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 #Whisky Business Mystery and #Giveaway: Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet

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Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder.

When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.

Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an oversized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating facedown in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.


About the Author

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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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 Bed and Breakfast Mystery with author interview: Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table by Janet Finsilver

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Poisons, prophecies—and a peculiar past . . .When a local woman begins searching for a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the “Silver Sentinels,” are quick to help out. They’re also quick to guess that they’re in over their heads after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller—and a fellow Sentinel gets attacked. As Kelly juggles work and her responsibilities at a food and wine festival in town, she and her sleuthing posse must confront a killer obsessed with old secrets . . . and solve a murder mystery more than fifty years in the making.


Janet, welcome back to Island Confidential! Can you tell us a little about your protagonist, Kelly?

Janet Finsilver: Kelly Jackson was raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch that operates as a dude ranch in the summer. She tried several different careers, but none of them felt like a fit. Kelly’s thrilled when the company she works for, Resorts International, assigns her to manage Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. The town and people feel like the community she was hoping to find. Kelly experienced a bitter divorce with her best friend stealing her husband and is unwilling to get involved again.

How much of you is in Kelly? How would you feel about her if you met her in real life?

JF: I’d really like her. We share a love of animals, riding horses, and the outdoors. I used to work in education and Kelly taught school for a while. Another common interest is helping people. If I was a Redwood Cove regular, I’d introduce her to as many people as possible. We both have red hair. I’ve stood out all my life because of the color of my hair. I endured a lot of teasing as a child. I found it hard to write a character without that as part of her background.

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

JF: Yes. Kelly finds herself getting interested in Scott Thompson, an executive administrator for Resorts International. She reins her emotions in, so the relationship grows very slowly.

Helen Rogers and her ten-year-old son, Tommy, moved to Redwood Cove to work at the bed and breakfast when her husband died. She thought the small town and beautiful outdoors would be good for her son. That didn’t prove to be the case. Tommy has a slight touch of Asperger’s which makes him socially awkward. The tight group of children at the school grew up together and weren’t interested in having a newcomer join them. Through the books Helen and Tommy begin to find their place in community.

I just started book four, and I don’t know what’s ahead for the others!

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

JF: A travel agent who turned an international flight into a nightmare. Because of the type of ticketing she did, there were several places it looked like my luggage might get left behind. It was something I couldn’t fix in advance. Pleading and changes made at the airport got me through, but it was stressful.

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

JF: The setting is Mendocino, California, with the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the towering redwood trees…with a name change to Redwood Cove. I chose to have a fictitious name after attending a conference where panels talked about some of the problems that could possibly arise using a real place. I take minor liberties. I changed the name of the Mendocino Whale Festival to Whale Frolic. I kept the chowder sampling that takes place, but I made it into an evening event instead of one in the morning. I gave the airport a runway that ends at a seaside cliff which it doesn’t in real life.

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

JF: I like the “when” in your question! Thanks! I’m familiar with very few actors. I do tend to think of a young Pierce Brosnon when I picture Scott.

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

JF: The best advice is to write because you love the process. Enjoy what you’re doing. I don’t know that I’ve had any worst advice. I would caution people to beware of feedback from someone that says “you have to” do a certain a certain thing. They might be right. But sometimes the change is one that reflects how they write, not what you’re trying to accomplish.


About The Author  

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016.

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New cozy cat mystery: Purr M for Murder by T.C. LoTempio

>>>Enter to Win a Print Copy<<<Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

 


About the Author

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

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New Mystery Series set in Ireland: Dial P for Poison. (Yes, there is a nun.)

Movies. Muffins. Murder.

Maggie Doyle moved to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?

Cozy, quirky, and fun, this tongue-in-cheek mystery is a delicious introduction to the Movie Club Mysteries Series. Grab a cocktail and join Maggie as she takes her detective skills across the pond in Dial P For Poison.


About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to Ballybeg, the fictitious town in which she sets her Irish contemporary romances.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries (with occasional success) to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.

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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.
Visit Winnie online:
WinnieArcher.com

Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon. Learn more at http://melissabourbon.com.
Twitter @MelissaBourbon

 


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