Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway


About the book 
Everything’s coming up roses for Professor Emmeline Prather. Her scholarly book is finished, spring term is coming to a close, and her love life is blossoming. Then the festival surrounding the exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio opens, bringing with it a tempest more dramatic than the bard’s.
In his panel presentation, actor and grad student Tanner Sparks contends Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare, boasting that he can prove the long-debated theory that an aristocrat actually penned the sonnets and plays. His bombshell sets off an acrid debate among scholars. But were they upset enough to kill him? That’s what Em wonders when Tanner is found dead in Shakespeare’s Garden, his macabre pose inspired by a scene from Hamlet.
At her department head’s urging, Em sets out to find the killer. Suspects abound, and Em finds herself targeted by Shakespeare-themed threats. Undaunted, she persists, determined to solve the case before the end of the semester.
And others are saying 
With clean yet intriguing content about controversy and secret lives, this book appeals to mystery lovers of many types and levels. Characters we enjoy and want to know better populate this series.
~Laura’s Interests

Filled with Shakespeare facts along with the literary twists we have come to expect this makes for a fun read full of all types of characters to both love and hate. Perfect for fans of cozies.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
And I thought 
I have enjoyed each of the books I have read by Mary Angela
and Coming Up Murder is really no exception.   I have to admit that books that are centered around acadamia are not my first choice by this author tends to lure you in and you want to read everything she offers.  
There are some great characters, lots of twists and turns that makes for a great cozy.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Divorce Is Murder by Elka Ray-Goddess Fish Promo Tour-Review

About the book 
As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she's not scared of them. Except she should be...

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect. 
Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya's murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she'd rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she's in danger. 

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine - Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong. 

And I thought 
Fast paced.  A very fast read for me.  Divorce Is Murder kept me interested and turning the pages. 
I enjoyed the characters.  Toby is hard to describe.  She must be a very good lawyer.  She's a very good friend and cares about people.  But she is really, really insecure and can't get past all the drama from one summer at camp.  
The flashbacks and all the references to summer camp became a bit daunting to me.  
I enjoyed the mystery part of the story. 
I enjoyed the ending. 
I was left wondering how this series continues on since this first
books plot centered so much on the group of characters teenage years. 

I'll give this series a whirl when the next book is released and see how it goes from there.  

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Coming Up Murder by Mary Angela-Great Escapes Tour


About the book 
Everything’s coming up roses for Professor Emmeline Prather. Her scholarly book is finished, spring term is coming to a close, and her love life is blossoming. Then the festival surrounding the exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio opens, bringing with it a tempest more dramatic than the bard’s.
In his panel presentation, actor and grad student Tanner Sparks contends Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare, boasting that he can prove the long-debated theory that an aristocrat actually penned the sonnets and plays. His bombshell sets off an acrid debate among scholars. But were they upset enough to kill him? That’s what Em wonders when Tanner is found dead in Shakespeare’s Garden, his macabre pose inspired by a scene from Hamlet.
At her department head’s urging, Em sets out to find the killer. Suspects abound, and Em finds herself targeted by Shakespeare-themed threats. Undaunted, she persists, determined to solve the case before the end of the semester.
And others are saying
With clean yet intriguing content about controversy and secret lives, this book appeals to mystery lovers of many types and levels. Characters we enjoy and want to know better populate this series.
~Laura’s Interests
Filled with Shakespeare facts along with the literary twists we have come to expect this makes for a fun read full of all types of characters to both love and hate. Perfect for fans of cozies.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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The Wipeout Affair by Rachel Neuberger Reynolds- Great Escapes Tour-Character Post/Giveaway


