January 21, 2018

The Laird and I by Patience Griffin - Review


Book details
Series: Kilts and Quilts of Whussendale
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1530696260

Book description
New York Times bestselling author of The First Kiss Last summer in the Scottish village of Gandiegow, Hugh McGillivray caught Sophie Munro’s eye, but the dashing Laird behaved badly, acting as if the fun-loving Sophie didn’t exist. Now in the dead of winter, she is set to spend a week at his home, Kilheath Castle, housesitting and learning the art of kiltmaking, completely assured the Laird is out. When he shows up unexpectedly, embarrassment has Sophie wanting to flee back to her own village. She’s not certain how she’s going to unravel herself from this mess—being in his home, in his bed, and he knows nothing of the arrangement that brought her to his castle. Hugh allows Sophie to stay…for now. He’s impressed that, from the start, she’s become indispensable at his wool mill as the kiltmaker’s apprentice, and in his home, helping him to unconventionally heal from his sister’s death. Will the Laird let Sophie leave without telling her how much she’s come to mean to him? Or will he take a risk and ask her to tie the knot when her time at Kilheath Castle is up? Fans of Marie Bostwick, Janet Chapman, RaeAnne Thayne, JoAnn Ross, Robin Carr, Susan Mallery, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips will enjoy Patience Griffin’s novels. Note: Patience Griffin’s THE LAIRD AND I is the novella which bridges the Kilts and Quilts series of Gandiegow and the new series, the Kilts and Quilts of Whussendale. This love story set in Scotland was previously published in MUST LOVE HIGHLANDERS, a duet anthology with New York Times bestseller Grace Burrowes. THE LAIRD AND I is not a historical or time travel story, but a contemporary Scottish romance with a hint of women’s fiction set around the small town quilters of Gandiegow and Whussendale.

Meet the author - Patience Griffin
Award-winning author Patience Griffin has been writing and sewing her whole life but didn’t discover her love of quilting until her late thirties. She decided the best way to acquire her first quilt was to make one for herself. At nearly the same time, she started commuting three and half hours a day for her dream engineering job. To pass the time on the long drive, she got hooked on audiobooks—especially books with love stories. Within a couple of years, she was writing stories of her own. It was no surprise to her family and friends when she combined her love of quilting, her small town roots, and her obsession with Scottish romances into novels. She has gained some recognition with her September 11th Story Quilt which has toured the country as the property of the Pentagon. Her first book, To Scotland with Love, received a Publishers Weekly *starred reviewed, won the New England Readers’ Choice award and Golden Quill for best first book and was also a double RITA® finalist. Patience’s Kilts and Quilts series takes place in small town Scotland and set around a group of quilters. She loves to write about home, heart, and community.

My thoughts
This was another great book by one of my favorite authors. I liked that Deydie made a quick appearance in the book to tie it in with the rest of the other series. It was kind of funny that Sophie got hoodwinked by her friend and friend's mom. Then Hugh was really taken for a loop as he had no idea that someone was coming into his home. I don't know what I would have done in either of their situations as it would have been a strange thing. The addition of the two dogs was fun. They did add to the story. I am looking forward to this author's new book when it comes out. 

Murder at Fantasia Fair by Jeannette de Beauvoir - Character Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
HomePort Press (September 28, 2017) 
Paperback: 282 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0999245125 
E-Book ASIN: B075ZY26XQ
  

Book description
Wedding coordinator Sydney Riley never thought she'd get caught up in a murder investigation, but she became an amateur sleuth when her boss was killed during Bear Week. Now she's back, this time as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown's venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair... and murder is once again an uninvited guest! It's all hands on deck at the inn as visitors arrive for the week-long event and Sydney helps coordinator Rachel Parsons organize the occasion. Guest Elizabeth Gonzalez is attending with her spouse, Bob, who--as Angela--is taking a bold first step into a whole new existence. Angela, Elizabeth, and Sydney learn the ropes and politics from other guests, some of whom have attended annually for more than forty years. But the next day, Sydney's detective friend summons her to one of the town beaches where Angela's body has been found--with a knife in her back, a knife stolen from Adrienne, the Race Point Inn's diva chef. Fair organizers and attendees try and carry on as Provincetown is overrun with police, press, and rampant speculation. Sydney, her boyfriend Ali, her friend Mirela, her boss Glenn, and a host of Fantasia Fair participants scramble to find out who killed Angela--and why--before the killer strikes again.

