Book Spotlight: A DEADLY EDITION by Victoria Gilbert


A Deadly Edition: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert

About A Deadly Edition

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books 

Release Date: December 8, 2020

Hardcover: 368 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1643854762

Kindle ASIN: B085N3KN7L


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“‘Til death do us part’ could be closer than the bride realizes in Victoria Gilbert’s tantalizing fifth Blue Ridge Library mystery.”

The pursuit to acquire a rare illustrated book turns deadly, and on the eve of her upcoming wedding, library director Amy Webber is drawn into a web of treachery and betrayal that could derail her happy day–and maybe just claim her life.

Planning a wedding can be murder–sometimes literally. At a party celebrating their upcoming nuptials, Taylorsford, Virginia library director Amy Webber and her fiancé Richard Muir discover the body of art dealer Oscar Selvaggio–a bitter rival of their host, Kurt Kendrick.

Both had been in a heated battle to purchase a rare illustrated volume created by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, so suspicion immediately falls upon Kurt. Amy knows that Kurt has a closet-full of skeletons from his past–but she can’t believe he’s guilty of murder.

Amidst an avalanche of wedding preparations, Amy begins an investigation with the help of her aunt Lydia Talbot and the new mayor of Taylorsford, Sunshine “Sunny” Fields. Much to Lydia’s dismay, her boyfriend, art expert Hugh Chen, becomes convinced of Kurt’s guilt and launches an investigation of his own. As the case hits painfully close to home, the stakes become impossibly high–and the danger all too real.


About Victoria Gilbert

Raised in a historic small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.


Victoria writes the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, the Booklover’s B&B series, and the upcoming Hunter and Clewe traditional mystery series for Crooked Lane Books. She has also published fantasy with Snowy Wings Publishing.

A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel. She lives near Winston-Salem, NC with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

Author Links

Website (includes blog): http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/

Blue Ridge Library Mystery series:

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Guest Post: Vicki Delany – TEA & TREACHERY

Happy Monday, book people. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got some reading done. It seems as if COVID-19 is going to be with us for a little while longer, so I’ve been traveling vicariously through the stories I’ve been reading lately. I’ve visited Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Boston (man, do I miss Boston; I lived there many, many years ago). I’m pleased to welcome Vicki Delany as today’s guest host and she’ll be whisking us off to Cape Cod (another place I miss visiting IRL). I hope you’ll enjoy her introduction to the Cape and her new Tea by the Sea series starting with Tea & Treachery. Thank you, Ms. Delany, for stopping by this morning and evoking some fond memories of Cape Cod for me. 




Escape to the Seaside! By Vicki Delany



When I started writing the new Tea by the Sea series for Kensington, I had no doubt at all as to where I’d set the books. Cape Cod. 

After all, what would be nicer than visiting a tea room called Tea by the Sea or staying in a B&B named Victoria-on-Sea? Cozy mysteries are largely about escape. We read cozies because they provide a break from our normal lives, particularly in stressful times such as these. If you’re not able to get away this year to your favorite holiday location, you can at least go in the pages of a book. And what better than an escape to the sea, to stay in a beautiful historical mansion, enjoy afternoon tea, and forget all about viruses, and social distancing, and missing friends and family. 
  
I myself live nowhere near the sea but I love visiting for the drama of the ocean. The beaches on a calm day, the tide pools teeming with life, the wild storms. All of which, of course, provides an author with a marvelous background for descriptions and for creating atmosphere in a book. I have found that people like reading books set in places they have visiting for vacation. I know I do:  it helps to bring back those fond memories. 

The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, which I also write, are set on a different part of Cape Cod, in the Lower Cape near the town of Chatham, on both the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound. I moved the Tea by the Sea series further north, to the Outer Cape, and put the tea room and the B&B just outside the town of North Augusta. North Augusta is fictional, but it’s located (supposedly) near North Truro, looking west over Cape Cod Bay.


At five to six, Éclair and I made our daily commute across the yard toward the house. The property is perched on the west side of the long curving peninsula that makes up the Outer Cape section of Cape Cod, overlooking Cape Cod Bay toward the mainland. The sun doesn’t rise over the water, but the morning view is still spectacular when the long rays of light creep slowly across the bay. There was no wind this morning, and the surface of the water was as smooth and shiny as the surface of the glass tray we served breakfast muffins on. By Cape Cod standards, we’re pretty high here, about a hundred and twenty-five feet above sea level, giving me a nice view of the morning’s activity on the bay. Working fishing boats, charters, and sailboats dotted the calm blue water. In a few hours the whale-watching boats would pass by, heading for the top of the Cape and the open ocean and the animals’ feeding grounds. I stood at the edge of the bluffs, and leaned on the fence protecting walkers from the sharp drop-off. I breathed the sea air and felt the soft, salty wind caress my face, while Éclair ran in circles, sniffing at the ground. I could think of no better place to start the day. Whenever I began to regret leaving Manhattan, I came here, stood still, and simply breathed. 


Tea and Treachery by Vicki Delany. Copyright © 2020 by Vicki Delany. 
Published by Kensington Books. All Rights Reserved.


I hope you’re able to join me this summer on Cape Cod Bay and simply breathe.





Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)

by Vicki Delany


About Tea & Treachery



Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725069
ISBN-13: 978-1496725066
Digital ASIN: B07ZPKGT3R



In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .



As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business.



Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose’s property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can’t let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford’s been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it’s down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag.



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About Vicki Delany


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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.


Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.


Author Links

Website –  www.vickidelany.com

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Twitter:  @vickidelany and@evagatesauthor

Instagram: vickidelany



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Guest Post: Jennifer S Alderson – DEATH BY WINDMILL


We made it to another Friday, my bookish divas and divos. YAY! I’ve always wanted to travel the world and realized at a young age that I could do just that through reading. Although my actual travels have been somewhat limited, today’s guest travels extensively IRL and virtually in her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, including the latest Death by Windmill, Jennifer S. Alderson. Ms. Alderson will be giving us a “behind-the-scenes” look into the development of her travel series as well as providing us with a glimpse into Death by Windmill. Divas and divos, I turn the blog over to Ms. Jennifer Alderson. 



My Agatha Christie Challenge and the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries by Jennifer S. Alderson



“Agatha Christie said that most murders were committed for one of four reasons: jealousy, greed, a desire for power, and revenge.” –  excerpt from Death on the Danube

When I began writing the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series, I decided to use Agatha Christie’s four reasons for committing murder as the motives my killers would use to justify their actions.

Like many mystery authors, Agatha Christie was an early favorite of mine. My mother had all of her books and, after I had worked my way through the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I read all of them!

When I was writing book one of my new travel cozy series, Death on the Danube, mentioning Christie’s theory about murder fit naturally into a scene at the spa. And in book two, comparisons between Christie’s poisonous plants garden in Torquay and the one my tourists were visiting in Paris, were also easy to make.

Though I am by no means trying to emulate her style in this series, I thought it would be a fun challenge to work a reference to Agatha Christie into each of my own mysteries. 

However, when I began writing this book set in Amsterdam, I wasn’t able to find a clear link between Christie and the Netherlands and feared that was the end of my experiment. Until I discovered a local establishment, the Pulitzer’s Bar, creates a special themed-cocktail menu each year – and in 2020 the twelve drinks are based on characters in Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Problem solved!

Death by Bagpipes, book four in the Travel Can Be Murder series is set in Edinburgh. From my preliminary research, I won’t have much trouble finding a way to mention Agatha in this one!

In this short excerpt from Death by Windmill, Lana and her tour group are visiting Pulitzer’s Bar:



Lana had not been looking forward to the tour of the Rijksmuseum this morning, but it ended up being the perfect distraction from her current troubles. However, by the time they were finished with the drawing lesson, dark thoughts had taken over again, leaving her feeling restless and distracted.

She followed her group in a daze as they traversed the cobblestoned streets of Amsterdam. Bikes, pedestrians, delivery trucks, and cars all fought for space on the narrow strips of road running parallel to the many canals crisscrossing the city. After almost getting run over by an angry bicyclist, Lana pushed her thoughts aside and focused on getting herself and her group to Pulitzer’s Bar in one piece.

Randy led them to the upscale bar on the Keizersgracht. The elegant space was divided into several small rooms, almost like a home, and each was decorated as if the owner had just stepped out. The art deco furnishings and fixtures made it a timeless and relaxing space.

