BLOG TOUR – A Gold Pawn – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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Today, I’m super excited to be bringing you a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for The Gold Pawn, the second book in the Art Deco Mystery series by L.A. Chandlar. This book was just as great as the first book, The Silver Gun.  After the review, I’ll be sharing an author interview with you.

About the Book

The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (September 25, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713435
ISBN-13: 978-1496713438
Digital ASIN: B078QSRGRY

Purchase Links: AmazonB&NKobo

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Synopsis

November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .

Finally summoning courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains–and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term–and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow! It amazing when you come across a second book in a series that’s just as good as the first book, but that’s what we have here with The Gold Pawn!

Our favorite characters are back for more shenanigans in this latest installment. We get to learn more about both Lane and Finn’s pasts. The mystery of Lane’s family and their involvement with the crime underworld finally unravels a little, though I still believe there’s more to the story.

The plotline was brilliant. Just like with the first book, I thought there were times where we were going to have a major climax, only to look at my e-reader and realize I had half a book to go!  There are many “mini” climaxes through the book and I was riveted to it through the whole thing! And it ended on quite the cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the third book to come out so we can see what happens!

If you can’t tell just from all my gushing about it, I’m HIGHLY recommending that you read this book. I would definitely start with the first book, The Silver Gun. This second book builds off of that one so you might be a bit lost if you don’t start with the first book; it’s just as good as this one.

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Author Interview

L. A. CHANDLER

Q1: Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?  Do you enjoy your day job?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I write mostly full-time, but I also teach corporate classes and workshops on the psychology of creativity, called Fight to Keep Creativity Alive. I think something that sets me apart in the corporate world is that I put my money where my mouth is. I have a mystery series that I write and ADORE. Since a big part of my life revolves around my own creativity where I didn’t just all into an overnight success, I’ve worked my tushy off, it’s interesting to people and it makes creativity seem possible, because I figured it out. I hope it’s inspiring.


Q2: Do you set aside time to write every day or do you write more sporadically? When you write, do you aim to complete a set # of pages or words? How does music/other noise affect your concentration when you’re writing?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I try to write every day, but I write in large chunks when I have a deadline approaching. When I write every day, I try to set a goal of pages or words, but when I have a manuscript to finish, I turn off the page and word counts. Otherwise I look at them and get a pit in my stomach instead of just writing the scenes. I work better when I’m in a setting where there’s energy around, but no one requires anything of me. I have a hard time working at home, I tend to want to empty the dishwasher incessantly, pet a cat, or take a nap.


Q3: When you’re writing, do your characters seem to “hijack” the story or do you feel like you have the “reins” of the story? Similarly, do you outline your book first or just sit down and write, seeing where it takes you?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: My characters can definitely hijack! I love that! I write best when I have an idea of the plot and I just start writing scenes. After I while I write out a timeline instead of a full outline, then I go back to writing scenes. My books are heavily dependent on the characters, so an outline beforehand doesn’t work for me because it forces the characters into a framework.

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Q4: How did you break into the publishing world? How many rejections did you go through before finding a publisher? Did you ever think about quitting? If so, what did you do to keep yourself hopeful?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I had 19 rejections from agents, then 26 rejections from publishers before I got a 3 book deal. I got disheartened at times, but I never wanted to quit. I figured if Stephen King’s first book (Carrie) was rejected 30 times, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter first was rejected 12 times and she was even told that she shouldn’t quit her day job…I could handle at least 50 before I considered self-publishing. But even then, I was absolutely going to self-publish. I needed to find out what happened with Lane and Finn! J I have two other books that I have self-published for talks that I do. You have to learn to “dismiss the No” -and keep going forward- otherwise you’re not really a writer. You just want to get a book-published. There’s a big difference. A writer or an artist of any kind can’t stop. Even if it’s not recognized.


