A to Z Blogging Challenge - sticky post, please scroll down
Just to let you know what's going to happen in April. I'm going to try to review a book for every letter. Too bad I didn't think of it soon enough to have a backlog. Some of them are novels, some are short stories, and a couple are children's books. There will be romance, thrillers, and erotica. Mostly m/m and I hope to remember to label those for you so you can skip it if it isn't your cup of tea.

Sundays will have two posts, my regular post plus my Monday post. My Thursday post will still show up on Thursday, hard to give up the kitties.

Links to all the bloggers are here, please stop in and chat with some of us.

There are over 1,400 bloggers joining up for this event. There are 22 categories you can sign up with but with personal, miscellaneous and adult content on the list, who knows what you'll find when you visit.

I was going to link up each letter on every post for you but I already talk a lot ;-) and didn't want the posts to be any longer than they already are. I moved my BLOG ARCHIVE list so you can check them out that way. Each should be obvious, they'll say something like "A is for . . . Alex (sports romance)".

Saturday, July 19, 2014

delayed review . . . Spotlight on The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler

The Hard Way
by Cathi Stoler

Camel Press
April 2014
978-1603819497
ebook, paperback
mystery & crime
280 pages

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About the Book
Private Investigator Helen McCorkendale’s childhood friend, Jimmy Scanlan, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. After attending the grand opening, Helen returns to New York and encourages her friend, Laurel Imperiole, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, Dawn Chapman, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, denies entering the contest and initially refuses the trip. Finally persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints when she passes the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is holding its annual meeting. She insists on returning home immediately.

Suspicious of her behavior, Jimmy visits her suite to encourage her to attend the Saturday afternoon pool party, saying she can leave on his private jet the next day. Later in the afternoon, he finds Chapman’s dead body by the pool. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by cyanide and diamond dust.

Dawn Chapman was not who she appeared to be, and therein lies a mystery. But to Helen and Laurel, the main task is to take Jimmy Scanlon off the suspect list and clear his name. Will their luck hold? Or will it be a crap shoot, as they roll the dice and do it ‘the hard way,’ going for doubles when the odds are against them. Losing may mean losing their lives.

About the Author

Cathi Stoler’s mysteries feature PI Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole. The Hard Way is the third book in the series. The first, Telling Lies, took on the subject of stolen Nazi art. Book 2, Keeping Secrets, delved into the subject of hidden identity. Stoler’s short stories include: “Magda,” in the Criminal Element Anthology Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, “Out of Luck,” in the Anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, “Fatal Flaw,” a finalist for the Derringer for Best Short Story and “Money Never Sleeps” both published at Beat to A Pulp. Cathi is working on a novella, Nick of Time, which features International gambler, Nick Donahue. She is also starting a new series, Bar None, A Murder On The Rocks Mystery, with female bar owner, Jude Dillane. Cathi is a member of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters In Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America.


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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Tribute Books


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1 comment:

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I've read a couple now set in casinos that were pretty entertaining. Closest I'll get to one in a long while.

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