Tuesday, April 24, 2018


There's a whole new batch of cozies out today!
I bet you're as excited as I am!
Take a look!


After a short-lived marriage, Sherry Frazzelle is living single life to the fullest in her little Connecticut town, accompanied by her Jack Russell terrier, Chutney. Her new passion is competitive cooking—but it turns out that murder is the surprise ingredient . . .
 
With contestants from Maine to California and a ten-thousand-dollar prize at stake, Sherry’s latest competition, hosted by the CEO of an organic food company, is sure to be heated. But she’s more than ready to step up to the stove. After all, she did win the award for Most Creative Cupcake back in high-school.Today, she’s hoping her flavorful pork tenderloin will sway the judges. Instead, it seems someone’s decided to slay one of the judges . . .
 
After Chef Birns falls face first into the Seafood Flatbread Pizza, Sherry’s dish is deemed suspicious. Now she’ll have to stir through a stew of rule-breaking, corruption, and gossip to get herself off the chopping block, and find out who turned this food fight fatal . . .
 
Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!


Val's new pies are foolproof—but not bulletproof.
 
Old West ghost towns are as American as apple pie. So what better place to sponsor a pie-eating contest than the Bar X, a fake ghost town available for exclusive private events on the edge of Silicon Valley. Valentine Harris is providing the pies, hoping to boost business for her struggling Pie Town shop and become a regular supplier for the Bar X.
 
But no sooner does she arrive in town than a stray bullet explodes the cherry pie in her hands. And the delicious dessert is not the only victim. Val finds the Bar X bartender shot dead in an alley. Egged on by her flaky friend and pie crust specialist, Charlene, Val aims to draw out the shooter. But solving a real murder in a fake ghost town won't be easy as pie. And if Val doesn't watch her back, her pies won't be the only thing filled full of lead . . .


Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell will be cooking alongside top chefs at a cookbook author's party. But a killer plans to ruin her appetite . . . 
 
When Hayley's idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn't be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who's who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.
 
Instead, Hayley gets food poisoning her first night and thinks she overhears two people cooking up a murder plot. The next morning, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Tragic accident or foul play? To solve a real cliffhanger, Hayley will need to uncover some simmering secrets—before a killer boils over again . . .
 
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


Welcome to Storyton Hall, Virginia, where book lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the singular comforts of the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where they can discuss the merits of their favorite authors no matter how deadly the topic . . . 
 
With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again—managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface—a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery—until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions—and suspects—start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue . . .

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The Marmalade Murders is the ninth book in Elizabeth J. Duncan's award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.
The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.
Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women's Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.
A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened―and why.

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Ever-crafty Josie must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in Antique Blues, the twelfth mystery in Jane K. Cleland's beloved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in New Hampshire.
When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled―until Mo is murdered.
It doesn’t take her long to pinpoint one suspect: Mo’s sister’s manipulative boyfriend, who sold her the print―and has now, conveniently, disappeared. Josie’s antiques know-how and detective skills soon lead her down an increasingly perplexing trail, scattered with gamblers, extramarital affairs, and under-the-table purchases.
Readers will relish a return to Rocky Point with Josie as she works together with her friends―the ambitious young reporter Wes Smith, and Rocky Point’s savvy police chief, Ellis Hunter―to sift through the conflicting stories around them and find Mo’s killer.

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Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is about to find out it's not so easy to play Monday morning quarterback when it comes to murder. . . 
 
To the town of North Harbor, Michigan, MISU quarterback Dawson Alexander is a local hero. To Samantha Washington, owner of the Market Street Mysteries Bookstore, Dawson is more than a tenant—he’s like an adopted son. But to the police, he is their prime suspect after his ex-girlfriend is found murdered. It’s more than enough real-life drama for Sam to tackle, but her role as a mystery writer also calls. Returning to the English countryside between the wars, she finds Lady Daphne Marsh in quite the quandary. Someone has tried to murder the scandalous American divorcΓ©e Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII so recently abdicated his throne. It seems finding a suspect is no small challenge when most of England has a motive . . .
 
While Sam’s lawyer sister Jenna rushes in to build Dawson's defense, Sam and her lively grandmother, Nana Jo, huddle up to solve the mystery and blow the whistle on the real killer. With the tenacious members of the Sleuthing Senior Book Club eager to come off the sidelines, Sam and her team just might stop a killer from completing another deadly play . .

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Spring lassos small-town Serenity, as Brandy Borne’s crime-bustin’ mama Vivian hatches a harebrained scheme to run for county sheriff—ropin’ in her daughter to join the rodeo as campaign manager. As the two-woman posse tracks down voters at a local assisted-living home, Brandy’s attempts at corralling Mother’s impractical whims make her feel like a tinhorn on a bucking bronco. But sure as shootin’, unhappy trails lie ahead. . . .
 
Shortly after the Borne gals receive a valuable signed photo of an old-timey cowboy actor from the elderly aunt of Vivian’s political opponent, a massive explosion sends Brandy to the ER and auntie to the grave.
 
With a string of unexplained deaths turning Sunny Meadow into Boot Hill, the ditzy duo—aided by their clever shih tzu Sushi—must lay down the law on a deadly outlaw . . . before someone’s elected the next victim, with the Bornes headin’ toward their last round-up!
 
Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on white elephant sales!

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If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series.

It's Mother's Day in White Eagle Montana and spring has come to the small foothills community. It's the season for puppies and kittens to be born and rehomed, families to gather for an outdoor picnic and a baseball game, friends to fall in love, and a shocking mystery to filter to the surface after so many years.

Join Tess and Tilly as they sleuth out the truth while delivering the daily mail.

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As one of nine siblings raised in the Deep South, plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has experienced her share of family drama. But shotgun weddings and snooty in-laws don’t worry her nearly as much as a search for a missing mother and child—especially when it leads to murder . . .
Savannah and her husband have settled back in San Carmelita, California, and life is slowly returning to normal—if “normal” means babysitting newlyweds Tammy and Waycross’s incredibly fussy infant daughter. But soothing a squalling baby is kid’s stuff compared to the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency’s latest case. Handsome up-and-coming actor Ethan Malloy has enlisted the help of Savannah and Co. in a desperate attempt to track down his missing wife and toddler, not long before the beloved family nanny gets murdered.

With the police involved and paparazzi swarming at every turn, the discreet search becomes a sensationalized homicide investigation, leaving Savannah rushing to apprehend the killer and save the missing child. Famous heartthrobs can attract the wrong kind of attention, and some snooping into the complicated private lives of Ethan and his wife tells Savannah that she’s in for a deadly chase. As Savannah dismantles bombshell after bombshell while balancing delicate family matters of her own, she soon finds herself closing in on a terrifying culprit—one who’s willing to do anything for a moment in the spotlight . . .






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Monday, April 23, 2018

BOOK TOUR


I'm so happy to be a stop on the 
blog tour for author
Judy Penz Sheluk
and her new book
A HOLE IN ONE
Book 2 in the Glass Dolphin Mysteries


Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.
They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.
Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancΓ© (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.
All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?
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A HOLE IN ONE

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Interview with Judy


LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Judy!

JPS: Thank you for hosting me!


LKBR: Please tell us a bit about the Glass Dolphin Mysteries.

JPS: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries are centered around the Glass Dolphin, an antiques shop on the historic Main Street of Lount’s Landing, a small town named for real life Canadian politician who was hanged for treason in the 19th century. The first book, THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE is titled after the town’s local pub (the owner is a history buff). The second book, just released in March 2018, is A HOLE IN ONE, and the title is a play on words – the owners of the Glass Dolphin are sponsoring a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament and stumble upon a corpse in the woods with a single gunshot hole in his chest.


LKBR: How did you come up with the concept for this series? How about the idea for A HOLE IN ONE?

JPS: I’ve been the Senior Editor of NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUES JOURNAL (NEAJ - www.antiquesjournal.com) since 2007, so antiques are in my DNA. I wanted a strong, smart, female protagonist. Ironically, it was Emily Garland, a freelance journalist from Toronto who comes to town under the guise of editing the town paper, was the protagonist in book 1. In book 2, she takes a back seat to Arabella Carpenter, owner of the Glass Dolphin. I’m working on book 3 and they will share the limelight.
In addition to being Senior Editor at NEAJ, I’ve been a freelance writer since 2003, so I suppose you could say that both Emily and Arabella have some of me in them. And I love to golf. The idea for A HOLE IN ONE came to me while golfing. I’m always “what iffing” ideas.


