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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Showcase: BAMBOOZLED by Barbara Barrett


Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)

by Barbara Barrett

About the Book




Cozy Mysteries
2nd in Series
Self Published (April 3, 2018)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1948532037
Digital ASIN: B07C9CLL4R


Essential oils distributor Dorcas Wiley is the boss everyone loves to hate. So when she turns up dead, killed by her own trophy, disgruntled saleswoman Cathy Broderick is the obvious suspect in her murder. Despite opportunity, motive and incriminating evidence, Cathy declares her innocence and enlists her mah jongg pals—Sydney Bonner and her cronies Marianne, Micki, and Kat—to help save her from the death penalty.
Hot off a recent and nearly deadly investigation, the women are cautious about putting themselves in peril again. Syd's spouse isn't thrilled about another mystery in their lives, either, but he can't resist the plea of Cathy's husband. Soon, Syd is leading the way as they tangle with grumpy salespeople, the victim's estranged husband and boyfriend, a mysterious housekeeper, a litigious customer, an annoyed sheriff and Cathy's own arrogant lawyer.
The women have their own issues to deal with in their central Florida town of Serendipity Springs. Kat faces a health challenge, Micki fields a mysterious inquiry from her ex, Marianne has a chaotic anniversary and Syd wrestles with her husband over who's really in charge. But nothing puts everyday life into perspective like the moment when their investigation brings them face to face with danger.

About the Author




Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she'd devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.

Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn't at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.

Bamboozled, the second book in her "Mah Jongg Mystery" series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other's lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara's imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.

Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.

Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 Book 238: THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS by Christine Nolfi

The Season of Silver Linings A Sweet Lake Novel by Christine Nolfi
ISBN: 9781503903395 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781978605916 (audiobook)
ASIN: B0799LYXWB (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018 (paperback)


She can't change what's come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.
When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.
But the past isn't finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada's guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she's made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love. 


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Welcome back to Sweet Lake, Ohio and the Wayfair Inn. Since we originally were introduced to this inn and town, the inn's majority owner and manager, Linnie Wayfair, has gotten engaged and is in the final planning stages for her wedding. A wedding that is only weeks away. The inn's marketing manager, Cat Mendoza, is a newlywed and finds every minute she can to sneak away to grab time with her husband. As a result, the primary management of the inn is now on Jada Brooks' shoulders, along with being the pastry chef for the inn. She is now tasked with hiring, ensuring proper training, overseeing all departments, accounts receivable, as well as being the maid of honor for her best friend and putting a host of emotional fires as Linnie prepares for her wedding. Jada doesn't seem to have time for herself much less romance, but she always finds time for six-year-old Fancy Kettering and her dad, Phillip. She often brings them food in the evenings, helps with bath time for Fancy, and is a sounding board for both Fancy and Phillip when needed. When a stranger calls the inn and makes a special request to spend time with Jada, Jada fears the worst, especially since the Sweet Lake Sirens (the towns matriarchs and sage women) have issued her a warning of sorts and made her a talisman of rosemary to keep as a protection. Protection from what? The visitor is a retired college professor! But before you know, this visitor is asking all kinds of questions about Phillip's deceased wife and Fancy's mother and Jada is torn between trying to help this woman receive the answers she desires and protecting the people she loves. Can she do the right thing without alienating them all?

The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi is the third book in the Sweet Lake series. The first book, Sweet Lake, dealt with sibling issues and attempts to rejuvenate the inn in a dying town. The second book, The Comfort of Secrets, dealt with spousal and child abuse issues. The Season of Silver Linings touches on a variety of subjects including mental health problems, suicide, the guilt of those left behind when dealing with a suicide, and even gay marriage. Yes, there are lighthearted moments especially the parts dealing with Fancy and, of course, romance, but there are some heavy topics introduced as well, including the always timely issues of mental health and suicide. I have yet to read a story by Ms. Nolfi that I didn't enjoy, and The Season of Silver Linings is no different. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Jada and Phillip a bit better and Fancy is my favorite character in this series. (Come on, what's not to like about a 6-year-old that loves to dress up and has her own opinions about fashion. Can you say fashion diva?) If you enjoy reading stories that deal with real-world issues but have an HEA, then you'll definitely want to read the Sweet Lake series. There's humor, family drama, friendship, romance, timely societal issues, romance, and more. If you've already read Sweet Lake and The Comfort of Secrets, I encourage you to grab a copy of The Season of Silver Linings as soon as possible. 

