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Blog Tour + Review: Wicked for Hire by Lotta Smith

Wicked for Hire by Lotta Smith
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Genre: Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Paranormal, Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Detectives

Sometimes, the opportunity of a lifetime busts your door instead of gently knocking at it…

Medical student Amanda Meyers thought she had her life all planned out until people started dying the moment they touched her. Being cleared of any wrongdoing didn’t stop the medical school from expelling her, and it didn’t rid her of the unfortunate nickname Grim Reaper.

Luckily, having a rep as the harbinger of death isn’t a total resume killer. Rick Rowling, Special Agent for the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division recruits her to work for the Bureau. But the sexy, brilliant, outrageous loose cannon proves to be just as untouchable as the mysterious creature or creatures that may be responsible for the seemingly unsolvable murder that becomes their first case together.

Instead of treating patients, Amanda’s life becomes a test of her patience and a wild ride into the wicked paranormal world where her new boss runs the show. Together they face a ghoulish force that could destroy the entire city and a grueling family dinner that could leave Amanda contemplating harakiri.

It’s a battle of life and debt [student debt, that is] and saving the world has never been so funny.

Wicked for Hire is part of the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re gonna love this book.

Buy Wicked for Hire and start solving your next mystery today!

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After an hour of additional agony, dinner was over.

When Rowling thanked my folks and stood to leave, carrying leftovers, I followed him out the door, just to be polite. If I didn’t need to be polite, I’d have snatched the leftovers, curled up in the corner of my room, and drank my sorrows away with cold meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the side. It’s common knowledge that leftovers are the yummiest part of the dinner, and I didn’t like the fact that my brand new boss got them.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you about my dysfunctional family,” I said.

“Dysfunctional? Your family?” A corner of his mouth lifted. “After all, there was no bloodbath during the meal. You should see mine to get an idea of a dysfunctional family.” He didn’t seem to be kidding.

“Wow,” I replied.

“By the way, Mandy.” He looked me in the eye. “Do you want him dead?”

“Him? Who? What are you talking about?”

“Justin, your ex-fiancé,” he said nonchalantly. “If you’d like, I can have him killed, make his death look like a totally innocent accident. People often die of freak accidents, such as—”

“Too much information!” I covered my ears with my hands. “And no, thanks. You don’t need to have him…. You know what,” I added hurriedly. Okay, so technically, I often fantasized about my ex-fiancé dropping dead by stumbling on the wet operation room floor and stabbing himself with the scalpel. Then again, it seemed like having Rick Rowling’s help in hiring a contract killer came with a huge price tag.

“Hmm, okay.” He nodded, loading the leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the passenger’s seat. “Remember, you can always change your mind.”

I thought a little, and said, “Thank you for the offer.”

“No prob.” He shrugged. “Hey, the doctor guy’s not worth your time.”

“What do you know about him?” I asked.

“He’s a self-centered, no good, arrogant asshole.”

“I know.” I chuckled.

“In addition, he’s deep in debt up to his eyeballs following a screw-up in options trading. His desperate attempt to recover the loss by scoring big in Vegas completely backfired. Obviously, card counting isn’t one of his strong suits. Anyway, even his family has cut him off.”

“How do you know that?”

“Do you really want to know how I got the info?” He raised an eyebrow.

“No,” I replied. “I was just saying.”

For a brief moment, we fell silent.

“Thanks for dinner,” Rowling said finally.

When I was about to say “It was nice having you over,” he cupped my face and kissed me lightly. On. The. Lips.

I knew I could have resisted, and I should have, but I didn’t.

It was just a brush of a kiss, but still deep enough to make me want for more.

“Good night.” He climbed into the Ferrari and drove away.

“Good night.” I stood outside until the taillights faded in the night.

This may be funny, but how would you feel if you knew that you worked for the craziest, most self-centered, egomaniac boss in the entire world? Would that make you frustrated? Afraid for your job? Annoyed all of the time? Amanda Meyers has it all made. She is a medical student, has a good life and knows that she will go far…that is until two people die right after she touches them. Then she is known as the Grim Reaper and can kiss her career in the medical field goodbye. That is how she ends up with the craziest, most self-centered, egomaniac boss in the entire world. He goes by Rick Rowling and he’s a Special Agent the the FBI’s Paranormal Cases Division.
At first, entering into this new world seemed like a joke. The Paranormal Cases Division? Who are they kidding? Better yet, where are the cameras? After meeting Rick, the one person who helped aide her with getting termed the “Grim Reaper” with a comment of his during the investigation of both deaths, he hires her and shows her around. The paranormal world won’t stop for her so that she can learn the ropes first though. Immediately after joining, they have a case to solve involving heaps of clothing, teeth, bones, and odd disappearances. Can Mandi work with Rick or will she get fired in her first couple of days on the job?

