Book Blast Tuesday: Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday

Don’t you just love the name Mae December? She’s the main character in Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday and she’s engaged, again. She lost her first fiancee in a deadly car accident but now she’s marrying the sheriff.  An interesting fact about this cozy mystery is that it is written by a mother/daughter team!

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About the Book

Six Dogs ’til Sunday (A Mae December Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Camel Press

It’s January in Rosedale, Tennessee, and Mae December is preparing for her March wedding to Sheriff Ben Bradley. Mae, who boards dogs for a living, is also busy tending to her pregnant dog and scouting locations for the movie featuring the music of her former fiancé Noah West, who died in a car accident four years earlier. Fortunately, the picturesque old house at the end of Little Chapel Road is for rent.

Just as filming is about to begin, a man is shot on the set, but manages to drive himself to the hospital, where he dies before he can ID his killer. He was a member of the film crew, but also a local, and circumstances point to his being a confidential informant for Ben’s predecessor, Sheriff Trey Cantrell, also the owner of the house turned movie set. At the time of the shooting, the victim had been stealing a large sum of money from a safe on the premises. Whose money is it, and where does it come from?

The Rosedale Sheriff’s Office not only has another murder case on its hands, but one that will dredge up a past long buried. How far will the guilty parties go to protect their secrets?

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About the Authors

Lia Farrell is the nom de plume for a mother/daughter duo of writers. Mom Lyn Farquhar and Daughter Lisa Fitzsimmons have been collaborating on the Mae December mystery series for four years.
Lyn Farquhar taught herself to read before starting school and honed her storytelling abilities by reading to her little sister. Ultimately, her mother ended the reading sessions because Lyn’s sister decided she preferred being read to over learning to read herself. She fell in love with library books at the age of six when a Bookmobile came to her one-room rural elementary school. The day the Bookmobile arrived, Lyn decided she would rather live in the bookmobile than at home and was only ousted following sustained efforts by her teacher and the bookmobile driver.

Lyn graduated from Okemos High School in Michigan and got her college and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in Education, but has always maintained that she remained a student for such a long time only because it gave her an excuse to read. Lyn holds the rank of Professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University and has authored many journal articles, abstracts and research grants. Since her retirement from MSU to become a full-time writer, she has completed a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy called Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom. Volume I from the trilogy is entitled Journey to Maidenstone and is available on Lyn has two daughters and six stepchildren, nine granddaughters and three grandsons. She also has two extremely spoiled Welsh Corgi’s. Her hobby is interior design and she claims she has the equivalent of a master’s degree from watching way too many decorating shows.

Lisa Fitzsimmons grew up in Michigan and was always encouraged to read, write and express herself artistically. She was read aloud to frequently. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was seldom seen without a book in hand. After becoming a mom at a young age, she attended Michigan State University in a tri-emphasis program with concentrations in Fine Art, Art History an Interior Design.

Lisa, with her husband and their two children, moved to North Carolina for three exciting years and then on to Tennessee, which she now calls home. She has enjoyed an eighteen-year career as a Muralist and Interior Designer in middle Tennessee but has always been interested in writing. Almost five years ago, Lisa and her mom, Lyn, began working on a writing project inspired by local events. The Mae December Mystery series was born.

Lisa, her husband, and their three dogs currently divide their time between beautiful Northern Michigan in the summertime and middle Tennessee the rest of the year. She and her husband feel very blessed that their “empty nest” in Tennessee is just a short distance from their oldest, who has a beautiful family of her own. Their youngest child has settled in Northern Michigan, close to their cabin there. Life is good.

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My Review-4 Stars

Mae December is getting married but is haunted by the death of her former fiance. She decides to use a house that her deceased fiance once rented for a film set and a murder occurs. This mystery has many characters who weave nicely into Mae’s past and present.  Because the story flows from character to character there are some interesting developments in both character and the plot. Great mystery!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Pawprints and Predicaments

Happy Friday! We have a character guest post today from a hunky ex-Navy Seal who is a character in our featured mystery Pawprints and Predicaments. That ought to brighten up your weekend. I really identify with this series because like the main character, Daphne, my daughter has been a pet sitter to work her way through school and well…I knit/crochet sweaters for my dogs.  That’s it. Full confession. Have one on the knitting needles right now.  Here’s a word from our author, Bethany Blake and then let’s listen to what Jonathan has to say.

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Detective Jonathan Black is incredibly reserved. In part, it’s because he’s supremely confident. He’s been around the world a few times, saved a few lives—and, as a combat-tested Navy SEAL, lost a few friends. He tends to listen more than talk, because he doesn’t feel like he needs to impress anyone. But I managed to get him to open up, just a tiny bit, to tell you about his life in Sylvan Creek, and his complicated relationship with petsitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton.

I’ll let Jonathan take it from here.

I never expected to live in a place like Sylvan Creek, where everyone, it seems, dresses their dogs in handknit sweaters. I’ve started doing it, myself, for crying out loud.

I don’t dress up my chocolate Lab, Axis. He’d be insulted. But the one-eared, drooling Chihuahua that Daphne Templeton foisted upon me shivers so much in the cold that I actually find myself buttoning him into a free-range, yak hair sweater that Daphne gave him, as a present.

