Book Blast Tuesday: Chicken Culprit

Cockadoodle Dooooo! Rise and shine cozy mystery lovers because today we are featuring a mystery about chickens and high time we did!  Haven’t you always wanted to have your own little farm in your backyard? Who needs acreage? My friend Susan started like this and ended up on an a full-fledged farm complete with chickens, cows and really cute baby goats (four of which she delivered on her daughter’s wedding day!) Now that’s the country life.

I’ve reviewed Chicken Culprit and be sure to scroll down and find the Prize Guy for your chance at a signed copy of the book, a simple book bag, a $25 Amazon gift certificate, and some other goodies (tbd) for one winner. I will also allow the winner to provide a character for my next book (first and last name, description, etc.) They won’t get to pick if that character is the killer, victim, or innocent bystander. And they will receive a mention in the next book’s acknowledgment page.   SWEET!

About the Book

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Colorado

Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne’scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?

My Review: 4 Stars

Anne has moved to a small town in Colorado where she is backyard farming featuring a life of chickens, freshly baked bread, and gardening. I liked the main character’s way of looking at things and the cozy town Viki Walton creates. Interesting ending!

About the Author

Vikki Walton is a suburban homesteader aka the Havensteader. She has chickens, gardens, and bees and is a certified permaculture designer. She’s also the author of nonfiction books. She loves to travel, is a global house and pet sitter and when not out in the garden or hiking in beautiful Colorado, is plotting her next mystery.

Author Links:

Website: www.vikkiwalton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vikkiwaltonauthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/havensteader

Purchase Link

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Farewell, My Cuckoo

Happy Friday the 13th! Today we have kooky book for you, or should I say a Cuckoo book. I love a British mystery, so let’s go visit the quirky village of Smeaton-under-Lyme and start getting ready for a wedding in Farewell, My Cuckoo.  Wedding planning can drive anyone cuckoo, right?

 

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Alibi (April 10, 2018)
Print Length: Approximately 300 pages
ASIN: B073YTFZ53

Julia Lanchester must defend her love nest from an invasive species: her boyfriend’s sister. And then there’s the little matter of murder . . .

“The cuckoo comes in April and sings its song in May. In June it changes tune and July it flies away.”

Wedding bells are ringing in the small British village of Smeaton-under-Lyme. Julia Lanchester’s second-in-command at the local tourist center is finally getting married, and the lovebirds are giving Julia and her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, ideas about their own future. But before anyone can say “Will you,” Michael’s flighty older sister, Pammy, crashes the party, fresh off a breakup and lugging all her worldly possessions around with her in a tangle of plastic bags.

Before long, Julia’s cozy cottage starts feeling more like Pammy’s bachelorette pad. To keep herself from going cuckoo, Julia throws herself into her pet projects at work—until death disrupts her plans. First a body is found on the estate. Then the police discover that Pammy was the last one to see the man alive. And soon Julia gets the feeling that if she ever wants her home—or her boyfriend—back, she’ll have to get to the bottom of this mystery, even if it means breaking a few eggs.

 

About the Author

Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who shares her love of Britain in her two mystery series. The Potting Shed books feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to England, and Birds of a Feather follows Julia Lanchester, bird lover, who runs a tourist office in a Suffolk village. Marty writes garden articles for magazines including Country Gardens and the American Gardener. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Crime Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland, and Ireland, spending free moments deep in research for her books. Or in pubs.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:

The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO

The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martywingateauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/martywingate

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/453259.Marty_Wingate

Website: www.martywingate.com

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

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Marty-Wingate/e/B001JS1AIS

Purchase Links

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Book Blast Tuesday: The Killing at Kaldaire House

All I”m saying is you’d better pay for your dang hat if you are in Kate Parker’s latest cozy historical mystery. I love the cover and the whole idea of a milliner part burglar.   The Killing at Kaldaire House is in the spotlight today and be sure to look for the prize guy below for your chance at a print copy of the book.

About the Book


The Killing at Kaldaire House

(The Milliner Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery

A dying man. The painting within her reach. What’s a thief to do?

