Posted in Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery, Spotlight on December 17, 2016


What Fresh Smell (Marissa Scott Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self-Published (August 9, 2016)
Paperback: 164 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1535456913


There’s Murder in River City – Daycare that is.

When Marissa learns that a teacher at the daycare center has been murdered, she comes to the realization that she really didn’t know much about the people who worked there, especially the murdered woman. She’ll now have to manage her son, her mother, her mother’s Scottish terrier, and an ex-boyfriend as she tries to hunt down the people behind a robbery ring and the person who killed a daycare teacher. If she’s not careful, she might meet the same fate.


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Guest Post

Hello, you’ve been reading my adventures for a while now, but I’ve never had the occasion to address my fans directly. I’m thrilled for the chance to do so.

I’m Marissa Scott, the sleuth in a series of mysteries set around the place I work, Kantor’s Department Store. I’ve gotten into a bit of trouble at the store a few times. My mouth tends to run away with me – which doesn’t make me a favorite of my management. Even so, I do have a number of friends at the store, including my best friends, Ellen, the head of store security, and Anne, another working mother.

The author would always have you believe that he’s in charge, but I’ve definitely put my imprint on this series. For starters, I started out a little prickly. I’ve mellowed over time, which might be one reason why the series has taken such a long time to pick up speed. Time heals all wounds, or so they say. I’ve hopefully matured over time, and I’ve finally come to peace with the fact that my ex- will be in my life until our son is 18 – or longer. A few fans have mentioned that I seem more relaxed than I had been in earlier books.

Also, I’ve had my say on what happens in the series. For example, the author had the nerve to try to bump off one of my friends in an earlier book. I put my foot down and said that I would be far too busy grieving to finish the book and solve the crime. He finally listened; he can be as stubborn as I am at times, but I won that battle. With that argument, I was able to save my friend and have a few more adventures with her, which is always fun. I’ve had to put him straight on a few other things as well, but I don’t want to spoil the series by saying too much.

He’d also planned to make this a trilogy, like his historical mystery series. However, a fortunate short story request from Happy Homicides gave me the chance to prove I was good for a number of new stories as well. As a result, you’re going to see a few more short stories and a new novel in the not-too-distant future. I’m happy to be back for a new novel and more opportunities to solve the crimes of Cincinnati. I did point out that these books can be written far faster than the historicals. First drafts of my adventures only take a matter of weeks to complete; the historicals are measured in months if not years.

While authors will proudly tell you that they’re in charge, don’t believe it for a minute. We all know who runs the show here, and it’s not him. I hope you take some time to find my books and read one. I think you’ll enjoy it, if I do say so myself.

– Marissa Scott

About the Author

jeff_marksJeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer.  After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice.

That biography (Who Was That Lady?) encouraged him to write mystery fiction. His works include Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s, and a biography of mystery author and critic Anthony Boucher entitled Anthony Boucher. It was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony. He won a Malice Domestic Grant for The Scent of Murder, which has spurred the Marissa Scott series. What Fresh Smell is the third novel in the series.

His work has won a number of awards including the Barnes and Noble Prize and he was nominated for a Maxwell award (DWAA), an Edgar (MWA), three Agathas (Malice Domestic), two Macavity awards, and three Anthony awards (Bouchercon). Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his spouse and three dogs.



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