Please, don’t tell Daphne that I ever do that. It’s bad enough that she’s seen me with the dog tucked into my jacket.

When I met Daphne, she was trying to obstruct justice. She has a habit of bumbling her way into situations, then trying to blurt her way out, with varying degrees of success. And, yet, over time, she’s become more responsible. While I’ve gone the other way—to a small degree.

I’m going to be honest. After a life spent moving around the world, first as a military brat, then as a SEAL, myself, I enjoy the order and peace I’ve found in my house in the woods. I spend a lot of time alone by the fire, reading. And thinking. And that’s okay.

But I’ve come to appreciate the openness and chaos that Daphne brings to my world, at least to a small degree. I’ve never met a petsitter with a Ph.D. in philosophy before, and I can’t deny that she brings an interesting perspective to any conversation.

She also drives me crazy by trying to solve crimes, and usually nearly getting herself killed in the process. Thankfully, she has a very intelligent protector, a basset hound named Socrates, looking out for her when I can’t be there. The dog and I also share a negative opinion of canine apparel.

I think that’s enough about me. If you ever come to Sylvan Creek, be careful. A surprising number of people get murdered here. And, yet, I’m glad this is where I’ve ended up, for now. Maybe for a while…

About the Book

Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .

It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

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Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder is a Dirty Business



Welcome to Cozy Prizes Friday where today we feature Murder is a Dirty Business.  Now, I know you are all itching to start that Spring cleaning, but could you ever be a crime scene cleaner? Granted, there are times in my house where one would think something had blown up, but I don’t think I could stomach a crime scene. Write about it: Yes. Clean it up? Are you kidding me?

Oh, and Prize Guy has a giveaway for you to enter, and he informs me that he too will not engage in cleaning of any sort. Scroll down to find him!

Some questions for Tricia…


How did you come with an idea for your book?

Murder is a Dirty Business was hatched during a conference when a crime scene cleaner came to talk to the group. I had been pondering the idea of a high school prank gone wrong and after the crime scene cleaner talk, my main character was born.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Tricia L. Sanders


There are two that I enjoyed writing. The first is the scene where Cece is slinging golf clubs at her cheating husband. The other is where she is making a mess of making coffee for Detective Alder while trying to get information out of him about the murder suspects.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see


 in the future?

I had several essays published in Sasee, a woman’s lifestyle magazine. I’m currently working on the sequel to Murder is a Dirty Business and a women’s fiction travel adventure.

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

I have an outline for a historical, but the research is boggling. I want to portray my character’s story accurately. I envy historical writers. One of these days I’ll pull mine out and dive in, but for now, I’m enjoying creating mysteries and contemporary adventures for my characters.


Is there a giveaway or promotion for this book?

Yes, I’m giving away a Kindle version of Murder is a Dirty Business.

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Murder is a Dirty Business

by Tricia L. Sanders

Murder is a Dirty Business

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series


When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.

Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”

After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength.

And that crime—at least, someone else’s—does pay the bills.


Tricia L. Sanders writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass. A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.

When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.

Her essays have appeared in Sasee, ByLine, The Cuivre River Anthology and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Clairvoyant and Present Danger


Clairvoyant and Present Danger (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

So do you believe in ghosts or are you the skeptic? Lena Gregory explores both opinions on the subject in her latest mystery, Clairvoyant and Present Danger. She was kind enough to answer some questions about how she came up with her series and to share her Rafflecopter Giveaway: a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Lena Gregory

How did you come with an idea for your book?

The idea for the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series originated from a “discussion” between my husband, my daughter, and me about whether or not ghosts were real. The original concept for the story was about a psychic medium who wasn’t even quite sure she was actually contacting the dead, one friend who believed whole heartedly that she was (Stephanie) and one friend who remained skeptical despite evidence to the contrary (Bee).

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I have two favorite scenes in Clairvoyant and Present Danger, both involving Bee. The first takes place on the beach, when Bee is once again talked into doing something way outside of his comfort zone. The second takes place in a park, when Bee stands up for someone he really cares about.

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

Besides the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series, I also write the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries series, in which Gia Morelli leaves her life in New York to open a café on the outskirts of the Ocala National Forest in Florida.

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

I would probably write fantasy, since it’s one of my favorite genres to read.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, there is a tour-wide rafflecopter giveaway.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

I’m always happy to have reviews anywhere! Amazon and Goodreads are especially helpful.

Clairvoyant and Present Danger (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (February 6, 2018)

Whoever said that dead men tell no tales has never met Cass Donnovan…

Cass has always relied on her abilities to guide her, but after communications with a ghost land her in the middle of a murder investigation, she has to wonder if her gifts are really more a curse.

Cass knows she is meant to help track down the killer–much to the chagrin of local law enforcement–when the apparition leads her to a dead body on the beach near her psychic shop, Mystical Musings. But the police are not the only ones who wish Cass would stick to reading palms. Someone is trying to scare her off, and it will take all her powers of premonition to catch the killer before Cass herself becomes the next victim…


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Lena Gregory lives in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island with her husband and three children.

