#Freebie and Character Interview: The Sweet Taste of Murder

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The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead.


After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up.

Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect.

Can Elise clear her friend’s name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth?

Today’s character guest is the protagonist of The Sweet Taste of Murder, Elise.

Q: Elise, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential to give us the inside story on The Sweet Taste of Murder. Which character is your favorite (besides yourself, of course)?  

A: Lavina is totally who I want to be. She’s been my best friend since grade school and has always been there for me. I love her confidence in trying new things and pushing herself past her limits. And she’s pretty fearless! The only thing I don’t like is she’s terrible at giving beauty advice. Just because she is a fashionista doesn’t mean we all are!

Q: Which character don’t you get along with so well?

A: Well, the killer of course! hehe

Q: Who plays you in the movie version?

A: I’d love Mila Kunis to play me!

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Q: Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.

A: I actually wasn’t too much of a dog person before, or I didn’t know I was until I started the dog walking business.

Q: What do you really think of your author, CeeCee James?

A: She’s pretty good. Needs way too much coffee and chocolate to get going though. I like her running shoes.

About the author:

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CeeCee James is a wife, mom of four rambunctious kids and pet mom to two mini-dashchunds. She’s always loved to read and always had her nose in a book– getting her into trouble at school when she’d sneak it in her text books.Writing has been a life long passion. Her first works were published in middle school and she won several short story and poetry competitions through out her life. She loves writing about love, humanity’s struggles and the celebration of life. Sometimes there is beauty even in messy times. For her, writing is about taking time to savor those moments.

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Mystery Spotlight: Address to Die For

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For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . .


Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large—exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up .

About the Author


Mary Feliz has lived in five states and two countries but calls Silicon Valley home. Traveling to other areas of the United States, she’s frequently reminded that what seems normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest of the country.

A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, she strives to bring these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take these elements to a whole new level.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Authors Guild where she feels at home among those plot to kill. She’s also a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers who seem less blood-thirsty and more interested in the skeletons in the closet.

Visit Mary online at MaryFeliz.com, or follow her on Twitter @MaryFelizAuthor.

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#Giveaway and Book Blast: Planted, by C.T. Collier

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by C. T. Collier


Planted (The Penningtons Investigate)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Asdee Press (July 22, 2016)
Print Length: 309 pages


Planted is book one of the new mystery series, The Penningtons Investigate, from award-winning author C. T. Collier. The Penningtons, Lyssa and Kyle, are both PhD’s, and when their clever minds start asking questions, clever killers can’t hide.

It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger?

The Penningtons’ canvass of their quiet neighborhood turns up disturbing secrets about the family who lived in their house for decades and another ill-fated family a few doors away. No one seems to know how to contact the only sons of either family. The few facts they have about them don’t add up and, since the gun was buried about the time both young men disappeared from Tompkins Falls, the Penningtons feel compelled to find them and make sure all is well.

Lyssa follows the money story and finds twenty million dollars, a neighbor who’s not what he seems, and a long-buried rivalry. Kyle goes after homicide data in six states and finds a body. Their next surprise is a murderer who will go to any length to conceal the crime.


About The Author

C. T. Collier grew up in Seneca Falls, NY, left the area for college and jobs, and always wanted to return to the Finger Lakes. Today she lives in a beautiful small city on one of the prettiest of the Finger Lakes, not unlike fictional Tompkins Falls on lovely Chestnut Lake. Most days you’ll find her writing in her tiny office looking out on a woods populated with fox, deer, wild turkeys, and songbirds. In her career as a tech-savvy college professor she has been endlessly fascinated with campus intrigue. Entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college.

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Character Interview: The Quirky Quiz Show Caper

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Former teen idol Sandy Fairfax is a guest panelist on a TV game show—and the first category is murder!

When his kid brother, Warren, is framed for killing a college student, Sandy makes it his duty to track down the thug before the police move in. After all, Sandy did play a detective once on a hit TV show. Sandy will get right on the case—right after he visits his kids; fights with his ex; woos his hoped-to-be girlfriend, Cinnamon; and convinces his parents he should be the special entertainment at a black tie gala designed to raise funds for his father’s faltering orchestra. All this while he and his biggest fan attempt to “Raise The Stakes” on a rigged quiz show where––wonder of wonders––the murder victim had recently been a contestant. Sandy’s ready to pull out some of his long blond hair as the game points and the suspects pile up.

Today we have Sandy Fairfax as our guest.

Q: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself—maybe something they might not guess

 I’m Sandy Fairfax, a 38-year-old former teen idol. That’s my stage name. My real name is Stanford Ernest Farmington Jr. In the late 1970s I starred in the TV show “Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth” for four seasons, along with two feature films. My career hit the skids when my show ended and my recording contract ran out. For a number of years I didn’t do much except drink, but now I’m clean and sober and making a comeback. I’m also reconnecting with my family and seeing my kids more, which unfortunately also means talking to my ex more. What readers might not know is that I started singing with a boys’ choir at church. That was a great experience. I got used to performing in public and it also exposed me to some great classical music. Of course that gig ended when I hit puberty. I never joined a school choir, probably because I was busy with piano and violin lessons and recitals. I didn’t start singing again professionally until I joined a rock band in college and from there to solo shows.

Q: Who’s the character do you get along with best? 

That’s easy. In the second book of my series I met Cinnamon Lovett who not only became the choreographer for my shows but is now my girlfriend. Besides being drop-dead gorgeous she’s smart, funny, sensitive and caring. She doesn’t fawn over my like many women but treats me like a friend and equal. She’s worked in the entertainment business so she isn’t impressed by celebrities. And she doesn’t mind telling me off if she’s unhappy.

Q: Which other character do you have a conflict with?

 My brother, Warren Farmington, is the poster child of the family and I’m the black sheep. I haven’t seen him in ages and now he resents me trying to wheedle my way back into the family fold. He finished graduate school and puts me down because I dropped out of college to pursue fame and fortune. I think he’s jealous of my teen idol fame but he won’t admit it. He makes fun of my former rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, even though my life has calmed down since. But Warren had to swallow his pride when someone framed him in the murder of one of his students and yours truly came to his aid to clear his name.

Q: Just between you and me what do you really think of your author, Sally Carpenter?

She’s a typical fanatic, er, fan, the kind who’s in the front row of my concerts screaming her head off at me. She shares too much information about me to the readers. Hey, even celebrities deserve a little privacy. I’m annoyed that after four books I still haven’t had a really torrid love scene. I’m not a monk, you know. And what is with these death traps? In every book the bad guy comes close to killing me off. Nobody’s safe around this author.

Q: What’s next for you?

Thankfully, my author is letting me take a break while she starts a new series. Whew! Now I can finally get in some serious time in with my girlfriend and not worry about a murderer looking to put me six feet under.



Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, Calif. She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

The Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series is comprised of: “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), “The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper” and “The Quirky Quiz ShowCaper.”

To atone for her sins of killing fictional people, she also writes the monthly Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers.

She blogs at http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com and ladiesofmystery.com.


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The Blessed Event, a Professor Molly Mystery

You may wonder what my least-favorite student was doing in my living room. In a twist of fate that might seem hilarious if it happened to someone else, he was now my stepson.

Professor Molly Barda is looking forward to a quiet summer in Mahina, Hawaii, working on her research and adjusting to married life. But when a visit from her new husband’s relatives coincides with a murder, Molly wonders what she’s married into–and realizes she might have a killer under her roof.

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Character Interview: Martha Rose of Something’s Knot Kosher (A Quilting Mystery)

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When Birdie Watson’s husband Russell is killed during a bank robbery, Martha just wants to support her grieving friend. But en route to the burial plot in Oregon, Martha makes a harrowing discovery about the casket’s contents–instead of Russell, she finds an unidentified man. Now Martha and her quilting klatch can’t rest in peace until they unspool the truth behind the macabre mix up. . .


Amateur sleuth Martha Rose stopped by Island Confidential to chat about her character and her role in Mary Marks’ latest quilting mystery.

Q: Aloha, and thanks for stopping by! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something readers might not guess?

First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to be here today.

My name is Martha Rose and here are some things readers don’t know about me: I hate broccoli and love Project Runway.  It’s the sewing that fascinates me. Although I own a computer, current technology intimidates me, so I rely a lot on my friend Lucy’s expertise.

Q: Who’s the character you get along with the best? Why?

This is an easy question to answer. Lucy Mondello has been my best friend since I moved to Encino seventeen years ago. She and her husband Ray are from Wyoming and are as down to earth as you can get.

We see each other at least once a week for quilting and talk on the phone almost every day. She’s stuck with me through the ups and downs of my love life, and helped me with a couple of murder investigations.  I can always count on her.

Q:  Which other character do you have a conflict with? Why?

I have an ongoing conflict with Detective Noah Kaplan who personifies everything I detest. He displays the arrogance of a misogynist, and tends to abuse his position of power. Women have had to battle against men like this for ages. Maybe Kaplan’s just demonstrating the callowness of youth. If so, I’m hoping one day he’ll get over himself.