About the book 
There’s trouble in paradise, in the hilarious second book of the Red Frog Beach Mystery Series.
Ready to go back to the beach?
Lexie Milano left her heart in Bocas del Toro, and the new and improved New Yorker makes the big choice to move to the laid-back Caribbean island permanently. Piña coladas, white sand beaches, and a little cabin of her own on the edge of the rainforest complete her picture of the perfect tropical future awaiting her. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. . . .
When the body of a beautiful wealthy local is found at an isolated surf camp, the owner calls on Lexie to help him figure out who did it in this delicious whodunit. Reluctant sleuth Lexie first turns to the police, but her sudden access to a treasure-trove of island secrets convinces her it’s time to solve another murder on her own.
Favorite characters from Drowning Lessons return to grace the pages of this comedic mystery, including Migs, the handsome photographer; Lloyd, the genius with the cryptic past; and Lexie’s new best friend, Detective LaGuardia. Between old friends, new associates, and the added potential of shark attacks, The Wipeout Affair will leave you laughing and guessing until the very end.
This is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone novel.
Character guest post
MEET CRAZY DAISY

So I was talking to this woman who came to my nightclub on Friday
Night. She was prob too drunk to be dancing, so I took her up to VIP room #3. She’d been dumped one day into their three-week visit to Bocas del Toro. Men. I’m telling you. She asked if she could stay at my house for the night, and I had to say, “No, way, babe.” She began to cry. Whatevs. I kind of move around at this point, since my long-term-love-of-my-life mugged me off for no apparent reason. Men. Especially men on an island full of girls in bikinis drinking Dueling Dragons.

She said that a friend of hers recommended journaling. How’s what going to help? “Write it down,” she said. “You’ll figure out that you’re exactly where you are supposed to be.” When she left, she almost rolled down the stairs, so I gave her $20 and led her to the hostel next to my club, The End of the World. My personal philosophy is that I only care about the fun my partiers are having that night; the next morning is their own business. I’m not one to peel a twenty off my roll, but her broken heart smashed into mine so courtesy… See, I’m generous. I’m not all bad.

Write it down? The only writing I’d done in the last year was on orders for more booze and temporary tattoos. Paper straws and toilet paper. I could hardly read my name anymore. Daisy Dali. Thanks, Mom. My nickname on the island is Crazy Daisy. No one thinks I know, but that’s ten pounds of stupid. I know everything that goes on this island. Besides, I’m blessed with the power of ears…

Ok, true love and this journal, which is actually napkins, and I can hardly read what on cloud cuckoo I’m writing. Ah well. It felt to get it right.

True love. Isn’t there a saying, “If you love someone, set them free and then they come back?” Something like that. I had it. I lost it. I’m getting it back.

I’ll keep this quick as crackers. Hywel. Beautiful Hywel. He’s sex on wheels. No. As he owns a surf camp, I guess you’d say sex on a surfboard. Doesn’t have the same ring. Super tall, blue eyes, and chill as a frozen margarita. Like, we didn’t make sense, and that’s why we made sense. Two years, three months, and six days. Not that I’m counting. But he loved me. He said he loved me.

So ten weeks ago we’re laying out at Red Frog Beach. My hair was periwinkle for the summer. He hung out there all the time on his day off. Half-way through, he says, “I can’t do this anymore.” I sat there shocked as Sally, and before I could turn around and say, “What on god’s green earth are you talking about?” he had run halfway down the beach.

Not cool.

There’s someone else. I know there is. I’ll admit it, I may have threatened half the ladies on the island to tell me what they know. I do kung-fu, you know. But what do you know? You’re a pile of napkins.

He wouldn’t talk to me at all. He’d run if he saw me. If I showed up at his surf camp, he’d grab a board and paddle out until I left.

The drunk girl last night said that she had ten commandments of a relationship, and started rambling them off. Snoozaroo. I quickly faded to thoughts of what my ten commandments.

They came to this:
  1. Don’t lie to me.
  2. You can run, but you can’t hide.
  3. Though shall stay away from my man.

The other seven are, I guess you would say, variations on a theme.

Two years means something. Two years deserves a conversation. Two years deserves the truth.

I’ll find out who this new lady is. Just watch me.


That’s true love. I’ll wait.