Meet the author - Jeannette de Beauvoir
Jeannette de Beauvoir grew up in Angers, France, but has lived in the United States since her twenties. (No, she's not going to say how long ago that was!) She spends most of her time inside her own head, which is great for writing, though possibly not so much for her social life. When she's not writing, she's reading or traveling... to inspire her writing. The author of a number of mystery and historical novels, de Beauvoir's work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. Midwest Review called her Martine LeDuc Montréal series "riveting (...) demonstrating her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre." She coaches and edits individual writers, teaches writing online and on Cape Cod, and is currently writing a Provincetown Theme Week cozy mystery series featuring female sleuth Sydney Riley. More at JeannettedeBeauvoir.com

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Character Guest Post
I’m Sydney Riley, and I’m the wedding coordinator for the Race Point Inn in Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. I love the town I live in—a few murders here and there notwithstanding!—so I thought that today I’d introduce you to it… with five reasons you’ll fall in love with Provincetown!

Reason #1: The Atlantic Ocean. Cape Cod was once known as the grave of the Atlantic for its treacherous sand bars, but now is a beloved summer destination for families that have been coming here for generations. In Provincetown itself you can check out the lighthouse at Race Point, or watch the sun set into the water at Herring Cove. I’m always recommending water-related activities to the guests at the inn: whale-watching, a schooner ride, parasailing, and fishing are all great ways to spend the day!

Reason #2:
The Art. Provincetown is the oldest continuously operating art colony in the United States, with luminaries like Henry Hensche, Charles Hawthorne, Blanche Lazzell, and others found that there was something special about the light out here. On August 27, 1916, a Boston Globe headline read "Biggest Art Colony in the World at Provincetown." More than 300 artists and students were in town (many of them expatriates fleeing the war in France) and six schools of art were in operation. These days, I recommend the Friday-night Gallery Stroll, when you can visit all the Commercial Street galleries, meet the artists, have a glass of wine and Talk Art!

Reason #3: The Quirky People. Well, this may be the most memorable. We’re an art colony, a Portuguese fishing town, and a gay-friendly resort, and somehow all those people manage to come together to make it an amazingly interesting place to visit. Any summer evening’s best entertainment is a stroll down Commercial Street, and that gets multiplied by a factor of 10 during any of our famous “theme weeks” (at which I seem to stumble across a significant number of dead bodies!).

Reason #4: The Food. We’re on the Cape. The fishing fleet delivers every day. I probably don’t need to say more, do I? Wellfleet (with its famous oysters) is two towns away from us. Fresh fish is available all over town, often prepared in creative and tantalizing ways. My friend Daniel, who lived in Japan for many years, says that Mac’s has some of the best sushi anywhere. Now there’s a recommendation!

Reason #5: The Theatre. Also in 1916, there was an influx of poets, novelists, journalists, and playwrights into Provincetown from Greenwich Village, bringing a bohemian lifestyle to the former fishing village. Eugene O'Neil's breakthrough drama "Bound East For Cardiff" was first staged here. Every summer there’s a lot of really excellent community, rep, and professional theatre going on around the Outer Cape. Just ask me for recommendations when you’re here!

So… come and visit, either in person or via the mystery series that Jeannette’s writing about me. I’m absolutely sure that you’ll fall in love with Ptown, too!

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January 19, 2018

Murder of a Good Man by Teresa Trent - Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Setting - Texas 
Camel Press (January 15, 2018) 
Paperback: 256 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1603816359 
E-Book ASIN: B076XVG8JP
  

Book description
When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Nora learns that her mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter. Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.

Meet the author - Teresa Trent
Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer. She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.

