Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery on September 20, 2017

Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Orange Grove Press (September 12, 2017)
Print Length: 342 pages
E-Book ASIN: B072XVHPPH

Synopsis

Was the car crash an accident or a deliberate attempt to run Marla’s friends off the road?

When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally–or Ken in the car with her–out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

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Guest Post

Killing Off a Character in Your Book by Nancy J. Cohen

Fiction readers, same as TV series fans, hate to see their favorite characters die. It could mark a series death when a writer terminates a main character like a promising romantic lead. I’d be annoyed at the writer myself and maybe wouldn’t pick up her next book. But killing off the villain or an irritating relative no one likes or a minor secondary character is acceptable, as long as it isn’t your sleuth’s faithful sidekick.

One reason I didn’t start watching Game of Thrones was because I’d heard they beheaded a character everyone liked. I didn’t want to get vested in someone only to lose him.

Reader reactions may depend upon the genre as well. In a thriller, you expect more folks to get bumped off, and a lot of the suspense comes from not knowing who will survive and who won’t. But in a romance, you don’t want to disappoint readers with an unexpected death, and the same goes for cozy mysteries. Just as you don’t kill the cat or dog in a cozy, you don’t eliminate someone readers truly adore.

In the recent Wonder Woman movie [spoiler alert!], I was shocked when Steve didn’t reappear. True, the movie’s action shifted from World War I to the present to frame the shot from the beginning, but I still felt let down. The action in the comics had taken place during World War II, and Steve played a large role in those stories. So where will this remake go now?

But other secondary characters are fair game, and I take advantage of this situation in Hair Brained, #14 in The Bad Hair Day Mysteries. The tone of this story is more somber than my prior books. This one has some humorous scenes, but the general theme could be said to enjoy what you have now because it could be gone tomorrow, and to prepare for when that day comes. I didn’t feel great pangs about killing off a secondary player. Maybe I’d never really liked the person to start. But a lot of suspense comes from the threat to a character we do hold dear. Will she or won’t she make it out alive by the story’s end?

Marla, my hairstylist sleuth, has to deal with the fallout when her friends Tally and Ken go missing in Hair Brained. She and her husband Dalton go to Tally’s house to pick up her son Luke from a babysitter. Here’s an excerpt with her reaction:

Marla slung the diaper bag’s strap over her shoulder. Holy highlights, that thing weighed a ton! How did mothers do it? Back in the living room, she shot a panicked glance at Dalton as he shut the door on the babysitter’s retreating back.

“Wait, how will I know what to do?”

Dalton rounded on her, his eyebrows arched and his gray eyes like polished pewter. “What’s there to know? You change the kid’s diapers, feed him, and put him to sleep.”

Oh, yeah. Easy for you to say. You’ve been through it once with your daughter.

“Put him to sleep in what? We don’t have a crib in our house.”

“That’s okay; we’ll rig something up that will work for tonight. This shouldn’t last too long. Tally and Ken will reappear at some point.”

“Yes, but what if they don’t? I mean, we’re not equipped to handle an infant. Our house isn’t child-proofed. We don’t have a crib or a changing table or any of the other stuff.”

“Including a car seat, now that you mention it. I’ll look in the garage. Maybe Tally’s BMW is still inside.” He loped off in that direction, hollering a few minutes later that Tally’s car was parked there, and he’d retrieve her equipment.

Meanwhile, Marla wondered what she would do if Tally failed to show up in a timely manner. She had clients scheduled at the salon, as well as other commitments.

Dear Lord. Her throat closed until she reminded herself this wasn’t about her. It was about caring for Luke.

So how do you feel about recurrent characters who die in the midst of your favorite series?

 

About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, Monday, mystery on September 18, 2017

Body on Baker Street: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

Synopsis

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.

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Stocking the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium

By Vicki Delany

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When I first had the idea of creating a cozy series around a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, I thought the idea would be fun but a bit far-fetched.   It’s been rather surprising to discover it really would be possible to have an entire store of nothing but Sherlock Holmes.