And others are saying about book 1 in the series
This series is one that I will be watching.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
This story is much more than a cozy mystery. It is a dramedy where literally everything that can go wrong does. Twists, turns, craziness, and good old mayhem fill these pages all on an idyllic chain of islands . . . This was a fun book to read and a great start for this series.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Drowning Lessons is filled with humor from beginning to end, not to mention several twists along the way. It’s the perfect beach read.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews
Great debut for this new series: a compelling plot, a spectacular setting, and bizarre characters, nothing is missing.
~LibriAmoriMiei
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Turkey Basted to Death by Jodi Rath- Great escapes Tour-Spotlight Post


About the book
Thanksgiving is here, and Jolie Tucker has had quite the year! She is ready to sit back and relax with family and friends. But this is Leavensport, OH—so get ready for intense therapy sessions, dysfunctional family holiday gatherings, uninvited guests, and an inner-city teen advocate found DEAD—stabbed in the ear with the turkey baster!
Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!
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Friday, November 15, 2019

The ID Paradox by Jan Notzon-Cozy Mystery Review Crew Tour

The ID Paradox
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About the book 
After disastrous experiences as a lawyer and then as a teacher, Jake Kazmareck tries to hide out from the world in a job picking melons on a farm in the wilds of south Texas.

An estranged friend, Connors, tracks him down with news that their mutual bosom buddy, Artie, is not dead as they both believed, but rotting in a Mexican prison. The stage is set for Artie’s rescue.

Jake, Connors and Artie’s friendship was forged years earlier, during an almost fatal canoe trip in which only Artie’s genius for survival kept them alive. That brush with death unleashed a primitive beast in Jake that has never stopped plaguing him.

The prison rescue is successful, but Artie’s experiences in captivity have destroyed his spirit. Jake and Connors immediately enlist the help of psychiatrist Judith Neuwirth to try to piece together Artie’s shattered self.

In the process, Jake is again confronted by the beast in himself. Will he learn to accommodate it, or will it destroy him?

And others are saying 
"Brilliant. An intelligent, thought provoking book. The plot and characters are fantastic. This is a gripping read, powerful and at times very sad. I was sorry when it came to an end. Another amazing book from Jan. Highly Recommended."
"This compelling story is a must read! Interesting characters caught up in an incredible, dangerous adventure. I couldn't put the book down!"
"Written in a poetic way with a flawless description of the scenery and activities as they occur, the book can easily hold the readers’ attention in an addictive way by making you to feel at home with the thought process of the main character. The Id Paradox is packed with suspense, emotion and actions to keep one entertained and flipping through the pages till the very last!"

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Thought
A page turning adventurous suspense full ride that I am still 
on. 
I am enjoying every moment so far.  I'll post a complete review in a few days. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Memories And Murder by Lynn Cahoon-Great Escapes Tour-Review


About the book 
It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why.
When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case—and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst.
And I thought 
A page turner that had me turning them all the way through!

I enjoyed Memories And Murder in this #10 in the series I felt
much more connected with the cast that I did in the previous book. 
Jill and her somewhat eccentric aunt are fun characters.  In this one Aunt Jackie though is distracted and has everyone who loves her friends and family asking questions when she suddenly breaks her engagement.  
As the story unfolds Jill becomes more interested in helping Aunt Jackie since it looks like she is being scammed than annoying her 
Detective boyfriend find a murderer.
Although Jill has a hard time completely staying out of it since she doesn't agree with who the prime suspect is. 
I think the supporting cast was fun.  I liked Deek who is a quirky character in his own right.  He was fun and funny and is a good computer geek able to help Jill out with a little sleuthing himself and hold down the fort at the coffee shop for Jill. 
It's not long before Jill begins to wonder if the scams are tied to the murder. 
Detective boyfriend Greg is keeping 'mums the word' to keep Jill out the snooping and keep her safe.  
Not an easy task as which makes a good story.  Our girls just gotta solve the crime! 

I enjoyed Memories and Murder look forward to reading more in this series.  

If you like a good cozy series this one is great to check out! 

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