Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Mystery Fiction

About The Book

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.
But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a ...

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The Trouble with Trolls (An Enchanted Fairy Tale) by Sarina Dorie

Novella Fiction

Magic. Mystery. Twisted Fairy Tales to Delight!

Move over Beauty and the Beast—Make room for Beauty and the Troll.

In this fractured fairy tale, a wicked and selfish king accidentally marries a big beautiful troll. Their child is a troll changeling who becomes the king’s pet warrior, filling the role of monster the king needs to destroy his enemies.

Unfortuna...

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Bloodstock by Rod Humphris

Thriller Fiction

  After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Simon walks right into a deadly mystery. Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead...

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Saddled with Murder by Eileen Brady

Mystery Fiction General


Saddled with Murder (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries)

First in a new vet books mystery series, perfect for fans of cozy mysteries by Miranda James and Leann Sweeney!

Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Kate Turner has her hands full trying to juggle two boyfriends, a thriving practice, and a criminal investigation.

It’s the Christmas season and veterinarian Kate Turner is not fee...

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Bad Debt by William H.S. McIntyre

Mystery Fiction

About The Book

Defence Lawyer Robbie Munro’s wife has been stalked by a witness in a trial she is prosecuting. When the stalker is killed and Robbie is charged with murder his friends are only too willing to come up with schemes to prove his innocence. In the end though, will it be his enemies who make the difference?


My Thoughts

Robbie Munro will have a diffi...

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Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien

Mystery Fiction

Egg Drop Dead: A Noodle Shop Mystery

In the fifth in Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop delectable mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, the Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level—only to end up in hot water.

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool...

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Secrets In The Snow by Emma Heatherington

Romance Fiction

About The Book

As the winter snow falls on the small Irish village of Ballybray, Roisin O’Connor and her young son, Ben, are saying goodbye to their beloved neighbour Mabel Murphy.  Mabel lived a bold and colourful life, but the arrival of her brooding nephew, ‘blow-in’ Aidan Murphy, just makes life more complicated for Roisin...

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When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten

Young Adult Fiction

About The Book

A summer she can’t remember
A friendship she won’t forget
Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives – at least, that’s how it seems. She loves eating ripe mangoes fallen from trees, running outside in the rainy season and escaping to her secret hideout with her best friend Gaynah...

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On the Radar: Jack is back

Romance Thriller Mystery Novel General

Although the sound of Santa’s sleigh is still well off in the distance, when November comes you can usually start to see how things will shape up in terms of the crime Christmas bookshelf. For example, Lee Child fans will be singing a jingle next week when the new Jack Reacher novel hits the shelves – it’ll make an ideal gift for crime fiction lovers everywhere...

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Fields’ Guide to Dirty Money by Julie Mulhern

Mystery Fiction


Fields’ Guide to Dirty Money (The Poppy Fields Adventures)

Poppy Fields, social influencer and secret spy, is on Grand Cayman. Her mission? Maid of honor at her mother’s wedding to Russian billionaire Yurgi Prokorhov. No surprise, Chariss Carlton is a difficult and demanding bride.

When Poppy witnesses a murder, her days change from irritating to dangerous...

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Play the Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics

Mystery
Play the Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics wartime crime novel

This posthumous publication is Jurjevics’ third novel. The co-founder of Soho Press died in 2018 from the long term effects of Agent Orange on his heart. Like so many other Vietnam veterans, Jurjevics’ experiences of that war stayed with him for the rest of his life and they informed his writing.

By October 1963, the Vietnam War had already been going for eight...

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Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

Mystery Fiction General
Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski crime novel

The last time we saw Idaho bounty hunter Jake Tapper, his wife Janine, and his gun-running sister Frankie, they were walking away from a deadly encounter with some of the richest and most powerful men in Idaho. That story was told in Boise Longpig Hunting Club.

Top of Jake’s to-do list is to retrieve his daughter and get the hell out of Dodge...

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Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

Thriller Fiction

About The Book

You can’t stop watching her.
Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.
Until the day she’s no longer there
But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presenc...

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Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs by Julie Mulhern

Mystery Fiction


Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs (The Poppy Fields Adventures)

Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl and super-secret spy, travels to Egypt looking for answers.

But amidst assassination attempts, money launderers, and missing treasure, answers are hard to come by.

Poppy must trust new allies, forgive old wrongs, and find a forgotten pharaoh or the next tomb she enters may be h...

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Watch Her Vanish by Ellery A. Kane

Thriller Fiction

About The Book

Returning home to Fog Harbor, California, to be closer to her little sister, Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. That is, until the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a local teacher in the shallows nearby...

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The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

Mystery Fiction
The Kingdom, Jo Nesbo, scandinavian crime fiction

Translated by Robert Ferguson — Though Jo Nesbo is famous for his Harry Hole series, which details the trials and tribulations of an Oslo police detective, some of his finest writing is found in his standalone novels. They’re where he explores ideas, characters and atmospheres that would be out of place in Harry Hole’s world...

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The Solace of Bay Leaves by Leslie Budewitz

Mystery Fiction


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled to welcome Leslie Budewitz back to Escape With Dollycas!

Armchair Travel

by Leslie Budewitz

Whoever first called reading “armchair travel” was brilliant.

Or, to quote another brilliant mind, though Dr. Seuss wasn’t talking about books, “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

I’ve always loved exploring new places by reading, ...

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An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins

About The Book

Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.
But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackso...

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Elvis Puffs Out by Georgia Dunn

This just in: your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this third collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers.

Anchor cat Lupin and his faithful field reporters, Elvis and Puck, are as cute and funny as ever in Elvis Puffs Out...

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The Webs We Weave; The Fuhrer’s Orphans; Betrayal;++

From historical crime fiction through to psychological thrillers, adventuresome crime solving and even a puzzle novel, this week’s new books will hopefully tide you over – especially if you’re pinned down by the latest COVID restrictions. Crime fiction is certainly infectious, but we think it’s what you need to survive the pandemic…

The Webs We Weave by Mich...

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A Painter in Penang by Clare Flynn

About The Book

Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Barrington hates everything about living in Kenya and longs to return to the island of Penang in British colonial Malaya where she was born. Expulsion from her Nairobi convent school offers a welcome escape – the chance to stay with her parents’ friends, Mary and Reggie Hyde-Underwood on their Penang rubber estate.
But ...

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Winners by Danielle Steel

Winners by Danielle Steel

Winners by Danielle Steel, Lily Thomas woke up when the alarm went off.  She didn’t want to miss skiing with her favorite instructor, Jason Yee.  Looking out to see what was happening she didn’t thing they would get more than a couple of runs in...

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Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann German crime fiction

When Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously declared “I know it when I see it,” he was referring to obscenity and whether or not the Louis Malle film The Lovers could be categorised as such. I have much the same relationship with psychological thrillers...

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A House East of Regent Street by Pam Rosenthal

Note from Janine: Guest poster and romance author Pam Rosenthal, whose novella A House East of Regent Street is being published in digital format for the first time tomorrow, has contributed the lovely essay below.

How do you read during a pandemic? For facts or for escape? Survival information in the baleful here and now, or a reminder of how life ought to be?

Fo...

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Love Orange by Natasha Randall

About The Book

While Hank struggles with his lack of professional success, his wife Jenny, feeling stuck and beset by an urge to do good, becomes ensnared in a dangerous correspondence with a prison inmate called John. Letter by letter, John pinches Jenny awake from the “marshmallow numbness” of her life...

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The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths front cover

Her Dr Ruth Galloway books have won her legions of fans and myriad awards, and in addition to the Brighton Mysteries series, in recent years Elly Griffiths has turned her hand to the standalone format too. The Stranger Diaries was a big success, and among the characters featured in it was DS Harbinder Kaur.

Now Kaur is back, in another standalone book that is a pur...

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The Hungry Ghost by H. S. Norup

About The Book

Freja arrives in Singapore during the month of the hungry ghost, when old spirits are said to roam the streets. She’s struggling to settle into her dad’s new, ‘happy’ family, and dreams only of escaping home and leaving this hot, unfamiliar city.
Then one night, a mysterious girl in a white dress appears in the garden...

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Daddy by Danielle Steel

Daddy by Danielle Steel

Daddy by Danielle Steel,  Sarah Watson sat and looked out the window watching snow fall since nothing was wanting to turn into a story.  Oliver had tried to encourage her in the writing that she wanted to do.   But nothing turned into a good story.

She thought back to when Benjamin was born...

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