Friday, October 21, 2016

Samantha - Review & Giveaway


By Andrea Kane

SAMANTHA is the second in the Barrett Family series and tells the story of Drake Barrett's younger sister who we met in MY HEART'S DESIRE. Like that book this publication celebrates the 25th anniversary of SAMANTHA's first release and includes tidbits from the author about writing it all those years ago.

Samantha is now a young woman of 18 and is about to embark on her first London Season. Full of romantic ideals and lots of Gothic novels, Samantha is a young woman with exuberance who knows what she wants-and she wants Remington Worth, the Earl of Gresham. The Earl happens to be an undercover agent on a mission to discover why England's ships are disappearing. When Rem discovers that Samantha knows quite a bit about the shipping business, her brother after all owns Barrett Shipping, Rem becomes much more interested in her. How this interest will develop should be interesting as Samantha's chaperones include an elderly, deaf, and somewhat dotty aunt and her brother's valet who is more of an uncle to her and no stranger to danger and intrigue. 

SAMANTHA is a high spirited happy novel. Samantha is steadfast in her faith in her hero and shows a dogged determination to make him hers. However, she has no intention of merely allowing him to be her hero. She must also be his heroine and will do whatever it takes to save him as well. It's this balance of equality that makes me appreciate this novel even more. Samantha is not some simpering miss in need of a husband and protector. She is a woman with a good mind who is looking for a partner to love and share her live. Indeed, Samantha will save Rem just as he saves her.

I enjoyed seeing Drake and Alex years after their story ended; how they've changed and evolved, as well as remained the same, witnessing their relationship with each other as well as with Samantha, Rem, and Smitty. Real characters reside in this novel, and Kane is not afraid to show some of the gritty realism of the time,the character of  Cynthia, in particular emphasizes the dark side of Regency England.

SAMANTHA is a fun romantic read with plenty of adventure as well as humor that had me quickly turning its pages to devour the story.

Samantha by Andrea Kane on Tour October 2016


Book Details Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Number of Pages: ~418
Series: Book 2 in "Barrett Family Series" (You won't want to miss Book 1, My Heart’s Desire, either!)




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Lady Samantha Barrett wondered if her imaginary hero would ever become real. Of course, he must be devastatingly handsome and just a bit dangerous. Now, her coach is filled with a collection of Gothic novels and her head with romantic notions as she eagerly leaves her brother’s country estate for her first London season. Still unsophisticated and too innocent by far, Samantha is ill-prepared for the hypocrisy of the ton or for the formidable stranger who crosses her path—a stranger she is sure must be the man of her dreams…
Remington Worth, the Earl of Gresham, is reputed to be anything but a hero. He is, however, intrigued by the fresh, young Lady Samantha. At sea, Remington had been a brilliant captain. To help save his country, he has accepted the Crown’s commission to become the most deadly and loyal covert agent, posing as a notorious womanizer and blackmailer. His latest mission is to investigate the mysterious disappearances of England’s prized merchant vessels. With an iron will, he will allow no one to get in his way or touch his heart—until Samantha.


Read an excerpt:

