Saturday, September 14, 2019


I'm happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 3 in the Keepsake Cove Mysteries
by Mary Ellen Hughes

Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder
Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band's manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie's shop.
Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren't in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret―something Callie desperately needs to uncover.



LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Mary Ellen!

MEH: Thanks for having me, Lisa. This is one of my favorite places to be!

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

MEH: I am the author of eleven cozy mystery books. My latest, A CURIO KILLING, was just released and is the third of the Keepsake Cove series.

Keepsake Cove is a town-within-a-town that is full of specialty shops offering particular collectibles. My main character, Callie, owns House of Melody, a collectible music box shop, and she lives in a tiny, fairy-tale cottage behind it, both of which she inherited from an aunt. She shares the cottage with Jagger, a Russian Blue cat (also inherited), loves her new life but somehow gets involved with solving murders!

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about A CURIO KILLING?

MEH: Not a spoiler, but Callie’s ex-boyfriend, Hank, who she thought she’d shaken off months ago, shows up in Keepsake Cove as part of a band booked for the Cove’s spring festival. He falls into big trouble, and Callie is the only one who believes in his innocence enough to get him out of it… if she can.

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

MEH: I’ve sometimes gotten stuck, maybe midway through a book, but not exactly blocked. Usually talking it over with my husband or my critique group gives me the jump-start and ideas I need to move forward.

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

MEH: Sure! Broccoli, tread milling, and very bad movies. I’m willing to sacrifice, LOL!

LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

MEH: Yes! I’m knee-deep into writing a new book for a brand new series that will have a craft fair and knitting focus! A WICKED YARN will be written under a pen name, Emmie Caldwell, and should be published in the fall of 2020.

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

MEH: What kind of characters do you like to see in books? What storylines interest you the most? What should I fix for dinner tonight??

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

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

MEH: Thanks for having me, Lisa! It’s always fun to be here.


2 lucky readers will win a print copy of


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Winner will be chosen after September 19 at the end of the tour.

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


I have adored everything I have read by author Mary Ellen Hughes. The Keepsake Cove Mysteries are no exception. Since the first page of book one, A FATAL COLLECTION, I’ve been invested in the lives of the characters, the town, everything.

A CURIO KILLING was a fabulous read cover to cover. The characters have grown so much since the beginning. The excitement of the Spring Festival really drew me in. I had a longing to be walking down the streets lined with the quaint collectable shops.

The mystery element of this story was extremely well done. Ms. Hughes truly knows how to keep readers on the edge of our seats. I held my breath for a good deal of this story, and didn’t release it until the reveal.

A CURIO KILLING, indeed the entire Keepsake Cove series is a perfect example of what a true cozy series should be. Author Hughes doesn’t rely on “edginess” to make her mysteries pop. She stays true to the genre, and that means everything to me when reading a cozy mystery.


About Mary Ellen Hughes

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. The Keepsake Cove series begins with A Fatal Collection and continues with A VINTAGE DEATH and A CURIO KILLING.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. This sounds wonderful. Happy Saturday!

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A CURIO KILLING" by Mary Ellen Hughes. Enjoyed the interview with Mary. I agree with her on the things she would give up. Well maybe substitute brussel sprouts for the broccoli. :)

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. What a lovely setting for a cozy.

  4. Thank you so much for hosting me, Lisa. You're a great interviewer!

  5. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance.