Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I'm stopping by with today's question.

Do you read Halloween themed cozies? 

If yes, do you have a favorite?

(Doesn't have to be from the books below.)

Make sure to come back each day while I'm gone. I'm going to have question waiting for you everyday. Every day leave a comment with your answer to that day's question. When I get back, I'll read all the responses, and randomly pick a winner for a surprise gift. 
Winner will be chosen by
November 14th.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

 

Hello all!

So, do you remember when I said . . .

Please do come back each day while I'm gone. I'm going to have question waiting for you everyday. Every day leave a comment with your answer to that day's question. When I get back, I'll read all the responses, and randomly pick a winner for a surprise gift. 
Winner will be chosen by
November 14th.

Here's your first question.

Did you dress in costume for Halloween? 
If so, do you have a favorite?

I have no photos from when I was a child, but I do have this one from when I was about 21 years old.


I managed a bookstore in our local mall. My sister managed the other bookstore in the mall.
We always came to work in costume for Halloween.

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Monday, October 18, 2021


Happy Monday my friends!
It's that time again.
Birthday break!
I'm taking some time off to sleep in, read, play, sleep in, watch tv and movies, just get in the car and drive, sleep in . . . you get it.

But I will be back because . . .
 . . . to me!

I'm taking 2 weeks. 
Today, Oct 18 thru Oct 31.
I'm be back Nov ready to go!
Remember, you all are my

Please do come back each day while I'm gone. I'm going to have question waiting for you everyday. Every day leave a comment with your answer to that day's question. When I get back, I'll read all the responses, and randomly pick a winner for a surprise gift. 
Winner will be chosen by
November 14th.

That's it my friends! 
I'll be "officially" back on Nov 1! 
Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong.
Oh yeah . . . And read!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

 

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of
NO MEMES OF ESCAPE
Book 2 in the Brooklyn Murder Mysteries
by Olivia Blacke


Amateur sleuth Odessa Dean is about to discover the only thing harder than finding her way out of an escape room is finding an affordable apartment in Brooklyn in this sequel to Killer Content.

Odessa Dean has made a home of Brooklyn. She has a fun job waiting tables at Untapped Books & Café and a new friend, Izzy, to explore the city with. When she's invited on a girls' day out escape room adventure, she jumps at the chance. It's all fun and games until the lights come on and they discover one of the girls bludgeoned to death...

The only possible suspects are Odessa and the four other players that were locked in the escape room with the victim. She refuses to believe that one of them is responsible for the murder, despite what the clues indicate. In between shifts at the café, Odessa splits her time interviewing the murder suspects, updating the bookstore's social media accounts, and searching for the impossible--an affordable apartment in Brooklyn.

But crime--and criminally high rent--waits for no woman. Can Odessa clear her and Izzy’s names before the police decide they're guilty?


Pets in Cozy Mysteries


Cozy mysteries usually fall into a category such as food and drink, hobbies, or pets. My Brooklyn Murder Mysteries best fits food and drink, since both NO MEMES OF ESCAPE and KILLER CONTENT revolve around Untapped Books & Café in Williamsburg, where waitress—and amateur sleuth—Odessa Dean serves artisanal dishes and craft beer.

However, pets play a huge part in the Brooklyn Murder Mysteries. Huckleberry, who looks “like a cross between a golden retriever and a couch cushion that had been left out in the rain,” is the resident shop dog at Untapped. Always underfoot, he has a critical role in solving the mysteries. Rufus the cat is why Odessa is in Brooklyn, or at least he’s the excuse her aunt uses to convince her to leave Louisiana. He causes his share of trouble, but is always around when Odessa needs a friend.

As you might have guessed by now, I love animals. I’ve had dogs, cats, lizards, ferrets, birds, fish, pet rats, hamsters, and even a wolf. At one time, between me and roomies, my household consisted of three dogs, a cat, several kittens, ten ratties, a couple fish tanks, an iguana, and a hedgehog. One of my first jobs was working at a zoo, where I was an animal ambassador—the person who carried small primates and enormous snakes around to meet with visitors, and I got to spend my free time making friends with gorillas and giraffes. I’ve always had a dog in my life and am currently claimed by an adorable rescue puggle called Baileycakes.

