Bon Voyage to Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8 by C.S. McDonald

 

Bon Voyage to Murder

 

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[BON VOYGE TO MURDER]

A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bon Voyage to Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8

Author:  C.S. McDonald

Category:  YA Fiction, 198 pages

Run Time: 6 hours, 52 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  McWriter Books

Release date:  Nov 5, 2019

Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Hooray! Fiona has finally convinced her boyfriend detective Nathan Landry to go on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, their fun on the high seas is interrupted by murder. It isn’t long before they discover a boatload of suspects, who have motives deeper than the ocean for wanting the victim out of their lives.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I was honored to read book one in A Fiona Quinn Mystery series and I couldn’t wait to snuggle up in another cozy mystery where I know Fiona would be on her deceive hunt. That girl can smell trouble anywhere. Well, this time Fiona and Nathan’s cruise is a cruise gone bad from the start. In the very beginning there is what is thought to be an attempted murder and we know Fiona can’t let this one go, fun cruise or not. So here goes her  sleuthing skills, and she and Nathan put their heads together and start checking out what is happening and before they know it, the cruise gone bad it done with! I love this sweet cozy mystery just as much as the first Fiona Mystery I read. Though it’s a series you can certainly read these as a stand alone, but I would like to eventually read them in order because I think it would be more fun. 

This time I listen to this one, and the narration by Maren Swenson Waxenberg was such a wonderful pleasant experience. I’m not a huge fan of audio books, they are slowly growing on me, and I am finding out that it is the person doing the narration that makes the audio book. I could listen to Waxenberg for hours at a time and not get tired. I do have another Fiona Cozy Mystery review coming up in a couple of weeks so I hope you will check it out. If you love yourself a good cozy mystery, only now we can’t say by the fire unless we go outside in the heat, this is an amazing choice for you. This Fiona Quinn Mystery gets Five Stars from me. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Taking Notes on Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #9

Author:  C.S. McDonald

Category:  YA Fiction, 184 pages

Run Time: 5 hours

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  McWriter Books

Release date:  May 19, 2020

Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Mysterious notes are showing up in Fiona’s kindergarten classroom, claiming a suicide from 2005 was actually a homicide. Detective Landry maintains the messages are too vague, possess no integrity, and do not warrant a review of the old case.

Fiona’s not convinced. She’s determined to find the author of the enigmatic notes and uncover the truth about a man who had many secrets and countless enemies, including Fiona’s mother and former suspect Nancy Quinn!

Can Fiona crack this cold case, and what will it take to get Detective Landry involved? Don’t miss taking notes on this murder!

 

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Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense 

and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has nine books.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Cindy resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

 

 

Tour Schedule: 

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

 

June 21 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Buried Under Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 24 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 25 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 28 – Books for Books – book review of Maxed Out

June 28 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 29 – Literary Flits – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 29 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 30 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Maxed Out

July 1 – I Read What You Write – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 1 – Literary Flits – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 2 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 2 – I Read What You Write – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 5 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 6 – Blooming with Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 6 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 7 – I Read What You Write – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 7 – @twilight_reader – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 7 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 8 – Bigreadersite – book review of Maxed Out

July 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 8 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 8 – @twilight_reader – book review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 9 – @twilight_reader – book review of Maxed Out

July 9 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 12 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 12 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 12 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 13 – The Momma Spot – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 13 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 13 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 14 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 14 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 16 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

MAXED OUT Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

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Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 251 pages

Genre:  Mystery / Suspense

Publisher:  Milford House Press

Release date:  April 2021

Format available for review:  print and ebook (Gifted Kindle)

Will send print books out:  USA and Canada

Tour dates: June 14 to July 2

Content Rating:  PG-13: There are a couple of murders and mild language (damn, shit)

Book Description:

Someone she knows is watching.

Someone she knows is stalking.

And something hides in the darkness.

With a Category 4 hurricane about to make landfall, boat safety instructor Kate Parks is running out of time. Bodies are piling up–and they’re not from the raging storm. An injury may have ended her career as a Fish and Wildlife officer, but nothing can keep her away from the investigation.

And it doesn’t take long for her to see that the clues have one thing in common: a connection to the recent death of her five-year-old nephew.

In a brewing storm of rage, guilt, and family secrets, Kate fights to protect her grieving sister just as the hurricane threatens everything she knows and loves. But before her world is completely ravaged, she must uncover one final truth:

Run from the water.

Hide from the wind.

Flee from the shadows where a weeper seeks revenge.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I enjoyed any read that is a suspense, so when Darkness Hides came up for review, I had to read it because it just sounded like a very good read and I was not disappointed! This is one of those books that takes a few chapters to get into the story but then you just can’t put it down and it was a sleepless night for me reading this one.

Kate’s five year old nephew was killed in an accident and she is trying to be there for her sister. But in the meantime there is a Category 4 hurricane brewing. People are dying before their eyes and more and more Kate is wondering if it had anything to do with her nephews accident. Kate is determined to find out what is going on in this Florida town.

J.C. Gatlin creates a cast of characters that play their parts so well as the story unfolds. The story was intense since the 5 year old may have been involved. Kate does her best to keep up with the strict details of the story so she could really find out who was murdering these people and why. And why were people watching her so closely. You will find this out and so much more in this intriguing, interesting suspense that will stay with you for quite some time. This one is a Five Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Join me in reading this interesting interview with J.C. Gatlin

Can you tell me about your new book, Darkness Hides?

