Monday, November 12, 2018

Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

Rural Pennsylvania’s Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams is down an officer and has been dealing with extra shifts as well as a pair of bickering neighbors, one of whom owns a machete and isn’t afraid to use it.

Golden Oaks Assisted Living is outside Pete’s jurisdiction, but a murder in the facility his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father calls home makes the case personal.

Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers has been itching for an opportunity to take the lead in a death investigation. She gets her chance when her boss is hospitalized and not only assigns her to the Golden Oaks homicide but puts her in charge of the county coroner’s office.

As if she doesn’t have enough to handle, a long-lost, over-protective, older half-brother walks into her life threatening to drive a wedge between her and the man she loves.

A second dead body leads them to realize the case may have dark ties to a distant past…and if Zoe doesn’t untangle the web of lies, Pete will be the one to pay the ultimate price.

Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy
Series: A Zoe Chambers Mystery, #7
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Henery Press
Hardcover: 276 pages

ISBN-10: 1635113954
ISBN-13: 978-1635113952
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 163511392X
ISBN-13: 978-1635113921
e-Book File Size:595 KB
Amazon | B&N | kobo
 Add to Goodreads

The Guest Post

How Ideas are Born

Some of my story ideas strike me like lightning, while others take days, weeks, or months to simmer under the surface. The three plot threads weaving through Cry Wolf, my seventh Zoe Chambers mystery are varied examples of how my mind works. 

The first story line came to me from a news story, or more specifically, the two-second tease. It went something like “Local farmer attacks neighbor with machete.”

I never heard the actual story. These six words set my mind spinning. As a lifelong country girl, I understand and empathize with farmers. So, I mused, why would a hardworking farmer attack his neighbor? 

My mind started clicking. First of all, it wasn’t a “machete.” It was a corn knife. Not a weapon but a tool. As for the why, I puzzled out that the neighbor was a clueless city dude, who moved to the country and who — in spite of repeated requests from the farmer — refused to stop throwing his grass clippings over the fence to the farmer’s horses. Horses have notoriously delicate digestive systems and will literally eat themselves to death given the opportunity (read a mystery novel, learn about equine biology). After numerous large vet bills, the farmer takes his corn knife (machete) with him as he confronts the Clueless City Dude yet again with a plea to cease and desist. Hence, the resulting headline and the beginning of Cry Wolf.

My second story thread came from my previous book, Uneasy Prey, in which Police Chief Pete Adams and his sister move their dad, Alzheimer’s-stricken Harry, into an assisted living facility. Harry, having a cop for a son and a disease that clouds his view of reality, sees people leaving Golden Oaks on stretchers and believes there’s weird stuff going on. “People are being murdered around here!” Pete and Zoe investigated and determined that no, no one was being murdered. But at the end of the book, I had a nagging feeling that Harry’s story wasn’t complete. And if I felt that way, I had to believe my readers did too.

So, I brought Harry back and I created a homicide at Golden Oaks. A real one. The book is titled Cry Wolf after all. 

The third story thread came out of a regret I had, reaching back to the second book in the series — a theme I felt I’d left unexplored. How different would Zoe’s life be if her father hadn’t been taken from her? While I couldn’t bring him back, what would happen if she learned she had an older brother she’d never known about? With the popularity of the DNA tests for ancestry, it made perfect sense to bring in a character searching for his sibling — Zoe. Now she has this man in her life in whom she sees her dad and who wants to care for and protect her. However, her newfound brother has issues with police in general… and with Pete in particular. 

And now you know the story behind Cry Wolf’s three tangled threads that tie Zoe and Pete in knots. 

The Author

About Annette Dashofy

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNED was nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. 

Annette has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn’t roaming the family’s farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, Annette, her husband, and their spoiled cat live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy.

Find Annette on the web at

The Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour, to read other Guest Posts, plus interviews and reviews.


November 7 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

November 7 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

November 7 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

November 7 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW

November 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

November 8 – Mysteries with Character - CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 8 – The Power of Words – REVIEW


November 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 9 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

November 10 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

November 10 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

November 10 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

November 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – GUEST POST

November 11 – A Wytch's Book Review Blog - CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 11 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

November 12 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW

November 12 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

November 12 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

November 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy - CHARACTER GUEST POST

November 13 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?

Click Here For Details and Sign Up Today!

You can comment as a guest, or with your DisqusFacebookTwitter, or Google account. To register for Disqus, or to post as a guest, click in the Name box under "Sign Up With Disqus."