Because of my—can we be honest and call it an obsession?—with animals, I’m drawn to cozies that feature pets. No discussion about cozy mysteries or pets can be complete without mention of The Cat Who… Series by Lilian Jackson Braun, but my enthusiasm doesn’t end there. Mia P. Manansala’s ARSENIC AND ADOBO features an adorable dachshund named Longganisa, who is so cute that I had to crochet my interpretation of the little sausage dog to gift the author, and now she is often spotted on Mia’s Instagram @mpmthewriter. I also adore talking pets, like the Persian cat, Marshmallow, from Jennifer J. Chow’s Sassy Cat Mysteries and Oliver, the chatty corgi, from Jennifer Hawkins’s TO FETCH A FELON.


Whatever animals you’re a fan of, you’re bound to find a cozy to read with your favorite furred, scaled, or feathered friend. I especially love cats in cozies, because I’m not allergic to them in books! Kate Lansing’s Colorado Wine Mysteries feature multiple cats from Parker’s cat, Zin (short for Zinfandel, of course), to Madeline the lodge cat in her latest novel, MULLED TO DEATH. Laurie Cass’s Bookmobile Cat Mysteries have Eddie, the crafty rescue cat. Dorothy St. James’s Beloved Bookroom Mysteries always include what is, in my opinion, the most cleverly named cat in cozies—Dewey Decimal.

Do you have a favorite cozy mystery series with a central pet?

                                                                                     ~ Olivia Blacke

  

About Olivia Blacke

Brooklyn Murder Mysteries author Olivia Blacke writes quirky, unconventional, character-driven Cozy Mysteries. After shuffling around the U.S.A. from Hawaii to Maine, she currently resides with her husband and their roly-poly rescue puggle, but is forever homesick for NYC. In addition to writing, disappearing into a good book, and spending way too much time on social media, she enjoys SCUBA diving, crocheting, collecting tattoos, and baking dog cookies.

Links:

·         Website: https://oliviablacke.com/

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/oliviablacke

·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliviablackeauthor/

·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorOliviaBlacke

·         Newsletter: http://oliviablacke.com/newsletter/




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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of
IN THE COMPANY OF WITCHES
Book 1 in the Evenfall Witches B&B Mysteries
by Auralee Wallace


When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery.

For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn't handle. But then Constance Graves--a local known for being argumentative and demanding--dies while staying at the bed and breakfast Brynn Warren maintains with her aunts. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work, and Aunt Nora is shaping up to be the prime suspect.

There's nothing Brynn wants more than to prove Nora's innocence, and it hurts her to know that even two years ago that might have been easier. Brynn, after all, is a witch of the dead--a witch who can commune with ghosts. Ghosts never remember much about their deaths, but Constance might remember something about her life that would help crack the case. But Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband died, and isn't even sure she still can. Brynn will just have to hope that her aunts' magic and her own investigative skills will lead her to answers--and maybe back to the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever.

The Season of Witching

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

- L.M. Montgomery

I hate picking favorites, but I love autumn.

Maybe it’s the kiss of frost on the grass in the early morning or the smell of mouldering leaves and woodsmoke. Perhaps it’s the cozy, cable-knit sweaters perfect for a walk through the woods or that first taste of pumpkin spice coffee served in an oversized mug. Who am I kidding? It’s all of those things and more. I can’t get enough. So, when it came to choosing a setting for my Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery series, I knew it had to be somewhere that showcased the finest of the season’s splendor.

It didn’t take long to narrow in on New England given all its autumnal beauty, but my editor suggested I get more specific. Salem was the obvious choice given that my amateur sleuth, Brynn Warren, comes from a long line of witches, but somehow that felt too on the nose. What I wanted was a close-knit small town with towering old trees and wrought iron streetlamps. You know, the kind of place that has sidewalks covered in crunchy leaves and historic old homes decorated with pumpkins and surrounded by orchards serving tangy apple cider on crisp fall days. A village like Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. We live in troubled times, so I sought to create a town that could provide readers with a magical escape…and once I had that place in mind, Evenfall, Connecticut came to life.

October nights in Evenfall are made for witches.

 

The yellow moon was rising up from behind the trees of the hemlock forest at the edge of town while bats swooped against the darkening sky. The crisp wind with its traces of wood smoke skittered dried leaves across the pavement as a dog barked ceaselessly in the distance. The stirrings of night magic put most creatures on edge.

 

-In the Company of Witches

In the opening pages of In the Company of Witches, Brynn and her aunts are settling in for a cozy evening by the fire at their family-run B&B, Ivywood Hollow, when a thump from the second floor rattles the parlor chandelier. They quickly discover guest and local malcontent Constance Graves dead in the en suite of her room. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work.

