Free Stuff for Mystery Book Clubs

Are you a member or organizer of a mystery book club? If you are, please feel free to print out these handouts for an icebreaker at one of your meetings!

 

If you are starting my Pecan Bayou Series, download my discussion questions for A Dash of Murder, Book 1.

 

Pecan Bayou Series #1

A Dash of Murder Discussion Questions

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If you love Agatha Christie, I have a couple of crossword puzzles for you.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Crossword Puzzle

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Murder on the Orient Express Crossword Puzzle

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Book Blast Tuesday: Murder is Academic

Just in time for back-to-school, we have another by P.M. Carlson, Murder is Academic.  So, get your thinking caps on and get ready to study this traditional mystery. All you honor students–don’t forget to scroll down and find the prize guy at the bottom to enter the giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card. 

Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson

Murder Is Academic

A finalist for the Anthony Award

Vietnam, assassinations, and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.

“MURDER IS ACADEMIC treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape true violations of person, mind, and body–– and presents a cogent caesar for the inviolability both of persons and truth.”–– The Armchair Detective

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 194
ISBN: 1932325239 (ISBN13: 9781932325232)
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #2
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“Murder is Academic” by P.M. Carlson The Maggie Ryan Series #2

Read an excerpt:

Near an upstate New York university, June 1968.

She was dead now, no more threat. The murderer pushed aside the long dark hair and, very carefully, cut the triangle into the young cheek. Done. Now, walk to the car calmly, get in. Back to the highway, driving coolly, back in control again.

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The Christian conquerors teach that days don’t begin until midnight. The Maya know that it takes longer to hand over the burdens of time, and that the influence of the incoming god may begin at sunset. The day known as Monday, June 17, to those who count by the Gregorian calendar was pleasantly breezy, as befitted the Ixil 9 Iiq; but shortly after sunset it became one of the most tragic of Mary Beth’s life. A Mayan traditionalist might have attributed the change to the coming of that doubly unlucky day, 10 Aqbal.

But it had all begun quite cheerfully.

Maggie had borrowed Sue’s backpack in case Nick needed one for the picnic, and had packed her own and Mary Beth’s with the camp stove and the food. She hummed lightheartedly as she worked.

“You’re happy to see him, aren’t you?” Mary Beth had said, tightening the top of the salad dressing jar.

“Yes, but that’s only part of it,” Maggie had confessed. “It’s just good to know that’s behind me. It was a very bad time, and Nick was there. But I can see him now and just enjoy the friendship. The bad memories are there, way in the background, but the good ones are too. It doesn’t hurt anymore. It hurt quite a lot for a while.”

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Excerpt from Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

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But wait…There is one more by P.M. Carlson…

Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson

Murder Is Pathological

It’s 1969, in a brain research lab. The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge. Then the custodian is murdered. Maggie’s friend, actor Nick O’Connor, goes undercover to investigate, help that Maggie does not appreciate– or does she? While Nick and Maggie search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a Vietnam veteran with a brain injury.

“P.M. Carlson’s energetic and insightful novels are back in print — hallelujah!”–– Sara Paretsky

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery

Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press

Publication Date: May 28th 2013

Number of Pages: 212

ISBN: 9781932325270

Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #3

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“Murder is Pathological” by P.M. Carlson Maggie Ryan 1969 #3

Read an excerpt:

Neurology grad student Monica Bauer helps out at nursing home, 1969.

She waited. He could not summon words at will, except for the overpractised early ones–– hello, good-bye, okay. They both waited for the disconnected words to drift through his mind, waited for him to recognize the right one as it happened by.

After a while he said, “Buzzing. In, in, what is it? Not nose, not eyes.”

“Buzzing in your ears?”

“Ears. Okay. In my ears.”

“Does it hurt?”

“No, except . . .” Long pause. “Sometimes.”

“Sometimes your head hurts.”

“Yes, sometimes. Always . . . buzzing.” He leaned back, tired.

“Shall we sing a little?”

“Okay.”