When she was growing up, she spent many lazy afternoons on the beach, in the yard, anywhere she could find to curl up with a good book. She loves reading as much now as she did then, but she now enjoys the added pleasure of creating her own stories.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Biscuits and Slashed Browns

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day

Being from the South, I do have a particular fondness for biscuits, so the mystery Biscuits and Slashed Browns was pretty tempting to me.  Check out the “About the Book Section” and then my review of Maddie Day’s latest novel. Maddie is also a part of the Wicked Cozy Authors Blog which is another great place for cozy readers to hang out. Be sure to look for the Prize Guy. Today he leads to the chance at a print copy of Biscuits and Slashed Browns! So grab one of the stools at the counter, get yourself a cup of joe and a piping hot biscuit.

Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Indiana

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For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .

As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

My Review-4 Stars

When a restaurant owner must solve a mystery during a town festival with no help in the restaurant, she has to use her love of puzzle solving to find the clues. This mystery had a great midwestern feeling with a heaping helping of funny sayings (also known as Buckisms in the book). I found this mystery funny, romantic and suspenseful!

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

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

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

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Class Reunions Are Murder


Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein

Have you ever attended a class reunion and notice how not only do people not look the way they did in high school, but they vaguely resemble that Facebook photo? Today we have a great cozy mystery, Class Reunions Are Murder.  Not only that, but I got an exclusive interview with Poppy McCallister who will give us the skinny on her class reunion experience.  Maybe I shouldn’t have said skinny. Any girl whose special talent is sniffing out flavors in a Whitman Sampler–needs to come sit next to me! Love it.

Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy.  Enter for the chance to win a print copy of Class Reunions Are Murder!

And now…here’s Poppy

Please tell us about your latest adventure.

I was coerced into attending my twenty-fifth high school reunion at the Jersey shore by my life-long best friend, Sawyer to face off against the cheerleading bullies who made our lives miserable all through high school. One of those bullies ended up dead – through no fault of my own –  and I had the misfortune of finding the body. Now guess who was voted most likely to kill a cheerleader. Yep, yours truly. Man, I just wanted to go home to Virginia, my sectional sofa, and my tubes of cookie dough. Instead, I got stuck in beach hell trying to wriggle out of the clutches of a vindictive cop and prove my innocence.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

I have plenty of friends and sidekicks. I’m not sure how much help they always are. Figaro is my black smoke Persian and he has a way of being a pest in just the right moment. We live with my Great Aunt Ginny. If getting into trouble were an Olympic sport, she’d have all the medals, but she’s sharp as a razor clam and misses nothing. Then there’s Sawyer, she’s my ride or die. We grew up together. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Sawyer, and that’s how I got into this mess at the reunion.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

My special skills involve being able to deduce what filling is in a chocolate from the Whitman’s Sampler on sight, and my ability to sense when a coffee shop is nearby. I’m not trying to fight crime, I’m trying to fly under the radar and stay out of trouble. But I do have a way of reading people – an intuition if you will – that helps me detect lies and guilt. Aunt Ginny says I’m just overly suspicious.

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

I’m a full-time couch potato. My husband passed a few months ago and I’m still trying to get out of bed in the morning. I’ve been slogging through life with all the motivation of a manatee. There are some dreams and aspirations I’d still like to see realized in my life. It seems I have my work cut out for me.

What are you most frightened of in this story?

Running into my ex-boyfriend at the reunion and him seeing I’ve chunked out since high school.

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

If there was such a thing as karma, what in the world did I do to deserve the feathery nightmare I had to wear to see people who hadn’t had the chance to judge me for twenty years?

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?

I imagine myself being played by Julianne Moore or Debra Messing. Stop laughing Aunt Ginny. Aunt Ginny would be supremely lucky to be played by Carol Burnett.

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?

Class Reunions is the first in a series. More hijinks are soon to come.

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

If you ever get a piece of monogrammed stationary requesting a private meeting with an old enemy at your high school reunion – don’t hesitate. Run over it with the car, tear it into a million pieces, and set it on fire immediately!

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

Thank you so much for reading the adventures of Poppy, Figaro, and Aunt Ginny. Drop me a line through my website or social media. I’d love to hear from you.

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

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Giveaway Winner Announcement for Murder of a Good Man Book Tour

Uh, humm…I’d like to make an announcement…Is this thing on?

We have a winner for the Murder of a Good Man Giveaway!  Congratulations to Shelley who scored not only her own digital copy of Murder of a Good Man, but a $20 Gift Card to buy more mysteries.  Time for a Scooby Snack everyone!

Praise for Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery)
by Teresa Trent

Family secrets abound in this small town novel. . . Not an easy mystery to figure out.
~Laura’s Interests

There is an amazing amount of secrets revealed that I never really saw coming making this a fascinating read, to say the least.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The characters are fun, believable, charming and welcoming.
I can’t wait to read more about this little town.
~My Reading Journeys

An intriguing start to a new series set in the Piney Woods of East Texas. And since I have family in East Texas, I felt like I was right at home.
~Storeybook Reviews

. . . an interesting and well-paced start to a new cozy mystery series.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves


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