Sunday, June 23, 2019


I just couldn't help myself.
It makes me so happy!

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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
is #25!


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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
made the list!


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Thank you to all of you who have hung in with me over the years!
And thank you to those who are newer for choosing to spend your time with me!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

BOOK TOUR


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
A CRAFTER HOOKS A KILLER
Book 2 in the Handcrafted Mysteries
by Holly Quinn


Sure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death—her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.

Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend—she has to know.

Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!

1 lucky reader will win a print copy of

A CRAFTER HOOKS A KILLER

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Winner will be chosen after June 24 at the end of the tour

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MY REVIEW


I enjoyed the first book in this series, A CRAFTER KNITS A CLUE, so much that I couldn’t wait to get A CRAFTER HOOKS A KILLER in my hands. It was well worth the wait! Author Holly Quinn is two for two in the win column with me.

Setting aside an interruption free day to read this book was one of my better ideas. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I was immediately transported to Heartsford, Wisconsin and back with the characters I enjoyed so much from book one.

I was pulled into this wonderfully plotted mystery. I suppose I should say two mysteries since author Holly Quinn expertly weaved together a present day murder with one from protagonist Sammy Kane’s not so distant past. With more twists and turns than my current crochet project, I really had no idea how it was all going to come together. When the link between the two cases and all of the motives behind the murders came to light, I was really taken by surprise. Wow.

Oh, did I mention a mouthwatering recipe, and a crochet blanket project are included?

A CRAFTER HOOKS A KILLER is perfect summer reading! It’s perfect anytime reading!

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About the Author

Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her second Handcrafted mystery. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com
Author Links 

Purchase Links

GOOD LUCK!


TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 11 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW
June 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, RECIPE
June 12 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 12 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
June 13 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
June 14 – The Book Diva's Reads – SPOTLIGHT
June 14 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
June 15 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW
June 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 16 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 18 – Author Teresa Watson – REVIEW
June 18 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 19 – Brianne's Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 19 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
June 20 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
June 21 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
June 21 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 22 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
June 23 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
June 24 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
June 24 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST


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Friday, June 21, 2019


It's
Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
STRANGLED EGGS AND HAM
Book 6 in the Handcrafted Mysteries
by Maddie Day


Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!
 
While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .  

 
Includes Recipes for You to Try!

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CUCUMBER-DILL SOUP


The steamy Indiana August is too hot for hot soup, so Robbie’s assistant Danna thinks up this creamy refreshing cold soup to serve in the restaurant for lunch. Here’s a bit of the scene from ~ Maddie

Strangled Eggs and Ham:

Danna rolled her eyes. “My mom is way excited about that resort deal. She’s thinking tax revenues, obviously.”

“She’s the mayor of South Lick. Of course she is,” I said. I thought of Lonnie’s impassioned list of reasons the resort should go forward. “I actually think the people in support of the project have some pretty good arguments on their side.”

 “I’m not getting involved,” Danna said. “But I had an idea for a lunch special. We have lots of cucumbers, and you ordered buttermilk for something, right?”

I nodded.

“I can make a great cold cucumber soup and some savory biscuits to go with. I know you have dill out in your herb garden. Okay? It’s too warm for hot soup.”

“Sounds perfect,” I said.


Ingredients

2 English cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
½ cup roughly chopped fresh dill
2 cups buttermilk
½ teaspoon kosher salt, more if needed
Dash habanero sauce
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more if needed


Directions

   Combine all soup ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate in a covered container for at least 2 hours. The soup can be refrigerated for longer than two hours, but be sure to give it a shake before serving as it tends to settle the longer it sits. Adjust seasonings before serving.


Readers: What’s your favorite refreshing food in sweltering weather? ~ Maddie

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Maddie Day writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. With seventeen novels in print and five more in production, Maxwell has been nominated for an Agatha Award six times. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t killing people on the page or wasting time on Facebook. Please find her at edithmaxwell.com, at the Wicked Authors blog, and elsewhere:

Killer Characters (on the third of every month)

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Please keep reading to check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are from


STRANGLED EGGS AND HAM

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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

I plopped down on the towel. Stroking through Lake Lemon's cool water had made me forget the controversy brewing in town, at least for a while. 

My 56

What I wouldn't have given to be a fly on the wall. Or a ladybug on the table. Anything to hear what was up over there. Because something clearly was.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Author 
Kathi Daley
has a new book!
THE INN AT HOLIDAY BAY:
ANSWERS IN THE ATTIC
Fourth in the Inn at Holiday Bay Mysteries


A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again. 

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn't seem to convince to leave, and a new family she'd never be able to live without.

In book 4 in the series, the remodel is almost complete and Abby and Georgia are planning a huge grand opening. The only thing left for Abby to do before Lonnie can wrap things up is to go through the items left in the attic by prior residents. Abby is just about to get started when a woman named Trinity Roswell shows up claiming to be the great, great, great, niece of Abagail Chesterton, the wife of the man who built the house, Chamberlain Westminster. Trinity, a woman in her thirties, is doing a family history and has questions about Abagail. Abby only knows what she has been told by others but invites the woman to help her dig through the contents in the attic. They figure that if Abagail did leave anything behind then the attic is where it would be stored. 

While Abby and Trinity seek out the last of the secrets the house once held, Colt is busy remodeling his own new home, Tanner has a new litter of puppies, Nikki is dating a man Georgia doesn't like and doesn't trust, and Annie notifies Abby about a death in the family.

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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky reader will in a Kindle copy of

THE INN AT HOLIDAY BAY
ANSWERS IN THE ATTIC

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter

USA only

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Take a look at the new releases out 
today and this week!

TUESDAY JUNE 18


A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again. 

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn't seem to convince to leave, and a new family she'd never be able to live without.

In book 4 in the series, the remodel is almost complete and Abby and Georgia are planning a huge grand opening. The only thing left for Abby to do before Lonnie can wrap things up is to go through the items left in the attic by prior residents. Abby is just about to get started when a woman named Trinity Roswell shows up claiming to be the great, great, great, niece of Abagail Chesterton, the wife of the man who built the house, Chamberlain Westminster. Trinity, a woman in her thirties, is doing a family history and has questions about Abagail. Abby only knows what she has been told by others but invites the woman to help her dig through the contents in the attic. They figure that if Abagail did leave anything behind then the attic is where it would be stored. 

While Abby and Trinity seek out the last of the secrets the house once held, Colt is busy remodeling his own new home, Tanner has a new litter of puppies, Nikki is dating a man Georgia doesn't like and doesn't trust, and Annie notifies Abby about a death in the family. 


A killer is calling, and Ellison’s life is on the line. 

Ellison Russell is planning the event of the season—and she’s stressed. Why not yoga?

Because the yoga instructor gets murdered during class—and Ellison’s stress level rises exponentially. Now, in addition to raising a ridiculous amount of money, she’s babysitting a deranged cat (named after the devil himself), taking ten million phone calls (most of them from Mother), and finding more bodies (they’re popping up like dandelions after a spring rain).

There’s no such thing as balance when the killer makes it personal. Can Ellison catch a murderer or will her next namaste be her last?

THURSDAY JUNE 20


The curtain rises on Cherry Tucker’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired for an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the drama director is hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious social media bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When the principal’s secretary commits suicide, Cherry suspects foul play.

Deputy Luke Harper is ready to return as Cherry’s leading man. He’s eager to assist in finding the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets offstage may doom them to the role as star-crossed lovers. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides it’s curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.


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