Spotlight, Guest Post & Giveaway: CAST IRON STAKE THROUGH THE HEART by Jodi Rath & Rebecca Grubb

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Today as part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am please to have as my guest, Jodi Rath, co-author of Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart (A Cast Iron Skillet Mystery, Book Four)In her guest post, Jodi relates a bit of her experience collaborating with Rebecca Grubb and their co-authoring experience.


When Besties Co-Write a  Mystery by Jodi Rath

61nOLLFwNtL._US230_Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart is the fourth installment in The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series, although it’s the sixth story with two other holiday stories. As usual, life happens, and I found myself behind on my deadline for the first draft. My BFF and editor, Rebecca Grubb, and I have been in writing groups together, and I’ve seen the stories she has created. Plus, she knows all of the books in the series and has been there to save my tush on many occasions—so, naturally, I called her, put her on the spot, and asked if she’d co-write this book with me. Being true to the wonderful human being she is, she didn’t let me down. 

While Rebecca is an excellent editor and writer, she’s never been published before, so this was all new to her. She was used to me texting, emailing, and calling all hours of the day as I pulled my wild curls out while trying to meet deadlines and to bounce ideas off of her—but, she wasn’t used to being on said deadline to produce the story and come up with ideas. You have to understand our friendship—it looks a lot like Jolie’s and Ava’s friendship in the books, but we aren’t nearly as clean and proper at all times! And let’s face it, that’s a beautiful thing to have in a bestie—one who you know you can show your best and worst parts of yourself and they will still be there after all is said and done. And let me tell you all—I am flawed, baby—seriously flawed! 

So, off we are on our new journey into co-writing. What a beautiful yellow-brick road we saw before us—like Dorothy—many twists and turns followed that path. Yes, there were times we wanted to strangle each other, and times we said to each other, “YOU ARE BRILLIANT MY DEAR!” And in the end, we created a gold nugget of suspense, mystery, and adventure that will surely take you on a wild ride. Enjoy!


About the Book

CAST-IRON-STAKE-THROUGH-THE-HEARTOn again, off again, ON AGAIN–Jolie Tucker and Mick Meiser are giving their relationship another try. Things seem to be working out for them so far, and love is on the menu all over Leavensport! An unexpected pregnancy with a surprising partner, a therapist pairs off with the chief of police, and the mayor of Leavensport falls for Jolie’s Aunt Fern!

Although Leavensport is serving up affairs of the heart, there are a lot of mysterious activities lurking in the air. The townspeople awake to find freshly dug empty holes throughout the fields that were recently up for sale under suspicious circumstances. Jolie and Ava believe they are taking a break from solving murders when they start teaching an online cooking course–until they witness one of their students take a stake through the heart!

Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

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About the Authors

Jodi Rath

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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RgurbbRebecca Grubb

Rebecca Grubb utilizes her experience in the high school English classroom and her decades as a bookworm to coach writers and edit fiction and creative non-fiction. She enjoys reading and writing books, particularly mysteries and science fiction. She lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband and the three mischievous children.

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Review: DYING FOR A DATE by Cindy Sample

Today, I am happy to introduce you to a book I recently read as a I worked my way through my TBR list and escaped from all the unpleasant news around us. Dying for a Date is the first book in a humorous cozy mystery series by Cindy Sample.  The book was released years ago, but somehow I never got around to reading it before.

About the Book*

51uu-xljmlUnsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, newly divorced Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel’s only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she’s innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That’s more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life–before dating becomes a dead end she can’t escape.

*Description from  Amazon

My Review

This first in series introduces Laurel McKay – a feisty though somewhat ditzy, divorced mother of two.  Her attempts to reenter the dating world land her in the less than enviable spot as a suspect when her dates start turning up dead.  The pages turned quickly as the plot unfolded, with Laurel attempting to solve the case and prove her innocence – much to the annoyance an exceedingly appealing detective. With Laurel enlisting her mother and her quirky friends to help crack the case, there were plot twists to keep you wondering whodunnit and laughable moments to make for a pleasant escape from reality.  If you enjoy romantic comedy mixed in with a cozy mystery, this book is a good choice for you.

Note: No promises – but this first book in an eight-book series was permafree on Amazon the last time I checked! 