Her group settled around several small tables in what could have once been the living room. Luckily most were getting along well enough that all she and Randy had to do was take their orders, then sit back and relax. Lana was grateful; her mind was racing through her list of suspects on an unending loop that she couldn’t switch off.

She chuckled when she saw the bar’s cocktail menu was inspired by characters in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Each of the twelve suspects in her mystery had a drink dedicated to them. Lana waffled between “The Gangster” or “The Conductor,” ultimately settling for “The Maid” when she noticed lemon sherbet was one of the ingredients.

The drink list made Lana think of her own group—the cleaner, retiree, personal assistant, social influencer, writer, and advertising executive. What would her suspects’ drinks be made of?






Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam

(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson



About Death by Windmill




Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Independently published (May 16, 2020)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8646330070
Digital ASIN: B0843K7HNQ


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A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…



Wanderlust Tours guide Lana Hansen and her mother, Gillian, haven’t seen eye to eye in over a decade, ever since Lana was wrongly fired from her job as an investigative reporter. So when Lana’s boss invites Gillian to join her upcoming Mother’s Day tour to the Netherlands, Lana is less than pleased.



What could be worse than spending ten days with her estranged mother? Lana is about to find out…



The tour begins on a high note when the majority of guests bond during their visit to the Keukenhof flower gardens and a cruise around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam.



Despite her initial reservations, Lana thinks this might be the best group she had ever led. Until she discovers one of her guests—a recent retiree named Priscilla—is the person who destroyed her career in journalism.



All Lana can see is red. But circumstances dictate that she figure out a way to lead the tour, make peace with her mother, and not murder her guest. She doesn’t know whether she can handle the pressure.



Lana needn’t worry. Shortly after their fight, Priscilla falls off the balcony of a historic windmill at Zaanse Schans. Was she pushed or simply careless? The investigating officers suspect murder—and topping their suspect list is Lana’s mom!



Can Lana save Gillian? Or will her mother end up spending the rest of her days in a Dutch prison?




About Jennifer S. Alderson




Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she moved to Darwin, Australia, before settling in the Netherlands. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. When not writing, she can be found in a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning mystery series—the Zelda Richardson Mysteries and Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries—and standalone stories.


Author Links

Website: http://www.jennifersalderson.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JSAauthor

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/JenniferSAlderson

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Book Spotlight: LARCENY AT THE LIBRARY by Colleen Shogan


Larceny at the Library (A Washington Whodunit)

by Colleen Shogan


About Larceny at the Library



Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Epicenter Press (July 14, 2020)
Print Length: 202 pages
ISBN-13: 9781603818353
ASIN: B0863MN6TP



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Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is excited to attend a historic event displaying the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated at the Library of Congress. The next day, a senior librarian is dead and several invaluable artifacts are missing. Kit’s husband Doug discovers the body and immediately becomes a suspect in the death and theft. Kit springs into action once again to figure out who is responsible for the crimes. Her sleuthing takes her to the DC Public Library, the National Portrait Gallery, Ford’s Theatre, and the most ornate, beautiful rooms at the Library of Congress. At the end, Kit must put her own life on the line to retrieve her most valuable possession, which goes unexpectedly missing as she hunts down the killer.



About Colleen J. Shogan

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association.


Colleen is a member of Sisters in Crime. Stabbing in the Senate was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. Homicide in the House was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. Calamity at the Continental Club was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.



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Twitter – https://twitter.com/cshogan276

Website – www.colleenshogan.com

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Guest Post: Victoria Gilbert — BOOKED FOR DEATH


Hello, book people and welcome to the weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to take a vacation, or rather a staycation given the current pandemic. Is there any place better for a booklover to stay than a literary-themed bed-and-breakfast even if it is only by visiting through turning the pages of Booked for Death, the first book in the Booklover’s B&B series by Victoria Gilbert, acclaimed author of the Blue Ridge Library series? I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Ms. Gilbert as she gives a bit of background into this new series. Thank you, Ms. Gilbert, for taking time away from your writing and librarian duties to visit with us today.



Going Medieval to Celebrate a Mystery Novel


Chapters, the inn featured in the Booklover’s B&B series, is a literary-themed bed-and-breakfast located in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. The current owner and manager, 42-year-old widow Charlotte Reed, inherited the B&B, its extensive private library, and its tradition of celebrating authors and books, from her great-aunt Isabella. Continuing the tradition, Charlotte regularly hosts weeklong literary-themed events, complete with special dinners, cocktail parties, book discussions, and other related activities.

