Thursday, May 30, 2019


SEEING RED
Book 2 in the Red Herring Mysteries
by Dana Dratch


If it wasn't for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek's life would be bliss.
 
Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.
 
But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapΓ©s. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.
 
Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.
 
When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B's basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.
 
With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.
 
Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

MY REVIEW


I wanted to like this second installment in the Red Herring Mysteries, but in all honesty, I just couldn’t get into it, and I didn’t finish it. Now, I won’t say that means SEEING RED was a bad book. If you read reviews elsewhere it has many wonderful reviews. I think perhaps I just couldn’t get into it this time around.

I won’t be posting a review anywhere else for SEEING RED. Just here for you all to see. If I get the chance to read it again where I can give it a fair review, I will. I you really want to read this book and are on the fence, I suggest you go to GoodReads and read the reviews there.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

CRIME AND PUNCTUATION
Book 1 in the Deadly Edits Mysteries
by Kaitlyn Dunnett


After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it’s not long before Mikki earns clients—and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn’t the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .
 
When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow’s not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki’s spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . .
 
Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany’s death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there’s Tiffany’s grandmother and husband, who aren’t exactly on friendly terms over the local area’s planned rejuvenation efforts . . .
 
Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki’s investigation seriously—the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .

MY REVIEW


A delightful new not quite senior sleuth has joined the ranks of cozy mystery protagonists! 68 year old Mikki Lincoln is going to capture your heart with the same fierceness she used to capture a killer!

Author Kaitlyn Dunnett is out of the gate and running with this first book in her Deadly Edits Mystery series. CRIME AND PUNCTUATION is a fast moving, page turning, stay up past your bedtime read!

CRIME AND PUNCTUATION is a good dose of mystery with an equal dose of great characters. Mikki and the rest of the folks that make up Lenape Hollow are an eclectic group that really kept me on my toes. And the same is true for the mystery. I was totally engrossed in this new whodunit. Every time I was sure I had the killer in my sites, I’d have to duck another curve ball. In the end I was triumphant in my guess, (Hey, it happens once or twice a year.) though author Dunnett tried her best to trip me up over and over again.

If you’re looking to start a new series, get yourself a copy of CRIME AND PUNCTUATION. You’ll be most happy that you did!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Check out all of the great titles out today!

You have a chance to win a Kindle copy of one of the books listed below.
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Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country is known for its elegant  finger foods—but now owner Daisy Swanson has to finger a killer . . .

Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy’s Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After all, how can he resist her cucumber sandwiches with pimento spread—not to mention the cheesy cauliflower soup and strawberry walnut salad?
Schumaker takes a to-go order when the afternoon tea service is done, which Daisy hopes is a good sign. But when he perishes from a seizure, it looks like his food was dosed with something deadly. Considering a threat that recently appeared on his blog—and whispers of scandal in his past—Daisy has quite an assortment of suspects to sift through . . .
Includes delicious recipes!



After splurging to buy her childhood home in the Catskills, recently widowed Mikki Lincoln emerges from retirement as a freelance editor. With her ability to spot details that others fail to see, it’s not long before Mikki earns clients—and realizes that the village of Lenape Hollow isn’t the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .

When perky novice writer Tiffany Scott knocks at her door holding a towering manuscript, Mikki expects another debut novel plagued by typos and sloppy prose. Instead, she finds a murder mystery ripped from the headlines of Lenape Hollow’s not-too-distant past. The opening scene is a graphic page-turner, but it sends a real chill down Mikki’s spine after the young author turns up dead just like the victim in her story . . .
Mikki refuses to believe that Tiffany’s death was accidental, and suspicions of foul play solidify as she uncovers a strange inconsistency in the manuscript and a possible motive in the notes. Then there’s Tiffany’s grandmother and husband, who aren’t exactly on friendly terms over the local area’s planned rejuvenation efforts . . .
Unable to convince police that they are focused on the wrong suspect, Mikki must rely on her keen eyes to catch the truth hidden in Lenape Hollow. As she gets closer to cracking the case, only one person takes Mikki’s investigation seriously—the cunning killer who will do anything to make this chapter of her life come to a very abrupt ending . . .