Smith has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters are fun and have playful personalities. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced which made it really easy to fly through the pages. The plot is very creative and entertaining. If you are a reader of paranormal mystery and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by CLP Blog Tours, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Wicked for Hire by Lolita Smith.

I’m an emerging author of paranormal cozy mystery. I fell in love with mystery the moment I developed consciousness. I’m especially fond of lighthearted murder mystery stories with a little sprinkle of romance.

I went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. Back then, I was into this kind of mystery series about a smokin’ hot forensic medicine professor and a quirky female student going a-sleuthing, cracking unsolvable cases. I truly, madly wanted to team up with a superhot professor and crack a difficult murder or two. (Note; I got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.)

Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Series
Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all.
*Book 1-Wicked for Hire
*Book 2-W is for Wicked
*Book 3-Wicked Little Secret
*Book 4-Wicked of the Christmas Past
*Book 5-Sweet Wicked of Mine

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Online news. When I find something interesting, I read it, and then I keep on finding something more! Recently, I’ve learned to use the timer app set for 10 minutes. By using that, I know 10 minutes have passed, and I try to stop reading anymore, lol.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

First book didn’t change me much. I was a sloooow writer. I learned to write faster on my 10th book or so.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

So far, one, which is under editing right now. Hoping to work on another.

  1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Google maps. And some factors like laws, businesses (art gallery, for example). I always try to finish the research before starting to write, but I always find myself doing another research while writing. The duration of research ranges between a few days to months.

  1. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Conversation. Sometimes, my editor points out “Why is he (an alpha male) talking so girlie???” One of my main characters is the ghost of a drag queen named Jackie. She talks like a girl and likes to be treated like one, and I often find the hero talking like her.

  1. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

Young adult. Something between 20s to early 30s. I like this phase of life.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

I often turn to Scrivener’s name generator feature. That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to purchase the program. When nothing clicks, I take a look at Yahoo! front page and look at “Trending” section. I feel lucky when I find a few people’s names. I borrow their first or family name, and then look for other half of the name by scrolling down. OMG, I’m sounding so rubbish…

  1. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Sometimes, yes. But sometimes, I don’t even know it myself.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Alice in Wonderland, and something… I’ve forgotten its name but it was some kind of an illustrated reference book about amphibians and reptiles. I was a frog lover! When I grew a little, I loved The Phantom of the Opera. And I still believe that Christine is such an idiot to fall in love with the aristocrat who did nothing but whining, crying and shrieking when the Persian was helping them from the Phantom’s dungeon.

 

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Release Blitz: The Alibi by Marilyn Baron

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!
From award-winning author Marilyn Baron
THE ALIBI
Marilyn Baron
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Crime Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
The Alibi
In Marilyn Baron’s The Alibi, a cover-up could cost heroine Merritt Saxe her life.
Merritt Saxe, newly hired public relations specialist with the Florida prison system, answers an urgent plea from their division’s director, Willard Ware Baintree. Following his orders, she finds him in the apartment of his mistress, his bloody T-shirt and the mistress’s dead body convincing her the criminal justice superstar is himself a criminal. The director claims he didn’t kill the woman and coerces Merritt into being his alibi.
Meanwhile, as the director pulls her farther into his web of lies, Merritt breaks with her longstanding boyfriend and begins a steamy relationship with hunky attorney Israel Goodspeed, whose brother works for the director. Yet how can she trust Israel with her secret or her heart when she suspects the director has been orchestrating their relationship to keep her in line? Speaking out about the cover-up could cost her more than time in jail…it could cost her life.

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eBook copy of Stumble Stones
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Contest runs from September 13 – October 7, 2017.

