Friday, March 15, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Dying to Go (Nothing to Gush About) - Tucson Valley Retirement Community, #1 by Marcy Blesy


Dying to Go
(Nothing to Gush About)
A Tucson Valley Retirement Community Cozy Mystery
Marcy Blesy

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - Arizona
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: November 9, 2023
Paperback page count: 281 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8865863427 / Digital ASIN: B0CLL1LHK6




Thirty-nine-year-old Rosi Laruee—named Rosisophia Doroche after her mother’s beloved Golden Girls—decides that the end of her twenty-year marriage and her dad’s impending knee replacement surgery are all the excuses she needs to visit Tucson Valley Retirement Community. But the drama follows Rosi when she finds the body of local tart and business owner, Salem Mansfield. The information she discovers using her newspaper reporter sleuthing skills coupled with the clues she picks up from lackluster Police Officer Dan Daniel lead to a surprise discovery when the murderer is revealed. Along the way, she meets a cast of characters in her parents' social circle who leave her questioning her parents' choices in friends while simultaneously befriending many of the residents, including a handsome landscaper and a brand-new Golden Retriever puppy she names Barley. Rosi’s visit to Tucson Valley proves more than she’d bargained for, but maybe, she realizes, it’s just the kind of change she needs. 



Laugh out loud with Rosi, and be prepared to get the happy feels along the way!

and Coming soon!
Book 5 Dying to Dance (Cha-Cha-Ahhh)


4 stars!

Fun start to this new cozy mystery series. 

Dying to Go / Nothing to Gush About is the first book in author Marcy Blesy’s new cozy Tucson Valley Retirement Community Mystery series and features former Springfield, Illinois, journalist Rosi Laruee in town to help her parents after her father undergoes a knee replacement. With Rosi only nudging 40, she’s a bit of a fish out of water and not looking forward to spending time in the community designed for older people, but with her life back in tatters, it might be the respite she needs. However, when she discovers the body of the local bookstore owner lying in a back aisle of her shop, rest may be the last thing she gets. 

Rosi, whose given name, Rosisophia Doroche Laruee, is a mash-up of the names of characters in the 80s sitcom, The Golden Girls, is at a crossroads in her life, especially after having a really tough year. Her only child, Zak, is off to his first year of college. Her husband of 20 years was caught cheating and, consequently, is now her ex-husband. She’s lost her job as a reporter for the local paper. She’s come to Arizona to lend a hand after her father’s recent surgery, but she really doesn’t want to be there. Rosi and her mother, Renee, have an uneasy relationship, but things improve as secrets unfold. 

The over-55 community of Tucson Valley is much like any small town, with its gossip, rivalries, and cliques; however, these residents take some of these aspects to a new level as they all benefit from years of life experience that have perfected their abilities. The rumor mill is a well-oiled machine. I firmly agree with Rosi’s initial impressions of Renee’s group of friends, who are, at best, an interesting mix of “ladies who lunch.” Rounding out the passel of secondary characters are several dogs, one of whom gets a new home during the story. 

The murder mystery is good, with the thoroughly unlikable victim meeting their fate early in the book. Rosi decides to investigate the murder because she feels the lead retirement community officer is inept, and she’s a former reporter and basically nosy. With any number of people having a bone to pick with the victim, there are quite a few possible suspects to rule out. While Rosi asks questions and dodges getting fixed up with one of Renee’s friend’s nephews, there is still some romance for her in the works. 

I recommend DYING TO GO / NOTHING TO GUSH ABOUT to cozy mystery readers who would enjoy a retirement community setting for their story.


Marcy Blesy is the author of over thirty books including the popular cozy mystery series: The Tucson Valley Retirement Community Cozy Mystery Series. Her adult romance mystery series includes The Secret of Blue Lake and The Secret of Silver Beach, set in Michigan. Her children's books include the best-selling Be the Vet series along with the following early chapter book series: Evie and the Volunteers, Niles and Bradford, Third Grade Outsider, and Hazel, the Clinic Cat. Her picture book, Am I Like My Daddy?, helps children who experienced the loss of a parent when they were young.

Marcy enjoys searching for treasures along the shores of Lake Michigan. She's still waiting for the day when she finds a piece of red beach glass. By day she teaches creative writing virtually to amazing students around the world.

Marcy is a believer in love and enjoys nothing more than making her readers feel a book more than simply reading it. 


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Marcy Blesy said...

Thank you SO much for featuring The Tucson Valley Retirement Community Cozy Mystery Series on your blog. I really appreciate your kind review and support. If you ever review on Amazon, that's awesome. Thanks for supporting indie authors. Have a great weekend!

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review.