Q5: In general, how many revisions do you go through before a book is published? Do you have beta readers or is it just your editing team and their suggestions? Do you set your books aside for a period of time and then pick them up and edit them?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I got through at least a few drafts before I give it to my editor, but I do prefer my editing team vs. beta readers. Only because I trust my main editor that she really gets my characters and my purpose in writing, and I trust her outlook as a reader. It’s a very subjective field, so I feel like I need editors who get my readers and my style.


Q6: A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book. Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: Sometimes I have real-life inspiration. The main villain in The Silver Gun, Daley Joseph, was formed from a man I ran into once in New York. In The Gold Pawn, you’ll see two kinds of villains as the book dives in to how we humans are made up of both good and bad. I like to have some villains that are 100% evil and others that are more complex. I’m inspired by intriguing villains on TV and in movies, too. I like to try to analyze how they work.

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Q7: Do any family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. end up showing up in your work or are your characters all truly fictional? 

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: Only if they piss me off.  Just kidding. Kind of. No, every character is truly fictional. I do like to try to figure out why certain idiosyncrasies or gestures in people stick out in my mind. I write in a lot of those that I witness in friends or acquaintances. I figure, if it’s something that keeps coming back to mind to me, it’s an interesting and memorable thing.


Q8: If you could write about anyone fiction/nonfiction, contemporary/historical who would you write about? Why?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: Actually, you’ll see my answer in my books! I love to have cameos in my books of people I’ve admired. And I enjoy bringing scattered bits of history all into one place, because that’s what it was like to live in any given era. We tend to learn about history in bits and pieces, but when you lived in the era, you had an understanding that all sorts of things were going on at the same time. So you’ll see cameos of famous scientists, actors, painters, theologians, politicians… as well as everyday average Joes. My favorite real person is the little girl, Ann Therese in The Gold Pawn. She’s the mother of a good friend, who did receive an award personally from Mayor La Guardia. I love love love writing real history in the books that was perhaps overlooked or forgotten.


Q9: What are some great books you’ve read recently?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I read a variety because I love to learn. But my heart is in historical mystery with a twist. Recently, I just finished and LOVED Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan – in fact if you like my books, you’ll love hers. Similar artful flair. I love everything by R.J. Koreto, but especially his latest, Alice Roosevelt series. For thrills, I love Hank Philippi Ryan’s latest, Trust Me.

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Q10: What books have influenced your life the most?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: Such a great question. Rosamund Pilcher’s Coming Home is very precious to me. It’s truly like going home for me. Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody (who largely influenced Aunt Evelyn) is my all time favorite series. Les Mis by Victor Hugo was the first book that brought me to tears at the end. And then Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series taught me about imagination and creativity. I’ve read all of the above books multiple times; they’re part of my heart.


Q11: If you could spend one day with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: Fiorello. I’m in love with Finn and Roarke. Lane is like my best friend. Aunt Evelyn is the person I aim to be in ten or twenty years. But Fiorello was a real person and I tried to capture his heart. I get a little teary just writing this. I would love to ride with him as he catapults through the city, helping people and yelling at them. Then we’d end up back at his home with his family and he’d make us all his famous spaghetti dinner.


Q12: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Have you ever learned anything from a bad review and incorporated it into your future work?

Ms. Chandlar’s Answer: I have never learned anything helpful from a bad review. I am trying not to read them at all, but it’s hard. I love to learn, so I think I should able to read it and learn. But they always lead to gut wrenching self-doubt versus healthy critique (even if it still stings) which leads to self-awareness. I get healthy criticism from my editors and myself, things I can work on and improve upon. I write a lot of reviews, and I’m very careful, because it takes GUTS to put yourself out there. I admire every author I’ve ever read or met. Even if it’s not my favorite genre. It’s not easy.

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Life – What’s been happening with me…

I know this summer I pretty much dropped off the radar. It was not intentional. As I’ve posted before, I have several mental illnesses.  Due to various catalysts, those illnesses pretty much kicked my butt this summer.  I feel like I’m starting to come out of the funk now, very slowly, but starting to.