About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She’s published 13 novels with The Wild Rose Press, five short stories with TWB Press and self-published three books. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense on September 15, 2015. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance. She is a Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) Maggie Award winner. She is the Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Stumble Stones: A Novel in the Romance Category. She’s a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and GRW and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the 2017-18 Roswell Reads Steering Committee. She was selected as a featured author in the 2016 Atlanta Authors Series. She presented on a panel at the 2017 AJC-Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country) on September 3, 2017. Read more about Marilyn at http://www.marilynbaron.com.
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Book Tour: Book Barn Mysteries by Kym Roberts

A Reference to Murder
A Book Barn Mystery #2
by Kym Roberts
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Charli Rae Warren is back home in Hazel Rock, Texas, spending her time reading, collecting, and selling books—at least, the ones that don’t get eaten first by her father’s pet armadillo. Running the family bookstore is a demanding job, but solving murders on the side can be flat out dangerous…

The Book Barn is more than just a shop, it’s a part of the community—and Charli is keeping busy with a fundraising auction and the big rodeo event that’s come to town. That includes dealing with the Texas-sized egos of some celebrity cowboys, including Dalton Hibbs, a blond, blue-eyed bull rider who gets overly rowdy one night with the local hairdresser . . . and soon afterward, disappears into thin air.

Dalton’s brother also vanished seven years ago—and Charli is thrown about whether Dalton is a villain or a victim. After a close call with an assailant wielding a branding iron (that plays havoc with her hair), and some strange vandalism on her property, she’s going to have to team up with the sheriff to untangle this mystery, before she gets gored . . .

 

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Fatal Fiction
A Book Barn Mystery #1

When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt–if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .

Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .

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Perilous Poetry
A Book Barn Mystery #3
Releasing October 10th!!

Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .

Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a week-and-a-half to prepare for the signing. It’s all because of The Book Seekers, a smartphone app created by her cousin Jamal exclusively for Charli’s bookstore, which sends fans on a virtual scavenger hunt around town for a chance to meet the bestselling author. But as soon as it goes live, people turn up dead . . .

Someone’s using The Book Seekers to track victims and copycat the fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and horrified locals suspect Jamal could be the mastermind behind the crimes. While Charli readies the Barn for a stampede of new customers, it’ll take true grit to shelve the culprit before her brainy cousin gets locked behind bars, Ms. Barton backs out of the visit, and she finds herself up a creek—with a serial killer holding the paddle!

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Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys–they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny. 

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement–even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired. 

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk–a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name.

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Book Tour: Dead Storage by Mary Feliz

DEAD STORAGE
by Mary Feliz
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 7/18/2017
 

As a professional organizer, Maggie McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .

Despite a looming deadline, Maggie thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation. But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent storage next . . .

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My calendar says we’re meeting at 8:30 today. Do I have that right?

Stephen was an early riser, so I’d agreed to meet him as soon as I dropped my teen boys at the middle school and high school. He’d promised me coffee and bagels. At the thought of food, my stomach rumbled and my mouth filled with saliva. I was starving and caffeine deprived. My golden retriever, Belle, thumped her tail, whined, and leaned into me, looking up with yearning. Normally, I didn’t bring Belle to work with me, but Stephen was a friend of mine, a dog per- son, and Munchkin was Belle’s BFF.

“They’ll be back soon,” I told her, referring to both Stephen and his seldom-absent canine partner. “I’m sure everything is fine. How often are they ever late?”

Belle made a polite sound in response. “Right,” I said. “Never . . . Well, nearly never.”

Extreme and unrelenting punctuality was a fault of Stephen’s, an artifact of his time in the military. Some of his friends found it an- noying, but I shared the trait and appreciated his timely arrival when- ever we got together. I bit my lip, sighed, and squinted into the sun to scan the neighborhood. There was no car in the drive. He must have had a last-minute errand that went longer than he had planned. Unex- pected traffic tie-ups were a recurring Silicon Valley problem. With the high-tech economy, growing population, and high-density build- ing projects booming, the area was home to a record number of peo- ple. More people meant more cars. A trip to the dentist that took fifteen minutes a month or two earlier could easily take thirty min- utes or longer today, even without a rush-hour fender bender creating gridlock. The problem grew worse daily and there was no easy solu- tion.

I looked at my watch. Any minute, I expected to see Stephen and Munchkin loping up the street from one direction or the other. At six- foot-four inches, accompanied by a dog that weighed almost as much as he did, Stephen was hard to miss.

I paced in front of the house. This situation reminded me too much of a client session I’d begun four months earlier, standing on a front porch a few blocks away when my client was late. That morn- ing had culminated in the death of a dear friend. I shivered, drew my fleece coat closer to me, peered at my phone, and dialed Stephen’s number.

