A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Kensington Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3

In Dianne Freemanís charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sisterís wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can hostóor hideóany number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lilyís imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazletonís family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuitsóshooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.

But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and itís not simply the arrival of Francesís socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these ìaccidentsî are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lilyís fiancÈ, Leo. Francesís mother is unimpressed by Lilyís groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with Georgeóa man who loves her for much more than her dowryóshe heartily approves of Lilyís choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas.

As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll…

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This seems to be the year of me finding new series to explore by reading one of the books in the middle. Phew, that was a long and winding sentence but it’s been happening a lot this year. So, as you can probably guess I read A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder before I read the other books in the series. And while I wasn’t confused, it did make me want to read the others in the series. So I guess you could say I enjoyed this book haha.

This book was just such a fun read, and lately that’s what I’ve been enjoying most. I just want to escape for a little while when I pick up a book and this one definitely did just that! It was a delightful and quick read and still maintained all of the quirks of the time period. The characters are fun and enjoyable. The storyline, while it may be a smidge predictable, is engaging and just a delightful tale. And plus, I’m just a sucker for a great mystery.

All in all, much like the cover this is a cute and adorable read! And now I need to go and read the rest of the books in the series! It’s been to long since I’ve enjoyed a good mystery series, so these are just perfect!

About the Author

Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didnít like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona. She’s been nominated for an Agatha and the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 3
Review & Excerpt at Probably at the Library

Tuesday, August 4
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, August 5
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Thursday, August 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Friday, August 7
Review at Bookish Rantings

Monday, August 10
Review at History from a Womanís Perspective

Tuesday, August 11
Review at Bookworlder
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, August 12
Review at Hallie Reads

Thursday, August 13
Review at Book Bustle

Friday, August 14
Review & Excerpt at Gwendalyn’s Books

Monday, August 17
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, August 18
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Wednesday, August 19
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, August 20
Feature at I’m Into Books

Friday, August 21
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Passages to the Past


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder + a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder

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A Child Lost Tour – Review

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About the Book

A Child Lost
Release Date: April 28, 2020

A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .

When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigate a seemingly boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more complicated, however, when Henrietta—much to Clive’s dismay—begins to believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.

Meanwhile, Elsie implores Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however, Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own hands . . . with horrifying results.  


Well if this book isn’t right up my alley! This is my first introduction into the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series and I am most definitely going to need to read the rest! A Child Lost was definitely the best introduction to this series for me as well (you know, if I’m going to wind up reading out of order) because I am really interested in any historical fiction related to asylums and the treatment of women’s mental health. Or maybe I would be better off saying lack of treatment.

I think what I am most disappointed about in all of this is the fact that I had not heard of this series before now. I feel so ashamed because I was so enthralled with this book! I’ve also recently been intrigued with reading books set in the 1930’s, so I was really excited about that aspect. It’s really sad and interesting to take a look into how little has changed over the years regarding women’s mental health. Even today it is such a taboo topic, although I have to say I think we’ve been making some strides in opening up the conversation.

There were a lot of difficult topics that were covered in this book and the author handled them all with grace. You could tell that the author put a lot of time into researching the topics and time period. I find that this makes all the difference in a historical fiction work.

About the Author

Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.

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The Lost History of Dreams Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
Paperback Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Atria Books Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages
Genre: Historical/Gothic/Mystery

Now available in paperback! A post-mortem photographer unearths the dark secrets of a famed poet’s marriage in this “sensual, twisting gothic tale…in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights” (BookPage).

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath one morning in 1850, arrangements are left to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in a stained glass chapel set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams.

Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key, but she refuses to open the chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage to the poet over the course of five nights—a story that is both love story and ghost story.

Blurring the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death, The Lost History of Dreams is “a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal” (Booklist).

“Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Praise for The Lost History of Dreams

“Scheherazade-like … haunting… Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by.” —Booklist

“A sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”—BookPage

“Eerily atmospheric and gorgeously written, The Lost History of Dreams is a Gothic fairy-tale to savor.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS

“The Lost History of Dreams is a dark, shimmering gem of a novel, glittering with love lost, secrets kept, and long-buried truths revealed. Wonder, memory, death and passion haunt every page of Kris Waldherr’s powerhouse Gothic debut.” – Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and WOMAN 99

“Brooding, romantic, and thoughtful, The Lost History of Dreams is a rare bird in that it shines throughout with wit. I loved every page of it.” – Erika Swyler, bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS

“With luminous prose, stunning poetry and a fascinating cast of characters, Waldherr weaves a wonderfully atmospheric tale. Not to be missed!” – Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER

“A riveting, addictive read. Sarah Waters fans will be entranced. – Mary Sharratt, author of ECSTASY and DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL

“A novel of haunting mystery and passion reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and Byatt’s Possession.” – Crystal King, author of FEAST OF SORROW and THE CHEF’S SECRET

“An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page.” – Heather Webb, international bestselling author of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE

“With beautiful prose and poetry, Waldherr weaves a darkly seductive Gothic tale of love, art, death, and obsession. You’ll want to keep reading this one late into the night.” – Alyssa Palombo, author of THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL

“A sumptuous feast for all the senses.” – Clarissa Harwood, author of IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS and BEAR NO MALICE


This book has given me all of the gothic ghostie feels! I mean, those are basically my two favorite things so I of course love books and stories that combine the two! So, as you could imagine, I was hooked as soon as I started this book. Which was fantastic because I’ve been struggling to keep focused on my reading lately with everything that is going on in the world right now.

But there are twists and turns galore in this story, so it will keep you on the edge of your seat! I mean, the first twist comes within the first twenty pages of the story and really helps solidify a lot of the “why,” while also keeping some huge mysterious details from us. As the story unfolds surrounding Ada and Hugh, so does the story of Robert’s wife Sida. The two stories were spectacularly interwoven, having certain characteristics and elements slowly come together as one.

I seem to be in a very atmospheric story type of mood lately, and this one definitely fit the bill for my cravings. It’s got a bit of creep and spook without it falling fully into the horror category, so this is a great choice for people who love gothic horror, people who might be interested in it, and people who like the gothic without much of the horror. I think it is an especially excellent read for right now to just settle down with and destress a bit.

About the Author

Kris Waldherr’s books for adults and children include The Lost History of Dreams, Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The Lost History of Dreams received a Kirkus starred review and was called “an unexpected delight” by Booklist. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was lauded by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers.

As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Ruskin Library, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, their young daughter, and a very vocal Bengal cat.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, March 13
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon

Saturday, March 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, March 16
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Tuesday, March 17
Review at Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, March 19
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Review at Older & Smarter

Friday, March 20
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Sunday, March 22
Review at Historical Graffiti

Tuesday, March 24
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Wednesday, March 25
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Thursday, March 26
Review at Books and Zebras

Saturday, March 28
Review at Nurse Bookie

Monday, March 30
Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, March 31
Review at Passages to the Past


To celebrate the paperback publication of The Lost History of Dreams, Kris is offering an exclusive blog tour giveaway of some of her most popular publications! The collection includes an autographed copy of The Lost History of Dreams paperback, a Goddess Tarot deck, a Sacred World Oracle deck, a hardcover of Bad Princess, and a teaser booklet of Doomed Queens. Retail value $75. Giveaway ends 3/31/2020. US only.

To enter the giveaway, click HERE.

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Blame the Dead Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (March 3, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250312744
ISBN-13: 978-1250312747

The nurses of the US Army’s Field Hospitals, mobile units that operate just behind the battle lines, contend with heat, dirt, short-handed staffs, the threat of German counterattack and an ever-present flood of horribly wounded GIs. At the 11th Field Hospital near Palermo, Sicily in the bloody summer of 1943, nurses also live with the threat of violent assault by one of their own–at least until someone shoots Dr. Myers Stephenson in the head.

Enter Eddie Harkins, a tough former Philadelphia beat cop turned Military Police lieutenant, who is first on the scene. Although he has never been a detective, Harkins soon finds himself the lone investigator, either because the Military Police are under-staffed or because someone in power thinks this rank amateur will never get close to the real killer. When the hospital commander tries to derail Harkins’ investigation by transferring or harassing key witnesses, it becomes clear to Harkins that the unit is rotten to its core, that the nurses are not safe, and that patients who have survived Nazi bullets are still at risk after they arrive at this place that is supposed to save them.

Harkins fights–and worries that he is losing–multiple battles. He is driven to give hope to nurses who just want to do their life-saving work, to right at least a few of the wrongs around him, and to do penance for sins in his own past. The one bright note for Harkins is a rekindled relationship with Kathleen Donnelly, a nurse from Harkins’ old neighborhood; but even that is complicated when Donnelly becomes a victim.