In walked the man of her dreams.
Samantha stared, transfixed, as the vision stepped directly from the pages of her latest gothic romance into the noisy, smoke-filled tavern.
He had arrived... her long-awaited hero.
It mattered not that he was a total stranger to her... nor that he patronized so seedy an establishment as this... nor that he pointedly displayed an ominous-looking knife handle from the top of one muddied Hessian boot. All that mattered was his towering height, his thick black hair, his uncompromising jaw, his piercing gray eyes. And that dimple... it was just where she'd always known it would be; in his left cheek. It flashed briefly as he nodded a greeting to someone, then vanished into the taut lines of his face.
Yes, it was irrefutably he... the hero of all her fantasies.
Breathless and eager, Samantha watched as he carelessly swung off his great coat, shaking rivulets of rain from it with swift, purposeful strokes. Simultaneously, he surveyed the room, his cool gaze taking in the shoddy furnishings and seedy occupants in one enveloping glance.
He moved forward, commanding and sure, coming closer to where Sammy sat... close enough so she could see the drops of water glistening in his raven-black hair, causing the ends to curl a bit at the nape. He seemed to be looking for someone.
Instead, he found her.
Dark brows raised, not with instantaneous, adoring surrender, but with decided, disapproving surprise.
Without hesitating, Sammy flashed him a smile, drinking in his splendid, chiseled features and exciting, leashed power. He was just as she had imagined him... no, better.
Her heart tightened in her chest as he approached her.
"What despicable cad deserted you here, little one?"
"Pardon me?" Sammy blinked in confusion.
With apparent disgust, her hero scanned the room. "You needn't feel ashamed. Just tell me what unscrupulous blackguard accompanied you to such a place, then abandoned you."
"Oh, nothing like that, sir." Sammy assured him brightly. "Actually, it was I who spotted this establishment from my carriage window and chose to stop here. Given the circumstances, it seemed the best place..."
"The best place... to what?" He looked censuring now, his gray eyes chilling, stormier than the skies that heralded tonight's downpour. "Is this your idea of an evening adventure? If so, you've either lost your way or your mind! Tell me, have you looked about you? I seriously doubt that you have, else you would have bolted. And, thankfully, it seems that these low-lifes have yet to spot you as prey. Had they done so, I assure you that your elegant gown would have long since been tossed up over your foolish, beautiful head!"
Sammy sucked in her breath. This wasn't at all the way she'd envisioned their first meeting. Following her hero's icy, pointed gaze, she surveyed the dimly lit tavern, trying to see what was upsetting him so. True, the tables were a bit shabby, even broken in spots, and the pungent smell of gin... mixed with some other, unrecognizable foul odor... permeated the room. And, she had to admit, the occupants of the tavern did need to shave... as well as to bathe. Still, they'd shown no signs of harming or even approaching her; so why was her hero hinting at violence?
"I don't know what you mean, sir," she confessed, bewildered. "Despite their rather coarse attire and unpolished manners, the gentlemen here have made no improper advances toward me. They are merely enjoying their spirits and each other's company."
The stranger gaped in utter disbelief.
"Gentlemen?" he managed. Leaning forward, he lowered his voice to a muffled hiss. "Sheltered innocent, what you see are pickpockets, highwaymen and drunks... and an occasional murderer or two." He straightened, emphatic and fierce. "This is Boydry's... as unsavory a pub as they come... not the bloody Clarendon Hotel!"
"Really?" Samantha was finding it very difficult to share the intensity of his tirade. She was too busy drowning in the hypnotic spell of his towering presence. And, after all, he was only trying to protect her... the foremost duty of a true hero.
"If such is the case, then why are you here?" she asked, half-tempted to stroke the hard, uncompromising line of his jaw. "You don't appear unsavory to me."
His dimple flickered in response. "Don't I? That is only because you don't know me."
"No... but I'd like to."
He blinked. "You'd like to..."
"Oh yes. Don't you see?" Sammy leaned forward, making an animated sweep with her hands. "It's as if Mrs. Radcliffe had penned it; a young woman alone... darkness... danger." A pause. "Of course I would have preferred a castle turret to a tavern..." she gave a philosophical shrug, "... nevertheless, you've arrived... and you're exactly as I pictured you."
"You have lost your mind," he muttered.

Author Bio:

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including thirteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles.
With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.
Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart’s Desire, Samantha, The Last Duke, and Wishes in the Wind.
With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.
Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she’s either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Interview and Giveaway at the Theater

I'm pleased to welcome Christa Nardi to the blog today. Christa pens the Cold Creek Mystery series. Murder at the Theater is the the fourth book in the series.

Kathy: The drama program at Cold Creek College takes center stage in the fourth Cold Creek Book. Have you been involved in a college theatrical production?

CN: I’m afraid I’m not very talented and was always in the sciences rather then the arts. I remember going to a community theater in a neighboring town during high school. More recently, there is a community theater here and my husband and I enjoy the performances.

Kathy: A Christmas Carol, the production in question in this mystery, is a classic. What's your favorite version?

CN: The original, but colorized version, with Alastair Sim, is the one I remember growing up though that probably ages me somewhat. The shorter version didn’t have the same tension and I’m not a fan of animation. But then, I own copies of Holiday Inn and White Christmas with Bing Crosby and watch both every year!

Kathy: Having worked on a college campus for many years, I know the intrigue and drama that can be found there. As a professor, have you had similar experiences and did they influence Murder in the Theater?

CN: I am happy to say there have been no murders on any college campus I’ve worked at or attended as a student! There have been across the settings, people with irritating or quirky “personalities” who may have influenced character descriptions in the extreme. As with any work place, there are always tensions between administrators and faculty of course.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

CN: I’ve always loved mysteries and I like most of what would be considered mystery, but I especially like cozy mysteries. The major characters in cozy mysteries – the amateur sleuths – could be anyone, who in the course of doing whatever they do, happens to be involved in a mystery. They have a ‘regular’ life –solving crime isn’t their job or training. I’m a ‘regular’ person so I can relate to them.

