Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker


Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
by D.E. Haggerty


Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: April 11, 2016
Print Length: 155 pages


A cozy mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgen of suspense.

Callie’s life is rather awesome. She owns a successful bakery and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coast adventure. Cupcakes not included.



I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.

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Happy Homicides 2 – Review

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Joanna Campbell Slan, Teresa Trent,
Neil PlakcyElaine Viets,
Annie AdamsCamille Minichino, Kathi Daley,
Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer,
Carolyn HainesRandy Rawls,
Anna Celeste Burke,
and Maggie Toussaint

new happy-homicides-V-day-webHappy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries (Crimes of the Heart)
Cozy Mystery Collection
Print Length: 597 pages
Publisher: Spot On Publishing (February 14, 2016)


Love can be deadly. As proven by these traditional mysteries, cunningly crafted by thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors. Nearly 500-pages of heart-warming, brain puzzling, and character-driven reads. Your purchase includes a free gift, a file with recipes and craft ideas sure to put you in a romantic mood any time of the year!

My review:

I loved this box set of 13 cozy mysteries! With the likes of Teresa Trent, Kathi Daley, Anna Celeste Burke, Carolyn Haines and many other talented cozy mystery writers, it’s a surefire win! I thought I’d be able to pick a favorite book out of the group, but I just can’t…they are all well written and intriguing. I never read several of the authors before, but I will be downloading their other books to my kindle now. On the other hand, I had read cozies from some of the authors and I really enjoyed seeing their new stories and revisiting with characters such as Rosie McKay.  If you are new to the cozy mystery genre, this is a perfect way to get a feel for various writers and their styles.  5 stars!

Here is a complete list of the stories –

Stupid Cupid: A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan—Cara Mia’s search for love gets her involved in a star-crossed, homicidal romance.

A Heart for Murder by Teresa TrentAn expensive family heirloom is stolen from a local jewelry store, and Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick would love to figure out who’s responsible.

For the Love of Dog by Neil Plakcy—A young woman’s death causes a man to consider the many aspects of love. Is it ever a justification for murder?

Wedding Knife by Elaine VietsA groom learns to take his vow–Till death do we part—very, very seriously.

Death and a Dozen Roses by Annie Adams—Plucky florist Rosie McKay is reunited with an old love, thanks to complications that happen when she tries to deliver a dozen roses.

The Sodium Arrow by Camille Minichino—The love of a student for a favorite teacher drives a freelance embalmer to seek out justice.

Sweets, Treats, and Murder by Nancy Jill Thames—Jillian Bradley is a widow with no children, but she still has a keen sense of family. Her love of a good mystery sets her and her canine companion, Teddy, on a quest for justice.

Dying for Valentine’s Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella by Linda Gordon Hengerer—The three Powell sisters want their friend Thelma to find true love, but they’re having trouble believing her fiancé has her best interests at heart.

The New Normal by Kathi Daley—Although her own dreams have been shattered, Ellie Davis finds it impossible to quit loving an old friend, even after he’s accused of murder.

Bones and Arrows by Carolyn Haines—Intrepid Sarah Booth Delaney would rather face a gun than a party on Valentine’s Day. Not surprisingly, she’s decided that Cupid is a big phony. But is he a jewel thief, too?

Murder at Catmmando Mountain: Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery 1 by Anna Celeste Burke—Georgina Shaw loves her cat, chocolate, and cooking. When she’s framed for a crime, she’s forced to reconsider her priorities.

The Missing Jacket by Randy Rawls—A golfing buddy offers Jonathan Boykin big money to retrieve a stolen jacket, but Jonathan suspects something else is going on. Jonathan is smart enough to discern the difference between love and lust. But can he also figure out the scam?

Really, Truly Dead by Maggie Toussaint—Lindsey McKay has no desire to return to small town life. But her love for her father brings her back home when he’s accused of murder.

Impediments: A Kiki Lowenstein Short Story by Joanna Campbell Slan—Family problems and priestly politics threaten to derail a love match, until Kiki Lowenstein suggests a surprising solution.

Find out about the authors on their webpages below:

Joanna Campbell Slan

Teresa Trent

Neil Plakcy

Elaine Viets

Annie Adams

Camille Minichino

Kathi Daley 

Nancy Jill Thames

Linda Gordon Hengerer

Carolyn Haines

Randy Rawls

Anna Celeste Burke

Maggie Toussaint

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Another Great Review of Major Crimes!

I’m so pleased to have received another great review of Major Crimes from Laura’s Interests!  Click here to see the review:

Also, the rafflecopter has come to a close.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  There were 1322 entries for the 3 prizes!  I will have rafflecopter randomly pick the entries and announce them soon – both here and on my facebook page.

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Another Review of Major Crimes – Plus a Giveaway!

I’m nearing the end of the blog tour for Major Crimes! Here is another great review, plus, if you haven’t yet entered my giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or a signed copy of one of my books, click on the link below and enter!

Major Crimes ~ A Jersey Shore Cozy Mystery ~ Review and Giveaway





FIrst, I must thank everyone who is reading my website!

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So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?

Check out my guest post as part of the book tour for Major Crimes, Book #4 in the Jersey Shore Mystery series.

So You’ve Written a Book…Now What?


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Giveaway & Guest Post: Character Development by Mark Reutlinger, Author of “A Pain in the Tuchis”

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Character Development

by Mark Reutlinger

I am sometimes asked how I write my novels: whether I begin with a detailed outline or synopsis, or I simply take a general idea and run with it. The truth is that I do a little of each—I make a not-so-detailed outline of my ideas and then begin and let the story, and the characters, develop as I go.

The reason for this is my view of a novel, at least in its formative stages. To me a fiction manuscript is a living, organic entity, capable of growing in several directions, none of which is entirely predictable. Sometimes what begins as a short story unexpectedly grows into a full-length novel, because I discovered I had much more to say about the characters and/or their story than I had thought. (The opposite can be true as well, of course.)

This too is how my characters develop, as real human beings who sometimes reveal themselves to have good and bad characteristics that I did not expect when I created them. (I find the creation process itself a fascinating subject, but I must leave that for another time.) Let me give you a couple of examples:

When I began writing my first published novel, Made in China, a political thriller in which all of those goods that are “made in China” (meaning almost everything) are suddenly unavailable, embargoed by a hostile Chinese government, I originally planned to have two protagonists, one male and one female. (This, of course, makes for easy creation of love interests, sexual encounters, role reversals, and so forth.) The male protagonist, Jack Conway, a systems engineer, is living with his “significant other” Annie when he loses his job due to a takeover by a Chinese conglomerate. He ultimately catches on with another company following an interview with its personnel manager, Linda. Annie was to be a “partner” of Jack throughout the book, whereas Linda was just a minor character passing through. But when I came to writing the scenes involving Jack and Linda, I found that I liked Linda more than I liked Annie, and that Jack had more in common with Linda—that she would make him a stronger and more interesting partner—than Annie. Annie also seemed to offer a much more limited scope for development than did Linda. So I altered the plot, wrote Annie out after a brief appearance (she leaves to enter a post-grad program across the country), and offered Linda the position of female protagonist. She accepted and we never looked back.

My characters in Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death developed somewhat differently, but still in many ways unexpectedly. I knew when I began the novel that Mrs. Kaplan’s best friend (and fellow retirement home resident) Ida would be narrating it and act as Dr. Watson to Mrs. K’s Sherlock Holmes. I knew the two ladies’ approximate ages and personalities, in part because they are an amalgam of many such women I have known, including both my and my wife’s grandmothers. But despite starting with this familiarity, I didn’t really know what kind of people they would prove to be when confronted with the kinds of unusual challenges I had in store for them, such as Mrs. Kaplan being suspected of murder. I only found out for sure when I reached those points in the story. And even after I had written the final (I thought) draft, my editor suggested that perhaps Mrs. Kaplan and Ida might themselves stage a burglary that I had written for two much younger women. I didn’t know how that would play out, but when I had let it percolate a while, considered what I now knew about them that I didn’t know when I began, and finally wrote the scene, I found they handled it quite well, adding an extra measure of humor to the story.

As Ida would no doubt say, “Who knew?”

A Pain in the Tuchis
by Mark Reutlinger


pain in the tuchisA Pain in the Tuchis:
A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (November 17, 2015)
An Imprint of Random House LLC
Publication Date: November 17, 2015



Combining the classic charms of Agatha Christie with the delightful humor of M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels, Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan mystery series returns as a notorious crank meets an untimely fate.

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold misses this opportunity to atone for her many sins when she up and dies. Indeed, Vera was such a pain in the tuchis to all those around her that when her sister claims Vera was deliberately poisoned, the tough question isn’t who would want to kill her—but who wouldn’t?

Having already solved one murder with her dear friend Ida, Rose Kaplan has a sleuthing reputation that precedes her. It’s only natural that Vera’s sister turns to Mrs. K for help. So do the police, but when her conclusions conflict with theirs, they tell her to butt out! This case has more twists than a loaf of challah. And with a homicidal scoundrel on the loose, Mrs. K has to act fast—or she might be the guest of honor at the Home’s next memorial service.

Praise for Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

“Is there kosher food in jail? These two heroines have gotten themselves in quite a pickle! Well, it’s a matzoh ball mess, really. Too deliciously funny!”—Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of Nine Lives to Die

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About This Author

Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novels Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death and Made in China. A professor of law emeritus at Seattle University, Reutlinger was born in San Francisco, graduated from UC Berkeley, and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.

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