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Saturday, July 22, 2017


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Colleen J. Shogan
and her new book
Book 3 in the Washington Whodunit Mysteries

The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd. Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father. Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancΓ© Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.



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I’ve heard it said, things happen in threes. This third book in the Washington Whodunit Mysteries proves that those three things can be good. But if author Colleen J. Shogan keeps writing them like this, three will only be the beginning!

I’m not sure anymore if this series falls under “cozy” mystery or not, but I the only fiction I read is in the cozy mystery genre. Yes, this series takes place in Washington DC, but it has a small town vibe when reading it. Let’s going with calling it a tradition mystery.

As with the first two books in this series, CALAMITY AT THE CONTINENTAL CLUB is a brilliant mystery. Author Shogan knows how to hold her readers’ attention that’s for certain. Each chapter brought with it more questions, intrigue, and twists and turns. With protagonist Kit Marshall becoming braver with each book, she took some chances that had me holding my breath. This fast moving, from cover to cover read, leads to a great reveal and a very satisfying conclusion.

I’m already looking forward to book four!


Colleen Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked in the United States Senate and for the Congressional Research Service. She’s currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress, working on great outreach initiatives such as the National Book Festival. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob Raffety and their beagle mutt, Conan.

Author Links Webpage – www.colleenshogan.com 

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July 18 – Socrates' Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
July 19 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW, INTERVIEW
July 20 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring 
Book 9 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries
by Lee Hollis

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is off on a girls’ getaway with her two best friends. But soon they’ll have to get away from a killer...

The quaint fishing village of Salmon Cove, Maine, seems like the ideal location for a girls’ weekend with Hayley’s gal pals, Liddy and Mona. Liddy’s on the rebound from a breakup, but when she meets a handsome tourist, it looks like a little romance might liven things up.

Unfortunately, Liddy’s new sweetheart is found dead on the beach the next morning at the town’s Lobster Bake, next to an overturned cooking pot. The liberated lobsters may be scrambling back to the sea, but Hayley’s not about to let a murderer escape so easily. To crack the case, she’ll need to blow the lid off some serious undercover activity—or risk becoming ensnared in a killer’s trap...

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


I’m at my happiest when I’m lost in the pages of a good cozy mystery. The Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries by Lee Hollis makes me deliriously ecstatic! No . . . really! They do!

When I first read that DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER would have protagonist Hayley Powell and her BFFs, Liddy and Mona going on a girl’s weekend, I knew that I was in for a hysterical read. I was right! LOL I don’t know how they have been friends so long without Liddy and Mona trying to kill each other!

Things go from bad to worse for the ladies. As if having Hayley’s friends at each other’s throats wasn’t enough drama for their weekend, romance creeps into the group. Oh yeah . . . they also find a dead body. It may have been bad for the ladies, but it’s great for the readers!

There was never a dull moment. Energetic, and fast moving, I flew through the pages of this book, drinking in every word. DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER had me laughing very hard (and loud) during some parts, and holding my breath, or biting my nails during others. There were scenes that took me by surprise, and more than one mystery to keep me guessing. Add to all of that Hayley’s wonderful column, and the fantastic recipes, I didn’t come up for air until the book was done. 

On to the recipe!



All food images are borrowed from and the rights of Google Images and it's contributors.


16-ounce box of pasta shells (or your favorite pasta)
¼ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
1 teaspoon each: salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers


   Cook your pasta to almost al dente according to the directions on the box.
   Drain and set aside.
   While your pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then slowly add your milk. Whisk until it begins to thicken a bit, add your cheeses, and keep stirring until they are melted. Remove from heat and add your salt, pepper, and garlic.

   In a large bowl add your pasta, chopped lobster, and cheese sauce. Stir to combine, making sure all the pasta is evenly coated in the cheese sauce. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. 

   In a small saucepan melt the remaining three tablespoons butter and mix with the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the lobster and pasta. 

   Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbly and cracker crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and let the dish sit for at least 10 minutes before digging in!

Bon appetit!

Did I just hear Mmm mmm mmm?
Oh, maybe that was coming from me. ;-)


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book 1 in the Witch Cat Mysteries
by Vicki Vass

Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts the last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Asheville aristocrats with untapped powers and a crooked-legged fat orange cat named Pixel, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline. Combining elements from different cultures, Appalachian folklore, Celtic legends, Native American mysticism, Bloodline creates a new witch mythology while staying true to the realm of cozy mystery. Terra Rowan is a witch trapped between worlds and lost in time.


BLOODLINE is one of the most fanciful, delightful tales I have read for some time.

Anyone who reads my reviews know I 99.9% only read and review cozy mysteries. But every once in a while, a book will find me (They seem to have a way of doing that) and plead with me to read it. BLOODLINE is such a book.

Falling into many different genres . . . mystery, cozy mystery/para-cozy, paranormal, fantasy . . . This story has something for just about everyone. Not only that, this book will appeal to a wide range of ages. Any reader from teens through triple digits will truly be swept away in the magic that takes place between its covers.

Having read almost every book written by author Vicki Vass, I know what an amazing writer she is. But nothing prepared me for how captivated I would become with this book. Told from the point of view of a most unusual, yet captivating protagonist, BLOODLINE was fascinating from the first page to the last. Fast paced and spellbinding, with enchantment in every sentence, I read this story in record time. Really. I couldn’t put it down for a second!

Once in a while I read a book and think how I’d love to see as a movie. I can totally see BLOODLINE being made into a feature film.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again . . . I am not a big fan of witch cozies. They just don't draw me in. (Though a couple have earned special places in my heart.)
But BLOODLINE is so much more than that. It will always be one that I remember and hold close.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I'm so excited to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Lynn Cahoon
and her new book
Book 5 in the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .



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KILLER PARTY is a killer read!

How does author Lynn Cahoon continuously write book after book in this series, but always make them feel new, fresh, and intriguing? There are of course other authors who pull it off as well, but Ms. Cahoon truly has the gift for it.  Honestly, I don’t care how she does it, because as long as she does, I’ll keep reading them!

Book nine (Wow! Already?) in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, KILLER PARTY, is another mind blowing whodunit that had me alternating between smiling, and having my jaw dropped throughout the entire book. There was so much going on in this story at any given time, and that made it very hard for me to put it down!

It has been really interesting to see how series lead, Jill Gardner and Greg King have grown throughout their relationship. Now living together, they seem to be on the right track for a very happy future. As for Lynn and her Aunt Jackie, I sometimes wonder how their relationship will be in upcoming books. I know they love each other, but I can’t help but feel author Cahoon has something unexpected on the way for those two. Hmmm.

Each time I finish a book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries, I’m both sad and excited. Sad of course because the book is over. And excited because I know a new one is out there on it’s to us! Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long! Do you hear me, Lynn? ;-) 


New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

Website – http://lynncahoon.com/ 
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