Q:  Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

Mary Marks didn’t publish her first novel until she was 70 years old. I think that demonstrates it’s never too late to pursue a dream and try something new. Perhaps that can be an inspiration for readers young and old.

Q: What’s next for you?

There’s an old Yiddish saying, “Man plans and God laughs.” I really never intended to discover dead bodies and solve murders. That’s just a thing that kept happening to me. I basically want a quiet life sewing quilts with my friends. At least that’s the plan.

And just between you and me, I’m thinking of making a deeper commitment to Crusher.



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 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 atwww.nyjournalofbooks.com.


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Guest Post: Glenn Nilson, Author of Murder on the Mother Road, A Bobby Navarro Mystery

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Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66.

Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an “interview”. Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that’s just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner’s cooks. The staff don’t think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.

Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.

Why Mysteries? By Glenn Nilson

Why mysteries? I love books I’ve read in other genres, especially some of the classics. However, I sometimes feel a particular mainstream literary work takes too much time getting into the story, or diverges too far with background, and description. Mysteries get to the story right away, and never stray too far from telling it. Necessary description and background get put in, but only that essential to the reader’s understanding.  We are made aware of the problem to be solved, and know who is going to have to solve it. Most importantly, the story MOVES.

I can read a mystery with confidence the hero will ultimately triumph, or at least survive, but I care that the hero makes it through. I care about some of the other characters as well. Sometimes, I even care about the villain. That’s because a good mystery tells a story about life, people and the problems and crises that arise. I’ve encountered fears and crises in my own life, and been challenged by a personal villain or two. A good story helps sustain me in thinking fighting the good fight is possible, and the bad guys don’t always win. To put the matter another way, all good stories are about people we can care about, facing problems, challenges and crises we can, in some way, relate to. A good mystery just seems to get the job done better.

When I was trying to think of a mystery series to write, my wife said I had ridden across country by motorcycle a number of times and should write about a biker. Once she pointed it out, it seemed obvious. He could be like one of the characters in the old Route 66 television show who helped out people they met in their journeys. I liked the idea that my hero could be compassionate toward others. I liked the idea that he could ride into town, a stranger to everyone there, get caught up in some event, and make a difference. Then, like a hero from an old western movie, get on his bike and ride on. It was a romantic image, but it appealed to me. In this series, life’s problems could be boiled down to a good guy – bad guy confrontation, and the good guy could win.

My hero, Bobby Navarro, wins his challenges by solving murders. He is a lone biker, who may be riding away from his past, or riding in search of someone or something he can make a permanent part of his future. Whatever his personal quest, he meets people in a community not his own who are torn apart by the murder of someone who was a part of that community, killed by someone else who was also a part of the community. Bobby is an outsider, but one at least some of the people can trust and rely on. He can make a difference. Bobby Navarro’s stories are about people, communities, landscapes, and what happens when lives are torn by tragedy and crisis. They’re mysteries, and I love writing mysteries.

Glenn grew up on a farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, hiking, hunting, even panning for gold. After college, he served as an officer in the Navy, then earned a doctorate in sociology and taught at a branch of the State University in Connecticut. There, he developed, directed and taught a criminal justice program. Upon retirement, the West drew him back, this time to New Mexico, the setting for his first novel, Murder on Route 66. Currently, Glenn divides his time between living in rural Florida and up-state New York, writing and refurbishing an 1870’s-era, creek-side cottage. Whenever possible, he enjoys cooking, riding his own motorcycle and camping.

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Author Interview: Alice Loweecey, Nun but the Brave

>>>Enter to win an advance reader copy (U.S. only)<<<Giulia Driscoll’s sister-in-law barges into Driscoll Investigations and promptly passes out from OD’ing on an unknown drug. Two OD’d teenagers are found dead behind the police station. DI’s new client insists her missing twin sister is not dead and enlists Giulia as the “Missing Person Whisperer.” Hooray for steady work?


The missing sister’s trail leads to married, pregnant, ex-nun Giulia’s first experience with online dating sites, to the delight of her husband and employees. Those dates lead her to local Doomsday Preppers. They grow their own everything, and that everything may be connected to the drugs, her sister-in-law, and the missing twin. These Preppers are about to learn the true meaning of doom.

Q: Alice, it’s great to have you back at Island Confidential! For those readers who are not familiar with Giulia, can you tell us a little bit about her? 

