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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:

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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

 

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: The Scent of Waikiki

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
by Terry Ambrose

Pass me that Pina Colada because we’re back in paradise with Terry Ambrose and his Trouble in Paradise Series. We are also honored to be visited by his sleuth, Wilson McKenna who fills us in on life on the island. He tells us he resembles George Clooney-maybe-sort of. Close enough for me, McKenna!

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About the Book

The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Satori (July 19, 2018)
Print Length: 330 pages
ASIN: B07CZ3B389

Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.

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And now we welcome Wilson McKenna, the star of Trouble in Paradise Series…

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

I assume you’re talking about the whole debacle with my tenant Grace Takahashi and how she lost money to a scammer, not about my upcoming nuptials. That’s certainly going to be an adventure, but the real action came about when Grace told me she’d been cleaned out in one of those work-from-home scams.

Things got ugly when my buddy Chance Logan and I started following up on a lead. One thing led to another and the next thing you know we were investigating some girl’s murder. That all happened because Grace got a little greedy and thought she could make some quick bucks.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

Chance Logan is my sidekick in this adventure, as he has been in the last few. We also got an able assist from our girlfriends. Benni Kapono is my bride-to-be and she’s good friends with Chance’s girlfriend Lexie. When they put their heads together, they’re a formidable team.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

I’m a former skip tracer, so I was used to finding people who didn’t want to be found. But my strongest skill is my unwillingness to let things go. Some people say I’m like a dog with a bone. The problem with that analogy is that I can’t bark.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

I’m only a part-time sleuth. Although you’d never know it from the number of murders my friends and I keep stumbling across. My real job is being the apartment manager for the Sunsetter Apartments in Honolulu. It’s a sweet little gig that doesn’t take a lot of time—please don’t tell the owners I said that!

What are you most frightened of in this story?

The thing that scares me most in this story is Skye Pilkington-Winchester. You see, Skye’s a bit of a barracuda when it comes to men and really likes my friend Chance. If she sinks her teeth into him and he does something stupid, his girlfriend Lexie will be crushed, Benni will go ballistic, and I might as well go sit on a volcano and wait for the fires to settle down.

Is there anything funny that happens to you or another character in this story?

There’s always something funny going on in these adventures. I don’t plan it that way—well, maybe my writer does. Anyway, at one point I get kidnapped by an old geezer named Steward Johnson. He takes me on a wild ride through the streets of Honolulu as we’re trying to track down a bad guy. Personally, I wasn’t happy about the whole thing. And that’s why I’m planning a little revenge trip on my writer. I’m looking for drivers. The crazier the better.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?

You’d probably want to choose George Clooney for my part. That’s not because of any physical resemblance—well, there is a vague one. He’s male, so am I. We’ve both got some gray hair. And he’s…nope, that’s about it. Anyway, I like his timing, the way he knows how to deliver a line and make the audience laugh.

Do you have other mysteries you would like to tell us about? Is this the first book in the series, or have you cracked a few other cases?

I’ve had a number of other cases. Things began with Photo Finish. That was a low point in my life and I was pretty grumpy. Things were turning around for me by the time Chance and I jumped on the Honolulu Hottie case. That was where we first met Skye and Chance nearly—well, you know.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

Final words? You mean like a parting shot? And here I thought I’d been on my best behavior. Let’s try this—my writer can be a real slave driver at times. He keeps me busy with solving all these murders when I should be sitting back and enjoying life. But since I have to solve so many crimes, why shouldn’t my fans enjoy them? Imagine that—me, with fans.

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

McKenna seems to have forgotten who created him. However, I can understand a guy who’s living in paradise getting a bit testy over having to fight crime so often. And while I’ve got a moment, I’d like to mention that I also write the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series featuring B&B owner Rick Atwood and his precocious ten-year-old daughter Alex—who also likes sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong (murder cases!).

