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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for The Heritage Heist by Dianne Ascroft

The Heritage Heist

 (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)  

by Dianne Ascroft

About The Heritage Heist


Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Publisher: Independently Published (December 15, 2020)  
Paperback: 278 pages 
ISBN-13: 979-8581502389 
 Digital ASIN: B08QMHW6DD

A fall fair, a cornered craftsman, an heirloom heist. When an antique quilt that is a cherished part of Fenwater’s past disappears from the market before her town’s fall fair, it’s up to Lois to resolve the quilt quandary.

Middle-aged widow Lois is enjoying her second season in her new town and her century house, away from the dangers of big city life in Toronto. She can’t wait to experience her first old-fashioned fall fair, complete with hot apple cider. But when the local market is burgled, her enthusiasm for the upcoming festival plummets. During the break-in one of the security guards is badly injured and an antique quilt, on loan from the museum, vanishes. Her friend, Bruce, designed and built the display case and has one of only two keys to secure it. That makes him a prime suspect in the theft. Lois won’t let Bruce’s reputation, nor the trust his customers have in the bespoke furniture maker, be damaged by the allegation. She’s determined to piece the clues together to find the quilt, clear Bruce’s name and save a piece of Fenwater’s history.

And so begins a week of deepening friendships, hot apple cider, calico cats, backseat shenanigans, hazy housemates, and few puzzle pieces to work with, set against the backdrop of a rustic market building amidst stately stone architecture, the crackle of flames in the hearth, a blaze of colour on leafy residential streets and the scintillating scent of cinnamon.

The Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series is set in rural Ontario, Canada during the early 1980s.

A tale for fans of Cindy Bell, Leighann Dobbs, Dianne Harman and Kathi Daley.

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Welcome to rural Ontario where we follow Lois a middle ages widow that recently relocated from the bigger city of Ontario after the urging from a friend. She is settling in nicely working part-time at the library in her semi-retirement while getting the feel of her new surroundings. Being close to her BFF is quite nice but she is still making new friends as well. One of her new favorite places is the local market where she loves to by fresh produce as well as discovering other finds that are unique to each booth. Leaving for work early one day she stops by to get some things only to find it closed with the police all over the place. One of the booth owners comes out to tell her all about a break in overnight involving the left of a very important quilt to the area on loan from the museum. Not trying to get involved after finding herself in danger during the previous book she tries to stay out of it but when she starts hearing little tidbits of others conversations she just cannot help herself from poking around a little bit. This leads us on a quaint adventure as she learns new things while also getting better acquainted with the area. Add in the yearly festival and the story gets especially fun. Makes for a great read set in an adorable town full of characters you can feel like you've known for years both good and bad. A perfect read for those looking for an older main character set in the 1980s so it can leave out all the new tech we have to day. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Dianne Ascroft

Dianne Ascroft writes the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries, set in rural Canada, and The Yankee Years historical sagas, set in WWII Northern Ireland. She has a passion for Ireland and Canada, past and present. An ex-pat Canadian, Dianne lives on a small farm with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals.

Her previous fiction works include An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for featuring The Heritge Heist on your blog, Jessica, and reviewing it. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Dianne Ascroft