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The Blue Eyed Doll (Book 3 in The Dead-End Drive-In Series) by Carolyn Q Hunter

 

“You don’t find it odd that the topic of dolls keeps coming up?”

 

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My  very own “blue eyed doll”, “Alice.” She’s a 1916 German  C. M. Bergmann bisque head doll. 

Dolls, they make my world spin in a happy manor where most people step away and call them creepy, scary or just say no to them all together. Not me, bring them on!

 

Carolyn Q. Hunter has made my doll restringing heart happy with her newest release, The Blue Eyed Doll. It starts out amazingly creepy and ends with the same feel. It’s a fantastic, fast-paced story that feeds all my needs for entertainment in the doll realm…haunted and unknown.

We join the sisters, Anna and Belle of Sunken Grove after a wonderful opening prologue that introduces us to the town strange lady and hoarder, Coraline Danvers and the doll in question.

Everyone seems to be searching for this elusive doll, one that is priced above and beyond, a collector’s items we are to guess. She’s old for sure. But as we start meeting the characters in play, something seems…off. Why all of a sudden is everyone looking for this doll and why do they think Ms. Danvers has it.

We have an antiques dealer, a pushy doll restorer/collector (love her!), and an estranged daughter. All of them seem to be hyper focused on this doll. Themes of voodoo and a past kidnapping run through this story. Paranormal happenings and so much else that I can’t talk about without revealing the gooey center that is the plot of this amazing doll-centered book keeps the reader engaged.

As a restorer of dolls and collector as well, I know all too well what people can and do for antique dolls; paying thousands for them just to say they own them. I also know many who collect haunted dolls and what lengths they would go through to acquire such dolls. Yes, it’s a real thing. The doll world is a strange one and The Blue Eyed Doll throws the sisters right in the middle and the reader gets an inside look into the para-doll side of collecting.

Okay, I’m done…not going to say anything else. Yes, read this book. No, you don’t need to have read the other two to understand the characters or setting. Carolyn sets that up so nicely without overdoing it or being too repetitive.

When I asked Ms. Hunter her inspiration, she had this to say:

It was heavily inspired by the real Annabelle doll story. It also takes inspirations from southern Gothic literature and movies. I also was strongly influenced by author R.L. Stine for this one in how I executed the story arc. He’s been my favorite author for many years and his young adult fiction often uses cursed objects and places.

If you don’t like dolls, do not read this book. It will freak you out. And that is why I love it. Nah, go ahead and read it. The doll needs someone to play with…..

About The Author:

Carolyn Q. Hunter is a professional writer, publicist, and editor. She is the author of paranormal and culinary cozy mysteries–including The Diner of the Dead Series, published under Summer Prescott Books. Carolyn has previously worked as a content creator and social media writer for online information websites and publishing agencies. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing from BYU-Idaho.

In her free time Carolyn enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, painting, and watching old mystery and horror films on Turner Classic Movies. Her love of old movies helps to inspire her writing. She also enjoys listening to old time radio shows such as The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense!

Carolyn is a Colorado native, having grown up in the Denver Metro Area. She currently resides in Breckenridge, Colorado a ski and resort town in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. She works from home as a full time writer. She lives in a small New England style home with her husband and her two black cats Mittens and Thor.

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REVIEW: The Wicked Waffle by Carolyn Q. Hunter

51E-zY3z49L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_What do you do when your dreams of becoming a writer have dried up in the big city? You go back home and mingle with ghosts of the past and present of course!

Sonja Reed returns to her hometown of Haunted Falls Colorado after a failed attempt of becoming a published author and reunites with her best friends, Alison. One of the things Sonja looked forward to on the trip back, was heading to the diner Alison worked at and eating the amazing meals that she remembered her hometown for. New York food just wasn’t cutting it

Reality check for Sonja! The diner is all but closed up and she encounters a most frightening site that chills her to the bone. Alerting Alison to the issue, they discover a body of the most unlikable town lady, dead in the freezer. Welcome home Ms. Reed. Sheesh! No time like the present for Alison to give the diner to her. Congrats Sonja, you now have your own business formally inhabited by a dead lady that everyone hated. In addition, let’s stick the frozen food you need and that you’re going to serve in that exact freezer. Thinking of that still weird me out.

To add to the craziness that is seeing strange unexplained things and finding a dead body, Sonja’s estranged father comes back on the scene and is then swept away once again as the number one suspect of the frozen and very dead Ronda Smith, heiress of the Smith mansion and estate.

When no one seems fazed by Ms. Smith’s death, Sonja goes on a rampage to clear her father of the murder and pin it on someone else. Why; I don’t know. I would still be over-the-top upset and wondering if he came into town to do just that; commit murder. She jumps to his defense a little too quickly for my taste, but then again, no one asked me. Who could benefit from Ronda’s death though? Let’s start there.

Now that all of that’s over, Sonja shakes it off and prepares to get all the items back into the diner that were formally there. They so happen to be stored at the local church ran by Pastor Williams. Alison, her family, some local boys and Pastor Williams all pitch in to help. Nothing like a little normalcy and a blessing by the prieWafflesst to make all the crazy that happened go away. Oh no; wrong!

Sonja heads to the mansion to visit the stepdaughter, Belinda Smith, who she used to attend school with and who is a little off her rocker with talk of being able to see spirits. Great idea Sonja! Her visit turns into a séance and it just gets really freaky after that. I won’t say what happens, but I would read this part in a well-lit room.

Needless to say, there is a lot that goes on in a very short time span in The Wicked Waffle. From failing author to owner of a new waffle diner and a surprise ending that makes me want to know when book two will be out, Carolyn did a great joy catching my attention. I wished that there had been more time to develop the characters however. A little more background on the Reed family would have been welcomed. I like the character and I want to love her. I, however, fell for a secondary character instead. Belinda was the one who intrigued me the most. I want to go and hang out with her. She is my kind of fun!

Great first in series book and I wait with baited breathe for the next. This was a fun paracozy indeed.

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