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Blog Tour & Book Review: 'A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller' by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019
A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller by Cheryl Denise Bannerman


Title: A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller (An Anna Romano Mystery)
Author: Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: 28 February 2019

Website: www.bannermanbooks.com
Twitter: @cbannerman01
Facebook: /bannermanbooksdotcom
Instagram: @bannermanbooks18
Amazon Author Page: Cheryl Denise Bannerman

Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller (An Anna Romano Mystery) by Cheryl Denise Bannerman.

Blurb

In this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace. Their new romance was going great, when all in the sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into wrestling match between two scorned women.

Peeking her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation. The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.

No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealous rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.

Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears.

In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!

Find out in A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller if Detective Solace will be able to handle Anna’s crazy antics, or if he will make her vow to stay OUT of the realm of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ once and for all.

Review

This second instalment in the Anna Romano Series is a quick, lively and fun read.

Author and columnist Anna Romano is a likeable protagonist. She may be nosy and she may have a knack of getting herself in trouble, but she's warm, caring and a great cook. I did find myself feeling a bit sorry for her boyfriend, Detective John Solace - he certainly has his hands full with Anna and her antics!!

The plot itself is well-paced and interesting, with a twist or two that may catch a reader by surprise. The book is relatively short at 200 pages, and the author uses every available word to ensure that the reader is quickly invested in the story.  I finished it in one sitting, keen to reach the end and find out whodunnit!

Despite a grisly murder to two, there is a lot of humour running through the book and some great comedy moments (such as a cat fight in the supermarket) which prevent this mystery from becoming too serious.

A  Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller is a lighthearted and entertaining romp through murder scenes and supermarket brawls - a perfect choice for those of us who like our grisly murders served with a side of humour.

The book can be read as a standalone, however reading the series in order will give the reader that little bit extra insight into the characters.

About the Author

Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Writing under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, specializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.

In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.

Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.

Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.


BUY LINKS

Amazon UK  Amazon US  |  Goodreads


COMPETITION

Cheryl is kindly running a giveaway throughout the blog tour, giving 3 US residents the opportunity to win a paperback copy and 3 non-US residents the chance to win a Kindle copy of the book.

Click here for the US competition - http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/995da7e517/?


and

Click here for the non-US competition - http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/995da7e518/?


Terms & Conditions: Both the US paperback giveaway and the Non-US Kindle ebook giveaway will run until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31st March 2019. Three winners will be selected at random for each giveaway (US & Non-US).  The winners of the US giveaway will need to provide their name and postal address which will then be passed onto Cheryl Denise Bannerman for her to send the copies.  The winners of the Non-US giveaway will need to provide their Kindle email address (instructions on how to do this can be provided by damppebbles blog tours on request).  There is no cash alternative.  Names, addresses and email address will not be stored.  Good luck!

BLOG TOUR

Why not take a look at the other stops on the blog tour for A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller - details as listed below:



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Blog Tour & Book Review: Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin [including #Extract from Chapter 1]

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Sunday, 17 March 2019
Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin


Title: Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 4 March 2019

Website: rebeccaraisin.com
Twitter: @jaxandwillsmum
Facebook: /RebeccaRaisinAuthor

I am delighted to be the final stop on the blog tour for Rebecca Raisin's fantastic new release, Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop, and a big thank you to Rebecca and HQDigitalUK for providing me with a copy of the book for review.

Blurb


Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he's had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?


A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

Blog Tour & Book Review: Shadows of Athens by J. M. Alvey

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Sunday, 10 March 2019
Shadows of Athens by J.M.Alvey


Title: Shadows of Athens
Author: J.M. Alvey
Publisher: Orion Publishing
Publication Date: 7 March 2019

Website: jmalvey.com
Twitter: @AlveyAuthor
Facebook: JM Alvey

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for J.M. Alvey's debut novel, Shadows of Athens.

Blurb

443 BC. After decades of war with Persia, peace has finally come to Athens. The city is being rebuilt, and commerce and culture are flourishing.

Aspiring playwright Philocles has come home to find a man with his throat cut slumped against his front gate. Is it just a robbery gone wrong? If so, why didn't the thieves take the dead man's valuables? With the play that could make his name just days away, he must find out who this man is, why he has been murdered - and why the corpse was left in his doorway.

But Philocles soon realises he is now caught up in something far bigger than a burglary gone awry, and there are those who don't want him digging any further…