Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Just Killing Time {+ Giveaway}

Just Killing Time by Julianne HolmesA clock ticking can be very dramatic in a mystery and author Julianne Holmes uses clocks successfully in her debut cozy murder mystery, JUST KILLING TIME, the first installment in her Clock Shop Mystery series.

Ruth Clagan loves her grandfather, but hasn’t seen him since her grandmother died and he remarried. Before she can reconnect with him, she learns he has died and she inherits the family business, the Cog & Sprocket clock shop.

Arriving in Orchard, MA, Ruth discovers there may be more to her grandfather’s death. He and his long-time friend had been working together to save City Hall, wanting to preserve the historical look of their town. Before his friend died, he had deeded the property to Ruth’s grandfather. Now with his death, the deed to City Hall can’t be found. Time is running out as Ruth tries to find out what really happened to her grandfather and his friend, while making some difficult decisions about her own future.

A small town atmosphere is described in vivid detail by the author enhancing the story. The characters are warm, likable and well-developed. Re-connecting with the past gives more depth to the protagonist and those she cares about.

Moving at a steady pace, the story holds your attention as twists and turns unfold. The suspense draws you in as the charming characters makes you want to know more and more. The bond of friendship adds a nice touch to the story.

JUST KILLING TIME is the first in hopefully a long line of installments for this delightful new cozy murder mystery series. The time is perfect for a sit down and read of this book.

Author Julianne Holmes can be found blogging HERE.

Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes, A Clock Shop Mystery Book #1, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425275528, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the wonderful folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of JUST KILLING TIME to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Just Killing Time Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by for my review of this intriguing mystery. Do you think of clocks as being a bit scary? Can clocks lend themselves to enhance a scene?

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  1. An interesting premise. Why hadn't she seen her grandfather in so long? Distance?
    And yes, clocks can indeed be scary.

  2. A new author - a new series - sounds terrific! Clocks can be so fascinating, especially those passed down through the family.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful new series. I love stories that involve mysterious shops like clock shops (and book shops, too.) And yes, I think there is something about a ticking clock that adds atmosphere to a story.

  4. I love new series, thanks for the chance to win this one :)

  5. First installment - I can catch this one at the beginning.
    Cats fourteen, dogs ten.

  6. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  7. It sounds as though this one really has the sort of small-town atmosphere that works well for cosies, Mason. And a clock shop is really an innovative idea for a context. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I can't wait to read this debut. So different and interesting. grammyd01@comcast.net

  9. New author for me looks like a great read.

  10. This sounds like a fun series. I am anxious to see how the clocks are used in the mystery - thank you for sharing.

  11. What a great cozy and new series. Thanks for this captivating giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Thanks for the great review and info about this new series! I am looking forward to reading it and wonder if Orchard, MA will have any ties to the Alcott's?!

  13. This sounds like a great beginning to a new series! I would love to start with the first book. It sounds really good!

  14. This book sounds great! I like mysteries, and would like to find out why restoring the historical clock caused such trouble!


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