Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Wolfe Widow {+ Giveaway}

The Wolfe Widow coverWould you enjoy a job where all you did was researching and dealing with rare old books – a job that provided a lovely place to live and tasty meals to dine on? That’s what author Victoria Abbott’s protagonist does and she loves it, well except for the getting fired, losing a place to life and no food part.

I’m sharing my thoughts today on this new release, the third installment in Victoria’s Book Collection Mystery series. In addition, thanks to the author and the lovely Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a copy of THE WOLFE WIDOW to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

THE WOLFE WIDOW by Victoria Abbott

With the holidays just around the corner, Victoria Abbott’s THE WOLF WIDOW is a fun book to get you thinking of Thanksgiving.

Getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, Jordan Bingham is happy with her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst. Life is good until Jordan answers the door at dinner to the mysterious Muriel Delgado. Vera never sees anyone without an appointment, but she sees Muriel. Soon after Jordan is fired and told to leave the Van Alst House.

Jordan knows Muriel must have something on Vera for her to make all the sudden changes she’s making. Determined to find out what’s wrong before someone dies Jordan, channeling Archie Goodwin, sets out to find the truth.

Abbott blends humor with vintage Nero Wolfe to create a fascinating tale. The characters are likable and well-developed. The story moves smoothly and holds your attention until the end.

The third installment in Abbott’s Book Collector Mystery series, THE WOLFE WIDOW can be read on its own. An added bonus is several yummy recipes included at the end of the story.

Rare books, Nero Wolfe, crazy family and friends, and a gathering to expose a killer leads to an entertaining read you won’t be able to put down.

Author Victoria Abbott’s website is

The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott, Book Collection Mystery series Book #3, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425255308, Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


This giveaway is for one print copy of THE WOLFE WIDOW and is open to residents of the U.S. only. The deadline to enter the giveaway is 12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Victoria Abbott’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have or would you like to have a rare book collection? If so, who would be the main author’s works you would collect? Did you notice, not a single cat on the cover this time, just a cute little Pug? Smile

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  1. Hi Mason and Victoria .. this sounds like a fun read - I think I'd hate to have things start happening around me .. and being fired - then looking for answers ... cheers and good luck .. and people who enjoy recipes will be doubly enticed to read the book ... all the best - Hilary

  2. I think I would very much enjoy researching rare books.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  3. Thanksgiving already? I guess it is only two months away...

  4. Mason - Rare books and a mystery too? Sounds like a great combination!!

  5. I would like to have a collection of signed Stephen King books and the entire Harry Potter collection in first edition, each book signed by Rowling!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. Thanks for the great review, Mason! We feel honored and thrilled to be here.

    Hello and good luck to everyone who entered for the giveaway.


    MJ (aka Victoria Abbott)

  7. I would love to have a rare book collection. It would be eclectic.

    Love his "pugginess". :)

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  8. I am captivated with this book. A rare book collection would be wonderful especially Dickens. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I wouldn't mind a rare book collection, maybe Jane Austen, or Edgar Allan about opposite ends of the spectrum, LOL.

  10. Poor Jordan! Love the cover... although I'd probably not opt for green vs orange

  11. I have a few 1st editions and some signed by authors, but not many.

  12. As a Nero Wolfe fan, this book sounds great!

  13. That would be great job! Oo, that Muriel!

  14. At my advanced age I'm not interested in collecting rare books but I'd love to do the research and cataloging - especially if meals are included!
    Cute pug, Victoria.


  15. I would love to have a rare book collection of the very early cozies, Christy or Nero Wolfe. Love pugs!


  16. Love the pug! And I think it would be fun to collect rare or old books that interest me, not just ones that would be worth money.

  17. No old book collections. Although I do have many books that I've had for many years. Wish I had some from my youth, but realize I have no place to put then.

  18. I would enjoy a rare book collection of any kind and different author.

  19. i do collect old versions of classics . i also like to read the acknowledgment section to learn how the author researched for the book. i do have a couple of first editions and several books signed by authors. to be a researcher for an author, free room and board? that is the life for me!


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