Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Dead Week by Kelly Brakenhoff


Today I'm participating in the Dead Week Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle copy of the book.  

About the book . . . 


Dead Week (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Nebraska
Publisher: Emerald Prairie Press (December 7, 2019)
Paperback: 322 pages
ISBN-10: 1733742425
ISBN-13: 978-1733742429
Digital ASIN: B07ZHN2SMS

Synopsis . . . Will Dead Week kill Cassandra’s career? 

VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems and it’s not even Thanksgiving break.

A student’s injury and a deaf advocacy project brings national media attention to underfunded Morton College. 

Cassandra’s new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra’s mentor thinks he’s a superhero in a senior citizen’s body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai’i, can’t crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska. 

Is there more to the Vietnam-era story of a student’s death? Cassandra’s search for the long-buried truth stirs up the wrath of those who want to keep the past forgotten. 

My review . . . Dead Week on a college campus is normally a time of quite study before final exams.  Yet this particular week is anything but calm for Morton College's Vice President of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato, who finds herself in a whirlwind of activity.  Cassandra is juggling various claims on her time, from consulting on a student advocacy project; to adjusting to the bizarre leadership style of the new interim college president; to responding to the neediness of helicopter parents; to re-entering the dating scene; to coping with her first Nebraska winter. 

As chair of the college's diversity council, Cassandra is determined to create a more inclusive campus environment for students and faculty of all backgrounds and abilities.  Working toward this goal, Cassandra immerses herself in the Deaf Studies Advocacy Project.  While the project is an important endeavor, it causes considerable growing pains to bring the entire college community onboard.  When Rachel Nagel, the outspoken student activist for the project is injured in two separate campus incidents, it seems that someone may be targeting her because of her activism.  Is Rachel the victim of an attacker who opposes improving the campus community?

In Dead Week Cassandra's administrative skills and personal tenacity are again put to the test. Just how far is she willing to go on behalf of the students--not only to advocate on their behalf, but to ensure their safety?  And as the circumstances of a long-ago student death appear to tie into the current situation, will the revelations of deeply buried campus secrets put Cassandra herself in harm's way?

Brakenhoff's second installment in the Cassandra Sato mystery series is a welcome return to the college community she introduced readers to in Death by Dissertation. Cassandra's drive to make her mark in the field of higher education is as strong as ever, despite the campus politics and personalities she must navigate for her professional survival. On the personal side, Cassandra's relationships with her core group of coworkers and friends get more interesting, and romance is a distinct possibility.  As her first semester at Morton draws to a close, I am eagerly anticipating Cassandra's further adventures in academia.  

Giveaway . . . Enter the Dead Week Giveaway of a Kindle copy of the book by clicking on this link.

About the author . . .  


Kelly Brakenhoff is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. Her first novel, Death by Dissertation, kicked off the Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. She also wrote Never Mind, first in a children’s picture book series featuring Duke the Deaf Dog. She serves on the Board of Editors for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf publication, VIEWs. The mother of four young adults and two dogs, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.

Her first mystery, Death by Dissertation, released April 22, 2019.

Author links . . .
Website    Amazon    Twitter    BookBub    GoodReads
Instagram:  @kellybrak

Purchase link . . .      Amazon 

 Blog Tours 

Tour Participants . . .
January 20 The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 20Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 21Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  
January 22Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT
January 22A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 22The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW
January 23I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
January 23Brooke Blogs– SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
January 23I Read What You Write – REVIEW
January 24Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 24Jane Reads – GUEST POST
January 25 Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
January 25Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
January 26Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
January 26Diane Reviews Books – SPOTLIGHT
January 27 A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
January 27Laura`s Interests  – SPOTLIGHT
January 28Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
January 28 Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 29Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
January 29My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE  
January 29Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
January 29Reading Authors Network – REVIEW

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Dead Week from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other book-related blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Catherine for taking the time to read and review Dead Week! I appreciate you having me on the blog today!