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Carter McDade and when the dream job becomes a nightmare by Laura Bradford

Fiona Renoir is the bane of my existence. Truly. She took what was my dream hair/make up job at the local theater house and turned it into a nightmare. She’s difficult, ornery, entitled, and, well, take your pick.

However, with the exception of my best friend, Tobi Tobias (whom I tell everything), and her grandfather, Stu (if you met him, you’d know why), I’ve bitten my tongue and kept my feelings for Fiona to myself. But she pushed me over the cliff the day she was cast as Rapunzel and refused to let me color her hair blonde. She told me to “just get a wig.”

A wig, can you believe it?!?!?

I wish I could chalk up her lunacy to some sort of mental breakdown, but I can’t. Fiona Renoir refused my hair dressing prowess for one reason and one reason only: to be cruel.

So, to make a long story short, I kind of unleashed six months of pent-up anger on her the other day. And trust me when I say, I held nothing back.

I told her she was a shrew.
I told her no one liked her.
I told her she’d make a lousy Rapunzel.
Et cetera.
Et cetera.
Et cetera.

To say my little hissy fit felt a-mazing would be the understatement of epic proportions.

But here’s the thing; when I finished my tirade, I turned around to find her uncle (aka my boss) standing not more than a foot away. And, yes, he heard. Every. Last. Word.

Yup. My days are numbered at the theater. Unless I can figure out a way to neutralize Fiona. . .


You can read more about Carter in 30 Second Death, the second book in the “Tobi Tobias” mystery series.

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

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About the author
Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Kindle/Nook copy of 30 Second Death. The giveaway ends July 13, 2017. Good luck everyone!

My Musing ~ The Silence of the Flans by Laura Bradford

The Silence of the Flans by Laura Bradford is the second book in the “Emergency Dessert Squad” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, March 2017

The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Éclair and Present Danger.

Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.

She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure. . .

Recipes included

This was a fun book to read and I love the camaraderie between Winnie, Mr. Nelson and Bridget. In the latest caper, a young woman dies after eating one of Winnie’s dessert and with her trusted friends, they begin an investigation to clear her name when it looks like Winnie is the prime suspect and what follows is a fun jaunt in search of a killer.

I love this author’s writing style where it has a comfortable tone, a nice flow and enough intrigue that delivers a satisfying whodunit. There were a sufficient number of suspects and clues that kept me in tuned to all that was happening and I especially like how Winnie handled processing it all. I had a good time watching how it all came together with each character’s role playing a pivotal part in exposing the killer’s identity. Bonus to me was the relationship between Jay, Caroline and Winnie. This was a great read and I look forward to more adventures with Winnie and her friends in this delectably appealing series.

I should have shut my mouth by Winnie Johnson told to Laura Bradford

silence of the flansYou know that moment when someone you care about is struggling with something and you want to do anything you can think of to help out?

Yeah, that was me the other day when I stopped by Jay Morgan’s office. For those of you who haven’t met Jay, he’s a super cute business professor at Silver Lake College who just happens to be my new boyfriend.

That’s right. Me, Winnie Johnson. . .with a boyfriend. Oh, and I found him on my own—a feat that still amazes Renee, my employee-turned-best friend.

Anyway, things are, in a word, awesome (with the lone exception of the fact his teenage daughter can’t stand me).

So when I got wind that he was upset over the very real possibility that he’d have to fail one of his students, I offered to let said student do a little intern work with my Emergency Dessert Squad. I figured it was a win-win—she could boost her grade in Jay’s class, Jay could stop worrying about whether she’d graduate or not, and Renee and I could have an extra pair of hands even if we didn’t really need it.

Jay tried to warn me she was trouble.

Renee tried to warn me she was trouble.

But I didn’t listen.

And now, my business (and me) are linked to a murder.


You can read more about Winnie in The Silence of the Flans, the second book in the “Emergency Dessert Squad” Mysteries.

The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Éclair and Present Danger.

Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.

She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure. . .

Recipes included

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About the author
Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook at: laurabradfordauthor. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at: @Bradfordauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Silence of the Flans is now available wherever you buy your cozy mysteries. It’s available in both mass market paperback and E-book.

