Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Blog Tour/Review and Giveaway--Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames


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I'm excited to participate in the Organized for Murder Blog Tour.  In this post you will find book and author information along with my review.

About the Book . . . 
Organized for Murder
Genre . . . Cozy Mystery
Synopsis . . .
The right business hook is the most important criteria for success, and Kate McKenzie thinks she’s found a perfect one.  As an organizational expert, Kate knows Americans are running out of space and money, and renting more storage units is usually not the best solution. Starting an organizational business, Stacked in Your Favor, in her new hometown of Hazelton, Vermont seems like an answer to her family’s budget problems and an answer to southern Vermonters’ prayers.  Business looks good when she snags collector Amelia Nethercutt as her first client, signing on to organize the wealthy woman’s eccentrically-filled mansion.  But things take a turn beyond chaos when Amelia is murdered and Kate’s fingerprints are found on the poison that killed her.

My review . . .
When professional organizer Kate McKenzie, her husband Keith, and their twin daughters Sam and Suze return to Keith’s hometown after his nomadic career on the pro hockey circuit, Kate looks forward to staying put in one place long enough to lose her outsider status and embrace small town life.  And initially, life in Hazelton, Vermont seems pleasantly idyllic and neighborly—the last place you’d expect to find residents with murderous intentions. 

Kate enthusiastically settles into local life and embarks on establishing her business, Stacked in Your Favor.  She is both excited and daunted when she lands her first major client, collector Amelia Nethercutt, community pillar and heir to a substantial fortune.  Shortly after undertaking the task of organizing the vast, jumbled collections amassed by Amelia and her late husband, Amelia’s lifeless body is discovered.  As an outsider, Kate is considered a prime suspect, and her fingerprints are at the scene, given her recent visit to the mansion.  But when items missing from Amelia’s collections mysteriously show up in Kate’s possession, it becomes obvious that someone is trying to frame her for murder.  She no sooner clears herself of suspicion when another person close of Amelia is found murdered, and all eyes turn once again to Kate.

As she attempts to clear her name, Kate discovers that there is no shortage of potential murder suspects and motives, from members of Amelia’s own family and step-families from her previous marriages—many of whom are upset that she recently changed her will—to Kate’s business rival and other town residents nursing grudges.  The intrepid Kate remains grounded within the chaos, using her professional skills to organize the facts, cut through the clutter of clues, and reveal the guilty party.

Organized for Murder introduces readers to the Organized Mysteries series.  Many chapters in this first book of the series begin with organizing tips, which is a nice bonus for readers. Clearly, Ritter Ames has created the framework for a series with great potential.  There is no telling what mysteries await the very likeable and talented Kate McKenzie as she takes on future organizing projects.

Note:  I received an ebook copy of Organized for Murder from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway . . .
Enter for a chance to win a copy of Organized for Murder or Counterfeit Conspiracies by Ritter Ames (winner's choice) by visiting the Great Escapes with Dollycas Organized For Murder Tour Page.

About the author . . .
Ritter Ames lives in a small town in the middle of America, but spends each day globe trotting the art world from her laptop, with her cat riding shotgun and Pandora blasting from the speakers. Counterfeit Conspiracies is her first full-length fiction. A second cozy mystery series, beginning with Organized For Murder was released by Gemma Halliday Publishing in January 2014. She tries to blog regularly and uses her Pinterest boards to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.

Author links . . .

Tour Participants . . .

 March 31 – Chloe Gets A Clue - Interview
April 1 – A Year of Jubilee Reviews - Review
April 2 – i blog 4 books – Review
April 3 – Book Club Librarian – Review
April 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
April 5 – Mysteries Etc – Review
April 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
April 7 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
April 8 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post
April 9 – Thoughts in Progress – Review, Interview
April 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
April 11- I’d Rather Be At The Beach – Review
April 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
April 13 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Review

Enjoy life with books . . .
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