Disclaimer: I received a free print review copy of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern


Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)

by Julie Mulhern


About the Book




Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Henery Press (June 19, 2018)
Print Length: 210 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BMJM89K



Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic's crystal ball says she'll soon be surrounded by death. Again.
Drat.
Now there's a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.
How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?
Ellison must handle Mother (who's found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

About the Author



Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she's got an active imagination. Truth is–she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Book 235: THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
ISBN: 9780062313126 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062313133 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062682024 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01N9PTM35 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: June 5, 2018 (paperback)


"Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world."Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train


The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash's Serena, Dennis Lehane's The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.
Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill's owners—the newly arrived Goldberg brothers—white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May's best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it's the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find.
When the union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county's biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement—a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town—indeed all that she loves.
Seventy-five years later, Ella May's daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the tragedy that befell Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929.
Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America—and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers. 


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Ella May Wiggins has had a hard life. She's only 28 years old and has given birth to five children, buried one, and is pregnant with her sixth. Her husband walked out after the death of their child. To say that she's struggling is a major understatement. She and all those that live and work in the mills are struggling to make it. She works six days a week, 12-hour shifts, and gets paid a measly $9.00/week. Her children often go hungry and cold simply because she can't afford to buy food or provide them with decent housing. Ella doesn't complain because she knows it could be worse, but she hopes it might get better as well. Then she's called into her bosses office and warned because she's missed three days in five months time and if she misses one more she may be out of a job. It's this threat of unemployment that sends Ella May to find out more about the people wanting to unionize the workers at the mills. What Ella May doesn't know is that her chance visit to the new textile workers union organization is going to change not only her life but the lives of her children and plenty of those around her for years to come.

The Last Ballad is told in a variety of voices, namely that of Ella May Wiggins, Ella's daughter Lilly, and a host of others. What makes this story all the more sensational and heartrending is that it is based on a real person. The reader gets to know Ella May firsthand and understand her internal struggle to do right by her family and join the union in the late 1920s. We also meet her daughter in the mid-2000s and find out what happened to Ella May's children after all these years. As with any story about unionization, there is a lot of tears and bloodshed. Mr. Wiley doesn't present us with a happy or a sad story but simply a fictionalized story of one woman's real and deadly struggles with the textile workers union in the late 1920s in North Carolina. I enjoyed this story but struggled with it at times simply because of the use of the "n-word" by Whites in the early 1900s to refer to Black Americans and the deadly force used by those trying to stop the unionization. In a lot of ways, this struggle to unionize reminded me of stories of unionization struggles in the coalfields in Appalachia around the same time period, especially those here in West Virginia. This is a story for fighting for what's right against insurmountable odds. It's a story about friendship seeing beyond the color lines of the times. It's also a story about family. For those of you that enjoy historical fiction, I encourage you to grab a copy of The Last Ballad to read. For those of you that enjoy reading about twentieth-century American History, then I encourage you to grab a copy of The Last Ballad to read. Actually, I encourage everyone to grab a copy of The Last Ballad to read, but you might not want it in your suitcase as a beach read, unless you don't have a problem with heavy reads while at the beach.

Disclaimer: I received a free print review copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



About Wiley Cash

© Mallory Brady Cash
Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Guest Post: Eva Gates THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS



Good day my fellow book divas and divos. I'm in a lot of book groups, seriously, I'm currently in five local book groups and two online book groups so when I heard that today's guest character was someone from a book group I had a serious fangirl moment. A character talking about a book group and it's set in a library? Ideal character and setting in my not so humble opinion. Ladies and Gentleman I present to you Josie O'Malley from the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates and a member of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club.



Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club
By Josie O'Malley from the Lighthouse Library Series by Eva Gates

May 2018

I must say I was initially a bit reluctant to join the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club. Classic books aren't exactly my thing. Give me a good bodice ripper any day. 

But I've come to love it. I love the company, of course, Lucy, Grace, Butch, and Connor in particular. It's a nice excuse just to get together with friends on a regular basis. Our lives get so busy that it's easy to lose contact, even with the people you love.

I'm really enjoying reading the books. I never thought I'd like old books so much. The writing can be very dense, and sometimes they seem to drag on and on, and sometimes it's hard to figure out what the characters are talking about, particularly when the author writes in accents. I really hate that! 

