The Anna Romano Mystery Audiobook Series Tour

Author: Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Narrator: Sandra Murphy

Length: 3 hours 8 minutes

Series: Anna Romano Mystery Series, Book 2

Publisher: Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Released: September 26, 2020

Genre: Cozy Mystery

This story doesn’t have just one murder; it has TWO murders…Once again, Anna charms readers with her witty and candid commentary. This was definitely a juicier case than the last one. – Sandra’s Book ReviewsIn this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace.Their new romance was going great, when all of a sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into a wrestling match between two scorned women. Piquing her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation.The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealousy and rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears. In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!Find out in A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller if Detective Solace will be able to handle Anna’s crazy antics, or if he will make her vow to stay OUT of the realm of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ once and for all.

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Cheryl Denise Bannerman is an award-winning, multi-genre author of six self-published books. She is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for her book of poetry, Words Never Spoken, and winner of the Best Books Awards in the category of African American fiction in 2020 for Black Child to Black Woman. She is also a Semi-Finalist in the MLC Audiobook Awards with a 2020 IMDb Nomination for Book 1 of the Anna Romano Mystery Series, Cats, Cannolis, and a Curious Kidnapping. Within the author’s first three works of fiction, Black Child to Black Woman, Words Never Spoken, and A Killer’s Reflection, the author addresses critical topics of social concern, such as alcohol and drug addictions, racism and bigotry, domestic abuse and violence, suicide, and child molestation. In her latest releases, a cozy mystery series entitled the Anna Romano Mystery Series, she hopes to provide relief from a somewhat somber world and spread laughter and smiles with the main character’s witty humor and ‘unintentional stumbling’ over dead bodies and into murder investigations. Her goal in life is to keep writing and continue helping victims of Domestic Abuse/Violence, Grief and ANON family groups, and Corporate Health and Wellness groups, to heal through words — encouraging them to ‘write the pain’ via journaling, and expressing themselves through short stories, songs, and poetry. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where she runs her 25-year-old Virtual Training and Development company, specializing in Instructional Design and eLearning. In her spare time, she loves to read murder mysteries, attend museums, watch movies, try new cuisines, shop with her daughter, and take in the sun on the beach. And, although this author’s works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her personal life experiences into their stories.

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Cheryl Denise Bannerman’s Reasons to listen to this book

Before releasing this series, I had noticed a trend with my social media followers. A trend that was quite disturbing. Those who normally shared motivational and inspirational stories of love, hope, and life were suddenly posting sadder stories of depression, sadness, and hopelessness. It was a world full of hatred, fighting, and death and a media that displayed it over and over on every outlet, 24 hours a day, that was hurting their spirit. So, I decided to write a series that would incite laughter and smiling, encourage people to share stories and videos about their pets, and venture into the kitchen to try their hand at a delicious recipe. Anna Romano and their entire cozy mystery series has helped me achieve that purpose and I am overwhelmed at the number of readers who tell me how much they love Anna and her cats or how much they laughed throughout the book. To me, that’s what matters most…bringing a smile to someone’s face.

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Tastes Like Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery

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Tastes Like Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Fiona is in a heap of trouble! As the maid of honor for Tatum, she has a hard time keeping the demanding bride happy. But, she does everything that the bridezzilla wants and ends up handing her a glass of juice that kills her. Now Fiona is the number one suspect in this fun and light-hearted cozy mystery.

Fiona’s boyfriend is Detective Landry, who is now on the murder case. Because of a conflict of interest, a cop with narcolepsy must appear to be in charge. Of course, this sets up for many a comical moment. As the rehearsal dinner and wine tasting was a complete disaster, all of the bridal party must be questioned. Fiona only has one person that she considers to have a real motive for killing the bride-to-be.

As more and more clues are discovered, Fiona is exonerated. She goes off on her own to try to get to the bottom of it and puts herself in danger. Will her loving detective be able to solve the case in time to save her life? Who really did kill Tatum? There is a huge cast of characters and a lot of humor. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it very much.

