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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/

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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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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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Book Blast Tuesday: To Kill a Hummingbird

J.R. Ripley is back today with his latest, To Kill a Hummingbird, so put that sweet water in your hummingbird feeder because another great murder mystery is flapping your way!
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For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .

When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.

Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .

 

 

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About the Author

J R Ripley

J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview With June Shaw, Author of Dead on the Bayou

June Shaw

Get your glass of sweet tea because today we are chatting with June Shaw, author of Dead on the Bayou. I am intrigued by the element of twin sisters as characters.  She is from Southern Louisiana, a part of the country I am proud to have family members and I am also proud to share that we got through the entire interview without any mention of LSU.  Go June!

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How did you come up with an idea for your book?

In South Louisiana, where I live and set the Twin Sisters mystery series, countless families own fishing camps along our numerous bayous and canals. The camps are places to do nothing but relax, although most of the men and many of the women enjoy time there cooking, playing cards, fishing or hunting. The twins secretly care about the same man, who’s moved in from out of town and wants their help fixing up an old camp he purchases. None of them could imagine discovering a dead body there—the body of someone they all know. Surely none of the gators in the area could have pulled her in, done the death dance with her on the bayou’s floor—and then tied her inside the camp—could it? I thought it would be fun for readers to try to discover the killer before the twins become the next victims.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I hope readers have fun with the entire book. Most might like racing through the conflict and having them face the killer the most.

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

A FATAL ROMANCE was the first book in this series; A MANOR OF DEATH will follow DEAD ON THE BAYOU.

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

I wrote a nonfiction about my amazing mom, a children’s book (HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET GHOST) with my youngest grandchild, and a YA dystopian (JUST ONE FRIEND) with my teen granddaughters who wanted to write a book with me. All were great fun for us!

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Absolutely! An e-book of DEAD ON THE BAYOU will be given in a random drawing. Your readers can enter below!

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Reviews really help authors. If you enjoy my book, I hope you will leave one on Amazon, NOOK, iBooks, KOBO, or Goodreads.

Book Description:

It may be easier to patch up an old home than a broken heart. But along the Louisiana bayou, where beauty and danger mingle all too seamlessly, thoughts of romance may have to simmer on the back burner . . .

Twin sisters and fellow divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have established their home repair and remodeling business with an eye toward quality and personal attention. So when they’re approached by hunky Dave Price to fix up his bayou fishing camp, they’re more than happy to take the job—especially since they both secretly think he may prove to be more than just another satisfied customer . . .

The ramshackle campsite could certainly use a woman’s touch. What it does not need is a dead body—but that’s what the trio stumble across. Clearly, the poor soul was murdered—and once the town tongue-waggers get going, Sunny, Eve, and Dave come under suspicion of the police, not to mention potential clients . . .

Now, with their futures on the line, their brewing love triangle will have to wait. Helped—and harried—by the twins’ mother and her retirement home’s cadre of amateur sleuths, the trio starts snooping on their own. But when another dead body turns up, they’ll have to get their hands dirtier than a swamp-bottom snake if they hope to clear their names . . .

 

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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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Cozy Prizes Friday: Killer Party

Here is your chance to get a peek at Lynn Cahoon’s latest! Killer Party is part of Lynn’s Tourist Trap Mystery series so if you are not getting time off this summer,  pick up this book for your staycation.  Don’t forget to click on the prize guy below to enter to win an e-copy of Killer Party.

Description

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to anymore . . .

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lynn Cahoon

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

 

 

 

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