I dove into the crazy world of Sherlock, and I’ve had a lot of fun stocking my fictional shop.

First, the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  There were sixty original Sherlock Holmes stores, including four novels. Not a lot with which to stock an entire store, but the legions of books they’ve inspired is incalculable, what’s call the pastiche – novels and short story collections in which Sherlock and Dr. Watson are characters, in some form or another (e.g. Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series).  I expanded the bookshelves by including a section of Gaslight novels, meaning books set in the Victorian or Edwardian eras, most of which are mysteries (e.g. Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson or the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen). We also have a non-fiction section for books about Sir Arthur, his writing, his contemporaries, and their life and times.

And then we can stock merchandize.  DVDs of TV shows and movies, posters, life-sized cut-outs, puzzles, games, coloring books, mugs, cups, tea towels.  The list is practically endless.

All of the stuff sold in the Sherlock Holmes bookshop can be found in the real world.  All, that is, except for the books in the Hudson and Holmes series by Renalta Van Markoff, for reasons which shall become clear in Body on Baker Street, the second book in the series.

I’ve enjoyed finding Sherlock pastiche and gaslight books and dropping their names into the books. It’s been a hoot trying to match a real book to a fictional character who comes into the shop.

After engaging in a frenzy of shopping, my customers have to go someplace for refreshments and where better than next door to Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room.  There they can enjoy a cream tea or full afternoon tea, perhaps served in a Sherlock themed tea pot and cups.  Quite a few of the things Jayne serves in the tea room have been made by me at some time, or at least eaten by me!

Research is tough but someone has to do it.

About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. She is the author of twenty-three published crime novels, including standalone Gothic thrillers, the Constable Molly Smith series, and the Year Round Christmas Mysteries.  Under the pen name of Eva Gates she is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series.

The first in Vicki’s Sherlock Holmes bookshop series, Elementary She Read, will be released in March 2017 from Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery on September 17, 2017

Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)

Synopsis

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

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What’s So Funny About Murder???

Definitely nothing. Nothing is funny about murder, but I’m a huge fan of humor, so I put it in all my murder mysteries. I also apply it regularly to my life, but I especially enjoy humor in books. The little chuckles provide a break from all that tension, and it feels really good to me as a reader, so I never skip it as a writer.

Something else I love about cozy mysteries? The murder and crime scene are secondary to the story. Yes, the murder is the catalyst, but cozies aren’t really about the murder. They’re about the adventure that follows and the unraveling of a great mystery.

Which leads me to my favorite thing about cozies. An amateur sleuth always solves the crime. Someone just like me (but infinitely braver) steps in to find justice and three hundred bumbling pages later, she does it! Can you imagine solving a crime? I can’t. I don’t like rocking the boat, being nosy, pushy or too forward. But my heroines do! They love asking questions and digging around for clues. Every day heroines are smart, sassy, resourceful and so much fun. I’d read the stories of their adventures any day.

When your local librarian, consignment shop or pet boutique owner steps in to chase the clues, the results are fantastic, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

If you’re in the mood for a new author, book or series, I hope you’ll give my Kitty Couture Mysteries a try.

About the Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey.

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery on September 14, 2017

Passport to Murder (Professor Prather Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Camel Press (September 15, 2017)
Paperback: 272 pages

Synopsis

Start with an unlucky number. Throw in a romantic location. Include a dashing Frenchman and an uncompromising professor. And you have all the ingredients for a passport to murder.

This semester, it seems that Professor Prather’s dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she’s imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck in Minneapolis. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve.

When André becomes the prime suspect, Emmeline puts her research skills to good use, determined to find out who really killed the professor and spoiled their spring break plans. With thirteen travelers assembled, the possibilities are varied and villainous. Luckily, her dear friend and sidekick, Lenny Jenkins, is close by. Together, they will sort through the conflicting clues even if it costs them time, trouble, or tenure.

