Daily Archives: August 24, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: No. 34

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This week’s guest post on dru’s book musings

August 25: Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara
August 26: Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson
August 27: Desolation Row by Kay Kendall
August 28: Murder Al Dente by Jennifer L. Hart
August 29: Deadly Shuffle by Norma Lehr
August 30: Organized To Death by Jan Christensen
August 31: Author Showcase: Hit and Run by Sandra Balzo

Last week’s guest post on dru’s book musings

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  • Book Fair or Foul by Erika Chase – Michelle S.
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  • Dead Man’s Switch by Tammy Kaehler – Sandy T.
  • To Helen Back by Susan McBride – Laurie I.
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A Day in the Life of Ma Tutt by Lyn Perry

Ma Tutt Donut HutThat darned Creamy Pie is going to be the death of me! My bakery, “The Donut Hut,” is sitting empty on a Saturday morning, and that franchise across the street is getting all the business. I’ve only been open for a month, but if something doesn’t change soon, I’m going to have to close up shop and move back to Fresno!

But I just can’t! This quaint mountain community of Sugar Pine Station, just south of Yosemite, is where I want to live. I’ve already met some wonderfully quirky friends like Father Aguilera, Kelli & Jo, Doc Moore, and Big Ben Reed. Plus, owning a bakery in semi-retirement has been a life-long dream of mine. If you knew me, you know I couldn’t just throw in the towel.

Since you don’t know me, though, I guess I better introduce myself. I’m Ma Tutt, but you can call me Dolly. You can also call me out of business unless something miraculous takes place very soon. If it weren’t for Mack, my feline friend, I’d be in deep despair.

Mack’s a mysterious gray tabby that came with the log-cabin café I bought and renovated when I moved here from the Central Valley. He’s such a loyal friend. He recently helped me discover a curious recipe for some “Irresistible Doughnuts.” I can’t wait to try them out. Maybe they’ll help turn my business around.

The only thing is, the recipe includes one spice I’ve never heard of before. I wonder what it adds to the donuts? Hopefully, Mack will lend a paw and help me find out. Plus, there’s a whole cupboard full of strange and exotic ingredients that I can’t wait to experiment with. Something tells me, each recipe will be an adventure unto itself. Why don’t you come on in and sample a few of these tasty treats? Half price!


You can read more about Ma in Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut, the first book in the “Mack the Magical Cat” mystery series, published by Tule Fog Press.

A Curious Cozy with a Magical Cat!

Dolly Tutt has just opened her own bakery in the small mountain community of Sugar Pine Station. But the Creamy Pie franchise across the street is giving her fits. Her business is dying. She needs a miracle or she’ll be forced to close.

Fortunately, Mack, a mysterious tabby that came with the doughnut shop, lends a paw by pointing Dolly to a magical ingredient that definitely puts the spice back in her life and rejuvenates the Donut Hut. Unfortunately, it also unleashes as series of catastrophes that may end up destroying her business once and for all.

This short novel of over 100 pages is a complete adventure but contains four tales within the larger gentle mystery. Think of it in terms of a four episode mini-series with each story complete unto itself but all add up to a satisfying conclusion. At least that’s the goal! Thanks for reading!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 27 for the chance to win a digital copy of MA TUTT’S DONUT HUT. The giveaway is open to everyone.

About the author
Lyn Perry is a secondary level English teacher, part-time preacher, full-time husband, and grateful father of two. LynPHe enjoys dark roast coffee, plays host to two tabbies, and writes fiction on the side with plans to make it a career in the next few years. You can visit him at www.lyndonperrywriter.com.