The phone rang before I could finish punching the buttons. “Hello?” I said. The phone responded with crackles and pops. “. . . police station . . . jail . . .”

“Hello? Who is this? I’m not going to fall for that trick. My kids are safe in school.” I disconnected the call. Our entire town had been plagued with phishing phone calls from crooks pretending to be our children or grandchildren. The calls all followed the same pattern: a distraught young voice claiming to be kin begged for money to be wired immediately. Most people, like me, recognized it for what it was and hung up the phone. But older people, those in the beginning stages of dementia or vulnerable in other ways, grew distraught. A friend of my mom called her daughter nearly every day to be reas- sured that the children and grandchildren were safe. The scams were criminal, disruptive, and downright cruel.

I shook off my righteous indignation and dialed Stephen again. In the process, I noted that the crooks, whoever they were, were getting crafty. My phone reported that the phishing call originated from the police station in Mountain View, the town that abutted Orchard View’s southern border. I made a mental note to tell Jason about the call the next time we spoke. When he wasn’t helping flood-ravaged towns in Texas, Jason was an Orchard View detective. He’d know who to no- tify about calls from people impersonating the police.

My call went to voice mail.

 

Mary Feliz has lived in five states and two countries but calls Silicon Valley home. Traveling to other areas of the United States, she’s frequently reminded that what seems normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest of the country. A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, Mary strives to bring these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take these elements to a whole new level. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and National Association of Professional Organizers. Mary is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, near the homes of their two adult offspring.

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Book Tour: 30 Second Death by Laura Bradford

30 SECOND DEATH
A Tobi Tobias Mystery #2
by Laura Bradford
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 7/11/2017
 

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

 

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Hell had officially frozen over. And, oddly enough, there was no swell of background music, no thunderous blast like I’d always imagined. There was simply crunching. Loud, deliberate crunching. In fact, it was the cruncher and the crunchee that had turned the fiery flames of the dreaded underworld into the clichéd icicles referenced at the end of virtually every nasty breakup. In English? My best friend, Carter McDade, was standing less than five feet from my sofa eating a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. That’s right, Carter McDade—the same guy who lectured me daily on the gaps (okay, seismic gullies) in my eating habits. The same guy who could draw a textbook food pyramid in mere seconds. The same guy who’d willingly and happily choose broccoli in a head-to-head with a Caramello bar. Which is why his puff-crunching pointed to one indisputable conclusion: Carter was stressed. Big-time. A rarity in and of itself, Cocoa Puffs or no Cocoa Puffs. My upstairs neighbor was the most positive human being I’d ever met. One of those happy-go-lucky, always-has-a-smile types. You know, the kind of person everyone needs in their life, but few are fortunate enough to have. I was one of the fortunate. I was also dumbfounded. Utterly and completely dumbfounded by what to say and how to say it. So I took the not-so-subtle approach. “What’s wrong, Carter?” “Uh-in.” Now I’ll admit, I have a leg up when it comes to deciphering pufftalk (it is, after all, my second language), but I was feeling pretty proud that I could decode it from even the most novice of crunchers. “Nothing? Nothing?! Do you realize what you’re eating right now?” Carter looked at the bowl in his left hand and then the spoon moving toward his mouth with his right. “Uh-huh.” They’re Cocoa Puffs, Carter! Co. Coa. Puffs. As in chocolate— or as you call it, sugar central. You know, void of roughage. In fact, if I do recall correctly, you refer to them as the downfall of mankind. The reason for society’s ills.” I guess I thought if I really hammered home the point, it might sink in. Then again, I was living proof that tactic failed. Just ask my mother. Besides, it was hard to hammer home drawbacks when I didn’t believe a word of what I was saying. Why? Because I, Tobi Tobias, am a chocoholic. And proud of it, I might add. So I did what any good chocoholic would do. I sauntered into the kitchen, grabbed my Bugs Bunny melamine bowl and matching spoon, filled it to the brim with the last of the crunchy brown puffs (don’t worry, I’ve got four more boxes in the cabinet over the stove), and headed back into the living room. I mean, let’s face it, the expression “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” was coined for a reason, right? Not that my commiserating helped. In fact, when I returned, Carter showed no signs of having noticed my departure or subsequent return. His facial expression was still void of its trademark smile, and his eyes held a vacant look. Somehow, though, I managed to coax him onto the sofa. “C’mon, Carter, spill it. It’s Fiona again, isn’t it?” Call it a lucky (or, really my only) guess, but it was worth a shot. And judging by the look of complete mortification on his face as my words (and thus, his choice of food) registered in his subconscious, I’d hit the jackpot. “Oh, good God, please tell me I’m not eating what I think I’m eating.” Carter squeezed his eyes shut, then opened them slowly, cautiously. A tortured gasp escaped his mouth, along with a partially chewed puff.

