Monday, August 31, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I am featuring a current read, Three Single Wives by Gina LaManna.  Today is the book's official publication date!!

The excerpt shared is from an eBook I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Three Single Wives: A Novel 

Beginning:  Prologue
The Day Before
February 13, 2019
"More wine?"  Eliza Tate raised a bottle of vintage merlot by the neck and gave it a tantalizing wiggle.  When no one spoke, she lifted one dainty shoulder in a nonchalant shrug.  "Well, I'm having another glass.  I've earned it."

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?

The lives of three friends are forever changed after the murder of someone close to them.  Is one of them responsible for the crime?  And if so, which one?  They are all hiding secrets about the victim that make them prime suspects.  

Three Single Wives is a fast-paced domestic thriller with intertwined relationships that makes it a real page-turner.




This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.






Monday, August 24, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I am featuring a current read, Final Cut by S.J. Watson.  Today is the book's official publication date!!

The excerpt shared is from an eBook I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Beginning:  Prologue


She runs across the moor, as hard and as fast as she can.  The sliver of an old moon hangs above her and, somewhere far behind, the village lights shine anemic yellow.  But she keeps her eyes fixed forward.  She sees nothing but the road ahead and hears only the wheeze of her dry breath and the cawing of the gulls as they swoop and dive.  There are no sounds of pursuit, no shouting, no howling of dogs.  She is safe, she thinks.  She can calm down, stop running and walk.  It's over.



What do you think?  Would you continue reading?

Watson's new thriller is captivating from its opening lines.  Documentary filmmaker Alexandra Young is in Blackwood Bay, a quaint seaside village that has fallen on hard economic times.  It is the site of an unsolved mystery about two teen girls that took place ten years ago, and another teen disappearance that occurred three years ago.  Alex is quickly swept into the village's drama, and may herself hold a very important key to explaining the past.




This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. It cannot be republished without attribution.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany

Today I’m participating in the Tea & Treachery Great Escapes Blog Tour.  In this post you’ll find information about the book and author along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed print copy of the book.

About the book . . . 


Tea & Treachery (A Tea by the Sea Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725069
ISBN-13: 978-1496725066
Digital ASIN: B07ZPKGT3R

Synopsis . . . In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .

As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business. 
Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose’s property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can’t let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford’s been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it’s down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag.

My review . . . When Lily Roberts moved to Cape Cod—leaving her high-stress Manhattan restaurant job and abusive boyfriend behind—she imagined her fresh start would bring a slower-paced life.  She knew running an English tearoom beside her Grandmother’s bed and breakfast would be demanding, but this was the pastry chef’s dream come true.  What Lily never expected, however, was that she’d have to defend the feisty Rose against a murder charge . . .  

Eighty-five-year-old Rose Campbell has been a community activist all her life, and when local developer Jack Ford announces plans to build a hotel and golf resort next door to her B & B, she very vocally expresses her opposition.  Shortly after clashing with him over the project, Jack’s lifeless body is found on Rose’s property, making her the police’s prime suspect.  There is never any doubt in the minds of Rose’s family and friends that she is innocent, but convincing Chuck Williams, the local detective assigned to the case, is a daunting task.

Rose’s network of allies comes to her defense.  They quickly discover that in the small town of North Augusta, Jack has made numerous enemies over the years through shady business deals and ill-fated romantic liaisons—many of whom have strong reasons to do him harm.  As clues to the perpetrator’s identity fall into place, Rose finds herself in the killer’s crosshairs.  Can she save herself, her grandmother, and their businesses from danger and disaster?

Tea & Treachery is a winning start to Delany’s newest series.  It has so many of the trademark elements of a successful cozy mystery: a desirable location (Cape Cod); a charming residence (Victorian B & B and adjoining tearoom); lovable pets (a cat named Robert the Bruce and a dog named Eclair); an appealing menu (varieties of tea, delectable sandwich morsels, and desserts); an ample amount of red herrings and suspects; love interests; and a loyal cast of engaging characters.  The mix of old and new friends complements the plot’s development and reader interest in this and future installments.  Delany has proven that she knows how to write a first-rate series, and with her expertise the groundwork is laid for another entertaining ongoing series—in this case, one that is sure to delight cozy mystery lovers, Anglophiles, beach-goers, and tea enthusiasts alike.  

Giveaway . . . Enter the Tea & Treachery Giveaway for the chance to win a signed print copy of the book (U.S. only) by clicking on this link.

About the author . . . Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.


Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Author links . . . 

Purchase links . . .  Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play – IndieBound

Tour Participants . . .
July 27 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST
July 27 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
July 27 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW, GUEST POST
July 28 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
July 28 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  
July 28 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW (unable to post)
July 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
July 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
July 29 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST
July 30 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
July 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
July 30 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
July 31 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
July 31 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE
August 1 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
August 1 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST
August 2 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST
August 2 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
August 3 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW
August 3 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST,
August 3 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
August 4 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  
August 4 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
August 4 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 5 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST
August 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
August 6 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
August 6 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW
August 7 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT
August 7 – Thoughts in Progress – CHARACTER GUEST POST
August 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
August 9 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
August 9 – Author Elena Taylor’s blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Tea & Treachery from the publisher via #NetGalley 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. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Teaser Tuesday hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, where bloggers post two teaser sentences (no spoilers allowed) from a random page of their current read. 

Today I am featuring a recent blog tour read, Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany.  The excerpts shared are from an eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Book Beginning:  Chapter 1 
"Creamy Earl Grey."


"English breakfast."

"Darjeeling.  Doesn'the name say it all? The romance of travel.  Misty hillsides and light, warm rain.  Green plants and fragrant leaves."


Teaser"She can'talk to anyone about it and has to pretend she doesn'much care.  She'not doing good job of that."


What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The opening lines and book cover make my taste buds sing. As fan of two other Vicki Delany'series, I enjoyed reading this first book in her new Tea by the Sea mystery series

The setting is Cape Cod, lovely beach paradise that I've visited twice.

This First Chapter~First Paragraph and Teaser Tuesday was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. It cannot be republished without attribution.