Tuesday, November 19, 2019


It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why.

When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case—and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst. 

Book Details:

Title: Memories and Murder

Author: Lynn Cahoon

Genre: cozy mystery 

Series: Tourist Trap series, book 10

Publisher: Lyrical Underground (November 11, 2019) 

Print length: 182 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: I want to do all the jobs. LOL. But my best job ever was working for a non-profit. Could I be a grant writer? Or does that break the rules?

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: I’d love to do my community service in a library. Shelving books, helping others with research.

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: My first reaction is Stephen King to talk about my writing career and what I could do. But I would probably be smarter to talk to Robyn Carr about career. I’ll save my coffee time with Stephen to Fan girl.

Q: If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
A: Thunder Point, Oregon. I love that town and its inhabitants. 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: A little cottage within walking distance of the coast. Maybe Oregon, maybe OBX, maybe California.


5 things you love about writing:
    •    finding the story
    •    developing characters
    •    making familiar settings change as I want
    •    seeing my book on shelves
    •    people talking about my characters as friends, like I do

5 things you love about where you live: 

    •    herons on the water
    •    get to see deer
    •    close to a lot of fun activities
    •    history on every corner
    •    close to a lot of NASCAR tracks

5 things you never want to run out of: 
    •    chocolate
    •    potato chips
    •    contacts
    •    fish
    •    time

5 favorite foods: 
    •    French fries
    •    fish
    •    chocolate covered pretzels
    •    potato soup
    •    pumpkin cheesecake

5 people you’d like to be stuck in a bookstore with:
    •    Stephen King
    •    Robyn Carr
    •    Neil Gaiman
    •    JD Robb
    •    Jim Butcher


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place? 

A: OBX, North Carolina

Q: What’s your all-time favorite memory?

A: Watching the silver Christmas tree change colors.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

A: Sleepless in Seattle or One Magic Christmas.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

A: People not being nice.

Q: What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen? 

A: There’s a cove on the lake in McCall, Idaho. The water was beautiful, but the stillness of the area almost made me cry.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do? 

A: Get lost in a story.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream? 

A: Vanilla.

Q: What’s one thing you never leave the house without?

A: My phone now.

Q: What book are you currently working on?

A: New series – light paranormal cozy mystery. 

Q: What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: Smoked chicken pasta.
Music: Luke Bryan or Keith Urban.
Movie: I’m enjoying The Guardians of the Galaxy.
Book: Atomic Habits.
Audiobook: Jim Butcher’s Dresden series.
TV: Supernatural – so sad it’s ending.
Netflix/Amazon Prime: I really liked the chef shows.

Q: What books do you currently have published?
A: I have sixteen in the Tourist Trap series, three in Farm to Fork, soon to be six in Cat Latimer and several series under Lynn Collins – my romance pen name. You can find all my books at www.lynncahoon.com or www.lynncollinsauthor.com.  

Award-winning NYT and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon,  pens several cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California includes nine, soon to be ten, novels with six holiday novellas. She also pens the Cat Latimer series (set in Colorado) available in mass market paperback. The Farm to Fork mystery series is set in her home state of Idaho. No matter where the mystery is set, readers can expect a fun ride. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and three fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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Monday, November 18, 2019


Moving to a quiet English village should have been tranquil, but Claire Barclay learns that even an invitation to tea can be deadly. Who killed Mrs. Paulson, the president of the local Mystery Books Club? Was the motive for murder located in the archives of the book club? The members of the books club might have reason to want Mrs. Paulson’s out of the way. She had lived in the village all her life, been involved in many organizations and societies and knew many secrets of the villagers. Was one secret too dangerous for her to keep? She had been wealthy and left her money to a member of the club. Could the legatee have been impatient for her inheritance? Who cared enough to want her dead? Claire, an expert in solving problems in her job as a tour guide, decides to delve into the archives and into the lives of the villagers—and find out.

Book Details:

Title: Hazards in Hampshire

Author: Emma Dakin

Genre: cozy

Series: The British Book Tour Mystery Series, book 1

Publisher: Camel Press (October 2019)

Print length: 190 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



Q: If you could talk to someone (dead), who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: If I could talk to Max Planck who is long dead, I might be able to understand Quantum Physics. In spite of desperate attempts to read simplified books on this, the basic concepts drift past me. I have this idea that emotions can be explained by physics. It’s possible I really understand that emotions are unknowable. I still deal with them in my novels.

Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be? 
A: I’d like to live in the 1920s but with present day health care and, of course, plenty of money.

Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: I would go back to moments when I did or said something that impacted my children negatively. I’d love to get a chance to get it right this time.

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: A research scientist on how people learn.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: Playing back up violin in a travelling band.

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: Carola Dunn. We’d talk about Eleanor Trewynn and all the marvelous books yet to be written about her adventures.

Q: If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
A: I’d like to live in Kerry Greenwood’s Melbourne, Australia, but only for a short time. It’s very hot there, but I’d like to explore it. Of course, if her character Corinna Chapman was showing me around, I might stay longer.