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A few thoughts (and a recipe!) from Mrs. Gunderson

As Emmeline’s neighbor and a general authority on Copper Bluff, South Dakota, I’m happy to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Gunderson, and I’m a stalwart of the community. Four generations of my family once farmed near Copper Bluff. However, I’m content living next to Emmeline. Her cat, Dickinson, makes it extremely difficult at times, and my dear dog, Darling, hardly knows what to do when it hisses at him. But he is such a servile animal. He endures, and so do I, despite the particular comings and goings next door. On more than one occasion Emmeline’s had the police visit, and last year, she even had a break in! Can you imagine? On our street? Such things never happened before she came, not that I’m the type of person to make assumptions. But it’s coincidental to be certain.

There are good things about living next to Emmeline, too. She’s very quiet. She doesn’t blare rap music like the young people down the street, who live closer to the college campus. I’ve seen her spend an entire day on the porch, quietly reading a book. Of course she says it’s for class, but I don’t believe all those books could be read in sixteen weeks. Sometimes it’s best to let her believe certain things, though, especially when it comes to her books. When it comes to her cooking, however, I feel brutal honesty is the best policy.

Emmeline doesn’t cook very well. I’m not being cruel; she’ll admit as much herself. I’m fairly certain they banned her meatballs from the faculty potluck. Well, they “encouraged” her to bring a dessert this year. I’ll let you decide for yourself what that means. So I’m sharing an easy recipe to one of her fall favorites: pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

Emmeline has a terrible sweet tooth. Candies, cookies, cakes. Did you know she visits St. Agnes just for the sweets? She says the Catholic Daughters bake the best seven-layer bars, though I was told by a reliable source that the Lutherans made more money on theirs at the bake sale. I said, “There’s nothing hard about baking, Emmeline! All you have to do is follow the recipe.” But I fear, like her love life, she neglects the rules. Of course, there’s that Lenny fellow, who seems patient enough, and I do hold out hope for him.

Truth be known, I’ve grown fond of Emmeline, despite her eccentricities. She’s always happy to help me, though I rarely require assistance, and I do love baking for her. She thinks everything with frosting is delicious! So I leave on lots of lights for her at night because I know she can’t sleep. I think she’s frightened in that house all alone. If she just had a dog, I know she’d feel more secure. But lights are the very best next thing, lights and the company of a nice neighbor, like me.

Mrs. Gunderson’s Pumpkin Bars

Beat together:

4 eggs

1 c. oil

1 2/3 c. sugar

1 16 oz. can of pumpkin

Add:

2 c. flour

1 tsp. of baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. of salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

Pour into an ungreased 13×9 cake pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

To make frosting, beat 3 oz. of cream cheese, ½ c. of butter (softened), 1 tsp. of vanilla, and 2 c. of powdered sugar. Spread over cooled cake.

 

About the Author

Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature. When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective.

 

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Posted in Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery, suspense on September 12, 2017

Highland Peril (A Malice Novel)
Mystery/Suspense
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (September 5, 2017)
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516100187
E-Book ASIN: B01N9GF9WF

Synopsis

Trading the urban pace of Edinburgh for a tiny village overlooking a breathtaking blue loch was a great move for budding photographer Sylvie Carmichael and her artist husband, Seamus—until a dangerous crime obscures the view . . .

Sylvie’s bucolic life along the heather-covered moors of the Highlands is a world away from the hectic energy of the city. But then a London buyer is killed after purchasing a long-lost Scottish masterpiece from Seamus’s gallery—and the painting vanishes. As suspicion clouds their new life, and their relationship, Sylvie’s search for answers plunges her into an unsolved mystery dating back to Cromwellian Scotland through World War I and beyond. And as she moves closer to the truth, Sylvie is targeted by a murderer who’s after a treasure within a treasure that could rewrite history . . . and her own future.

Guest Post

Bringing Scotland Home

I’ve been blessed to visit Scotland twice in the past several years, and both times I used part of my trip to conduct research for my newest release, Highland Peril (Book Two in the Malice series) and for Book One in the Malice series, The House on Candlewick Lane.

