Monday, September 22, 2014

Guest Post Victoria Abbott

It's a great Monday when these lovely ladies are here!! Victoria Abbott stoped by to chat with us for a while!!

Hi Ladies, welcome!! I am so pleased to have you with us today!! I am a huge fan of your books and also love the covers and the story!

It never gets old!  This month marks the release of the third Book Collector mystery.  It’s just as exciting as the first one for us.  In The Wolfe Widow, our young researcher, Jordan Bingham, is enjoying her wonderful job helping the reclusive and grouchy book collector, Vera Van Alst. The job provides quaint accommodations, terrific food and a book environment. For Jordan, the first person in her large family to go straight, it is a dream come true. Then the dream turns to a nightmare when Jordan is fired, losing job, home and access to three meals a day. But worse, she is convinced that the person who has orchestrated this, a frightening woman called Muriel Delgado, is after Vera’s money, books and life. Forbidden access to Van Alst House, Jordan is helpless. Although, she does still have those lockpicks she got for her Sweet Sixteen and a resourceful nature. And lots of imaginary advice from the great Archie Goodwin, of the Nero Wolfe mysteries ( a series we loved revisiting) So maybe, just maybe Jordan can save Vera and the day.  Hint: We worked hard to make that happen.

You see, like our readers, we care about the characters and we care about the mystery and we have plotted and written for a year to create the latest installment in Jordan Kelly Bingham’s adventures.  So you can imagine, after all that, when the new book is released, it’s a reason to celebrate.  We’ll be doing that with a Book Launch Party on September 24th.  We’ve invited our friends, family, readers, librarians and booksellers.  Many of our friends are authors and they’ll be there too, as we are for their launch parties. By the way, if you live near Manotick, Ontario, you’re invited too!
We love the opportunity to celebrate not only our book, but books in general.  We are incredibly lucky in our society to have so much access to books.   In many parts of the world there are no libraries, no bookstores, no ready supply of reading material at all.  Isn’t that sad?
That’s why we value our opportunities: blogs such as this raise awareness, reviewers give us suggestions of what to buy or borrow, book lovers chat about what they’re discovered and what they’ve enjoyed. Thank you, Shelley, for being part of that great group of supporters of mystery readers and writers and for everything you do.
One of the things we like best about writing the book collector mysteries is that each book deals with a collection of books from the Golden Age of Detection: Christie, Sayers, and Rex Stout so far. In order to incorporate details from those works into our contemporary book-related mysteries, we’ve had to reread these great series.  So that means more books to celebrate. We are currently working on the fourth book collector mystery, The Marsh Madness, and rereading the many great mysteries from Ngaio Marsh’s long career. She wrote 32 books, many no longer available. Nancy, a wonderful book friend, made us a gift of twenty-nine of them. Here they are with Peachy the Pug (aka Walter in the books) Once again, we’re lucky to be surrounded by books, book people, and reading friends. Dogs too.

We think this makes ours the best job in the world.
What about you? Do you love books?  What about book events?  And let us know if you have a favorite author from the Golden Age of Detection.  And now if you’ll excuse us, we have a pile of books to read!

The Wolfe Widow: third in Victoria Abbott's book collector mystery series, coming September 2, 2014 
Don't miss The Christie Curse and The Sayers Swindle. Now available! Victoria Abbott is Mary Jane Maffini & Victoria Maffini
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up # 37

It was a great week here!! This is what you missed!

Sept 15th- Blog Tour- Unlikely Traitors
Sept 16th- Blog Tour- Lost Legacy by Annette Dashofy
Sept 17- Author Spotlight- Mary McHugh
Sept 18th- First in a New Series- Nightmares can be Murder
Sept 19th- Guest Post- Terrie Moran
Sept 20th- Book Trivia- Dean James

Books I've read:

2 ARC's

Coming this week:

Sept 22nd- Guest Post- Victoria Abbott
Sept 23rd- Book Event- Bridge of Deaths
Sept 24th- Author Spotlight- Mary Anne Edwards
Sept 25th- First in a New Series- Caught Dead Handed
Sept 26th- Blog Tour Wouldn't it be Deadly by Meg Mims
Sept 27th- Book Trivia- Annie Knox

Hope you will join us this week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Trivia hosted by Dean James

It's time for book trivia and today's host is Dean James!!

Here we go! GOOD LUCK!!!!

1.     What is the name of the bookstore in Athena?

2.    Name three mystery authors whose books Charlie mentions he’s reading in the series.

3.    What is the first name of Azalea Berry’s sister?

4.    What literary character does Charlie portray for the gala fundraiser in Out of Circulation?

5.    What is the name of Charlie’s boarder?

6.    What is the name of the owner of the French bakery in Athena?

7.    Who owns the bookstore in Athena?

8.    What is the name of the auditorium at Athena College where Laura and her students are rehearsing in File M for Murder?

The prize for trivia is.. 

an unabridged audio of either Out of Circulation or The Silence of the Library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Post with Terrie Farley Moran

I am so thrilled to have with us today the lovely Terrie Farlay Moran! I got to meet her this year at Malice and she is a wonderful person!

Welcome Terrie, so glad you can be here today!!

