Calling all cozy mystery lovers

Summer is a great time for reading, whether at the beach or curled up on the sofa in the comfort of your air-conditioned home.  To celebrate the 4th of July and the onset of summer, 21  authors have organized an amazing winner-takes-all giveaway – 21 cozy mysteries and $210 in Amazon gift cards.
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BTW, I haven’t been posting as often lately because I’ve been concentrating on finishing my next cozy mystery – Dying for Data.  I’m excited to report that it is almost done – expect a cover reveal soon and a release later this summer . If you’d like to be notified when the book becomes available, sign up for my mailing list.

Spotlight: DEATH OF A BROOKLYN LANDLORD by Susan Russo Anderson

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As part  of a blog tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I’m here to tell you about Death of a Brooklyn Landlord, the latest release by Susan Russo Anderson.

Synopsis

death-of-a-brooklyn-landlordWhen newly widowed Lorraine McDuffy gets a call in the middle of the night, it’s not the ghost of her dead husband on the line, but the trembling voice of an old flame, Frank Rizzo, a local butcher. He’s found the battered body of rent-gouging Brooklyn landlord Viktor Charnov. Felled by blunt trauma to the back of his head, the victim lies in the fetal position in the back of Frank’s shop, a pork chop clenched between his teeth. The distraught butcher asks Lorraine to investigate.

As the story moves through the entangled web left behind by the landlord’s evil dealings, Lorraine searches for Viktor’s estranged wife as well as a missing teen with ties to the landlord, believed to have jumped in despair from the Brooklyn Bridge two months earlier. Along the way, Lorraine spars with Detective First Grade Jane Templeton and cares for the victim’s ten-year-old son, baseball-loving Joey Charnov, while she searches for his mother. And despite her guilt, Lorraine and Frank deepen their relationship in fits and starts.

If you’re a fan of Fina Fitzgibbons and her crew, you’ll recognize the main characters in this new series—Lorraine McDuffy, Fina’s mother-in-law and protagonist in charge of the Fina Fitzgibbons Detective Agency while Fina and Denny are on their honeymoon; detectives Jane Templeton and Willoughby, her partner Minnie, admin assistant at Lucy’s and now taking on a greater role in the agency; Cookie and her husband, Clancy; and a newcomer, Fina’s estranged father, Paddy Fitzgibbons, who creates his own boozy havoc as he tangles with Lorraine and Cookie.

Death of a Brooklyn Landlord is available on Amazon.

A Mystery, A Kidnapping, A Missing Mom … The First Book in a NEW Spinoff Series!

About The Author

susan (1)Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a member of Sisters in Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She’s taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes. Too Quiet in Brooklyn, the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series, published December 2013. The second book in the series, Missing Brandy, about a missing teen, published September 2014, and Whiskey’s Gone, about the abduction of a single mom, completes a trilogy. The working title of the fourth is Dead in Brooklyn.

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Review & Giveaway: KARMA’S A KILLER by Tracy Weber

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Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours,  I am happy to tell you  about a new release – Karma’s a Killer, the third Downward Dog Mystery by Tracy Weber.

Description

KARMAWhen Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate’s problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning.

The police arrest a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, and German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. All while discovering that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.

My Review

In this light cozy mystery, Kate meets her mother after years apart. Before she has had a chance to really talk to her, her mother is accused of murdering an animal activist and asks Kate for help. In the process of investigating the murder,  Kate learns about her herself and her mother, and faces a secret from her past.  The author did a nice job integrating the subplot into the larger plot, which included multiple twists and turns.   Fans of animal rescue efforts will relate to Kate and her friends’ efforts to help animals. I think most cozy mystery fans will enjoy this mystery.

And, of course, it almost made me want to try yoga.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About the Author

Tracy-Weber-Small-Headshot.jpgTracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

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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Review & Giveaway: MURDER & OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS by Lida Sideris

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As part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours,  I am here to tell you about Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lisa Sideris.

Synopsis

UnnaturalDisastersWatch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.

My Review

This was a fun murder mystery.  Corrie struggles between her desire for a conventional job as a lawyer and her sense of adventure and aptitude for investigation. She ends up investigating the suicide, and in her non-existent free time investigates a couple of other matters for people who knew her father. Comic relief came in the form of  unusual subplots  and witty interchanges.  The backdrop for the story provided an interesting and (hopefully) exaggerated glimpse into interpersonal interactions and infidelities in the entertainment industry.  Although I found much of the story to be far-fetched, it was an enjoyable fast-paced read.

Note:  If you are easily offended by profanity,  this book might not be your cup of tea.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About The Author

LidaSederis_Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.

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Giveaway
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Release Spotlight & Giveaway: A GEEK GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER by Julie Anne Lindsey

Today it is my pleasure to turn the spotlight on the latest release by Julie Anne Lindsey as part of the blog tour for A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

GEEK-GIRL_murder_ROUGHS_3Synopsis:

IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu’s timing couldn’t be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia’s family’s business relies on her presence.

Mia doesn’t have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.

Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he’s closer than she’d ever imagined.

About The Author

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s the author of The Patience Price Mysteries and a number of YA novels. A self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun, Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

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Think Murder is Going on the Road with a Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour!

I am so excited.  The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Think Murder starts today.
I hope you will check out the posts on these great blogs.

I’d also like to send special thanks to Lori at http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/ for her amazing support and efforts in setting up this tour!

Tour Participants

March 26 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight

March 27 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway

March 28 – Community Bookstop – Review

March 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

March 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

April 1 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Interview, Giveaway

April 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

April 3 – readalot – Review

April 3 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview, Giveaway