A New Eve Appel Mystery: Old Bones Never Die by Lesley A. Diehl

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Just before Walter Egret was killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.

Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.


Welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Grandy: I’m Eve’s maternal grandmother always referred to as “Grandy” by Eve, her friends and mine. I’m originally from Connecticut which is Eve’s home also. When younger, I worked for a wealthy Hartford family and fell in love with the family’s son and he with me. We didn’t marry because his family would not hear of their son marrying the hired help, although he would have gladly sacrificed his family’s support for me, but I knew it would later become a problem for us.

I raised Eve because my daughter (Eve’s mother) and my son-in-law were killed in a sailing accident. Everyone thought Eve’s subsequent rebellious behavior was because she couldn’t deal with her grief over the loss of her parents, but I knew was made of tough stuff (she’s just like me) and she would find her own way from her feelings of loss. In personality Eve and I are alike, both snoopy, in-your-face kind of women with a penchant for doing as we like. IN looks, we couldn’t be more different: I am short and chubby while Eve is tall and skinny and likes to emphasize her height by always wearing stiletto heels.

My present husband and I now run a fishing charter boat out of Key Largo, Florida, but because of Max’s recent heart attack, we are considering giving up the boat and retiring to rural Florida. Max seems to be getting into fishing the Big Lake and my freezer is full of speck, bass and catfish.

I help Eve with the consignment shop she runs with her best friend Madeleine. I have to admit that Eve needs all the help there she can get because she’s so often off chasing the bad guys around the swamps!

Who’s the character you get along with the best?

Grandy: Eve and I may lock horns because we are so alike, but I love her like mad. I get along with everyone, but I adore Nappi Napolitani, our mob boss friend. I know that sounds funny, but Nappi is a true friend, always there when you need a hand or a gun or some big guys. He’s a perfect gentleman with a flair for fashion. I’ve never seen a man dress so well or eat so neatly. He tucks into a rack of ribs and rarely leaves a trace of sauce on his lips. I feel fortunate to have him in my corner and particularly in Eve’s corner because she can get herself into some dandy jams.

Which other character do you have a conflict with?

Grandy: I’ve never been a fan of Eve’s ex-husband Jerry. I knew better than to tell her not to marry the guy, and she came to her senses and finally divorced him. He was always chasing women and finally got himself in trouble with of all people Nappi when it looked as if Jerry and Nappi’s daughter had hooked up and were pregnant. It turned out not to be true, but that’s the kind of irresponsible man Jerry is. He’s become a better person now that he’s paying off his affront to Nappi by becoming his gofer. I hope he’s learned his lesson, but I’m not convinced he’s completely over being a jerk.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of Lesley? 

Grandy: Well, now that you ask, she’s okay I guess, but she’s kind of boring. She doesn’t have the panache that Eve and I have, but she does make a good friend. I think she’s like Eve’s friend Madeleine, a nice person, dedicated to her protagonists, reliable and honest, but…boring. I can’t see her running through the swamps saving anyone, but she’s willing to have Eve do that. She has a good imagination, but no gumption when it comes to getting out there herself and chasing down any bad guys. Maybe that’s why she writes sassy protagonists. She’s got a good eye for men. She’s cooked up some mighty hunky love interests for Eve. If I didn’t have Max and I was thirty or forty years younger, I’d love a go at Alex or that handsome Miccosukee Indian, Sammy. Lucky for me, she wrote me as a pip of a grandmother with an appreciation for the male figure.

What’s next for you?

Grandy: Eve is interested in becoming a PI and that has some appeal to me. I know I’m not a youngster, but I’m better at handling a gun than Eve—actually she hates guns—and I have the same eagerness to take on people who hurt others and some of the folks around here who don’t appreciate the lovely wildness of this place and destroy living and breeding habitat for plants and animals. Well, maybe I’d do well in the environmental protection field. There’s nothing I’d like better than chasing some of these developers into the swamps and let the gators have a go at ‘em. I’m a darn good rider, too, so I’m thinking of getting myself a little cracker pony to ride while Max is out fishing the lake.


