Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up # 26

It was a great week, this is what happened:

June 20th- First in Series- A Tine to Live,A Tine to Die by Edith Maxwell
June 21st- Author Spotlight- Edith Maxwell
June 22nd- Guess The Mystery - Karoline Barrett
June 23rd - Blog Tour- Come Bitter Poison by Monica Knightley
June 24th- What's New? A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley
June 25th- Non- Cozy Mystery - Alex Segura

Coming this week:

June 27th- First in Series- Off Kilter by Hannah Reed
June 28th Author Spotlight- Hannah Reed
June 29th Guess the Mystery hosted by Amy Reade
June 30th- Shelley's Review's
July 1st- What's New? Clock and Dagger by Julianne Holmes
July 2nd - Non-Cozy Mystery -The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Non- Cozy Mystery- Silent City by Alex Segura

Happy Saturday! Today's Mystery is Silent City (Pete Fernandez Mystery) by Alex Segura. Released on March 15,2016.

Series: Pete Fernandez
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Polis Books (March 15, 2016)
Language: English

"The new George Pelecanos is here." — Son of Spade

Pete Fernandez is a mess. He's on the brink of being fired from his middle-management newspaper job. His fiancée has up and left him. Now, after the sudden death of his father, he's back in his hometown of Miami, slowly drinking himself into oblivion. But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld - and, shockingly, his father's past.

Making it up as he goes and stumbling as often as he succeeds, Pete's surreptitious quest becomes the wake-up call he's never wanted but has always needed - but one with deadly consequences. Welcome to Silent City, a story of redemption, broken friendships, lost loves and one man's efforts to make peace with a long-buried past to save the lives of the few friends he has left. SILENT CITY is a gritty, heartfelt debut novel that harkens back to classic P.I. tales, but infused with the Miami that only Alex Segura knows.

Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Miami crime novels featuring Pete Fernandez, SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET (Polis Books).

He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, and the upcoming ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES.
He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

What's New? A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley

Happy Friday! What's new? Coming on July 5th to bookstores near you. A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer's Apprentice Murder) by Julia Buckley.

Series: A Writer's Apprentice Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
Language: English

An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.

Lena London's literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains...

Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana.

But Lena’s fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without—a dead body, found on her new boss’s lakefront property.

Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla’s books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist’s mysterious estate—before the killer writes them both out of the story for good...

Julia Buckley is a Chicago mystery author whose career started in 2006 with the publication of THE DARK BACKWARD. Since then her work has appeared on Kindle in the Madeline Mann series and the novel THE GHOSTS OF LOVELY WOMEN. She is currently writing two series for Berkley Prime Crime, the first of which launched with THE BIG CHILI.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America, along with the Chicago Writer's Association. In addition, she has worked with the same writer's group since 2000.

Julia has taught high school English for twenty-seven years; she lives near Chicago with her husband, two sons, three cats, and a mischievous Lab puppy named Digby. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blog tour and Giveaway - Come Bitter Poison by Monica Knightley

I am excited to be part of this blog tour. Come Bitter Poison (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries) by Monica Knightley. One lucky reader will receive an e-copy of this book. Leave a comment and email below for the chance to win.

File Size: 1920 KB
Print Length: 177 pages
Publisher: Monica Knightley (April 8, 2016)
Publication Date: April 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Sexy film star. Long-held secrets. Murder by poison.
When international stage and film star Miles Elliot comes to Stratford Upon Avondale to play Macbeth, Maggie O’Flynn is thrilled. He’s been her actor crush for years. But when Miles ends up at the center of a murder investigation Maggie finds herself slipping back into the role of amateur sleuth. Before long many of her friends become suspects in not just one murder, but two. Maggie must discover who’s poisoning people associated with the Shakespeare Festival before one of her friends gets slapped with a murder charge. And she must do so while dodging paparazzi that are stalking her due to a supposed love affair she’s having with Miles Elliot.

With a bit of Shakespeare, copious amounts of tea, and a faux-English setting to rival anything the real England has to offer, COME, BITTER POISON is the second book in THE STRATFORD UPON AVONDALE mystery series. Though part of a series, COME, BITTER POISON can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Lovers of cozy mysteries will find a cozy home in Stratford Upon Avondale.

Book two starts off strong and keeps moving to the end. The characters are delight fun and well developed. With a great story line this whodunit will not disappoint, You will be captivated until the end.

Guest Post:
Hi! I’m Maggie O’Flynn, ex-nun-in-training, current tea room owner and steamy romance writer. I recently moved to this charming little village, Stratford Upon Avondale, which is renowned for its Shakespeare Festival. The place looks like it was lifted lock, stock, and barrel straight out of Tudor or maybe Victorian England, despite the 5,000 miles and several hundred years that separate the two places. I’ll admit I was running away from my past when I landed here but as it turns out it was a good choice.

A good choice for a lot of reasons. Warm and welcoming inhabitants, new dear friends, a kind, considerate, intelligent almost-boyfriend, and a couple of murders. No, I’m not sick or into weird stuff, but I’ve discovered over the past few months that I have an aptitude for solving murders. Who would have thought? Certainly not the local homicide detective. No love lost there.

When I moved here I assumed I’d be seeing my share of murder and treachery, but I figured it would be on the stages of the festival. Sadly, there are people, even here in this little piece of heaven, that find themselves feeling such overwhelming emotions they end up committing the worst of all crimes to quell those emotions. Okay, that was the former Sister Margaret Rose O’Flynn speaking, but it is a truth. Perhaps there is something about my nun-in-training past that lends itself to my ability to uncover murderers. Or perhaps it’s my inability to keep my nose out of other people’s business. That’s what Sister Mary Josephine would say, and did say on many occasions.

But if Sister Mary Josephine thought I was nosey, she would have had apoplexy if she’d met Gina Mattucci. Gina is my best friend and the Watson to my Sherlock. She is a five-foot-two-inch spitfire whose loud, gravelly voice usually announces her presence long before she enters a room. From New Jersey and proud of it, she’s brash and carries a grudge that the West Coast has never heard of some monstrosity called ‘Disco Fries.’ Google it. They’re hideous.

One little added bonus of moving here has been the inspiration this romance writer has found here. There is no dearth of gorgeous men in Stratford. It is a theater town, after all. And word is that my long-time actor crush is about to arrive in town to play Macbeth. Tall, handsome, British—Miles Elliot is many a woman’s dream. Something tells me he may inspire some steamy scenes in my next book.

So Stratford Upon Avondale is home now. I no longer feel like I was running away from my life when I decided to come here, but instead I was running to the life I was supposed to live. Now if I can just convince Nate Larimer, the aforementioned ‘almost-boyfriend’ that I’m not a nun and that he doesn’t need to be intimidated by my steamy romance writing, life here would be perfect.

Time to serve some tea! Cheers!

About The Author –
Monica Knightley began creating compelling characters and stories at the age of three, when she had a plethora of imaginary friends, all with complete backstories. Today any characters that come knocking on the door of her imagination find themselves in one of her mysteries, young adult novels, or paranormal romances.

When not fueling her reading addiction or writing her next book, Monica loves to travel with her husband—especially to England. A bit of England seems to make its way into most of her books. Must haves include a perfectly steeped cup of tea, and a good, bold red wine. She lives in Portland, Oregon where the frequent rainy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guess the Mystery hosted by Karoline Barrett

It's time to play Guess the Mystery and today's lovely host is Karoline Barrett! Can you guess what book this excerpt is from? Winner will receive a copy of Raisin the Dead. Leave answer and email in the comments below. Winner will be chosen on Saturday. Good Luck everyone!

I refrained from rolling my eyes and delivering a loud sigh. Pete had to be at least six feet tall and two-fifty. He was worried about dead bodies? Then again, he’s not the first person who, upon finding out I live on the grounds of a funeral home, have asked me if there are dead bodies around. Well, of course there may be dead bodies around, it’s a funeral home.