Review and Giveaway: CATCHING THE COWBOY by Shanna Hatfield

Today’s post is a bit of a change in  pace. I find that a sweet romance make for a lovely break between all those mystery and suspense-filled reads. And so, as part of a blog tour marking the launch of Shanna Hatfield’s new Summer Creek series, I recently read Catching the Cowboy.

About the Book

Catching-the-Cowboy-scaledShe’s fresh out of jail . . .    He’s fresh out of luck.

Spoiled billionaire heiress Emery Brighton indulges in one mimosa too many, attempts to steal a horse, and winds up in jail. A sentence of community service leaves her at the mercy of strangers on a remote ranch near a small town in Oregon. Adjusting to country life is hard enough, but she has no idea how to handle her growing affection for a surly cowboy and his adorable daughter.

Steady and dependable as the day is long, rancher Hudson Cole just wants to raise his little girl and be left alone. When his grandmother invites a lawbreaker dressed in Louis Vuitton to Summer Creek Ranch, Hud is convinced Grammy has lost her ever-loving mind. Determined to detest Emery, he instead finds himself doing the one thing he vowed would never happen again: falling in love.

With one foot out the door, will love be enough to convince Emery to stay?

This sweet romance offers a funny, delightful happily ever after adventure in a quirky small town. Don’t miss out on a meandering goat named Ethel, meddling matchmakers, and a community that feels like home in a story filled with heart, humor, and hope.

About the Series

Summer Creek is one of those small towns—the kind brimming with quirky inhabitants, pets with personalities (like a meandering goat named Ethel), meddling matchmakers, tumbling-down old buildings, and dreams. So many dreams. These sweet, uplifting romances explore the ties that bind a community together when they unite for a common purpose and open their hearts to unexpected possibilities. Heart, humor, and hope weave through each story, touching the lives of those who call Summer Creek home.

Readers who love Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series and RaeAnne Thayne’s Haven Point series will enjoy coming home to Summer Creek.

The first three books in the series release this summer.

My Review

In this western romance, a very spoiled and very rich girl finds herself sentenced to do community service in the middle of nowhere with none of the creature comforts to which she is so accustomed.  She is also forced to live and work side to side with an ornery cowboy, his charming  daughter, and his good-hearted, generous grandmother.  Day by day, she learns the meaning of hard work, even if she sets a few fires in the process.

The cowboy is gorgeous (no surprise there, given the genre) and a good guy, who is reluctant to enter a relationship with any woman, never mind one as “problematic” as Emery.  However, Hudson’s opinion changes as her attitude and overall perspective on life is transformed by her experiences on the ranch and in the small town nearby.   Predictably, the attraction between Emily and Hudson is strong (it is a romance after all), and though acutely aware of it, both of them try to pretend they don’t have feelings for each other.

Overall, this is a well-written story with good character development that shows that when given the opportunity people can change.  A good choice for readers who prefer their romances to be sweet and clean.

Note: Although you may note that this book is categorized as Christian romance on Amazon, religious elements are minimal. Prayer and church are mentioned, however this is not a “preachy” read and is likely suitable for readers of other faiths as well.

FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of this book.  This has not affected the content of this review in any way.

Giveaway

Click here to enter the author’s giveaway: One (1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Catching the Cowboy.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: GRAVE CONSEQUENCES by Lena Gregory

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Today, as part of a blog rout organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, the spotlight shines on the Lena Gregory’s latest release – Grave Consequences  (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery, 5).

About the Book

Cass Donovan is reminded that you can’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes from the dead . . .

GRAVE-CONSEQUENCESWhen stories begin circulating of a centuries-old ghost haunting the Bay Island lighthouse, Cass is caught up in mystical happenings of her own, with countless voices from the beyond all clamoring for her attention with dire warnings. But before she has a chance to learn whether there’s a connection between the rumored ghost and her restless visitors, the lighthouse keeper mysteriously falls to his death, and Cass’s reputation for communing with the dead lands her right in the middle of the police investigation.

Cass knows the victim was no saint, as he made little effort to hide his philandering ways from his wife or anyone else, and often acted out with no thought for the feelings of others. But had he finally gone too far, or were there more menacing motives behind his murder? As Cass begins building a list of suspects, including the man’s supposedly grieving wife and a mysterious new woman in town, she also turns her ear to those otherworldly voices, hoping for a clue. And as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes too late that if she’s not careful, she’ll soon be communicating with the dead in person . . .

