Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Word Search: Protagonists

It's all fun and games around here (until someone gets murdered!). Have some fun with our first Killer Characters word search puzzle. Find the first names of twenty-nine of our main characters hidden in the puzzle below. Leave a comment with the first name you spotted and what series they're from!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

You Can't Go Home Again, Unless Have No Other Choice

They say you can’t go home again, but, in my case, well, a big part of me has just been too embarrassed to try.

Hi, I’m Erica Bloom, ex-resident of Otter Lake, Live Free or Die, New Hampshire. I know the whole not going home thing sounds ridiculous, but if you knew about the practical joke that went down at the raspberry social right before I left, you might understand. It’s hard to live in a town where everybody knows you as Boobsie Bloom.

These days, I’m living a good life in Chicago. I have a steady job as a court reporter. I like to run...or at least make plans to go running. Plus I’m in a pretty serious relationship with my DVR. Really, it’s a good life. Nice. Predictable. In fact, turns out, there’s only one thing that could drag me back to Otter Lake. And it’s not the long docks stretching into the water, or the nights with a billion stars. And it’s definitely not the moose who think they have more rights to the road than you do...although they totally do. Moose are really big. Nope, turns out, the one thing that could bring me back home for a visit is probably the most powerful force in the universe. Guilt. The kind that only a mother can bestow.

Yup, when my mom called asking for some mysterious favor to help save her business - a spiritual retreat for women - I got on the bus. What else could I do? Believe me, we both need her to stay in business. No way she’s doing sunrise yoga in my one room apartment. But, of course, as soon as I stepped off the bus and onto the dock, things started to go wrong - you guessed it - dead wrong. To makes matters even worse, my horrible, but still insanely hot, ex-something from high school is now sheriff, and he suspects me! Of murder! Why? ‘Cause that’s just how things roll for Boobsie Bloom in Otter Lake.

Seriously, if I’m not careful, I might be stuck in New Hampshire...fifty years to life.

SKINNY DIPPING WITH MURDER debuts March 1. It can be preordered at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and, iTunes.

Auralee Wallace loves to hear from readers and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's the Chinese New Year- the Year of the Monkey!

Hi, Little dog here. My owner has used me to create Mal from the Candy-Coated series set on Mackinaw Island, Michigan.

I think she has done a great job infusing Mal with my character, charm, and brains. It makes me wish I lived on the island. Instead of a fudge shop owner, like Allie, I live with a writer who loses track of time and days. I have to remind her to do all sorts of things like feed me, give me treats and pet me. Thankfully I let her forget things like baths and groomer appointments. I think Mal would agree those are good things to forget.

I looked at the calendar this morning and saw two things: 1) it is the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey-I'd rather it was always the year of the dog, but I think cats also want their time in the limelight. 2) it is the 8th of the month so my writer is supposed to have written and set up her blog yesterday. Oops, I think she's been monkeying around. Get it? Monkey?

I know she's been working hard on copy edits, galley edits and such. How do I know? She doesn't let me sit in her lap and rest my head on her laptop keyboard. It makes her cranky. I will let you know that I did jump on her face today about the blog, but she only kept giving me treats and walks. Not that I minded, but she didn't get her blog up until late and it wasn't my fault. I tried.

What should I do to keep on track with the blog? Ideas?

Now that I've been successful, I'm taking a nap and dreaming up new adventures for Mal.
In the meantime, Happy February, Happy New Year and I'll try harder to keep her on track and stop monkeying around.

Cheers, Little Dog

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Let's Party!

By Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
                 written by Erika Chase

So what does the Ashton Corners gang do to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Not the usual, that’s for sure. Since the romantic day falls on a Sunday this year, we’ve decided to host a brunch at the local Eagles Hall, the same location we held the Book Fair last spring. If you read BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, you’ll recognize the place immediately.

This is a fundraiser for the local Literacy group, special to Sally Jo and me because we teach night school classes for them. The theme is Couples in Mystery and everyone is invited to dress as their favorite crime solving duos.

For instance, Mark Dreyfus and I are going as Phryne Fisher and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson – I’m sure we won’t be the only ones. Sally Jo Baker and Jacob Smith will make an appearance as Tommy and Tuppence. We’re not sure about Bob Miller and Molly Mathews but I’m betting she’ll talk him into being Hercule Poirot to her Miss Marple. Okay, they’re not really a couple but they are a couple of sleuths penned by the amazing Agatha Christie
All the book club members are plotting ways to make this another memorable event in our community and you can bet, there’ll be some mysterious games involved. Plus lots of great eats and cheese straws, of course!

Your invitation is in the mail! Who will you come dressed as?

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, and BOOK FAIR AND FOUL on-line or at your favorite bookstore.