About the Author

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.

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New Beading Mystery from Janice Peacock: Off the Beadin’ Path

Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they head to the small town of Carthage to take a glass blowing class with Marco De Luca, a famous Italian glass artist. While Jax loves melting glass to make beads, she discovers that standing in front of the glass furnace’s inferno frightens her.

 

After the first night of class, Tessa sees a dead body through the water-streaked window of the studio. The next morning there’s no sign of Marco—dead or alive—and one of the studio owners is also missing. The local sheriff doesn’t take the disappearance seriously, so Jax and Tessa take matters into their own hands.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.

Off the Beadin’ Path is the third book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.


About The Author

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Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, the first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice Peacock isn’t writing about glass artists who are amateur detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several museums. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three cats, and seven chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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New Paramedic Mystery and Guest Post from Annette Dashofy

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A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods.
Inconsistencies surround the horrible accident, but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.
Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.


Guest Post: A Fish Out of Water

Last fall, I participated in a library tour as part of a local authors panel. As the only panelist writing a series, one question repeatedly directed to me was, “What would you do differently in book #1 if you could go back?”

While first creating a series character, we authors try to give them a history, some secrets, and a few loveable quirks. These get rewritten many many times over the years it takes to find a publisher. But once the book is in print, you’re locked in. No more changing a name. No more tweaking those loveable quirks, which can—over time—become annoying habits.

Kind of like with spouses.

Wait. Did I say that? Moving on…

First of all, I would not have named the county coroner Franklin Marshall. It’s a great name, except that both names could be first or last. Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers, who’s closer to him personally, thinks of him as Franklin. Chief Pete Adams thinks of him as Marshall. I fear some folks start to wonder if they’re two different guys.

Secondly, I’m not so sure if Zoe’s quirk of being a deputy coroner who can’t stand the smells in autopsy, as well as her whole inner turmoil about that career choice, was a good idea. I’ve gradually transitioned her away from the problem, although I can’t completely ignore her issues. Readers may think her growing competence has to do with her character development (and who am I to argue?), but between you and me, I simply became annoyed by what was becoming less of a quirk and more of a weakness.

The biggest change I would have made is I would have started the series earlier in Pete and Zoe’s relationship. By the time we meet them in Circle of Influence, Pete has been the police chief of rural Vance Township for a number of years, having previously been a city cop in Pittsburgh. I wish I’d shown him as more of a fish out of water playing against Zoe, the lifelong resident and farm girl.

You see, I’m really enamored of the whole fish-out-water scenario. In No Way Home, Zoe finally has a case with the coroner’s office she can dig her investigative teeth into, but her best friend Rose begs her to travel out west, where Rose’s son and his girlfriend are missing. The trip means leaving her case—and Pete—behind and plunging into the unfamiliar badlands of New Mexico where she has no sense of direction and no idea of whom she can trust.

As a lifelong Pennsylvania farmgal myself, I drew on my personal experiences from my first trip out west a few years ago. Like Zoe, I said “wow” about a hundred times, annoying the heck out of my traveling companions. Like Zoe, I had a horrible time with distance and direction. And like Zoe, I fell in love with the wide-open spaces.

Now I’m wondering if Zoe might not someday return to the Land of Enchantment. She could still be that fish out of water. After all, I’ve been out there four times now and still manage to get lost.


About The Author  

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, published by Henery Press, was afinalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. LOST LEGACY, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by BRIDGES BURNED, which has been nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel. BRIDGES was followed by WITH A VENGEANCE. NO WAY HOME is the most recent book in the series.