Not to worry, I assure everyone, they aren’t going to make an appearance, demand you take them for a stroll around the block, then ask for dinner. The whole time I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen them frolicking on the grass at midnight. “They’re all napping at the moment.”

He laughed, but probably to humor me. I really don’t think he got it. I signed the paperwork he handed to me on the clipboard, then let them do their thing. Something told me they wouldn’t be dawdling around, as movers are prone to do unless you keep a sharp eye on them.

I’m delighted to report that once they removed my dresser, I found my phone, where it had fallen out of my sight who knows when. Olivia would be overjoyed. I blew the dust off it and turned it on. It chirped to life. Great, it still worked! I tucked it in my purse, vowing not to let it out of my sight again.

Karoline Barrett

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Author Spotlight- Edith Maxwell

I am a big fan of this week's Author Spotlight. Edith Maxwell is the author of the local foods mystery series as well as the Quaker Midwife mystery series. She also writes the as Maddie day.

Short bio:

Agatha-nominated and Amazon bestselling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries (as Tace Baker), as well as award-winning short crime fiction. Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can also find her at , @edithmaxwell, and on Facebook.

Long bio:

Edith Maxwell has always been a writer. She made her living writing technical documentation in the software industry, wrote features and essays as a free-lance journalist, edited medical texts, and produced several published articles and a doctoral dissertation in the field of linguistics. And before that she wrote fiction and news articles, with her first paid published story appearing at age 9. Creating fiction, long and short, is what makes her happiest (although she wrote a prose poem about her late father that she’s rather proud of).

She is active in Sisters in Crime, serving as the vice-president of the New England chapter, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a long-time member of the Society of Friends (Quaker), currently the Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. Her art story was featured in the National Endowment for the Arts 50th anniversary celebration.MaxFarmer

As a former organic farmer Edith knows the language and tensions of someone like Cam Flaherty, the farmer in the Local Foods mysteries. Edith lived in southern Indiana for five years and loved the slow pace and language of its natives, so it made sense to set the Country Store Mysteries there. She taught independent childbirth classes and worked as a doula for some years, giving her insight into the life of an historical midwife as portrayed in the Quaker Midwife Mysteries.

She lives in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but is originally a fourth-generation Californian. She has two grown sons, and lives in an antique house with her beau, their three cats, and several fine specimens of garden statuary. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

First in Series- A Tine to Live and A Tine to Die by Edith Maxwell

Happy Monday! I am excited to start this week with this first in Series by Edith Maxwell! A Tine to Live and a Tine to Die(A Local Foods mystery) was released on May 6th 2014.

Series: Local Foods Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
Language: English

"Absorbing. . . Builds to an exciting climax." --Publishers Weekly

It's harvest time in Westbury, Massachusetts. Unfortunately Cameron Flaherty's first foray into the world of organic farming is yielding a bumper crop of locally sourced murder. . .

Just when Cam's CSA is beginning to flourish, thanks to a colorful group of subscribers led by Lucinda DaSilva, an enthusiastic volunteer who's vowed to eat nothing but locally produced food for one year, murder threatens to spoil her success. Especially since the victim is the man she just fired, handyman Mike Montgomery, stabbed to death by a pitchfork. To clear her name, Cam will have to weed out some suspects and dig up secrets buried deep beneath the soil of Produce Plus Plus Farm. And she'll have to catch a murderer whose motto seems to be "Eat local. Kill local."

"Maxwell serves up a tasty plot and a bumper crop of colorful characters. Fans of Sheila Connolly and Dorothy St. James will be happy to discover a smart, new sleuth who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty." --Rosemary Harris

About the Author

Edith Maxwell (Amesbury, MA) is the vice-president of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and a long-time member of the Society of Friends. She is the author of the Local Foods Mysteries, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, and the Country Store Mysteries. She blogs at