Author Links FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/teresatrentmysterywriter 

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Guest post
Observe the Mystery Around You 
By Teresa Trent 
In my latest mystery Murder of a Good Man, the main character, Nora finds a letter her mother wrote to a man in Piney Woods, Texas. This was one of the final things her mother touched and Nora feels that it is important enough for her to drive to an oil – bust town in Texas and deliver it personally. Have you ever had a mystery in your life that you just couldn't let alone? I don't think I've ever had a mystery that propelled me to a different state, but I do see things every day that I'm curious about. I often go about observing people with my writer's binoculars. I see people helping people or not helping people and wonder what made them that way. There are characters walking among us. They just don't know that. Everything around you is a mystery. If you just take a moment to look at it. What kind of person delivers Meals on Wheels? What kind of person takes your park at the mall? What kind of person turns in their taxes. At 11:52 PM on April 15?

Taking time to unravel the mysteries of life can give you a new outlook and a childlike curiosity. Whenever I find myself waiting in an airport. I like to sit quietly and watch people as they board and disembark from planes. Some are in a hurry, some are confused, some are extremely tired. Some are looking at me thinking, what an interesting character I would make. Next time you find yourself waiting in a doctor's office, an airport, or in your car watching for your kids after school, take a minute to observe your surroundings and find a mystery to unravel.

My final question for the comment section is how far would you go to deliver a mystery letter?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and a free digital copy of Murder of a Good Man. Join my mailing list to be updated on my latest books and news on cozy mystery giveaways.

Thanks for letting me come visit today and here's hoping you look around you and find my newest mystery, Murder of a Good Man!

– Teresa

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January 17, 2018

Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton - Character Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (January 30, 2018) 
Paperback: 256 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496711878 
E-Book ASIN: B071HKMK38
  

Book description
Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

If Emily has learned anything from her past as a 911 operator, it’s to stay calm during stressful situations. But that’s a tall order when one of her regulars, Georgia Treetor, goes missing. Georgia never skips morning cappuccinos with her knitting circle. Her pals fear the worst—especially Lois, a close friend who recently moved to town. As evening creeps in, Emily and the ladies search for Georgia at home. And they find her—murdered among a scattering of stale donuts . . .

Disturbingly, Georgia’s demise coincides with the five-year anniversary of her son’s murder, a case Emily’s late detective husband failed to solve before his own sudden death. With Lois hiding secrets and an innocent man’s life at stake, Emily’s forced to revisit painful memories on her quest for answers. Though someone’s alibi is full of holes, only a sprinkling of clues have been left behind. And if Emily can’t trace them back to a killer in time, her donut shop will end up permanently closed for business . . .

Meet the author - Ginger Bolton
Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series--cops, crime, coffee, donuts and one curious cat. When Ginger isn't writing or reading, she's crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes were folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

Author Links Webpage: http://gingerbolton.com
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Guest post
WISCONSIN WINTER WONDERLAND 
by Emily Westhill from SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS by Ginger Bolton 

In northern Wisconsin, we’re used to snow. We cope. So, when Tom, my business partner at Deputy Donut, called at five in the morning and told me not to rush to work through the foot or more of snow that had fallen during the night, I said I wouldn’t.

But I knew I would.

For one thing, I lived much closer to our coffee and donut shop than Tom did. I knew he would be there, if not as early as usual, in time to serve fresh donuts and coffee to our patrons. Tom used to be Fallingbrook’s police chief. He could drive through conditions that might cause other hardy northerners to roll over in bed and pull the covers over their heads.

For another thing, many of the customers at Deputy Donut were first responders. A little snow didn’t keep them from work, or from their breaks. They might be able to make coffee at emergency medical services headquarters, the police station, and the fire station, but as they often told Tom and me, their coffee didn’t compare to ours.

I lifted the drape and peered out through my living room window. It was still dark. Giant snowflakes swirled down underneath the nearest street light. In the driveway, my car resembled a slightly misshapen marshmallow.