Talented London milliner Emily Gates creates amazing hats for Society ladies, but to collect from those who don’t pay her bill, she burglarizes their homes. She needs every penny to send her deaf brother to school. Late one night, she sneaks in to find Lord Kaldaire badly injured in his study. Unwilling to abandon him, she calls for help.

When Kaldaire dies without revealing who attacked him, his widow agrees to keep Emily’s secrets ― if Emily will help find her husband’s killer. A bigger danger is a Scotland Yard inspector who threatens to arrest Emily — unless she spies on her father’s family of swindlers and conmen. Worst of all are the attacks from an unknown assailant. What will Emily face first, jail or death?

This cozy mystery is set in the era of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, of early automobiles and aeroplanes, and of King Edward VII and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you enjoyed the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, you’ll like Emily Gates and the collection of aristocrats and thieves in her world as they step into the 20th century.

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.

 

Author Links:

Website: www.KateParkerbooks.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KateParkerbooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123001.Kate_Parker

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Book Blast Friday: The Advice Column Murders

Don’t you just love advice columns?  Of course, if you live in a small town like Charley Carpenter, you don’t have to go too far to get unsolicited advice! I reviewed The Advice Column Murders and really loved the many layers of the mystery!

 

About the Book

The Advice Column Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series

In a small town like Oakwood, Ohio, everyone knows everyone else’s business—except for Charley Carpenter’s standoffish new neighbors, who tend to keep to themselves. But behind closed doors, Paxton Sharpe’s habit of screaming bloody murder at all hours of the day keeps Charley awake all night. Coupled with the stress of the increasingly delayed expansion of her shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, the insomnia is driving Charley crazy. Her only distraction? The local paper’s irreverent new advice column, “Ask Jackie.”

Jackie’s biting commentary usually leaves Charley and her employees rolling on the floor, but her latest column is no laughing matter. An oddly phrased query hinting at a child in peril immediately puts Charley on high alert. After arriving home to a bloodcurdling scream next door, she follows the noise into the basement and makes a grisly discovery: the body of Judith Sharpe’s adult daughter.

With Detective Marcus Trenault off in Chicago, Charley decides to take matters into her own hands. Convinced that the murder is connected to the desperate plea for help in “Ask Jackie,” she embarks on a twisted investigation that has her keeping up with the Sharpes—before a killer strikes again.

My Review:  4 Stars

Charley Carpenter is on the case again as she finds herself solving a mystery right in the neighborhood. When a young woman asks her to help out with a crime, Charley is drawn into a mystery. When the same young woman is found dead, Charley starts collecting the clues including the fact that this woman was once pregnant. There were many layers to this mystery and I enjoyed piecing together the suspects to figure out who done it. I was surprised by who the murder actually was! Well done.

About the Author

About The Author

Leslie Nagel is a writer and teacher of writing at a local community college. Her debut novel, “The Book Club Murders”, is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series. Leslie lives in the all too real city of Oakwood, Ohio, where murders are rare but great stories lie thick on the ground. After the written word, her passions include her husband, her son, and daughter, hiking, tennis and strong black coffee, not necessarily in that order.

 

Author Links

Website – http://www.leslienagel.com/

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@leslie_nagel

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/leslie_nagel/

Purchase Links

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Book Blast Tuesday: A Hole in One

Fore! Now that it’s warming up, it’s time for a golf mystery. Judy Penz Sheluk is here today with her latest Glass Dolphin mystery, A Hole in One and she will be giving away a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the Goddess Fish Promotions tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Arabella Carpenter let the others go first. All three managed to clear the pond with their tee shot and land on the green, but not one was anywhere close to getting a hole in one. Arabella breathed a sigh of relief—since they were sponsoring the contest, their foursome might not be eligible to win, but it still freaked her out to think someone else might. She went through her mental prep, took her swing, and watched as her ball went directly into the woods.

“Hey, you made it over the water,” Hudson said, hopping into his cart. “For someone just starting out, that’s not a bad shot.”

Arabella caught Emily’s look and smiled. He really was a nice guy. “Thanks, Hudson. Whether I can find my ball is an entirely different story. Why don’t I look for it while you guys putt in? I’m sure one of you will be able to make the shot.”