 

 

Laura Bradford is also the author of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, including Silence of the Flans and Éclair and Present Danger, and the national bestselling Amish Mysteries, including A Churn for the Worse and Suspendered Sentence. Under the pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, including Wedding Duress and Taken In. She lives in Yorktown Heights, New York, with her husband and their blended brood.

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Book Tour + Review: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Downward Dog Mystery Book 2

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: June 7, 2017

 

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.

Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate. The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime-behind bars.

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REVIEW

My heart skipped a beat, and not in the titillating, romantic way Michael’s look might imply. Several yards away, a small, yapping, black and white Jack Russell terrier bounded along the beach—by himself. He was almost completely white, with black ears and a single black spot that covered his right eye. Cute, in an incorrigible pirate sort of way. At least 100 feet behind him walked, or more accurately teetered, a thin, blonde woman wearing spiky red heels, a leopard print miniskirt, and a disgusted frown. She held a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other. I watched her pick her way through the seaweed, rocks, and other beach debris. My first thought was take a look at that woman’s outfit. She’s obviously not from Seattle. My second was and her dog’s about to get slaughtered.

Life throws curveballs when you least expect it to. This motto, if you believe in karma, is gold. When you want something, but become desperate to find it—the worst scenario possible is all too likely. If you are not looking for anything, the best things in life can be life altering and quite beautiful. Weber has an entertaining mystery comedy that will rope readers in and leave them wanting to read more.

What was thought to be a nice vacation and an easy work schedule turns out to be one of the worst decisions that Kate has ever made. Kate and Michael take Bella to a retreat so that Kate can help the bride and groom relax by holding some Yoga classes for the family. Kate typically is an easy going person, but her temper is on edge already. After walking Bella while waiting for the ferry, an obnoxiously well-dressed New-Yorker prances around on her phone, allowing her Jack Russell terrier to dominate the beach without a leash. Kate, knowing that Bella isn’t very friendly with other dogs, immediately tries to get her attention and miserably fails. After a round in the mud and being yanked like a rag-doll, Kate is finally able to get the woman to acknowledge her and get off of her phone. What a disaster! The woman sees no fault in her actions, by letting her dog run free on the beach with several people and animals milling around on leashes. With the hope that she’ll never see this woman again by the looks of her, Michael is able to calm Kate down once they get onto the ferry and headed to their destination. But, as always, Kate knows that nothing can ever go in her favor. Checking into their cabin, she finds the woman is there to attend the wedding and absolutely no one likes her, but she is the bride’s mother-in-law so everyone tries to make due with friendly attempts and staying out of her way…until she winds up dead. And what’s worse…Kate is the first on scene and becomes the prime suspect. 

Weber has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the second installment in the Downward Dog Mystery series, it is advised to read Murder Strikes a Pose as there are some references made back to that installment; however, this can be read as a standalone if desired.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

 

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 

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Book Review: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman

 

Jaime Quinn Mystery Collection

Box Set Books 1-3

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publication Date: December 17, 2015

Ms. Venkataraman weaves her mysteries with intricate relationships of friends and family. Her stories feel real, with hard core details and interesting twists. ~Ocean Pearl Books Blog~

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

‘Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

“Death by Didgeridoo”-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

“The Case of the Killer Divorce”-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

“Peril in the Park”-There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

 

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REVIEW:

What scared me the most, starting out as a new lawyer, was that I couldn’t begin to fathom the depths of my ignorance. The more I learned, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I’ve heard law schools actually teach students how to practice law these days, and not just about research and writing. Well, it’s about damn time, I say. Now that I’ve been practicing law for ten years, I know what to do and where to stand, how to dress and how to negotiate and, if I’m not sure about something, I can usually bluff my way through. I’ve also learned how to size up my opponents: the nervous ones with shaky hands, the blustery ones with something to prove, and the cool, confident ones I longed to emulate. But, as my first boss used to say, half the battle is just showing up. The other half is preparing the best you can with the information you have.