Two other things about cozy mysteries appeal to me. There is limited blood and guts or graphic sex – I’m not a fan of “thrillers” or erotica. Lastly, most cozy mysteries do have a romantic subplot - usually the amateur sleuth with a detective and/or someone who may just be the killer or both as an added layer of tension. A little romance is a good thing.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

CN: Nonfiction count? Textbooks? Not other than mystery in fiction. At one point many, many years ago (like 30), I started a scifi/fantasy, but never got very far and lost it with many moves over the years.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

CN: The Cold Creek Series is a cozy mystery series featuring Sheridan Hendley, a professor and psychologist at Cold Creek College turned amateur sleuth. It all starts with a dead colleague and a very nice detective, Brett, who needs her help to find the killer. In the second book, Sheridan is then asked to help when the Chief arrests a convenient suspect who others believe is innocent. In each book, Sheridan helps with the investigation to prove someone innocent.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

CN: Of the “extras” in the series, my favorite would be Max and judging from reviews, others would agree. Max is the negative version of what many consider the typical researcher and academic with an added touch of drama. He’s fun to write into scenes.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

CN: Not really. I went with what I remember teachers telling us – write about what you know. I don’t think I ever really left school – I just moved from one role to another and from one setting to another. I knew it would be a mystery and just went from there.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

CN: A friend of mine was active in the regional writer’s group and I went to a meeting, then she dragged me to a writer’s conference, and then… it was easy to get caught up in it all and publishing fiction isn’t all that different than publishing non-fiction (just a lot more fun to write and read).

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

CN: That’s a tough one – hard to pick just four. Daphne du Maurier, J. R. R. Tolkien, Louisa May Alcott, and Ellen Crosby. I’m not sure what the dinner conversation would be like with that combination though. Could be interesting!

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

CN: Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern

Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

CN: Other than reading or writing, I enjoy travelling, dancing, sports (as a spectator) and photography.

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

CN: Diet Coke (never Pepsi), chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry preserves – yeah, not the most healthy…

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

CN: Book 5 in the series is in the works – barely. I have started a new series as well – mystery but geared for high school and up (teen and young adult) reminiscent of what I enjoyed about Nancy Drew and the Dana Girls. The Hannah and Tamar Mysteries is a joint project with another cozy mystery author, Cassidy Salem.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

CN: My characters can be flawed or perfect or quirky or whatever I choose them to be. I get to solve the mystery I create the way I want. I get to set the story line and let the story unfold – with necessary rewrites and adjustments, of course.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading Deadly Wedding by Kate Parker. This book is the second in the Deadly Series and was released September 11.

Olivia Denis is called upon to help her distant cousin Celia prepare for her wedding. Although act more like a servant than help an old friend and relative is a more accurate description. The residents of Millhaven House are the epitome of a dysfunctional family, but who would kill the ancient patriarch when he was already dying? And kill him the morning of the wedding? Although Olivia is a strong woman she always gives in to Celia's demands, from packing her trucks for the honeymoon to agreeing to look into the murder of Celia's grandfather.

With murder on the home front, Olivia also has to deal with Nazi atrocities as she travels to German occupied Austria on another mission from the newspaper. With the threat of war looming will Olivia be able to help those in Austria as well as the family on her own soil?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Me and Good Ol’ Chuck - Guest Post & Giveaway

Me and Good Ol’ Chuck

Brandi Haas More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier

If Charlie Brown were a real person, he would be me. I’ve spent my entire life being the weird round-headed kid who gets the football ripped away just as she is finally going to kick it. Okay, if I am being completely truthful here, I have never tried to kick a football, so in that way I’m not like Charlie Brown, but I do have an abnormally large head, so I think it’s still safe to say that good ol’ Chuck and I are kindred spirits.

No matter how hard I try, I always seem to be the odd girl out. My earliest recollections are of not fitting in. When I was in elementary school, my class got a special treat: two fitness experts came to our school and taught us about exercise using a huge rainbow parachute and a giant ball that resembled the Earth. Now, this being sometime in the early 1980s, the two “fitness experts” were a couple of guys wearing yellow short shorts with rainbow suspenders and sporting Magnum P.I. mustaches. Looking back now, I’m fairly certain they had also done their best Cheech and Chong impression in the VW van that they illegally parked in front of the school.

A multi-colored parachute, a huge earth ball, and two stoned guys—the exact recipe for a really great day. Every kid in my class giggled with unbridled excitement. But not me. I watched as the other kids ran under the parachute and laughed uncontrollably. I knew I was the odd man out, just standing there with my big head, wondering how anyone could perceive any of this as fun.

When it was my turn to run under the parachute, I decided I needed to at least try to fit in, so I ran with the reckless abandon of an overly-analytical eight-year-old desperately searching for the joy that lay within that shabby parachute. I ran with all my might as the class lifted up the expanse of rainbow-colored fabric, but I wasn’t fast enough. Every other kid made it under the parachute before it floated back down. But I got clothes-lined and knocked flat on my back, gasping for air.

Since it was the 1980s, no medical treatment was given, no forms filled out in triplicate. It was just me dusting myself off and wondering how in the world I was the only one who got taken out by that renegade parachute while thirty first graders and two grown men laughed at me.

That’s why I sympathize with good ol’ Chuck when he falls flat on his back trying to kick the football. No one escapes childhood unscathed.

More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier
by Brandi Haas

Official Synopsis:

Life in the suburbs ain’t easy. Squeezing into those tiny chairs on the back-to-school night. Finding the beloved pet fish floating at the top of his bowl.  Planning a romantic evening –only to fall asleep on the couch with your honey.
Lucky for us, we’ve got Brandi Haas to make us laugh.  As the author of the popular blog “Tales from Suburbia,” Brandi tackles the big issues of our day—like whether to pay six bucks to valet park or search for a spot and walk ten blocks to the restaurant. Her stories about the daily absurdities of life will make you laugh out loud.
Heartfelt and seriously funny, More Tales from Suburbia: Yes, It Gets Even Crazier is like sharing a bottle of wine and conversation with your best girlfriend.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Masking for Trouble - Review & Giveaway


The Second Costume Shop Mystery

It's closing in on Halloween in Proper City and Margo Tamblyn is in charge of Disguise De-Limit, the family costume shop, while her dad is living his dream of traveling the country looking for unique costumes. A nasty surprise comes in the form of newcomer Paul Haverford who is planning to buy up the town and turn it into a cookie cutter conglomerate of strip malls and box stores. His first step is blocking any company he doesn't own from winning the town's costume contest, thus Disguise De-Limit and its customers, and secondly teaching the town a lesson by making an example of Margo and her business. Discovering his plan too late, Margo goes to the costume party, but will she be able to save Halloween and her store?!

Have you ever neglected to do something, perhaps you didn't even know you had to do, and a whole mountain of misfortune follows? Or have you ever done something childish and silly only to find the ramifications somewhat dire? In MASKING FOR TROUBLE Margo does both and finds herself prime suspect in the murder of Paul Haverford! What with trying to keep up during her store's busiest season, dealing with her secret relationship with Tak and the interest of another man, and helping Ebony host the new Halloween event, Margo hardly has time to look into the murder herself. Yet she still finds time to poke around and put herself in danger when she least suspects it!

Margo Tamblyn is one of the most unique characters in cozy novels today. She endlessly recreates who she is by wearing different costumes each day. Yet she is able to be likeable, vulnerable yet strong, dependable and fun yet somehow fragile. She's a woman who is able to take care of herself, but is faced with doubts, even about herself. She continues to hide who she really is and hiding proves to be a main theme in this book. Margo and Tak are hiding their relationship. Margo's dad is hiding his plans. Several other people are hiding things too, which result in some unexpected results.

Diane Vallere continues her Costume Shop Mystery series with a super Halloween entry. What a perfect backdrop for this series. The writing is crisp, the plot complex with multiple motives and interesting characters. With recipes and costume tips this book is a great read at any time of year, but extra special in October.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Tangled Up in Brew Interview & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Joyce Tremel to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Joyce writes The Brewing Trouble Mystery series. TANGLED UP IN BREW, the second book in the series, was released October 4th.

Kathy: In TANGLED UP IN BREW, Maxine and Jake participate in Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Have you attended similar food and beer festivals?

JT: I haven’t been to any festivals that were solely based on food and beer. I’ve been to a few craft type festivals which usually have an entire row of food vendors. We do have a few festivals that feature beer tasting in the Pittsburgh area but I haven’t had the opportunity to check them out yet. Some of them are pretty expensive. I might need to find a way to volunteer.

Kathy: What's your favorite type of beer?

JT: Like my protagonist Max, I really like hefeweizens—a wheat beer that’s slightly sweet, with a little bit of a banana and sometimes clove aroma and flavor. I also enjoy brown ales, dunkels, and stouts.

Kathy: There are many types of burgers to enjoy. Do you have a favorite that you tend to gravitate toward?