Scotland has become one of my favorite places in the world to visit, and each time I’m there I find about a zillion things I want to bring home to remind me of my time there. But alas, I don’t have the space or (more importantly) the money to buy all the souvenirs I would love to have, so I got thinking about the things I already have around my home that remind me of the country I love so much.

Do you love Scotland? You don’t need to visit to know you love it…you can love the landscape (through photos), the food, the literature, the history, the drink, the symbols, everything. I know I do.

So this is a bit of a photographic journey around my house, showing you the Scottish things I’ve curated without even realizing it. And I’m leaving out the clutter so you don’t have to be subjected to that. You’re welcome.

Tartans: these are photos of my favorite throw and my change purse. Do I know the names of the tartans? No. But I can love them just the same.

 

Décor: the sheep watches over my kitchen from above the cupboards and the vase of sea glass is on the mantel in the den. The sheep is a reminder of the Scottish highlands and countryside and the sea glass reminds me of the sea glass beaches in Scotland.

 

Food and libations: here we have my favorite shortbread recipe because it’s got just the right sweetness to it (and it’s foolproof) and one of my favorite ways to pretend I’m in Scotland—with a wee nip of whisky.

Is there a place you’d love to visit but haven’t gotten to yet? How about a place you love and you have visited? Placing things around your home that remind you of that special place is a wonderful way to keep hopeful dreams and fond memories alive. Find prints or photos of the places you’d love to visit and frame them. Put them on your desk or hang them on the refrigerator as a sort of visual bucket list. Is there something that symbolizes a place where you’ve been or where you’d like to go? An example would be Moroccan tiles or African masks. Buy (or even create) one that speaks to you and hang it in a place of honor.

My house would be completely without decoration if we didn’t pepper our walls and empty spaces with things that represent happy thoughts for us, whether they be dreams or memories. I encourage you to do the same. And share your photos! I’d love to see them.

I’d like to thank StoreyBook Reviews for having me here today to talk about all things Scottish. I am honored to be a guest!

And we were honored to have you here today Amy!

About the Author

Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, a novel of romantic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, a novel in the same genre set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her third novel, House of Hanging Jade, is set in Hawaii and will be released in April, 2016. She is currently working on the first book of a series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Monday, mystery, Spotlight on September 11, 2017

Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Alibi (September 5, 2017)
Print Length 300 pages

Synopsis

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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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.

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Posted in Giveaway, mystery, suspense, Thriller on September 6, 2017

THE CURSE OF SACERDOZIO

A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy

The Supremes, Book 1

by

GLEN AARON

  Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery

Publisher: BookBaby

Date of Publication: June 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 275

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In​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​books,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​seldom​ ​the​ ​intrigue​ ​of​ ​murder​ ​and​ ​of​ ​crime​ ​and​ ​punishment within​ ​the​ ​chambers.​ ​The​ ​Curse​ ​of​ ​Sacerdozio​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​death​ ​of​ ​Justice​ ​Antonin​ ​Scalia​ ​on​ ​a fictional​ ​journey​ ​that​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​turning​ ​pages.​ ​As​ ​President​ ​Trump​ ​takes​ ​power,​ ​this​ ​tale​ ​raises questions​ ​about​ ​what​ ​influences​ ​drive​ ​him​ ​in​ ​judicial​ ​appointments,​ ​while​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time entertaining​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​in​ ​a​ ​political​ ​and​ ​legal​ ​thriller.

The​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​abortion, ​ ​marriage,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​conduct​ ​of​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​Justices​ ​wrapped​ ​in judicial​ ​conspiracy​ ​to​ ​control​ ​the​ ​Court​ ​and​ ​Congress​ ​come​ ​into​ ​stark​ ​conflict.​ ​The​ ​power​ ​of​ ​the church​ ​and​ ​motivated​ ​thinking​ ​highly​ ​organized​ ​pressure​ ​groups​ ​like​ ​the​ ​Federalist​ ​Society​ ​and Opus​ ​Dei​ ​are​ ​revealed​ ​in​ ​this​ ​plot​ ​driven​ ​novel.