5 favorite possessions:  
    •    my violin

    •    my house overlooking the ocean
    •    my education
    •    my books
    •    the odd little gifts given to me by family

5 things you need in order to write: 
    •    a computer

    •    time
    •    solitude
    •    functioning wi fi

    •    coffee

5 things you love about writing: 

the unexpected production

new ideas

exploring characters
enjoying characters

hearing others give their opinions of my books characters 

5 things you love about where you live: 

    •    the ocean and paddling on it

    •    the musical community which accepts me, amateur that I am
    •    my friends
    •    my neighbors

    •    the ever-blooming countryside of this beautiful Sunshine Coast

5 things you never want to run out of:
    •    ideas

    •    brain cells
    •    food
    •    friends
    •    wine

5 things you always put in your books:
    •    humor
    •    characters you’d like to get to know
    •    characters you’d definitely NOT like to know
    •    pets
    •    a new setting 

5 favorite books:  
    •    Emily of New Moon
    •    L.M. Montgomery, read when I was about 12
    •    The Revenge of Annie Charley by Allan Fry
    •    almost any of Dick Franics' for its fast-paced plot
    •    Hazel Holt’s series

5 favorite authors:
    •    Elizabeth Peters
    •    Sara Rosett
    •    Jo Dereske
    •    Liz Freeman
    •    Rhys Bowen

5 living people you’d like to invite to dinner: 
    •    Jacqueline Winspear
    •    Carola Dunn
    •    Sara Rosett
    •    Cathy Ace
    •    Frances Brody

5 people you’d like to be stuck in a bookstore with: 

    •    Cathy Ace because she would liven up the event
    •    Debby Fowler
    •    Sara Rosett
    •    Frances Brody
    •    Kerry Greenwood. Then we would have Welsh, Cornish, Texan, Yorkshire, Australian, and Canadian accents.

5 favorite things to do:  

    •    paddle outrigger canoes on the Pacific Northwest ocean
    •    read
    •    overhear conversations in airports
    •    play violin in groups
    •    meet my friends

5 things that drive you crazy:
    •    not enough time
    •    machines like computers that stop working
    •    missing the ferry
    •    favorite clothes that wear out or don’t fit anymore
    •    spam


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place? 

A: Cornwall.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite memory? 

A: The births of my children.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite city? 

A: York.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite library? 

A: Gibsons Public Library.

Q: What’s one thing that very few people know about you?

A: I’m an introvert.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

A: Irritatingly incorrect grammar.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby or past-time? 

A: Paddling.

Q: What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen? 

A: Smiles on my family.

Q: What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard? 

A: An organ in Reykjavic Iceland played by an Italnian organist.

Q: What’s your favorite Internet site? 

A: Goggle.

Q: What’s your favorite time of day? 

A: Morning.

Q: What’s your favorite song? 

A: The flower song from Madama Butterfly.

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot? 

A: Home.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do? 

A: Write.

Q: What’s your favorite snack? 

A: Chocolate.

 Q: What’s your favorite beverage? 

A: Wine, occasionally single malt scotch.

Q: What’s your favorite social media site? 

A: Facebook.

Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: Blue.

Q: What’s one thing you never leave the house without? 

A: My glasses.

Q: What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop? 

A: A native design featuring my sister.

Q: What do you know now that you wish you knew then? 

A: Listen more, talk less.

Q: What movie genre do you prefer? 

A: Comedy.

Q: What smells remind you of your childhood? 

A: Chocolate; turkey cooking.

Q: What book are you currently working on? 

A: The third in this series, Perils in Yorkshire.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite place in your town?
A: The ocean.

Q: What’s your latest recommendation for: 
Food:  Roast lamb, Yorkshire pudding, fresh from the garden beans and carrots, roast potatoes from the garden and pumpkin cheese cake.
Music: Brahms Horn Concerto in F.
Movie: Love the Ice Mammoth ones.
Book: Liz Freeland’s Murder in Greenwich Village.
TV: Escape to the Country.
Miscellaneous: Exercise. The comedy value of aquafit in my local pool is hard to beat, and I’m in the middle of it.

This is Emma Dakin’s first series, set in Britain the homeland of Emma’s grandparents. Emma channels her mother’s inherited English culture along with the attitudes and sayings of the modern Brits. She travels widely in England and at one point this May while travelling through the Yorkshire Moors she had all the tourists in a tour bus looking for a good place to hide a body. As Marion Crook, she has published many novels of adventure and mystery for young adult and middle grade readers as well as non-fiction for adults and young adults and non-fiction on social issues. Firmly in the cozy mystery genre now, and committed to absorbing the culture and changing world of Britain, she plans to enjoy the research and the writing of cozies.

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Friday, November 15, 2019


When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!

Who killed Captain Cat? His tribe wants to know.

When the Captain is murdered at Bridgetown Comic-con and philanthropist Esmae Westhouse is arrested for the crime, sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon steps out of her comfort zone and dons her Star Trek uniform to expose the real killer.

