Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

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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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Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs by Julie Mulhern

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard 


Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Caj...

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The Innocent Dead by Lin Anderson

The Innocent Dead by Lin Anderson front cover

The Innocent Dead is 15th in Scottish author Lin Anderson’s long-running series of police procedurals featuring forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod and the Glaswegian team she works with. Echoes of several of those earlier books appear rather frequently in the pages of this new one, although this is the first of hers I’ve read.

Forty-five years before the book ope...

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15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher

15 Minutes of Flame (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
by Christin Brecher

About 15 Minutes of Flame


As Stella Wright’s Nantucket candle store thrives, her knack for solving mysteries burns equally bright—especially when a Halloween haunted house uncovers evidence of a centuries-old murder . . .

When Stella’s friend inherits a creaky, abandoned home in Nantucket...

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The Woman Who Built a Bridge by CK Crigger

Shay Billings is pleasantly surprised at discovering a new bridge over the river, as it cuts several miles from his trip into town. Ambushed and left for dead, he has even more cause to be grateful when the bridge-builder saves his life. Shay’s savior turns out to be a mysterious young woman with extraordinary skills...

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Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern

Another day, another dead woman in Ellison Russell’s study.

Only this one claimed to be Mrs. Anarchy Jones.

As Ellison juggles mothers, daughter, unhappy wives, and near-miss murder attempts, one thing is clear—someone will go to any lengths to hide the truth.

Can Ellison and Anarchy catch a killer before the body count rises? Or will Ellison be the next corpse i...

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The Country Escape by Jane Lovering

Welcome to the idyllic country retreat of Christmas Steepleton, and let Jane Lovering whisk you away with the most heart-warming, romantic and comforting read of the year.
Leaving London and her ex-husband Luc behind, Katie and her 14-year-old daughter Poppy move into their very own, very ramshackle cottage near the village of Christmas Steepleton on the Dorset coast...

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