About the Author

Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who tracked down deadbeats for a living. 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 likes cool photography, funny mysteries, and finding the oddest things while walking on the beach.

Author Links:

Website: http://terryambrose.com

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

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

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Book Blast Tuesday: Knot My Sister’s Keeper

Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
by Mary Marks

Welcome to Book Blast Tuesday for our featured book, Knot My Sister’s Keeper! I am honored to have Mary visit on the opening day of her latest cozy mystery!  Are you a quilter? I was one until I had children and then…where does the time go? I still love to look at beautiful quilts and greatly admire all the hard work and artistry you see in them. Be sure to look for the Prize Guy because today he is offering you the chance at a print copy of Knot My Sister’s Keeper.

About the Book


Knot My Sister’s Keeper (A Quilting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701848
Digital ASIN: B0776GV62J

In tracing her ancestry, quilter Martha Rose discovers a ritzy half-sister, a stash of family secrets, and a decades-old mystery that only she can unravel . . .

Martha Rose is shocked to find she has a half-sister, especially one so different from her. Giselle Cole is wealthy, widowed, and lives a glamorous life in West Los Angeles. At least her grandmother was a quilter! But Giselle can’t answer Martha’s many questions about their father—he disappeared when she was only a child and the few clues left behind indicate he may have been murdered. So Martha and Giselle team up on an investigation that weaves them through the streets of L.A., their father’s hidden love affairs, and into some mysterious unfinished Cole family business . . .

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About the Author

About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Airships, Crypts and Chocolate Chips

We are back into the magical realm of cozy mysteries this week with the sixth book in the Spells and Caramels Series. I have to say I love the covers of these whimsical mysteries. Check out Prize Guy at the bottom because Erin is giving away the full set of this series. Be sure to enter!

About the Book

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Self Published
Publication Date: June 23, 2018
ASIN: B07DMBNCM2

A bewitched prison. A brother with a deadly request. Can a magical baker launch a jailbreak and still keep her prince in the process?

Imogen’s magical bakery is thriving and she loves the company of the Water Kingdom’s dashing prince. But she’s not so enamored with the time she’s forced to spend with his awful Royal Family. She also can’t help but worry that the increased media scrutiny could reveal her secret contact with the Royal Family’s sworn enemy: her own brother.

When her sibling shows up and demands Imogen spring his cronies out of jail, she flat out refuses. But when he threatens to hurt the ones she loves the most, she balances her allegiance to the prince with her plan for a covert prison break. Can Imogen keep up family appearances and avoid betraying the kingdom or will her pie-in-the-sky scheme become a recipe for disaster?

Airships, Crypts & Chocolate Chips is the sixth standalone book in a clever paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like crafty witches, charming romances, and fabulous French settings, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s enchanting adventure.

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About the Author

Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Website: www.erinjohnsonwrites.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWrites. Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

 

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Book Blast Tuesday: Tied Up With Strings

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
by Madeline McEwen

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…You know the song, right? Today we are featuring a Serebral Seniors Mystery Christmas Novella by Madeline McEwen. Madeline agreed to answer some of my questions and I was amazed to see she is the mother of four children with challenges. I guess all kids have challenges, though, right? Still, there is a special place in my heart for mothers who write and care for a special needs child or adult. Madeline is British so for her giveaway she is awarding a packet of British teabags and instructions on how to brew tea!  Here’s more about Tied Up With Strings.

About the Book

Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books (December 11, 2017)
Print Length: 85 pages
ASIN: B077PLNWY9

An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?

As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?

Author Interview

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

Ideas attack me every day. Unfortunately, life interferes and I never have enough time to get them all on paper.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

The denouement—where everything slots into place and I pray that I’ve delivered a satisfying and complete ending without any loose ends or niggling questions.

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

I have a British cozy about to be published by Dark Passages Publishing, but no release date as yet. I’ve also written two erotic romances [M/M] They’re HEA capers. Additionally, I have two more novelettes about Betty Grape in the works.