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New academic mystery, #Review, and character interview: The Art of Vanishing

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I’m always on the lookout for a good campus mystery, and was delighted to discover Cynthia Kuhn. She obviously knows academia, and writes about it in an entertaining and accessible way. The Art of Vanishing is a light, fun, cozy, but Kuhn has built an impressive and convincing world complete with undiscovered mystery authors and egotistical literary legends. In fact, I spent quite a few minutes searching online for a certain early-20th-century writer, only to discover Kuhn had made her up. Highly recommended!

When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.


The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.


Professor Maclean, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

LM: Hello! I’m Lila Maclean, an English professor at Stonedale University. It’s my first year here, and I’m trying to fit in.  But— just between us—it’s been a challenge.

Being the new kid is hard–do you have any supportive coworkers? 

LM: My cousin Calista—we grew up together. Never imagined back then that we’d be colleagues in the same department! Adore her.

Is there anyone on campus you don’t get along with so well?

LM: The chancellor. Let’s just say that he is very concerned with people doing whatever he wants whenever he wants it, and I’m not quite as committed to that objective.

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

LM: She sure does like to type!

What’s next for you?

Make it through the semester. Rumor has it that there are more mysteries to be solved at the university. I’m not surprised—Stonedale seems to be full of secrets!


About The Author  

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. Visit her at cynthiakuhn.net or @cynthiakuhn.

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The Blessed Event is on Kindle Monthly Deals. Only 99 cents in March!

“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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If you like Dorothy Parker, Sarah Caudwell, P.G. Wodehouse, or E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, or are in the mood for a murder in Hawaii, you’ll enjoy this tale of passion, pilferage, and petty politics in the middle of the Pacific.

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New Bread Shop Mystery and #Giveaway from Winnie Archer: Kneaded to Death

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Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Sofia, California. That is, until the thirty-six-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Solis, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car. Even more devastating, the prime suspect is Olaya Solis herself. Doubting the woman could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove her innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast!


Q: Winnie, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell us a little about your protagonist? 

A: Ivy Culpepper is a 36 year old woman who has returned home to Santa Sofia, California (from Austin, Texas) after losing her mother six months earlier. She is a little bit lost and ends up finding Olaya Solis and Penelope Branford, two women (one a feisty octogenarian) who become her family. Her brother and father, her best friend from school, and her former boyfriend, Miguel, round out the cast of characters. Ivy is confident, if a little lost, and isn’t going to let anything get in the way of what’s best for her.

Oh, and Agatha, her little fawn pug, is the current love of her life!

Q: How much of you is in Ivy? What would you think about her if you met her in real life?

A: I know I would love Ivy! I think all my protagonists are a bit autobiographical, but they also have traits that I wish I had.

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

A: Oh, definitely! If the characters were stagnant, I think the series would be boring. Kneaded to Death is the beginning of Ivy’s life in Santa Sofia. We get to see some of what came before through her flashbacks, but moving forward, she will grow and change and have life experiences, all of which will impact how and why she gets involved in the mysteries in her town.

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

A: Ha! There are some characters that have been influenced by real life people. I think that’s all I can say. And I can’t name names.

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

A: Both of my main series (Magical Dressmaking mysteries, and this one, the Bread Shop mysteries) take place in fictional towns. They are modeled after real places, but only loosely. That makes it easy to make the towns what I want them to be.

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

A: Emma Stone is a bit of an inspiration for Ivy Culpepper, so I’d want her, although her award-winning status might prevent her from taking the role. Miguel is a little tougher. He’s a bit of a blend between Enrique Iglesias and (a younger) Jeffry Dean Morgan. Penelope would be Betty White and Olaya would be Rita Moreno.

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

A: My husband never doubted my ability and wouldn’t let me quit, even when I wanted to give up. He always encouraged me to stick to my dream. I did and Kneaded to Death is my 13th book!

Worst advice? In the early days, I was encouraged to go with an agent from a big agency purely because she was more of a powerhouse. There was also an agent from a small, independent company who loved my writing and books, but I went with the advice I’d gotten and went with the big guys. I can’t say I regret it; I’m in a great place with my writing career, after all. But I do wonder how things might have played out if I’d gone with the person who truly loved my work verses the one who saw it as marketable but wasn’t really invested in it. I was a little fish in a huge ocean and it might have been nice to be a big fish in a little pond.