He couldn’t remember words, but melodies were still easy for him. She had learned to sing “la-la-la” instead of trying to teach him to catch the elusive words. Now they sang together, her alto and his baritone blending pleasantly. It made him happy.

Finally Monica said good-bye, signed out, drove away. Mary and Jock, Bibbsy and Ted never would. Four friends, trapped by their own broken brains. Especially Ted, who still struggled courageously to fuse the bits of his shattered world into coherence. Who still remembered that things had once been different, that he had once been whole.

Maybe she would never discover anything that could help them. But with Dr. Weisen’s help, she meant to give it a damn good try.

Back in Laconia, she parked in front of her square brick house, then paused to wait for Maggie, who was at the corner mailing a letter. “Trying to send a message to the outside world?” called Monica.

“Yeah. My friend Nick.” Maggie, exuberant, sprinted from the corner, ending with a cartwheel. Then she pulled herself up with dignity and asked, “How were your friends today?”

“Soaking up sun.”

“Good for them. Listen, we’re going to the concert tonight. Can you come?”

“No, I’ve got to get back to the lab right after dinner. Have to check on those baby rats I delivered today.”

And so Monica was second on the scene. She unlocked the main door of the lab, and at the sound of her steps Norman erupted from the door of the animal quarters, gaping in terror.

“Miz Bauer! Come quick!” he pleaded. “Something terrible happened!”

Monica ran after him into one of Dr. Weisen’s animal rooms. She said, “Oh, Christ!”

In the center of the room lay a heap of slaughtered rats, their backs broken and mangled, their skulls smashed.

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Excerpt from Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Knot What You Think

 

Okay, stitchers! Today we have a quilting mystery, Knot What You Think on Cozy Prizes Friday.  I always love how quilting mysteries are so good at tying up all the loose ends!  Be sure to scroll down and find the Prize Guy to enter to win a print copy of Knot What You Think.

 

The newest member of Martha’s close-knit quilting circle has an eye for couture. But when the designer’s fingerprints are found blanketing a crime scene, Martha must prove that he didn’t have a hand in homicide! 
 
Martha Rose is alarmed by the discovery of Dolleen Doyle’s dead body, especially when evidence suggests a fellow quilter committed the crime.  Set on clearing her pal, Martha searches for answers—but with ties to a convicted fraudster’s stolen millions and a secret office room, the victim’s past raises even more questions. As Martha inches towards the culprit, she learns that wrapping the case up—and living to baste another square—will be trickier than she ever imagined . . .

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About the Author:  Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA

Mary Marks

Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

 

Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013

Book Blast Tuesday: R.L. Syme Discusses Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

 

Today Rebecca Syme visits us to talk about her new book Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron.  She has some interesting ideas about deadly baked goods and a delicious giveaway today! Scroll down to find the Prize Guy. Today he’s giving you the chance to enter to win a 15 Piece Neapolitan Macaron Collection that embodies the classic combination of Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate flavors packed into our luscious, signature Sucré macarons.  Yum.  After reading that, I may need to get a snack before I proceed on to the interview!

About R.L. Syme: Rebecca Syme writes small town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy mystery as R.L. Syme. She is a long-time foodie and loves fancy cheese. Becca calls the mountains of Montana her home and draws inspiration from the beautiful vistas and heartwarming people. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Line of Fire series of sweet romances and part of the Chick Tales series set in Somewhere, TX.

 

R.L. Syme

Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar…especially the police radar.
So when her new bakery becomes linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can’t have that.

How did you come with an idea for your book?

I was actually eating a macaron one day and I had a weird thought about what would happen if someone went through “death-by-macaron”. Not that they’re a dangerous food… it’s just my weird brain. I often think, “how would someone die while doing/eating/wearing this”. I guess that’s why I write mystery/suspense. J

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

My absolute favorite scene in this book is toward the end, so I won’t give it away, because it’s a leeeeetle bit of a spoiler. But let’s just say, Malcolm is in it. **wink**

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

I’m just about finished with the second Vangie Vale book, which will be about the Corpseless Custard, and I’m so excited for this book. It’s been even more fun for me than Murdered Macaron was.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I imagine I will write a little darker mystery series at some point. If you read an early version of this book, you know this was a little darker book originally, and after some feedback from superfans of the cozy mystery genre, I changed a few things. But at some point, I will probably write something a little more Criminal-Minds-y.

 Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

We are doing giveaways on several different blogs, aaaaaaaand, I’m super excited to announce that we’re doing a local book signing in Bozeman, Montana (the inspiration for Madison Falls, in Vangie’s series) at the Country Bookshelf indie bookstore. I’m very excited about that. The Big Sky Bakery will be catering, and we will have lots of fun!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

On Goodreads, or on Amazon. I would love to get them! I always like to hear what readers think, no matter what they thought of the book.

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Upcoming Release with Camel Press: Murder of a Good Man

I am happy to announce MURDER OF A GOOD MAN with Camel Press will be coming out January 15, 2018.   This will be my second series that takes place in Texas and the story centers around a historic hotel in an oil-bust town.

When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First, she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Turns out Nora’s mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter.

Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.

Book 1 in the Piney Woods Mystery series.

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Dadgummit

I am so excited to have Maggie Toussaint back again with her new book Dadgummit! That’s what I said–Dadgummit!

Maggie was kind enough to be interviewed for the book, so here is a little visit with Maggie, one of my favorite Georgia girls.

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Maggie Toussaint

How did you come with an idea for your book?

Thank you for having me here, Teresa. It’s always a pleasure to visit your place. Sometimes an idea appears fully formed in my head, other times a hint of the idea worries at me for days, and still other times, each small idea cascades into the next. For the book on tour now, Dadgummit, I knew I wanted my sleuth to go away on vacation because we’d already killed a pile of people in her fictional home town. And since she lived at the shore, what better vacation than going to the mountains? She’s on a fixed budget, so it had to be camping or borrowing an RV, and it couldn’t be too far because then the gas would be too much. So, the Georgia mountains. Just like that I had my setting, but what paranormal events would happen in the mountains? Then I remembered that many Native Americans remained in that area, and that the Cherokee had a wealth of folklore and legends that would work with my series. These connected ideas occurred to me much as I’ve recorded them here. One idea led to the next.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Choosing between scenes in a favorite book is very hard, but I particularly love the scene where the Nunnéhi kidnap my sleuth and her friends. It’s the first time Baxley has heard of realms being located between the living and the dead and she’s in for a big surprise.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

My muse doesn’t need encouragement to stray! You’re talking to a writer who started in romance, then wrote romantic suspense, cozy mystery, paranormal mystery, short fiction, and futuristic mystery. I’m really enjoying mystery as a writing genre right now. In addition to the Dreamwalker Series that includes Dadgummit, I’m working on novella sequels to my Cleopatra Jones Cozy Mystery Series. No Quarter, a 26,000 word novella, will be out in the Sleuthing Women II anthology this fall. Also, the last installment of my Lindsey & Ike cozy novella series will be out this fall.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

I think I’m right in the pocket now. I do not need more writing genres.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes. There is a giveaway that spans the entire Great Escapes blog tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Everywhere they can think of! Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, for starters. Mentioning a review you wrote on Facebook or Twitter is always appreciated. Maybe you have a blog – those are great places to post reviews. I love to see reviews, and I look forward to hearing what readers say about my books.

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Thank you, Maggie!  Now here’s a little more about her new book!

 

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

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Enter My Goodreads Giveaway: Till Dirt Do Us Part

I am offering a print copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part on Goodreads this month! To enter, click on the banner below and good luck!

Till Dirt Do Us Part is my seventh book in the Pecan Bayou Series and one I really enjoyed writing. I hadn’t written a Pecan Bayou novel in a couple of years, and the characters were like coming home.  Of course, I kept up with them through my contributions to the Happy Homicides Anthologies where Betsy, the Happy Hinter has more murders to solve, in fewer pages. Till Dirt Do Us Part centered around gardening and yes, I’m an amateur, but quite an often-failing gardener.

What’s that line in Steel Magnolias? Older southern ladies are supposed to grow tomatoes? Weezer words to live by.