A Giant Murder by Marji Laine with a giveaway

This was an enjoyable mystery. I like that it was set during the time of the prohibition. I loved Josie and Porter. It is always interesting to see how police solved murders before all the technology that we have today. This book talks about some of the new techniques that were starting to be used during this time. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

About the Book

Book:  A Giant Murder

Author: Marji Laine

Genre: ChristianHistorical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release date: August 3, 2021

Would you like a shot of… death with that, sir?

Josephine Jacobs was just doing her job, serving at an exclusive party, so why is she now being accused of shooting TG Taggert?

At a party full of suspects in the murder of Taggert, Josie served the food giant everything but an eternally “parting shot.” Who really killed TG Taggert?  His wife?  His son, Jack?  What about Harper Davis?  Rumor has it, she was having an affair with him—motive for her or Taggert’s wife! The list of those who seemed to hate him keeps growing, including a chemist and a chef!

With her long-time friend, Office Porter O’Brien, Josie sets out to find out who really killed “the giant,” and clear her name.

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. A Giant Murder offers a retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with enough clues and suspects to keep you looking over your shoulder. We’d recommend Kevlar… but it hasn’t been invented yet!

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About the Author

Marji Laine is a graduated home-schooling mom of four with two college students staying in the nest for a little longer. She and her hubby of 34 years also share their North Texas home with a rescue pup named Rosie. When Marji isn’t editing or publishing the books for her authors at Write Integrity Press, she indulges in penning her own mystery, suspense, and romance novels. She loves acting in musical comedy, has directed many stage productions, leads a high school Bible study and sings in her church choir. She prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, NASCAR to football, Magnolia pie, white roses, green, and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. You can find her at her website: MarjiLaine.com 

More from Marji

I so enjoyed researching the history of downtown Dallas as I crafted my story, A GIANT MURDER. The house that I chose for Josie and her mom is actually still there on Haskell Avenue. The photo with the wrought iron is about twenty years old, but the house was built circa 1914. The photo with the wooden fence is from last year, after a big remodel. This house was also the setting of another of my books. It and the field that used to be next to it was an after-school child care center in AIN’T MISBEHAVING.

Thinking about what life might have been like in this house in the twenties, I can’t help but think about my grandparents. They were teenagers at the time of my story – 1926 – and while my grandfather grew up in, what was then, a little farming town called Paris, Texas, my grandmother grew up in Oak Cliff, just across the bridge over the Trinity River from this house in downtown Dallas.

Makes the research that I did on this era even that much more special. Having come through COVID, I realize that my great-grandparents had to nurture their preteens and teenagers through the Spanish Flu that devastated whole communities. The more things change, the more they stay the same?

All of this reminiscing sent me to an old recipe book that had been a wedding present for me from my mom almost thirty-five years ago. In the dessert section near the back, I found a precious recipe for Date Candy that had come by way of my great-grandmother, Carrie Ethel Leatherwood Morin. I never met her, but I do remember hearing from my mom that she was a woman of faith, and I have a poem she wrote late in life, about growing up in the country.

I would say this is a 1920s recipe, but who could tell? She was a middle-aged mom at that point, so it’s a good bet.

Date Candy

1 box – light brown sugar

4 T – corn syrup

½ pt – whipping cream

1 cup – dates

1 cup – pecans

1 t – vanilla

Mix sugar, syrup, and cream. Cook until almost a hard ball. Just before removing from pan, put in dates and stir until they melt. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat until almost hard – then add pecans. Wet a cup towel. Pour mixture onto cup towel and roll into a roll. Let it cool – firm – then slice.

Let me know if you decide to make my great-grandmother’s candy. I’d love to find out how it turned out!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Marji is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/119f5/a-giant-murder-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Last Day by Lisa Harris

This is a novella that is part of Dangerous Pursuits. This is the first of 15 stories by different authors. I hope the other stories are as good as this one. It will take a lot to beat this one. This is a prequel for this authors new Fallout series. There is a lot of action and some romance in just a few pages. I cannot wait to read the first book, Survival. I loved Chase and Hope. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

Check out Dangerous Pursuits which comes out on October 12. Then get Survival on October 26. Looking forward to the Fallout series.

Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney

I really enjoyed this first mystery that I have ever read by this author. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of these characters so much better. I love stories based around a bookshop especially in England. Each of these characters are wonderful. We are even getting some romance. I loved Molly, her mum, her Aunt Violet, Kieran and the two cats in the bookshop. The mystery was well done. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur for a fair and honest review that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

Librarian Molly Kimball and her mother, Nina, need a change. So when a letter arrives from Nina’s Aunt Violet in Cambridge, England requesting their help running the family bookshop, they jump at the chance.

Thomas Marlowe—Manuscripts and Folios, is one of the oldest bookshops in Cambridge, and—unfortunately—customers can tell. When Molly and Nina arrive, spring has come to Cambridge and the famed Cambridge Literary Festival is underway. Determined to bring much-needed revenue to the bookstore, Molly invites Aunt Violet’s college classmate and famed poet Persephone Brightwell to hold a poetry reading in the shop. But the event ends in disaster when a guest is found dead—with Molly’s great-aunt’s knitting needle used as the murder weapon. While trying to clear Violet and keep the struggling shop afloat, Molly sifts through secrets past and present, untangling a web of blackmail, deceit, and murder.

Covert Amish Investigation by Dana R. Lynn

Each book in this series seems to get better than the last. I loved the romance and all the action. There were many twists and turns taking place every time you turned around. I love how she brought Kate and Abram together fairly slowly even though it was in a very short period of time. I did not want to put this book down. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

From USA TODAY bestselling author Dana R. Lynn

A deadly undercover assignment…

in the Amish community she left behind.

After a woman in witness protection disappears from Kate Bontrager’s Amish hometown, the now Englisch police officer goes undercover–and enters a killer’s sights. Partnering with Abram Burkholder, the man she’d hoped to marry nearly a decade ago, is the only way to solve the case. But can they face the past and heal their still damaged hearts…before they both end up dead?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

AN AMISH COUNTRY JUSTICE ROMANCE

Book 1: Plain Target
Book 2: Plain Retribution
Book 3: Amish Christmas Abduction
Book 4: Amish Country Ambush
Book 5: Amish Christmas Emergency
Book 6: Guarding the Amish Midwife
Book 7: Hidden in Amish Country
Book 8: Plain Refuge
Book 9: Deadly Amish Reunion
Book 10: Amish Country Threats
Book 11: Covert Amish Investigation
Book 12: Amish Christmas Escape

The Woman With Golden Hair by Sydney Tooman Betts

If you want to read this latest Phoebe mystery than I recommend reading the first two books in the series to get a better understanding of all the main characters that surround Phoebe. I was very glad that there was a list of the main characters and how they were related to Phoebe and her family and friends. I enjoyed the mystery and all the interaction between the characters. I enjoy this time period of the mid 1840s in the south. I liked the bit of romance that is throw in also. I received a copy of this book from Tooman Tales for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

“Is she dead?”

While hosting a party, Phoebe’s father discovers a golden-haired stranger unconscious on his parsonage doorstep. None of his guests know who she is, but the couple who provide her a place to recover soon suspects she is hiding a secret. Mix in a wealthy industrialist seeking a wife, an English earl masquerading as a commoner, and a handful of Jane Austen’s readers, and what do you get? Murder! 

Join Phoebe, a young woman with a knack for eliciting confidences, as she sifts through clues to uncover the culprit. 

Lanterns, Lakes And Larceny by Tonya Kappes

This one definitely leaves you hanging as to what is going to happen with Mae and Hank. I can’t wait to read the next book in this wonderful series. As always we get to see all of the Laundry Club Ladies and Mae is a little off since Hank is back in town. It was a great read. I love the characters and this town. Nice Murder. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Let me be the first person to welcome you to Normal, Kentucky located in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. I’m Mae West the owner of Happy Trails Campground.

