Thursday, December 12, 2019

Load Up by at Escapes Annabelle Hunter-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Too many suspects can be as bad as no suspects at all…
Lark Davis, horse trainer and reluctant amateur sleuth, is sure that her crime-solving days are behind her. At least that’s what she told her grandmother. However, when her Homeowners Association President and owner of the local hardware store is found dead the day after she had a public fight with him, Lark is back in the last place she wants to be — the middle of a murder case.
But this is Barrow Bay, and things are never as they seem. Gerald Pratchett had a list of enemies a mile long, and each one had a very real reason for wanting to see him gone. When the police get overwhelmed with too many suspects, including herself, Lark realizes that it is up to her to bring his killer to justice.
Nothing can stop Lark from finding out the truth — and getting her man.

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Fun, funny, and super fast-paced, this is a series not to be missed.
~Laura’s Interests
This is just a great, cozy mystery series that I really like to read. I can’t wait for more!!
Murder, horses, sarcasm and the date that sorta, maybe, never happens! Get ready to sit and enjoy another outing in Barrow Bay!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Load Up by Annabelle Hunter is laugh-out-loud funny. I adore the characters set in the eccentric town of Barrow Bay.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Death by Proxy by Paula Darnell-Great Escapes Tour

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With preparations for her upcoming wedding to handsome Wes Wesson, a Center City police lieutenant, on track and her DIY Bridal Crafts class at Hawkeye Haven’s community center wrapped up, DIY Diva Laurel McMillan looks forward to a calm pre-nuptial week to finalize her wedding plans. There’s only one problem: the week turns out to be anything but calm. Laurel and Wes narrowly escape being run down in the parking lot of their favorite restaurant. Laurel’s bridal shower is interrupted by a mysterious stranger who sends Laurel’s lovable chocolate Labrador retriever Bear into a frenzy, and when Laurel and Wes go to meet Lisa, their real estate agent, at a house she promised to show them, they discover Lisa’s sister’s body floating in the pool. Strangely, Lisa seems more concerned with selling houses than she does with her sister’s death. After Lisa’s mother inadvertently reveals family secrets, Laurel wonders whether Lisa could have killed her own sister. Will the mayhem and murder stop before Laurel discovers the key to the killer’s game plan?

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns-Great Escapes Tours

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Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it’s a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver’s seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . .
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Friday, December 6, 2019

A Fatal Fondness by Richard Audry-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Character Guest Post

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It’s September 1902, and Mary MacDougall has fulfilled her greatest dream—opening her own detective agency. But this achievement doesn’tcome without complication.
Mary’s father insists that an older cousin come to work with her—as both secretary and minder. Jeanette Harrison pledges to keep the plucky sleuth away from danger, as well as from her unsuitable suitor Edmond Roy. This arrangement, embarrassingly, makes Mary the only detective in the state with a chaperone.
The new agency’s first cases hardly seem to portend danger or significance. There’s the affair of the nicked napkin rings…the problem of the purloined pocket watch…and the matter of the four filched felines.
Mary and Jeanette have not the slightest notion that one of these modest little jobs will blow up into the most consequential and perilous case of the heiress-sleuth’s budding career. What begins in triviality mushrooms into disappearance, betrayal, international intrigue, and murder. As she learns more and more, Mary’s prospects for making the acquaintance of an assassin’s blade improve exponentially.
Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling, A Fatal Fondness—the fourth tale in the series—delves deeply into Mary’s world and paints the portrait of an unconventional young woman ever-ready to defy propriety for the sake of justice.
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Robert Sauer
Detective, Duluth Police Department

Title: Mary MacDougall and a Natural Talent for Detecting

I have known about John MacDougall for years. Anyone who lives in Duluth, Minnesota does. He’s among the Zenith City’s most distinguished citizens—a businessman of acumen and honesty and a native Scotsman with a knack for turning one dollar into many.

But I can’t say that I knew much more about him than the accounts I occasionally came across in the newspapers. I didn’t know the millionaire was widowed, and had a son and a daughter. I particularly didn’t know that, round about last Christmas, I would run into his girl at the house of another millionaire and have my world… Well, not exactly turned upside-down. Rather more like it wobbled a bit. Because I can tell you, whenever you run into Mary MacDougall, interesting things start to happen.

My name is Robert Sauer and I’ve been a detective on the Duluth police force for over five years. Before that I walked beats downtown and in the West End. I came to police work from the navy.

We received an urgent call one evening early last December, the holiday season of 1901. A very valuable item had gone missing at the house of Mrs. Ensign—a sapphire called the Star of the North. Of course, when someone such as Mrs. Ensign has a problem, we public servants hop to it. I arrived at her house and began interviewing the guests, including Miss MacDougall. I asked what she might have seen that evening and the evening before, when she handled the jewel at a concert. All of sudden, she turned the tables on me, interrogating me about my plan to catch the culprit. She wanted to know why, if Scotland Yard was collecting fingerprints, weren’t we?

The next day she came to visit me at headquarters with yet more questions. She was as uppity a young woman as I’ve ever met—and I’ve met a few. If she’d been anyone else’s daughter, I’d have told her off and sent her on her way. I thought she was unusually curious about police work. Nosy, not to put too fine a point on it.

I had no idea that, as I was checking out known jewel thieves, she was working the case from her side—in her amateur but canny manner. And, by golly, what should she go and do but crack the thing wide open. She was in just the right place to spot the ultimate clue. A single little anomaly that no one else had spotted.

Well, thought I, beginner’s luck.

