Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J Duncan - Blog Tour, Book Review & #Giveaway (US only)

The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
9th in Series 
Minotaur Books (April 24, 2018) 
Hardcover: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1250101495 
Digital ASIN: B0763SLW6M 
The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.
The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.
Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women's Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.
A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.

If you love a gentle British cozy mystery set in the stunning Welsh country with puzzles and murders and suspects aplenty then this is just the kind of riddle you'll love!  Llanelen is the sort of town where, if you've lived there for almost thirty years (as Penny has) you're still considered a newcomer.....though the villagers are mainly a friendly lot.

In The Marmalade Murders we follow Penny Brannigan as she is asked to help out at the annual agricultural show by judging the childrens' pets but she certainly wasn't expecting to find a dead body underneath one of the judging tables!

The victim was not well liked in the town, even her own family didn't get on with her.   So, there are no shortage of suspects but the motives are not so clear.

There's a lot to enjoy in this mystery set among the rolling hills of a sleepy Welsh village, with colourful characters, days out that end in murder, marmalades and yummy cakes, the Welsh Womens Guild, family disagreements and unfriendly rivalries (particularly in the marmalade competition!).

The storytelling is just at the right pace with just the right amount of surprises and intrigue to keep turning the pages. 

About the Author

Elizabeth J Duncan is the author of two mystery series – Shakespeare in the Catskills and the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. She is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada’s best light mystery and lives in Toronto.   

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Summer Theatre By The Sea by Tracy Corbett - Blog Tour Extract

I am delighted to bring you this exclusive extract from The Summer Theatre by the Sea

A summer to remember…

Charlotte Saunders has always loved the buzz of city life. So, when she finds herself abruptly fired, dumped and forced to leave London to move in with her sister Lauren in Cornwall, she thinks the world is ending.

To keep herself busy in the quiet coastal town, Charlotte agrees to help the local drama club. Designing sets for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, just for the summer, while she figures out her next career move. But could days at the beach, new friends and a dashingly handsome doctor, change Charlotte’s mind? Suddenly Cornwall doesn’t look so boring after all…

The perfect summer romance for fans of Lucy Diamond and Rachel Lucas.


On the street below, she spotted a post-office van pull up
outside the Co-op. She found herself hesitating in case
Nate Jones appeared, allowing herself a moment’s wishful
thinking. She’d met the local postie soon after moving to
Penmullion seven years ago. He’d proved to be a good
friend, who frequently looked after the kids for her. They’d
regularly hung out when performing in plays together or
drinking at Smugglers Inn, but when it became clear he
wanted more than she could offer, she backed off. It wasn’t
as though she could allow anything to happen between
them, so why torture herself fantasising? Life might be
challenging as a single parent, but adding another adult
into the equation would only upset the balance and confuse
the children. So, until they were older, relationships were
off the table … no matter how tempted she might be.

   Moving to Cornwall had been the right decision. The kids
loved living by the seaside, and so did she. The local school
wasn’t overpopulated, and the teachers often took the
children outside for lessons. It was a wonderful education
for them. The town of Penmullion was quaint and full of
history. There was a relaxed sense of well-being about the
place, as well as a tight community spirit. They enjoyed
early-morning walks along the beach, picnics in the summer,
and fresh air all year around. It made an ideal setting to
raise a family.

   Removing the guacamole and salsa from the fridge, she
sniffed the contents. Both were past their sell-by date, and
consequently half price, but there were no signs of mould,
so hopefully they were safe to consume.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Picture by Roger Bray - COVER REVEAL

Today I am thrilled to be revealing the cover for The Picture

Genre:  Contemporary/Literary Fiction
Publication Date:  22 April 2018
Estimated Page Count:  320 pages
Standalone Novel

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

Author Roger Bray

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May - Blog Tour, Book Review & #Giveaway

Today is my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay - you can read my review below and you could even win a copy for yourself by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publication Date:  9 April 2018
Standalone Novel
Estimated Page Count:  364

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in
a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is
straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he -
or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to
somebody who really deserves it.
    Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up
and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on
her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work
secretly to see her fail?
    There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of
meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved
necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little
sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also
bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

Hot Dog, the adorable, lovable, huggable little sausage dog is the real star of this story!  He is so cute and cuddly, you can't help falling in love with him and his big brown eyes.