Although the original portion of Chapters was built in the early eighteenth-century, it still isn’t as old as the recipes Charlotte researches to create a semi-realistic rendition of a medieval banquet. Celebrating Golden Age mystery author, Josephine Tey, Charlotte plans to highlight one of Tey’s most famous novels, The Daughter of Time. An examination of Richard III through the sleuthing of Tey’s brilliant 20th-century detective, Inspector Alan Grant, the book questions whether Richard III actually killed his nephews, the ill-fated “Princes in the Tower.”.

To honor this book, Charlotte asks her freelance chef, Damian Carr, to create a menu for a dinner and costume party based on 15th-century sources. However, she’s realistic about modern diners’ acceptance of some typical medieval banquet dishes, like peacock or swan, and settles on roasted boar instead. She also has Damian serve fish (pike) as well as roasted root vegetables, and an orange ginger cake, among other things.

This meal, although harkening back to the time period, is a far cry from an actual 15th-century banquet. For example, for the coronation of Richard III in 1483, there were three set courses, consisting of fifteen dishes each! (In fact, the feast ran so long, the third course was never served). No modern meal can compete, and the party at Chapters attempts merely to imitate, not replicate such excess. But Charlotte’s dinner party still ends with quite a bang—when one of the guests turns up murdered!

For some idea of what a real 15th-century banquet might have looked like, here’s an image from the time period, depicting a lavish banquet in France. 



And just for fun, here’s an image from the “Rous Roll,” an illustrated chronicle created by fifteenth-century historian and priest John Rous. The chronicle was possibly commissioned by Richard III’s queen, Anne Neville, and it contains one of the only known contemporary portraits of Anne. This image actually inspires one of the costumes worn by a guest in Booked for Death—Queen Anne’s rose pink and ermine gown and robe.



I admit that I enjoy including historical references and elements in my contemporary novels. I also like to celebrate the great authors who’ve written the many l books I love to read. 

Do you enjoy reading about a particular period in history? Please comment below to share your favorite time periods, as well as some of your favorite classic mystery authors. 




Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert

About Booked for Death



Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643853074
ISBN-13: 978-1643853079
Digital ASIN: B07XX7PHTV


From the critically acclaimed author of SIBA Okra Pick A Murder for the Books, Victoria Gilbert embarks with a new series for perfect for fans of Kate Carlisle and Juliet Blackwell.



A book lover’s B&B in an idyllic waterfront village becomes the scene of a grisly murder—and a ruthless battle between treachery and the truth.



Nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Chapters Bed-and-Breakfast is a reader’s paradise. Built in 1770, the newly renovated inn hosts a roster of special events celebrating books, genres, and authors. It’s the perfect literary retreat—until a rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house during a celebration of Golden Age mystery author Josephine Tey.



The victim’s daughter points the finger at forty-two-year-old widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed, who inherited the B&B from her great-aunt Isabella. Charlotte is shocked to discover that the book dealer suspected Isabella of being a thief who founded Chapters on her ill-gotten gains. Charlotte has successfully learned the B&B business in a year, but nothing has prepared her to handle a death on the premises.



Armed with intelligence and courage and assisted by her vibrant older neighbor, a visiting author, and members of a local book club, Charlotte is determined to prove her innocence and to clear her great-aunt’s name. But the murderer is still at large, and equally determined to silence anyone who might discover the truth behind the book dealer’s death. Now, Charlotte must outwit an unknown killer—or end up writing her own final chapter.



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About Virginia Gilbert




Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina. Author of the Blue Ridge Library series, Booked for Death is the first in her Booklover’s B&B Mystery series.


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Book Spotlight: DON’T MAKE A SOUND by T.R. Ragan


Don’t Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks)

by T.R. Ragan


About Don’t Make A Sound



Don’t Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks)
Psychological Thriller
1st in Series
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 1, 2020)
Paperback: 287 pages
ISBN-10: 1542093872
ISBN-13: 978-1542093873
Digital ASIN: B07S4MFSFG


Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.



Plagued by traumatic childhood memories, crime reporter Sawyer Brooks still struggles to gain control of her rage, her paranoia, and her life. Now, after finally getting promoted at work, she is forced to return home and face her past.