A decade-spanning love triangle, a band of vigilante cosplayers, a shady pharmaceutical company, and an ancient black cat named Kitty tie into a puzzling plot that has Lynley running in all directions. The death of Captain Cat is only the beginning, and Lynley must stay one step ahead of a ruthless hit man if she is to make it out alive.

Book Details:

Title: Cosmic Cat

Author: Mollie Hunt

Genre: Cozy Cat Mystery

Series: Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries, book 6

Published: September 28, 2019

Print length: 306 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: This one. I’m used to it, and they all have their good and bad points. If I were a man, the options might be greater.

Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: When I was a child, before the nightmares came.

Q: If you could time travel for an infinite period of time, where would you go?
A: Second star to the right , and on ‘til morning.

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: If I had unlimited funds, I would love to run a cat shelter for senior and hospice kitties.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: I have been a volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society cattery for 14 years. It’s a great place to volunteer!

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: I’d love to meet fellow Cat Writer Association member Shirley Rousseau Murphy, author of the Joe Grey series. We’d talk about books, and cats, of course.

Q: If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
A: I’d love to live in Three Pines, featured in Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series. Aside from all the murders, it sounds like heaven.


5 things you need in order to write:
    •    quiet
    •    coffee
    •    a cat on my lap
    •   morning
    •   my non-internet-connected laptop

5 things you love about writing: 
    •    changing the world
    •    righting wrongs
    •    playing in my mind palace
    •   painting pictures with words
    •    being whoever I want to be, and sometimes even the villain!

5 things about you or 5 words to describe you:  

    •    honest
    •    introverted
    •    optimistic
    •   boring
    •   self-centered

5 things you always put in your books:  
    •    cats
    •    cat tips
    •    the color red
    •   yummy food
    •   my heart and soul


Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?
A: Conan the Barbarian, the original (Nothing against hunky Jason Momoa).

Q: What’s your all-time favorite author?
A: Louise Penny, with her Armand Gamache mysteries.

Q: What’s one thing that very few people know about you?
A: Like the hero of my Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, I have General Anxiety Disorder. (No fun.) Also I work as an extra in TV shows. (Fun!)

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do?
A: Write.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite picture of yourself?
A: This is me with Two, for sure the best photo of me ever taken.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do?
A: Write.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Q: What book are you currently working on?
A: The Crazy Cat Lady series is still going strong. Right now I’m working on #7, “Cat by the Sea” (A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking) and #8, “Adventure Cat.” I’m also continuing the Cat Seasons sci-fantasy tetralogy with book 2, “Cat Winter.”

Q: What books do you currently have published? 

A: Cats’ Eyes, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #1:
Look what the cat dragged in! When Lynley’s old kitty Fluffo discovers a stolen uncut diamond, Lynley finds herself accused of murdering the thieves.

Copy Cats, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #2:
When Lynley exposes a breed cat counterfeiting ring, she becomes the target of a serial killer who murders with a grisly cat-like claw.

Cat’s Paw, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #3:
Two suspicious deaths at an elite art retreat send Lynley running back to Portland, but murder follows in her wake.

Cat Call, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #4:
Lynley takes over as cat handler for a TV pilot only to find the show is hexed and murder is waiting in the wings.

Cat Café, Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery #5:
A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!

CAT POEMS: For the Love of Cats (2018)
Mollie Hunt celebrates love, loss, and life shared with the feline species.

Placid River Runs Deep (2016)
When Ember Mackay learns she has a life-threatening illness, she flees to the old Placid River cabin for solace, but she finds mystery instead.

Cat Summer (2019 Fire Star Press)
Sentient cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice!

Q: What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: vegan
Music: bagpipes
Movie:The Lost Room
Book: Titus Groan, by Mervyn Peake
Audiobook: M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series, narrated by lovely Scotsmen.
TV: Murder She Wrote
Netflix/Amazon Prime: Longmire/Good Omens

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie Hunt writes the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, and the Cat Seasons sci-fantasy tetralogy where cats save the world. She also pens a bit of cat poetry.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Connect with Mollie:

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019


When Maddie Springer—shoe designer turned amateur sleuth—tags along with her mother to the Antiques Extravaganza road show, the last thing she expects to have to do is pull her mom off of a celebrity appraiser after he calls her prized antique hatpin a phony. But things go from harried to homicide when the same appraiser is found dead just moments later—killed by Mom’s hatpin!

Now not even Maddie’s husband, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez, can save Mom as the force’s two most bumbling detectives are assigned to the case. As if Maddie doesn’t have enough on her plate, her best friends, Dana and Marco, enlist her help to plan the most over-the-top Hollywood surprise party ever for Dana’s fiancé (who has a little surprise of his own up his sleeve), Maddie’s adorable twin toddlers are always up to no good, and the only thing that can calm her fashion-challenged and suddenly-a-suspect mom down are aura cleansing from her favorite Venice Beach psychic, Mrs. Rosenblatt. Whether they help or hurt, Maddie’s friends assist her in wading through a slew of murder suspects—none of whom are telling the truth and all of whom have ample motive to want the appraiser dead. Was it the frigid business partner with questionable ethics? The clown-collecting fan-turned-stalker? The auction house owner with a grudge? Or was the appraiser’s real business something much more sinister than his TV personality let on…and much more deadly?

