Tuesday, August 20, 2019

To Till or Not To Till . . . plus a giveaway

by Lilly Jayne
from the Garden Squad mysteries by Julia Henry

August is hot. H. O. T. Hot. Much as I love gardening, and I do love gardening, at this point in the summer I've started to wilt a bit. So have my flowers. Tomatoes and herbs are still coming in, but there's an end in sight. While I power through July, in August I tend to garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The rest of the time I sit on the porch reading, napping, and enjoying my beautiful gardens.

To till or not to till. Should I keep fighting that weed, or call it a draw for this season? Am I being disloyal to my impatiens if I start thinking about where to put the mums I've been nurturing? When do the bright colors of summer fade into the autumn hues, and when should I start encouraging the change?

As an avid gardener, I know enough to enjoy every single day with my gardens, and not to live for tomorrow. One windy storm or the dregs of a hurricane could throw my best laid plans asunder. It's happened before, especially this time of year.

Same's true for people, don't you think? I can't help but think of my dear friend Harmon Dane. Earlier this spring we were making fundraising plans for the bird sanctuary he's building. Now he's not here to follow through on those plans. Who would have expected him to pass so quickly, and so unexpectedly?  Maybe Harmon's death is part of the reason for my wilting this August. I do so miss my friend.

Delia's been doing her best to perk me up, but the only things that help me get through troubled times are gardening and fixing what I can. Time to do both.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Giveaway! Beach Tote! Baby Boot Camp!

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by TerrieFarley Moran

Baby Boot Camp! Who knew? Well Bridgy and I know for sure. There is a Baby Boot Camp at the local mall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for pregnant and post-natal moms. We are thrilled that some of the ladies in the class have picked the Read ’Em and Eat CafĂ© and Bookstore as their post exercise breakfast stop.

Talk about signs of life! We serve plenty of decaf coffee and fresh fruit while we hear all about the latest visits to obstetricians and pediatricians. I said to Bridgy the other day that if either of us decides to have a baby someday, we will have an entire group of experts at our disposal!

Just today, Mary Alice Cole, came to breakfast for the first time since giving birth to John Francis Cole in early July. He is cute as a button and she is talking about rejoining the class next week, doctor permitting. Miguel came out of the kitchen and surprised us all by presenting her with this adorable beach tote to help her carry all that extra paraphernalia a newborn requires.

Quite aware that he would be starting a trend, Miguel stashed a few dozen of totes in the office so we won’t run out anytime soon. He also had the idea of giving away a tote to one of our friends who visit us here at Killer Characters.

For a chance to win, please comment below and tell us how you feel about the beach. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name(AT)server(DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes at midnight your time, Wednesday, August  21st, .

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Could It Be?

by Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of an adjoining barkery and bakery, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston

Guess what!  There haven't been any new murders in Knobcone Heights since the one that was described in FOR A GOOD PAWS, the book about my latest sleuthing situation that was published in May. That story partly involved the murder of the Knobcone Heights mayor long before I moved here... and what happened more recently that seemed related.

But now?  Well, it should come as no surprise that I'm still running my two shops, Barkery and Biscuits, where I sell the healthy dog treats I've developed, and Icing on the Cake, where I sell my regular sweet human treats.  Plus, I still also enjoy being a part time veterinary technician.

And then there's my developing relationship with Dr. Reed Storme, a wonderful veterinarian who works at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic where I also do my vet tech work.

So, is this the end of my sleuthing days? I think it'll depend on what you consider the end.  I won't get into details now, but I think you might be able to learn more about my past murder solutions in a different way.

Just stay in touch!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL Launches September 10th!

By: Maggie Crozat
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Author: Ellen Byron

Hi, Maggie Crozat here. I'm super excited because tonight's the opening night of my hometown's very first musical festival, Cajun Country Live! I designed the T-shirt logo. Here it is:
I'm a painter, not a graphic artist, so it was fun to work in a new medium.

Anyway, back to the festival. Tammy Barker is a girl who used to live in Pelican. (Town motto: Yes, We Peli-CAN!) She won this singing contest like American Idol or The Voice in Hollywood and is headlining our festival. She's kind of a b--… well, you know. She also totally has it out for my friend Gaynell, who's an amazing musician. I think Tammy is jealous. Gaynell's all about taking the high road, but I'm worried. Fingers crossed we get through the festival with nothing bad happening. Or is that too much to ask for?

Readers, we have a diva coming home as a star. We have someone she considers an archrival, but she insists it's not because she's threatened. Why do you think Tammy hates Gaynell so much?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Best Place to Die

Hi, Evie Bloomfield here from the Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah.
Ever wonder where’s the best place to set a mystery? I think it depends on the story. New York is the place to set a book on fashion or finance, LA is the best setting for stories about the movie industry, Nashville gets the nod for stories about music, New Orleans has their vampires and Savannah is the perfect setting for a murder mystery series.

Savannah is a city where the spirits of the long ago departed still linger in sultry streets and moss-drenched cemeteries. Okay, even if you don’t believe in ghosts the homes, B&Bs, restaurants, bars, town squares where people met their end are still there. The city is built upon its dead. 

Savannah's Historic District, the largest in the country and you cannot walk more than two feet without passing over a dead body because Savannah's dead aren’t just in the cemeteries.

Hundreds of victims of the Yellow Fever epidemics of the 19th century lie in mass graves that were never marked. In 1820 there was a huge fire that burned over four-hundred homes. Many of the homes were rebuilt and some of the old occupants are still hanging around trying to get out of that fire. Talk about local color.

The Old Pink House is one of the city’s best restaurants with shrimp and grits so delish it makes a grown man cry. But in spite of the incredible food things have not always been wonderful. James Habersham Jr. built the house in the 1700s and hung himself there because he was distraught over his wife’s death. That’s terrible for sure but what is even worse is that he hasn’t left. 

Servers say Habersham is a bit of a neat freak and likes to straighten table settings and put chairs in their proper place. And he’s not alone, his whole clan still hangs around. His kids like to lock ladies in the downstairs bathroom. Like I said, you may not believe in ghosts but I bet if you got locked in the bathroom you’d be a believer.

Then there’s the 17hundred90 Inn the oldest inn in Savannah. In the 1700s Anna Powers fell in love with an English sailor while staying at the inn. They married but something went wrong and Anna jumped to her death from room 204. Couples staying in that room write down their experiences…and I’m not talking amorous experiences…in a notebook on the bedside table. If you manage to make it through the night you celebrate with a  peach martini. Personally I’d be on Prozac.

Then there’sthe Kehoe House that is now a B&B.  In the 1800s twins died while playing in one of the house's massive chimneys and guests who stay in rooms 201 and 203 still hear the kids playing.

I love the Marshall House. It was used as a Union Hospital during the unfortunate Northern Aggression. When they were rehabbing the place bones were found in the basement where they did the amputations.  While staying there cell phone go off in the middle of the night, the keycard works then doesn’t and the clock alarm sounds withoug anyone setting it.  

No one really knows for sure what’s going on in Savannah but something is afoot. I love the city and it’s the perfect backdrop for tooling around in a ’57 red Chevy convertible, walking Bruce Willis…the other Bruce Willis…in the parks, eating sandwiches at Parkers or Zunzies and having drinks at Abe’s on Lincoln. 

So you see, this is why Savannah is a great city for murder mysteries. It’s has tons of history and a lot of dead people already there. Hope you get a chance to visit and check this all out for yourself.

Hugs, Evie 

Duffy Brown
Consignment Shop mysteries
Cycle Path Mysteries

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hello, I'm Nigel

Nigel Hammond, that’s me.  You haven’t actually met me yet, but you will soon.  I’ll be appearing in the upcoming novella of the Zodiac Mysteries – the one that predates the series and lets everyone know so many important things-- how Julia developed her interest in astrology, how she met her good friend Gale and (very importantly) how she found her cat Wizard.  I think you’ll enjoy this little story especially because it features Julia’s grandmother Gloria in a starring role. 
As for me, well, I am very excited.  You see, I’m the new owner of Theatre Mars in North Beach on Columbus Avenue in San Francisco.  More than that, I’m actually starring and directing our very first production of Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death.  I can honestly say that it’s all thanks to my wonderful and generous wife Darla who made it all happen.  She made my dream come true! 
Can you guess who I’m playing?  Can you?  Give up?  Well, I’ll tell you.  I just can’t keep it to myself any longer.  I’m playing the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.  There’s a little backstory to Poirot’s appearance in this play.  You see, when Dame Agatha adapted the book for the stage, she changed quite a lot of things.  Notably, she wrote out the famous Poirot! 
Isn’t that incredible?  Considering what a renowned detective he was.  I don’t know what Dame Agatha was thinking.  But the production we’re mounting at Theatre Mars is true to the book, and not the stage adaptation.  Opening night is very soon and I hope you’ll really enjoy our play!  Hopefully, there won’t be anything like a real murder on our stage. 
But . . . we’ll see . . .
You can learn more about the Zodiac Mysteries by visiting my author’s website at ConniediMarco.com or Facebook or Twitter @AskZodia.   My author will be posting the new cover for this novella very soon. 

In addition, she’s giving away one large print edition of All Signs Point to Murder (Book 2 in the Zodiac Mysteries) to a lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment to enter.  Good luck to all!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Every Cat Should Have His Day


OF:  The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

BY:  Kay Finch

Have you ever noticed there’s a day for everything? I understand Labor Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Boss’s Day (though I don’t have one of those).  But who comes up with strange things like Read In The Bathtub Day, Mother Goose Day, International Joke Day, or Talk Like A Pirate Day? Arghh!

Ever hear of Appreciate A Dragon DayWho the heck has a dragon to appreciate?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favor of appreciation. Especially on August 17 - 
Black Cat Appreciation Day.  

I support the appreciation of all cats – big cats, little cats, and in between cats - white, brown, calico, orange, or gray. But we black cats need some extra lovin' and attention because of the big fat lies people tell about black cats causing bad luck. 

Every cat should be appreciated every single day. You won’t be sorry because your cat will appreciate you right back – even if you can’t tell by his actions.  

So love and appreciate a black cat this Saturday. Or read a book about a black cat. We will appreciate you for that, too. Mrreow!

Share pictures of your black cat - give everyone a reason to celebrate on August 17.


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including the June 2019 release – The Black Cat Steps On A Crack. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.