Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Great Escapes Book Tour Book Review: Heartache Motel w/tourwide giveaway




Heartache Motel: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Genre:
Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Humorous Mystery, Short Stories
Number of Pages:
225
Published by:
Henery Press (December 10, 2013)
SYNOPSIS
Heartache Motel, Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)
When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)
Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she’s going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight—and the thief’s crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good.
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Review: This is a fabulous collection of novellas that all tie in together in a round about way. I had read the first two Cherry Tucker Mysteries so I had to give this one a go and I have one of of Terri's books on my nook waiting to be read.

As I was familiar with those two authors, those were the short stories that I enjoyed the most. My favorite was Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers. There's something about a story with Elvis impersonators that you just can't help but love.

Quick Sketch is a must read for anyone following the Cherry Tucker series. It gives that little back story on Cherry and Todd and the events that led up to their brief marriage.

Dateline Memphis was another great story, but I didn't connect as well with Nichelle as I did the leads in the other two stories (series) I may come back and re-read this story after I read Buried Leads.

If you are a cozy mystery lover, I can't recommend any book more, because you are going to be introduced to three great authors and their series. (I love Cherry Tucker>

I really think the premise of setting these stories around a (flea bag?) motel in Memphis and of course Elvis Presley. 

Rating: 5 flowers






tla-bio-00TERRI L. AUSTIN
As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers!

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closeupLARISSA REINHART
After seeing Paper Moon as a child, Larissa Reinhart fell in love with stories about confidence capers. QUICK SKETCH is the Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit.


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LynDee headshotLYNDEE WALKER
LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. Find her at www.lyndeewalker.com.
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5 comments:

SandyG265 said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Larissa Reinhart said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review! Glad you liked Cherry's little adventure. I loved having a chance to give you a look back at her & Todd's back story!

Hope you have a great holiday!!

Barbara Thompson said...

Enjoyed the review. The novella sounds great. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway.
Barbara Thompson
barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I enjoyed your review! I'm reading this book and really enjoying it!

Happy Holidays!

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

As far as I am concerned, the only thing better than a cozy mystery is a compilation of more than one. Thanks for sharing your review. Sounds really good!

 
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