Over the past few months my love life has been on what you’d call a slippery slope. Just this past week I’d resigned to the fact that me and Hank Sharp was caput! Done with. No more!

And when I got a phone call during Bobby Ray’s meeting with his birth mother from Hank, I felt like I was wrapped up between a nightmare and a dream.
Let me cut to the chase.
Hank’s best friend Jerry Truman is a local private investigator and he’s got a HUGE case that includes a dead body. Of course I’ve not stuck my nose in it because honestly it has nothing to do with me. Those are the kinda murders I like, but now that Hank has told me he’s back and helping Jerry, and get this…they need me to use my sleuthing skills to help them, it’s now my business.
One, because I love to snoop and two because by the sound of things, Hank Sharp misses me as much as I miss him.
You see, this case will be a double win!
At least that’s what I thought until I’m the one staring into the barrel of a shot gun when I found out a little too much information.

The Golden Key of Gangotri by Eyal N. Damon

If you like to read stories of self discovery than you will enjoy this one. Harley lost her dad years before when he was in the Himalayas. She needs to discover for herself how he died and what she needs to do next. There are great descriptions of India and the Himalayas. I really like Harley and how she handles herself. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.


PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Can Harley solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance and find her own path in life? A remote ice cave holds the stunning secret.

“This book touched upon some very important topics that most people would benefit from. Stepping out of your comfort zone to reach goals, forgiveness, guilt, and reaching for your dreams are just a few of them.” —Manhattan Book Review (5 out of 5 stars)

Harley Green is ready to seize her own future. But after her father vanishes in the Himalayas, leaving behind a mysterious golden key, the twenty-year-old Columbia University student packs her bags for India to clear up her dad’s mysterious fate… and to discover more about his last, unknown companion.

Taking the bus from New Delhi to the sacred Ganges River, the daring Ivy Leaguer teams up with Rajou, a young local capable of keeping up with her philosophical exploration of the meaning of life. But as they advance towards the fateful glacier, Harley’s shocked when a surprise revelation uncovers evidence that could change how she sees the world forever.

The Golden Key of Gangotri is a soul-stirring, gripping adventure story about a father lost in ice, secrets shrouded by time, and a perilous expedition into the heart of the mountains. A tale as timeless as the holy Ganges river itself about a young woman’s inspirational journey of self-discovery to uncover the answers she is so desperately seeking.

If you like brave heroines, remarkable inspiration, and stunning twists, then you’ll love Harley’s mountainous journey.

Buy The Golden Key of Gangotri to unpick the truth today!

The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston

This may be The authors first Contemporary Romance but I know it will not be her last. I have always loved her Amish books and I felt this was as great. Brianna needs to learn that her fiancé, Taylor, just is not the right guy for her. Scott and Brianna grow together over months. I am looking forward to reading many more books by this author. I love her ideas of romance. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Bestselling author Amy Clipston transports readers to a picturesque lakeside town in this heartwarming contemporary romance.

Brianna is the youngest of the three Porter sisters and the only one who chose to stay in the small town of Splendid Lake, North Carolina. She followed in her father’s footsteps and became an expert boat mechanic, helping him run their small resort with cabin rentals, a convenience store, and a marina.

When Brianna’s father unexpectedly dies, Brianna is steeped in grief and guilt—then left alone to clean up the mess. To make matters worse, a constant stream of real estate brokers begins marching through her property, offering to buy the family land. In particular, she keeps running into handsome real estate mogul Scott Gibson.

As Brianna struggles to keep it all together, Scott finds his way into her heart. And as the two fight against their feelings, they just might find themselves forging a surprising and exciting new love at Splendid Lake.