LKBR: Do you have a favorite character in your book/series?

JPS: I love Arabella Carpenter! She’s smart and feisty and flawed and she’s still madly in love with her ex-husband, Levon Larroquette. Levon’s an antiques picker by trade, and to say their relationship was complicated would be an understatement. Anyway, I liked Arabella so much that I gave her a minor role in my Marketville Mysteries series (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her motto is Authenticity Matters. Isn’t that a great motto to live by?


LKBR: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love, action, death, etc?

JPS: Romance! I’m the least romantic person on the planet— just ask my husband, Mike, who has pretty much given up on me, at least as far as romance goes. Here’s an example – we got married on Friday the 13th, and on our 13th anniversary we thought we should do something special. So we booked the same chalet we’d rented for our honeymoon. When we got home, I called my mom, who reminded me we’d only been married 12 years!


LKBR: In your writing, have you ever used experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

JPS: Oh yes. Everything in a writer’s life is grist for the mill, albeit greatly fictionalized or exaggerated. My favorite story is LIVE FREE OR DIE (In my collection of short stories, LIVE FREE OR TRI). It’s based on a true-life experience with an older man when I was just 21 years old. Let’s just say that “Jack” is probably still alive somewhere … but not in my story! So cathartic, writing that one.


LKBR: When you’re in the process of writing/creating a book, do you use a computer, typewriter, dictate, or use pen to paper?
JPS: I write on my computer in my home office. Can’t imagine laptopping it in a coffee shop. I always have a notebook and pen handy, and scribble ideas when they come to me…or names. I’m always scribbling ideas for names. If I don’t write it down when it comes to me, it’s gone forever.

LKBR: Do you have any writing quirks or rituals that you do before, during, and/or after writing a new book?

JPS: I write to talk radio. I can write in silence, but prefer that talk radio in the background, which probably comes from working in a corporate environment for years. I even listen to those infomercial-type of programs on the weekends and you know, it’s come in handy. When I had a question about how a workplace accident insurance claim might be handled, I emailed one of those program hosts, and he was massively helpful.


LKBR: What does your family think about your writing? How important is their support?

JPS: My husband, Mike, is hugely supportive – in fact, he paid for my first Creative Writing course as a birthday gift back in 2000. He’s also my first beta reader, and trust me, he finds the niggliest things. My mom was so proud of me, but she passed away in September 2016. She was actually handing out my bookmarks to the doctors and nurses in the hospital. I like to think she’s handing them out in heaven, now. I really miss her.


LKBR: Who/What inspired you to write your first book?  

JPS: It’s something I always said I would do “one day.” And then, in June 2008, I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. After I got through treatment, I thought: If I don’t do this now, when will I do it? I started by taking a Fiction Writing Certificate Program from Gotham Writing School. It took three years to complete all the courses (I took extra courses in Mystery writing). It really helped to hone my skills for fiction (since my past experience was writing for magazines) and it also prepared me for the hard work of writing a book. I started NOOSE on Christmas Eve 2011 – I had 2 weeks off my various freelance jobs and didn’t intend to waste a moment. I wrote the first draft in about eight months, but there were a few drafts after that.


LKBR: What was one of the most surprising thing(s) you learned when trying to get your first book published?

JPS: That all my years as a freelance writer (having built a very good reputation) and as Senior Editor of NEAJ didn’t mean a thing to agents and publishers. There was a lot of rejection but I didn’t give up. I remember reading that Kathryn Stockett (THE HELP) was rejected 61 times and that gave me some comfort. I mean, that book was brilliant.


LKBR: What book are you reading?

JPS: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton. I’m really going to miss her. I’ve read every one of her books. I even wrote a tribute to her on my blog. http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/2018/01/04/remembering-sue-grafton/


LKBR: Do you have any advice for aspiring cozy writers?