 


About The Author

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day, and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
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Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon. Learn more at http://melissabourbon.com.
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Aloha, Y’all: Miss Fortune Goes to Hawaii

CIA operative Fortune Redding crossed a ruthless arms dealer. Now she’s hiding out in remote Sinful, Louisiana, with a fake identity, fake hair, and a real price on her head. Now Ahmad’s men are getting close, and she has less than 24 hours to make it to the safe house in Hawaii. They’ll be looking for a woman traveling alone, so Fortune needs a companion. A respectable, low-profile, non-trigger-happy companion. Which rules out Gertie and Ida Belle. But there’s one person who might fit the bill…

Mary-Alice Arceneaux just got a big surprise for her 70th birthday–a trip to Hawaii, courtesy of young Fortune Morrow. But with bounty hunters on their trail, and family secrets lurking in the unlikeliest of places, the southernmost state has a few more surprises in store.

ALOHA, Y’ALL comes with ten authentic recipes including loco moco, Spam fried rice, and St. Charles Hotel Chicken Gumbo (original 1920 recipe).

The Miss Fortune series has been described as Miss Congeniality meets Golden Girls, a lighthearted fish out of water adventure with a dash of romance in Louisiana bayou country. Many thanks to Jana DeLeon for letting us write in her Sinful world!

 

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The Mary-Alice Files  

We first meet Mary-Alice Arceneaux in SCHOOLED, where she plays a supporting role. In MARY-ALICE MOVES IN, our heroine relocates to Sinful and takes center stage. In BAYOU BUSYBODY, Mary-Alice uses her expert knowledge (derived entirely from her mystery reading) to deal with a strange missing-person case while Ida Belle and Gertie are out of town. In THE VANISHING VICTIM, Mary-Alice is eager to join Gertie and Fortune to do whatever it takes to save Ida Belle from a terrible injustice. Now ALOHA Y’ALL takes the action from the bayous to the Big Island.


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New Bad Hair Day mystery and Tropical Treats Giveaway: Facials can be Fatal by Nancy J. Cohen

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During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa.

Facials can be Fatal

The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.


Q: Nancy, welcome back to Island Confidential! Tell us about Marla.

 A:  Marla Vail, hairstylist and amateur sleuth, owns the Cut ’N Dye Salon and Day Spa in Palm Haven, Florida. She’s married to Detective Dalton Vail. It’s a second marriage for them both, and he has a teenage daughter. They have two dogs, a golden retriever and a poodle. Marla can’t help solving crimes. Pursuing justice is a calling for her, same as making her salon clients look good. With her listening skills, she’s able to get suspects to talk, and she won’t stop until the killer is caught despite the personal risks involved. Due to a past tragedy, Marla hasn’t wanted to have children, but by Facials Can Be Fatal, she might be having a change of heart.

 

Q: How much of you is in Marla?  

 A:  Family values are important to us both, and we take our obligations seriously. Marla is a lot braver than I am, however. She goes places I wouldn’t dare and has hairdressing skills I’d dearly like to have. I can’t even wield a curling iron without tangling my hair. I’d love for her to be my stylist and friend. Her mother reminds me of my own, and her relatives share similarities with my cousins. Other characters are totally fictional but people I’d like to meet. Marla is definitely gutsier than me but she’s as well-organized and goal-driven. She cares about the people around her, and I like to think this nurturing nature comes from my former career as a registered nurse.