They crossed the pond on a wooden bridge just wide enough for their golf carts, parked on the path next to the hole, and grabbed their putters. Luke, Hudson, and Emily went to the green and began debating which ball to hit. Arabella trundled over to the woods, feeling stupid and hoping like hell it wasn’t infested with poison ivy. The woods were thicker than she’d expected. She walked in a couple of feet, using her putter to push the branches aside.

That’s when she started to scream.

About the Author:

An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime fiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Social Media Links

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04

Buy Links for A HOLE IN ONE:

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Prestige, Privilege and Murder

D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today…  No, not me. I’m on 28 years of marriage and contrary to what they said at the wedding, I think it will last. Christa Nardi is here today to talk about her new book Prestige, Privilege and Murder and it’s all about an ugly divorce. A peek-through-the-blinds at your neighbor kind of divorce. She was kind enough to answer some questions about the book and be sure to scroll down to find the Prize Guy for your chance at a print copy of this cozy mystery.

How did you come with an idea for your book?

This book started as I sat at a stop light on my way to work and the opening scene popped into my head. For the past year, a friend had been dealing with a situation like Stacie’s pending divorce and trying to get back into the social scene again. I think like our dreams, the stories we create are all somehow related to people and situations in real life. I feel compelled to add here, the friend’s husband is still alive and well!

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Gosh, that’s hard. I like the scene with Stacie’s father showing up first thing in the morning – as Rick is leaving, looking disheveled.

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

I recently published the 5th and last of the Cold Creek Mystery Series featuring a professor turned amateur sleuth.  I am working on a spinoff, with the main character, Sheridan Hendley.  The second in the Stacie Maroni series is also a work in progress.  In between, I co-author a teen/young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem. We hope the fourth in the Hannah and Tamar series will be coming out mid-April.

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

It would be fantasy – to create my own “world” with interesting characters and scenery. I’m not sure how authors like Piers Anthony (Xanth series) keep all the characters and places straight. I may be a bit too concrete for that.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! Look for the Prize Guy!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book? Amazon and Goodreads

 

About the Book


Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery)Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (January 10, 2018)
Print Length: 182 pages
ASIN: B078N1M422

Money isn’t worth killing for, or is it?

When her estranged husband is murdered, Stacie Maroni Noth is quickly identified as the main suspect. With divorce papers not yet signed, she may get a substantial inheritance – a clear motive in the eyes of both Noth’s family and the police. His family and law firm strive to keep up the pretense that all is above reproach and idyllic. In her quest to prove her innocence, however, Stacie discovers she’s not the only one with a motive for murder. Could it be a colleague at the prestigious law firm where he worked? Or is it tied to the victim’s stance on domestic violence? Or maybe even his threats to reveal family secrets? Whatever the true motive may be, it soon becomes clear that Stacie might be the next victim.

Purchase Link

Amazon

About the Author

 

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to cozy mystery. She is the author of the Cold Creek Series and co-authors a young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem.

Author Links

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G8SBCKK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7257539.Christa_Nardi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christa.nardi.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristaN7777

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christa-nardi

Blog: https://christanardi.blogspot.com

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Book Blast Tuesday: Cinco de Murder

Hola cozy mystery lovers or according to Google translate acogedores amantes del misterio.  Today we are talking about Cinco De Murder which so far,  my favorite part is a victim with the name “Lucky”.   The author, Rebecca Adler is here today with a print copy giveaway as well as an excerpt from Cinco De Murder, her third book in A Taste of Texas Mystery Series.

 

About the Book


Cinco de Murder (A Taste of Texas Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Texas

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It’s fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklórico dances for Saturday’s big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot’s First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off.

But Uncle Eddie’s hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie’s beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chilihead’s life–before another cook kicks the bucket.

You can find Cinco De Murder in these locations!

