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Book Blast Tuesday: Sleuthing Women

I love these kinds of cozy mystery collections! There are some great cozy authors in this one and today we are being visited by Carol Sabala,  who is the main character in Smoked Meat,  Vinnie Hansen’s  contribution to Sleuthing Women II.

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Please tell us about your latest adventure.

My “latest” adventure that author Vinnie Hansen decided to write about actually happened to me quite some time ago, before I became a PI, even before I solved the mystery at the posh restaurant where I work as a baker. In SMOKED MEAT, I went home for a family get-together at Christmas and all hell broke loose. It was the first “case” I ever solved.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?

At the time of SMOKED MEAT, I couldn’t confide in anyone. Everyone in the house was suspect, except, perhaps, my nine-year-old cousin.

Do you have any special skills to fight crime?

I’m smart, nosy, and physically fit. I read crime fiction and lap up non-fiction books on poisons and firearms. I’m also doggedly persistent and a master of stare downs.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?

I was just an innocent baker at Archibald’s in Santa Cruz when I went home (Ferndale, California) to spend the holiday with family and solved my first case. When Hansen first started recording my adventures in the mystery MURDER, HONEY, I was still a baker, but over the years, I trained as a private investigator. I’ve never fully gave up the bread-and-butter *wink* of my baking job, though.

What are you most frightened of in this story?

That one of my relatives is a murderer! That no one will take me seriously.

Is there anything funny that happens to you or another character in this story?

Only if you have a black sense of humor, a trait that thankfully the author and I share.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be?

Michelle Monaghan-Actress

Michelle Monaghan. She’s about the right height, age, and coloring, and can “do” gritty. But SMOKED MEAT goes back more than a decade before the last book in the series and might require a younger actress.

Do you have other mysteries you would like to tell us about? Is this the first book in the series, or have you cracked a few other cases?

SMOKED MEAT is a prequel to the Carol Sabala series, but Hansen wrote the novella last, after seven full-length mysteries. Authors! Who understands them? And that’s coming from me, a woman who used to dabble in writing screenplays.

Most of the time I investigate murders in the Santa Cruz, California area, but twice I’ve tracked down missing persons. Those cases took me to new locations. In DEATH WITH DESSERT, I traveled to Mexico and Arizona, and in BLACK BEANS & VENOM, I ventured illegally to Cuba.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?

The famous mystery author Cara Black says I have quite a mouth on me. While SMOKED MEAT can be safely read by cozy lovers with tender ears, that’s not true of all my adventures.

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add? Take Carol with a grain of salt. She likes to come off tougher than she is.

About the Author

Vinnie Hansen fled the winds of the South Dakota prairie and headed for the California coast the day after high school graduation. She attended the U.C. Irvine Writing Program and has written numerous short stories; LOST ART STREET, a cross-genre novel of mystery, murder, and moonbeams; and the Carol Sabala mystery series. The eighth installment in her series, SMOKED MEAT, appears in the best-selling anthology SLEUTHING WOMEN II: 10 MYSTERY NOVELLAS. Still sane after 27 years of teaching high school English, Vinnie has retired and lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and the requisite cat.

 

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About the Stories in Sleuthing Women II

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Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.

Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?

No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?

What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.

The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.

A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?

The Color of Fear. A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.

Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?

Some explicit language in a few of the stories.

Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder on the Toy Town Express

Today we have a mystery that takes place in a vintage toy shop! If I could reclaim a toy from my past it would probably be my Mrs. Beasley doll.  If you know what that is, then you know in my memory Mr. French is standing in the background in his white apron polishing the silverware!  I love the idea of vintage toys ❤ Barbara Early, author of Murder on the Toy Town Express has agreed to share a few words with us today about her writing process.

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Take it away…Barbara

Oh, those triangles…

Not talking about the geometric shape or the musical instrument.  But those romantic triangles that give readers delight. Or fits, depending on the reader. They’ve been a staple of the cozy mystery genre for some time now.

I have to admit, I’m a fan of a short-lived romantic triangle, so when I wrote Death of a Toy Soldier, the first book of the Vintage Toyshop series, I introduced two potential love interests. Jack Wallace is Liz McCall’s high-school sweetheart, and they’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship through the years. Ken Young is the village’s new chief of police, so I figured there’d be plenty of opportunities for their paths to cross.

Here’s the thing. While I plot the mystery in great detail, I like to allow the romantic subplot to progress naturally, organically. I give my characters the reins and I sit back and watch what happens. And I had no idea which, if any, of the men I threw at Liz in the first book would stick.

So in Murder on the Toy Town Express, while Liz is managing their vintage toy booth at a local Train and Toy show (and trying to figure out who killed her old school bully—a comic book dealer also at the show, and why two suspected mobsters are hanging around), she’s also pressed to narrow the field. Since the books are set a year apart, each during the Christmas season, it was time to make a decision.

The results surprised even me!

When I stared at what my fingers had typed, I shook my head. I even deleted a certain scene at the end twice, but it kept coming back. It was only as I wrote the third book (due out next year) that I realized the little surprise my characters cooked up had to happen.