Giveaway

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About the Author

lena-gregory-portraitLena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Review: THE BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben

I am definitely a fan of Harlan Coben’s books so I jumped at the opportunity to receive a review copy of The Boy from the Woods, which released early this year.

About the Book*

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

51hja34aunlNo one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.

*Book description from Amazon.

My Review

This book features two strong main characters – Hester Crimstein and Wilde.  They are polar opposites. She a highly successful lawyer with a sharp wit and an equally sharp tongue. He is an enigmatic man of the shadows, who was found living on his own in the woods as a boy.  Their relationship is based on Wilde’s friendship with Hester’s son.

Not as engaging a thriller as his previous works, the pace was slow at first and a bit rushed toward the end.  True to form, there were twists and surprises along the way to the resolution. A resolution that was not entirely satisfying.  Loose ends remained.

It was a thought-provoking read. The author seems to use the intricate plot as a vehicle for exploring ethical dilemmas on multiple levels, specifically the integrity of the legal system and the media.  Can real and untampered evidence be easily discredited by the savvy PR teams of a slick politician?  Is it ever okay to just look the other way?

If you are expecting the feel of a Myron Bolitar tale, be forewarned.  This one is different.  Different, but still a good read.

FTC Disclosure:  I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. This has not affected the content of my review.

Review: HETTA COFFEE BOXED SET (6-10) by Jinx Schwartz

In at least one of my prior posts, I mentioned my reading addiction and its role in helping me cope with the Covid-19 craziness.  As part of my escape from reality I have taken to binge reading, and recently read books 6-10 of the Hetta Coffee series by Jinx Schwartz.

About the Boxed Set*

51pfdsca7lHetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it!

She’s forty-ish, single and has adventure in her DNA. As an engineer who has globe-trotted for most of her career, she and her forty-five foot yacht are based in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, where she finds enough work to keep her in diesel fuel and refried beans. But it’s not all margaritas and mariachis, because her penchant to take on what some might call less-than-respectable projects keeps her up to her neck in hot Mexican water.

Never one to be accused of being faint of heart, Hetta tackles life-changing escapades that lend a whole new meaning to the phrase “sink or swim.”

*from Amazon

My Review

Hetta Coffey is not your typical female sleuth. She is a little rough around the edges with a unique outlook on life and sometimes outrageous behavior.  No one could possibly get into that much trouble without hardly trying.  But it makes for entertaining reading and a glimpse into a lifestyle nothing like my own. 

In this collection, Hetta, Jan (her best friend and human sidekick), and Po Thang (her canine sidekick) muddle their way into a variety of interesting, amusing, and dangerous situations. Absurdities abound.  

And there are animals. Lots of different animals – from Po Thang’s dolphin playmate in Just Different Devils to an exotic bird in Just for the Birds. I likehow the author weaves them into the plot of her stories as more than just window dressing.  They have personality.

I did find Just Needs Killing (book 6) to be a bit slow and more of a gruesome stretch than the previous books in the series. Nonetheless, I continued reading and found the other four books in the boxed set more to my liking.  Overall, with a touch of romance and a healthy dose of humor and suspense, this series makes for a fun escape.

BTW, feel free to check out my review of Just the Pitts (book 5 in this series).

The Hetta Coffey books are available on Amazon.

Showcase: SO, YOU’RE RAISING YOUR GRANDKIDS! by Harriet Hodgson

In a departure from my usual fare of mysteries and romantic suspense, today’s post shines the spotlight on So, You’re Raising Your Grandkids!: Tested Tips, Research, & Real Life Stories to Make Your Life Easier by Harriet Hodgson.  Promises to be a very insightful read.

About the Book

So, You're Raising Your Grandkids by Harriet HodgsonIf you are a grandparent raising your grandchildren, help has arrived.

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 10% of all grandparents in the nation are raising their grandkids, and the number is going up. You may be one of the millions of these grandparents and it’s a role you never expected. Willing as you are to assume this role, you have some questions. How will I find the energy for this? Is my grandchild normal? What if I “blow it?” Each day, you look for ways to make life easier.

