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Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.
The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.
Character Interview: Liz McCall
Liz, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Well, my name is Elizabeth McCall. Dad thought it funny to name me after the old Betsy McCall paper dolls, but I prefer to go by Liz. Two reasons for that, really. First, I hate to be called Betsy, and second, I’m not that fond of dolls, either. Paper dolls aren’t too bad, but anything with eyes and that looks like it might come to life in the middle of the night and murder you in your sleep? Yeah, not fond of those. I guess the technical term for the fear of dolls is pediophobia, but it’s definitely a drawback when you manage a vintage toyshop.
Who’s the character in the book you get along with the best?
Oh, that’s easy. My dad. That wasn’t always the case. When I was growing up, he worked long hours (he used to be the chief of police). But after Mom passed, and later, when he was injured in the line of duty and forced to retire, we connected stronger than ever before. He’s my rock, really. I don’t know what I’d do without him and that quirky sense of humor…and those truly dreadful puns of his.
Anyone you have a conflict with?
Funny you should ask that. You never forget your childhood bullies, and mine just moved back to town and opened a comic book shop just down the street. It’s not that he competes with us—except both of us sell action figures, but it rankles me that such an odious man would have a higher rating on Yelp than we do!
Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?
She’s okay. She does have an annoying tendency to showcase my most embarrassing life moments, when I would rather sweep them under the rug. But much better than if my sister-in-law Cathy had published her version of the story. She had me dancing around the toyshop in a sheer harem costume before stumbling over a dead body.
What’s next for you?
Well, not to give too much away, but a little zinger came my way and there’s a surprise at the end of Murder on the Toy Town Express. I know that Barbara Early has plans on dealing with that for another book that comes out October, 2018.
About The Author
Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen).
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