Maddie and her eccentric gang of unlikely sleuths are under the gun to find out before the real killer strikes again…and Mom takes the fall!

Book Details:

Title: Suspect in High Heels

Author: Gemma Halliday

Genre: mystery

Series: High Heels Mysteries, book 10

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (October 1, 2019)

Print length: 200 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: Has to be current! Women have had it not so hot throughout most of history, so while I'd love to visit some past time periods, I don't think I'd want to stay.

Q: If you could time travel for an infinite period of time, where would you go? 

A: I've always been kind of obsessed with the Victorian era. 

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be? 

A: Movie producer... this was the career I was pursuing when life intervened and I changed course to writing books.

Q: If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
A: Anything with kids.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be? 

A: Probably right where I am! I love sunny California. 


5 things you need in order to write: 

    •    coffee
    •    laptop
    •    detailed outline
    •    snacks
    •    sometimes wine

5 things you love about writing: 

    •    I get to totally make stuff up and no one gets mad

    •    I can (and often do) work in my pajamas
I can work anywhere from Starbucks to the beach
    •    the research is always interesting

    •    there's always something new to explore

5 things you never want to run out of:  

    •    coffee

    •    paper

    •    wine

    •    cookies

    •    books

5 things you always put in your books: 
    •    humor
    •    Romance
    •    dead bodies
    •    suspense
    •    fashion

5 favorite places you’ve been:
    •    Lake Tahoe (I set my Tahoe Tessie books there)
    •    Los Angeles (where my High Heels Mysteries, Jamie Bond Mysteries, and Hollywood Headlines Mysteries are set)
    •    San Francisco (where my Martha Hudson Mysteries are set)
    •    California's wine country (where my Wine & Dine Mysteries are set)
    •    my hometown in the Silicon Valley (where my young adult series Deadly Cool Mysteries is set)


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place?

A: Disneyland.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?

A: White Christmas.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite author? 

A: Agatha Christie.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

A: Misuse of the word literally.

Q: What’s your favorite meal? 

A: Anything Mexican!

What’s your latest recommendation for:

Food: I'm really into Chipotle's guacamole . . . on anything!
Music: My car is set to the 1940's music channel. Bob Crosby is my jam.
Book: Anything by Leslie Langtry is sure to be a funny read!
TV: just binged watched all 9 season of The Office with my kids. They loved it!

Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of several cozy mystery and suspense thriller novels. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice awards, a RONE award for best mystery, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family.

Gemma’s path toward becoming a bestselling author was not a straight line—more like a zigzagging path filled with obstacles! Prior to putting pen to paper, she worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, an architect’s assistant, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily none of these panned out.

Connect with Gemma:

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Friday, November 8, 2019


Food blogger Hope Early finds one item not on her scavenger hunt list—a dead husband . . .

Between developing her food blog, Hope at Home, and choosing low-cal recipes for a feature in Cooking Now! magazine, Hope has a full plate. Still, she’s never too busy to compete in a Jefferson, Connecticut, tradition—the town’s annual scavenger hunt.

But as she races with her team to check off the next item, Hope discovers a grisly surprise—the body of shady real estate developer Lionel Whitcomb, shot in a parking lot. His wife Elaine, who’s also in the hunt, gasps and nearly faints. But two other women on the scene cry out that their husband is dead.

It turns out this louse of a spouse was more than a little lax in legally divorcing his former wives. Did one of them put a bullet in the bigamist? Number one suspect and number three wife Elaine begs Hope to investigate. Now Hope is on a new kind of hunt—for a cold-hearted killer and triple widow-maker . . .

Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!

Book Details:

Title: Three Widows and a Corpse   

Author: Debra Sennefelder

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: The Food Blogger Mystery Series, book 3

Publisher: Kensington Publishing (October 29,2019)

Print length: 352 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours

Basic Character Questions

Name: Hope Early.
Age: mid-thirties.
Hair color: brunette.
Relationship status: dating.
Name of (romantic) partner: Ethan Cahill.
Personal style: (hippie, preppie, classic, sloppy, jeans/t-shirts . . . ) Since she spends her days recipe testing and photographing her recipes, she prefers yoga pants and hoodies.
Is this a main character or supporting character? Main character.


Is she optimistic or pessimistic? Optimistic.
Is she an introvert or extrovert? A little mix of both.
What is her strongest character trait? She’s tenacious.
What quality does she most value in a friend? Honesty.
What is her pet peeves? Not using coasters.
What is her ambitions? To grow her food blog and expand beyond to incorporate videos and cookbooks.
What past act is she most proud of? Turning her blog into a full-time job in such a crowded field.
What is her password? Ha! Like she could remember. Too many passwords.
What is her favorite food? Chocolate anything.
Is she a messy or a neat housekeeper? Neat. Borderline obsessive.
Describe her home. It’s a work in progress. When she saw first saw the house, she knew it was perfect for her. Though, the farmhouse needed a lot of work.
What does she do first thing on a weekday morning? She loves to go for a run now first thing. It helps clear her mind and she likes to listen to podcasts.
What does she do on a Sunday afternoon? She enjoys making an early supper and then curling up with Ethan and her pets, Bigelow and Princess, to watch a movie.
What does she do on a Friday night? Lately, she loves making homemade pizza and inviting her sister with her family and her friends over for dinner.

Friends and Family

Does she have a big or small family? Who does it consist of? Hope has a sister, Claire, who is married and has two children, Logan and Hannah.
Does she have any pets? Yes, two adoptive pets. Bigelow a dog she took in after his owners could no longer care for him. Princess is the fluffy white cat she rescued after a neighbor passed away.
Who are her enemies? She really doesn’t have enemies. Well, she has a childhood frenemy, Meg Griffin. Their relationship is complicated but they’re working on it.
Is she in a relationship? Yes, she’s dating Ethan Cahill.
Has she ever had her heart broken? Yes, when she divorced not too long ago.
Does she have a sidekick? Two. Her best friend, Drew Adams. He’s a reporter for a local newspaper. And Jane Merrifield, a retired author who loves a good mystery.

Work, Education and Hobbies

What is her current job? She’s a food blogger.
What does she think about her current job? Hope loves her job. From the first recipe she published, she knew she wanted to continued blogging and developing recipes. Now she’s able to it full-time and she loves the flexibility and the creativity.
What are her hobbies? She knits. She loves to garden. And thanks to her old farmhouse, she gets to indulge in numerous DIY projects.
What is her educational background? She graduated with a BA in English.
Does she have a natural talent for something? Cooking and baking.


What is in her fridge? It’s way too packed with ingredients and results from her recipe testing to give a full accounting over everything.
What is on her bedside table? Her phone, her current read, a romance novel by Eve Kincaid, and a lamp she salvaged and had re-wired.
What is her most treasured possession? There’s a vase in her entry foyer that she loves. It was the first antique she ever purchased and she to save for months on her editorial assistant salary to buy it.


Is she comfortable with technology? Yes. As a blogger she has to keep updated on tech.
If she could call one person for help, who would it be? That depends on the kind of trouble and if she was in the mood for a lecture.
What is her greatest extravagance? Her bedding. Even though she’s on a budget, she indulged in luxurious bedding because she’s on her feet all day either working on recipes or on DIY projects around her house.
What would she do if she won the lottery? Not much would change in her day-to-day life. Though Hope would love to fund charities from animal rescue to food deliveries for seniors.
What would she ask a fortune teller? What’s the next big social media platform that will take off so she could promote her blog.
How does she respond to a threat? Hope doesn’t back down. In fact, she becomes more determined to find the truth.
Is she confrontational? Yes, when she must be. When she’s searching for the truth, for justice, she will be confrontational if it’s necessary.

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019


American antique dealer Kate Hamilton’s Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby . . . and a chain of murders.

It’s Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent’s tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade.

Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman’s work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman’s death connected?

Kate learns that Lady Barbara’s son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara’s son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It’s up to Kate to clear her daughter’s name in Connie Berry’s second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries.

Book Details:

Title: A Legacy of Murder

Author: Connie Berry

Genre: traditional mystery

Series: A Kate Hamilton Mystery, book 2

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (October 8, 2019)

Print length: 336 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q:  If you could live in any time period, which would it be?

A: As much as I adore history, I have to say right now—the present. Not only do we enjoy the physical comforts of reliable heat and light, a safe food supply, and modern medicine, but we also have access via the internet and vast archives to the documents of the past. Think of the olden days when we had to search through card catalogs, locate the books we wanted (which may or may not prove helpful), lug them to a desk somewhere, and pour over them word by word. Now, from the comfort of our own homes, we can learn the schedules of ships sailing between New York and Glasgow in the eighteenth century. We can read actual diaries written in the time of the Great Fire of London. We can pull up inventories included in the wills of people who died in past centuries. We can even translate works written in other languages. And then there's word processing. When I typed my master's thesis, I produced three error-ridden pages for every acceptable one. Now, typos vanish without so much as a thought. If I had to choose a time period other than the present, I'd probably choose the beginning of the nineteenth century, but I'd insist on permission to pop back to the present every once in a while for a bath, a change of clothes, and a clean bed.

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?

A: I've already done it! For twenty-five years I taught theology and trained leaders in a class of more than five hundred. Not once did I consider it work. When I retired three years ago, I decided to write full time—and I love this, too. Considering all the possible jobs I might have had in business, medicine, academia, or public service, I lucked out. The work I've done and am doing suits me to a tee.

Q: If you had to do community service, what would you choose?

A: One community service organization I've been associated with over the years provides a helping hand to the needy, the elderly, and the homeless. The elderly hold a special place in my heart. I love to listen to their stories of the past. Many of them did amazing and courageous things, and they should be treated with the utmost respect and kindness. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and it breaks my heart. Elderly men with their instinct for gallantry are especially dear to me—which makes my husband very happy.

Q: If you were on the Amazon bestseller list who would you choose to be one before and one below you?

A: Since this question takes us into the realm of fantasy, I'll be bold and say I'd like to be wedged between Louise Penny and Deborah Crombie. I aim high.

Q: If  you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet, and what would you talk about?

A: Choosing just one author to meet for coffee is a challenge—and my answer might change, depending on what I'm reading at the moment and what I'm writing. Today I'd probably choose Louise Penny since I just finished her wonderful new book, A Better Man. I'd ask her how she plots out all the possible suspects and their secrets. She kept me guessing until the very end.


Five things you need in order to write:

•    a comfortable place to sit. We've all heard about J. K. Rowling, writing the Harry Potter series while sitting in a coffee shop. I guess it's true, but since writers spend so much time sitting, the first thing we need (in my opinion) is a comfortable chair. Mine is adjustable, so I can vary my position from time to time.
•    my computer. As I mentioned before, the ability to correct and revise seamlessly is one of the great benefits of living in the present day. Years ago I wrote everything out in longhand first and then transferred it to the word processor. I can't even imagine going to all that extra work now!
•    my keyboard. I took keyboarding in high school and perfected my lightning-fast typing speed at Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York. My computer keyboard is a direct link between my brain and the printed page.
•    something to look at. My favorite place to write is our cottage in northern Wisconsin where I can gaze out at the lake and the woods. At home in Ohio, my desk faces a wall, but I've put up a bulletin board with photographs of the most important women in my life—my mother, my aunts, my friends, my mentors. They inspire me.
•    my dog, Millie. Millie is a Shih Tzu, one of the sweetest dog breeds in the world. She follows me around like Mary's little lamb and when I'm writing, finds a comfortable place to curl up near my feet. She's quiet and calm, but every once in a while, she insists on sitting on my lap as I'm writing. Not the most convenient, but I don't mind. Millie is my silent partner and ever-faithful companion.

Five things you love about where you live:

I live in central Ohio, just north of Columbus, our capital city. The five things I like best are:
•    The Ohio State University (and yes, "The" is an official part of the name). I don't go in much for sports, but the university definitely adds to the cultural richness of the city and surrounding areas. When my sons were small, I got my master's degree in English Literature there. A friend's husband, now retired, audits classes every semester. The university is a wonderful asset.
•    German Village, a neighborhood just south of downtown Columbus, settled in the 1800s by German immigrants, who recreated their hometowns with small houses on cobbled streets. Most of the old homes have survived and are now beautifully renovated while retaining their Old World charm.
•    the vibrant Short North area between the university and downtown, filled with wonderful restaurants and unique shops.
•    Thurber House Literary Center and James Thurber Museum. The house, on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to evening chats with authors, summer literary picnics, adult writing workshops, and a summer writing camp.
•    living near my sons and my friends. Any place feels like home when the people you love are there.

Five things about you:

•    I'm more logical than emotional.
•    I have a touch of OCD, mostly visually.
•    my favorite household task is doing laundry—and I love to iron.
•    I'm a pretty good cook, but I don't enjoy cooking and rarely use recipes (too much work).
•    I adore animals—all kinds. I'd have a whole menagerie if I could, but we travel too much. So I'm content with Millie.

Five favorite things to do:

•    traveling internationally. Tours and cruises aren't really my style because I want to eliminate as many filters between me and the culture as I can. That means slow travel—meeting people, eating their food, participating in local events, and generally trying to see life from another perspective.
•    walking, preferably in the countryside. My husband and I spend time every year in the British Isles, and I love the fact that Brits are able by law to walk anywhere they like, as long as they stay on marked paths and don't bother grazing animals or tramp down growing crops. Following walking guides is a wonderful thing to do, incorporating a bit of map reading and guess work. And ending, usually in a small village with a pub.
•    having a wonderful meal in an historic British pub. The cuisine in Great Britain has come a long way from the overcooked roasts and mushy peas of the past—except that mushy peas are now back on the menu as a favorite throw-back to childhood.
•    reading—especially crime fiction set in the British Isles. My current favorites are Anthony Horowitz, Deborah Crombie, Elly Griffiths, Tana French, and Charles Todd. My favorite secret crush is the Agatha Raisin series by M. C. Beaton. I've heard that her latest, Beating About the Bush (not yet released in the U.S.) will be her last. I'm already feeling symptoms of withdrawal.
•    Getting pedicures. No explanation needed.

Five things that drive you crazy:

•    drivers in the U. S. who can't figure out how to navigate traffic circles.
•    educated people who apparently never learned proper verb tenses, especially past participle.
•    same as above but with pronouns: Using me, him, or her as the subject of a sentence should be punishable by law—with a stiff fine.
•    paintings hung too high. Art work should be hung at eye level. Always.
•    people who mistreat animals. Don't get me started.