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Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
Folklórico RehearsalOn such a gorgeous May morning, what could be better than a power walk to Cho’s cleaners with my long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny? The morning sun had tossed a wide blanket of gold over the Davis and Chisos mountains, awakening the piñon pines and the weeping junipers from their slumber, illuminating the bluegrass and scrub so they looked like desert jewels. The plan had been to retrieve my abuela’s folklórico costume and burn some extra calories. And though we made good time—considering the length of my canine sidekick’s pencil-thin appendages—the morning sun galloped down Broken Boot’s cobbled streets while I paid Mr. Cho with a crumpled five-dollar bill and a coupon for a dozen free tamales.
“Yip.” Lenny lapped from the pet fountain in front of Elaine’s Pies, soaking his black-and-white coat.
“¡Vámonos, amigo!” If we were late to the final dance rehearsal before the Cinco de Mayo parade, God only knew when Senora Marisol Martinez, our matriarch, would permit me to call her abuela again.
During my first few months back home, I was elated to find I could accomplish tasks in far less time than in the crowded thoroughfares of Austin. Almost a year later, I was forced to admit the slower pace of our dusty little town didn’t aid me in my quest to check things off my list. It merely encouraged me to meander.
On that happy thought, Lenny and I raced down the sidewalk toward Milagro. Suddenly I tripped over the plastic clothes bag, nearly kissing the pavement with my face. “Whose great idea was it to rehearse this early?”
“Yip.”
“That’s what I was afraid of.”
When we barreled through the front door of Milagro, the best, and only, Tex-Mex restaurant on Main Street, I expected the folklórico rehearsal to be in full swing. Instead my best friend, Patti Perez, glared at me, which only made me smile. I was wise to her marshmallow center, in spite of her ghostly Goth appearance.
“Sorry,” I mouthed. After all, it had been my idea for all of us to join the local folklórico troupe—my way of embracing life back in good old Broken Boot, Texas.
“About time,” she chided as I draped Senora Mari’s costume over a stack of hand-painted wooden chairs. In my absence, the other dancers had cleared the dining room to create a dance floor on the beautiful Saltillo tiles.
“I would have called,” I began.
“But I was trapped in a dead zone,” we said in unison. Service was so bad in Broken Boot and its outlying communities that folks were slower here than in the rest of the country in ditching their landlines.
“Where’s Anthony?” When our headwaiter offered his newly formed mariachi band to play for our first performance, I didn’t have the heart to say no. Beggars can’t be choosers, or look a gift band in the mouth.
“Tsk, tsk.” Across the room, Anthony’s new fiancée placed her hand over the bar phone’s mouthpiece. Though christened Lucinda, we’d quickly dubbed her Cindy to avoid calling her Linda, my aunt’s name, and vice versa. “He says his truck has a flat tire.” She scowled at whatever Anthony said next and responded with a flurry of Spanish.
“Who doesn’t keep a spare in the desert?” Patti, whom I referred to as Goth Girl if for no other reason than to hear her snort, delivered this line with a deadpan expression and a flick of her rehearsal skirt.
“Yip,” Lenny said, chasing after her ruffles.
Goth Girl snapped her head in my direction and gave me the stink eye. “Tell me you replaced your spare.”
“Uh, well, not yet, but I will after Cinco de Mayo.” Money was a bit tight, what with the loss of tourists during the winter months.
To my right, Aunt Linda, a stunning middle-aged woman with warm chestnut hair, modeled her bright-colored skirt better than any fashionista in Paris. “That’s what you said about Valentine’s Day.” She was my late mother’s older sister. She might look great in her Wranglers, but she and rhythm had never been introduced.
“And Saint Patrick’s,” chimed in Senora Mari, executing a double spin. This morning she wore a rehearsal skirt of black-tiered lace along with her Milagro uniform of peasant blouse, gray bun at her nape, and large pink flower behind her ear. No matter how much I rehearsed, none of my moves could compare to her sassy head turns and flamboyant poses. Who knew my seventy-something, four-foot-eleven abuela would turn out to be the star of our ragtag troupe?
A sharp clapping interrupted our chatter. “Let’s try it on the counts,” cried Mrs. Felicia Cogburn, mayor’s wife and self-appointed dance captain.
“Yip,” Lenny agreed.
“Why is that dog here?” Mrs. Cogburn demanded, her hands raised in mid-clap.
“He has a key role, remember?” My abuela smiled, an expression so rare on her dear weathered face it made folks uncomfortable.
Mrs. Cogburn blinked several times. “Of course.” Before she could begin, a small truck landed at the curb with a bed full of musicians, trumpets and guitars in full serenade. The band stopped playing long enough to hurry inside.
“¡Ay, Dios! Senora, I had to borrow a spare. Mine was flat.” Anthony waved his friends into a semicircle just inside the door.
Senora Mari thrust a finger into the air. “So you say.” She snapped her head dramatically to the side. “Play.”
With a worried look, Anthony counted off, and the group of dark-haired men and boys began to play the “Jarabe Tapatío”, the Mexican hat dance. I spied a familiar face on trumpet. Anthony’s little sister Lily gave me a wink and a nod.
As the trumpets and guitars played, Mrs. Cogburn called out, “And one, two, three, four.”
“Where’s your skirt?” Patti asked as we twirled first right and then left.
“Ah, chicken sticks.” I dodged the dancers, ran up the stairs to my loft apartment, and retrieved my long skirt from a chrome dining chair.
“Yip, yip, yip,” Lenny cried from the bottom of the stairs.
“Sorry.” I found his straw hat on the yellow Formica table and made it downstairs without mishap. “Here you go, handsome.” I perched the hat on his head and tightened the elastic under his chin. As we danced, Lenny would spin in place on his back legs, melting the hearts of the crowd faster than fried ice cream in August.

