Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cruisin; through the Cozies

This is one of the Goodreads groups that I joined.

Undiplomatic Murder (Capital Crimes #27) by Margaret Truman (Donald Bain)

Last Licks by Claire Donally

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) by Susan Bernhardt

Florist Grump ( A Flower Shop Mystery #17) by Kate Collins

Darned If You Do (A Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris

Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18) by Kate Collins

Monday, January 4, 2016

Murder Under the Tree

Murder Under the Tree is the 2nd book in the Kay Driscoll Mysteries by Susan Bernhardt.  Kay is a nurse who solves mysteries even when she does not want to be involved.  This book takes place at Christmas time and the tree in the title is a Christmas Tree.

I enhoyed reading this book so much that I read the whole e-book in one sitting.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Welcome to the 2016 What an Animal Reading Challenge IX. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me.

The challenge will begin on January 1st. Read on for more details...

The rules are really simple...

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book

b. there is an animal on the cover of the book

c. an animal plays a major role in the book

d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).

Level 1 - Read at least 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books. 

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

1. Last Licks (Sunny and Shadow Mystery #3) by Claire Donally  This book also has a cat that comforts those about to die

2. Florist Grump (A Florist Shop Mystery #17)  Seedy is on the cover and finds the murder weapon and has a significant part at the end of the book

3.  Sweet Pepper Hero (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #4)   Hero, a fire dog is on the cover and carries something that is important in the story.

4.  Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels. Kathryn's dog is always with her and even needs an alibi as much as she does.

Friday, November 27, 2015

2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2016 until December 31st, 2016.
You can join anytime. You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.
You do not need to link up each spoonful.
Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.
Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.
So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.
A - How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
B - Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A � The Art of Murder by Elaine Viets  B- Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams  C � Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay   D � Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs etc.
Books can be read in any order and all formats � print � e-book � audio � are acceptable formats for this challenge!
Ready to join??
Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!
alphabet 2016
Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep tbyrack any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on to help you keep track!
Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.
You can also join on the Facebook Event at  Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book if that is easier for you.
Then when you complete the challenge copy and paste your completed list in a comment below and FILL OUT THIS FORM
A  Armoires & Arsenic (Darling Valley Cozy Mystery #1)  by Cassie Page.
B (The) Betrayed Fiancee (Amish Millionaire  Part #3) by Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter'
C  Crowned and Moldering (A Fixer-Upper Mystery #3) by Kate Carlisle
D Darned If You Do (a Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris
E  (The) English Son (Amish Millioniare Part #1) by Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter
F  Florist Grump by Kate Collins
H Hobo Finds A Home by Kevin Coolidge
J  Jumping Mr. January (Hot Nights in St Blaise Book #1) by Maggie Wells
L Last Links by Claire Donally
M Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18)  by Kate Collins.
N  (The) Names of Our Tears - An Amish-Country Mystery by P. L. Gaus
P Payback (Sisterhood #2) by Fern Michaels
R  Really Cooking by Victoria Blisse
S  Sweet Pepper Hero (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #4) by J.J. Cook
U  Undiplomatic Murder (Capital Crimes #27) by Margaret Truman (Donald Bain)
W Weekend Warriors (Sisterhood #1) by Fern Michaels
Z  Zeke's Surprise by Jennifer Kacey



Thursday, November 26, 2015

What's In A Name? 2016

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets – I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):
  • A country (try not to use ‘Africa’: In France we eat sofas!  by Adriano Justin Capuano  for review
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’sVestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture  Armoires & Arsenic (Darling Valley Cozy Mystery #1)  by Cassie Page
  • A profession  Weekend Warriors (Sisterhood #1) by Fern Michaels  for review.
  • A month of the year: Jumping Mr. January (Hot Nights in St.Blaise Book #1) by Maggie Wells
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it :  Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) by Susan Bernhardt

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have
some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cozie Challenge 2016

The challenge runs from January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016
1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
  • Famished – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving – 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries
  • Satisfied – 21 – 40 Cozy Mysteries
  • Almost Full – 41 – 60 Cozy Mysteries
  • Completely Stuffed – 61 or more
2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audio books.

Undiplomatic Murder (Capital Crimes #27) by Margaret Truman (Donald Bain)

Last Licks by Claire Donally

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) by Susan Bernhardt

Florist Grump (A Flower Shop Mystery #17)by Kate Collins

Darned If You Do (A Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris

Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18) by Kate Collins.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015



On July 2nd, we launched the Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Try a New Genre & Win contest. There  is one day to go, so while there is still time to take part, you need to get reading!

We started out with 200 books to giveaway, so first check the Read a New Genre FB group ( to see if there are any copies left, but if not, you can still participate, by finding a new-to-you genre book at the library, borrow one from a friend, or support one of the great authors sponsoring this contest. Read below to see how it all works. If you already know, and are participating, this is just a reminder that there are only 14 days left. And don't forget, the person who participates the most on the Facebook group wins a $50 gift card. Go on, be a chatterbox! :)

How It Works


We're all different and what we like to read is no exception. However, sometimes it's fun to change things up a bit and try something new. We're going to help with that, by giving the first 200 lucky readers to ask us an ebook for free. All we ask is that the book they request is in a genre they don't read, or read a long time ago and drifted out of.

Each participating author will offer ten books for free (we'll give you a list of what's available). But if you don't manage to get in fast enough and there aren't any books left, don't worry, you're still eligible for the Take a Walk on the Wild Side contest. Find a book in a new-to-you genre, whether at the library, from a friend, or if you want to support the wonderful authors involved in this contest by buying one of their books, so much the better!

Read the book—the contest runs for four weeks, so you've got time—then write a paragraph on the contest's Facebook group ( about what surprised and delighted you about the genre you just read. You can also include a short paragraph on the genre you usually read and why you love it. Help convince other readers to give a new genre a try!

We're going to encourage people to like the paragraphs that inspired them to read a new genre, and the five entries with the most likes will go to a well-known book blogger (with names redacted) to choose the winner of the $200 gift card.


This is one place where being a chatterbox will get you sent to the top of the class, not to detention. We want people talking about the books they're reading, swopping recommendations, and generally connecting over new genres, so we've got a $50 gift card prize to the person who interacts the most on the Facebook group (

Good luck, everyone, this is going to be a lot of fun!

And here are the amazing authors involved in sponsoring this contest:

Meet the awesome authors involved in sponsoring this contest. We have a mixture of NYT bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers & international bestsellers: