New Hamptons Murder Mystery: Death on West End Road by Carrie Doyle

Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. The crime scene is compromised, the circumstances are complicated, and former witnesses are cagey, haunted and very reluctant to revisit what happened on that sun-splashed afternoon decades earlier. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.

Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover.

Praise for Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle:
“Doyle is an enthusiastic guide for Long Island’s East End village…fun and satisfying”
–Kirkus Reviews

“…a fast-paced, cozy mystery story set within the well-heeled confines of East Hampton, New York…[it] will keep audiences guessing right up until the end…”
–Foreword reviews


Island Confidential: Antonia, welcome back to Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers something about yourself that we might not know?

Antonia Bingham: Despite the fact that I am chatty and love to engage with people I actually can be quite secretive. I think the readers would be shocked to know that I am planning a trip. Pretty soon I will be heading back to California and I will confront my past. It’s time that I come face to face with my fears and ensure that my ex-husband will never harm me again or anyone else for that matter. No one who knows me would imagine that I am planning this, and if they knew they would surely stop me. That’s why no one can know.

Are you and Joseph Fowler still on good terms? Does he have any competition in the BFF department?

AB: Joseph Fowler, the acclaimed author of many award winning historical novels is my best friend and really like a father to me. I am so lucky I have him in my life. But recently, believe it or not, Larry Lipper, the annoying crime reporter from The East Hampton Star, has been instrumental to me. Now I definitely do not want to say we get along best—he’s irritating, vain, narcissistic and believes every woman is in love with him. But actually, I was recently asked to solve a cold case and it was Larry who was my wingman. He helped me more than I could imagine.

Now that you and Larry seem to have declared a truce, is there any other character do you have a conflict with? 

AB: I have a one-sided imaginary conflict with Melanie Wells, a famous actress and the wife of Nick Darrow, the famous actor. The truth is, I have a giant crush on him and wish she were not around. I know that’s terrible, terrible! But they have such a toxic relationship to begin with that it makes me angry. I despise how she treats him. Okay, of course I only know his side of things. But still. Look, I know I am no competition to a gorgeous movie star, but a girl can dream, right?

Last time we spoke, your told me your author, Carrie Doyle, was procrastinating. But now it sounds like she’s been working hard and might want to take a little time for herself!

AB: I think that like me, she spent too much time in the kitchen this year and needs to get out and enjoy the sun! East Hampton is beautiful so I would encourage her to take a bike ride or go for a swim in the ocean. There is so much to see and do away from the desk and the computer and summer is so short!

What’s next for you?

AB: A mysterious man has booked the inn for a weekend and several guests will be joining him. They are all addressed by pseudonyms. It all sounds very creepy and dramatic but I am looking forward to it!


About the Author:

 

Carrie Doyle was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine. She is currently a Contributing Editor of Hamptons Magazine and has written extensively for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and has also written for Women’s Health and Avenue on the Beach. With Jill Kargman, Carrie co-wrote the film Intern (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999), as well as several screenplays sold to Showtime, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films and the Oxygen Network. Carrie and Jill co-wrote five books together, including three teen books for HarperCollins and two bestselling women’s fiction books, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing (Broadway Books). Carrie also penned the popular novel The Infidelity Pact (Broadway Books). Carrie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on an animated series for broadcast as well as her new series, the Hamptons Murder Mysteries.

 

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Springtime in the Hamptons comes late, but it’s worth it! Brisk walks on the bright chilly beach, cinnamon buns at tea time, blooming forsythia and….murder?

Innkeeper Antonia Bingham has hit her stride as the proprietor of East Hampton’s Windmill Inn. After solving a series of murders, Antonia has taken on more work as an estate manager, giving her entree her into some of the area’s most glamorous homes. Once inside, Antonia checks the heat, looks for leaks or damage, and finds the occasional dead body. As the police can’t be trusted, it’s up to Antonia—a modern day Miss Marple, with an overly enthusiastic adoration of carbs and a kamikaze love-life—to put her skills of deduction to use. Nestle in with a steaming mug of your favorite tea and get ready to peek behind the gates of the mansions of the Hamptons, as Antonia Bingham solves another shocking and devastating murder.


Q: Antonia, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

AB: Although I am exceedingly unfit and possess no discernible athletic prowess I actually ran track in high school, albeit briefly. I think I was pretty good at it for those fleeting years, but then I got shin splits and chucked my racing career (not after lots of daydreams imagining myself running marathons and winning Olympic medals.)

I also have a terrible singing voice, which also held me back on a possible career. Once I was on an airplane with my parents when I was about ten, and we sat next to the casting director of the Broadway Musical “Annie.” She said I would make a terrific orphan (for some reason my mother was offended by that.) I was dying to audition, but the problem was, I can’t sing at all. I’m totally tone-deaf. It was a non-starter.

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

AB: I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Joseph Fowler, a renowned author of historical fiction, a few years ago. Joseph and I both came into one another’s lives when we were in need of a good friend. I had recently moved to East Hampton and purchased The Windmill Inn and had opened a restaurant. I was wallowing in self-doubt and felt like I was sinking. Joseph was among my first customers at the restaurant. He was recently widowed and was getting used to life on his own. Needless to say, both of our lives had changed dramatically and we needed emotional support and friendship. Joseph is a tremendous cheerleader of mine and has become something of a father figure for me. (The fact that he reminds me so much of my late father also helps!) He is a true gentleman in a world where there are not many gentlemen. He loves my cooking, which always pleases me. He is also a great sounding board and has become something of a partner in crime (crime-stopping, really), assisting me in solving all of the murders that keep popping up around town.

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

AB: Larry Lipper and I have a love-hate relationship. He has an incredible ability to fluster me and get on my nerves. Larry is conceited and smug and always inappropriate.  I am constantly amazed at how full of himself he is, and how certain that others feel the same. He is my sparring partner and I usually cannot stand to be in the same room as him. That said, we always sort of end up doing things together. I think because he is the crime reporter for The East Hampton Star and I happen to keep solving crimes. I will concede that at times he is helpful and there is wisdom there. But I would never ever tell him that.

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

AB: I think she should stop procrastinating and hop back to work on the third installment of “The Hampton Murder Mystery Series.” I get to solve a cold case, and it’s very interesting because she’s diving back in time to East Hampton twenty-three years ago and there is a lot she had forgotten about that era. I think it’s really interesting how much information she has about ‘The Hamptons’ and I like that she is telling readers about what it is really like, all-year-round and not just in the summertime.

Q: What’s next for you?

AB: I will continue to run the inn and the restaurant. My idol, Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) lives right around the corner from my inn and I am dying to have her stop by for dinner. And maybe I could have a cameo on her cooking show? That would be my ultimate dream come true!


About the Author:

 

Carrie Doyle was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine. She is currently a Contributing Editor of Hamptons Magazine and has written extensively for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and has also written for Women’s Health and Avenue on the Beach. With Jill Kargman, Carrie co-wrote the film Intern (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999), as well as several screenplays sold to Showtime, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films and the Oxygen Network. Carrie and Jill co-wrote five books together, including three teen books for HarperCollins and two bestselling women’s fiction books, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing (Broadway Books). Carrie also penned the popular novel The Infidelity Pact (Broadway Books). Carrie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on an animated series for broadcast as well as her new series, the Hamptons Murder Mysteries.

 

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