Thursday, December 1, 2016

Literally Dead by Lois Winston

Title: Literally Dead
Series: An Empty Nest Mystery Book #2
Author: Lois Winston
Publish Date: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Book Tour

About the Book:
After her last disastrous episode as an amateur sleuth, Gracie Elliott is back. The budding romance writer has spent the past year crafting her first novel. Her hard work and determination pay off when her manuscript wins the Cream of the Crop award, a contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the Society of American Romance Authors. First place entitles her to attend the organization’s annual conference, normally open only to published authors.

With husband Blake in tow, a starry-eyed Gracie experiences the ultimate fan-girl moment upon entering the hotel. Her favorite authors are everywhere. However, within minutes she learns Lovinia Darling, the Queen of Romance, is hardly the embodiment of the sweet heroines she creates. Gracie realizes she’s stepped into a romance vipers’ den of backstabbing, deceit, and plagiarism, but she finds a friend and mentor in bestselling author Paisley Prentiss.

Hours later, when Gracie discovers Lovinia’s body in the hotel stairwell, a victim of an apparent fall, Gracie is not convinced her death was an accident. Too many other authors had reason to want Lovinia dead. Ignoring Blake’s advice to “let the police handle it,” Gracie, aided by Paisley, begins her own investigation into the death. Romance has never been so deadly.

My Review:
A book writer’s conference was a fun setting for this cozy mystery. Gracie is new to the writing/publishing/author world and is lucky to find a friend in Paisley, a romance writer at the conference. Gracie is obviously out of place in many situations and made to feel very uncomfortable, but has the perseverance to keep going. It’s too bad that one of the writers has such an ego and bad attitude toward the other writers, she doesn’t help curb the nerves of all the newbies.

It’s also fun to have Gracie’s husband along for the conference. Would a person really have to worry about their spouse’s employment affecting their own? And when he gets questioned about being a cover model, it’s very entertaining.

The mystery was put together very well. What was made to look like an accident, obviously has many other views to think about. And that’s what the detective quickly does, as well as Gracie.

I enjoyed two of Lois’s other books in her Anastasia Pollack Crafting mystery series, so I was thrilled to get an opportunity to review this book for the tour. Excited to read others in that series, as well as this series. I thoroughly enjoy the humor she adds to her cozy mysteries.

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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Tour Participants
December 1 – A Date with a Book – REVIEW
December 2 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
December 3 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 4 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
December 4 – Community Bookstop – INTERVIEW  
December 5 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
December 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
December 7 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
December 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 9 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 10 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST, SPOTLIGHT
December 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

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