River Rock is where she’d been abandoned by her two older sisters to suffer alone, and in silence, the unspeakable abuses of her family. It’s also where Sawyer’s best friend disappeared and two teenage girls were murdered. Three cold cases dead and buried with the rest of the town’s secrets.



When another girl is slain in a familiar grisly fashion, Sawyer is determined to put an end to the crimes. Pulled back into the horrors of her family history, Sawyer must reconcile with her estranged sisters, who both have shattering memories of their own. As Sawyer’s investigation leads to River Rock’s darkest corners, what will prove more dangerous—what she knows of the past or what she has yet to discover?


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About T.R. Ragan



New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author T.R. Ragan has sold more than three million books since her debut novel appeared in 2011. She is the author of the Faith McMann trilogy (Furious, Outrage, and Wrath); the Lizzy Gardner series (Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies) ; and the Jessie Cole novels (Her Last Day, Deadly Recall, Deranged, and Buried Deep). In addition to thrillers, she writes medieval time-travel tales, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense as Theresa Ragan. An avid traveler, her wanderings have led her to China, Thailand, and Nepal. Theresa and her husband, Joe, have four children and live in Sacramento, California. To learn more, visit her website at theresaragan.com.


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Guest Post: Heather Day Gilbert – NO FILTER



Moving is never easy and moving back to your hometown may be one of the hardest things ever. Trust me on this one, I did it 13 years ago. There were a few downsides to moving back to West Virginia after living in cities like Boston MA and Atlanta GA, but one of the best things I found was the city of Lewisburg, with its fantastic Chocolate Festival in the spring and Literary Festival in the late summer. This small town was actually voted coolest small town in America just a few years ago, so a cafe like Barks & Beans from the cozy mystery series that includes No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert would fit right in with the town’s ambiance. You might not be able to visit Lewisburg, West Virginia at the moment, but I invite you to visit via the pages of No Filter with Macy Hatfield and her brother, Bo. Today, Bo is taking some time off from running his cafe and solving mysteries to visit with us. Without further adieu, I give you Boaz “Bo” Hatfield of Barks & Beans Cafe.

Character Guest Post

by Bo (Boaz) Hatfield of the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert

I recently moved back to my small hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia, after cashing out and retiring early from my vice president position at Coffee Mass, a coffee bean importing company in California.

My younger sister, Macy, thought I’d lost my mind when I told her what I did. After all, I’m only forty-one, and I had everything I could’ve wanted in California…a beautiful house, great car, and a beautiful fiancée, Tara.

Had being the keyword. I had a beautiful fiancée.

Tara split up with me, for reasons I won’t go into, but suffice it to say, none of them were grounded in the truth. I couldn’t handle working alongside her on a daily basis, so I sold my house and car and moved back to work on my great aunt Athaleen’s house—the one Macy and I grew up in because our parents died when I was only six.

My sister was coming off a divorce from her husband Jake—a guy I wish she’d never married in the first place. She was living in South Carolina and hating it. Macy was a born mountain girl—she needed to feel the grass under her feet and have dogs around her. She’d had to give up dogs for the rental house she and Jake had shared.

So I cooked up a plan that would allow Macy and me to work together. I renovated the front section of Auntie A’s huge house, turning half of it into a cafe. The other half was transformed into an area that was dog-proof, with a run going into a fenced yard outdoors.

We would call our new business the Barks & Beans Cafe. I planned to run the coffee shop—training baristas, ordering the best beans—and Macy would run the dog section, working with the local animal shelter to bring dogs in for customers to pet on their coffee breaks. It was a marriage of the things we both enjoyed most in life, plus it would enrich the town by providing opportunities for dogs to get adopted.

Once Macy agreed to be my business partner, she moved back into Auntie A’s house (I moved down the road from her). It didn’t take long to hire employees and get the cafe up and running. Things were going smoothly until Macy’s newly-adopted Great Dane, Coal, was dognapped…and things started spiraling out of control the more we tried to track down who was behind it.

Join us in our race to stop a callous murderer in No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series.

No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About No Filter


No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.
Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.
When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.
Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over

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About Heather Day Gilbert


HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like her amateur sleuth heroines, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie, playing video games, dogs, and coffee.