Dark of Night Blog Blitz & Giveaway

Dark of Night JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Dark of NightTitle: Dark of Night Series: Dreamwalker #2 Author: Carrie Cotten Publisher: independently published Release Date: March 25, 2021 Genre: Christian Speculative Fiction

A new life, a new love, and even a new name. For former secret agent Andromeda Stone – now Joanna Carter – a normal, boring life with her handsome husband was the happy ending. But an old enemy resurfaces, determined to leave nothing unfinished, and Andy must step back into the nightmares once again. Andy and Will each face their own worst fears in their search for answers. Will this new mission cost Andy more than she’s willing to pay? When the journey takes her to deeper and darker places than she’s ever been before, Andy discovers it’s more than just answers she’s looking for.

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Author Carrie Cotten

Carrie Cotten is a recent transplant to the Appalachian mountains where she and her family are trying their hand at homesteading in the tranquil community of Grassy Creek, North Carolina. By day she is a farming, homeschooling mom of four and by night, a writer of intense, emotional and intriguing Christian fiction novels.

While she has been writing her whole life, the Dreamwalker books are her first complete and published series. Her ultimate goal is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ through her words. Her characters, though dealing with unbelievable situations experience real, raw, and believable faith.
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The Secret Recipe for Moving On Blog Tour

The Secret Recipe for Moving On
Karen Bischer
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

When Ellie is dumped by her boyfriend, she’s forced to make new friends (while watching her ex swoon over his new girlfriend) in The Secret Recipe for Moving On, a smart and funny YA debut from Karen Bischer.

Ellie Agresti’s not sure anything could be worse than being dumped by her boyfriend, Hunter, the first day of senior year.

But sharing a “life skills” class with him and his new girlfriend, Brynn? AND getting partnered with a “family” of misfits (A.J., the loudmouth; Isaiah, the horse-racing obsessive; and Luke, the tattooed stunt-biker)?

It’s a recipe for certain disaster…until an in-class competition allows Ellie to channel her angst into beating Hunter and Brynn’s team, and she unexpectedly bonds with her own group–especially Luke–in the process.

But as Ellie soon discovers, it will take more than classroom triumphs to heal her broken heart–and find herself again.

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Karen Bischer has written short stories for Girls’ World and Animal Tales magazines and currently works as a copyeditor. She lives in her native New Jersey, where she has never encountered Bruce Springsteen in the wild, but does have a cat named after a member of the E Street Band.

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I’ve got a huge case of “don’t mess with me” by the time Iget to the home ec room. If I have to spend the rest of the year watching this train wreck, then I intend to let everyone know how unhappy I am to be here. It’s better than being the sad and hurt victim, which is probably what Hunter is expecting me to be.

Hunter and Brynn arrive at the same time. Their heads are bent together, and they’re smiling as if sharing some sweet, cute little secret.

Vomit.

When they see me glaring at them, both of their faces stiffen and they swallow hard as they sit down at our table. I’d like to think they’re feeling guilty, but I’m not sure either is capable of it. More than likely they’re afraid of me, because Brynn makes a point to leave an empty seat between us. Like that space will stop me from kicking another globe at her or something.

After the bell rings, Mrs. Sanchez leans on her counter and peers at our table over her glasses. “It appears as if Paul Wilder has been expelled for his little stunt the other day.”

It’s only then that I notice Paul’s chair at the table next to ours is still empty. I’m relieved that I won’t have to be dealing with him again, but what does that have to do with us?

“And since your group has five people, and our assignments will call for groups of four, I was hoping one of you would volunteer to join Paul’s family to replace him.”

I feel my face grow hot as I scan my table. There’s Steve and Hannah, both Hunter and Brynn’s friends. And then there’s Brynn, Hunter’s new lady love. And the man of the hour himself. All of them are staring at me.

They expect me to volunteer to go.

You have got to be kidding me. I mean these people may be my new sworn enemies, but I’m not trading them for a group of delinquents and the opportunity to relive my middle school angst for the next nine months. No way, no how.

When none of us says anything, Mrs. Sanchez laughs. “I guess you’re all really tight. But you’ll still be in the same class. Surely one of you can join another group.”

Nope. Not me. Luke is staring at me, probably relishing the idea of teasing and laughing at me on a daily basis.

“I’m afraid if one of you doesn’t volunteer, I’ll have to pick someone,” Mrs. Sanchez says, annoyance rising in her voice. Good, let her pick. I’m not being pushed out of this group as if I’ve done something wrong.

“We don’t bite, yo,” A.J. says, tipping his chair back and lacing his hands behind his head.

Brynn leans toward Hunter and whispers, “I can’t believe her.”

“Can’t believe what, Brynn?” It comes out of my mouth before I can stop myself.

Brynn’s mouth hangs agape as she struggles for something to say. I feel kind of vindicated.

Until Luke speaks up. “Hey, Mrs. Sanchez. What if we pick someone?”

Mrs. Sanchez sighs. “Seeing as how this group is too stubborn to do anything, I think that’s a wonderful idea, Mr. Burke.”

Luke smiles. “I think there’s a little too much testosterone in our family, right, guys?” he says nodding at his group mates. I close my eyes, preparing for my utter humiliation.

“Okay,” I hear Luke say, and I suck in my breath. “We’d like Brynn.”

Huh? I open my eyes and exhale. Brynn is completely slackjawed. “Me?” she squeaks.

“Ms. Potts, gather your things and join their group,” Mrs. Sanchez says. “I think this is a more than sensible solution since none of you are volunteering.”

“B-but,” she sputters, looking helplessly at Hunter, who is shaking his head in dismay.

Now, Ms. Potts!” Mrs. Sanchez snaps, clearly at the end of her patience.

And that’s when Brynn starts to cry. Like, her nose gets red and tears spill over. Her hands are shaking and she lets out a little sob as she pushes in her chair. Hunter makes a grab for her free hand. Hannah tries to pat her on the back. It’s like Brynn’s being shipped off to a war zone or something. And it makes me realize I’m now going to be viewed as the monster of the group for daring to stick to my guns.

“Oh, for the love of god,” I grouch, standing up and grabbing my backpack. “I’ll go.”

Brynn is totally stunned into silence as I huff over to the next table and sit down in Paul’s vacant seat with a heavy plunk. I don’t look at any of the guys and will my hands to stop shaking. I stare straight ahead at Mrs. Sanchez, who shakes her head, perplexed. I’m kind of confused myself, though I’m not really thinking rationally right now. All I know is there’s no way I’d let Brynn play the martyr, as if her anguish was somehow worse than the pain she and Hunter inflicted on me.

It’s only then I notice the guys in the group are all gaping at me.

“Hey,” A.J. mouths, wiggling his eyebrows at me. I quickly turn my attention back to Mrs. Sanchez.

What have I done? Oh god, what have I done?

Mrs. Sanchez is oblivious to my horror as she walks around the room, placing unmarked manila envelopes on each table. “Inside these are different income brackets for your family. We have everything from ‘Grad Students on a Budget’ to ‘Dual Income Investment Bankers.’ You will also find your monthly expenses and you’ll have to figure out a realistic budget for your family based on this.”

The classroom is suddenly buzzing as everyone opens their envelopes to find out their status. A.J. grabs the envelope off our table.

“May I do the honors?” he asks.

The guys nod, and A.J. unhooks the clasp on the envelope. He reaches in and pulls out a stack of papers, and reads something on top of the pile. His smirk fades away.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” he says. He sits back in his seat, disgusted, as he tosses the papers on the table. Clipped to the top of the stack is an index card, with “Single Mother, Two Kids” written on it in thick black marker.

“Maybe it won’t be that bad. Maybe the mom’s some big-shot executive,” Luke says, picking up the stack. He peeks under the index card at the first sheet of paper and his face falls. “Oh. She’s a bus driver.”

A.J. and Isaiah are shaking their heads at the stack of papers, as if it somehow has the capability to know it’s disappointed them. Luke, however, is studying me. I decide now is as good a time as any to let him know he can’t intimidate me, so I shoot what I hope is a defiant look back at him. But instead of mocking me, his eyes quickly shift away, the tips of his ears turning slightly pink.

I’m momentarily confused, but then I notice Steve and Hannah high-fiving, Hunter pumping his fist, and Brynn, having done a complete emotional 180, dancing in her seat. Hannah is holding their papers, and I squint to read their index card: “Husband and Wife Investment Bankers, Two Kids.”

Of course.

“Now,” Mrs. Sanchez is saying, “every month you will be responsible for paying the bills in your pile. You’ll find a current budget for the family attached, but you will be making changes to it based on your income. The goal is to have some money left over each week to go into savings.”

Isaiah is skimming through the pile. “Well, it looks as if we’re making thirty-eight thousand dollars a year.”

“In this area? With two kids?” A.J. says. “There’s no way this is going to work.”

I’m kind of surprised he’s even aware of how far thirty-eight thousand dollars goes. A year ago, I had no idea how much money a family would need to get by. Now I’m all too familiar with it. I didn’t suspect other kids in an area as middle-class as Ringvale Heights would have to worry about such a thing.

I’ve noticed Luke has stayed pretty silent on the subject, but he’s reading one of the pages.

“The mom is in the process of paying off hospital bills for her recently deceased husband,” he says quietly, and I’m surprised at his sober tone.

Everyone at the table is silent as this registers. Well, everyone but A.J. “Hey! How are we going to be able to make this budget work?” he says accusatorily at Mrs. Sanchez. “We’ve got bills coming out of our ass and barely any money coming in.”

“Please refrain from swearing, Mr. Johnson,” Mrs. Sanchez says, but she smiles. “I know your income is pretty low, but with a little smarts and teamwork, you’ll make it. I promise. Now, let’s move on to picking out names for your families. Maybe think of something that invokes the lessons of this class or teamwork!” Teamwork. I survey the group at my table: A gambling addict in training, a loudmouth, and a tattooed goliath who may or may not be crushing on Brynn. “Making it” is somehow going

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The Mystery of the Squashed Self Book Blitz

The Mystery of the Squashed Self by Trisha Lewis

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Are you a frustrated, but fabulous, female business owner who feels like you are losing a grip on your passion, personality and power?

Are you feeling stuck in the traps of people-pleasing, blurred boundaries and conformity?

Are you driven, but don’t feel like you are in the driving seat?

Stop!

You are self-squashing.

This book will get you unsquashed. You will feel released as the REAL you with a business that thrillingly thrives rather than sort of survives.

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photograph by Hattie Miles (please credit) … 14.12.2020 … Trisha Lewis who’s written ‘The Mystery of the Squashed Self’.

Communication coach, actor and business owner, Trisha Lewis, empowers women to find and be their ‘unsquashed self’ – released from the ‘shoulds’ and ‘self-doubt spirals’.

Trisha has a background as a freelance actor, entertainer, speaker and story facilitator. She set up her communication coaching business in 2016 – at the age of 59. She now works with women starting or growing their own business – with soul and originality.

Trisha pulls on her life and business growing experiences along with common themes in her client work – to ensure her written and spoken resources resonate. This includes her popular  ‘Make it Real’ podcast.

‘The Mystery of the Squashed Self’ is Trisha’s first full-length book – and true to form it brings the challenges of 8 fictional, but reality-based, business owners to life. The common link being ‘self-squashing’.  Trisha took her own advice when deciding to write a business book that didn’t follow the standard style!  

Trisha lives by the seaside on the south coast of the UK with her husband. Her children are all grown up and she has no pets – other than the robotic vacuum cleaner which she admits to talking to.

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Back to the Burgh and Beyond Audiobook & Book Review Tour

 


Join us for this review tour from Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Back to the Burgh and Beyond (The Owl’s Nest Mysteries) 
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Run Time: 5 hours, 59 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 10, 2020
Content Rating:  G. C.S. McDonald’s books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults–no bad language or sexual content.

Book Description: 

Meet Alexa Owl. She’s returned home to Pittsburgh after a divorce to start a new life and a new business, The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. Much to her surprise, she’s getting more than she ever bargained for: Detective Bobby Starr, and he’s no ordinary sleuth. Bobby is an angel who’s returned to Earth in hopes of earning his way into the Guardian Angel Squad. He’s been sent by none other than Saint Pete to acquire Alexa’s help to solve three cold case murders he left behind. Except, here’s the catch: he’s only been allotted four days to solve the first case! How in heaven’s name is she supposed to do that? Alexa is a professional seamstress—not a detective. Bobby insists the only way to solve the first case is to return to 1953, and Alexa’s not in love with that idea at all!

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You May Also Enjoy One of C.S. McDonald’s Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Available in Audiobook, Ebook, and Print:
 
MURDER ON POINTE by C.S. McDonald
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Book Title:  Murder on Pointe:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #1
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 219 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Jul 19, 2016
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Fiona can’t wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective Nathan Landry isn’t taking any chances. After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet, he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia. Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim? 

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Book Title:  Merry Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #2
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 219 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 51 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 16, 2016
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

The cookies are baked. The tree is trimmed. The shopping? Well, it’s almost done, and Fiona’s parents have finally returned home for a holiday visit – along with some unexpected unruly friends. Yep, Fiona’s perfectly planned Christmas is coming together, but how could’ve she planned for her favorite uncle’s murder? Who could possibly kill a sweet old man who’s played Santa at the local mall every year without fail? Fiona’s boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry, is determined to find out – before Christmas day arrives. There’s only one problem: Nancy Quinn. Fiona’s mom is just as determined as the detective to catch the murderer, and she isn’t shy about getting the job done – even if it includes breaking a few pesky laws! Will Fiona and her mother find the killer first or will the killer find them? 
 
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Book Title:  Waves of Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #3
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 190 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 6 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Apr 11, 2017
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

School’s out for the summer!


Kindergarten teacher Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author Wyla Parkes.
What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle – three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead – beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer getaway on a wave of deceit?
Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania! 
 
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Book Title:  Tastes Like Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #4
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 202 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 46 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Nov 23, 2017
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

The bridesmaid dresses are ruffles and ruffles of ugly, one bridesmaid is trying to micro-manage…well, pretty much everything, and the bride-to-be is a total bridezilla! Wedding bells will soon be ringing, but as usual, Fiona is a bridesmaid and not a bride. As the maid of honor, how can Fiona keep the volatile pre-wedding festivities running smoothly? 


The problem is abruptly solved when the bride drops over dead at the elegant wine-tasting wedding rehearsal. Yikes! Who poisoned the wine? The suspects are lining up, and Fiona finds herself at the top of the list! Double yikes! It’s a vintage murder case for Fiona, Detective Landry, and the gang. Cheers!
 
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Book Title:  Good Luck to Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #5
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 148 pages
Run Time: 3 hours, 49 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  June 1, 2018
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Dreams, wishes, fantasies, and… murder?


Fiona’s good friend and fellow teacher, Lucky Maguire leads everyone to believe he has won a huge jackpot! Only Lucky turns out not to be so lucky – he winds up dead and his supposed winning lottery ticket missing! 
Yikes!
Did Lucky really win the lottery and if so, where is the ticket hidden? 
Who knew for sure if he truly was Pittsburgh’s newest millionaire? 
Double yikes!
Join Fiona and the gang for this winning cozy mystery that’s sure to keep you betting on the suspects!
 
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Book Title:  Mambo and Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #6
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 160 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 9 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  October 31, 2018
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Three ballroom dancers were murdered over 40 years ago. Wow, that’s one old cold case. What’s more, the murderer, who was thought to have been killed during a police chase, has resurfaced in Pittsburgh. Yikes! How can that be? 
Worse, ballroom dancing simply isn’t Detective Nathan Landry’s forte. After weeks of practice, Nathan still has two left feet. Can Fiona step in to guide Nathan through this dancing debacle or will it take 40 years for the detective to find his footing? 
Double yikes! Join Fiona and detective Landry in this high-stepping whodunit!
 
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Book Title:  Saddle Up for Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #7
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 178 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 47 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  May 14, 2019
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Fiona is in total shock when her mother arrives unannounced on her doorstep. What’s going on? Why, she’s left Fiona’s father, that’s what. Yikes! Worse, a horse trainer is murdered outside his ex-wife’s home in Pittsburgh, and the trail leads directly to a Thoroughbred racetrack in the neighboring state of West Virginia. Get ready, because the suspects are mounting up and heading down the stretch. Whoa! Fiona and Detective Landry aren’t horsing around with this homicide!
 
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Book Details:

Book Title:  Bon Voyage to Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 198 pages
Run Time: 6 hours, 52 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Nov 5, 2019
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Hooray! Fiona has finally convinced her boyfriend detective Nathan Landry to go on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, their fun on the high seas is interrupted by murder. It isn’t long before they discover a boatload of suspects, who have motives deeper than the ocean for wanting the victim out of their lives.
 
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Book Details:

Book Title:  Taking Notes on Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #9
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 184 pages
Run Time: 5 hours

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  May 19, 2020
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

Mysterious notes are showing up in Fiona’s kindergarten classroom, claiming a suicide from 2005 was actually a homicide. Detective Landry maintains the messages are too vague, possess no integrity, and do not warrant a review of the old case.


Fiona’s not convinced. She’s determined to find the author of the enigmatic notes and uncover the truth about a man who had many secrets and countless enemies, including Fiona’s mother and former suspect Nancy Quinn!
Can Fiona crack this cold case, and what will it take to get Detective Landry involved? Don’t miss taking notes on this murder! 
 
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Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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Tour Schedule
Mar 1 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 1 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 2 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 4 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Good Like to Murder / giveaway
Mar 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 9 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 – Wickedly Romance – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 – Wickedly Romance – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 11 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 12 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 15 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 15 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 16 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 18 – Musing of Souls – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 18 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 22 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 22 – Musing of Souls – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder
Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 23 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 24 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 25 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 25 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 26 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review Tastes Like Murder / giveaway

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My Review

This cozy mystery is in a series and comes with a twist. Although the book seems to fall in line with the typical cozy mystery, it has something totally unexpected….time travel! This cute story begins with a young lady named Alexa who is beginning a new life. After her amicable divorce, she is headed to Pittsburgh to open her own retail shop. She is a talented seamstress. She enters her as-yet-unseen store with upstairs apartment that has been designed by a professional and paid for by her ex. The beautiful building’s interior is immensely pleasing to her.

She’s suddenly surprised by a visit from an older neighbor who brings her a welcome cake and whiskey. The lady grew up in the building which was at that time a pub. After a nice visit the lady is hired to be her bookkeeper. There’s only one problem…the building is haunted. The mysterious cat that appears and disappears is really a ghost cat. But, why is it here?

Then, the next mysterious appearance is by Bobby, who is a ghost from 1953. Alexa is surprisingly shocked, but doesn’t leave the building. Bobby tells her that St. Peter has sent him down to solve the last three murder cases that he left unsolved. These were three women who died, one being his wife. Alexa agrees to help him solve the cases and then they go back in time.

This plot is very far-fetched, but the following tale is pretty interesting. Alexa and Bobby are now in the same building as it was in 1953. One problem is that the present-day Bobby is there, too. They must avoid him while trying to solve the crimes. There are many twists and turns, including the fact that Alexa comes and goes between times. But, in the end, what will become of her? And, will Bobby pass the test from St. Peter?

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