I let the drape go and looked down at my tortoiseshell tabby, Dep, short for Deputy Donut. Tom and I had named our donut shop after her. “You’re not going to want to walk to work today. How about if you stay warm and snug here at home? You’ll have food, water, toys, a litter box and lots of comfy places to sleep.”

“Meow.” She trotted to the front door and stood with her nose almost glued to it.

“I’m not driving until the roads are plowed,” I informed her. “Besides, you hate being put in your carrier and riding in the car.”

She pawed at the door.

“You can’t walk in that stuff.” Actually, I wasn’t sure I could, either. I went to the kitchen and filled her food and water bowls.

Dep stayed by the front door. “Okay,” I finally said. “Let’s try that sling pouch I made for you that day it was raining really hard.” That day, Dep had ridden in luxury in the pouch and had watched the passing world through my clear plastic poncho. She had seemed perfectly happy. She was very fond of being held close and cuddled.

I put on my cross-country ski boots and then dug out the sling pouch and put it on. Dep let me tuck her inside it. She was even purring. I managed to zip an extra-roomy jacket over the bulging pouch, just high enough for Dep to peek over the partially closed zipper and see where we were going. Imagining tangling my ski poles in the trailing corners of the poncho, I left the poncho inside.

In winter, I kept my skis and poles on the front porch. I carried them to my front walk. As the first snowflakes brushed past her ears, Dep scrunched down into my jacket. I pulled the zipper up so she could shelter completely inside my jacket, snapped on my skis, and mushed out to the street through snow that was too deep for easy skiing.

Sometime during the night, snowmobiles had traveled along the road. In their tracks, I picked up the pace. Dep was a warm and quiet bundle on my chest. No one else was out, and I kept up a nice rhythm all the way to Deputy Donut.

Tom’s SUV was already in the lot behind our shop. I left the skis and poles on the back porch and took Dep into the shop’s office, where she had food, water, toys, a litter box, and comfy places to sleep—just like at home. But in the office at work, she also had her own playground. Tom and I had built multi-level catwalks, complete with tunnels, up near the ceiling. She scrambled up one of her carpeted columns to her playground. I took of my boots, put on my sneakers, and shut Dep into the office.

Tom was in the kitchen, making batter and dough and heating the oil in the deep-fryers.

We opened on time.

My best friends, Misty and Samantha, came in moments later. Misty was a police officer and Samantha was an Emergency Medical Technician. They’d both been working all night, clearing fender-benders and shuttling injured people to the hospital. They looked exhausted.

I brought them hot coffee, a full-bodied medium roast from Columbia, and warm, raised donuts. They thanked Tom and me for opening on a snowy morning. “We really needed this,” they said.

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January 15, 2018

Kiss Carlo by Adrian Trigiani - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book Details:
Book Title: Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Category: Adult Fiction, 560 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release date: January 2018
Content Rating: G (For general audience. Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)

Book Description:
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.

It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.

Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.

From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.

Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.

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Meet the Author: 
Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

My thoughts
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was a good one for me to start with. Let's start with the characters. I thought they were well developed and believable. They could have been anyone's family. Then the setting of the book, now I have to admit I liked the Italy parts of the book the most but the Philly and New York parts were well described as well. I liked how this book was about a close knit family and you got to see their traditions. I also liked the theater part of this book and that Nick wanted to follow his dream. This book could be a tribute to any one wanting to follow their dreams. I will be picking up some more books by this author in the future. 

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January 14, 2018

Unorganized Crime by Synova Cantrell - Review

I received this book free from the author. All opinions are my own

Book details
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539389324
ISBN-13: 978-1539389323

Book description
Why would anyone want to be a gangster? “I wanted the respect, the women, and the money” – Sidney Heard. Raised in a mob-controlled suburb of Chicago, Sidney Heard grew up wanting to be a gangster. He was on probation by the age of thirteen, and continued building his criminal resume over the next half a century. He was a professional arsonist for nearly twenty years; escaped from jail twice; ran a gold scandal grossing over a quarter of a million dollars, and that’s just to name a few of his illegal escapades. To top it off, he played a role in one of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time (Gideon vs. Wainwright). Sidney’s underworld connections ran from the Chicago-based Italians, to the Mexican Mafia. He even worked undercover for the Federal Government at one point in his life. However, all of Sidney’s so-called glory would come with a price. While working undercover for the F.B.I. D.E.A., Sidney became hooked on drugs. He soon found himself staring at 125 years of jail time , a massive criminal record, and pushing his fiftieth birthday. Can a career criminal change? “One of the few books written that gives the reader an insight into the criminal mind” – Retired FBI Agent Egelston

Meet the author - Synova Lantreli
Synova Cantrell is a true crime writer/blogger, fiction writer, and children’s book author. As a freelance journalist, her works could be seen online at ehow.com, livestrong.com/lifestyle, hubpages.com, and amykitchenerfdn.org and in five regional publications. Deeply concerned with illiteracy in America’s youth, Synova took her children’s book The Sleepy Little Sun and spoke in schools state-wide about the importance of reading. As a motivational speaker, Synova has encouraged fellow writers at local conferences, presided over a local writers’ guild, and spoke at writing workshops. For more information of her many projects or to follow her true crime blog, log on to www.synovaink.com

My thoughts
I thought this was a very interesting book. This book held my attention from the first page and did not stop until the end. You can tell by reading it that the author really did her research. I liked her writing style as well as I thought the book flowed nicely. It shows in the little details. Sidney wanted so bad to be in the mob that he committed a number of crimes trying to prove he could do it. He was a very smart man and it showed in the crimes he committed and how some of them played out. All he really wanted was to be a gangster and he spent his life with that goal in mind. I think no matter what he put his mind to he could have done he just chose the criminal path. I am glad I got the chance to read this book and learn about Sidney Heard. 

January 13, 2018

Murder, by George by Jeanne Quigley - Review

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Book details
Series: A Veronica Walsh Mystery #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: Five Star Publishing 
ISBN-13: 978-1432831431

Book description
Retired soap opera actress Veronica Walsh leads a fulfilling second act in her Adirondack hometown of Barton. Her boutique, All Things, is thriving and she enjoys a romance with Professor Mark Burke. She has neither the time nor the desire to be an amateur sleuth.

Trouble finds her when architect Scott Culverson buys a vintage box at the village's annual flea market and discovers a valuable painting and love letter inside a locked drawer. The awe over the masterpiece, a 1920's portrait of Barton's main street, turns to rage when a fierce argument ensues. The box's seller insists the painting was not included in the sale, while Ella and Madeline Griffin, whose mother received the painting as a wedding present, demand that Scott return the painting to their family. The artist's daughter, the formidable Leona Bradshaw Kendall, later joins the battle over Orchard Street.

When Scott is stabbed to death and the painting and letter stolen, the Griffin sisters ask Veronica to help clear suspicion from their hot-tempered great-niece, Regina. Despite a vow to stay out of the investigation, Veronica's loyalty to her friends draws her into the case.

Veronica crosses paths with a shady contractor, brassy hairdresser, overwrought lawyer, and adoring Czech housekeeper as she searches for both killer and work of art. Whom can Veronica trust, and who will lead her to the brink of death?

Meet the author - Jeanne Quigley
Jeanne Quigley grew up reading mysteries, watching soap operas, and vacationing in the Adirondacks, never imagining these pleasures would be the foundation of her debut novel. Her love of characters-real and fictional-led her to study Sociology and English at the University of Notre Dame. Jeanne has never been a soap star, but she has worked in the music industry and for an education publisher. She lives in Rockland County, New York.

My thoughts
I was excited to continue with Veronica on her adventures in her quaint little town. This installment was set around an antique box and the treasure found inside of it. There was more than one person who was upset about the painting in the box which made for a good mystery as you were not sure who was the murderer. I liked how the romance from the first book continued on with this story. I thought the the author did a good job with keeping you interested when continuing with the series. The characters are developing more and the story lines remain interesting. A good second book.