A: Giulia is a former nun who sort of fell into sleuthing when she was hired by Frank Driscoll, the owner of Driscoll Investigations. People tended to talk to her about everything and she discovered a talent for sleuthing. Fast-forward a few years and now she and Frank are married. He rehabbed his knee (car chase crash) and is back on the police force and she’s the owner of DI. She’s also pregnant with their first child, which is adding a whole bunch of new challenges to the detecting business.

Q: How much of you is in Giulia? How would you feel about her if you met her in real life?

A: Giulia and I are very different people. The only attributes we share are gardening, cooking, and our former nun-ness.

When I first started writing Giulia, I thought she was way to stuffy to ever want to meet in person. She’s eased up on the stuffiness now, so we might be able to share conversation and coffee. She’s welcome to the flavored coffee, though. I drink mine strong and black.

Q: Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

A: Absolutely. In addition to Giulia becoming more human, Frank is less uptight and worried about proving to his extended family he can make it on his own (because he has). Sidney, Giulia’s all natural earth mother admin is still a perky Christmas elf, but she’s more practical now and even a wee bit cynical. A very wee bit. Zane, Giulia’s MIT genius admin, started out hardly able to have a casual conversation with another human. Part of that was genius geek, part was two years in telemarketing hell. Now he makes the occasional joke with Sidney and even with the boss (Giulia) on rare occasions. He even goes undercover and loves it.

Q: Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?

A: No. I have made people who’ve stabbed me in the back in real life into extremely unlikeable characters. It’s quite cathartic.

Q: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

A: I’m all about the research. Cottonwood, Pennsylvania is a fictional suburb of Pittsburgh, but my characters travel to actual places all the time. Google Earth is my friend, because I can’t physically drive to all those Pennsylvania locations and still have time to write. Plus my cats demand to get fed every once in a while.

Q: When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

A: Oh, from your lips to God’s ears, please! *cough* Hallmark Mysteries *cough*
Giulia: Jenn Proske (Vampires Suck and Graceland)
Frank: Arthur Darvill (Rory was the best and most underrated Doctor Who companion ever.)
Sidney: Christina Milian (I loved her in Pulse and am very interested to see her as Magenta in the Rocky Horror remake. Trivia: Soon after I jumped the wall I was a Transylvanian in a local stage production of Rocky Horror.)
Zane: Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy and Troy)

Q: What’s the worst and the best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

A: The worst: “You’re so good at dialogue; why don’t you write screenplays?” When this was said to me I was at the “Maybe I can’t even write a decent grocery list” stage of the agent hunt. Screenplay writing is a huge leap from novel writing and I knew the learning curve would be steep. I decided to give the novel side of writing a bit longer. Shortly after that decision I landed an agent and my debut book deal. So for me at that stage of things, the advice would have set me back more than a year. Who knows what would have happened if I’d switched to screenplays? But I don’t live in Los Angeles or New York and I’m quite happy writing novels. When (never “if”!) the books get picked up for TV or movies, I’ll be happy to consult.

The best advice is from Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel (this is a paraphrase): “Think of the worst thing that can happen to your character. Now do it to them.” My Giulia Driscoll mysteries are light and funny, but this advice still applies. I also write horror under the pen name Kate Morgan. I’d shopped my novel The Redeemers around for a long time. When I read that advice, I rewrote it for a fifth time (no joke), which darkened the main character’s motivations. I sold the novel.

About The Author  

Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer Horror and Scooby-Doo Mysteries, which might explain a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).




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Character Interview: Francine from Murder Under the Covered Bridge

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Working on a television taping to promote the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, the ladies decide to use their access to the Roseville Bridge to cross an item off Charlotte’s bucket list: #39) Be a Sexy Calendar Girl.

But the photo shoot is interrupted by gunshots and Francine’s cousin William stumbling down the riverbank followed by a man with a gun. William sustains life-threatening injuries, but is it homicide?

Francine and Charlotte go into detective mode to uncover the secret William knew about the shooter. Their success, however, depends on surviving two arson events, a séance, a shortage of Mary Ruth’s wildly popular corn fritter donuts, memory-challenged nursing home residents, and a killer who refuses to go up in flames.


Q: Aloha, and welcome to Island Confidential. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something they might not guess?

A: I’m Francine McNamara. I’m 71 years old, and I’ve seen a lot in my lifetime. Certainly my thirty years as a nurse have contributed to that, but ever since Charlotte (my best friend) persuaded each member of our bridge club to come up with a list of sixty bucket list items we’d like to accomplish before we die, life has gotten very interesting. We can’t seem to shake the press from our attempts. It doesn’t help, either, that one of our own members, Joy McQueen, is now a correspondent with Good Morning America reporting on senior activities. Her publicist always wants us in the news. Even given this, it would be a lot easier if didn’t seem to be stumbling over dead bodies at an alarming rate. Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote has nothing on us, that’s for sure!