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

I’ve dabbled with romance [haven’t we all?] and I always have a great many short stories on the go. My non-fiction floats about here and there too. But to answer your question more specifically, whatever I write in whichever genre, it MUST have humor, although that doesn’t always translate well. Everyone’s funny bone is different.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

The usual –Amazon or Goodreads would be great—but if you have another favorite, let me know!

More About the Author

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.

 

Author Links

Website http://www.madelinemcewen.c

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00Q41VUFI

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/macmaddy/pins/

Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/MadMcEwen

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/madeline.mcewenasker

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9886841.Madeline_McEwen

Blog http://whittereronautism.com/

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder in the Cards

Ante up! Today we are sitting at the table with a psychic poker player. (And I can’t even produce a poker face!)  Murder in the Cards is the first book in this series and what an interesting idea for a sleuth. Talk about someone who can pick up on clues others miss!  Paige Sleuth spent some time telling us about her book, her background and herself, so check out the interview and then scroll on down to the Prize Guy for your chance at a digital copy of another Paige Sleuth mystery, Murder in Cherry Hills.

About the Book


Murder in the Cards (Psychic Poker Pro Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 1, 2018)
Print Length – 252 Pages

Tiffany Swanson is finally living the dream when she quits her stressful job to become a poker pro. Except her dream job doesn’t turn out to be so perfect when she picks up the troubling vision of a murdered man from one of her opponents. Even more disturbing, Tiffany didn’t know she was telepathic.

Before long she finds herself spending more time investigating a homicide than playing cards. But with an entire wedding party to suspect and only one weekend to pinpoint the guilty party, how will Tiffany ever figure out “whodunit” in time?

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An Interview with Paige Sleuth

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Tiffany, the Psychic Poker Pro Mystery series heroine, and I are a lot alike in that we’re both half Vietnamese, live in Las Vegas, and gave up our day jobs for other interests. She’s basically the person I came up with when I asked myself, “If I weren’t so boring and went out and talked to people instead of spending my days reading and writing, what would I be doing?” Well, the answer was obvious: solving murder mysteries. I thought it would be an interesting twist to give her some telepathic abilities as well. And being a poker player provides her with a lot of opportunities to meet and talk to people (and by “people” I mean murder suspects).

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I personally enjoy the scenes with Tiffany and her family the most. Tiffany’s firecracker of a mother, rational father, quirky aunt, and wacky cousin all feel like real people to me, so including them in the story allows me to keep in touch. I have to say though, I also had a lot of fun with the scene where Tiffany pretends to be a stripper to gain information about the murder. I won’t tell you if she’s successful or not.

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

I currently have 31 books published, 6 of which are standalone mysteries attached to my own name (Marla Bradeen), and 22 of which are part of my Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. I don’t intend to end that series anytime soon, so you can look for more books to be added in the future. I also have more adventures planned for Tiffany. I’m not quite sure how I’ll juggle keeping up with two series yet, but supposedly other authors manage so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to figure it out.

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

I would love to try writing a psychological suspense novel. I personally love to read that genre, and it would be immensely satisfying to see one with my own name on it sitting on my bookshelf. Unfortunately, Tiffany and Kat (the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery heroine) object whenever I’m not working on one of their stories, so at this point I don’t know when I’ll find the time to make that happen. But never say never.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes! My third annual “Buy in July” event is happening now. During the month of July, $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (excluding ebook purchases of Murder in Cherry Hills) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 does a wonderful job helping to reduce the number of cats euthanized here in Las Vegas through their work spay/neutering feral cats. I’m also giving away an ebook copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book one, to someone who enters the Rafflecopter associated with this blog tour. That giveaway is being coordinated through Great Escapes, the organizer of the tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Anywhere they’d like! We authors love reviews, whether they’re posted to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, or on a personal blog or Facebook page. Even just telling a friend if you enjoyed a book is so appreciated.

 

About the Author

Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com.

