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Checking the Traps (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 3) by Joan Livingston Blog Tour with Review

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Checking the Traps

by Joan Livingston



Isabel Long is a bit banged up from her last case with a broken collarbone and her arm in a sling. But that doesn’t stop her from pouring beer at the Rooster Bar or taking her third case with Gary Beaumont, a local drug dealer who once terrorized her. Gary is convinced his brother didn’t jump off a bridge known for suicides. Somebody pushed him.

Gary’s brother was a boozer who drove for a highway crew. But what interests Isabel and her ‘Watson’ — her 93-year-old mother who lives with her — is that the man wrote poetry.

The chief suspects are one of Gary’s business associates and a famous poet who plagiarized his brother’s poetry for an award-winning book. Yes, he was that good.

As a journalist, Isabel did regular meetups with her sources for stories. She called it checking the traps. She does the same as a private investigator, and this time, she’ll make sure she doesn’t get caught in one.

Christie’s Review


What a fantastic read!!!! I have read a lot of mysteries, but this one has to be one of my favorites I have read in a while!!! It’s a great mystery with characters I won’t soon forget.

Isabel is one heck of a character. She is older, but the only reason I would know that is when the author describes her…and her older mother and children and grandchildren. She is in better shape than some women half her age. She lives a very full life, and she proves age is just a state of mind. She is sassy, sexy, and independent. The best part is her 93-year-old mother is her partner!!!!!

Now, that you know what great characters are in the pages of the book, the plot is just as good! Gary Beaumont has hired her to look into the death of his half-brother, Cary, six years ago. It was thought to be a suicide, but Gary thinks someone pushed him. This turns to be quite a complicated case with twists and turns I didn’t see coming.

This is a part of the series, and I haven’t read the other books yet I wasn’t lost. I fell in love with the way Livingston writes, and her character development is unreal. If you are looking for a great mystery with quirky, memorable characters, you can’t go wrong with this book!

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Checking-Traps-Isabel-Long-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07NDFKS59

US – https://www.amazon.com/Checking-Traps-Isabel-Long-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07NDFKS59


Author Bio

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Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Checking the Traps, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the third in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first two are Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, she returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long mystery series.

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Twitter: @joanlivingston 

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The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart Release Blitz


Let your homeless best friend stay with you, he said. Being roommates will be fun, he said. It’s only temporary, he said.

He never said I’d fall for him.

The Roommate Agreement, all-new hilarious and romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart is available now!


You know what isn’t ‘temporary?’ The endless stream of dirty socks in my bathroom and empty food packets under the sofa—and don’t even get me started on the hot guys who take over my living room every Sunday to watch sports.

I can’t take anymore.

So I propose a roommate agreement. One that will bring peace and order back to my life, complete with rules that might just stop my newfound crush on my best friend in its tracks.

After all, there’s only so many times you can see your best friend naked before you start to lose your mind.

Rules. They’re meant to be broken… Aren’t they?


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Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale Blog Tour with Review

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by Emily Harvale



Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…


Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’


Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

Christie’s Review


I’m a huge fan of this series!!!! It’s heartwarming and tugs on my heartstrings, and this one definitely does.

Things have been going pretty good in the charming village, but in this book, tragedy strikes, not once but several times. My heart was a bit broken, but as always, these characters come through for one another.

As has been the case with every book, the characters continue to grow. Some little twists were thrown in there that I didn’t see coming. Those made the book even better. Harvale really involved my emotions in this book, and that is what always connects me with her characters.

This book is beautiful and emotional about loss and hope, love and friendship. If you haven’t discovered this little gem of a series, I highly recommend it.

Purchase Links:

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6J1TWG 

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N6J1TWG


Author Bio 

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter



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