About the Author

Rebecca Adler grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and hightailed it to the Southwest.

Prior to writing women’s fiction, Gina always found a way to add a touch of the dramatic to her life: dinner theatre in Mississippi, can-can club in Florida, and playing a giant Furskin in the New York Toy Fair, plus the occasional play and musical.

She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing her Taste of Texas culinary mystery series. Set in far West Texas, her humorous stories are filled with delicious suspense and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Her alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, writes sweet contemporary romances with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor.

Author Links

Webpage: www.AuthorRebeccaAdler.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaAdler/

Twitter: @CozyTxMysteries

GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/GoodReads-RebeccaAdler

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday : Clues in the Sand

Hey Journal,

…they found a body on the beach this morning! Our handyman says everybody’s talking about it. I heard the lady died with a really old piece of pottery or something in her hand. 

Alex

Above is a journal entry of young Alex Atwood who helps her dad solve mysteries in Clues in the Sand. I love it that we can see the mystery through her eyes as well as her father’s. Terry Ambrose is visiting us today with book two in Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Series. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Terry on the Happy Homicides Anthology Series and he was kind enough to answer a few questions about his writing process.

 

Be sure to look for the Prize Guy. He wants to buy you a cup of Starbucks coffee and a signed print copy of Clues in the Sand.

 

How did you come with an idea for your book? 

There are really three ways this book came about. In at least the first three of the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, the stories are focused on treasure hunts. The idea came about after a comment by my wife. “Everybody loves a treasure story,” she’d said. The idea intrigued me almost immediately, so the little town of Seaside Cove became the center of a search for the San Manuel, a Spanish galleon that sank in the 16th Century.

Clues in the Sand was a natural progression for the series. It takes us one step closer to finding and salvaging the treasure of the San Manuel, but it also further develops the relationship between the three main characters—Rick Atwood, the owner of the B&B; his daughter Alex; and their cook, Marquetta Weiss. Though Rick and Marquetta are drawn together by a mutual attraction—and Alex’s attempts at matchmaking—they are also pulled apart by events from the past. It’s a very sticky situation which the adults acknowledge, but ten-year-old Alex doesn’t understand. In her opinion, her dad and Marquetta are being lame, but that’s a different issue.

The third influence came about while I was researching treasure hunters and treasure salvage. I discovered the hunt for treasure and salvage operations are actually quite a cutthroat business. Salvage operations cost millions of dollars and the salvage itself can be worth billions. So, one of the issues I wanted to deal in this book regarding the San Manuel involves the greed that transforms an exciting discovery into something capable of bringing out the worst in people.

