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Cozy Prizes Friday: Body on Baker Street

It is Cozy Prizes Friday, my dear Watson. The game is afoot! How about an entire store dedicated to the master himself, Sherlock Holmes. Vicki Delany has come up with a cozy mystery sleuth who has the incredible memory of Sherlock, and was kind enough to answer some questions about her latest mystery,  Body on Baker Street.

  1. How did you come with an idea for your book?

I’m a cozy writer and I’m also a keen mystery reader. When I was looking for inspiration for a new series, I thought a bookstore would be fun.  The idea popped into my head: A bookstore dedicated to all things Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium.

My original intent was that the main character would be a normal cozy character. A nice young woman who owns an interesting bookshop, lives in a pleasant community (in this case, on Cape Cod), and has a circle of friends.

But, by the time I got to page two, Gemma Doyle had become “Sherlockian”.  Gemma has an amazing memory (for things she wants to remember), incredible observational skills, and a lightning fast mind. She is also, shall we say, somewhat lacking on occasion in the finer points of social skills.

  1. What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

Not to give too much away, but in Body on Baker Street Gemma decides she will have to break into the West London police station in search of evidence. Her best friend, the every-loyal, always confused Jayne Wilson isn’t pleased with that plan but she agrees to stand guard.

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

Body on Baker Street is my twenty-sixth book.  I’ve written in a wide variety of sub-genres.  I write the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin of which the third, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, will be out in November. Under the pen name of Eva Gates, I write the Lighthouse Library series which has just moved to Crooked Lane.  Look for The Spook in the Stacks sometime next spring.

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

I’ve written in several different sub-genres of crime books, including novellas for adult literacy . Now, I’m happy writing cozy mysteries and the literacy books, the latest of which is Blood and Belonging.

  1. Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

A hardcover copy of Body on Baker Street will be part of the Great Escapes Rafflecopter contest. US entries only.

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Anywhere at all! Best are Goodreads and Amazon

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Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room in anticipation of the store’s upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock’s legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table―dead.

Donald insists he didn’t do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author’s bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta’s depiction of the Great Detective. It’s up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. Under the name of Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library cozy series for Penguin Random House. Her latest book is Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane.

Vicki is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

www.vickidelany.com  Facebook:  Vicki Delany & Eva Gates  and twitter: @vickidelany and@evagatesauthor

Cozy Prizes Friday: Melinda Mullet Guest Posts on her Death Distilled Book Tour

Today we are honored to have a guest post by Melinda Mullet talking about strong women in fiction and her new cozy mystery Death Distilled. After making it through Hurricane Harvey here in Houston (ah, the alliteration fairly trips off the tongue today), the idea of a murder mystery taking place around liquor seems like a fine idea.

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Melinda Mullett

Someone asked me the other day if I had a favorite toast when raising a glass of fine whisky.  My response was this:

 

To strong women.

May we know them,

May we be them,

May we raise them.

 

I love reading about strong women and I love writing about them.  Women who refuse to be defined by others and insist on defining themselves.  The protagonist in the Whisky Business Mystery series is one of those women.  Abi Logan spent years fighting for acceptance as a female war correspondent, and eventually became a celebrated photographer and journalist.  But breaking through one barrier didn’t make it any easier for her to approach the next one – distillery owner in Scotland.  Facing threats and even murder, she stands her ground and refuses to be intimidated or defined by tradition, eventually earning the grudging respect of the whisky fraternity.

 

Art mimics life, and today a significant number of women are taking on the traditionally male dominated distilling world.  Spirit producers and blenders often have backgrounds in chemistry and engineering, and as women worldwide are being encouraged to pursue degrees in STEM fields more and more of them are finding their way into the spirits industry. Now we see female distillers, master blenders, distillery managers, engineers and brand ambassadors where ten years ago there were virtually none. For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of researching the Whisky Business series has been getting to know some of these ladies and watching them pursue their dreams and passions.

 

Abi Logan had to fight for respect in her professional life, but oddly enough stepping up to help find a killer was a less controversial move. Intelligent, insightful and shrewd, fictional female detectives are refreshingly common in the mystery genre.  These women have refused to be defined by their male counterparts and have brought their own unique skill sets to the sleuthing business.  From classics characters like Miss Marple, Harriet Vane, Nancy Drew, Adela Bradley, and Miss Fisher, to the more contemporary ladies like Lisbeth Salander, Precious Ramotswe, Modesty Blaise and Kinsey Millhone, every one of them is a fabulous model of tenacity, grit, insight, and reason.

 

I am lucky to have been inspired by all of these ladies real and fictional.  When I left my day job to try my hand at writing mystery fiction, I had no practical experience at all, just desire and inspiration.  As many of you know, it takes a certain inner strength to throw your work open to the scrutiny of others. There’s always someone eager to make you feel incompetent or inadequate to the task.  It can be a real blow to your confidence, but it’s also a valuable lesson in dogged perseverance.  This is where our role models real and fictional inspire us to stand tall and be strong.  To forge ahead even in the face of steep odds.   Perseverance, a sense of humor and a thick skin worked for me and I try to share that message with my children – when I can get them to listen.

 

As the proud mother of two wonderful teenage girls I can tell you getting them to listen can be tough.  They are witty, intelligent and creative, but it saddens me that they still often lack confidence in themselves and in their own gifts and abilities.  I try to boost their sense of self worth and to teach by example, but they still accuse me of seeing them through a mother’s rose-colored glasses.  Fortunately, there are plenty of great female, ‘non-Mom’ role models in all aspect of their lives; business, politics, science and art.  Even pop culture, once a place where women were lauded mainly for their decorative selves, is stepping up to the plate and helping to redefine how women are seen and appreciated.

 

Earlier in the summer I took my daughters to see the new Wonder Woman movie.  It wildly exceeded my expectations not just because of the first class special effects, but for the depiction of a physically and emotionally strong female superhero.  The scriptwriters did a great job of crafting a leading lady of moral fortitude and admirable physical strength without resorting to a single shot of cleavage.  The girls were inspired and so was I.  And after more than 50 years, the Doctor of Doctor Who fame will at last be a woman.  The possibility has always been there, but for many years the producers argued that the time wasn’t right.  Finally, it seems, it is.  Rock on ladies!

 

So raise a glass and toast the strong women real and fictional that inspire us and our daughters.   Ladies, channel your inner wonder woman and have fun defining your own role in this changing world.

And now, more about Death Distilled

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery.

It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep—all within the first twenty-four hours. Still, nothing’s more stressful than murder. . . .

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels—and Abi’s girlhood crush. After meeting him in person, Abi can’t say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show . . . or figuring out who’s trying to kill him. Turns out someone’s been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run. Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he’s next on the chopping block. And the band has a devil’s share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift through—all before the killer takes another shot.

Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:
SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED

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About the Author:

Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

You can find Melinda at these locations:

Webpage – http://melindamullet.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mulletmysteries/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/mulletmysteries

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: A Christmas Peril

Fall_CozyPrizesFridayAh, community theater. A hotbed of ego and illusion.  Today we have a cozy mystery that takes place during a production of A Christmas Carol. To make it even more interesting, our sleuth is an ex-cop. You can bet there will be some dramatic twists and turns in this one.

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When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.

But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.

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About the Author:

J.A. Hennrikus

J. A. Hennrikus is the author of the Theater Cop Mystery series. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Agatha-nominated Clock Shop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Hennrikus blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors, is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She is also an arts administrator who lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.JHAuthors.com.

Webpage – https://jahennrikus.com/

Wicked Cozy Authors Blog – https://wickedcozyauthors.com/ 

She tweets under @JulieHennrikus, and is on Pinterest , Instagram, and Facebook. She also blogs on Live to Write/Write to Live, and  Killer Characters on the 20th of each month.

 

 

 

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Book Blast Tuesday: Murder Wears Mittens

We have more knitters solving mysteries! Let’s head to autumn in New England–something I’ve always wanted to see– and catch up with the Seaside Knitters.

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As autumn washes over coastal Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters anticipate a relaxing off-season. But when murder shatters the peace, the craftiest bunch in town must unravel a killer’s deadly scheme . . .

After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can’t stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . .

The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victim’s hidden fortune—and her murder . . .

Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Dolores—while preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!

* Includes a knitting pattern *

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About the Author

 

Sally Goldenbaum

 

 

Sally Goldenbaum was born on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Manitowoc, WI, to a homemaker mother and a ship-building father. Although she now lives in landlocked Prairie Village, KS, her longing for lakes and the sea is satisfied in part by writing the USA Today bestselling Seaside Knitters Mystery series, set on Cape Ann, MA. She is a sometime philosophy teacher, a knitter, and an editor, and the author of more than thirty novels. Her fictional knitting friends are teaching her the intricacies of women’s friendship, the mysteries of small-town living, and the very best way to pick up dropped stitches on a lacy knit shawl.

 

Cozy Prizes Friday: A Knit Before Dying

I love it. Knitting pals solving murders. Why not? Have you ever unraveled to find a mistake in your knitting? You have to be on the ball (yarn ball) to figure that stuff out. I’ll admit I’ve probably done more unraveling than knitting in my day and those socks I planned will never warm my feet. Here’s a little bit about Sadie Hartwell’s new mystery, A Knit Before Dying.

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A new business might add some much-needed charm to downtown Dorset Falls—and draw tourists to Josie’s yarn shop. But when someone gets murdered, a close-knit community could come undone . . .

Shop owner Josie Blair is finally settling into the pace of living in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. Between running Miss Marple Knits, jumpstarting a blog, and handcrafting items with the help of her knitting pals, Josie’s too preoccupied to worry about her past in New York. And thanks to Lyndon and Harry, the owners of the brand-new antique shop next door, she has another project in her midst—repurposing a box of vintage crocheted doilies adorned with the most curious needlework . . .

But before Josie can formally welcome her neighbors, she discovers Lyndon on the floor of his shop stabbed to death by a rusty old pair of sheep shears. Police have pinned Harry as the killer, but Josie isn’t so sure. Now, she’s lacing up for another homicide investigation—and no eyelet or stitch can go unexamined, lest she herself becomes ensnared in the criminal’s deadly design . . .

INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS!

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About the Author:

Sadie Hartwell

Sadie Hartwell grew up near the Canadian border in northern New York State, where it’s cold, dark, and snowy almost half the year—a perfect environment for nurturing a simultaneous love of mystery fiction and needlework. She attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a degree in history, and has worked as a waitress, handbag designer/manufacturer, paralegal, and copy editor before turning to writing full time. Now she gets to play with yarn and make up stories whenever she wants, and wishes everyone had a job as much fun as hers.

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Webpage     Twitter – @SadieHartwell    Facebook

Goodreads Giveaway for Till Dirt Do Us Part

There are only a few days left to enter for your chance to win a print copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part on Goodreads this month! To enter, click on the banner below and good luck! It looks like a hurricane might be heading my way, so as Hurricane Hal from the Pecan Bayou Series would say, it looks like time to “hunker down”.

Till Dirt Do Us Part is my seventh book in the Pecan Bayou Series and one I really enjoyed writing.

Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!