While​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​the​ ​protagonist,​ ​Tommy​ ​Jon,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​success​ ​story​ ​within​ ​itself,​ ​as​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first Jicarilla​ ​Apache​ ​to​ ​graduate​ ​from​ ​Harvard​ ​Law​ ​School​ ​and​ ​clerk​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Supreme​ ​Court​ ​Justice, his​ ​downfall​ ​is​ ​in​ ​contesting​ ​the​ ​judicial​ ​philosophy​ ​of​ ​Justice​ ​Sacerdozio.​ ​When​ ​the​ ​judge​ ​is found​ ​dead​ ​floating​ ​in​ ​a​ ​hot​ ​mineral​ ​pool​ ​on​ ​a​ ​ranch​ ​retreat​ ​in​ ​West​ ​Texas,​ ​Tommy​ ​Jon becomes​ ​a​ ​target​ ​of​ ​the​ ​FBI​ ​in​ ​suspicion​ ​of​ ​murder.​ ​The​ ​climax​ ​of​ ​the​ ​novel​ ​is​ ​his​ ​trial​ ​in​ ​the Federal​ ​District Court​ ​in​ ​El​ ​Paso.

Underlying​ ​the​ ​plot,​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​will​ ​realize​ ​a​ ​serious​ ​concern​ ​about​ ​just​ ​who​ ​President​ ​Trump really​ ​is.​ ​The​ ​political​ ​conspiracy​ ​that​ ​has​ ​brought​ ​the​ ​religious​ ​right​ ​and​ ​the​ ​judiciary​ ​together​ ​is unfolding​ ​and​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​fruition,​ ​now,​ ​in​ ​Washington.​ ​The​ ​Curse​ ​Of​ ​Sacerdozio​ ​is​ ​fictional​ ​in​ ​its tale​ ​but​ ​realistic​ ​in​ ​its​ ​revelations.

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Praise for The Curse of Sacerdozio

“The Curse of Sacerdozio: A Tale of Judicial Conspiracy rings through with originality, a story that will have readers gripped from beginning to end.” – Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

“The characters are all wonderful, and some are more than what they seem.” – Jay Snook

“Aaron has done his research!” – Jenn Jilks, Cottage Country Reflections

“The novel entertains as it educates allowing the reader to be both intrigued and informed.” – The Nerdy Girl Express

“Aaron displays a knack for describing and creating emotion in any event.” — Sharon Kurack, StarryMag

Glen Aaron was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Midland. In 1962, while attending Baylor, he ran for State Representative from Midland at he age of 21. He lost that election in a runoff by 42 votes. Deciding politics was not for him, he graduated Baylor with a BA and moved on to the University of Texas law school. There, he won the Moot Court competition arguing before the Supreme Court of Texas sitting en banc. After acquiring his JD, Glen spent forty years in trial law and international business and banking. Today, he lives in Midland with his wife Jane Hellinghausen and two rottweilers. He enjoys writing and working with the Permian Basin Bookies. Author of: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation — even crime; The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America’s highest ranking military officer convicted of spying; The Prison Experience; The Prison People.

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, Monday, mystery on September 4, 2017

 

Murder Wears Mittens (Seaside Knitters Society)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496711021
E-Book ASIN: B01MSVCTH9

Synopsis

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!

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Cooking and Writing…without an end in sight.

Sally Goldenbaum

I love to cook. It’s right up there with hiking in the Rockies, knitting, and walking along an ocean beach with a grandchild. My concerns and anxieties seem to melt away with the feel of a soft little hand in mine, the  sound of waves, the smell of pines — and butter in a hot frying pan.

But it was only recently, when my husband suggested that I cook the way I write mysteries, that I started thinking about my cooking in another way.

“Hmm,” I said. “I do? How?”

“Think about it,” Don said. “You start out telling me, ‘There’s nothing in the house. What should I make?’ Then you open the frig doors and stare inside for a while, one foot tapping the floor. But finally, magically, a tasty meal lands on the table, even though you didn’t have a clue what you were going to make.”