 

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Oh gosh, that’s a really difficult question because I try to write each scene equally well. However, sometimes my characters get themselves into predicaments I hadn’t anticipated. That was the case with the scene in which Alex is exploring in the B&B’s attic. It’s a dark and scary place for a ten-year-old, even one who considers herself a daredevil. I hope the reader is as shocked as Alex when she gets more than she bargained for.

 

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

I’m currently working on my ninth Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mystery. This is a series that is near and dear to my heart because it’s set in Hawai’i, one of my favorite places. After that, I’ll be writing the next Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery, which will have a Christmas theme. The third book I’ll start on late this year is in my License to Lie thriller series. Whew! That’s a lot of writing!

 

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

I failed miserably at sci-fi. Even I didn’t like what I wrote, so that’s definitely out. I’d probably get blown out of the water in women’s fiction due to the whole men are from Mars thing. I might be interested in historical fiction, but I’m not sure I would have the patience for the detailed research it would require. Uh oh, I’m running out of genres, aren’t I? I think I’ll stick to mysteries.

 

Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?

For the blog tour, there is a giveaway. Also, the book is on sale at $0.99 for the duration of the blog tour. On April 1, the prices returns to normal at $2.99.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Readers can leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.

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About the Book


Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

To Rick Atwood’s dismay, the police find a body on the beach near his Seaside Cove B&B. The dead woman held a pottery shard from an ancient rice bowl, which the cops believe is a clue to her murder.

The chief suspect is Flynn O’Connor, a female archaeologist known for her hatred of treasure thieves. Trouble is, Rick’s daughter Alex sees Flynn as a role model and will not believe her friend is a killer.

Alex pressures her dad as only a ten-year-old can to prove Flynn is innocent. The mayor is also making demands—for Rick to stay out of the investigation. With his daughter and the mayor at odds, Rick sees trouble brewing. He knows too well how much Alex loves sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Especially when there’s murder involved.

My Review

This is the second book in the Seaside Cove Bed and Breakfast Mystery Series. Rick Atwood is running his B&B with the help of Marquetta his cook and his daughter Alex. This is the first book I’ve read in this series and found it could be read as a stand-alone mystery. I enjoyed reading the little girl’s journal entries and watching her involvement in solving the crime along with her father’s. This cozy has plenty of intrigue and characters who aren’t exactly telling the truth!  

About the Author

 

Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who only stole cars when it was legal. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He’s currently working on the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

Author Links:

Website: http://terryambrose.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/suspense.writer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6447968.Terry_Ambrose

Purchase Link

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Book Blast Tuesday: Uneasy Prey

 

Watch out for those dangerous curves on snowy days! (So glad I live in South Texas today!)  Annette Dashofy is here today with her newest Zoe Chambers mystery–Uneasy Prey.  Our amateur sleuth is a paramedic who gets a little too involved with her patients.

You can read a little more about the book, and then scroll down and look for the prize guy! Today he’s giving you a chance 1 of 5 signed print copies of Uneasy Prey.

About the Book


Uneasy Prey (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania

On the way to the emergency room, an elderly woman regains consciousness long enough to inform paramedic Zoe Chambers that her fall down the basement steps was no accident. Before she can say more, she succumbs to her injuries, launching Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams into the investigation of a burglary ring targeting the area’s vulnerable senior citizens.

Zoe—in spite of Pete’s objections—takes it upon herself to act as protection detail after the con men, disguised as water company employees, set their sights on Zoe’s beloved former landlady. It’s a decision that eventually puts Zoe in harm’s way.

With Zoe already recovering from one close call, Pete must race against time to stop the crime ring—and a dangerous killer—before they strike again.

 

You can pick up Uneasy Prey at these locations
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About the Author

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNEDwas nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. UNEASY PREY, the sixth in the series, is set for release on March 27.

Author Links

Website– www.annettedashofy.com

Blog– http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy

Twitter– @Annette_Dashofy 

 

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Book Blast Friday: Killer Tied

There are plenty of twists and turns in this cozy mystery and judging from the cover–cute shoes! Lesley A. Diehl is visiting us today to answer some questions about her latest mystery, Killer Tied. 

How did you come with the idea for Killer Tied?

Killer Tied is the sixth book in the Eve Appel mysteries from Camel Press. The idea for the book came from asking myself the question, what if a young woman approaches Eve and tells her she is Eve’s sister? But Eve doesn’t have a sister and her parents died in a boating accident when Eve was nine years old. This woman looks like Eve, but her age is such that she would have been born after the parent’s death. If what the woman says is true, then someone had lied to Eve, and it appeared the person who told Eve the lie is her own grandmother, the woman who raised her.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

In the scene between Eve and her old friend from college, the reader learns how Eve met her former husband, Jerry and reveals that Eve’s friends old grudge against her continues until today. The friend reveals that she knows more about Eve’s mother than Eve does, and Eve struggles with how she can mend the past and get the friend to allow Eve access to records that might tell Eve if her mother still lives. It is a scene where two sassy women do battle with each other, one trying to hurt the other by hiding the truth and the other, Eve, tries to control her usual bold and snarky approach to unearth the truth. But as Eve says, patience is not something she had yet mastered. The reader hopes Eve will finally discover what she must know about her mother, but college friend is more interested in righting a past injustice than helping Eve uncover her past.

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

There will be three more Eve Apple mysteries, and I hope to make them a little different from the ones that have gone before. In the seventh book which will be released by Camel Press sometime in the autumn or winter of this year, I bring Eve’s best friend Madeleine’s uncle from Scotland to visit Madeleine and her family. He brings his son, daughter-in-law and grandson with him. The visit should be fun for everyone, but trouble begins when the daughter-in-law runs off the road in the rental car and almost drowns herself in one of the many canals crisscrossing the area. An accident? Perhaps, someone shoots at Madeleine’s uncle and wounds him. Is someone trying to kill him or his family? Eve takes on the case to along with another one and finds herself up to her designer blouse in trouble.

The third book in the Big Lake Murder mysteries will be released this year. Cry Muddy Murder finds Emily Rhodes, retired preschool teacher and present-day bartender at the local country club, participating as a volunteer in a re-enactment of the Battle of Okeechobee. As usual, she stumbles onto a dead body, this one the local principal’s. Set in the Lake Okeechobee, Florida area, Emily and cohorts discover the principal’s past indiscretions may have led to his murder, but the truth is as likely to reside closer to home.

I also write a microbrewing series set in a picturesque river valley in Upstate New York. Hera Knightsbridge owns and operates a microbrewery threatened by drought, hydraulic fracturing, and murder. The other cozy mystery series I write features a college professor as a protagonist. Dr. Laura Murphy finds trouble on her campus with the president’s murder, the pollution of the lake she lives on and the killer antics of a college fraternity. College life is anything but ivory tower academics for Laura.

I also have written a number of short stories featuring Aunt Nozzie and the grandmothers, a family trio of geriatric misfits who just happen to help their niece and granddaughter solve murders. These stories are Thanksgiving themed and appear in Untreed Reads Thanksgiving anthology, The Killer Wore Cranberry, Vols 1-5.

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

My protagonists are more romantic than I, so I know I would be terrible at romance, and without a background in law or criminal justice, I don’t have the expertise to write mystery with a lawyer or cop as protagonist. I might try women’s fiction because I could use a lifetime of experience to create my characters. My background as a psychologist might help.

Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?

There are several giveaways on this tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Please leave them on Amazon with each book there.

 

About the Book


Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series

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Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.

Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve’s marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.

As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor’s claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.

About the Author

 

Lesley is a country gal through and through, from her childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois to college in a cornfield in Iowa, Lesley creates sassy, snoopy protagonists who embrace chasing killers in country settings. Lesley writes several series: the Big Lake Murder mysteries and the Eve Appel mysteries both set in rural Florida; the Laura Murphy mysteries located on a lake in upstate New York; and short stories, some featuring a few of Lesley’s unique relatives from back on the farm (Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers). She is inspired by an odd set of literary muses: a ghost named Fred and a coyote as yet unnamed. Killer Tied is the sixth mystery in the Eve Appel Mysteries. To read more about Lesley’s unusual and humorous cozy mysteries, go to www.lesleyadiehl.com.

Author Links

Visit her on her website: www.lesleyadiehl.com

Blog: www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog

Twitter: @lesleydiehl

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