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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Oh Holy Fright




Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
by Teresa Trent

About the Book


Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Self Published (October 31, 2018)
Number of Pages: 255
ASIN: B07JFNSC11

It's Christmas in Pecan Bayou, Texas. Join Betsy (aka The Happy Hinter) for a good old small-town Christmas complete with Christmas carols, over the top light displays, delicious food, loving friends and…a Christmas Creeper. One of the residents of Pecan Bayou has a secret and you'd better lock the door because that isn't Santa out there or even a stray elf. Enjoy spending Christmas with the town and family you've come to know in the Pecan Bayou Series.
Recipes and helpful hints included!

What I Thought:

It was nice to visit Pecan Bayou again, it has been a while since I visited.  I really enjoy reading this series and this one did not disappoint.  I like to read Christmas themed cozied at this time of the year and this one was a great Christmas themed cozy with good descriptions of all the festivities and traditions.  Betsey and her family are getting ready for the Christmas Celebration when there are a rash of burglaries, including the mail, and also a murder.  On top of judging light displays finding recipes and tips for her "Happy Hinter" column, Betsey has to help her dad, the police chief, solve these crimes before they ruin Christmas for everyone.  Again this was  a well written book that flowed well.  I really like the family dynamics of this series and how close Betsey is with her family and friends. The characters are all well written and very likable.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Teresa Trent writes humorous cozy mysteries that take place in the small towns of Texas. Her Pecan Bayou series features Betsy, the town's helpful hints columnist who seems to spend a lot of time getting out blood stains. Teresa's Piney Woods Series with Camel Press takes place in an East Texas hotel and features Nora, a redhead with an eye for crime.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wreath Between the Lines



Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
by Daryl Wood Gerber


About the Book


Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Beyond the Page (November 8, 2018)
Print Length: 221 pages
ASIN: B07GC4FJK4

The Agatha Award–winning author of Pressing the Issue returns to the Cookbook Nook, where Jenna Hart is busy decking the halls and ducking a killer . . .
The holidays are Jenna Hart’s favorite time of year, but just as she’s decorating the Cookbook Nook for all the festive events, her imperious older sister makes a surprise visit, anxious that her husband’s been more naughty than nice. To make matters worse, her father’s good friend Jake shows up on her doorstep with a frantic report that his friend has been murdered—trussed with Christmas lights and impaled with a tree star.
Worried that Jake was the intended victim, Jenna makes a list of suspects and checks it twice. Swapping her Santa’s hat for a sleuthing cap, she gets busy investigating Jake’s long-lost sister, his Grinch of a neighbor, and a stamp collector who covets Jake’s most treasured piece. When Jake himself is poisoned and nearly dies, Jenna knows she’ll have to do whatever it takes to corner the culprit before it’s lights out for Jake . . .
Includes tantalizing holiday recipes!

What I Thought:

I enjoy visiting the town of Crystal Cove and Jenna Hart, owner of the Cookbook Nook.  In this story it is Christmastime in Crystal Cove and an old friend of the family shows up saying a friend of his has been murdered.  Along with having to deal with a murder, Jenna's sister and her family are visiting for the holidays.  So Jenna has a lot on her plate. This book was as good as the other Cookbook Nook Mysteries that I have read.  Daryl's writing style is superb which makes the story flow well and kept me entertained throughout the book.  There were just enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.  I really enjoy the setting of this book and it was great visiting all the quirky characters that inhabit Crystal Cove.  I have not read the whole series yet, but I will eventually get to them all and hope that there will be more in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author




DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more.
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Avery’s Blog – http://www.averyaames.com

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Murder at Harbor Village





Murder at Harbor Village
by GP Gardner

About the Book


Murder at Harbor Village
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Lyrical Underground (November 13, 2018)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 1516109007
ISBN-13: 978-1516109005
Digital ASIN: B079WM9X29

Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .
It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.
When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .

What I Thought:

This is the first book in the Down by the Bay series and I thought it was a great start to a new series. I honestly do not remember ever reading a cozy set in Alabama, so this setting was a first for me.  The author gave some really good descriptions of the setting though.  The characters in this story were well developed and likable.  The protagonist, Cleo, has "retired" from her position of teaching social work to move to the retirement town of Fairhope, AL.  Cleo isn't sure she really wants to retire and when the director of senior living is found dead, Cleo is named acting director.  With the help of some of the retirees of the community, Cleo embarks on a mission of becoming and amateur sleuth to uncover the killer.  I thought this was an interesting read.  I enjoy reading about those of the "senior population" as their antics are usually quite funny.  The story flowed well and had a great plot.  I was stumped till the end of the book as to who the killer really was.  I really hope there are more in this series and this was a very entertaining read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


Born and raised in Alabama, G. P. Gardner earned BS and MA degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) and an MBA from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). She also attended the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she studied biopsychology and primatology. But her heart belongs to Talladega College—an HBCU and the first educational institution in Alabama to admit students without regard to race—where she taught business. Her writing life began with short stories, some of which were published in regional literary journals and some of which won prizes. She enjoys the classic mystery writers as well as contemporary whodunits but reads widely. She is a knitter and once owned a knit shop in Fairhope, AL. She studied mystery writing with Terry Cline, another Fairhope resident. Murder in Harbor Village is the first in her series about social worker Cleo Mack. You can visit her at gpgardner.com.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

A Vintage Death



A Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes


About the Book


A Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 0738752274
ISBN-13: 978-0738752273
Digital
ASIN: B0795RTP2B

As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who's come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.
Suspicion is cast on the victim's estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove's vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.


What I Thought:

This is the second installment in the Keepsake Cove Mystery Series.  In this one, Callie is settling into life as a resident of Keepsake cove after she inherits her murdered aunt's vintage music box store.  In this story, an author comes to town to do a book signing and stays at the local B & B.  When the B & B owner is found dead, stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors, his ex-wife, Dorothy, who owns the vintage sewing store is the prime suspect.  Callie and the author, Lyssa team up to prove Dorothy is not the killer.  The setting of this series if very charming and seems like a place that I would like to visit.  I enjoyed the plot of this book, it was well thought out and it made the story flow very well.  I love a good cozy that keeps me guessing to the very end, and this one sure did that.  I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author



Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at www.MaryEllenHughes.com.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Secluded Village Murders

The Secluded Village Murders

by Shelly Frome

on Tour November 1-15, 2018




Synopsis:

The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fatal early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It's labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions over Chris Cooper's death. For Emily, if Chris hadn't been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn't fit.

As Emily heads across the pond for a prescheduled tour of Lydfield's sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor, she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.




Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Published by: BQB Publishing

Publication Date: September 1st 2018

Number of Pages: 339

ISBN: 1945448202 (ISBN13: 9781945448201)

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What I Thought:

This one was a little different from what I normally read.  While this one had a good mystery, it was a little hard to follow and took me a while to get through.  I did like how the author set the book in two similar but very different locations and the characters were well developed.  Emily is a tour guide and when her mentor is found dead, the police deem it an accident, Emily knows he was murdered.  When she goes on a tour of  her Connecticut villages sister village in England, she realizes the killer is closer than she ever expected.  I would recommend giving yourself time to read this one, it isn't a book you can really sit down and read in one setting.  The plot was well thought out though and it was an entertaining book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.



Read an excerpt:


Picking up speed, she passed the rows of Victorian houses with their pilastered front porches and attached shutters in homage to last century’s Colonial Revival. She’d grown up here, always lived here except for college and her transatlantic jaunts. But at this moment, her village might as well be a scattering of old photos.

Before she knew it, the rain was beating down harder, her wiper blades barely able to keep up. Among the nagging questions flitting through her mind was how could Miranda Shaw have suddenly gotten wind of her leaking roof? Or did somebody just put her up to it, to get Chris rushing pell- mell in the rain so he would...

Emily eased her foot off the pedal, barely able to see through the downpour. She switched the wipers on high and kept her eyes on the road, intent on avoiding an accident.

Minutes later, she pulled into Miranda Shaw’s place at a slow but steady crawl. As she reached the circular drive, straining her eyes through the thwacking blades, she peered up two stories above the stone archway.

There she caught sight of the familiar gangly figure climbing higher toward the peak of an eight-sided turret. At a point where the grayish-blue slate, copper flashing, and a mullioned window merged, the figure suddenly became a shuddering blur.

