Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Back to the Burgh and Beyond by C.S. McDonald + #Giveaway


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Book Details:

Book Title:  Back to the Burgh and Beyond (The Owl's Nest Mysteries) 
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 10, 2020
Content Rating:  G. C.S. McDonald's books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults--no bad language or sexual content.

Book Description:
Meet Alexa Owl. She's returned home to Pittsburgh after a divorce to start a new life and a new business, The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. Much to her surprise, she's getting more than she ever bargained for: Detective Bobby Starr, and he's no ordinary sleuth. Bobby is an angel who's returned to Earth in hopes of earning his way into the Guardian Angel Squad. He's been sent by none other than Saint Pete to acquire Alexa’s help to solve three cold case murders he left behind. Except, here’s the catch: he’s only been allotted four days to solve the first case! How in heaven’s name is she supposed to do that? Alexa is a professional seamstress—not a detective. Bobby insists the only way to solve the first case is to return to 1953, and Alexa’s not in love with that idea at all!

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Back To The Burgh And Beyond was an absolute delight to read! This first novel in C S McDonald's new Owl's Nest Mysteries series begins with amicably divorced Alexa Owl returning to her Pittsburgh hometown and almost immediately being confronted by two ghosts from the past, one feline and one angelic. These aren't metaphorical ghosts from Alexa's past either, but are strongly connected to the old Pittsburgh pub in which Alexa is soon to open her glamorous couturier business. After she gets often the shock of having purchased a haunted building, Alexa resolves to do her utmost to help resolve the cold case murder that will, hopefully, banish her ghosts.

Alexa is such a fun heroine to spend time with. She is forthright and determined, but also prone to endearing clumsiness and romantic embarrassment. Abetted by her perpetually tipsy new friend, Winnie, I was highly entertained by Alexa's dual life predicament. I'm usually more of a classic crime fan than a cosy crime one, but here I got the best of both. McDonald has a wonderful talent for evoking historic Pittsburgh so I was trasported back to the 1953 city probably more easily than Alexa was - certainly more comfortably anyway! I loved seeing how the same settings had changed after sixty years and was impressed with how authentic details added such depth and atmosphere to this well plotted story. This firm grounding enabled the more fanciful time travel aspect to feel perfectly natural. Back To The Burgh And Beyond is a clever blend of intriguing crime, convincing historical and whimsical fantasy concepts that I felt worked beautifully together. This is a great start to the series and I look forward to discovering what the future - and the past - holds for Alexa in her next adventure.

Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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Tour Schedule:
Nov 9 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 - Instagram:. All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Nov 9 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – mowgliwithabook – book review
Nov 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 20 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway

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Win an Autographed copy of BACK TO THE BURGH AND BEYOND ( Open to the USA only) (ends Nov 27)

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