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Book Blast Tuesday: Bamboozled

Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)
by Barbara Barrett

Today we get to meet Katrina Faulkner, one of the four protagonists in the Mah Jongg Mystery Series. She’s a lottery winner who plays mah jongg and helps to solve mysteries with her fellow players. Barbara is giving away one digital copy of Bamboozled for each tour stop so someone who enters here will WIN!

About the Book

Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)
Cozy Mysteries
2nd in Series
Self Published (April 3, 2018)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1948532037
Digital ASIN: B07C9CLL4R

Essential oils distributor Dorcas Wiley is the boss everyone loves to hate. So when she turns up dead, killed by her own trophy, disgruntled saleswoman Cathy Broderick is the obvious suspect in her murder. Despite opportunity, motive and incriminating evidence, Cathy declares her innocence and enlists her mah jongg pals—Sydney Bonner and her cronies Marianne, Micki and Kat—to help save her from the death penalty.

Hot off a recent and nearly deadly investigation, the women are cautious about putting themselves in peril again. Syd’s spouse isn’t thrilled about another mystery in their lives, either, but he can’t resist the plea of Cathy’s husband. Soon, Syd is leading the way as they tangle with grumpy salespeople, the victim’s estranged husband and boyfriend, a mysterious housekeeper, a litigious customer, an annoyed sheriff and Cathy’s own arrogant lawyer.

The women have their own issues to deal with in their central Florida town of Serendipity Springs. Kat faces a health challenge, Micki fields a mysterious inquiry from her ex, Marianne has a chaotic anniversary and Syd wrestles with her husband over who’s really in charge. But nothing puts everyday life into perspective like the moment when their investigation brings them face to face with danger.

 

Character Interview: Katrina Faulkner

(Author’s note: Kat is one of my four protagonists in my Mah Jongg Mystery series. You can meet her in both Craks in a Marriage and Bamboozled.)

My name is Katrina Faulkner. I am a single woman over sixty. I retired a few years back after serving several years as the executive assistant to the CEO of a major corporation in Illinois. My professional talents include being detail-oriented and the ability to follow through. There was a man in my life years ago, but before I was ready to tell him I loved him, he was killed in an auto accident. After that, my social life dropped off, especially when my widowed mother got sick. I moved in with her and was her caregiver in her last years. My late father hadn’t left us with much life insurance, which we quickly went through with Mom’s illness. Much of my salary went toward her care.

A few months after she passed, I bought a lottery ticket and wound up winning millions, enough money to retire on and enjoy the rest of my life. On my own after many years of living with and for my mother, I went a little crazy with my newfound wealth. I learned the total amount of my winnings on a cold, blustery day in January. I immediately booked a flight to Florida, deciding to splurge with a visit to Disney World, the trip I’d been planning when my mother fell ill. I couldn’t believe I could go outside this first month of the year and not have to wear a coat. And everything was so green.

I didn’t want to return north. In fact, I stayed another week, rented a car and explored central Florida. When I pulled into the small town of Serendipity Springs to get gas, it was love at first sight. I’d found my new home. Two days later, I found my actual home in the very ritzy development of Mangrove Estates. I bought a house, well, a mini-mansion, much too big for just me, but I was still riding the wave of euphoria over my new wealth. I bought it furnished and decided to live in it a while before making any changes.

I didn’t know a soul in my new community. After all these years, with money to burn and no more family responsibilities, I was ready to make new friends. I visited the community center and saw a note on a bulletin board announcing a new class in mah jongg. I had no idea what that was, but it was the first thing that caught my eye and was starting the next day. I sat next to this woman with shoulder-length black hair with a silver streak that cascaded down one side. Her name was Micki Demetrius, and from that day forward we became fast friends.

After my spending spree on my new home, I returned to my budget-watching self. Then Micki learned of my newfound wealth. Since she really has to watch her small nest egg, she has taken to helping me adjust to my affluence, especially when it comes to changing my wardrobe and pampering myself with spa visits.

Two of our instructors in that class were Sydney Bonner and Marianne Putnam. The four of us hit it off, and they even invited us to join their mah jongg group after the class ended. Since then, the four of us typically play together and enjoy each other’s company so much we do other things together too, including an occasional unofficial murder investigation. I met my boyfriend, Sheriff Rick Formero, that way. He isn’t crazy about our participation in those, but I swear we don’t go looking for them. They seem to drop in our laps, usually because they somehow involve a fellow mah jongg player.