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Book Spotlight: A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP by Abby Collette

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Deadly Inside Scoop


A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 12, 2020)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099664
ISBN-13: 978-0593099667
Digital ASIN: B07WJF48NC

This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.
Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family’s ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she’s going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.
To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It’s not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she’ll catch the ice-cold killer before she has a meltdown…

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Extra — Recipe:

By Abby L. Vandiver

Ice cream is good any time of the year. And Win, the main character in my new book, A Deadly Inside Scoop, knows that’s true even though the day of her grand re-opening is the same day as a snowstorm. As a millennial, she believes her determination, her background working in an ad agency and her social media savvy will get the luscious, mouthwatering frozen concoctions she makes at Crewse Creamery into the mitten and gloved-clad hands of her customers. To do it, she knows she needs to make ice cream that’s so good, even the cold, unpredictable weather of northeast Ohio can’t stop customers from coming in. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in every book, good yummy ice cream—oh yeah, and of course murder! And in the back—recipes! Here’s one to try at home.

Enjoy!

CHAGRIN FALLS PUMPKIN ROLL PUMPKIN SPICE ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

1¾ cups milk
¾ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
⅔ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
⅛ tsp. nutmeg
⅛ tsp. ground cloves
⅛ tsp. ground allspice
2 cups heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree with the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

Add the milk, heavy cream sugar and vanilla to the bowl, and then beat using an electric mixer until the mixture becomes smooth, about two minutes.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. Place in a covered freezer-safe container for at least two hours.

About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. Born and raised in Cleveland, it’s even a mystery to her why she has yet to move to a warmer place. Author of the two Southern cozy mystery series Logan Dickerson Mysteries featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian who is always digging up trouble, and the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, set in East Texas, it pairs a medical examiner and her feisty auntie who owns a funeral home and is always ready to solve a whodunnit. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and spending time with her grandchildren, each of which are her favorite.

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Book Blast: WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING by Ang Pompano



Book Blast – When It’s Time for Leaving

by Ang Pompano



About When It’s Time For Leaving



When It’s Time for Leaving
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Encircle Publications, LLC (October 1, 2019)
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-10: 1948338920
ISBN-13: 978-1948338929
Digital ASIN: B07TYQ8PDL


When his girlfriend dumps him and a dealer nearly rams him off a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. Just as he plans to head for LA, he finds out the father who left when he was a kid has deeded him the Blue PalmettoDetective Agency in Georgia.

Al goes down to Savannah intending to sell fast and go west, but before he can, he discovers a strong, attractive detective named Maxine, a dead body on the dock—and his father, alive, suffering from dementia, and determined to help his “new partner Al” solve the crime. Al has a lot of adjusting to do when his traditional ideas are challenged as he has to act as his father’s caretaker, and finds that Maxine is his superior in the agency that he “owns.” When his father goes missing, Al and Max must team up to save his father—and capture the murderer.



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    Ang Pompano’s debut novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, is a corker. Thoroughly likable former cop, Al DeSantis, wants to get out of the crime business but inherits one that, fortunately for readers, won’t let him go. — Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR



    In When It’s Time for Leaving, debut mystery author Ang Pompano has created the most unusual and appealing duo of detectives since Holmes and Watson. —Lucy Burdette, national bestselling author of A DEADLY FEAST



    Author Ang Pompano serves up the PI for the double 20s. Al DeSantis is a classic, damaged gumshoe but with a youthful energy that pulls you through the pages. —Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and winner 2019 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction



    Crime fiction has boasted some famous fathers and sons, from Inspector Richard Queen and his son Ellery to Jim Rockford and his dad Rocky. Add to that list the unforgettable duo of Al DeSantis and Big Al—building on that tradition but with some provocative twists. Ang Pompano’s first novel proves tough-minded and warm-hearted in equal measure. A fine, multi-layered debut.—Art Taylor 2019 Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Derringer Award winner



    When it’s Time for Leaving is a crime thriller that delivers an atmospheric tale packed with action, suspense and some surprising twists. Pompano is a skilled storyteller who offers readers a complex mystery of chases, confrontation, and introspection. The tale he weaves is, indeed a well-crafted murder mystery, set in a turbulent sea of emotions and populated with multifaceted characters. ­­­ —James Terry reviewer The Paladin Project