Author Links
Website: http://www.marlabradeen.com/ps
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marlabradeenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlabradeen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14207326.Paige_Sleuth

 

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: The Body in the Ballroom

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The Body in the Ballroom

by R.J. Koreto

We are going a little off the beaten path today and looking at a historical mystery. I loved the description of this one because Alice Roosevelt is shown as an independent woman who is out there solving murders. Read R.J. Koreto’s author interview below, and yes, R.J. I totally agree with Greer Garson as Alice Roosevelt. Of course, I love Greer Garson in anything!

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Synopsis:

The Body in the Ballroom by R.J. Koreto

President Teddy Roosevelt’s daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated.

Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin’s bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she’d never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom.

And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he’s innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name.

From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The Body in the Ballroom, R. J. Koreto’s gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery.

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1683315774 (ISBN13: 9781683315773)
Series: Alice Roosevelt Mystery #2
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Read an excerpt:

President Roosevelt and I were just finishing out talk when A moment later, the office door opened, and Mr. Wilkie, the Secret Service director, walked in. I stood to greet him.

“St. Clair. Glad to see you’re back. Very pleased with the way it went in St. Louis.” He turned to the president. “Have you spoken to him yet, sir?”

“Yes, and he’s agreed.” Wilkie looked relieved, too.

“Very good then. If you’re done, sir, I’ll take St. Clair to her. My understanding is that arrangements have been made for Miss Roosevelt to leave tomorrow afternoon.”

“Exactly. We’re all done then. St. Clair, thanks again. And I’ll be up in the near future, so I expect to see you again soon.” We shook hands, and I followed Mr. Wilkie out the door.

“Is she smoking on the roof again, sir?” I asked. That’s what happened the first time I met Alice in the White House.

He grimaced. “No. My understanding is that she is in the basement indulging a new hobby of hers. But you’ll see.” He led me downstairs, and that’s when I heard the unmistakable sounds of gunfire. Mr. Wilkie didn’t seem worried, however. “Miss Roosevelt somehow got hold of a pistol and has set up her own private firing range in a storage room. We launched an investigation to figure out how Miss Roosevelt obtained such a weapon but were unable to reach a formal conclusion, I’m sorry to say.”

No wonder they wanted me back.

And just as when Mr. Wilkie had sent me to get Alice off the roof, he once again cleaned his glasses on his handkerchief, shook my hand, wished me luck, and departed.

I heard one more shot, and that was it. She was probably reloading. The sound came from behind a double door at the end of the hallway. I carefully opened it, and she didn’t notice at first.

I watched her concentrating on the pistol, her tongue firmly between her teeth as she carefully focused on reloading. It was an old Smith & Wesson single-action, and she was damn lucky she hadn’t blown her own foot off. She was shooting at a mattress propped against the far wall, and from the wide scattering of holes, it was clear her marksmanship needed a lot of practice.

“A little more patience, Miss Alice. You’re jerking the trigger; that’s why you keep shooting wild. And that gun’s too big for you.”

It was a pleasure to see the look of shock and joy on her face. She just dropped the gun onto a box and practically skipped to me, giving me a girlish hug. “Mr. St. Clair, I have missed you.” She looked up. “And I know you have missed me. They say you’re back on duty with me. We’re heading to New York tomorrow, and we’ll have breakfast together like we used to and walk to the East Side through Central Park and visit your sister Mariah.”

I couldn’t do anything but laugh. “We’ll do all that, Miss Alice. But I’m on probation from your aunt, so we have to behave ourselves. You have to behave yourself.”

“I always behave.” She waved her hand to show that the discussion had ended. “Now there must be a trick to loading revolvers because it takes me forever.”

“I’ll teach you. Someday.” I made sure the revolver was unloaded and stuck it in my belt. Then I scooped up the cartridges and dumped them in my pocket.

“Hey, that’s my revolver,” said Alice. “It took me a lot of work to get it.”