Q: What's your favorite vacation spot?

A: Anywhere in Europe, but especially the British Isles and Scandinavia, where my grandparents were born. Within the U.S., my favorite spot is the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where we have a lake cottage.

Q: What's your favorite dessert?

A: I usually skip dessert, but I'm hopeless in the presence of white wedding cake with buttercream frosting and meringues.

Q: What's your favorite color?

A: Red in all its many hues—scarlet, plum, cherry, candy apple, raspberry, brick, ruby, and barn red, to name a few.

Q: What smells remind you of your childhood?

A: The smell of bread baking, especially with a hint of cardamom. My Danish grandmother made cardamom raisin bread (systekage) every week. I'll never forget her sparkling clean kitchen and the aroma of bread filling the house.

Q: What book are you currently working on?

A: Right now I'm working on Book 3 in the Kate Hamilton Mystery series, with the working title of A Pattern of Betrayal. Kate is back in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, filling in at Ivor Tweedy's antiquities shop while he recovers from bilateral hip surgery. She's thrilled when a wealthy recluse consigns a pricey Chinese Han dynasty funereal jar—Ivor's cash flow needs a shot in the arm. But when the jar goes missing and a body is found in the shop's stock room, Kate finds herself on the trail of a missing daughter, a puzzling local legend, and a centuries-old pattern of betrayal.

Q: What's your latest recommendation for:

Food: As we move into autumn and winter, I'm loving short ribs made in the Instant Pot.
Movie: Downton Abbey, of course! It's worth seeing for Maggie Smith alone.
Book: Dear Mrs. Bird, a debut novel by the English author A. J. Pearce. The book has gotten a lot of press and rightly so.
Audiobook: Louise Penny's A Better Man, narrated by the wonderful English actor Robert Bathhurst, who played Sir Anthony Strallen in Downton Abbey.
TV: Two wonderful, older British series, Wild At Heart, set on a game preserve in South Africa; and The Royal, set in a cottage hospital in Yorkshire.

Q: What books do you currently have published?

A:  A Dream of Death and A Legacy of Murder, books 1 and 2 in the Kate Hamilton Mystery Series. 
Book 1: A Dream of Death by Connie Berry
A traditional amateur sleuth, published by Crooked Lane Books on April 8, 2019 (320 pages).
On a remote Scottish island, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton wrestles with her own past while sleuthing a brutal killing, staged to recreate a two-hundred-year-old unsolved murder.
Autumn has come and gone on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth, and the islanders gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala. Spirits are high. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small Hebridean resort community. On the guest list is American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton. Kate returns reluctantly to the island where her husband died, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s luxe country house hotel, famous for its connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Kate has hardly unpacked when the next morning a body is found, murdered in a reenactment of an infamous unsolved murder described in the novel. The Scottish police discount the historical connection, but when a much-loved local handyman is arrested, Kate teams up with a vacationing detective inspector from Suffolk, England, to unmask a killer determined to rewrite island history—and Kate’s future.

Book 2: A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry
A traditional amateur sleuth published by Crooked Lane Books on April 8, 2019 (327 pages).
American antique dealer Kate Hamilton's Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby and a chain of murders.
What could be lovelier than Christmas in England? Kate Hamilton arrives in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, dreaming of log fires, steaming wassail, and Tom Mallory, the detective inspector she met during a recent murder investigation in Scotland. Kate also looks forward to spending time with her daughter, Christine, an intern at Finchley Hall, famous for the unearthing in 1818 of a treasure trove known as The Finchley Hoard. But when the body of another intern is found on the estate, romance takes a back seat. Long Barston is on Tom Mallory’s patch, and the clues to the killer’s identity point backward more than four hundred years to a legacy of murder and a blood-red ruby ring.

Like her main character, Connie Berry was raised by charmingly eccentric antiques dealers. Besides writing mysteries, she loves history, travel with a hint of adventure, cute animals, and all things British. Connie and her husband have two grown sons and live in Ohio with their adorable dog, Millie.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.

Rise and shine, Countess, you’re about to have a visitor.

Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement---and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.

His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.

With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

Book Details:

Title: Tell Me No Lies

Author: Shelley Noble

Genre: historical mystery

Series: The Lady Dunbridge Mysteries, book 2

Publisher: Forge (November 5, 2019)

Print length: 364 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: The 20s, because the clothes. When I was a kid we used to sneak up to the attic where there was  a trunk of carefully preserved  sequined dresses and feathers and head bands.  They  were the most exotic things we had ever seen.

Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: What I really love to do is research, not modern research but delving into the past. I think I would have been perfect as a nineteenth century researcher, organizing some eccentric’s library, discovering long lost facts in the shelves of musty tomes. Maybe even uncovering  a secret of the ages or two. It would be hard on the sinuses but so worth it.