    I like mystery/thrillers.  This one is heavy on the mystery and very little thriller aspect. It is an enjoyable sometimes snarky read that made me smile. The main characters were so well written I felt like I knew them. The mystery itself was wrapped in mystery as we got to know the individuals and the hidden nuances of small towns. It was almost like watching (albeit reading) a 50/60 movie. I personally wanted the ending to share with everyone who was guilty. Have to leave it there, no spoilers. Thank you for the arc!  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited. —Cheryl M, Net Galley Reviewer



    A really good and surprising mystery. The characters are great and feel like friends. I loved the snarky humor. I will definitely read more by this author. —Leah H, Net Galley Reviewer



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    . . . a compelling detective mystery, with a bit of romance and lots of action and suspense. It is very well written, the plot is well intertwined and the pace is flowing.

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    This was a good mystery, with rough around edges characters . . . I really enjoyed this mystery . . .  

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    Pompano’s flawed detective is fun to watch. He’s tough with the bad guys, but when dealing with his father and the gal next store, he’s totally lost. There are moments of humor; others of sadness.  

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    When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano is a traditional PI mystery that had me intrigued from the first page . . . I enjoyed the mystery and thought it was a good debut novel.  

    ~Brooke Blogs


    About Ang Pompano


    Ang Pompano has been writing mysteries for more than twenty years. His mystery novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING will be published on October 1, 2019, by Encircle Publications. His short stories have been published in many award-winning anthologies, including the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, PARNELL HALL PRESENTS MALICE DOMESTIC: MURDER MOST EDIBLE. His newest story, “Stringer” will appear in SEASCAPE: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. In addition, he has written many academic pieces including one on teaching detective fiction. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he is a past recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America Scholarship for a novel in progress. He has been on the New England Crime Bake Planning Committee for fourteen years and is a long-time board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, an artist, and his two rescue dogs, Quincy and Dexter.


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    Guest Post: Elena Taylor – ALL WE BURIED


    Hello, my bookish divas and divos. I hope you’re all staying safe at home during these trying times. For those of you that are still out working, first, thank you for your service and second please stay safe! 


    If you’re anything like me, you probably wonder just how much research an author puts into their books whether it’s historical fiction, suspense, or a police procedural. I’m especially curious about research into the latter category if the author has never been in law enforcement because I have a brother and several relatives in law enforcement and I know that the public never truly knows what goes on behind-the-scenes (sometimes it is for the protection of the public — we don’t really NEED to know everything that’s going on — and sometimes it is for the protection of the innocent or even law enforcement and they often deserve the consideration!). Today, I’m pleased to welcome Elena Taylor, author of the newly released All We Buried, who will be discussing her thoughts on research from the perspective as a crime writer. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for stopping by today and sharing with us. I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will be putting All We Buried on my TBR list!




    A Crime Writer’s Thoughts on Research


    Research is one of my favorite aspects of writing a novel. I love to research before and during the writing process. 

    There are multiple areas to research for any given novel. Some of the ones I enjoy the most are: location and homicide investigation/police procedure.

    Location

    What makes location so much fun is it can include travel and onsite research along with internet searches and travel books.

    My first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, is set in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham, a small college town near the Canadian border, is about a ninety-minute drive from my house, so it was easy to drive up and visit.

    I’ve gone in search of the best places to get a margarita and where to hide a dead body. I also sent my private eye on vacation for book three because I couldn’t justify too many murders in a town that rarely sees more than one murder a year, and got to do similar research in the charming, tourist town of Leavenworth, Washington. 

    With All We Buried, I got to pick a new location for the novel. Hoping it’s the start of a series, I decided to set it in a fictional town that I can continue to discover and develop in future books. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do onsite research. 

    Collier, Washington, is based on real places: the town of Roslyn, Washington, and a stretch of “highway” called “Old Blewett Pass Road.”

    Roslyn is about an hour’s drive from my house, up and over Snoqualmie Pass, taking me from the wetter, western side of the Cascade Mountain Range to the drier eastern side.

    Roslyn, made famous by the TV show, Northern Exposure, is a quaint town built on mining, just like Collier. The details I’ve included in my novel are things like the architecture and an incredible, historic cemetery, along with aspects of locations around town.

