Paddletics

Hawaiian paddlers with outrigger

In The Cursed Canoe, Professor Molly Barda’s best friend Emma Nakamura is the captain of a paddling crew. With seven women on the crew and only six seats in the canoe, things get a little competitive. In fact, there’s a word for this kind of infighting: Paddletics. “We call it paddletics,” Yoshi said. “When paddlers get … Continue reading Paddletics

Truth is Boring

One question that I get is, “Am I in your book?” I can see why people might ask this. The setting is a public university in Hawaii, similar in some ways to my own workplace. The main character is Molly Barda, who teaches in the Mahina State University College of Commerce. I teach at a … Continue reading Truth is Boring

“Okay, who needs to die?”

What genre do you write?  I write mysteries that don’t have explicit sex or violence, so technically they’re in the “cozy mystery” category, although that might be a little misleading. I think that because of the success of series like “The Cat Who…” and the Hannah Swensen mysteries, sometimes people expect cozies to have cats … Continue reading “Okay, who needs to die?”

Interview: Five Questions (that Turned into Ten)

People who enjoy the Molly Barda Mysteries are diverse age- and gender-wise, but what they all seem to have in common is experience working in extremely bureaucratic organizations. They also have excellent taste.

Where everyone has a green thumb

I really did have a lot to learn about gardening. I was not one of those persons gifted with a green thumb. In fact, I seemed to have the opposite of a green thumb, whatever that would be. A red thumb? That didn’t sound right, although green and red opposed each other on the color … Continue reading Where everyone has a green thumb

Guest Post and Giveaway: Connie di Marco, author of Tail of the Dragon, a Zodiac Mystery

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but when her former boss and current client asks for help she agrees to go undercover at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled--the infamous Bank of … Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Connie di Marco, author of Tail of the Dragon, a Zodiac Mystery

New thriller and Giveaway from Kathleen Valenti: 39 Winks

Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Her boyfriend Constantine’s aunt is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit. It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the … Continue reading New thriller and Giveaway from Kathleen Valenti: 39 Winks

New thriller from Nanci Rathbun: Honor Kills (with Giveaway and Author Interview!)

Did honor force him to abandon his wife and kids? Or is he just a weasel? Six years ago, Marcy Wagner hired PI Angelina Bonaparte to find her missing husband Hank, who cleaned out their bank accounts and disappeared. Then Angie finds his obituary in an upstate newspaper. Marcy wants to know what why he … Continue reading New thriller from Nanci Rathbun: Honor Kills (with Giveaway and Author Interview!)

The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan. The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of … Continue reading The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan

New #Cozy with Character Interview and #Giveaway: Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton

Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life. Yet, before Anne’s completely settled … Continue reading New #Cozy with Character Interview and #Giveaway: Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton