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WEEKLY ROUND-UP: No. 35

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

September 1: Groomed for Murder by Annie Knox
September 2: Fat Cat At Large by Janet Cantrell
September 3: Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy
September 4: Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
September 5: The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova
September 6: Organized for Homicide by Ritter Ames

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

Recent contest winners

  • Bewitching Boots by Joyce and Jim Lavene – Kiki W.
  • Dead on Her Feet by Lisa Fernow – Denise Z.
  • Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyn Perry – Angie Y.
  • Death by Devil’s Breath by Kylie Logan – Kari C.
  • Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara – Sue F.
  • Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson – Mary H.
  • Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson – Lynn H.

Recently posted on dru’s book musings

  • Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
  • Hit and Run by Sandra Balzo
  • Deception in Strange Places by Judy Alter

At The Request Of…For Review

  • The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley
  • Double Strike by Gretchen Archer

Reading Round-Up

  • August 2014: 21 books
    • 10 cozy mysteries
    • 9 traditional mysteries
    • 2 suspense/thriller
  • Year to Date: 166 books

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Author Showcase ~ Hit and Run by Sandra Balzo

Hit and Run
AnnaLise’s philandering father’s attempt to ‘do right’ by his many heirs goes deadly wrong

Journalist AnnaLise Griggs’ return to her hometown in North Carolina’s western mountains has led to some unexpected surprises – most notably the discovery that legendary womanizer Dickens Hart is her birth father, and she an heir to Hart’s huge fortune.

Founder of the White Tail Lodge – a High Country knock-off of the Playboy concept – Hart now claims he wants to ‘do right’ by his offspring. To that end, he’s invited all his former lovers and potential heirs, including AnnaLise and her own mother, Daisy, to what Hart envisions as a festive Thanksgiving weekend at his sprawling lakeside mansion.

But not everyone is in a celebratory mood, and when a body is discovered, AnnaLise is left with the impossible task of identifying a vicious killer.

Release: September 2014
Series: Main Street #3
Publisher: Severn House

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on September 3 for the chance to win a kindle copy of RUNNING ON EMPTY, the first book in the series. The giveaway is open to everyone.

About the author
Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eleven books in two different mystery series from Severn House–the Wisconsin-based Maggy Thorsen Mysteries and Main Street Murders, set in the High Country of North Carolina and featuring journalist AnnaLise Griggs.

Film rights for the Maggy Thorsen Coffeehouse Mysteries have been optioned toward development for television or film. Garnering starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, Balzo’s novels are recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Harlan Coben, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron.

Find Sandy online at www.SandraBalzo.com, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.


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Hit and Run by Sandra Balzo

Hit and RunHit and Run by Sandra Balzo is the third book in the “Main Street” murder mystery series. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, July 2014

Journalist AnnaLise Griggs’ return to her hometown in North Carolina’s western mountains has led to some unexpected surprises – most notably the discovery that legendary womanizer Dickens Hart is her birth father, and she an heir to Hart’s huge fortune.

Founder of the White Tail Lodge – a High Country knock-off of the Playboy concept – Hart now claims he wants to ‘do right’ by any other children he may have fathered. To that end, he’s invited all his former lovers and potential heirs, including AnnaLise and her own mother, Daisy, to what Hart envisions as a festive Thanksgiving weekend at the sprawling lakeside mansion.

But not everybody is in a celebratory mood, and when a body is discovered dead in the bed, AnnaLise is left with the impossible task of identifying the killer.

I really love this evenly paced and well-executed drama with its comfortable tone and a small town southern atmosphere. This light whodunit was hard to put down, as I had to know who did what to whom in this darling of a mystery. The author did a great job in pulling it all together with a bevy of suspects who could have done the dastardly deed and I was a bit surprise not at who did it, but at how and why it was done. AnnaLise who tries to do the right thing, does a good job at solving this puzzle, is supported by a quirky cast of characters that includes her mother, her mama and her best friend Joy who is an absolute hoot. I look forward to more adventures with AnnaLise in the next book in this delightfully charming series.