Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing-Great Escapes Tour-Review


About the book 

Beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is known for seafood, sand, surf, and, now…murder.


Samantha Barnes was always a foodie. And when the CIA (that’s the Culinary Institute of America) came calling, she happily traded in Cape Cod for the Big Apple. But then the rising young chef’s clash with another chef (her ex!) boils over and goes viral. So when Sam inherits a house on the Cape and lands a job writing restaurant reviews, it seems like the perfect pairing. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, a lot.


The dilapidated house comes with an enormous puppy. Her new boss is, well, bossy. And the town’s harbor master is none other than her first love. Nonetheless, Sam’s looking forward to reviewing the Bayview Grill—and indeed the seafood chowder is divine. But the body in the pond outside the eatery was not on the menu. Sam is certain this is murder. But as she begins to stir the pot, is she creating a recipe for her own untimely demise?

And Others are saying...

Amy Pershing has written a spectacular cozy mystery. I was totally captivated and entertained from the first page to the last. So much so I want to shout about it from the rooftops!

~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

A Side of Murder is a breezy cozy mystery with fine food, a cute canine, an insistent editor-in-chief, fun friends, a gone guzzler, a hunky harbormaster, and a beautiful beach.

~The Avid Reader

A Side of Murder was a fast-paced, delightful mystery that will have you coming back for seconds.

~Moonlight Rendezvous

Diving right into investigating she leads us on a merry chase full of delightful characters, small town, charm, and surprise twists. Makes for a fun read that cozy fans are sure to enjoy.

~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

All in all, it was a good beginning to a new series. There was nice character and world-building and a solid mystery.

~Jen for Novels Alive

And I thought . . . 

First off author Amy Pershing had me at the cover!   

I could not wait to step inside!  Maybe it was the inquisitive dog.  Maybe the warm beach scene. 

It just beckoned.  I knew I would be a new fan of Amy Pershing! 

I loved the setting the theme and the characters.

Samantha and her gang of friends are delightful and funny.

The little twists and turns and the yummy sounding food kept me turning the pages!

I loved this one! 

I received a complimentary copy.

My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Long Island Iced Tea by Maria DiRico Review/Excerpt Great Escapes Tour


Read an excerpt . . . 

Mia’s eyes widened. “Tina’s throwing you a shower? The evil stepmother?”

Nicole pursed her lips. “Oh, don’t think she’s doing it for me. Tina’s convinced that my dad still has feelings for my mom. She’s throwing the shower to show off and compete with her. It’s infuriating but I can’t say no because my parents just want peace in the family.”

“Where’s she having it?”

“Versailles on the Park.”

Mia’s mouth dropped open. “Versailles? That place is crazy pricey.”

Nicole gave a vigorous nod. “I know. Like I said, showing off. Bella figura.”

Mia nodded, all too familiar with bella figura, the Italian concept of presenting a positive, even superior, social image to the world. She picked up one of Piero’s homemade breadsticks and snapped it in half. “Wow. Okay, so you can’t get out of that shower. But I’m worried the rest of the lineup is gonna wear you out. I think you should combine everything else except the work event into one shower. If you’re on board with this, I’ll sell it to your mother and grandmother. It’ll up their guest list, but I’m sure they won’t care.”

Nicole straightened up. “I would love that. Thank you.”

“It’s done.” Mia looked around the restaurant. A couple of older men she recognized as Donny Boldano’s “associates” waved to her and she waved back. “Piero never brought us menus.”

“He told me we didn’t need them. He had a special order for us.’

“Whatevs. He’s an amazing cook.” Mia chomped down on half of her breadstick. She followed this up by eating the other half.

Nicole leaned forward. “So, what’s going on with you? Deets about your love life, please. You and Jamie . . .”

Nicole wiggled her eyebrows and flashed a knowing smile. Mia shook her head and held up a hand. “Not happening. Just friends. He’s got a girlfriend. And I’m not dating. No time. Belle View is taking off, which is great, but we’re understaffed. Everyone’s working really hard, even our one slacker employee, Cammie Dianopolis. But slacking was basically written into her deal, so she’s doing us a favor just by showing up. We have to hire more people, but I’m not sure where to look.” She frowned and drained her wine glass. “To be honest, I did an online search for ‘how to run a catering hall.’ I dug up

some good stuff, but not enough. I wish I could crash a party at another venue to see how they run things.”

“You don’t have to crash anything,” Nicole said. “Consider yourself invited to Tina’s big fat Greek baby shower.”

Mia brightened. “Really? That would be wonderful. I can learn a lot from a Versailles event.”