Unfortunately for Brynn, she can’t rely solely on her powers to solve the mystery. That would be far too easy. Once a witch of the dead possessing the ability to speak with ghosts, Brynn has given up her powers after the loss of her husband, so now she has to cultivate some good, old-fashioned detective skills in order to uncover the identity of poor Constance’s killer.   ~ Auralee  Wallace

Auralee Wallace is the author of multiple novels, including the Otter Lake mystery series. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in English literature, and she worked in the publishing industry for a number of years before teaching at the college level. She lives in Ottawa with her family.

She can be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her website http://auraleewallace.com/.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of
TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS
Book 23 in the Tea Shop Mysteries
by Laura Childs


An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series.

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town.

As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman--except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS is book 23 in the Tea Shop Mysteries. 23? Wow! With a talent for writing I only wish I could possess, author Laura Childs has brewed a mystery as fresh as the first.

The way Ms. Childs continues to come up one clever mystery after the other, it’s a possibility she may be a criminal mastermind . . . of fiction! Just fiction. J

In TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS, author Childs has brought murder to the Christmas season and done so brilliantly. Discovering who caused the death of a grande dame, one who planned to leave her fortune to charities, seemed like an impossible task for our intrepid friends from Indigo Tea Shop. But find the killer they did. And for us, the readers, it was quite the ride watching this unfold from the first page to the last.

Get yourself a copy of TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS and begin your Christmas reading season!

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.




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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of
GOD REST YE, ROYAL GENTLEMEN
Book 15 in the Royal Spyness Mysteries
by Rhys Bowen


Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen.

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman in her lovely new home. She suggests to her dashing husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She has moved to a house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family, and wants to invite Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. Georgie had not known that Aunt Ermintrude was a former lady-in-waiting and close confidante of her royal highness. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests: Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky all head to Sandringham.

Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the Queen expects her to do a bit of spying. There is tension in the air from the get-go, and when Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange accidents at the estate recently. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target but her investigation will put her new husband and love of her life, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.


Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical mystery series as well as the #1Kindle bestseller In Farleigh Field, the international bestseller The Tuscan Child. and three other historical novels--including the newly released THE VENICE SKETCHBOOK. This story takes a young woman to Venice to discover her great aunt's secret life.

In Farleigh Field was nominated for the Edgar Award, won the Agatha award for best historical mystery as well as the MacAvity and Bruce Alexander Memorial Awards.

Rhys was born in Bath, England and educated at London University but now divides her time between California and Arizona. Her books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won twenty of them to date, including four Agathas.

She currently writes two historical mystery series, each very different in tone. The Molly Murphy mysteries feature an Irish immigrant woman in turn-of-the-century New York City. These books are multi-layered, complex stories with a strong sense of time and place and have won many awards including Agatha and Anthony. There are 17 books so far in this series plus three Kindle stories, The Amersham Rubies, Through the Window and The Face in the Mirror--a great way to introduce new readers to Molly's spunky personality.

Then there is Lady Georgie, Rhys's latest,and very popular, heroine. She's 35th in line to the throne of England, but she's flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression. These books are lighter and funnier than Molly's adventures. They poke gentle fun at the British class system--about which Rhys knows a lot, having married into an upper class family rather like Georgie's, with cousins with silly nicknames, family ghosts and stately homes. The thirteenth book in the series, Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, was published August 2019. Two books in the series have won the Agatha award for best historical mystery.

The series received the Readers Choice Award for favorite mystery series and Rhys was nominated for career achievement. It was also voted one of Goodreads top 10 cozy mysteries. The books have been translated into many languages and brought Rhys fans from around the world.

Her most recent achievement has been the big World War 2 stand-alone novels, In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child as well as The Victory Garden, a novel of WWi and Above the Bay of Angels--a young woman becomes a chef for Queen Victoria. They have enjoyed impressive sales world-wide and brought Rhys many new readers.

As a child Rhys spent time with relatives in Wales. Those childhood experiences colored her first mystery series, about Constable Evans in the mountains of Snowdonia. 10 books including the Edgar nominee Evan's Gate. She has lived in Austria, Germany and Australia, but has called California her home for many years. She now escapes to her home in Arizona during those cold California winters. When she's not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint and play the Celtic harp--and hear from her readers!




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