I was disabused of that notion a few weeks later. I happened to be visiting friends down in Minneapolis, one them a police captain. He asked if anything of interest had happened up north lately. And I told him about the theft of the sapphire and how, of all things, a girl had solved the case. Daughter of a millionaire, in fact. Quite unaccountably, he began to laugh.

“Miss Mary MacDougall?” he said.

“Yessss,” I said warily.

“Last summer she provided vital information to Opdahl—”

“The Minneapolis detective?”

He gave a nod. “—that ended a kidnapping ring. Saved an innocent man from a long stretch in Stillwater.”

Not beginner’s luck after all, it would seem.

And that was why, when the young lady stopped to visit me last winter and spring, I didn’t shoo her away. In fact, once or twice I had her do some discreet surveillance for me, though strictly on the QT. When Miss MacDougall told me, at a Decoration Day fête, that she would be vacationing in Upper Michigan, I informed her of a matter regarding a woman committed to an asylum there, who had died. Miss MacDougall sorted it out, after a manner, but somehow managed to end up in jail. Her father was not pleased about that, and neither was my boss, the police chief. As a result, I nearly lost my position. But my young friend—for I do count her a friend—defended me fiercely, saving my neck.

Then there was the recent matter of the body in St. Louis Bay. But that, I’m sorry to tell you, is top secret. This time were I to share the details, and how Miss MacDougall was involved, I genuinely would get the sack.

I can only say, in conclusion, that I have never known anyone, man or woman, with the natural talent for detecting that Miss Mary MacDougall has. Heaven only knows where it will take her.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Secrets And LIes by P.H. Turner- Great Escapes Tour-Review

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Shot to death in his home, Morgan Tutwiler leaves behind a multimillion-dollar business and a daughter who hasn’t spoken to him in years. And she isn’t alone in wanting him dead. Plenty of people wanted the most hated man in Denver dead in P. H. Turner’s latest novel in the Claire Callahan series.
Reminiscent of the finest gumshoe storytelling, Secrets and Lies, would not be complete without Turner’s signature quirky characters and inventive plot.
And I thought
A fast page suspenseful read is always entertaining. I enjoyed this one.
The story/plot kept me engaged from page one where the murder is committed.  No waiting around with alot of extra story.  Just bam or Bang should I say and we have a murder to investigate.

The main charcter P.I. Claire Callahan has a working relation with dectective  Rafe Brewster.   Since they decided to keep everthing professional between them they help each out with investigations.  
Personally I am rooting for Rafe. You can sense the attraction the two. 

But Rafe and Claire each have family issues that might need to be cleared up first. Rafe is struggling with custody of his daughter  and Claire's no account dad shows needing a place to stay bringing the mob knocking at the door.

I enjoyed the all the characters. The main characters and those involved in the  crime(s)as either participants, witnesses or victims.   

I do expect to see a few return because although the crimes are solved we are left with a bit of a cliff-hanger.

I enjoyed Secrets And Lies book 2 of the series. I have added book 1 to my TBR list.

I liked the cover and would pick this one up even though the synopsis did not give me as much information as I would prefer.

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Secrets And Lies is on my list 2019 Christmas Suggestions

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Dangerous Questions by Joyce t. Strand-Beck Valley Tour Review

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Murder or deception? Despite repeated warnings to back off, Emily Lazzaro asks some dangerous questions about the disappearance of her employee from the Mane Stay B&B that she manages. When a body is discovered at a new winery opened by a friend, she fears the worst. Her single-mindedness turns into a compulsion and threatens her relationship with her potential husband. Nonetheless, she vows to get answer

And I thought 
Another great read from Joyce T. Strand.  I got the chance to begin this series at the very beginning and I am so glad I did. 

He book gets even better.  

The main character Emily is a strong woman and takes a crime/mystery seriously and works toward finding the answers even if the journey isn't an easy one. 

Dangerous Questions is a must read if you like mystery and some suspense.  

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Dangerous Questions by Joyce T. Strand-Beck Valley Tours-Review/Giveaway

Murder or deception? Despite repeated warnings to back off, Emily Lazzaro asks some dangerous questions about the disappearance of her employee from the Mane Stay B&B that she manages. When a body is discovered at a new winery opened by a friend, she fears the worst. Her single-mindedness turns into a compulsion and threatens her relationship with her potential husband. Nonetheless, she vows to get answers.

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About Emily Lazzaro
Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities.  She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.

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Dangerous Changes (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery)
A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California? 

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Dangerous Delays (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery)

Finding a corpse buried with Native American artifacts wasn’t the first delay of the renovation Emily faced. But she was not prepared for what followed. A murder investigation, excavation to uncover more artifacts, and drug dealers looking for missing product further delay the mansion's restoration into an iconic B&B. While facing these setbacks, Emily is also realizing her growing attraction to a local chef, a man who believes a relationship isn't possible due to his commitment to care for his brain-injured brother.

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About the Author
Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, the Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, and in Ventura and Ramona, California.

Her contemporary novels, written as stand-alone trilogies, feature protagonists Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley; Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive, who was Jillian's boss in the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries trilogy; and Emily Lazzaro, the daughter of the winemaker in the Brynn Bancroft trilogy, who has moved to a small California town and become the manager of a bed and breakfast.

Her first historical mystery, The Judge's Story, tells the story of a Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law who strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939. Her second historical mystery, The Reporter's Story, features a young female reporter in 1912 San Francisco who confronts murder, intrigue, and smuggling on her way to becoming a world-recognized reporter.

None of these sleuths goes looking for crimes to solve, but they are all drawn in when they confront murder, burglaries, and fraud.

All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products and welcomed the opportunity to turn to fiction.

Strand lives with her collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego. She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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