If it wasn't for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek's life would be bliss.

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.
But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapΓ©s. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.
Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.
When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B's basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.
With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.
Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?



Miriam, the Grand Old Lady Detectives, & Charly's Angels take on a cold case that will have you wondering what the dickens is going on until the very end!


A cold case doesn't stay cold for long when Miriam and her Grand Old Lady Detective [G.O.L.D.] pals take on a new mystery to solve. Charly's old friend, Judith Rogow, asks for her help in locating her ex-husband's grave. 

A Vietnam War veteran, Allen Rogow survived the war and returned home only to disappear several years later. Although evidence pointed to foul play, the police never found his body and Allen Rogow's disappearance remained an unsolved mystery. That all changes when an ex-convict makes a deathbed confession claiming someone murdered Allen Rogow and buried his body on Dickens' Dune. 

As the cold case warms up, it becomes clear that Allen Rogow had lots of secrets. Was he killed to make sure he'd take them to his grave? What Miriam soon discovers is that it's the secrets you don't know you're keeping that can sometimes be the most dangerous.

Grab your copy of book 3 in the Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke and join the fun as Miriam and her friends unravel the mystery in Grave Expectations on Dickens' Dune.
Recipes Included



Mabel Aphrodite Brown has quickly learned that motherhood can sometimes be a real skirmish. But when death visits a Civil War reenactment, it’s murder that’s a battlefield . . .
In the thick of a hot, muggy Atlanta summer, all Ditie Brown wants to do is keep her kids occupied and get them ready for school in the fall. When her ex-boyfriend, Phil Brockton, shows up for a Civil War reenactment, she thinks it might be fun and educational for the kids. Plus, her best friend Lurleen wants to put on the costumes and get in on the action, and Ditie isn’t one to rebel.
But things go south after a cannon misfires, resulting in the death of Phil’s med school rival. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Ditie soon realizes the past rarely stays buried, and her digging reveals longstanding enemies, killer motives, and new jealousy. When another reenactor is “accidentally” shot, the pressure is on for Ditie to solve the murders—or else her friends may be history . . .
Includes Family-Friendly Recipes!


Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 


Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . . 



Daphne Templeton’s sister Piper is getting married—and their mother is getting carried away. She insists on hiring Sylvan Creek’s top event planner, Abigail Sinclair, who proposes an Independence Day theme complete with Statue of Liberty-inspired bridesmaid dresses. With all the bickering among the families, Daphne’s glad her only duty right now is pet-sitting for Abby’s cat, Ms. Peebles. But there are some fireworks coming that aren’t part of the ceremony. The Poconos will never be the same . . .

At a tension-filled dress fitting, the abrasive wedding planner is found strangled by a garter—a weapon both borrowed and blue. Now Daphne’s services are required not just for organizing the big day, but for figuring out whether one of the in-laws is an outlaw . . .
Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!



Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 


Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . .


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Monday, May 27, 2019


Have a safe Memorial Day. 



Sunday, May 26, 2019

BOOK TOUR


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
MURDER BY THE SEA
Book 3 in the By the Sea Mysteries
by Kathleen Bridge


When a murderer crashes a masquerade ball, it's up to Liz to unmask the killer . . .
It's been quite a year for novelist Liz Holt. She's overcome a lot and is finally feeling at peace with her new life at her family's hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea, on the beautiful barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida. She's ready to ring in the New Year at the Florida Writes Literary Masquerade Ball.
But when her ex-boyfriend surprises her at the ball, she can't disguise her anger, and the two engage in a very public argument. When her ex turns up on the hotel grounds, shot through the heart, Liz finds herself topping the suspect list. With the help of family and friends, she needs to clear her name before the real killer waltzes away scot-free . . .
Recipes included!
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!!!GIVEAWAY!!!

