Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus? 

As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion. 

Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney
Series: Braxton Campus Mystery, #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Academic Mystery
Publication Date: March 30, 2019
Publisher: Creativia 
Paperback: 265 pages
ISBN-10: 109081237X
ISBN-13: 978-1090812377
Digital ASIN: B07NDK76WF
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The Review

I just finished an amazing book, y'all — Flower Power Trip by James J. CudneyLet me tell you about it.

Flower Power Trip is the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, following Academic Curveball (Book One, reviewed here) and Broken Heart Attack (Book Two, reviewed here).

Flower Power Trip stars Kellan Ayrwick, who is still keeping secret the shocking news he received at the end of Academic Curveball, with only his sister Eleanor knowing the truth about [spoiler]. Flower Power Trip begins seven weeks after the cliffhanger end of Broken Heart Attack, when Kellan learns that his brother Gabriel has returned to Braxton (with his own secret) after disappearing for eight years, and the new college president needs his help with a stalker.

Kellan discovers there are suspects galore in his various investigations. Because of all the red herrings, I was totally astonished when the murderer was revealed. The clues are there, though; I just missed them. Can you figure it out?

Flower Power Trip is chock-full of witty prose and dialogue. Here are just two examples.
"What are you doing here?" a charged-up Sheriff Montague grumbled from a short distance away. ....
"At the risk of sounding rude, this is the college's library and I am a professor in the communications department. I'm often in the building doing research and checking out these awesome paper, ink, and glue things called books."
Before I stepped away, Eustacia reminded me, "You took a little too long finding my sister-in-law's killer, Kellan. Please try to wrap this one up sooner. Your reputation is on the line, you know." 

All of Kellan's new duties — investigating the stalker for Ursula, clearing Maggie's sister for the murder, figuring out just who the murder victim is  serve to keep him very busy, plus he has classes to teach and is a single dad to seven-year-old Emma. The result is a fast-paced, fun and enjoyable academic cozy mystery, one that is highly recommended!

I absolutely loved Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney, and grant it the highest rating of Five Kitties.

Five out of five kitties
Note: I received a complimentary copy of Flower Power Trip,
and voluntarily reviewed it. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Author

About James J. Cudney 

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow — all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

The Giveaway

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