Monday, January 9, 2017

Curried Away by Gail Oust | Blog Tour with Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

The author of Cinnamon Toasted is back, with a new Spice Shop Mystery!

The Blurb

Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck — and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, the latest entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries is sure to delight both old fans and new.

Curried Away by Gail Oust
Series: A Spice Shop Mystery, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Culinary Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books / Macmillan Publishers
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250081254
e-Book File Size: 1384 KB
ASIN: B01G1J80H8
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Click here for a sneak peek! You can read Chapter 1 
of Curried Away on Macmillan Publishers' website.

The Review

Friday, January 6, 2017

Alphabet Soup 2017 Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas.

Alphabet Soup Challenge

from Lori

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet. (Disregard the "A"s, "An"s, and "The"s from the beginnings of the titles.) The first Main word has the initial letter you are counting, except for those pesky Q, X and Z titles. The word that starts with Q, X and Z can be anywhere in the title.

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2017 until December 31st, 2017. You can join anytime. By December 31, your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet. Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful.

Make a page, or a post, or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre. Books can be read in any order and all formats — print, e-book, audio — are acceptable for this challenge! Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

Ready to join us??

Bloggers, grab the image above and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

Non-bloggers, you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and sign up using the link here. You can even set up a special shelf on to help you keep track!

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

There is also a very active group on Facebook where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge.


I'll list my spoonfuls here.

A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin | Blog Tour with Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

The Blurb

Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.

But when Bartó disappears — along with all the music composed for the imperial visit — the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.

Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief — and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.

A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin
Series: A Joseph Haydn Mystery, #1
Genre: Historical Cozy Mystery  
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Foiled Plots Press
Paperback: 254 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9982430-1-6: $14.95
e-Book File Size: 716 KB
Ebook (ISBN-13: 978-0-9982430-0-9): $4.99
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Exclusive Excerpt

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cloak And Dagger 2017 Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! and Barb at Booker T's Farm.

From Stormi:

This year Barb and I have decided to open up a facebook group for all of us who are addicted to mysteries, as we thought it would be fun to chat now and then about those mysteries we are reading. You read a really good one and want to give it a shout out, or if your curious to see what everyone is reading, or want to tease us with a tidbit from your current read, or just general chatter. 🙂 Here is the groups link: It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we shall let you in. 🙂

Challenge Rules:
  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges  are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)

There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.

If you tweet about your progress or reviews please use the hashtag #2017CloakDaggerChal so others can see it.

5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
16-25 books – Detective
26-35 books – Inspector
36–55 books – Special agent
56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

I don’t know about you but I seem to gain more series than I finish, so  think I am going to make 2017 the year of finishing some series! 🙂 To help along with that Barb and Thought we would make a mini challenge within the Cloak and Dagger challenge.

Can you finish a series in a year? Or how about two or three series? The amount will be up to you! At the end of the year, we will have you link up the last book in the series or at least the last book that is out and published as it can be a series that is still going on. You can then sign up for the series ender giveaway for a $5 gift card. It’s a totally optional challenge, but we just wanted to try something different this year. 🙂


I signed up at the Sherlock Holmes level, to read 56 mysteries / suspense / thrillers. I'll list my progress here.

Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017

The Purrfect Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

from Yvonne:

Many years ago I found a cat mystery reading challenge on one of the blogs. Being both a cat and mystery lover, it was the *purrfect* reading challenge for me but then it suddenly disappeared and I never saw one again. So, I decided to create my own. It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

  • Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
  • A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
  • Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
  • Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
  • Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
  • Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
  • Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren't limited to just these choices. If you find others, that's great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple. 

1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.

2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.

4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to. If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section here that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there also. I have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is

6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky here. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

Enjoy and have fun!


I signed up for Purring and will read 10 books. I'll list them here throughout the year.