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New On My Shelf This Week

Carolyn and I are great ‘virtual’ friends, although you might not think so, given how long I take to feature and review her books, when she is kind enough to send me through a copy just as soon as they are available.

Carolyn, I’ll bet that you loved students like me, when you were subbing in your local school, but I do promise to ‘try harder’ in the future and get my homework in on time! 🙂


(Subbing isn’t for sissies #7)

Cover Image Of 'No Substitute For Misinformation' by Carolyn J. RoseChaos is, as usual, the default setting for substitute teacher Barbara Reed’s life in Reckless River, Washington. Her ex-husband is in trouble for lying to a judge, her overbearing sister is tailing her, and a series of error-ridden memos have teachers in an uproar. On top of that, if her condo complex doesn’t win the holiday decorating competition, residents may never be rid of their obnoxious manager. But nothing can stop Barb and her friends from heading to Las Vegas to see their wealthy neighbor Muriel Ballantine compete in a seasoned showgirl reality program. 

Nothing, that is, except mutiny. And murder. 

Unless Barb’s detective boyfriend finds a killer, he won’t be in the audience. And unless Barb’s entitled dog Cheese Puff calls off his strike and gets back to rehearsing, Mrs. B’s routine will be doomed before she takes the stage. 

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Updated Image Of Author Carolyn J. Rose - October 2017Carolyn grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains and graduated from the University of Arizona.

She logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

Carolyn’s interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking.

Carolyn and her author husband, Mike Nettleton, write individually and in collaboration. Their novels are set on the Oregon Coast, sun-blasted New Mexico, New York’s Catskill Mountains, Portland, and the Ozarks. They fictionalize about the places they have lived and worked in their careers in TV and radio.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Mary,

      Carolyn manages to write about her characters with great compassion and authenticity, so I always enjoy her stories. I don’t read too many cozy mysteries, but the ‘subbing’ series makes an excellent change of pace between my more full-on agenda of psychological thrillers.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I am so pleased that my teachers never seemed to live their lives in such chaos and disorganisation, as I enjoyed school and would have been most upset by the disruption.

      Barbara may be fun, but I wonder if the children in her class ever actually learn anything!

      My ‘homework’ was always handed in promptly and often early when I was at school, as I used to like having something to do in the evenings and at weekends. My standards appear to have slipped somewhat over the years and I am certain that several of my authors might not give me such a glowing report now!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your own mailbox was stacked with goodies 🙂

  • I have the first book in this series sitting in my Kindle. I know I’ll enjoy it, so I really need to move it up the TBR pile. This looks like another fun addition!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Carolyn was originally a serial, traditional murder/mystery author and that’s how I became hooked on her writing.

      I do know however, that she used to (I’m not sure if she still does from time to time?) be a substitute teacher, so it appears that she has carved a new niche for herself, writing about something she knows quite well, whilst still incorporating the odd murder or two!

      I’m sure that you would enjoy meeting Barbara Reed and her rather quirky selection of family and friends, although I do feel that Reckless River, does have more than its fair share of murders and drama going on!

      It would also have taken me forever to come up with the design and wording for all seven ‘No Substitute..’ covers, which are in themselves, great fun.

      I hope that you do manage to read ‘No Substitute For Murder’ at some point and thanks for the chat today 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann,

      I am so pleased that Carolyn and I became acquainted and I always look forward to her emails, as they either include the gift of another great new book, or copy for a guest post she has been working on in secret!

      I hope that you too, have received some great new additions to your book shelves (either real or virtual) 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      If you scroll to the bottom of the page in this link, you can see the covers for all seven books in the series to date… I hope you agree that they do look great as a matching set …


      Thanks for finding the time to stop by and comment and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Whilst I always read to enjoy the experience, I don’t often read to have fun. Therefore, the odd cozy mystery is always a welcome relief, providing it is well written and believable.

      I have been reading Carolyn’s work for some years now and by now I am used to her style of writing and the narrative she uses, so when she sends through an email, or copy for a new guest post, she always cheers me up and makes me smile.

      Thanks for hosting MM and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

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