Did I say “boyfriend”? Maybe I got ahead of myself. Rick would be overjoyed to hear me call him that, but this is all so new to me, I want to take it slow and not rush into something I might regret later. I know, I’m not as young as I was once, when I moved too slow to find love. I just need a little more courage to take the plunge. I’m getting there.

Besides, I have to take things slow anyhow, since I’m recovering from breast cancer. I was one of the lucky ones; they caught it in the early stages. A program of aggressive chemo seems to have taken care of it, but it has taken a while to snap back to my old self. Actually, my new self, because I’ve recently started a singing career. One of the few times I got outside the house when my mom was alive was to sing in the church choir. After she died, even though I had more time for it, I stopped. It didn’t give me the same feeling of escape it once had.

It wasn’t until years later, once I came to Serendipity Springs, that I got caught up in the excitement of open mic night at a local lounge and sang a song I didn’t even realize I knew. Magic happened. Maybe not for the audience, but for me. The introvert me gave way to this new persona who loved being in the limelight. I had to put my singing aside for a bit while I dealt with my cancer, but I’m back on the road to recovery now. Who knows what great things lie ahead?

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About the Author

Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she’d devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.

Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn’t at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.

Bamboozled, the second book in her “Mah Jongg Mystery” series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other’s lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara’s imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.

Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.

Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.

Author Links

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Barrett-Author-1678443865812386/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/bbarrettbooks

Pinterest – pinterest.com/barbarabarrett7

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8181756.Barbara_Barrett

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes

It’s a BIG, BIG, BIG Cozy Prizes Friday with a dozen cozy mysteries in the Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer Anthology.  This collection is only 99 Cents and profits go to no-kill animal charities. My Martin the dachshund and Max the poodle highly approve of this gesture.  After you scroll through all of the authors, don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a $25 Amazon gift card.  Happy Friday!

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer

By Judith Lucci, Cindy Bell, Colleen Mooney, Amy Vansant, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Anna Celeste Burke, Ava Mallory, Sandi Scott, Susan Boles, Sam Cheever & Anne R. Tan

About the Books

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Publisher: Bluestone Valley Publishing

WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci – Gawd Almighty & the Corn

WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell – Murder at Pawprint Creek

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney -Dog Gone and Dead

USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant – Summer Teeth

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme – A Midsummer Night’s Murder

WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris – The Murder of Bandera Bandito

USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke – A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff

Ava Mallory – A Dream Stray-Cation

Sandi Scott – Croquembouche Murder

Susan Boles – Death on the Beach

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever – Toxic Tech

Anne R. Tan – Just Lost and Found

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!

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Website – http://www.summersnoops.com/

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/summersnoopsandcozycrimes/

Purchase Link – Amazon

About the Authors

Judith Lucci

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and best-selling Amazon. She is an award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime fiction series. Her newest series, Artzy Chicks, releases next month and features a group of , eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Mountain Resort.

In 2017, ‘Viral Intent’ (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers’ Favorites for ‘Best Political Thriller’. as was her crime thriller ‘The Case of Dr. Dude’ (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for ‘Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. ‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year‘ won an additional gold medal for ‘Best Holiday Read’ of 2017.

Her favorite things are reading, writing art and animals. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com. Check our her website at judithlucci.com. and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.


Cindy Bell

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Cindy Bell, has always loved reading, but it is only recently that she has discovered her passion for writing romantic cozy mysteries. When she is not reading or writing she loves baking (and eating) sweet treats or walking along the beach with her energetic cocker spaniel, thinking of the next adventure her characters can embark on. Cindy is the author of the Chocolate Centered, Donut Truck, Dune House, Sage Gardens, Nuts about Nuts, Bekki the Beautician, Wendy the Wedding Planner, Heavenly Highland Inn and the Macaron Patisserie Cozy Mystery Series.


Colleen Mooney

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles and the fourth book, Death By Rum Balls was released in December 2017.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans, has been elected President and has a planned a Mystery Writers’ Conference for June. She is currently working on her 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series.

In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.

She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”


Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly.
Ha!
But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies. Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She’s a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!

http://www.amyvansant.com/


Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, “No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.


Kim Hunt Harris

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.

Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.

Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.


Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author!

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Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor of social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.

An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.


AVA MALLORY

AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a Hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.


Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott is a cozy mystery reader who finally found the courage to write the stories in her head and share them with others. She fell in love with mystery books when she first started reading Agatha Christie eons ago, although her favorite female sleuth will always be Harriet the Spy. She loves dogs, her family, her readers, and sweet treats — not necessarily in that order.

 

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Susan Boles

Susan Boles is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and also writes romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors series.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba.

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Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books.


 

 

Anne R. Tan

Anne R. Tan fell in love with storytelling in elementary school, but decided to study engineering so she could get a “real job.” Her day job is her vacation from home and she moonlights as a writer to keep the voices inside her head under control. She is a toddler wrangler and a part-time short-order cook for her family. She is married to her version of Bob Vila who believes everything needs to be fixed, even if it’s already working. The koi fish in her pond are the only sane members of her household.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Poison by Punctuation

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)
by Kelley Kaye

Alright,  this is is just proof-positive that grammar can kill you. (Hoping my agent and editor are reading this!). Today we are featuring Kelley Kaye’s Poison by Punctuation which centers around a first-year teacher.  Be sure to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a digital copy of Kelley’s book.

About the Book


Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

You can find Poison by Punctuation at these fine retailers.

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About the Author

“Kelley Kaye” taught High School English and Drama since 1992 in California, then Colorado and now Cali again, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions in her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created for her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around a long time. She’s married to an amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons.

Website – http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/

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

Blog – http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/kelley-s-blog2.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/kelkay1202

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelley-kaye

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Kelley-Kay-Bowles/e/B00JJ9T7AC

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1380492.Kelley_Kay_Bowles

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Shadow Dancing

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern

Ah yes, I remember 1975 vividly.  I was rocking out to Philadelphia Freedom and thinking bell bottoms would be around forever.  How exciting it is to find a cozy mystery series that takes place in the seventies.  So fun! Be sure to enter for your chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow Dancing.

About the Book


Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Henery Press (June 19, 2018)
Print Length: 210 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BMJM89K

Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.

Drat.

Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

Pick up your copy of Shadow Dancing at these fine retailers!

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About the Author

– Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Author Links

Website – www.juliemulhernauthor.com

FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

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Another Book Blast Tuesday: Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon (A Zodiac Mystery)
by Connie di Marco

I guess it was all in the stars I would post this one late! Little mixup on my end, so my apologies to Connie. Forgive me, I guess I had a Libra moment.  Be sure to enter for your chance at a print or digital copy of this book.

About the Book


Tail of the Dragon (A Zodiac Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (August 8, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738751061
Digital ASIN: B075W42GWP

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled–the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s astrological expertise provides clues but no one wants to listen. Before she can solve the mystery, two people are dead and her own life is in danger. Julia must unmask the killer before he, or she, takes another life.

About the Author

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Author Links

Website: http://www.conniedimarco.com/

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

Twitter: @askzodia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14751339.Connie_Di_Marco

Author Central: amazon.com/author/conniedimarco

Purchase Links: Amazon B&N Indie Bound Goodreads Mysterious Galaxy BookBub

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Confound It

Confound It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

Maggie’s back with her latest Dreamwalker Mystery, Confound It!  I read this one and enjoyed not only the mystery but romance.  Hububba 🙂 I left my review below and don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy. He’s giving you the chance at a print copy of Confound It!

About the Book


Confound It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)

Paranormal Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Camel Press (June 1, 2018)
You can find Confound It at these fine retailers

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While hosting out-of-town guests at her Georgia home, Dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called upon to help investigate a suspicious fire. One of her guests, close friend and fellow dreamwalker Deputy Sam Mayes, accompanies her to the scene.

A meth cook is dead, and when Baxley visits her beyond the Veil of Life, she determines that the woman was murdered. Baxley pities Mandy Patterson, a single mother with aspirations for her teenage son Doodle. Unconcerned about the death of a criminal, the authorities pursue the drug-supply chain angle. Baxley worries about Doodle and vows to find out who killed his mother.

As the case grows more baffling, Baxley struggles against her attraction to Sam. Although her husband is missing and declared dead, she does not feel free to love again until she is sure of his fate.

Two suspects have the strongest motive, but Baxley has reason to believe they are pawns in a deeper game. And unless she can stop them, the world will never be the same.

My Review-5 Stars

This is Maggie Toussaint’s best book yet! I’ve enjoyed seeing the character of Baxley Powell grow in each book and now she has to decide how long she will wait for her husband to return. Her motivation is a handsome Native American named Sam who bonds with her in the paranormal world like no one else. The mystery is well-plotted and the obstacles the characters face will really grab you.  I really enjoyed Confound It!

About the Author

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.