This book will:

•  Help ease your worries and guilt;
•  Offer tips for creating a grandfamily;
•  Give methods for improving grandparent-grandchild communication;
•  Suggest ideas for how you can connect with your grandchild’s school;
•  Provide child development information;
•  Recommend approaches to help your grandchild set goals;
•  Stress the importance of having fun together;
•  Offer ideas of how to foster your grandchild’s hopes and dreams.

So, You’re Raising Your Grandkids blends Harriet Hodgson’s wise and moving grandparenting story with recent research and findings. It shares her 21 years of caregiving experience, including seven years of raising her twin grandkids. Each chapter ends with What Works, proven tips for grandparents raising grandkids.

At the end, you’ll cheer for all the loving grandparents—including you—who are putting grandchildren first.

The book is available on Amazon.

About the Author

Rochester, Minnesota resident Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and additional graduate training.

Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, and The Caregiver Space websites. Visit www.thecaregiverspace.org/authors/hhodgson to read her articles.

Harriet Hodgson shirtHodgson has appeared on more than 185 talk radio shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of television stations, including CNN, and dozens of blog talk radio programs. A popular guest, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences.

Her recent work is based on Hodgson’s 21 years as a family caregiver. She was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian and caregiver for seven years, and is in her fifth year as her disabled husband’s caregiver.  Visit Harriet’s RRBC Author Page to find out more about this busy wife, grandmother, caregiver, and author.

Release Blitz: LAKE EFFECT by K.C. Gillis

As part of a Release Blitz organized by RABT Blog Tours and PR, today’s post turns the spotlight on Lake Effect (A Jordan Reed Mystery) by K.C. Gillis, which released today.   this sounds like an engaging read and the cover is gorgeous.

About the Book

LakeffectcoverMysterious marina accidents. Destroyed evidence. Can a tenacious reporter decipher the twisted clues at a small-town lake?

Jordan Reed is burned out from all the attention on her previous high-profile story. But when a new lead lands in her lap, she reluctantly postpones her vacation to investigate a classic New England marina. With hundreds of dead fish washing up on Copper Lake’s otherwise pristine shores, Jordan suspects a sinister cover-up.

But by the time she arrives on the scene, she’s surprised to discover the police chief eliminated every last carcass and seems hellbent on blocking her inquiries. And her search for the culprit takes a perilous turn when gambling kingpins descend on the city and a string of unexplained calamities plague the docks.

Can Jordan expose the corruption, or will she be the next to go belly-up?

Lake Effect is the second book in the fast-paced Jordan Reed mystery series. If you like steely female sleuths, gripping action, and clever twists that’ll keep you guessing, then you’ll love K.C. Gillis’s page-turning mystery.

About the Author

K.C. (Kevin) Gillis is the author of the Jordan Reed mystery series. Despite being a lifelong lover of stories and books, writing took a distant back seat as his professional career travelled through the Canadian Air Force, a decade as a chemist, followed by a long and continuing run in corporate America. With writing no longer in the back seat (but not quite yet in the front seat), Kevin now has the Jordan Reed series well underway. His personal interests focus on endurance and water sports. Having grown up in the Canadian Maritimes, he now lives in the US northeast.

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Other books in the Jordan Reed Mystery series:

Toxic Deception

Strange symptoms. Bloody secrets. Can one reporter solve a medical mystery before she ends up in a body bag?

Jordan Reed put her world on hold to hunt down corruption. So when the gutsy journalist gets tipped off about blood money changing hands at a pharmaceutical factory, she dives into the story. With an otherwise healthy worker dropping dead of multiple organ failure, Jordan suspects something far more sinister than a simple accident…

Buy Toxic Deception to unravel a contagious mystery today HERE!

Review & Giveaway: SECRETS OF THE TREASURE KING by Terri Ambrose

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As part of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I recently read an ARC of Secrets of the Treasure King, the 4th book in Terry Abrose’s Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

About the Book

SECRETS-OF-THE-TREASURE-KINGThe Seaside Cove rumor mill is buzzing about the captain of The Treasure King. He claims to know the location of the San Manuel, a four-hundred-year-old sunken Spanish galleon with a cargo worth millions. And now, he’s dead, the victim of a speargun attack.

When the police ask B&B owner Rick Atwood to consult in the investigation, he has mixed feelings. Consulting for the police is not the problem. He’s done it before. The problem is his eleven-year-old daughter, Alex.

Alex is fearless, precocious, and fueled by a strong sense of girl power. She’s also convinced the cops will never find the killer without her help, so she launches her own investigation—and quickly becomes a candidate for Seaside Cove’s youngest felon.

Now, unless Rick can solve the case with the clues Alex found illegally, his daughter might face charges of breaking-and-entering, the treasure of the San Manuel will be lost to pirates, and a killer could get away with murder.

My Review

Rick Atwood, a former investigative reporter,  has settled into his new life as owner of a B&B in a quaint seaside town.  Rick is a devoted father who only wants the best for his over-inquisitive daughter and that includes keeping her away from murder investigations.  Of course, that is too much to expect of Alex, a very determined and impulsive pre-teen.  The  narrative alternates between Rick and Alex’s points of view, including her journal entries, giving the book a younger feel.

The mystery itself focuses on local history and the search for a centuries old shipwreck. It is an interesting even-paced mystery, complete with a few surprises leading up to the discovery of the murderer.   An enjoyable light read for a day at the beach.

FTC disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this book.  This has not affected my review in any way.

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Terry-Ambrose-400x560About the Author

Terry Ambrose has written and published fourteen mysteries. His Seaside Cove Mystery series new releases have risen to the Amazon genre Top 100. In 2014, Con Game, Terry’s second thriller in the License to Lie series received the San Diego Book Awards Best Mystery/Thriller award. Terry also writes the McKenna Trouble in Paradise mysteries and organized an anthology written by bestselling mystery writers to benefit a literacy nonprofit in Hawaii.

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Review & Giveaway: A CASE FOR THE WINEMAKER by Candace Havens

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As part of a blog tour organized by Silver Dagger Book Tours to celebrate today’s release of A Case for the Yarn Maker,  I recently enjoyed reading A Case for the Winemaker, the first book in the Ainsley McGregor mystery series by Candace Havens.

About A Case for the Winemaker (Ainsley McGregor Book 1)

A Case for the Winemaker ebook_394x600The closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself drowning in trouble.

It’s an exciting time in Sweet River, Texas, and the whole town’s talking. Maybe, a little too much. Former English professor Ainsley McGregor has gambled everything on her new business: Bless Your Art, an artisan market where local artists sell their wares and teach classes.

The bright, white space is filled to the brim with colorful art, yarn, jewelry, pet treats, antiques and even a few medieval weapons. Oh, and there are wine tastings. Everything’s better with wine. Ainsley is surprised by how well things are going–right up until the moment her Great Dane finds a dead body. With her friend accused of the murder, it’s up to Ainsley to find the real killer.

As the suspect list grows longer, Ainsley has her work cut out for her. The task is made more difficult by the fact her brother, the sheriff, doesn’t seem to want her help. If she doesn’t wrap up the case soon, she might be the next wine, um, one to die.

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My Review

This book is very much a traditional cozy mystery, from the quaint small town setting to the relationships between the characters.  Ainsley is a likeable main character and George Clooney, her irresistible Great Dane, makes for a wonderful sidekick. The book was well written and engaging, even though I was able to guess the culprit midway through reading.

I liked that the setting in this first in series lays the stage for future stories to include all kinds of “cozy” professions – as reflected by the range of craftsmen/women who sell their goods in the Artisan’s Market. Great idea.

FTC disclosure: I received a review copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review.

About A Case for the Yarn Maker (Ainsley McGregor Book 2)

Spin a yarn…at your own risk.

The Case for the Yarn Maker ebook_394x600Everyone at Bless Your Art in Sweet River, Texas, is excited about the Yarn Goddess (yes, that’s her real name) coming to town. Ainsley McGregor has set up a special event at the local community center, but when old Mrs. Whedon doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the Goddess about using quality yarn, a fight breaks out. Who knew the octogenarian had ninja moves like that?

It’s all fun and games until George Clooney, Ainsley’s Great Dane, finds Ms. Yarn’s dead body in a booth at Bless Your Art. Now the prime suspect is Mrs. Whedon, and while she’s not the easiest woman to get along with, there’s no way she’s the killer. At least, Ainsley doesn’t think so. As this yarn unravels, Ainsley and her quirky friends learn some interesting things about the case and the Goddess’s checkered past. But there’s a killer on the loose, and George may be the only thing protecting Ainsley from certain death.

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About the Author

Candace Havens_400x389Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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