Emily honked her horn, blasting as loud as she could. But it was too late. The figure flopped over and slid down the turret, glanced off the aluminum ladder and toppled like a broken doll.

***

Excerpt from The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome. Copyright © 2018 by Shelly Frome. Reproduced with permission from Shelly Frome. All rights reserved.





Author Bio:

Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Murder in Her Stocking






Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery)
by G. A. McKevett

About the Book


Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (October 30, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716264
ISBN-13: 978-1496716262
Digital ASIN: B079KTKPH2

As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s—back when she went by Stella, everyone’s hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. But murder never went out of style . . .
Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who cdrosses her bad side—and this season, there are plenty. First an anonymous grinch vandalizes a celebrated nativity display. Far worse, the scandalous Prissy Carr is found dead in an alley behind a tavern. With police puzzled over the murder, Stella decides to stir the local gossip pot for clues on the culprit’s identity . . .
Turns out Prissy held a prominent spot on the naughty list, and suspects pile up like presents on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, the more progress Stella makes, the more fears she must confront. With a neighbor in peril and the futures of her beloved grandchildren at risk, Stella must somehow set everything straight and bring a cunning criminal to justice before December 25th . . .

What I Thought:

This is a prequel to the Savannah Reid Mysteries and was a very wonderful holiday read.  In this one, it is the 1980s, and close to Christmas.  We meet Granny Reid (Stella), Savannah and her six siblings. The town of McGill's Nativity is vandalized, by someone close to Granny, and a local woman, Prissy Carr, is found dead behind the tavern.  Granny decides to help the police out by digging up some local gossip about Prissy. This was a very well written novel and it was endearing the way Granny takes her seven impoverished grandchildren under her wing.  The author did a good job developing a young Savannah and her siblings.  The family dynamic in this novel was excellent.  The mystery was also well thought out with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end.  Granny is a wonderful character and just as good a sleuth as Savannah herself.  I hope there are more Granny Reid mysteries in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


G.A. McKevett is the author of the acclaimed Savannah Reid mystery series. Also writing under the name Sonja Massie, she has authored over 60 books ranging from cozy mysteries to historical romances, to nonfiction works on the history of Ireland. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and incisive observations on human nature. Irish by ancestry, she has lived in Toronto, Ireland, and Los Angeles, but now resides in New York.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

House of Ashes




House of Ashes: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
by Loretta Marion

About the Author


House of Ashes: A Haunted Bluffs Mystery
Supernatural Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (November 13, 2018)
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1683318439
ISBN-13: 978-1683318439
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A family patriarch’s dying proclamation, an enigmatic disappearance, and a century-old curse converge in the shadows of a majestic home on Cape Cod’s craggy coast.
Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.
Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?




What I Thought:


This was a little different that what I normally read, and it kind of reminded me of some of the gothic, suspense books I used to read.  This one was very well written, and I really enjoyed the authors writing style.  In this one, Cassie lives in a fourth-generation home and is on the verge of losing her majestic home to debt.  Some say there is a curse on the home and that it is haunted.  When a young couple wanders onto the property and then vanishes, with no clue to there identity. As Cassie starts looking for the young couple she starts uncovering many family secrets.  This one had many twists and turns that left me guessing.  The characters were compelling and well developed.  I also enjoyed the family dynamic of this one.  Even though this wasn't what I am used to reading it was an excellent read.  I look forward to reading more from this author.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


An author of fiction, Loretta Marion’s writing bridges the genres of mystery and suspense and women’s fiction, always with hints of romance and humor, sometimes delving into the psychological and paranormal. She creates strong but flawed and struggling characters as appealing as the rich atmospheric settings in which the stories take place.
Loretta is a true bibliophile and has loved reading and creating with words since she was a young girl. And that affection for the written word followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she put pen to paper crafting marketing and advertising copy, educational brochures, and newsletters. But her passion for writing fiction evolved from the unlikely world of hospice. As a volunteer, she set out to establish a Legacy Story program to honor and preserve the rich heritage of the fascinating people who were soon to leave this world. The meaningful experience inspired her to create her own interesting characters and stories. Her debut novel, The Fool's Truth, was a twisty and suspenseful mystery with whispers of romance. Her newest novel, HOUSE OF ASHES – A Haunted Bluffs Mystery, is the first in a series published by Crooked Lane Books.
Though born and raised in the Midwest, Loretta fell in love with New England and has made it the setting for much of her writing. When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador” (Corgi-Labrador cross). (www.LorettaMarion.com)
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HOUSE OF ASHES EXCERPTS