 

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

 A:  Most definitely. I think it’s vitally important for fictional characters to grow and change like they would in real life. Marla starts out in book one, Permed to Death, feeling guilty about a tragedy that happened when she was nineteen years old. As a result, she doesn’t want kids and seeks redemption. This drives her to solve the first mystery. In this story, she meets Detective Dalton Vail who not only has a pre-teen daughter but also has hangups of his own. The two of them have to work out their problems before they can pursue a relationship together. Their attraction grows, and as they let go of the past, they can look forward to a future together. It’s not until book ten, Shear Murder, that they get married. Marla’s attitude toward children softens as she gains affection for her stepdaughter and sees that she can juggle a family and a job. Her viewpoint expands, and Marla becomes more considerate of others as she matures. But is she able to be a good mother to an infant? Hair Brained, the sequel to Facials Can Be Fatal, answers that question, and once again Marla’s attitude evolves.

 

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

 A:  Yes, that has occurred to me. Story ideas are everywhere if you think of negative motivators like envy, greed, jealousy, and spite. Friends and relatives need to watch out for mystery authors. We might put them into our next book.

 

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

 A:  Most of my Florida settings are real. Palm Haven where Marla lives is really the town where I live but it’s been renamed. Many of the places and other towns are real. I’ve done research trips to these places and try to detail the five senses so my scenes come alive for readers. Florida has such diversity in terms of ecology and demographics that it has a wealth of material and settings. People have either been to Florida, live here, visited relatives here, come on Spring Break, or would like to retire here. Many of my readers recognize the places I mention. If something bad happens during a scene, I will rename the location but it’s often still recognizable from the description.

 

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

 A:  I’ve done a Pinterest board of possible actors. Marla is easier for me to pinpoint than Dalton. Go here to see: https://www.pinterest.com/njcohen/bad-hair-day-mysteries/  Here are the frontrunners:

For Marla: Shenae Grimes-Beech

For Dalton: Carlos Fonnegra

 

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

 A:  “Throw a lot of spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks” is good advice for a beginning writer who isn’t sure of her niche. But once you find your genre, you should stay with it to build your platform. Diverge too early, and you risk diluting your brand. Now that we have more publishing options available, I would advise writers to keep writing in the genre they love regardless of the marketplace. You need to have four or five books out there before you start to make an impact. Also keep in mind that readers love series, and so do editorial houses. Create characters and settings that you’ll want to spend time with while you build your repertoire. Once you’ve established yourself, you can think about what else you want to do.

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About The Author  

Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairdresser Marla Vail, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide on how to write a winning whodunit. 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, theme parks, cruising, and outlet shopping.

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New Mini Mystery: Murder by the Book by Devorah Fox

Murder by the Book
by Devorah Fox

Murder by the Book: A Mystery Mini
Print Length: 27 pages
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. (February 27, 2016)
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
ASIN: B01CC3NJQO

An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.

“What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats … and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com

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A New Miss Fortune Mystery Novella: The Vanishing Victim

Sinful’s newest resident, Mary-Alice Arceneaux, is starting to catch on to the fact that the Sinful Ladies’ Society does more than brew 100-proof cough syrup to sell at the church bazaar.

When her new friend Ida Belle gets into serious trouble, Mary-Alice wants to help the Sinful Ladies in their quest for justice. But this means that the unflappable Mary-Alice will have to endure a visit to the Swamp Bar (where decent ladies don’t go) and battle her vindictive cousin, Mayor Celia Arceneaux. Will Mary-Alice’s gentle temper and unshakable faith in human nature endure?

The Miss Fortune series has been described as Miss Congeniality meets Golden Girls, a lighthearted fish out of water adventure with a dash of romance in Louisiana bayou country.

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The Mary-Alice Files  

We first meet Mary-Alice Arceneaux in SCHOOLED, where she plays a supporting role. In MARY-ALICE MOVES IN, our heroine relocates to Sinful and takes center stage. In BAYOU BUSYBODY, Mary-Alice uses her expert knowledge (derived entirely from her mystery reading) to deal with a strange missing-person case while Ida Belle and Gertie are out of town. In THE VANISHING VICTIM, Mary-Alice is eager to join Gertie and Fortune to do whatever it takes to save Ida Belle from a terrible injustice.


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