But you asked for information about me, didn’t you? Well, I’ve got a husband. We’ve been married for forty-five years now. His name is Jonathan, and he’s a hunk. Even in his seventies, I still find him to be a handsome man. We have three adult sons, Craig, Adam, and Chad. They’re all married and I couldn’t be happier with my daughters-in-law. Okay, that’s not quite true, but I’ve learned over the years not to squabble with the mothers of my grandchildren. And I’d love to tell you about my grandchildren, but I understand you don’t have that long.

So, you asked for some things readers might not know about me. I like puzzles a lot. I don’t talk about it much, but there’s something comforting to me about doing Sudoku. Numbers have always made a lot of sense to me. When I manage to get the lines and boxes of numbers 1-9 together, and they harmoniously live each in their own place, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I always note that my friend Charlotte likes crossword puzzles and reading mysteries and that’s why she wants to solve them, but I’m probably not far behind her.

Q: Who’s the character you get along with the best? Why?

A: I’d like to say that I get along best with Charlotte, but the truth is that while she’s my best friend and I wouldn’t trade our relationship for anything else, I probably get along with Mary Ruth the best. Mary Ruth is a caterer and I love making (and eating) good food. I frequently help her, either in the kitchen or acting as one of her servers, and I enjoy doing that a lot. It’s a good thing I exercise every day and still have a good metabolism, or I’d be gaining weight!

Q:  Anyone you don’t get along with so well? 

A: Well, Charlotte and I are best friends, as I said, but we frequently disagree over the nature of these investigations we keep finding ourselves in. Really, I’m just trying to keep her out of trouble. She’s terribly impulsive, and I have to control that or she’d find herself in over her head. Of course, she’d probably say I’m not free-thinking enough and that I constrain her ability to get things done. Maybe we’re just a good balance for each other.

Q:  Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

A: Liz is such a dear. I’d love to have her for a granddaughter! Tony’s a good guy, but he doesn’t know enough about women. It’s a good thing Liz is around to tell him that a woman would never think a certain way. Tony also works too hard to make us look good. He wants everyone to love us, and really, we’re just human. We have as many uncharitable thoughts as the next person, but he’s always trying to hide those kind of things from you readers. Sometimes we just have to insist he let us think the thoughts that we have.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: As you might know if you’ve been reading our adventures, Jonathan and I are working on building a vacation/retreat home for ourselves on the 300 acres I inherited in Parke County, Indiana. There are secrets out there I’m sure we’ve yet to discover. I’m intrigued by the thought that my ancestor Doc Wheat may have located a second spring whose waters are an essential ingredient to the special cures he left us formulas for. I must locate that spring …


Murder on the Bucket List Tony & Liz

About The Authors 

Elizabeth Perona is the father/daughter writing team of Tony Perona and Liz Dombrosky. Tony is the author of the Nick Bertetto mystery series, the standalone thriller The Final Mayan Prophecy (with Paul Skorich), and co-editor and contributor to the anthologies Racing Can Be Murder and Hoosier Hoops & Hijinks. Tony is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served the organization as a member of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He is also a member of Sisters-in-Crime.

Liz Dombrosky graduated from Ball State University in the Honors College with a degree in teaching. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. Murder on the Bucket List is her first novel.

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New Bakery Cozy: Bring Your Own Baker

Anna just wants to earn enough money on the side to buy into the bakery, Callie’s Cakes, where she works together with her best nerd pal, Callie. The last thing she expects to see when she walks into Arthur’s apartment to do some moonlighting is a blood bath.


Callie’s ready to jump into the investigation of Arthur’s murder, and she’s bringing another bakery worker, Kristie, into their hijinks whether Kristie wants to or not. But things aren’t as they seem. There are gang affiliations, illegal gambling dens, and ladies of the night to wade through. Will Anna and Callie discover who murdered Arthur, or will Callie’s detective boyfriend and Anna’s self-appointed protector put a stop to such aspirations?

Come join us at Callie’s Cakes, where murder investigations are on the menu, but make sure to bring your own baker, because Anna’s a bit preoccupied at the moment.

About the Author

I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage every once in a while to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. Another job change, this time from lawyer to B&B owner and I was again fed up and ready to scream I quit, which is incredibly difficult when you own the business. Thus, I shut the B&B during the week and in the off-season and started writing. Several books later I find myself in Istanbul writing full-time.

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