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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.

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

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

Cozy Prizes Friday: Dead Air and Double Dares

I’d like to welcome my guest today, Crystal Cropper. She is the main character in the new book by Janis Thornton, Dead Air and Double Dares and agreed to answer a few of my questions.  Crystal is a spunky reporter who is trying to knock something off her bucket list!  Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy! Enter to win a free copy of Dead Air and Double Dares in print or ebook form.

 

And now, Crystal tells all…

Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, has added incentive in finding out who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of the local radio station and the most reviled man in town. Horace turns up dead minutes before he is supposed to broadcast his next malicious editorial, designed to destroy yet another Elmwood luminary. Fortunately for the police department, Horace’s list of future targets provides an abundant pool of suspects. Unfortunately for Crystal, her name is at the top!

Please tell us about your latest adventure.
The only “adventure” I had planned for Memorial Day was a quick ride in a powered-parachute, so I could (1) fulfill a double dare, and (2) cross it off my bucket list. Unfortunately, plans went terribly awry when the pilot crash-landed on the courthouse lawn in the middle of the Memorial Day ceremony, slightly injuring Horace Q. Ogilvie, the most detested man in town. By the next morning, he was dead — murdered! Ogilvie, owner of the local radio station, had made a game of ruining the lives of Elmwood luminaries by revealing their secrets in his on-air editorials. As editor of the Elmwood Gazette, I naturally wanted to “help” the sheriff determine the identity Ogilvie’s killer, which shouldn’t have been difficult, considering his editorials had wrought no shortage of suspects. But the problem was, I was one of them.

Do you have any friends/sidekicks helping you out?
I have the most wonderful friends — Auggie Stillwater, the Elm County Superior Court judge; Shay Nichols, director of the Elmwood Chamber of Commerce; and Richelle Evers, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. They’re the best, and we’ll do anything for one another. In addition, there’s Gertie Tyroo, Elmwood’s premier freelance cleaning lady and my most trusted, confidential informant. Even at 80-something (she won’t tell me her exact age), she’s the best, most experienced crime-buster I’ve ever known. I have reason to suspect she’s been in the FBI’s witness protection program since 1963, but she won’t tell me that either.
Do you have any special skills to fight crime?
I spent several years as the crime beat reporter for the Los Angeles News-Tribune, I have a certificate of completion in a ladies’ self-defense course, but most useful of all, I’m persistent.

Are you a full-time detective or do you do something else?
Oh, yes, I’m definitely “something else.” My buddy, Sheriff Verlin Wallace, huffs that at me all the time. But in answer to your question, no, I’m not a full-time detective; yes, I do something else. As previously noted, I’m a full-time newspaper reporter and editor, and inherent in that job is a host of skills, including good instincts for news and a nose made to sniff out crime.

What are you most frightened of in this story?
To tell you the truth, there is a revelation in this story that utterly terrifies me, and it has nothing to do with the murder of Horace Ogilvie. Without giving away too much, I will say only that is has to do with the unexpected appearance of a person I never knew existed and never would have believed I could love so completely and so unconditionally.

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

You might think it’s funny, but I don’t find crash-landing on the courthouse lawn amid 500 men, women and children, the community band, and the American Legion firing squad particularly amusing.

If I were to choose an actor or actress to play your part in a movie, who would that be? Do you see any other characters in your story as actors or actresses that our readers might know?
As you know, I am a Boomer-aged woman, who is strong, independent, intelligent, confident, fun loving, a tad snarky, somewhat attractive, and infinitely humble. I’ve always considered myself a cross between Meryl Streep, Helen Mirran, and Cher. As for my spunky sidekick, Gertie Tyroo, I think of her as a hybrid of Ruth Gordon and “The Golden Girls’” Estelle Getty. And finally, if J.K. Simmons (of Farmers Insurance fame) would pack on a hundred pounds, he’d be a perfect Verlin Wallace.

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?
“Dead Air & Double Dares” is Book 2 in the Elmwood Confidential series. Book 1, “Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies,” was released in the fall of 2014. Crime solving is second nature to me, and I will continue to “crack cases” for as long as I am breathing. So, stay tuned. Book 3 is as near as Elmwood’s next homicide.