Mysteries make the mind think! Mysteries make everyone look suspicious, like they have some ulterior motive or something to hide. This collection of books by Barbara Venkataraman is entertaining and will keep readers immersed into the mystery time and time again. Jamie Quinn is a family court lawyer, so criminal cases are absolutely out of the question…until someone calls in a favor. Then, everything changes.

“Death by Didgeridoo” is the first installment within this collection. Jamie is called by a family member after her cousin, Adam, has been arrested for the murder of his music teacher. Since Adam has Asperger’s, Jamie knows that it is only a matter of time before Adam has a complete meltdown. With the clock ticking away, can Jamie learn everything that she needs to know about criminal defense so that she can prove her cousin’s innocence to the detectives on the case? With the help of a private detective, can they find the real murderer in their desperation?

“The Case of the Killer Divorce” is the second installment within this collection. Jamie Quinn is back at family court practice with a divorce case and it is a dicey one. Her client is suspected of murder after she loses the case against her now ex-husband. With joint custody now mandated by the judge, Jamie gets the call soon after that the father has been killed. Her client is seemingly innocent until some of the evidence against her is laid out on the table. Jamie decides to investigate, asking for assistance from her private investigator friend, Duke. All while she gets a tip on the whereabouts of her long lost father and runs into an old boyfriend. With so many leads and new information, Jamie has no way of getting out of this one.

“Peril in the Park” is the final installment within this collection. After finding her father and discovering that he doesn’t know that she even exists, Jamie has to start from scratch with him. With two murders solved, she feels like she can finally go back to family court and that is all of the drama that she could ever want! Then, her boyfriend goes missing! Someone is very upset within the park system because Kip was hired to be their new director. Can Jamie save Kip from what looks to be revenge? With the help of private investigator Duke Broussard, she feels helpless because everyone looks guilty.

Venkataraman has a superb collection and story-line, chalked full of exceptional character development and originality. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first three installments in the Jamie Quinn Mysteries, you are able to jump right on in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series; “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award. “Engaged in Danger” was chosen as Book of the Day by www.bookoftheday.org and won first place in the Amateur Detective category of the Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition.

 

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Book Tour: Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon

KILLER PARTY
by Lynn Cahoon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 7/11/2017

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction.

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Book Blitz: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A KILLER RETREAT BY TRACY WEBER

A Downward Dog Mystery Book 2
Publication Date: January 8, 2015
Genre: Mystery, Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the

Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.

 

 

Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public

(and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate.

 

The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars.”

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 

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Top Ten List:
o   Top 10 vacation spots
 
§  Cannon Beach, OR—site of my 5th book!
§  Doe Bay, Orcas Island, WA –site of my 2nd book!
§  Whidbey Island, WA
§  Paia, Maui —Where I took yoga training
§  Cancun, Mexico
§  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Do you see the beach theme?)
§  Assisi, Italy
§  San Diego, CA – my honeymoon spot!
§  Africa (someday!)

 

§  Home on the couch with my pup and a Margarita
 
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Cover Reveal: Escape Claws by Linda Reilly

 ESCAPE CLAWS
by Linda Reilly
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pub Date: 12/26/17
 

Here, killer, killer, killer . . .

For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property, and is determined to make her an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Then Lara spots a blue-eyed ragdoll cat that she swears is the reincarnation of her beloved Blue, her childhood pet. Pursuing the feline to the edge of Fran’s yard, she stumbles upon the body of Theo Barnes, clearly a victim of foul play. To get her and Fran off the suspect list, Lara finds herself following the cat’s clues in search of a killer. Is Blue’s ghost really trying to help her solve a murder, or has Lara inhaled too much catnip?

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Raised in a sleepy town in the Berkshires, Linda Reilly has spent the bulk of her career in the field of real estate closings and title examination. It wasn’t until 1995 that her first short mystery, “Out of Luck,” was accepted for publication by Woman’s World Magazine. Since then she’s had more than forty short stories published, including a sprinkling of romances. She is also the author of Some Enchanted Murder, and the Deep Fried Mystery series, featuring fry cook Talia Marby. Linda lives in New Hampshire with her husband, who affectionately calls her “Nose in a book.” Visit her on the web at lindasreilly.com.

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