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Praise for Blame the Dead

“The title of this riveting, finely crafted novel may be Blame the Dead, but I blame author Ed Ruggero–for keeping me up at night, reading “just one more” chapter then another and another. Whether your interests lie in a well-wrought mystery, a classic cop story, historical settings or first-rate military fiction, this thoroughly enjoyable novel set during World War II checks the block. Great pacing, compelling characters, solid research and a fiendishly clever plot add up to non-stop reading excitement.” ―Ralph Peters, author of Cain at Gettysburg and Judgment at Appomattox

“This book is a lot of fun, written with an insider’s feel for the U.S. Army and its history.” ―Thomas E. Ricks, author of The Generals and Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

“Ruggero’s story sets itself apart with the vividly rendered field-hospital setting and the focus on the battle-hardened nurses. A solid choice for WWII-thriller fans.” ―Booklist

“At the start of this exceptional WWII mystery and series launch, Lt. Eddie Harkins, an MP who was once a Philadelphia beat cop, comes across a murder scene near Palermo, Sicily…. Ruggero plays fair with his readers and makes the carrying out of a homicide inquiry in wartime both exciting and plausible.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ruggero uses his military expertise to create a vivid and unconventional setting for a murder mystery, crafting an intriguing quagmire of institutional corruption to challenge his everyman hero.” ―Library Journal


Happy day late book birthday! Blame the Dead is a gritty and raw mystery book set in the middle of WWII. Phew, that was a mouth full but it got the major plot across. I think the most effective part of this book is that it is so (sometimes brutally) honest. The characters are in the midst of war, so you are oftentimes not seeing any of them at their best. And as it was mentioned in the beginning, many of them never really had a best. These characters are tired, hungry, cut-off, and trying to survive.

So I want to focus my review on the nurses in this book. The unsung heroes, as you might say. This cast of women swear just like all the men they work with and have to appear even tougher than anyone else on the warfront in order to protect themselves. There is rampant rape and sexual assault in this workplace and none of the women go unscathed. Yet they persevere because they know just how good at their job they are, and in war these sets of expertise are needed. I dunno, maybe it’s my faux sailor’s mouth that just really appreciated their brutal honesty. But, I can say that they were definitely my favorite part of the book.

Now, this book is written in a very sharp manner, but there is still A LOT of description. Which was quite jarring at first and I struggled a bit to keep everyone straight. But, once I got used to that and got in the zone and flow of things I was all set to devour this book. I also want to point out that even though this book touches on some really dark topics I still found myself giggling and chuckling. There is a good amount of humorous parts and characters to lighten up some of the harder to swallow (and graphic) plots.

About the Author

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Ed Ruggero has studied, practiced, and taught leadership for more than twenty-five years, helping organizations develop the kinds of leaders people want to follow. His client list includes the FBI, the New York City Police Department, CEO Conference Europe, the CIA, the Young Presidents Organization, Forbes, the SAS Institute, Hugo Boss USA, CitiFinancial, and Time, among many others. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and CNBC and has spoken to audiences around the world on leadership, leader development and ethics. Ed is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and has been a panelist for The Washington Post’s On Leadership series. He also has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Ed is the author of eleven books, including Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders, a study of leader development at the US Military Academy; and Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault Into Fortress Europe, July 1943, which became a one-hour docudrama on The History Channel. Ed is also the co-author of The Leader’s Compass, a fictional story of how one leader developed a personal leadership philosophy. His most recent book is The First Men In: US Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day.

After his graduation from West Point, Ed received his commission in the United States Army and served as an infantry officer in a variety of leadership positions, followed by an assignment teaching at West Point. After his service, Ed continued to share his insights about leadership, leading to his career as an author, public speaker, and trainer.

Ed is the founder and principal of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience, The Concord Leadership Experience, The Valley Forge Leadership Experience and the Normandy Leadership Experience, four distinct experiential learning programs in which participants walk the grounds of great military struggles and learn battle-tested leadership lessons that will help them meet today’s business challenges.

Tour Schedule

MARCH 3rd TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
MARCH 5th THURSDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW

MARCH 9th MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
MARCH 10th TUESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW 
MARCH 11th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
MARCH 12th THURSDAY Zenithmeridian REVIEW 
MARCH 13th FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW


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