About the Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Death on the Menu

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette

Happy Flan Time Day! Seriously, Death on the Menu takes place around Flan Time. If you didn’t know this already, a flan is a type of baked custard. So let’s head to Key West for Lucy Burdette’s latest mystery. Oh, and I’ll take a little of that flan, too!

 

About the Book

Death on the Menu: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018)
Hardcover: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317463
Digital ASIN: B078MBKH95

When a killer strikes just before flan time, beloved food critic Hayley Snow is forced to sniff out the killer before someone else bites the dust.

Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she’ll be working the event helping her mother’s fledgling catering business, there’s plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother’s decadent flan is put to the test, Key West’s most prized possession, Hemingway’s Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel’s family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

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About the Author

Courtesy Carol Tedesco

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, DEATH ON THE MENU (Crooked Lane Books, August 2018.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. Read more at www.lucyburdette.com.

Author Links:

Facebook: WWW.facebook.com/lucyburdette

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lucyburdette

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lucyburdette

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/robertaisleib

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4781149.Lucy_Burdette