Do you have any final words you would like to leave with our readers?
Well, yes… There’s one lesson I took away from this case, and it’s this: Give people a chance, even those who seem beyond redemption, as did the despicable Horace Q. Ogilvie. Life is complicated, and it may be impossible to know what another person has been forced to endure or what dwells at the core of their soul. Oftentimes, when you take a moment to look deeper, you will find that all they need is a little understanding and forgiveness.

Janis Thornton

Let’s give your author a chance to speak. Anything you would like to add?

Yes … Thank you, Teresa, for inviting Crystal and me to stop by. We are thrilled about our new cozy and enormously grateful for this opportunity to tell you and your readers a bit about it. We hope you all enjoy it. Thanks again!

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Enter to Win 32+ Cozy Mysteries!

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Treble at the Jam Fest

 

Today we welcome Leslie Budewitz’s new book Treble at the Jam Fest!    Be sure to enter Leslie’s giveaway for a chance at a print copy of this brand new cozy mystery.  Scroll down to find Prize Guy to enter.

All About Treble at the Jam Fest

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident—or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

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About Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website, http://www.LeslieBudewitz.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

 

 

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Goodreads Giveaway of Color Me Dead

I am giving away one paperback copy of Color Me Dead through Goodreads! The contest ends May 31 so enter today!

Color Me Dead is the first book in the Henry Park Cozy Mystery Series. Enter for the chance to win a paperback copy.
Artist Gabby Wolfe has the ability to see not only the beauty of the living but the despair of the dead. When she returns to her childhood home in Henry Park Colorado, she is forced to bring along her younger brother Mitch. He is on a “break” from college where he was majoring in wine, women, and song. If that isn’t enough they also have Mitch’s rambunctious beagle Luigi along who prefers to spend his days wallowing in junk food. When Gabby draws the death of a young woman before it happens, she knows she must tell someone and risk a new job and her professional credibility. Will she reveal her secret in time to save the woman in the water or will it be too late?

Cozy Prizes Friday: Guest Post by Vicki Vass on Tour with Bloodline

Vicki Vass is visiting us today to talk about her new book Bloodlines. She was also kind enough to write us a little about what she reads for fun.  Don’t forget to find the Prize Guy to enter a giveaway for a coffee mug and a print copy of Bloodline.  So, take it away Vicki!

Thanks, Teresa, for letting me stop by today. I am very excited to be here and share details about my newly released paranormal cozy mystery, Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery. This book took over a year to write. While I was researching the book, I read many books for research, including a Pictorial History of Asheville, The Witches of Salem, Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachian.

I’ve returned to reading for pleasure. I always have an overtowering pile of books scattered on my bedside table, in my closet and on the bookshelf in my office. I would like to share some of what’s currently on my reading list, a very eclectic mixture.

First, I am three-quarters of the way through Sam Phillips, the biography of the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. I have been to Memphis and toured Sun Studio but was not familiar with much of Phillips’ history until I started watching the new series, Sun Records, on CMT. That led me to pick up this exhaustive biography, which includes various photos and has been very interesting for those who wish to delve into music history.

Next on my pile is Matriarch, the biography of the Queen Mother. This read was also sparked by a new series, The Crown, detailing the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s rule. I have always been intrigued by British royalty, probably inspired by my father, a history teacher. Most of my reading was about earlier Tudor royals, Elizabeth I and of course, the unfortunate wives of Henry VIII. This glimpse into the current royal family is fascinating.

I recently finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, about how women need to take more of a leadership role. I had resisted reading this one for a long time but found myself compelled to so I could partake in a discussion group with my full-time job. I found many of her theories and research very interesting and true to my experience in corporate America.

On to more hopefully pleasant reads, I, like many of you, try to take on too much which is why I found the premise of Wishful Thinking fascinating. Imagine you could time travel so you could be in two places at the same time on the same day. Well, there’s an app for that and it’s in this book. I thought this was a great look into a problem that all of us who struggle with time management issues face.

I am now starting Lilac Girls, a historical fiction novel about a socialite who helps a woman held in the notorious Concentration Camp, Ravensbruck. After seeing the Zookeeper’s wife and reading the book several years ago, I am very interested to read this novel, which has received much acclaim.

After finishing Big Little Lies, I treated myself to watching the HBO series based on the book. I actually binge watched the series in one day, all seven episodes. I couldn’t quite remember the book before watching the series but enjoyed it immensely.

So, what’s on your bookshelf? What are you reading? What types of reads do you enjoy the most?

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About This Author

Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.