The Invisible Miss Marple

In the genteel drawing room, elderly Miss Jane Marple sits in her chair, hands encased in black lace, her fingers working knitting needles on a dull colored yarn. She barely participates in the conversation around her, except perhaps to ask a seemingly unimportant question. How often have you read that exact scene or one very like it?

Since her first introduction to mystery readers in the short story, “The Tuesday Night Club” published nearly ninety years ago, the amiable and omniscient Miss Marple is forever underestimated by the characters surrounding her.  The dozen or so novels which demonstrate her cunning methods of crime solving, beginning with Murder in the Vicarage, (1930) have been read in numerous languages during the ensuing decades. Even today Miss Marple books are likely available in every bookstore and library around the globe, as well as in most e-reader formats.

So what is it about Miss Marple? Why does she live forever on our bookshelves, on film and in our minds, even as gun-slinging women with exceptional physical prowess have come to prominence in the mystery world?

It is likely that Miss Marple’s near invisibility lets the reader identify in an “if she can solve the puzzle, so can I” kind of way. I know I’d be hard pressed to chase criminals around town and it isn’t likely that I could force a confession out of a villain. Miss Marple is proof that an attentive and rational intellect can be more effective than actual pugnacity. People differ extensively in degrees of brawn and physical skills but every reader has a brain and while we may not like to repeat gossip, we often listen when it comes our way. I once wrote that Miss Marple has staying power because every reader knows that within the events and conversations of each novel or short story are the subtle hints to the resolution of the mystery, and yet, no one sees the clues except, of course, the deceptively unassuming Miss Marple who infers the worst and is frequently correct.

In describing Jane Marple, her creator, Agatha Christie, wrote, “There was no unkindness in Miss Marple, she just did not trust people. Though she expected the worst, she often accepted people kindly in spite of what they were.”

Miss Marple’s quiet, almost timid, nature, peppered with clever observations, translates beautifully to video. Besides motion pictures, we viewers are fortunate to have the BBC and PBS bring Miss Marple to life, portrayed by a number of fine actresses. The ones I best remember are Margaret Rutherford who played the role in several movies when I was a child and Helen Hayes who starred in two movies in the mid-eighties. I have heard that Gracie Fields, the top grossing British actress of the 1930s was the very first to play Miss Marple, starring in a Goodyear Playhouse version of “A Murder is Announced” in 1956.  On the BBC and PBS at various times over the past twenty years, Joan Hickson played the elderly, amateur sleuth as did Geraldine McEwen and Julia McKenzie. And let’s not forget that before Angela Lansbury solved many a mystery as J.B. Fletcher, she was also Miss Marple a time or two.

Take a look at this video showing how each actress took on the modest and reticent look of the venerable Miss Marple. The final screen is a blank face with a question mark and asks who will be the
next Miss Marple. Any suggestions?

Twice short-listed for Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran’s cozy mystery novel, Well Read, Then Dead released by Berkley Prime Crime in 2014 will be followed by Caught Read Handed in 2015. Website

Thursday, September 18, 2014

First in a New Series- Nightmares can be Murder

It's time for another First in a New Series! Nightmares can be Murder by Mary Kennedy was released in September 2nd!!  Ever wonder what your dreams mean? Let the Dream Team help you out!!

Nightmares Can Be Murder

Book Description

 September 2, 2014
Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare. 

You can get Nightmares can be Murder here if you haven't already!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author Spotlight- Mary Mchugh

Happy Wednesday! I am delighted to be spotlighting Mary McHugh today! Her book Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses comes out on November 4, 2014!!

I live in Chatham, New Jersey and spend as much time in New York City as I can. I love that city! My husband and I have a date every Friday and have lunch in the city and go to a movie. especially foreign films. I love Cape Cod and hope to live there some day and look at the ocean while I write away on my laptop. I love Paris and go there whenever I can. I studied there for a year when I was very young and I even like the French. I have a one-woman act based on "How Not to Become a Little Old Lady," which I perform for women's groups and I do my impression of bacon frying, share my chocolate and wine diet, show illustrations from this book and my other humor books, and do a little tap dance at the end. I have a daughter who lives on Mercer Island, Washington and three grandsons who are perfect. My life is very full and I love talking to other writers.

You can preorder her book here:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lost Legacy by Annette Dashofy Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to have the charming Annette Dashofy here with us today! The second book in her Zoe Chambers series is out today and it is a fantastic read!!
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Lost Legacy
by Annette Dashofy

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Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (September 16, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976242
On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?
Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.
My Review: 
I couldn't put this book down! Annette has strong characters and a story line that will make you want to stay up all night reading. This is book two in the Zoe Chambers series and with the murder and plot twist you will be captivated from the start.  I am eagerly waiting the next one in this series. It sure is a hit!

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About This Author
Annette Dashofy, a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred, grew up with horses, cattle, and, yes, chickens. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service. Since then, she’s worked a variety of jobs, giving her plenty of fodder for her lifelong passion for writing. She, her husband, and their two spoiled cats live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy. Her short fiction, including a 2007 Derringer nominee, has appeared in Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, and Fish Tales: the Guppy Anthology. Her newest short story appears in the Lucky Charms Anthology.
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Twitter: @Annette_Dashofy
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