    One of the primary differences with my fictional town, however, is Roslyn sits just off Highway 90, the main east/west corridor across the state. To get to Collier, you have to drive north from I-90 and head up into the mountains.

    The choice to put Collier far away from the main interstate and any other towns was designed to add tension and danger for my characters. But I never imagined while I was writing the novel that the road to Collier actually exists.

    And doing research, I found it.  

    Old Blewitt Road twists its way up into the Cascade Mountains. It’s basically a single lane. With epic drop-offs into picturesque valleys full of ponderosa pines and no sounds save the singing of birds and the sighing of wind.

    This is why I love to go onsite for research into location. Sometimes the real thing and the fiction I’ve created are a lot closer than I could have hoped. Both adding to the detail I can include in my books and inspirations for the next one.

    Homicide Investigation/Police Procedures

    I’m fascinated by homicide investigations. The science behind fingerprinting and autopsies and DNA testing are far more complicated than Hollywood would have us believe. 

    I watch Forensic Files and read books on crime scene investigation for fun.

    But even more important to me, are the human beings behind the science and protocol of police investigations.

    While I run a lot of technical stuff past my experts, I’m also curious about the human side of things. Like, what makes police detectives tick?

    One of my favorite aspects about meetings with my police expert is after we’ve talked through the details I’ve written about police procedures, I usually ask him questions like “do you ever get used to seeing an autopsy?”

    These little personal details can help round out my characters, making them feel like genuine people, not just cardboard cutouts.

    My expert’s personal reactions often surprise me, as he thinks about things that I would never consider, with details I could never imagine. 

    My notebook comes home full of scribbles about crime scene investigation and interviewing techniques when talking to a suspect, but my double underlines are often on the information about his emotional reactions to things.

    The perfect blending of accuracy in procedures balanced out with human responses is part of what I think makes my stories feel “real”, even if I sometimes get the details wrong.

    The hardest part about research can be knowing what questions to ask. We don’t know what we don’t know until someone points out what we didn’t know.

    But that usually just makes me strive harder in the next book.

    It’s what got me to a basics of pistol shooting class and reading the textbook for individuals on the police force who want to become detectives.

    Who knows what I’ll get into for the next manuscript?

    I just promise I’ll keep my research on the right side of the law. 

    Want to know the answer from my police expert about getting used to autopsies? You’ll just have to read my next novel and see if you can determine fact from fiction. Or maybe it’s a little bit of both.






    All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery

    by Elena Taylor

    About All We Buried


    All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery
    Cozy Mystery
    1st in Series
    Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (April 7, 2020)
    Hardcover: 304 pages
    ISBN-10: 1643852914
    ISBN-13: 978-1643852911
    Digital ASIN: B07RQH353V


    For fans of Julia Keller and Sheena Kamal, All We Buried disturbs the long-sleeping secrets of a small Washington State mountain town.

    Interim sheriff Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane Doe. But someone must know the woman, so why aren’t they coming forward?

    Bet has been sitting as the interim sheriff of this tiny town in the ill-fitting shoes of her late father and predecessor. With the nightmare on her heels, Bet decided to build a life for herself in Los Angeles, but now it’s time to confront the tragic history of Collier. The more she learns, the more Bet realizes she doesn’t know the townspeople of Collier as well as she thought, and nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.


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    About the Author

    CREDIT MARK PERLSTEIN

    Elena Taylor spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator before turning her storytelling skills to fiction. Her first series, the Eddie Shoes Mysteries, written under the name Elena Hartwell, introduced a quirky mother/daughter crime-fighting duo. With All We Buried, Elena returns to her dramatic roots and brings readers a much more serious and atmospheric novel. Located in her beloved Washington State, Elena uses her connection to the environment to produce a forbidding story of small-town secrets and things that won’t stay buried. Elena is also a senior editor with Allegory Editing, a developmental editing house, where she works one-on-one with writers to shape and polish manuscripts, short stories, and plays. If you’d like to work with Elena, visit www.allegoryediting.com.When she’s not writing or coaching writing, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their cats, Coal Train and Cocoa. Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, an M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.


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    Website:  https://www.elenataylorauthor.com/ 
    Blog: https://www.elenataylorauthor.com/blog 
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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elena_TaylorAut
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19494739.Elena_Taylor
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