Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough By Carla Vergot: Review/Giveaway

Mar 23, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Doward Wilson

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough. There is also a link to purchase the book Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Lily Barlow’s heroine is Janet Evanovich’s character, Stephanie Plum. Unfortunately, she lives in boring Marshall, Virginia. She is between semesters at college, and she is at home to find a manager for her family’s bakery, which has closed following her father’s heart attack. She can’t wait to get back to school, but business comes first. No bakery, no tuition! She has taken a short term apartment rental from a family friend who may or may not be burying bodies in her back yard, while raising attack chickens for the fresh eggs. As she does interviews for the bakery, she surfs the web for information on dough and runs across a site where the police are looking for help in identifying murder victims with no identification. Lily soon gets ensnared into a body with a tattoo that she recognizes. Having meet the tattoo wearer only once for a three-day period at a musical festival, she isn’t sure if she can find her again or prove that the body is hers, because she only knows a first name.mystery

As Lily interviews candidates for the bakery manager’s job she gets more involved with the mystery of Jane Dough, whom she knows as Storie. In the meantime, Lily’s best friend, Jack, stuns her with the revelation that he wants to take their friendship to the next level! Not ready to commit to Jack, Lily delves deeper into the mystery of Jane Dough/Storie and finds ways to track down her movements and last name. Can Lily succeed while keeping Jack’s unwanted advances at bay? Finding the band that Lily associates with her meeting with Jane Dough/Storie at the musical festival, Lily goes to hear them play and question one of the players to see if she can find out Storie’s last name. The band member is no help, but Lily meets a woman in the audience and during their conversation, Lily finds out Storie’s last name and that she is a local girl. With Jack in tow, Lily sets out to find Storie’s family and tell them about her findings so that they can get closure.

Lily has to handle Jack’s advances, fend off the attack chicken, and figure out if her landlady is really burying bodies in the back yard. Can she handle all that and solve the mystery of Jane Dough/Storie?

This was an interesting mystery which came to a surprising ending. It was twisted together with Lily and Jack’s changing relationship without detracting from the mystery. The characters are well drawn and interesting. The small town setting was perfectly portrayed. This is a fun read for any mystery and/or romance fan.

To enter to win a copy of Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “jane dough,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 30, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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32 Comments

  1. Captivating and intriguing mystery. Thanks.

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    • Hey Anne! Thanks for entering the drawing, and good luck! Even if you don’t win, I hope you’ll give the book a try.

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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    • Greetings, Jaime! I wrote it to be a fun, fast read, so I hope it makes you laugh.

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  2. This is a new author to me and I love the title. Can’t wait to read.

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    • Hey Dianne! This is my first book, and it was released on December 4th. But, I’m happy to announce that it’s the first in a series. Hope you’ll give it a try…and good luck in the drawing!!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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    • Glen, you may just love McNugget the Chicken! Hope you find it funny.

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  3. Thank you, Kings River Life Magazine for reviewing “Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough.” I’m excited to give away a signed copy to one of your readers.

    Peace,
    Carla Vergot

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  4. New author to me. Sounds like an interesting read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    • Dianne, I hope you’ll give it go even if you don’t win it in the drawing! It’s supposed to be light and fun. No big commitment and a couple of laughs along the way.

      Thanks for entering!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  5. Sounds Interestly good

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    • Hey Clemmie!!!

      Good luck! Thanks for entering the drawing.

      Peace,
      Carla

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  6. I enjoy following your blog because I can be assured to find an author I haven’t read yet. Thank you to the introduction to Carla Vergot and her book.

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    • Hey Robin! I’m so happy the review piqued your interest. Good luck in the drawing!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  7. Would love to win a copy of this book! I love the cover and the book sounds great!

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    • Hey Melanie! Thank you for noticing the cover! My publisher and I put a lot of energy into designing the perfect picture. It had to represent a murder but still be playful. I always like to hear when a reader has a feeling about it.

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  8. Awesome! I would love to win!
    lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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    • Thanks for entering, Linda! I am excited to see people are reading the review and joining the drawing. Good luck!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  9. Sounds like a great book, thanks

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    • Hey Roxy! I’m honored that you’ve taken the time to enter the contest. Good luck. And even if you don’t win, I hope you’ll check out Lily Barlow. It’s the first in a series.

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  10. I would love to win a copy!!!

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    • Hey Teresa!! Thank you so much for entering. I appreciate you. Good luck!

      Peace,
      Carla

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  11. This sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance ??

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    • Hello Michelle! I’m really happy you dropped a comment to enter the drawing. Thank you!

      Peace,
      Carla

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  12. I would like to have a chance to win this

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    • Hey Jane! I’m happy you entered to win a copy of my book. Even if you don’t win, I hope you’ll check it out. It’s funny!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  13. Sounds like such a good read!

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    • Greetings, Phyllis!

      Thanks for entering! Good luck in the drawing. I’m so happy that you’re interested in reading “Lily Barlow.”

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  14. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

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    • Hey there, Tammy! I’m excited that you’re interested in “Lily Barlow” and that you entered to win a copy. Good luck!

      Peace,
      Carla Vergot

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  15. We have a winner!

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