The Cruise to Murder Tour Stop: Guest Post, Reviews and Giveaway

I am happy to be one of the first few stops on The Cruise to Murder blog tour. Thank you to Molly Snow for organizing the tour and to Zoey and Claire for the review copies, guest post and ebook giveaway (both novellas) for one winner! Be sure to stop by Zoey and Claire's blog to check out the other stops on the tour.

Guest Post: Zoey's Big Throwdown

An Excerpt from Cruise to Murder:

More guests started to arrive to the stage party. Larry had a few of his magician’s equipment lined against one side. Soon, there was standing room only.

People started to dance, and Larry said, “Claire, you are already in my arms. Let’s take this opportunity to dance, shall we?”

That left Butch looking at Zo and Zo looking at Butch. They knew what was coming next. “Ask me,” Zo said.

“Okay, okay. Madame, would you care to dance with me?”

“I guess so…”

“That sounds convincing.”

She giggled. “I didn’t mean it like that. Excuse me. I would love to dance.”

He struck a pose, holding a hand out to her elegantly, his feet apart. “Let’s see if you can keep up.”

“Well, there’s a lot to me you don’t know. I can head-bang, for instance. Ask my daughter.”

Without a moment longer, Butch had her twirled around him like a helicopter’s propeller. He let go of her and she unwound round and round, sliding across the floor with the lean of the ship—toward Larry’s large black, disappearing trick cabinet.

Zo made contact. Thud! Clank. Clunk. The handle was knocked and the door flew open. A woman leaped out of the cabinet, flinging her arms around Zo’s shoulders.

People gasped and screamed out.

Zo grabbed the woman by an arm, flipped her over and pressed her against the stage floor.

“You win!” Butch called out, rushing over. “Zo, don’t move. Your opponent is a dead woman.”

Commentary by Zoey and Claire:

Claire: I love this scene. It shows how unpredictable our adventures can be. It also displays Mom’s swift reactions to terror. She has a lot more guts than I do at times, and I don’t totally understand where she gets it.

Zoey: I rely on my daughter’s keen, cool thinking, which keeps us heading down the straightest, safest course. Her weapon is her cell phone.

While our stories seem at times somewhat over-the-top, they could happen. And if we didn’t have the strength to confront dead people, the bizarre, or hideous bad guys, then we wouldn’t be able to follow through with our adventures and solve the mysteries we fall into. Instead, we would be screaming, running away, sitting in front of the TV, watching someone else’s adventure.

Claire: If you would like to learn more about us, visit our blog Check out what others have said, and order copies of our books. We are also holding a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, so don’t forget to enter. Thanks to Stephanie for having us on her blog :-)

Review: The Riddles of Hillgate by Zoey and Claire Kane

Series:Zoey and Claire Mysteries #1
Genre:Mystery (Novella)
Published:October 18th 2011
Websites:Zoey & Claire Kane | Goodreads
My copy:received from the publisher

Blurb: Zoey is known around her town of Riverside for making bad decisions when it comes to auctions and real estate investments. When her savvy daughter, Claire, learns her most recent purchase is eighty acres on the haunted, desolate side of town, she is simply flabbergasted. This purchase soon reveals some hidden inconveniences, like—murder, skeletons, secrets, and the riddles of Hillgate Manor.

Claire: "Maybe that's why The Fillmores abandoned it in such haste. Maybe that's why it was a secret for so long and all these crazy things have happened."
   Zoey: "I know. But don't worry, darling, we are safe for tonight at least."
   Claire: "Mom, I have never heard you so sure of yourselt."
   Zoey: "Well, having a colt .45 under my bed can do wonders."

My thoughts: The Riddles of Hillgate is the first book in the Zoey and Claire Mystery Series. I do not really want to give a summary, because this book is too short and I do not want to let the cat out of the bag.

The beginning of this novella is something less than spectacular and it seemed to be a bore. It is anything but boring, even though there are some ups and downs. When the murder is overwhelmed it seemed to be the end of the story, but the story still goes on. To be honest it costed me quite an effort to continue reading at this point, because what should be happening yet?! Well, you might be surprised what happen next!

Zoey and Claire are an amazing team. Zoey reminds me a bit of a Brtitsh upper-class lady. It's difficult to explain in detail, but it might be her character, her appearance, the marked preference for antique objects, her light-heartedness and her optimism to transform an abandoned estate into a glamorous one. And of course her quite deadpan humour - I loved it! But do not let Claire out of consideration. She is an exceptionally character too.

All in all I want to say: Read this mind candy book and have a lot of fun with The Riddles of Hillgate.

Review: Cruise to Murder by Zoey and Claire Kane

Series:Zoey and Claire Mysteries #2
Genre:Mystery (Novella)
Published:February 2012
Websites:Zoey & Claire Kane | Goodreads
My copy:received from the publisher

Blurb: Zoey and her daughter Claire are bon voyage on an elite celebrity cruiseline. Little do they know they will run into Claire's publishing idol, billionaire Felix Belmont, and that trouble is following him on the seas. When they disembark at Kinikiwiki Island, this mother-daughter-duo get tangled up in voodoo, murders and an international conspiracy. Will they solve the mystery before their own lives are at stake?

My thoughts: The first book in the Zoey and Claire Mysteries series was quiet good and I hoped the same for the second. I am very happy to had the chance to read this novella too. Thanks to the authors and publisher. The second book in the series do leave no doubt about its entertainment. It was amazing.

Zoey and Claire really surprised me. "Cruise to Murder" seemed to be an 'normal' cruise-mystery, but it wasn't. You will find the first dead body very soon and of course Zoey and Claire won't be Zoey and Claire if they wouldn't get to the bottom of that mystery. You can be sure you can't stop reading. Well, I think Butch had described Zoey and Claire at best:

"You two are murder magnets and yet so sweetly enticing, so thrilling and heart pounding, filled with scary adventure. It is terrifyingly interesting to be around you two."

The story is quiet fascinating with an more ambitious content than the first novel and it affords lots of surprises. I was perfectly wonderful entertained! Take my advice and read this series. You will not regret, I promise!


Win a copy of the first two books in the Zoey and Claire Mysteries Series!

This giveaway is open to all and ends on March 25th 2012!
  • Both ebooks (format of the winner's choice) to one lucky winner
  • One entry per person only! Multiple entries will be disqualified!
  • The winner will be announced on my blog and also be contacted via email by the publisher. (you agree me to give your email-address to the publisher!) The email will include detailed information to claim your prize! 
  • The winner must complete the form to supply his full name and postal address, if necessary. If all your information is not completed, we will automatically pick a new winner!


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Me on 14. März 2012 um 20:40 hat gesagt…

Thank you for the opportunity to win the books in this series!! Check out my own giveaway just opened today:)

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