Do you love romantic triangles? Hate them? Love to hate them? Hate to love them?

Let Barbara know how you feel about romantic triangles in the comment section. 


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Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.

Cozy Prizes Friday: Crepe Factor

Time to go to New Orleans and visit with scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand. She’s about to hit the proverbial “fork in the road” in this cozy mystery. Grab yourself a beignet and a cup of joe and let’s visit with Carmela.  Be sure to look out for the Prize Guy to enter the giveaway! Laura and Terrie are giving away paperback copies of Crepe Factor. 

 

Guest Post by Carmela Bertrand, Main Character

in Crepe Factor by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran

First of all, I’d like to thank Teresa Trent, author extraordinaire, for inviting me to be here today. Since I’m a character in a cozy mystery it feels like a nice, warm place to be.

On the other hand, I’m here to talk about murder. You see, I live in New Orleans. It’s a crazy city – we’ve got Mardi Gras, great jazz, above ground cemeteries, grand architecture, and bad behavior. Besides owning Memory Mine, a scrapbook and craft show in the French quarter, I hang out a lot with Ava Gruiex, my BFF. Ava owns Juju Voodoo, wears the tightest leather pants you’ve ever seen, and is fashion model gorgeous. But for some reason, we seem to find ourselves neck deep in trouble.

Imagine this if you will – we’re at the French Quarter Winter Marker, drinking wine and minding our own business. When, suddenly, this food reviewer (that nobody likes) staggers out from behind one of the food tents with a ginormous kitchen fork stuck in his neck!

Not our doing, of course, but somehow Quigg Brevard, one of my ex-ex-boyfriends, gets accused of the murder. I’m not exactly a trained investigator, but I can’t resist getting involved. Tracking down suspects is tough however – people seriously didn’t like this guy – so it’s not easy to sort out true motivated killers from plain old New Orleans crazy. But we soldier on and investigate, rubbing shoulders with greedy real estate developers, strange environmentalists, and seriously toxic suspects.

When things get too complicated, Ava and I enlist the aid of Squirrel and Moony, a couple of good old boys from the Baritaria Bayou, along with their motley hound dog Cooter. One things leads to another and we narrow down the killer, and then decide to make a mad dash to the ultra-fancy Hotel Vendue and confront him. When we spill out of my car onto a red carpet, looing all muddy and sun-burned, it’s a bit of a shock to the guests who are there for a fancy black tie gala.

No problem. We all rush in anyway and finger the killer, get into a knock-down-drag-out fight, and manage to topple a gigantic ice sculpture. Luckily, the cops arrive, actually believe us, and the killer is brought to justice. (Of course Cooter gets to lap up all the spilled caviar and champagne he wants.)

No matter where we are – hanging at Dr. Boogie’s Jazz Club, chasing through the bayous, eating beignets, or having a fling at a wild party, Ava and I have tons of fun throughout Crepe Factor. Probably almost as much fun as you’ll have reading it!

All my best,

Carmela Bertrand

CREPE FACTOR

Crepe Factor
(A Scrapbooking Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266717
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKY37I
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Synopsis

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!

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About The Authors

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

terrie farley moran

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

Terrie’s Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.moran.9

Blog:  www.womenofmystery.net

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran

 

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Cozy Mystery Friday: A Cajun Christmas Killing

Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s Christmas on ‘de bayou.   After marrying into a New Orleans family, I knew I wanted to review this one, so scroll down for my review. As long as you’re scrolling, keep an eye out for the Prize Guy! Today he gives you a chance to enter a giveaway for a hard copy of A Cajun Christmas Killing!

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

I’ve enjoyed the series from the beginning – the family dynamics, the clever plots, and the vivid imagery make for a compelling series for sure.
~The Girl with Book Lungs

This series has it all. Everything fun and comfortable you crave in a cozy, with enough substance to keep your mind working while you read.
~A Cozy Experience

Get ready for a fun and lively ride with the upper crust of Louisiana and just some good ‘ole folks.
~My Reading Journeys

I absolutely love this series. I’ve grown to really love the Crozat family and some of the other supporting characters in this book.
~Bookworm Cafe

I just loved the mix of strong characters, silliness, action, mystery, secrets, and drama. It all combines into a wonderful cozy mystery that I was unable to put down for even a minute. I loved it so much it gets 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I loved the Cajun country atmosphere. I have spent time in Louisiana and loved it, and the author, Ellen Byron, really captured the area’s charm so well.
~View from the Birdhouse

Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries are delightful and addictive.
~The Mysterious Ink Spot

I really love this series and I know a lot of it is tied to having family in Louisiana and I can relate/understand many of the situations and traditions but there is something about Pelican that makes me feel right at home.
~Storeybook Reviews

 

My Review:  5 Stars

This delightful cozy mystery takes place in Louisiana where along with jingle bells and Christmas trees, the holiday season means building an impressive bonfire in the shape of your business of or plantation. After the one man who will take down Maggie’s family plantation tour business ends up dead, she has to sort through a long line of suspects who might have wanted to do in the dastardly fellow. I enjoyed the characters, the authentic Cajun dishes they were constantly eating, and the pacing of this mystery. Well written.