Darkness Hides is an Amateur Sleuth murder mystery set in Florida. In it, a former Fish and Wildlife officer launches an off-the-books investigation into a string of corpses that appear to have a connection to her nephew’s death. Then the hurricane hits.

What does the title mean?

That’s a great question. The title, Darkness Hides, has several meanings. The obvious connection is to a children’s book that a grieving mother reads to her deceased son titled Where the Darkness Hides. Figuratively, as a murder mystery, the title eludes to one of the characters hiding the darkness inside of him, as he has the capacity to commit several murders. 

Who is the main character and is she based on a real person?

Kate Parks is the “amateur sleuth” who gets wrapped-up in solving the murder mystery. She’s a young woman in her early thirties trying to put her life back together after a gunshot injury ended her career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. She’s also trying to mend the estranged relationship with her sister and reevaluating where her relationship is going with a rebel-with-too-many-causes boyfriend. She’s not based on any one person but is an amalgamation of many people. There’s even a little of me in the character. 

What inspired you to create this character?

There’s a pub where I hang out that has several local police and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission officers who also hang out there when they’re off duty. Kate was born from my conversations with them. They have a million incredible stories. However, I wanted to keep her as an “amateur sleuth,” so law enforcement became her back story. Now, getting involved in a murder investigation is outside her job responsibilities. Plus, she’s pursuing a murderer without a gun, which added another level of peril.  

Why do you write murder mysteries?

I’ve been an avid mystery reader my whole life. As a kid, I read all the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, as well as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. Those books inspired me to become an author as an adult. Mysteries have all the elements I love: plot twists, compelling characters with secrets to hide, and a good hook. My mysteries go one step further and deliver an unexpected ending. I put a lot of time in creating a suspenseful ending that keeps the reader turning pages.

What do you hope readers take away from Darkness Hides?

I want readers to have that rush that comes with reading a suspenseful book that they just can’t put down. Several people have told me that they stayed up till the wee hours in the morning to finish Darkness Hides because they just couldn’t tear themselves away from it. That’s my favorite type of book to read, and that’s the type of book I wanted to write. 

Meet the Author:

JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes mystery novels that include sunny Florida locales and quirky locals as characters. His last novel, H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word, won the coveted Florida Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery in 2019. He is active in the Florida Writer’s Association and is a board member on the Florida Writer’s Foundation, a charity organization that fights illiteracy.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ linkedin ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

 

June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

June 15 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

June 16 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

June 16 – GivernyReads – book review / author interview

June 17 – World of My Imagination – book spotlight / guest post

June 17 – Books for Books – book review

June 18 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 21 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – A Crane Between the Pages – book review

June 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

June 23 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

June 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight

June 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 25 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

June 28 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

June 28 – The Eclectic Review – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 30 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

July 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review

July 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

July 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

July 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

July 7 – @twilight_reader – book review

July 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

July 8 – @books_and_bagels (Instagram) – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway: 

DARKNESS HIDES Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Love Blooms by Jennifer Faye

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Love Blooms
(Bluestar Island #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 284 Pages
April 13, 2021

“With the bloom of springtime flowers…
comes the opportunity for new beginnings.”

He’s an injured firefighter. She bakes the most delightful treats. When their worlds collide will the baker help heal the firefighter with a mix of blueberry muffins and her caring way?
The elegant baker, Hannah Bell, has always lived on Bluestar Island with her family. While still grieving for her father, who died in a fire, she focuses all of her energy on making her dream come true–opening her very own bakery. But when a broken water pipe washes away her carefully laid plans, she’s on the verge of losing everything.
New York firefighter Ethan Walker’s life is in a tailspin after he’s injured on-the-job. When an urgent call detours him to Bluestar Island, he agrees to help his lovable but meddlesome great-aunt. But organizing the island’s Spring Fling proves a lot harder than he originally imagined. He needs help…and fast.
Under the magic of Bluestar Island’s sea breeze and warm sunshine, Hannah and Ethan must not only face their immediate obstacles but also their own turning points in life. Will they have to do that alone? With a leap of faith and a dash of romance, they might just find the perfect mix to make their dreams come true.
Includes a delicious recipe for The Elegant Baker’s Blueberry Crumble Muffin!
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love it when a book captures my attention within the first few pages and that is just what Love Blooms did. Ethan decides to go to Bluestar Island when his mom calls him about his aunt needing help. He has been to the island many times throughout the years and his aunt has been good to him, and after all, he just extended his leave from the fire department after a horrific accident placed him off from work. What can it hurt to go stay at the island for a while? But Ethan wasn’t expecting to meet Hannah there.
In Jennifer Faye’s usual style, she writes another amazing sweet story that will leaving you swooning for quite some time. I love her characters, especially Ethan and Hannah, and the supporting characters make up for a lot of fun in this story. I love Aunt Birdie, even though she is meddlesome! She brings so much fun and humor to the story I am glad Faye thought of creating her. The island is a place I would love to live. Small town, friendly people, the beach anytime you want to go. What’s not to like? If you enjoy a good summer beach read that will keep you laughing and having fun, this is an amazing read for you. Love Blooms by Jennifer Faye gets Five Stars from me!
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Other Books in the Series

Harvest Dance

 Coming October 2021

Pre-order from Amazon (affiliate link included)
 
About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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