JT: I prefer my own burgers to any restaurant ones. I usually buy very lean beef and fry them in a pan (we don’t have a grill) with some sliced onions. For seasoning I use either Worcestershire sauce and seasoned salt, or Weber’s Gourmet Burger seasoning.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

JT: I read all kinds of mysteries, but I found myself reading more cozy mysteries than anything else. I like that cozies have happy endings and justice is served. It was a natural progression to write them, too.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

JT: I’m all mystery, all the time! I’ve written a couple of manuscripts that bordered on police procedurals, and I wrote another book that someone once called a “cozy with an edge.” My agent has that one now and I hope it finds a home. I’m also working on a proposal for a historical cozy at the moment.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

JT: The Brewing Trouble series is my only published series at the moment. My protagonist is a female brewmaster who opens a brewpub in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. The series my agent has right now features a smart aleck police secretary in a small town in West Virginia.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

JT: My favorite character in the Brewing Trouble series is Elmer Fairbanks. He’s a ninety-plus year old World War II veteran. He’s cranky, yet lovable. You never have to wonder what he’s thinking because he comes right out and tells you.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

JT: My inspiration was the editor at Berkley who read a previous manuscript and told me she liked my writing and would I consider writing a cozy proposal for them. I jumped at the chance. I did some research to see what hadn’t been done yet and came up with the brewing hook. They liked my proposal and offered a three book contract.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

JT: I’ve always liked to write and it was a natural progression to want to see my books on a bookstore shelf. I don’t think there was an active decision. It was more perseverance than anything. I figured sooner or later I’d write something that a publisher would want.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

JT: That’s a tough question! I don’t think I could narrow it down to four. For living authors, I’d have to invite everyone I know—I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out! For dead authors, I might invite Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I loved their books when I was growing up.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

JT: I’m embarrassed to say I’m not reading anything at the moment. I’ve been so busy that when I get a chance to pick up a book, I’m too tired to read! Recent reads were WITH A VENGEANCE by my good friend, Annette Dashofy, and DELIVERING THE TRUTH by Edith Maxwell.

Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

JT: I really don’t have any hobbies! My main interest these days is trying different craft beers. I’m also interested in the World War II era. I love the music, the clothes, and especially how everyone came together and worked for the common good.

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

JT: Jif peanut butter, Eight O’Clock coffee beans, some kind of cheese, roasted almonds. Weird assortment!

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

JT: Book 3 in the Brewing Trouble series, tentatively titled A ROOM WITH A BREW is in the hands of my editor. I’m working on a proposal for a fourth book in hopes that they’ll want to continue the series. I’m also working on a proposal for a historical mystery series. And my agent is reading another manuscript featuring a snarky police secretary.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

JT: There are so many things! One of the best is that people are actually reading (and liking!) what I’ve written. I was hesitant to read any reviews at first because I was afraid no one would like the book. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally got the nerve to look.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Michelangelo's Ghost - A Review and Giveaway


The Fourth Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

Once again Gigi Pandian has captured my attention and drawn me in-with her first sentence no less! Jaya Jones is back and contemplating treasure. While dealing with the aftermath of her last adventure Jaya hears from a ghost from her past. Her former mentor, Dr. Lilith Vine, now shunned by the majority of academia, is asking for Jaya's help.The possibility of a major discovery, artwork from a protege of Michelangelo showing Renaissance artwork with Indian subjects, sparks Jaya's imagination. Lilith believes she has the clues to find Lazzaro Allegri's studio and paintings, lost in Italy's Park of Monsters. Will Jaya travel to Italy to hunt for this treasure? Will the elusive Lane Peters assist her? Can Jaya redeem her mentor's reputation and find the treasure?

MICHELANGELO'S GHOST has danger, excitement, and romance, but romance that doesn't take away from the plot, but rather propels it. Art history and a ghost story add even more depth and fun to this intricately detailed mystery.

Not only does Pandian have a compelling story in MICHELANGELO'S GHOST, but she continues to reveal more layers to her characters including secrets about Lane's past. These multidimensional characters are so dynamic and realistic that I feel as if I am one with the story and Jaya is my true friend. As such, at one point of the book I really wanted to push one character off the edge of a high terrace on Jaya's behalf!

One of my favorite things about the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries are the locations we visit in each book. With San Fransisco as a home base MICHELANGELO'S GHOST takes us to Italy, an Italy slightly off the beaten path as well, in the small town of Bomarzo. This real life town is the location of the real life Park of Monsters. Which brings me to another great part of a Jaya Jones mystery, learning more true history. Pandian makes history fun. Little known facts become treasures of knowledge. While some poetic license and fictionalization is used, Pandian always lets readers know truth from fiction in an afterward.

MICHELANGELO'S GHOST is a thrilling read that I thoroughly enjoyed from first sentence to last. I eagerly await Jaya's next adventure when I can once again travel the world learning interesting historical details all from the comfort of my own home!
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