“A touching story of grief, love, and life carrying on, The Heart of Splendid Lake engaged my heart from the very first page. Sometimes the feelings we run from lead us to the hope we can’t escape, and that’s a beautiful thing to see through the eyes of these winning characters. Amy Clipston deftly guides readers on an emotionally satisfying journey that will appeal to fans of Denise Hunter and Becky Wade.” —Bethany Turner, award-winning author of Plot Twist

“The Heart of Splendid Lake offers a welcome escape in the form of a sympathetic heroine and her struggling lakeside resort. Clipston proficiently explores love and loss, family and friendship in a touching, small-town romance that I devoured in a single day!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of The Bluebell Inn series
Sweet and thoughtful contemporary readStand-alone novelBook length: 93,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs

Blue Man by John L. Moore

This book had me trying to figure out what was really going on till close to the end. There were conspiracy theories and paranormal ideas floating around. I enjoyed the story but I did get confused a few times as to what was really happening and who was good or bad. I wish I had read the other book about Ezra Riley so I had known more about him. This definitely kept my interest all the way through even when I was a little confused. I definitely liked Ezra and his friend. I received a copy of this book from Jones Literary and Audra Jennings fir a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

Ezra Riley is a hardened Montana cowboy who prefers the hills, cattle, and horses to cities, but his unique gift for dream interpretation has him secretly taken to the White House where the President is suffering from recurring nightmares. Riley’s encounter with the President launches a series of attacks by the man behind the nightmares, William Anderson Hall, an elderly master spy and a pioneer in the CIA’s experiments with psychic powers and hallucinogens. In his remote Virginia compound, Hall has invested 30 years and millions of dollars in creating Blue Man, the ultimate psychic warrior.

Riley’s life is soon complicated by Davis Browne, a former agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and Hall’s two nieces, Isabel Elizabeth Hall and Mary Margaret Hall. Riley’s rough ride is balanced by his cowboy friend, the cartoonist Barney Wallace, whose loyalty follows Riley to the climactic end and the revelation of the content of the President’s dream.About the Author

John L. Moore is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He’s published seven novels, several non-fiction books and over 2,000 articles, poems, short stories, columns and reviews. A third-generation Montana rancher best known for his western classic, The Breaking of Ezra Riley and a pioneer in the Christian fiction genre, he is the winner of numerous awards, including a 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for his sixth novel, Looking for Lynne. Active in ministry for over a quarter century, Moore has appeared in four documentaries due to his knowledge of the history of horses on the Northern Great Plains. He is a member of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

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What Others Are Saying”Moore is a master writer. In Blue Man, he skillfully weaves a story of intrigue that captivates while laying bare our present-day culture.”
Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, CA, Author of Born for Significance and Hope in Any Crisis

Blue Man is a fantastic novel, perhaps John L. Moore’s best, in its propelling action with hardly a pause and in the several levels and dimensions of character portrayal. I began the novel late in the day and could not put it down until I finished it at 4 a.m.”
Larry Woiwode, Bestselling author, Winner of the William Faulkner Foundation Award, Finalist for the National Book Award and the Book Critics Circle Award

“What a read! Blue Man is filled with prophetic intrigue surrounding a national plot that parallels our own headlines. This story will make your jaw drop and you will wonder whether it’s fiction…or a preview of our future.”
Wanda Alger, Author of Moving from Sword to Scepter: Rule Through Prayer as the Ekklesia of God

“Wow! What a trip! Once I picked up Blue Man, I couldn’t put it down. The characters grew on me more with each scene and on occasions I laughed out loud which is rare for me. Blue Man hits with a powerful spiritual impact.”
Amy Thomas Davis,Author of Divinely Powerful – A Prophetic Blueprint Introducing the Coming Age’Read an ExcerptCleaned up and fueled by stout coffee, Ezra sat at the kitchen table with a bowl of cold cereal and the new Ford’s title.

He slid the title across the table to Barney. “Take a look at who the truck is registered to.”

Barney held the paper up and squinted. “I don’t have my reading glasses, but it looks like Zebulon Associates Limited. What’s that?”

“I’ve no idea. I can’t find them on the Web. It must be a dummy corporation.”

“Who’s Zebulon?”

“A Hebrew patriarch in the Bible. The name means ‘Dwelling of Honor.’”

