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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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On the Chopping Block by Jenny Kales

on-the-chopping-block-dollCallie’s Kitchen and its owner Callie Costas is dating the winning chef of the Taste of Crystal Bay contest, Drew Staven. All seemed to be going well until she shows up at his house for a date only to find him dead on the floor. And the kicker is that she finds out she is next in line to win the contest prize money. Well, that doesn’t look good.

We meet Callie, and from the beginning we are thrown into chaos along with her. She is grieving her new boyfriend, questioned by the authorities; the British accented, Detective Sands, and is the only suspect with motive as it so appears. Panic emanates from the pages…or screen if you’re reading on your e-reader. I know my heart was racing. I wondered what in the world she was going to do.

In an effort to clear her name and save her business from certain death, Callie goes on an investigation of her own that leads to the realization that Drew was not who she realized nor are many of the people in her community. Lies, deceit and underhanded living have seemed to make up this small town.

In addition to the wild goose chases Jenny takes us on with Callie, she also made me crave Greek and Mediterranean food like mad. Thank goodness she includes some of those recipes in the back of the book. I loved how her family and friends got involved although I didn’t fully trust them at times. That was what kept me guessing. At times, all of the characters were suspects in my mind. They all were acting fishy, secretive or just not being involved or caring enough. The killer, in the end, was not who I thought it would have been. I did see their motive after they were revealed however. What a nice surprise!

On The Chopping Block is a book that proves you can’t always know the people you think you know and those you might not trust might be the most trustworthy of all. Talk about confusing! Good job Jenny. This was a great sleuthing book.

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Review: Robert the Doll by Carolyn Haines

As most of my blog readers know, I am a doll collector. I play with dolls. I also restore dolls for The Broken Doll. Dolls are one of the great joys in my life and have been for years. I have been fascinated with them both in real life and in film and literature. For many, dolls hold a major creep factor. I haven’t ever had an issue with being creeped out by dolls in real life but I love watching and reading about others squirm.

This morning, I woke up to see that Carolyn Haines had released a short story titled,51NQBI1iZXL._SL250_ “Robert The Doll.” I knew immediately who Robert was and a squeal erupted from my throat. Robert is a well-known (supposedly cursed) doll who was once owned by Key West painter and author, Robert Eugene Otto, housed at the East Martello Museum in Florida.

With the release of the movie, “The Boy”, Carolyn’s gift to paranormal doll lovers everywhere couldn’t have come at a better time. Needless to say, I breezed through the short story of Robert. I have been a big fan of his for a long time.

Mario Anza is a 15-year-old boy who has been conned into coming on vacation to Key West Florida in September by his two heavy-drinking parents. With his parents passed out drunk most days, Mario has to make the best of his week in the town of winter-escaping old folks.  After several failed attempts at fun, he stumbles upon a local high school group about to tour the East Martello Museum. He chats up a pretty blonde, Ashley and her friend, Ellie about the supposed haunted doll, Robert who resided in the east tower. Afraid, Ashley’s friends refuse to go with her to see Robert, but Mario agrees to sneak in and take a look to impress her.

They find Robert sitting in his famous chair and from there everything you know about dolls is flipped upside down. Did Robert’s expression change? Who’s watching Mario? Where is Ashley? Who keeps calling Mario and leaving anonymous messages? Oh, I think we know who…. “We’ll always be together……..”

Shivers will run up and down your spine as you read, “Robert The Doll.” The suspense is so well written that you’ll want to read this in the light.  Why not start now?  Click on Jo below to go to the link to get your own copy.  Don’t make Robert angry.

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I give it five dolls out of five. Robert made me……

 

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