I thought about that. He might have something—about my cooking, anyway. Last night was one of those nights. I searched the cupboard, then stared into the refrigerator. A chicken breast. A bunch of kale. A sweet potato and a lonely apple. I liked the color combination, but the taste? But after a little more rummaging, I found enough to move ahead, adding, subtracting, tasting, checking the frig once more. The end result: a mounded salad of kale with nuts, apple chunks and a few other things mixed in, all tossed in olive oil and lemon juice. Chopped and roasted sweet potato and sautéed chicken slices went on top. Tasty. Even healthy.

But my husband wasn’t through.

“Okay, now think of this new book. When you started writing Murder Wears Mittens you claimed you didn’t have much to feed a mystery—a scene in a Laundromat with a little kid and the seaside knitters characters. The profile of a woman in a NYT’s book of obituaries that you couldn’t seem to let go of.”

Disparate ingredients. That’s what I had. Just like my salad. Admittedly, my goal for the meal and the novel had similarities: combine it all so it would be engaging, interesting, appealing to the senses—and have some surprises tucked in. And in the end, I definitely always want to satisfy eaters AND readers’ appetites.

“Your processes were similar, too,” he went on. (My husband, as you may have guessed, is analytical.) “Trying one thing and another, going back and adding ingredients, tasting, adding again. Exactly what you do with the mysteries. Write a few scenes, then go back and add some things. Smoothing out.”

Of course no comparisons are perfect, but he had a point.

I’ve always been a pantser as far as my writing goes—I fly by the seat of my pants. And sure enough, maybe I cook that way too. It seems to work for me, even though now and then a recipe would be nice.

It’s true in writing too. Sometimes I’m a wannabe plotter when I’m writing. It would have been nice to have known early on what the recluse in Murder Wears Mittens had in mind when she hid dollar bills all over her house.  Or why a young boy left his clothes in the dryer and then ran off as if he’d committed a crime. And where, oh where, was the boy’s mother? But the only way I could find the answers was to keep writing. And hope. (Along with a dash of faith. . .)

And likewise, wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what I needed to make a perfect meal each night? Or what it was going to taste like when I was finished?

Or would the planning and plotting take a little bit out of the mystery of discovery, the magic of cooking, the joy of writing? I think the jury is still out on that. The only thing I know for sure is that we all march to our own drummer. No method fits all.

But I do think my husband’s observation of the two methods has some merit. Which reminds me. It’s six o’clock, and I have no idea what to make for dinner.

Nor about what Nell, Birdie, Izzy, and Cass are going to do in chapter four of the next Seaside Knitters Society novel when a familiar body is found in a seaside home.

It’s all a mystery.

And my thanks to you for stopping by.

About the Author

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.

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Posted in Book Blast, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery on August 30, 2017

Murder, She Floats (A Penning Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Self Published
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Print Length: 126 pages
ASIN: B074B4J7SJ

Synopsis

It’s the end of the summer and Journalist Penelope Trubble has returned home to help her father with the Private Eye business. With a contest prize of ten thousand dollars on the line, the town is full of summer vacationers on the hunt for the rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was lost to Bohemian Lake over fifty years ago. With the help of spitfire local, Eve Berns and Cody Lumos, the town’s handsome new detective, amateur sleuth Lucky Penny takes the bait and goes diving for the story behind the legend of the million dollar coin. Unfortunately, her dive turns up more bodies than missing treasure. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she finds hidden in the sand, but will she be buried along with them?

 

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Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers. To learn more about Rachael Stapleton,

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Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Spotlight on August 29, 2017

Dead on the Bayou (A Twin Sisters Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (August 22, 2017)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516100965
E-Book ASIN: B01N3ZNZVL

Synopsis

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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june shaw

June Shaw serves her third term as Louisiana’s representative on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter. For Romance Writers of America’s South Louisiana Chapter, she is the Published Author Liaison.

She’s written for numerous periodicals and created highly-praised novels, including this first in her cozy mystery series, which Deadly Ink nominated for Best Mystery of the Year.

 

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