But I've found that once you get into the book, they can be marvelous. I loved Pride and Prejudice with Lizzy and her crazy sisters. Poor, tragic Tess of the D'Ubervilles. Or the rip-roaring Kidnapped

The book for tonight is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. I read that story back in school, but I didn't appreciate it at the time (who does when they're a teenager?). But I was charmed by it this time. A true American classic.

And perfect for tonight. It's coming up to Halloween, and the group wanted to read something seasonally appropriate. What better than the spooky tale of the Headless Horseman and poor hapless Ichabod Crane and his vain pursuit of the wealthy heiress. 

I suspect our own Teddy is in somewhat the same pickle. He seems to be quite smitten with Julia Ruddle, also a wealthy heiress. But Julia doesn't seem to go anywhere without her grandfather's assistant, the handsome charming Greg, tagging along. 

I can only hope our Halloween festivities don't turn to murder. Not again.  




The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

by Eva Gates

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315803
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX

Halloween in North Carolina's Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.
Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it's up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.
Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit's end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?
With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone's minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone's lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates' Lighthouse Library mysteries.

About the Author



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 twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.


Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Guest Post: Larissa Reinhart - THE CUPID CAPER



Hello, my fellow bookish peeps. Most of you know how I excited I get when an author visits, but this year has seen a host of characters step off the pages of the book and provide us insight. Today, we get a glimpse into the mind (and heart) of Finley Goodhart, the main character in The Cupid Caper by Larissa Reinhart. Thank you, Finley for joining us this morning.



Finley Goodhart, ex-con artist and amateur sleuth

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the way my life's gone. Even though I'm only twenty-seven. A long time ago, I resolved myself to thinking that happiness and contentment were ideals for other people. About the time Mother died, when I was seventeen. Actually before that, when I realized the law could be bought for the right price and by the right people. I learned that from carefully observing my father. And concluding my private school education and big house with the pool did not come from a regular cop's salary. 

He's sheriff now.

But before I'd bitten off a big hunk from the fruit of that terrible tree of knowledge, I'd been happy. But that's why they say ignorance is bliss. 

They also say a sucker is born every minute. Seeing how the world worked, I found it pretty easy to fall into the grift. A life of non-violent crime where I was no longer the sucker, but the swindler. Mostly I hustled pool. Penny taught me short cons. Lex turned me onto the art of the long con. I had good teachers. Our marks were mostly folks with money to burn who fell for the scam through their own greed. 

Although I loved Lex and my friendship with Penny, I wasn't happy. No matter how good it felt sticking it to the man, I still felt guilty. Even if Daddy was crooked, Mother raised me better. And though teenage me might've wanted to get back at my father for what he did, adult me wanted to please Mother more. Even posthumously. 

So I gave it up. Mostly. I broke up with Lex and hid from Penny, thinking once I figured out how to really go straight I'd come clean to them. Show them another way of life. Hopefully a better one. And maybe convince them to get on the square with me. 

But today I learned I was too late. Today Lex found me. And broke the news about Penny's death. A death that the police should have been called suspicious. But wasn't.

As I mourn my only friend, I'm really starting over. After ten years of living in the criminal underworld, I'm going to use those skills and connections to find out who murdered Penny and why. And I hope Lex will help me. Before it's too late for him, too.





The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)

by Larissa Reinhart

About the Book

Crime Caper
New Series
Past Perfect Press (April 24, 2018)
320 Pages


Sassy, Sexy, Southern Suspense
She uses her criminal past to catch crooks. He wants her back. In the grift. And in his life. Can Finley Goodhart convince Lex that doing good is the greatest hustle of all?
Ex-grifter Finley Goodhart may try to stay on the straight and narrow, but walking that thin line becomes wobbly when she believes her friend Penny was murdered. The last thing she wants is to work with her ex-partner (and ex-boyfriend), the brilliant (brilliantly frustrating) British con artist, Lex Leopold. However, when it appears Penny's demise might be related to an exclusive matchmaking service for millionaires, Fin needs Lex's help to pull a long con to get the goods on Penny.
Romance is in the air for hustlers, gangsters, and their marks. Unfortunately for Fin and Lex, infiltrating the racket doesn't make for a match made in heaven. This Valentine swindle could stop their hearts for good.

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Finley Goodhart Crime Capers, and Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Larissa's a contributor to the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader's Choice winner, was the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Larissa's family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV's House Hunters International "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya" episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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