When his mistress Rosa unexpectedly inherits a run down shop in a small seaside town he is ecstatic as he runs along the beautiful beach, chases the waves and generally has lots of fun playing with his doggy friends, while she wonders what she's let herself in for - whether she can really get the shop up and running again as she's never held down a job for more than five minutes before, has never had any responsibility, and has absolutely zero experience in running her own business

I didn't warm to Rosa at first, she drank way too much and when she did she was just a very unlikeable person with very loose morals!  But my view changed as she busied herself with the shop, she was resilient and independent and easily made friends with the locals.

There was also the huge mystery throughout the story, who had left Rosa the shop and why?  She had no family and had been brought up in foster homes and care homes.  I couldn't guess this puzzle and I thought it was so well written, as we were being drip-fed little clues very gradually.

There's forbidden love, a missing necklace, a hit and run incident, blackmail, love letters and a mysterious old lady who appears and disappears just as suddenly!  It is a delightful and entertaining read and I absolutely loved it!

About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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Friday, 6 April 2018

Murder at the Bus Depot by Judy Alter - Book Review - #CozyMystery

I am delighted to be bringing you my review of cozy mystery Murder at the Bus Depot

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Series:  A Blue Plate Cafe Mystery #4
Publication Date:  6 April 2018
Publisher:  Alter Ego Press
Approx Pages:  220 (Kindle)

Is the depot a symbol of the worst episode in a town’s history or does it stand for revitalization, bringing the citizens of Wheeler together with pride in their community?

Kate Chamber’s trouble antenna goes up when Dallas developer Silas Fletcher decides to help “grow” Wheeler. She and her brother-in-law, Mayor Tom Bryson, have less spectacular and drastic ideas for revitalizing the town. When Old Man Jackson dies in an automobile accident, the specter of the past comes back to haunt the town. Thirty years ago, Jackson’s daughter, Sallie, was murdered at the bus depot. The murder is still unsolved.

Kate and Silas clash over almost everything, from the future use of the abandoned depot to a fall festival celebrating Wheeler. Another murder at the depot blows the town apart, and Kate know she must do something to solve the murders and save her town, let alone the festival she’s planning.

Murder at the Bus Depot is the 4th in the Blue Plate Cafe Mystery Series and features Kate Chambers who runs the cafe in the small town of Wheeler, 60 miles east of Texas.

Kate loves the town just as it is, but when an out of town developer comes along and wants to turn the old Bus Depot into some sort of visitors centre, Kate is concerned.  This is not just the site of an unsolved murder 30 years ago but it's also part of the town's history.

When another two murders happen in the town Kate fears that Wheeler will become well known for all the wrong reasons and she decides she'd better try and find the killer herself or her town and, possibly, her cafe would suffer.

This is a pleasant cozy mystery that kept me guessing right to the end as to the identity of the killer.  The plot was easy to follow with plenty of suspects, I kept changing my mind as the story went on!

About the Author

Judy Alter is the author of six books in the Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, two books in the Blue Plate CafĂ© Mysteries; and two in the Oak Grove Mysteries. Pigface and the Perfect Dog follows The Perfect Coed in this series of mysteries set on a university campus. Judy is no stranger to college campuses. She attended the University of Chicago, Truman State University in Missouri, and Texas Christian University, where she earned a Ph.D. and taught English. For twenty years, she was director of TCU Press, the book publishing program of the university. The author of many books for both children and adults primarily on women of the American West, she retired in 2010 and turned her attention to writing contemporary cozy mysteries.
She holds awards from the Western Writers of America, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Texas Institute of Letters. She was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and recognized as an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth and a woman who has left her mark on Texas. Western Writers of America gave her the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement and will induct her into its Hall of Fame in June 2015.
The single parent of four and the grandmother of seven, she lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her perfect dog, Sophie.

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