“Why are they after you?”

“I gave my word not to talk.”

“So what can I do to help?”

Ezra looked sternly at his friend of many years. “You can help by staying away.”

“What? You want me to abandon a longtime friend?”

“I know it goes against your principles, but do it as a favor to me.”

“You’re going to fight this alone?”

“It’s my fight, Barney, not yours.”

“So who was that Benny Davis guy? At least tell me that.”

“His real name is Davis Browne. He’s a private contractor for some powerful people.”

“What did he want?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“Where is he?

“That might be a question for eternity. If he’s lucky, he’s in Mexico.”

“If he’s unlucky?”

“He’s dead. They got him.”

Barney scowled. “What are you going to do when Anne gets home?”

Ezra shook his head sadly. “I’m hoping this will be resolved by then.”

“Go to the sheriff,” Barney insisted. “The cops are already suspicious about that gun and map.”

“I have a feeling those suspicions will evaporate.”

“You can’t make me walk away from this.”

“Barney, if that car hadn’t crashed and you’d pulled into the yard minutes after that guy—whoever he was—you’re the one who might have caught a bullet.”

“I don’t abandon my friends.”

Ezra sighed and folded his arms across his chest. “Fine,” he said. “Check on me by telephone and drive the highway, but do not pull into the yard.”

Barney didn’t like it, but he nodded his assent.

“And on the phone,” Ezra added. “Don’t talk about anything except cows and weather. We have to sound like normal cowboys.”

Gray Lady took her chair across from her uncle in his study. The old spymaster looked especially tired, and she hated bringing bad news.

He fidgeted, waiting for her to speak, but his nervousness was little more than a tremble.

“Maintenance has been killed in a car accident,” she reported.

Hall coughed. “Near Riley’s ranch?”

“Yes. He was on his way to complete the job.”

“Complete what job?”

Isabel lied. “Observing Riley.”

“What caused the accident?”

“The authorities think he swerved to miss a deer.”

“A stupid reaction,” Hall said. “He was smarter than that and he was in a rented SUV. Why would he swerve?”

Gray Lady had no answer to the rhetorical question.

“Have the necessary details been taken care of?” he asked.

“Yes. There shouldn’t be any problems.”

“Did he have any family?”

“An ex-wife in England and parents in Boston.”

“Spin it as necessary. Say he was a courier for one of our corporations who took a fateful sightseeing trip.”

“And what about Riley?”

Hall’s jaw clenched. “We’ll turn up the pressure,” he said. “I’ll give Blue Man a workout. We’ll find out what both Blue Man and Ezra Riley are made of.”

“You still want the dream?”

“I demand it.”

“May I offer you a suggestion?” Gray Lady asked.

“What is it?”

“Maybe you are underestimating Blue Man. Maybe he can bypass the subconscious with a man like Riley.”

“What do you mean?”

“Blue Man targeted the President and Davis Browne while they were asleep. Ezra Riley is an imaginative person who spends most of his time alone. Perhaps his normal day is like a sleeping state.”

“Daydreams,” Hall said. “Like Browne’s fantasies?” “Probably more realistic than Browne’s fantasies.”

“But possible. I will have Blue Man get on it. Daytime and nighttime, for that matter, if Blue Man can take the rigor.”

“As you have said, Uncle. We must learn what both Riley and Blue Man are made of.”

Champagne Widows by Rebecca Rosenberg

This was a fascinating story of a true woman who took over her husbands winery in the late 1700s and created some of the best Champagne ever. She did this all during horrible times in France when Napoleon was destroying the economy and getting thousands of men killed. This is a wonderful story that tells about what might have caused Napoleon Bonaparte to behave the way he did and shows the strength that the women of France had to have during these trying times. Great story. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

From triple-gold award-winning author, Rebecca Rosenberg: Champagne, France, 1800. Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness.

Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code, or losing Louis.

In the ultimate showdown, Veuve Clicquot defies Napoleon himself, risking prison and even death.