A good chunk of the problems came from a couple fights with someone I’ve been friends with for 18 years and whom I considered my best friend for most of that. Due to the fights, my depression grew worse, my problems with abandonment issues got much worse, and my anxiety over others walking away from me increased. We’re still friends, but our friendship has changed drastically and I’m still getting used to that. We went from talking everyday to talking about once a week, if that.

With all of the feelings that brought up, I started isolating more and more. Now, I don’t have that many close friends to begin with due to being an introvert with mental illnesses and low spoons*, but during this summer, my world really dwindled down. There’s only one friend that I really talked to through all this. However, I also had one friend who constantly checked in on me and wouldn’t let me stay too isolated from him (thank you!).

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I also had some issues with my right wrist/hand. I’ve had a ganglion cyst in my right wrist for about 20 years give or take. Part of my job at work is to receive the books that come in, opening boxes, etc. At the end of May, I had a HUGE amount of boxes to open all at once (about 50-60 boxes – not exaggerating). Most of those were wrapped in shrink-wrap and all of the cutting with scissors seriously aggravated my cyst and made my wrist incredibly painful. I don’t deal with medical issues well so that was also added stress that took more spoons* to deal with than what I had.

During all this, all of my hobbies suffered, including my blog. My water garden became a big mess with algae (which I’m still cleaning out and battling). I just didn’t want to do anything but re-read books, which is a coping mechanism for me when things are too stressful. Reading the familiar scenes instead of reading new books where I don’t know what’s going to happen helps me.

I completely missed one blog tour post I was supposed to do, which I feel bad about. Thankfully, some instinct inside made it so I didn’t sign up for too many blog tours this summer. I was glad for that because I might have missed more than one if I had scheduled more.

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I’m feeling better than I was, but there’s still a long way just to get back to what’s “normal” for me. My wrist is doing better due to some occupational therapy and getting spring-loaded scissors (seriously, if you do a lot of cutting – get some!). I’m blessed with family, friends, and an awesome therapist who have supported me through all this.

That’s what’s been going on and why I haven’t been around much this summer. All I had spoons* for was going to work, re-reading, and sleeping. Over the next two weeks, I hope to get a few reviews up that should have been done this summer. Plus some blog tours that I’m a part of.

* If you do not know what “low spoons” means, check out The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. It’s a very tangible way for those of us with chronic illnesses, whether mental or physical to explain energy levels. Those with “low spoons” are starting the day out with less energy than those who do not have chronic illnesses.

BLOG TOUR – In Cold Chocolate – REVIEW

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Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for In Cold Chocolate, the third book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series by Dorothy St. James.

About the Book


In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 1683317432
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC

Purchase Links: AmazonB&NKobo

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Synopsis

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.

Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

This was a fun end-of-summer read. I enjoy these Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries a lot. They’re fun and a great cozy mystery. I usually know who the villain is before the end, but that’s okay. I still enjoy the books.

These are great characters. I love Penn and Harley and Bertie and all of them! They’re complex and well-rounded characters. They’re fun and there isn’t one of them that gets on my nerves.

The plot lines are always complex. Yes, I usually guess who the villain is before they’re revealed, but that doesn’t mean the plot lines aren’t complex enough. They are. There are usually a few red herrings in the mix and it can keep you guessing.

I do recommend this book, though I recommend starting at the beginning of the series with Asking for Truffle so you can learn more about the interpersonal relationships. Each mystery can be read as a stand alone so you don’t have to go back to the beginning of the series, but I find it best so you can understand character dynamics.

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About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

Author Links

Website: www.dorothystjames.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dorothystjames

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dorothymcfalls

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BLOG TOUR – Scented Bones – PROMO SPOT

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Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Reads & Reels Book Tour for The Scented Bonesby Angelina Kerner.

 

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The Scented Bones: The Svabodina Case Files (The Svabodina Case Files Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal/ Crime Fiction

Expected Publication Date: September 28, 2018

Publisher: KDP Select

Synopsis:

Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves—or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

Praise for “The Scented Bones”

“A magical mystery in more than one sense of the word, this beautifully woven tale will charm you more than an ethereal fae.” – Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

“This book is what happens when you mix crime stories with the supernatural. And, the result is spectacular.” -Dylon Crone, beta reader

“This story combines the paranormal, the mafia, and good old detective work – a fun read!” – Sycamore, beta reader

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Excerpt

A parking attendant asked for my car keys and let me know that he’d bring it back when I was ready to leave.

As Laura and I got out of the car, I noticed a couple talking under a tree to the right, by a fountain. They looked to be enjoying themselves, which made me smile and hope for a good time.

I looked at Laura to see her also sizing up the house. Our attention returned to the young man by the massive front door.

He was wearing a suit and a Christmas tree tie.

Laura smiled and yelled, “Lorenzo!” Then she ran up the steps, and into his arms.

Lorenzo was taller than her, and she was wearing heels. He looked fit, healthy, and confident. His blue eyes were striking, and his hair was slicked back. If it weren’t for the tie, I’d have thought he was an international businessman, not a chef; though, I guessed one could be both.

“Hi, you must be Angel, Laura’s roommate,” Lorenzo said.

“And, you must be Lorenzo, her friend,” I said slowly.

He laughed, a nice lilting sound. “A little more than that. Welcome to Paulo Abelli’s house. He’s my boss, but really cool, so just relax and enjoy the party.”

“Thanks,” I replied.

Lorenzo grabbed hold of the crescent-shaped handle, pulled the imposing front door open, and ushered Laura inside the house. “Come on, babe, let me introduce you to some people.”

Laura threw me an excited look, and I followed the happy couple.

Interesting, I thought to myself.

The travertine foyer opened up into an expansive living room with floor to ceiling windows, capturing the magnificent view of the pool, lined with tall cypress trees next to a perfectly manicured lawn. The focal point of the room was the marble fireplace situated in direct view of the front door. It was the two-story Christmas tree next to it that took center stage, with gold and bronze glass balls in assorted sizes, twinkling white lights, and porcelain angels adorning each limb.

Two leather couches with an enormous, square, stone table in the middle were sat in front of the fireplace, facing each other. Another smaller, stone table covered with a cheese and nut tray and bowls of fruit and sweets was at the end of one of the couches. There were matching side tables with vases of red roses and pine branches, giving off the scent of Christmas. As I walked further into the room, it opened up to reflect a larger area off to the left that could be used for dancing and mingling.

I glanced through the windows to get a better look at the pool and back deck and saw marble pillars wrapped with white Christmas lights.

It all looked so. . . Normal— to an outsider or a mundane. However, there was that special scent hanging in the air that let me know the house belonged to a paranormal family.

Hopefully, they were friendly.

At times like these, I felt stupid for locking up my magick. I weaved my senses throughout the house and realized it was full of them–paranormals. I just couldn’t tell what kind they were.

My forensic case involved a paranormal girl, and now I was in a paranormal household. I didn’t believe in coincidences.

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About the Author

Angelina Kerner

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

Visit her website at www.kernerangelina.live

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Every family in the book has a family tattoo. Tarotia family is the main family that will appear in every book. The necklace is of the tattoo – two snakes wrapped around a T! Thank you for being part of the blog tour for The Scented Bones! – Angelina Kerner

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BLOG TOUR – Barnabas Tew & the Case of the Nine Worlds – GUEST POST, REVIEW

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Welcome! Today I’m hosting a spot on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Barnabas Tew & the Case of the Nine Worlds by Columbkill Noonan.  This was a very interesting book.

Before we get into my review, we have a guest post from the author. Information about the book along with my review, will be below the guest post.

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Guest Post from Columbkill Noonan

“Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds” is the second book in the Barnabas Tew series (the first was “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab”, which was released last year). Many readers have remarked on the unusual premise to the series, and have wondered where in the world the idea for the series came from. Well, wonder no more; I’ll tell you all about it!

But first, here’s a bit of background information for those who are new to the series. Barnabas Tew is a detective in Victorian London (well, he tries to be, at least, but it seems that he’s not terribly good at it). So far so good; it’s like any other cozy mystery, with a detective who’s in over his head and yet somehow has to solve a case that just might be beyond his capabilities.

But then the weird stuff happens.

I won’t go into too much detail, but the twist here is that Barnabas, along with his trusty sidekick Wilfred, end up dead pretty much straightaway. They had to die, you see, in order to get to the afterlife (in the case of “Missing Scarab”, the afterlife in question was that of Ancient Egypt; in “Nine Worlds”, they’re headed to explore Norse mythology).  Shenanigans ensue, and Barnabas and Wilfred have some pretty incredible adventures, all while trying to solve a case (which, by the way, is very important, because if they fail, the world will end!)

Why, you may be asking, would I want them in an afterlife of any kind, let alone a mythological one? Why can’t they just solve mysteries in London, like any other proper Victorian detectives? Doesn’t the whole “being dead” thing take the books straight out of the realm of “cozy mystery” and put it more in the “fantasy” genre?

Well, yes and no.

Yes in that the settings are, of course, rather fantastic. First they have to deal with the gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt, who are very strange indeed; now they’re embroiled in the heart of Norse mythology, and all the craziness that entails. There are fantastical creatures and characters, and the events are very unlike anything that one might imagine happening in Victorian London.

But, if you can suspend disbelief for a while, and accept the odd premise, well, then, you’ll see just how cozy “Barnabas” really is. He’s not a perfect character (he’s nervous, and quirky, and more than a little stuck in his ways), but he’s also earnest, and idealistic, and loyal to a fault. He and Wilfred are an unshakeable team, and they deal with whatever the afterlife has to throw at them with aplomb (and, to be honest, a little bit of panicked flailing, to boot).

And really, people are people, no matter where (or when) they happen to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seamstress in Victorian London, a mouse-headed waitress in the Egyptian desert, or a warrior-maiden in Valhalla; you’ll have more similarities in terms of motivation and personality than differences.

And isn’t that what makes things cozy? I think yes.

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About the Book


Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds
Cozy Mystery/Fantasy
2nd in Series
Crooked Cat Books (September 4, 2018)
Paperback: 310 pages
ISBN-10: 172240728X
ISBN-13: 978-1722407285
Digital ASIN: B07DKH8CZC

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Synopsis

Hold your flying horses!

Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby are back, and, once again, they’re in a bit of a pickle.

Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world – an event which the locals call Ragnarök. This time, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarök? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife?

Will they save the world…again?

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Review – 3 out of 5 stars

This was definitely an interesting book, but I personally did not like it. That’s not to say it’s not a good book though.  It’s a mostly well-written book; it did not fit my personality and likes/dislikes.

The characters are well-rounded, complex, and intriguing. Barnabas is a stiff-lipped, proper, British gentleman who doesn’t do well going with the flow. He’s abrasive and arrogant, which gets him into more trouble most of the time. Wilfred on the other hand is a little better at going with the flow and learning the customs of the various places they visit. Brynhild gets a bit exasperated with both of them but she’s very patient, all things considered!

The setting descriptions were well-done. There were enough details to give you a good imaginative picture, but not so many that your imagination can’t fill in the blanks. Those are the best kind of setting descriptions in my opinion. It was interesting visiting all the worlds in the Viking world.

The plot was good, but I felt the story broke down a bit because of all the explaining of Norse Mythology. Now, the explanations were necessary if one doesn’t know much about Norse Mythology (which I don’t) and I don’t really have a suggestion on how all of that could be incorporated into storyline more smoothly, but it simply got in the way of the story line.

If you’re going to read this book, I recommend starting with the first book, Barnabas Tew & the Missing Scarab. While the second book can definitely be read on its own, you might understand a few references in the book a bit better if you’d read the first book.

Check it out and see what you think. Just because it wasn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean it won’t be yours! It’s still a well-written book!

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About the Author

Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).

When she’s not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.

Author Links

Blog – https://columbkill.weebly.com/

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