Meet Tobi Tobias by Laura Bradford

death-in-advertisingYou’ve seen the movies where the hero (or heroine!) is hanging on to the side of a cliff by a fingernail, their demise looming below them like a veritable certainty.

Yeah, well, that’s been my life the past six months. Only instead of staring down at a canyon, I’ve been staring at a pile of bills on my desk that is multiplying faster than any bunnies I’ve ever seen. In an attempt to get rid of them (since I can’t pay them), I’ve tried to return them, burn them, hide them, and make them out and out disappear. But my efforts never last for long.

In a word, I’m screwed.

Technically, I suppose you might say my agency—the Tobi Tobias Advertising Agency—is what’s screwed, but since advertising has been my dream since I was old enough to understand the concept of a commercial, I’m screwed, as well. Because without my job, I’m lost. And, likely, homeless.

Ahhhh, yes, I. . .Tobi Tobias. . .am really living the life, aren’t I?

Fortunately for the hero (or heroine!) in those aforementioned movies, a hand always seems to appear at just the right moment to save the day. For me, that hand belongs to Andy Zander, co-owner of Zander Closet Company.

You see, Zander Closet Company isn’t doing a whole lot better than Tobi Tobias Advertising Agency. They need the kind of slogan that will stick in customers’ heads. . .and I need to create the kind of slogan that will stick in the heads of business types looking to up their game.

Sounds like a match made in Heaven, doesn’t it?

Yeah, I thought so, too.

Until my slogan (which was pretty darn clever if I must say so myself) became a blueprint for murder. . .

Yup, I’m really screwed now.


You can read more about Tobi in DEATH IN ADVERTISING, first book in the Tobi Tobias mystery series.

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

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About the author
Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the brand new Tobi Tobias Mysteries. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more, visit her website: www.laurabradford.com, or hang out with her on Facebook at laurabradfordauthor. She can also be found occasionally tweeting at @Bradfordauthor.

All comments are welcomed.

Death in Advertising is available wherever you buy E-books (a trade paperback is also available).

My Musing ~ Death in Advertising by Laura Bradford

death-in-advertisingDeath in Advertising by Laura Bradford is the first book in the NEW “Tobi Tobias” mystery series. Publisher: Lyrical Underground, February 7, 2017

When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.

We are introduced to Tobi Tobias who struggles to maintain her business until she get the lucky chance to come up with a winning slogan for a client. Who knew that the slogan would foretell where his body is found and it is this incident that propels our heroine to do all that she can do to save her business.

I love this book that immediately grabbed my attention and was hard to put down. I like how the mystery was set-up giving me enough clues to keep me intrigued in all that was happening on the pages. The narrative was perfectly pitched and visually descriptive in how this story was told as Tobi set forth on solving this murder. Tobi is a likable heroine surrounded by an eclectic cast of characters that included her friend/boss, her upstairs neighbor and her adorable grandfather. One aspect that I like as I was reading was the fact that Tobi did not snoop but rather asked questions that lead to the answers that she needed and it was that approached that enhanced how well this fast-paced drama was presented. With engaging conversations and a feel-good atmosphere, this was a great read and I look forward to reading the next book in this delightfully charming new series that is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from publisher via NetGalley.

My Musing ~ Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford is the first book in the NEW “Emergency Dessert Squad” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, June 2016

Éclair and Present DangerWith her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim. . .

What a great start to a new series in this well-written drama where I’m introduced to Winnie and her friends in this character-driven whodunit. I love the comfortable tone and the pacing of this story which creating a light-hearted drama with an intriguing mystery, a bit of romance and the building of a professional career. And oh those delectable naming of treats, how sweet it is. The author did a great job in setting this mystery up with a few viable suspects and I liked that the observation of clues wasn’t prevalent, but when it was all said and done, that final clue gave way to the killer’s identity. Boasting a lovable cast of characters (I enjoyed the age range of youth to senior and their interaction), engaging dialogue (especially Winnie’s internal conversation) and a feel-good atmosphere, this was a great read and I look forward to more scrumptious delights in the next book in this fantastically terrific series.