You can find Maggie in all these places!

Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Goodreads | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Booklover’s Bench | Amazon Author Central | Bookbub | Website

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Confessions of a Red Herring

It’s  Friday!  Have you finished this week’s to-do list? Lately, mine seems to be never-ending.  Today’s mystery, Confessions of a Red Herring,  features a reporter with things to do and plenty of family members to interfere with it. (Something else we have in common!)  Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy for your chance at a print copy of Dana Dratch’s latest mystery!

About the Book

Confessions of a Red Herring (A Red Herring Mystery)
1st in Series

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As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.
Now she’s the headline.

Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.

Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.

Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story, and unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.

What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list.
And Alex is on it.

About the Author

Dana Dratch is a former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer. When she’s not finishing Seeing Red—the next Alex Vlodnachek mystery—you’ll spot her byline on a host of top news sites. You can learn more about her mysteries at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.

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Book Blast Tuesday: The Marmalade Murders

Now that we’ve all survived the predicted end of the world on Monday, let’s get cozy and talk about The Marmalade Murders. Penny Brannigan is on the case again and her kind author, Elizabeth J. Duncan has offered a giveaway just for the readers of this blog. Pssst-Your odds of winning have greatly increased. Keep an eye out for the Prize Guy. 

About the Book


The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series

The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.

The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.

Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women’s Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.

A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.

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About the Author

Elizabeth J Duncan is the author of two mystery series – Shakespeare in the Catskills and the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. She is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada’s best light mystery and lives in Toronto.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder at the Mushroom Festival

Time for Spring festivals and this week let’s get into fungi at Murder at the Mushroom Festival. The author, Janet Finsilver was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing process and how she loves to write about dogs with special abilities.  My dogs Martin and Max have special talents. All I have to do is open the refrigerator and they appear like magic from anywhere in the house!


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About the Book

Murder at the Mushroom Festival (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series

There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!

Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .

A Visit With the Author

 

How did you come up with an idea for your book?

I have a series of books that I call safe whodunits. This means there is no graphic violence and the main characters will return in each one. In the mystery world they are called cozy mysteries. My books all have dogs with special abilities.

Where did the ideas come from? Traditional mystery writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle influenced me. Murder She Wrote was a favorite show I watched. This is where the type of books I write came from.

As for the dogs, years ago I read about a standard poodle trained to detect cancer. That’s where the original idea came from for the dogs with special abilities in my books. I was fascinated and started collecting information about the different ways dogs contribute to our lives. Each of my mysteries highlights a certain skill. Murder at Redwood Cove has a basset hound trained to detect cancer. In Murder at the Mansion two beagles are bedbug and termite finders. Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table has dogs trained in hearing-assistance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as one trained to help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My most recent book, Murder at the Mushroom Festival, has a diabetic alert dog that also finds mushrooms! These aren’t dog books, but the dogs all have a function in the stories.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

There are many scenes I hope the readers enjoy. I’ve put an excerpt from Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table below.

Mary gave me directions, and I headed out to discover my future. Auntie’s table was off by itself a ways away from the crowd. Summer and a pale man sat across from a woman in black, voluminous clothes, a cloth scarf on her head. She was staring into a small cup, and I could see her lips move.

Suddenly Summer stood up, and even at a distance I could here her loud “No!” She turned to the man now standing next to her and grabbed his arm. She pulled him away from the table, and they headed in my direction.

The man put his arm around her shoulders as they walked by me. “Mom, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s coffee grounds and Auntie’s active imagination.”

I saw tears in Summer’s eyes.

“You don’t know.” She shook her head from side to side and looked stunned.

“Mom, I have no dark secrets from the past that will be revealed,” he said, his voice beginning to trail off as they moved away. “And no one is going to die.”

~*~

Here are some hints for other favorite scenes. In Murder at Redwood Cove, Fred uses his hound abilities to find a missing person. An unusual room is discovered in Murder at the Mansion. An unexpected ride happens at a botanical garden in Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table. My protagonist has to do some quick thinking to save herself in Murder at the Mushroom Festival.

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

Right now I’m focusing on my Kelly Jackson series. I have a contract for a fifth and sixth book. The tentative title for book five is Murder at the Marina. It goes to the publisher in June. The next “project” after that will be figuring out what happens in book six!

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

Growing up I enjoyed reading books that had dogs or horses in them. I think it would be fun to do a young adult series involving animals.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

The usual places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016. Book 3, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE was released on March 14, 2017.

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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

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