Q: If you had to do community service, what would you choose?
A: I like working with people of all ages whether reading or movement. My first career was that of professional dancer, and I worked with special needs, adult rehab, migrant framers children, teenagers. Anything that opens people to a new experience, one that lights up their world, and mine. 

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: Mary Stewart, who wrote the most engrossing romantic suspense. We’d talk about how she manages to keep you riveted to the page or audio, with just the power of her words, no (not too many) high speed car chases, or massive weaponry, no martial arts, stalking psychopaths, just the complete mastery of the telling. I try to read at least sections of her books every few months, just to remember her mastery of storytelling. 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: In my wish-I-could-live-there moments, I would love to live in Cornwall. It really feels like the end of the world. There’s an actual point called Land’s End, and when you’re standing on the cliffs, you feel that the sea could gone on forever. Then there’s Penzance, as in the Pirates of . . . Oh, and my favorite town ever, Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) that is the setting of one of my kids’ and my favorite children’s books, The Mousehole Cat, and also the home of Stargazey Pie, which no, I’ve never eaten, even in Mousehole, and the Minarck Theatre carved into the side of the cliff and overlooking the sea. So many wonderful magical places, and people, and such history. Amazing.


5 things you need in order to write:
    •    designated time
    •    space to spread out
    •    quiet
    •    writing utensils (I keep notebook, pen, and flashlight by my bed)
    •    coffee 

5 things you love about writing:
    •    the intensity of thought
    •    the focus
    •    getting inside the story
    •    discovering the story of my characters
    •    shaping, fixing, and honing the way I tell the story  

5 things you love about where you live:  

    •    close to New York City
    •    not too close to New York City
    •    friends
    •    kids are not too far away
    •    nature down the road one way
    •    theater and museums the other

5 things you never want to run out of:

    •    patience
    •    compassion
    •    willingness to start again
    •    enthusiasm
    •    coffee


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place?
A: All my all-time favorite places are special at the moment. As soon as I think of one, there’s another. Big Sur, no, Montreal Old Town, no, Teotihuacan, no Minarck Theatre, no, Disney World . . . see what I mean?

Q: What’s your all-time favorite memory?
A: Besides the ones with my children, Christmas at Westminster Abbey

Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?
A: A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite author?
A: Lots, but for get-away-from-it-all reading, Mary Stewart.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite city?
A: Manhattan.

Q: What’s one thing that very few people know about you?
A: I’m a complete introvert, usually well hidden.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who are gratuitously mean.

Q: What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen?
A: Home.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: You can’t slide into second with one foot on first. (Fortune cookie) It’s my motto.

Q: What’s your favorite candy bar?
A: Marzipan.

Q: What’s your favorite social media site?
A: Facebook. You can chat, come back to conversations, talk about stuff now and later.  Instagram is fun for in-the-moment things.

Q: What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?
A: The ocean.

Q: What movie genre do you prefer?
A: Any, as long as it is historical with lots of fabulously-constructed costumes.

Q: What book are you currently working on?
A: I’m in different places with two different ones. Edits on my next beach book, Lucky’s Beach, about a young woman who has always played by the rules and yet feels like something is wrong. And just finishing up the third Lady Dunbridge mystery, A Resolution at Midnight, where Lady Phil takes on corruption and murder and witnesses the first ever Times Square New Year’s Eve lighted ball drop.

Q: What are your latest recommendation for:
Food: My go-to meal is brie, paté, and a baguette with a good red wine. Yum! Makes me feel like I’m someplace special even if I’m eating at my desk.
Music: I’m really into listening to Holst’s The Planets while writing this book. It’s so majestic and quirky.
Movie: Just discovered the 2012 made for TV movie, Restless, with Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Rufus Sewell, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Gambon. So exciting.
Book: I just read an advanced copy of Anna Lee Huber’s A Penny for Your Secrets. Really enjoyed it.
Audiobook: Relistening to The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. Barbara Rosenblatt captures all the characters perfectly. What fun they had.
TV: Shakespeare and Hathaway.
Netflix/Amazon Prime: On Netflix, I love, love, love, The Great British Baking Show. I’ve also been watching lots of 30s and 40s black and white mysteries on Prime. So simple and the actors had such personality.
Miscellaneous: Take time to stop and listen, see and feel your surroundings for a few minutes, or even a few seconds. Even the tiniest things can seem wonderful if you take the time to notice.

Q: What books do you currently have published?
I’ve published over thirty books, Since I write under two names, links to all of them can be found at my Shelley Noble website, and my Shelley Freydont website.

Here are some of the latest:
Tell Me No Lies
Ask me No Questions
(A Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age Manhattan Mystery)
A Gilded Grave
(A Newport Gilded AGE Mystery)
A Golden Cage
A Beach Wish
Lighthouse Beach
The Beach at Painter’s Cove


Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction. (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach.) And the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age  Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series.

She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont. (The Sudoku Murders, Celebration Bay mysteries, The Gilded Age Newport mysteries.)

A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.

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