Piero emerged from the kitchen holding two large plates emitting clouds of steam. He deposited one in front of each woman. “Ecco,” he said. “Here you go.”

Mia sniffed the steam. “Capers. Tomatoes. Olives. This is—”

“Pasta puttanesca,” Piero said with pride. “By special request.” He mimed tipping a hat and returned to the bar.

“Special request,” Mia repeated. She wrinkled her brow. “Nicole, did you tell your grandmother where we were eating?”

“Yes.” Nicole stared her plate. “She must have heard about Tina’s shower.”

“Oh, yeah.” Mia looped pasta around her fork, then deposited it in her mouth. “I have to say, this is the most delicious stepmother-shaming pasta you will ever eat.”

“Amen to that,” Nicole said, mouth full.  

 About the book . . . 

Mia Carina is back in the borough of Queens—in charge of the family catering hall, Belle View Banquet Manor, and keeping her nonna company. But some events—like murder—are not the kind you can schedule . . .


Mia’s newly pregnant friend Nicole plans to hold a shower at Belle View—but Nicole also has to attend one that her competitive (and mysteriously rich) stepmother, Tina, is throwing at the fanciest place in Queens. It’s a good chance for Mia to snoop on a competitor, especially since doing a search for “how to run a catering hall” can get you only so far.


Mia tags along at the lavish party, but the ambience suffers at Nicole’s Belle View shower when a fight breaks out—and then, oddly, a long-missing and valuable stolen painting is unwrapped by the mom-to-be. Tina is clearly shocked to see it. But not as shocked as Mia is when, soon afterward, she spots the lifeless body of a party guest floating in the marina . . .


Italian recipes included!

And others are saying ...

Ms. DiRico has an amazing imagination, and it shows throughout this book which transports the reader into the story so perfectly.

~Baroness’ Book Trove

LONG ISLAND ICED TINA is a thoroughly enjoyable laugh out loud mystery that kept me engaged from start to finish.

~Cozy Up With Kathy

Maria DiRico writes with such flair and an easy style. There were a plethora of suspects to choose from who might have had the motive to kill and I enjoyed the way in which Mia evaluated the information acquired from her poking around.

~Brianne’s Book Reviews

And I thought . . . 

I love the Author included recipes. 

 It is hard not to jump to the end and see what yummy treasure awaits.

Buy the book . . .

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Haunted Hibiscus by Laura Childs Great Escapes Tour


About the book
Tea maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.


It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are ghosting through the dusk of a cool Charleston evening on their way to the old Bouchard Mansion. Known as the Gray Ghost, this dilapidated place was recently bequeathed to the Heritage Society, and tonight heralds the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house.


Though Timothy Neville, the patriarch of the Heritage Society, is not thrilled with the fund-raising idea, it is the perfect venue for his grandniece, Willow French, to sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers.


But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow’s body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia’s boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow’s apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder.


Timothy begs Theodosia to investigate, and shaken by Riley’s assault, she readily agrees. Now, she questions members of the Heritage Society and a man who claims the mansion is rightfully his, as well as Willow’s book publisher and her fiancĂ©, all while hosting a Sherlock Holmes tea and catering several others.


But the Gray Ghost holds many secrets, as do several other key suspects, while this murder mystery plays out on the eve of Halloween.



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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Author Chat Link Party


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

This Weeks Cozy New Releases

 I have had a super busy week.  Two doctors appointment for my husband.  And helping our daughter with our sweet new grand baby.

I didn't want to miss the new Releases sorry no links today. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Spring Upon a Crime by ML Erdahl -Great Escapes Tour Review/: Giveaway

About the book 

Wilderness guide Crystal Rainey leads a group of college students to a private campground amidst the awe-inspiring Olympic Rain Forest. The excursion is ruined when the charming hostess Roxie is discovered standing over the land owner’s body, murder weapon in hand.


Enlisted to investigate the crime to absolve her friend, Crystal descends on the quiet city of Forks to find loggers, developers, and eco-protesters circling the property, intent on either exploiting or protecting the bastion of old-growth forest. The list of suspects is intimidating. Can Crystal find answers in a community determined to keep her in the dark?


And I thought 

I love to stumble onto new Authors.  And new series.  

Series books become really good Reads when you can Journey along with characters on thier adventures. 

Spring Upon A Crime is the second book in the series.  But it was easy to get into since it is written as a stand alone.

I loved the characters and loved the setting around a National Park. 

There is a bit of humor and a lot of questions to be answered before the end.  

The cover drew me in.  I like a good cover that gives the reader a peak into the story without being too whimsical.

I enjoyed Spring Upon A Crime and plan to read more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy.

My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Author Chat - Book Buzz

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