A Conversation with Winnie Johnson by Laura Bradford

Éclair and Present DangerFrom the time I was able to see over the edge of the countertop in my mom’s kitchen, baking fascinated me. My favorite picture books as a pre-reader were those that contained desserts. Once I started reading, I shunned the fiction books favored by my peers and devoured every cookbook I could find. In my teens, I pushed aside those same cookbooks to experiment with my own flavors and tastes, techniques and presentations.

Pretty soon, blue ribbons for my pies and cakes segued into money prizes and inclusion in several dessert-specific cookbooks and magazines. By the time I was done with college, my destiny was all but certain. A few stints in various bakeries in and around Ohio finally led me here, to Silver Lake, and my very own bakery, Delectable Delights.

Kind of a cool story, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, Nick Batkas (my money grubbing landlord), has decided Silver Lake is the next “it” town and so he’s raised the rent on the bakery to an amount I can’t pay even if I wanted to (which, between you and me, I’d pay in a heartbeat if it meant keeping my bakery open).

I was pretty much resigned to my fate when I received word that Gertrude Redenbacher, my late neighbor and dear friend, named me in her will. It’s not something I expected, mind you, but if her bequest could keep my bakery open. . .

I know, I know. Don’t count my chickens, right?

*Sigh*

As you can probably guess by now, Gertie had different ideas. Instead of money, she left me her beloved cat, Lovey, and the vintage ambulance her late husband had been restoring prior to his death.

So now there’s an ambulance taking up space on my driveway and a cat who insists on sleeping in my bed (sans me).

Oh, and my bakery? It’s now closed.

But don’t count me out just yet, okay?


Éclair and Present Danger is the first book in the NEW Emergency Dessert Squad mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, June 2016.

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim. . .

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About the author
As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and BradfordLa freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey, and the upcoming Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

For more information, visit: www.laurabradford.com or, for day to day stuff, you can find Laura on Facebook and occasionally on Twitter @bradfordauthor.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Éclair and Present Danger. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 15, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ A Churn for the Worse by Laura Bradford

A Churn For The Worse by Laura Bradford is the fourth book in the “Amish” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2015

A Churn For the WorseThe national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community. . .

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.

Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer. . .

Laura has done it again. She made me believe. She has delivered an emotionally character-driven tale that pulled me in immediately and when it was over, my heart soared with love and warmth. This is the best book ever in this delightfully charming and heartfelt series.

I love this book. This evenly paced drama has everything one desires when reading a mystery. A great storyline that kept me engaged in all aspects in the telling of this story. Multiple suspects with some twisty turns that kept me intrigued as to how this will all end. Lovable characters that make me feel like I’m part of all the action, like I’m the one sitting on the stool at Claire’s shop watching it all happen. This was a well-written story that was brilliantly executed and I look forward to my trips to Heavenly, Pennsylvania with Claire, Jakob, Diane, Esther and the gang.

My Name is Annie Hershberger and I Am Afraid as told to Laura Bradford

Churn For The WorseMy name is Annie Hershberger and I am sixteen years old. My mamm died a few years ago, and now it is just me and Dat. It was an adjustment for us at first, but we have figured it out. I have even gotten used to being in the house alone when Dat—who is the bishop of our church district—must attend to his duties.

But lately, when he is not there, I am scared—scared that what happened to Henry’s dat will happen to my dat. That I, too, will walk into the barn looking for my dat and find him. . .dead.

I try to tell myself things will be okay, that the English police are wrong about what happened to Henry’s dat, but I am not so sure. Bad things are starting to happen all around us, farm by farm.

And last night? When I got home from my hymn sing? My sweet Katie’s stable door was unlatched.

I try to tell myself her door was unlatched because I was careless, but I am not so sure. . .

Perhaps the person who is stealing money was at my house, too.

Or, perhaps, the person who killed Henry’s dat came looking for mine?


A Churn For the Worse is the fifth book in the Amish mystery series, published by Penguin-Random House, March 2016.

The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community. . .

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.

Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer. . .

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About the author
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Amish Mysteries, Laura also writes the Jenkins & Burns mysteries, the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), and the upcoming Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries (Éclair and Present Danger, Book # 1, will debut in June).

For more information, visit Laura’s website: www.laurabradford.com or get to know her even better on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Churn For the Worse. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end March 10, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.