Friday, August 8, 2014

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams


 
About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Book Retreat Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date: August 2014


Synopsis from Goodreads...

First in a new series!

WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…



Author Guest Post


A Day in the Life of a Storyon Hall Guest

Dear Honored Guest,

Your journey to Storyton Hall begins at the train station. The moment you alight from the train car, a man dressed in impeccable blue and gold livery will raise a placard bearing your name. After collecting your luggage, your chauffeur will lead you to one of Storyton’s fleet of vintage Rolls Royce sedans. It looks like you’ll be spending the forty-five minute drive to the resort in the luxurious comfort of a Silver Shadow. While you gaze out the windows at the tree-covered hills and the endless blue sky, your driver will remind you of Storyton Hall’s technology restrictions. Because the resort caters to readers, we don’t want anything to disturb the tranquility of the public areas, so you may only use cell phones, tablets, ereaders, or computers in the privacy of your room. At first, this might cause you some anxiety, but you’ll soon find that it’s a boon to be able leave the cares of your busy life behind for a spell.


Ah, here comes your first glimpse of Storyton Hall now. Do you see how magnificent it is? How its central clock tower reaches toward the hills and its two long wings seem to reach out and out like a pair of arms opening to embrace you? As for the sweeping expanse of front lawn, you might chose to play croquet on the Lewis Carroll lawn or stroll around back to Milton’s Gardens. But for now, kindly step into the manor’s elegant lobby. Note the high ceilings, brilliant chandeliers, and the numerous groupings of plush chairs and sofas. But before you continue your tour, Mr. Butterworth, Storyton Hall’s butler, would like to offer you a glass of champagne. All of our guests are greeted in this manner. Consider the bubbly just the beginning of the delightful surprises you’ll discover during your stay.


Once you’ve unpacked, perhaps you’d like to check out a book from the Henry James library and then make yourselves comfortable in the Jane Austen Parlor or the Daphne Du Maurier Sunroom. Or, you could have a bite of lunch at Kipling’s Café or the Madame Bovary Dining Room. But don’t overindulge, because we serve afternoon tea every day in the Agatha Christie Tea Room. And believe me, you don’t want to pass up Mrs. Hubbard’s Victoria sponge, scones served with homemade jam and clotted cream, or her tantalizing tea sandwiches.

And make sure you have enough energy for this evening. We’re opening the Murder and Mayhem Week here at Storyton Hall with a costume ball. I hope you’re prepared to dress up as your favorite detective. Of course, I won’t be able to tell who’s who tonight. With all the Miss Marples, Hercule Poirots, and Tommy and Tuppences, a guest could get away with murder and I’d never know it!

One last word of caution: Storyton Hall is a paradise for readers, but like many old houses, it has its own secrets. In fact, there’s an entire library hidden in a fireproof, temperature-controlled room in the highest turret. The treasures housed within this room could be called the Eighth Wonder of the World. So valuable are they, that many a person has come to Storyton Hall bent of stealing them. If you intend to commit a nefarious act, I must warn you: those of us who live and work here are not quite what we seem, and we will stop at nothing to protect our guests, our property, and our secrets.

Enjoy your stay!

Yours truly,
Jane Steward, Guardian of Storyton Hall



BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

Here's your chance to win a paperback copy of Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams. Thanks to Berkley, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

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The giveaway begins on August 8th (midnight est) and ends on August 15th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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37 comments:

  1. For once I can say that I have read one of hers!" :=D

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  2. looks great, thank you for the chance to win :)

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  3. Would love to win this one.... I love everything she writes!

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  4. I just love a good cozy mystery ... thanks for posting!!

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  5. Can't wait read this one since I love all the authors series!

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  6. I love the sound of this one...and except for the risk of being murdered, it looks like Storyton Hall would be a great retreat...LOL.

    Here's mine: “BELZHAR”

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  7. Hi Ellery, I'm so looking forward to reading this book that I'm going to stalk you on every site doing a giveaway... Mwa Haa Haaaa

    By hook or by crook I'll own a copy.

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  8. I can't wait to read this book , it's been on my wish list since I first heard about it!

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  9. Oh, book me a room in Storyton Hall now, please, this sounds like a wonderful story!

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  10. This book sounds captivating and great. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Looking forward to this new series! ☺

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  12. Oh I have been looking forward to this one. I've got my fingers crossed. I love this guest post - so fun to really get a feel for the town.

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  13. Love the other series. Excited to be able to read this. I think I have just about read everything so far.

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  14. Sounds like an interesting new series.

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  15. I would so love to go to a Storyton Hall, this sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. I'd love to be a Storyton Hall guest!

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  17. I'll read anything Ellery Adams writes.

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  18. What a great idea to have a resort for book lovers---I want to go there.
    suefarrell.farrll@gmail.com

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  19. Love the idea and all of the literary references!

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  20. I'm rather new to cozy mysteries but I've quickly come to love them, and I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  21. I love the cozy mysteries with book themes. Thank you for letting us enjoy your work

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  22. congrats to Ellery, & continued success!!
    cannot wait to start this new series!!!

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  23. I'm reading it now, and loving it!

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  24. I absolutely adore this author and her other books. Cannot wait to read this one. It sounds like heaven for this cozy mystery lover.

    Kimberlee
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com
    www.girllostinabook.com

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  25. Great cover. Can't wait to read. Thanks for giveaway

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  26. I'm a lover of cozies .. this one sounds interesting.

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  27. Books, a tea room in the inn and a mystery--what's not to love! Looking forward to reading this one.

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  28. What a fantastic concept! I love mysteries with books and inns so I'll definitely be reading this one!

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  29. This book sounds good!!! I'm adding it to my reading list.

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  30. Not only would l love to read Murder in the Mystery Suite, I would love to check in! The descriptions alone are delightful! Who wouldn't love watching a bunch of fake sleuths tromping around and trying to solve a crime? Love this!

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  31. SO want to read "Murder in the Mystery Suite"!


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  32. Hi Ellery, I would love to read A Murder in The Mystery Suite.

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  33. It sounds like a great book. I love the setting and the pretty cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  34. Thanks for the chance. I LOVE cozies and this one looks GOOD!! =]

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  35. This one sounds like an amazingly fun read!

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