1 lucky reader will win a copy of

MURDER BY THE SEA! 

USA only

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

Winner will be chosen after May 26 at the end of the tour

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.

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A talk with Kathleen

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Kathleen!

KB: My pleasure!


LKBR: Please tell us a bit about you, and your book/series.

KB:I’ve recently moved from Long Island to a barrier island on the Central East Coast of Florida. There is a lot of history on the island, including sunken treasure from a fleet of eighteenth-century Spanish galleons netting fortune hunters millions of dollars in gold. (and as a side note—they’re still finding gold doubloons washing ashore today!) I also found an old postcard from a resort that opened in 1926 called the Indialantic by the Sea Hotel and dug into its history. It was demolished decades ago but it still lives on in my A By the Sea Mystery Series. Murder by the Sea is the third book in the Series and opens with a Literary Masquerade Ball that takes place on New Year’s Eve where someone might or might not get murdered.


LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

KB: The reason and person responsible for my protagonist, Liz Holt’s scar on her right cheek will be revealed, with a twist.


LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

KB: Yes. I love researching things. In my By the Sea Series Aunt Amelia is a prolific television character actress from the 1960s-1970s so I had to mine through lots of TVland memories and do a lot of editing so I don’t lose the narrative or veer away from the plot.


LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

KB: My reader’s block comes from writing two series a year and not having much time to read. I would say I never have a hard time getting into reading because I do it at night when my brain needs a break writing.


LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?

KB: I am a member or Mystery Writers of America and Sister’s in Crime, their newsletters are very informative. I also love to read the New York Times book section weekly and online mystery blogs.


LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?

KB: I suppose I would sacrifice my weekend antiquing and vintage hunting to make the time. Let me rephrase that… I would cut down.


LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

KB: Yes, I am in the process of writing my fourth A By the Sea mystery and I’ve completed my fourth Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery due out this summer.


LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

KB:
1. How much romance do you like in your Cozy Mysteries?
2. Do you only read specific genres of cozies, i.e. paranormal, culinary, pet-centered, or do you read them all?
3. Do you like it when there are recipes or how-to tips at the end of cozies or you could take them or leave them?


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

KB: 

FB: Kathleen Bridge and AuthorKathleenBridge
Twitter: @Kathleenbridge
Instagram: @authorkathleenbridge
Pinterest: Kathleen Bridge

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


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About the Author


Kathleen Bridge started her writing career working at the State News, the student newspaper of Michigan State University. She is an antiques dealer on Long Island and the author and photographer of an antique reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games.

Author Links: 

Purchase Links:
Amazon   -   B&N   -   Kobo   -   Google Play

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MY REVIEW


Each book I read by author Kathleen Bridge simply gets better and better. MURDER BY THE SEA is no exception.

When a mystery book opens with a literary masquerade party in progress, how can you not get pulled in? It was so fun seeing what famous characters would be mentioned next.

But the party for us readers really started with the discovery of the body. From that moment on, author Bridge had us chasing down clues, suspecting so many people I lost count, and lead us through some amazing twists and turns, most of which led to dead ends, until finally all is made clear. By that point, I was breathless!

MURDER BY THE SEA is perfect summer time, vacation reading. Heck, it is perfect reading for any time of the year. If you haven’t read the first two installments of the By the Sea Mysteries, pick them all up and read them back to back.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
May 20 – ⒾⓃⓉⓇⓄⓈⓅⒺⒸⓉⒾⓋⒺ ⓅⓇⒺⓈⓈ - SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT
May 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 20 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews - SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 21 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
May 22 – Kelly P's Blog – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT
May 22 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 23 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 23 – Brooke Blogs – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
May 25 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW
May 25 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
May 25 – Ruff Drafts – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 26 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – 4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ - GUEST POST


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