On Tour: Dead Week Review

Happy Wednesday! I hope ya’ll remember my review of Death by Dissertation, if not please check it out now. Today I’ve got the sequel, Dead Week. It’s a different sort of cozy set in Nebraska as Cassandra moves from Hawaii to be an administrator at Morton College, where her BFF is a deaf interper.

About Dead Week:

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

On Tour: Dead Week ReviewTitle: Dead Week
Author: Kelly Brakenhoff
Series: Cassandra Sato Mystery #2
Pub. Date: December 11th 2019
Publisher Emerald Prairie Press
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 322
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Will Dead Week kill Cassandra's career? VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems and it's not even Thanksgiving break.
Cassandra's new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra's mentor thinks he's a superhero in a senior citizen's body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai'i, can't crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska. 
Cassandra faces end of semester pranks, stray dogs, winter storms, and viral news stories in her fight for justice for a group of student activists. But that's nothing compared to the wrath of a Helicopter Mom!
If you like academic cozy mysteries with funny BFFs, hilarious student shenanigans, and small town drama, you'll like this series.

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IMHO: Dead Week

Cassandra Sato is back! She’s survived the last scandal and is looking forward to an uneventful Dead Week. Well….not so lucky, our girl. Thank goodness she’s so dauntless because the old guard is working hard to thwart all her diversity and modern progress programs.

And is someone out to hurt HER students, again?!? The audacity.

Her two love interests are the same. One she goes on a date with, the other helps her rescue a dog. I know which one I’m rooting for, *cough*.

We’ve got Meg, the BFF and interpreter of course. Bergstrom the mentor. Lance, the student worker who’s  roommate died in the first book, and Rachel, another student worker that they just might be a thing.

There’s more from Dr. Bryant, the deaf professor. He’s a pivotal, instructional role here. Not only with the deaf students, but with Cassandra. He honestly opened my eyes and taught me so much about the deaf community and advocacy. I mean, so much that I agreed with him more than Cassandra on the topics.

I did enjoy the mystery and totally fell for the red herrings. It’s nice breath of fresh air,

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Just like I said for Death by Dissertation

Perfect for cozy mystery fans, obviously, and those looking for something new in the genre especially. I think this is has great crossover appeal with fellow rom com & crime lovers too.  It reminds me The Chronicle Mysteries on Hallmark .

If you don’t read cozies, you should start with this one! It’s a mystery, but light and down to Earth with amateursleuthing. It’s all about the people, relationships, and setting.

Favorite Quotes:

Ya know, God can’t steer a parked car.


The idea of two men interested in her was scarier than facing a line of protestors and the board.


Meg did a low whistle, “Ho-ly Mary, Mother of God. It’s the Helicopter Moms versus the Tightwad Dads!”



About the Author:

About Kelly Brakenhoff


Kelly Brakenhoff is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. As an American Sign Language Interpreter with more than twenty years of experience, Kelly’s worked in college classrooms for fifteen different majors. From traipsing across muddy farm fields to stomach-churning medical procedures, and stage interpreting for famous figures, Kelly’s community interpreting interactions number in the thousands. Unfortunately, once she’s stepped away from the job, she usually forgets 90% of what happened. Which helps her keep confidential information safe, but also makes it really hard to grocery shop for more than 5 items without a written list.

Kelly wants to live in a world filled with peace, love, and joy, where people who can hear learn enough sign language to include deaf people in everyday conversations and work. Where every deaf child has early access to language and books with characters like them, and dark chocolate is cheap and plentiful.

When she’s not interpreting or writing, you can find Kelly cheering for her favorite Husker teams or training for half-marathons because she really likes dessert.

Her first mystery, Death by Dissertation, released April 22, 2019.


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Tour Schedule:

January 20th –


Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 21st –

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  


January 22nd –

Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

The Layaway Dragon – REVIEW

January 23rd –

I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT


 I Read What You Write – REVIEW

January 24th –

Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Jane Reads – GUEST POST

January 25th –

Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

January 26th –

Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

Diane Reviews Books – SPOTLIGHT

January 27th –

A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW

Laura`s Interests  – SPOTLIGHT

January 28th –

Book Club Librarian – REVIEW

Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 29th –

Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

My Journey Back – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE  

Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

Reading Authors Network – REVIEW


  1. Kelly Brakenhoff on

    Hello! Thanks so much for your review, especially the recommendations for crossover readers who like rom coms and less cozy crime fiction. I appreciate your time and work! Keep warm.

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