Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"The Final Vow" by Amanda Flower

The Final Vow
(A Living History Museum Mystery Book 3)
by Amanda Flower

The Final Vow is the third A Living History Museum Mystery by Amanda Flower. Also available: The Final Reveille and The Final Tap.

The Final Vow is currently on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.
Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

Click below to read an excerpt.

Praise for the Book
"I really like the history as well as the mystery in this series. I like Kelsey and her staff, the Farm and all our regular characters, but I have to say that for the first time in a cozy I actually wanted to kill off a character!" ~ Deborah M Almada
"The Final Vow was nicely written, easy to read, and has a good pace. I like the main characters of Kelsey and her family along with Chase and a few of the employees. While The Final Vow is the third book in A Living History Museum series, it can be read alone. The author provided readers with all the necessary background information. However, you would understand the Kelsey, her job and various relationships better if you read the first two books in the series. [...] The book has a good mystery, and I think that many readers will be surprised by the killer’s identity. Amanda Flower provided good, subtle clues." ~ Kris Anderson
"This the third book in the Living Museum series. It can be read as a standalone. A light and relaxing cozy mystery read. Good for the breach of a stormy day." ~ Bettylouise
"The mystery of who the killer was kept me turning the pages. I really liked Chase's character, but definitely wasn't a fan of his ex-girlfriend! I have to admit I wasn't expecting the person who was the killer even though there were hints. All in all The Final Vow was a good cozy mystery to sit by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!" ~ My Favorite Pastime
"As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised as to whom the culprit was." ~ Maureen

Guest Post by the Author
Kelsey Cambridge’s Ten Tips for Hosting a Wedding at a Museum
Kelsey Cambridge is the Director of Barton Farm, a living history museum tucked away in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley. She has hosted many weddings on the Farm, but none like her ex-husband’s wedding to Krissie Pumpernickel. To help others who might find themselves in a similar sticky situation, she has compiled a list of helpful wedding hosting tips.
1. When dealing with a disagreeable bride, especially if that bride is marrying your ex-husband, take deep cleansing breaths and count backwards down from ten a lot.
2. Make sure your six-year-old son had plenty of activities to do during wedding planning so that a) he doesn’t get bored and b) he doesn’t realize how crazy the adults around him actually are.
3. Make sure the attack chickens are stored safely in their coop.
4. Give your theatrical father an assignment or he will always be underfoot.
5. Make sure your gardener doesn’t have a nervous breakdown when the bride asks to remove all plants that might attract insects from the Farm.
6. Be on the lookout for runaway sheep.
7. Make sure your employees are not embellishing historical facts about the Farm for the entertainment value.
8. Don’t mess with the oxen.
9. Keep drunk Abraham Lincoln on a short leash.
10. If a dead body turns up, don’t be alarmed but track down the killer.

About the Author
Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two print copies of The Final Vow by Amanda Flowers (US only).