Thursday, March 26, 2015

LET'S GET COZY! A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP
A ScotShop Mystery
BY FRAN STEWART

ABOUT THE BOOK:
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Hamelin, Vermont, isn’t the most likely place for bagpipes and tartan, but at Peggy Winn’s ScotShop, business is booming…

While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden fee: the specter of a fourteenth-century Scotsman.

Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont—only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrests Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy decides to ask her haunting Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime—before anyone else gets kilt…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When Fran was in her twenties, an astrologer told her that Capricorn women didn’t come into their own power until they were in their mid-fifties. Of course, at 23, Fran thought she’d be dead by then.

But — lo and behold — her first book, Orange as Marmalade, was published when she was 55.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY FRAN STEWART:
                    
         

       
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A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
MARCH 27, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES
BY FRANCES WHITING
THE WINNER IS:
#135 Margie
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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
BY PAULA HAWKINS
THE WINNER IS:
#84 petite
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LADLE TO THE GRAVE
BY CONNIE ARCHER
THE WINNER IS:
#48 Carol N Wong
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HOPE TO DIE
BY JAMES PATTERSON
THE WINNER IS:
#56 Sue Farrell
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FINDING JAKE
BY BRYAN REARDON
THE WINNER IS:
#1 Steve Capell
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I WAS HERE
BY GAYLE FORMAN
THE WINNER IS:
#86 Victoria Zumbrum
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HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER
BY LAURA MORRIGAN
THE WINNER IS:
#144 Jen Scott
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MY SUNSHINE AWAY
BY M. O. WALSH
THE WINNER IS:
#11 Jo-Jo
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ARE YOU LISTENING? A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD
Read by Kimberly Farr
BY ANNE TYLER
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her twentieth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY ANNE TYLER:
           

                     
PRAISE FOR A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD:
“Graceful and capacious . . . Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy. Tyler has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. Her great gift is playing against the American dream, the dark side of which is the falsehood at its heart: that given hard work and good intentions, any family can attain the Norman Rockwell ideal of happiness . . . She’s a comic novelist, and a wise one.” —New York Times Book Review

“Anne Tyler’s novels are invitations to spend time in the houses of the Baltimore neighborhood that she has built—house by house, block by block, word by word—over her long and bright career.” —Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books

“Tyler has proved again and again that a chronicle of middle-class family life in Baltimore can illuminate the human condition as acutely as any novel of ideas, albeit with a more modest demeanor . . . The Whitshanks [are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors.” —Los Angeles Times 

“Happily, A Spool of Blue Thread is a throwback to the meaty family dramas with which Tyler won her popularity in the 1980s . . . As in the best of her novels, she here extends her warmest affection to the erring, the inconstant, and the mismatched—the people who are ‘like anybody else,’ in Red’s words.” —Wall Street Journal

“An act of literary enchantment . . . How can it be so wonderful? . . . Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced . . .  Some of the most lovely and loving writing Tyler has ever done.” —Washington Post 
GIVEAWAY

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A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
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Monday, March 23, 2015

LET'S GET COZY! STEEPED IN EVIL: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

STEEPED IN EVIL
A Tea Shop Mystery
BY LAURA CHILDS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
First Time in Paperback

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning heads to a winery where she is about to learn the true meaning of terroir…

Theodosia has never considered herself a wine connoisseur—tea has always been…well, her cup of tea. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Unfortunately, a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered.

Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She’s heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt, former owner/CEO/Creative Director of a marketing/advertising firm in Minneapolis. She’s putting that knowledge to good use for extensive self-promotion. Laura Childs is the author of the Tea Shop mysteries and also launched her first scrapbooking mystery, KEEPSAKE CRIMES in May 2003. 

She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY LAURA CHILDS:

                      

                      

                     

GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN
BOOKS, I HAVE ONE COPY OF
STEEPED IN EVIL
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

HUSH HUSH: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

HUSH HUSH
BY LAURA LIPPMAN
  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of After I’m Gone, The Most Dangerous Thing, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know brings back private detective Tess Monaghan, introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues, in an absorbing mystery that plunges the new parent into a disturbing case involving murder and a manipulative mother.

On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isn’t sure he approves.

Now that’s she’s a mother herself—short on time, patience—Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre’s lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre’s security needs.

As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she’s encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.

Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well. . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has won multiple awards and critical acclaim for thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Now a perennial New York Times bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY LAURA LIPPMAN:
                 
                    
                         
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Laura Lippman fans rejoice! HUSH HUSH is her newest Tess Monaghan novel that readers will delight in. Tess is certainly up to her former high standards of investigative work while also dealing with her own personal problems. Tess and her partner Sandy Sanchez take on a case to provide security for Melisandre Harris Dawes. Tyner Gray, Tess’s aunt’s husband, has personally asked them to handle this one. What seems to be a fairly normal assignment, is anything but. 

The client, Melisandre Harris Dawes, is well known in Baltimore as she murdered her young daughter 12 years ago. The child was an infant and brought even more outrage from the public who followed the case. Dawes was, however, found not guilty as her defense used the insanity rule to prove their case. Leaving her two older daughters with their father, Dawes left the country and wasn’t heard from for years. To best create this part of the story, Lippman uses flashbacks as well as different narrators to tell the story. It is when Melisandre returns to Baltimore in order that she can reconnect with her daughters that the need for security becomes an issue; enter Tess and Sandy!

Alanna and Ruby, the daughters, are now teenagers and want nothing to do with their mother. As readers learn more about the girls, they become central to the story and the action going on. Dawes, a former lawyer, is able to use all the tricks in the book and that money can buy to try and get her daughters back. Just how far she will go becomes a major issue Tess has to deal with. 

Being the mother of a three-year-old daughter herself, Tess must deal with very mixed emotions about working on this case. Tess begins to investigate Melisandre’s relationships with her now divorced husband, as well as others involved with this woman. Tess finds it hard to understand how and why some of these other people are involved in this abominable case. Tess’s instincts are spot on from the beginning as this woman is obnoxious and the part she played in her baby’s death is something that is hard to put aside. When mysterious, anonymous notes begin to show up not only for Melisandre but also Tess, it is just the start of trouble. When a key character is found dead, the story takes on more twists and turns and keeps readers turning pages. 

I also found that Tess’s personal life was a major part of the story and Laura Lippman did a wonderful job of weaving it into the narration. Tess is dealing with problems many will relate to. She is trying to balance work with caring for her daughter and also her partner. The guilt of whether she is being a good parent spans the range from caring, feeding, proper play time, and all the things parents, especially working parents, deal with. I think that Tess’s love for her little one, Carla Scout, is commensurate to the rest of the story and so instills more reality into HUSH HUSH.    

I found HUSH HUSH to be a captivating read. I had no problem following the story even though I have not read earlier books in the series by Laura Lippman. I did find that the twists at the end were a bit confusing to me and I had to go back and reread a few pages just to be sure I understood what was going on. It may have had to do with my late hour reading as I just couldn’t seem to put this one down, especially as it neared the end! I am sure fans of the series will also find it riveting and new readers will as well.
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 THANKS TO KATHERINE AND THE FOLKS
 AT HARPER COLLINS, I HAVE  
ONE COPY OF HUSH HUSH, TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
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