JPS: I always quote Agatha Christie when I’m asked this question: “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books? 







LKBR: Thank you so much, Judy, letting us get to know you better!

JPS: Thank you for asking.

About the Author


Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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April 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
April 18 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
April 19 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 20 – The Montana Bookaholic – SPOTLIGHT
April 21 – T's Stuff – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 22 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
April 23 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 24 – cherylbbookblog – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 24 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 25 – Books Direct – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 26 – Maureen's Musings – REVIEW
April 27 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
April 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 29 – Laura's Interests – SPOTLIGHT
April 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT


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Sunday, April 22, 2018


DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR by Lee Hollis
RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER by Joanne Fluke

DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR
Book 10 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries
by Lee Hollis


Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell will be cooking alongside top chefs at a cookbook author's party. But a killer plans to ruin her appetite . . . 
 
When Hayley's idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn't be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who's who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.
 
Instead, Hayley gets food poisoning her first night and thinks she overhears two people cooking up a murder plot. The next morning, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Tragic accident or foul play? To solve a real cliffhanger, Hayley will need to uncover some simmering secrets—before a killer boils over again . . .

 
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

MY REVIEW


When I hear there is a new Hayley Powell Mystery available, my hands start to itch from wanting to hold it, and my toes start to wiggle at the thought of reading it. DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR was totally worth the wait!

 Having been invited to participate in a celebrity cook-off, protagonist Halley Powell spend most of her time in this book out of her normal environment. The only down part of this was a 99% lack of Hayley’s best friends Libby and Mona. If you’re reading this Lee Hollis, please don’t do that to me again!

An absolutely excellent mystery, DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR was a fast moving, I-don’t-want-to-put-this-book-down story. Twists, turns, and surprises were on just about every other page of this book. There were times when I found myself holding my breath for what felt like chapters. The only reason I didn’t pass out from a lack of air was because I was laughing out loud during the other parts! So very well done!

As always, you’ll find seven wonderful recipes from Hayley. Fourteen if you count the cocktails that go with each dish!

Hayley Powell diehards, you don’t want to miss DEATH IF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR. If you haven’t read this series, it really is time you started. You’re totally missing out on so many good reads!

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RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER
Book 22 in the Hannah Swensen Mysteries
by Joanne Fluke


Thanksgiving has a way of thawing the frostiest hearts in Lake Eden. But that won’t be happening for newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton—not after her husband suddenly disappears . . .
 
Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? Hannah will have to quickly sift through a cornucopia of clues and suspects to stop a killer from bringing another murder to the table . . .

MY REVIEW


I have been such a fan of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries. They’re good, clean, entertaining fun. Well, you know, with murder. But I have to say, I’ve not been overly thrilled with the last few books in the series. As with a good percentage of Hannah fans, I do not like her husband, Ross. I cheered when he disappeared. So, the fact that this book would maybe be Ross free made me excited to read it. But for reasons other than Ross, RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER was not the best book in this series.

The concept of the mystery in RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER is a good one. I didn’t guess the killer, but I think it’s because I was so distracted by things in the book, the murderer just got past me.

Distraction 1) Hannah has solved countless murders. She’s a good sleuth. But she can’t find her husband? Nothing?
Distraction 2) Author Joanne Fluke’s writing was just not up to her normal standard. This series has always been an easy read, but this one felt like it was written for a younger demographic. I would read the name Hannah, but just kept envisioning Nancy Drew. Maybe Fluke is using all her adult level writing in her thrillers?
Distraction 3) I love recipes in my cozies. And the Hannah Swenson books always serves up great ones. But there were so many recipes in this book, it was more like reading the Hannah Swensen cookbook. There is one at the end of just about every chapter.

Even with the above being said, I love Hannah and all the residents of Lake Eden. They have all come to feel like close friends. Reading a Hannah Swensen mystery has always felt like going on a much anticipated vacation. I’m thrilled to get there, and sad when I have to leave. I will return again for another visit. But it will be with the hopes that the series is back to the same standards that were set in the very first book.


DEATH OF A COOKBOOK AUTHOR
Releases April 24

RASPBERRY DANISH MURDER
is available now.


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