 


EXCERPT 1:


Eighty years ago ~ Whale Rock, Massachusetts ~ Cape Cod Bay Friday, December 13th


 


     Percival Mitchell balled up the tele gram and threw it into the blazing tavern fire. It had arrived that morning, but he’d yet to share the devastating news with his wife. He needed some Dutch courage before he found the words to tell Celeste that now the last of their three boys had been killed. “A shot of Old Crow, Lloyd,” he said to the barkeep, then downed it, glad for the punishing burn in his throat. He’d loved all his sons, but the youngest, Ambrose, had been most like him, with a love of the sea and a desire to see the world.  They’d struck a deal: Ambrose would enlist in the Navy, but after three years’ time he would return to Whale Rock and assume his rightful place at the helm of the family business. Yet only weeks later, while Ambrose was stationed in China on the USS Panay, there’d been a surprise attack by the Japanese on his ship. The attack was allegedly a mistake, and the USS Panay just an unfortunate target— but what consolation would that be to Celeste, who had already lost her other two sons?


     Lloyd poured Percy a second shot, but before the glass was touched, a commotion broke out in the main street of Whale Rock. The fire bell was ringing, and someone yelled in through the tavern door, “There’s a fire up on the north end! Battersea Bluffs. We need all the hands we can get!”


     “No, it can’t be,” Percy whispered. The Bluffs was his home. He leapt from the barstool and ran for the street, bumping into a stranger as he passed through the tavern door. The man’s eyes were ominously familiar to him, but with more pressing concerns, there was no time to bring to memory why. He had to get home to Celeste. It sickened him to see the flames as his Ford pickup rounded the top of Lavender Hill. How hard he and Celeste had worked to build this house, a grand Victorian with a widow’s walk and a proud front porch facing out to sea. Fire trucks were already there, and men he’d known these many years were working hard to contain the blaze to the southwest corner— Celeste’s beloved kitchen and keeping room.  Others had the presence of mind to remove some treasured possessions, which he saw scattered on the lawn.


     As he ran toward the house, it came to him who the stranger in the tavern had been, and later one of the firefighters would recount that Percy had screamed: “Damn that lighterman’s curse. Damn you to hell, Robert Toomey!” Nobody was quick enough to keep Percy Mitchell from entering the inferno. Moments later he emerged, his clothing and hair afire, carrying a charred human form. Any man would have been delirious from the pain, but as the firefighters looked on in shocked disbelief, Percy walked with a purposeful bearing and a swift gait toward the bluffs. A few men chased after their friend, but before anyone could stop him, Percy reached the ledge and cried out, “I am not finished!”


     And then, with his already dead wife in his arms, he hurled them both into Cape Cod Bay.




Sunday, November 4, 2018

Drop Dead Ornaments




Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston


About the Book


Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Self Published
Print Length: 209 pages
ASIN: B07GMZ2H4B

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.
At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.
Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?



What I Thought:

This is the first book I have read in the Anastasia Polk Crafting Mystery Series.  While this one can be read as a stand-alone, I wish I would have read others in the series, especially as this on leaves off where the last in the series finished.  In this one, Anastasia is helping her older son, Alex and his girlfriend Sophie with a community service project for their senior class.  Anastasia meets Sophie's father, Shane, whom she is skeptical about and feels he is hiding something.  When a lady that Anastasia notices was spying on a conversation between her and Shane turns up dead, Shane is the main suspect is arrested for the murder, Sophie and Alex beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but she doesn't want to because she promised her younger son and she has had enough of murder, but she also doesn't want to let down her older son.  I enjoyed this story and was not really that lost as I haven't read others the series.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed well.  There were many twists and turns in this story, and I enjoyed all the quirky characters in the story as well.  I was totally baffled as to who the killer was and was left guessing to the very end.  While this the first I have read in this series, I hope it is not my last.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author


About the Author
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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