 

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313052
E-Book ASIN: B06XW23LPG

Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.

The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.

The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

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About The Author

Body on the Bayou, the second in Ellen’s Cajun Country Mystery series, won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and was nominated for a Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award. Her debut book in the series, Plantation Shuddersmade the USA Today Bestsellers list, and was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. Ellen is also a recipient of a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant from the Malice Domestic Convention. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. As a journalist, she’s written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. A native New Yorker and graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter, and the family’s spoiled rescue dogs.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Beware of the Orchids

It’s a gardening mystery with a hunky handyman. Sounds like rich soil to me. Not only that, but you REALLY need to find the Prize Guy today. The giveaway for this one is Kindle Fire 7.  But, first here’s more about Beware the Orchids. I love this cover!

 

 

Beware the Orchids (A Shady Acres Mystery)
by Cynthia Hickey

Beware the Orchids (A Shady Acres Mystery)Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications
Release Date – February 4, 2016
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1944203061
E-BOOK ASIN: B01BI6RAGG

Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!

Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops.

About the Author

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

Website at www.cynthiahickey.com

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 Twitter: @cynthiahickey

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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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  1. Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

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.

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Book Blast Tuesday: Murder in the Dog Days

Just as the heat begins to wane, we have the cozy mystery Murder in the Dog Days! 

Murder in the Dog Days

by P.M. Carlson

Synopsis:

Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson

On a sweltering Virginia day in 1975, reporter Olivia Kerr, her husband Jerry Ryan, his very pregnant sister Maggie and her family decide to have a beach picnic. Olivia invites her colleague Dale Colby and his family to join them. At the last minute, Dale decides to stay home to pursue an important story. But when the beach-goers return, they find Dale lifeless in a pool of blood inside his locked office.

Police detective Holly Schreiner leads the investigation, battling Maggie—and demons of her own.

Don’t Miss These Great Reviews:

“An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we’ve encountered.” — Tom and Enid Schantz, The Denver Post

“A dandy locked room murder…The investigation is a dangerous one… [the] solution both surprising and satisfying” — A Suitable Job for a Woman

“A satisfying, fast-paced whodunit that also explores a range of social issues, especially the violence of war and its aftermath.” — Cynthia R. Benjamins, Fairfax Journal

“[Maggie Ryan] has been a role model for women since the beginning and I loved watching her merge marriage and children with her talent for solving mysteries!” — Margaret Maron

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: April 2014
Number of Pages: 271
ISBN13: 978-1932325379
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #6
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More: According to the author Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson does not include: Excessive Strong Language, Graphic Violence, Explicit Sexual Scenes, Rape, or other trigger situations. She does note that Murder in the Dog Days is about coping with post-traumatic stress. Vets use strong language, and have flashbacks; expect both.

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“I don’t understand!” Donna Colby cried out. Her self-control cracked. She reached toward Holly in appeal, tears starting. “It was bolted! How could anyone—even if Dale let them in, they couldn’t bolt it again after they—”

“Yes, Mrs. Colby.” Holly broke in, firm and reassuring, to deflect the outburst. “We’ll check into it. You can depend on it.”

‘Thank you,” said Donna with a little choking sound.

“Now, what did you do when you realized the door was bolted?”

“Well, he usually takes a nap. I thought maybe he was asleep.” Donna Colby was trying to revert to her numbed monotone again, but a tremor underlay her words. “Then Maggie went to look in the window and came running back in and said hurry up, we had to get the door open. So she did, and—” She stopped. The next part was the unspeakable, Holly knew. Donna Colby turned her face back to the pink flower on the back of the sofa, tracing the outline with a forefinger. “All that blood,” she murmured. “I just don’t… Why?”

“I know, Mrs. Colby.” Holly tried to keep her voice soothing in the face of the incomprehensible. A husband and father lay twisted in the den. Why? Tell me why. And the others, so many others. A flash of reds at the back of her eyes. A blue-green stench. A tiny whispered beat, ten, eleven. Twelve. No more. Hey, cut the bullshit, Schreiner. Just get the details. Ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we’re all gonna die. Holly flipped to a new page, keeping her voice colorless. “What did you do when you got the door open?”

“We all ran in—I don’t remember, it was so—I couldn’t—the blood. Maggie went to him. Sent Olivia to call an ambulance. Told me to keep the kids out, take them to the kitchen.”

Holly noted it down. This Maggie sounded like a real take-charge type. “Okay. And then what?”

“I don’t remember much. She made me leave, take care of the kids.”

“What was she doing?”

“I don’t know. There was so much…” The word escaped Donna and she stared at Holly in mute terror before finding it again, with an almost pitiful triumph. “Confusion. The men came back. Maggie will tell you,” she added hopefully, trying to be helpful. All her life, probably, being nice had kept her out of trouble. But now she’d hit the big trouble, and Holly knew that no weapons, even niceness, could help now.

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Excerpt from Murder in the Dog Days by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

 

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P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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