“You’re not bringing it to New York, that’s for sure, Miss Alice.”

She pouted. “I thought you’d relax a little after being in St. Louis.”

“And I thought you’d grow up a little being in Washington. You want to walk into the Caledonia like a Wild West showgirl? Anyway, don’t you have some parties to go to up there?”

“Oh, very well. But promise me you’ll take me to a proper shooting range in New York and teach me how to load and fire your New Service revolver.”

“We’ll see. Meanwhile, if you don’t upset your family or Mr. Wilkie between now and our departure tomorrow, I’ll buy you a beer on the train.” That made her happy.

We walked upstairs as she filled me in on White House gossip.

“Oh, and I heard you were in a fast draw in St. Louis and gunned down four men.” She looked up at me curiously.

“A little exaggeration,” I said. I hadn’t killed anyone in St. Louis, hadn’t even fired my revolver, except for target practice.

“You didn’t kill anyone?” she asked, a little disappointed.

“No. No one.”

But then her face lit up. “Because your reputation proceeded you, and they knew there was no chance of outdrawing you.”

“That must be it,” I said.

“But look on the bright side,” she said, still full of cheer. “New York is a much bigger city. Maybe you’ll get a chance to shoot someone there.”

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Excerpt from The Body in the Ballroom by R.J. Koreto. Copyright © 2018 by R.J. Koreto. Reproduced with permission from R.J. Koreto. All rights reserved.

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R.J. Koreto

  1. How did you come with an idea for your book?
    That came up in a conversation with my publisher. I had already started another historical series, and we were talking about other ideas. He and I were both lifelong New Yorkers and we knew that Teddy Roosevelt had been a reforming police commissioner in 19th century New York. Roosevelt’s eldest daughter, Alice, was a wildly unconventional and outspoken woman from her earliest years, into her 90s. My publisher said, “What if Alice takes on her father’s mantle and tries to solve crimes herself?” I was off and running.
  2. What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

The focus of this mystery is the wide range of people living in New York at the turn of the century, and all the different kinds of people she meets. At the end, to solve a murder, she organizes a breakfast meeting that includes her ex-cowboy bodyguard from Wyoming; a friend from one of the city’s most prominent families; an African-American mechanic; an Irish maid; a German-Jewish financier; and a mixed-race cook. I like the way all these very different people come together for a common purpose, as Americans and New Yorkers.

If you were going to cast a Hollywood actor for your main character, who would that be?

Can I go back in time? Most of the movie stars I know are of another generation. I’d like a young Paul Newman to play Joseph St. Clair, Alice’s ex-Rough Rider bodyguard. He could do well with the humor. For Alice Roosevelt—I’ve always been a fan of Greer Garson, who played Elizabeth Bennet in an early adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” opposite Laurence Olivier. She did well with strong women.

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

When I was younger, I read a lot of science fiction and periodically toy with the idea of returning to it. An imprint of Harlequin just bought the paperback rights to one of my earlier novels, so maybe I should try romance!

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. We’re giving away an Amazon gift card.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I always welcome Goodreads reviews, as well as reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Author Bio:

R.J. Koreto

R.J. Koreto has been fascinated by turn-of-the-century New York ever since listening to his grandfather’s stories as a boy.

In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He’s a graduate of Vassar College, and like Alice Roosevelt, he was born and raised in New York.

He is the author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes and Alice Roosevelt mysteries. He has been published in both Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He also published a book on practice management for financial professionals.

With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

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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

Website – http://www.barbarabarrettbooks.com

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July 2018 Newsletter

Catching Up With Teresa

It ‘s summer in Texas and oh so hot!
Here are the visiting authors and books for July and a summer crossword puzzle for you to print out.

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Cozy Prizes Books Featured This Month
July 3– Bamboozled/ July 6– The Body in the Ballroom
July 13– Murder in the Cards/ July 17– Tied Up With Strings
July 31– Knot My Sister’s Keeper

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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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