Book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR, now available.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bad Manners

by Ebony Welles from the Costume Shop Mysteries by Diane Vallere
I can’t believe I said yes to this job. Coordinate Blitz Manners’ birthday party on short notice. Sure, I own Shindig! the most happening party planning business in Proper City, but Blitz is the most spoiled kid in town. I would have liked nothing more than to turn away his business and set a good example for Margo.
But Blitz had to go and bring up the past.  When the time comes for me to talk about that, I will, but not a minute sooner. Let me tell you, that little punk better watch his step. I’m older than him and a whole lot wiser too. I don’t make decisions because of money. You got that? Ebony Welles is her own woman and nobody’s gonna change that.

But girl, that was a long time ago. I was knee high to a grasshopper and didn’t know there were people I was supposed to talk to and people I wasn’t. I was raised to think that everybody was equal. I don’t have kids of my own, but when I met that little girl Margo Tamblyn twenty-seven years ago, raised by her dad in a costume shop of all places, I knew I had to pass that lesson along to her. Jerry Tamblyn didn’t raise Margo to judge people based on skin color and I like to think I had a part in that. She’s grown up to be a fine woman (though a little too independent if you ask me). It wouldn’t kill her to settle down right here in Proper City.

When Blitz brought up something he’s too young to know anything about, I had to take his job to prove a point. There's another reason I said yes to Blitz. No way can Jerry make forty detective costumes for Blitz’s party, not while he’s recovering from his heart attack. That means Margo will stick around for more than a couple of days.  And if she comes to Blitz’s party to help me out, she might even meet a nice young man.
In the meantime, I better get to work. I gotta plan the menu and decorations for a Blitz Manners-sized party. I’m a professional so I’ll do the job I was hired to do, but one of these days, that cocky attitude of his is gonna get him into trouble. Wonder if I’ll be around to see it?
Diane, the author here. You can find all about Ebony's past (plus Margo Tamblyn and Disguise DeLimit)  in A DISGUISE TO DIE FOR that just came out this week! Didn't get your copy? Leave a comment below and be entered to win one.
No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz. 
For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer in plain sight for long.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Heavenly Spring!

By Bea Cartwright, from Kylie Logan’s League of Literary Ladies Mysteries

February, and most years here on South Bass Island, four miles from the Ohio shore in Lake Erie, we’d be staring at ice and listening to it moan and groan as it cracks and sways to the beat of the chilly lake water beneath it.

Not so this year!

This year, Ohio is enjoying a winter with so little snow, we’ve tied a record that was established back in 1918!  Believe me, for the owner of a B&B, this is very good news.  The ferries are running, restaurants and bars are open, and tourists are joining us in record numbers.

One of those groups of tourists include ten nuns who are coming to the island for a retreat.  I’m helping out the folks at the retreat center by providing meals for the sisters, and I’ll tell you what, it all sounds ideal . . .

An old mansion once owned by the most famous recluse on the island that’s now been turned into a retreat center.

A world-famous spiritual leader who’s going to be conducing the retreat.

Ten strong, capable and accomplished women from convents all over the country who are coming together to share their knowledge and the special joy of their work.

Oh, and a murderer.  Did I mention that?

What could possibly go wrong?

“And Then There Were Nuns,” book #4 in the League of Literary Ladies Mystery Series, will be on bookstore shelves on March 1.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

You Might Think You Know Me

by Monique Byrd
from the FAT CAT series by Janet Cantrell


I realize you haven’t even read about me yet, but you will soon. I’m part of the April book, FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE. You’ve seen the cover, I’ll bet. Do you know where that was taken? It’s the high school gym, at our reunion, the place where everything started.

No! I’m not saying I started the murder! But we all went to high school together, so maybe, in a way, we were all in on it.

Here’s what people think they know about me. I’m the brains behind Richard Byrd. We were a team even back in high school, and I know I can put him in the mayor’s office if he’ll cooperate enough and let me do my job. After all, I got him elected to everything he wanted in high school. This reunion is where we start on the road to Mayor Richard Byrd. I must talk him out of using the name Rich Byrd.

Here’s what you may not know. I decided early on that no one was going to elect me for anything. I tried. I joined Glee Club, French club, Home Ec Club, even FFA (Future Farmers of America). In every club, I ran for office. But I never got any votes. So, when Richard and I started dating (he was Dickie Byrd back then), I threw my weight and my considerable skill at organizing campaigns, if I do say so myself, behind his efforts. He made it to class president. And now he’s on the school board.

I don’t know why people don’t ever vote for me. I’m insecure, but I think I hide it well. I do have that bad habit of pulling my hair out when I’m nervous, but there’s plenty left. It shouldn’t be odd to want to be clean and healthy. I don’t like to touch other people, or things that others have touched. But that’s not odd, it’s being smart.

When I’m mayor’s wife, I’ll have hand sanitizers installed in every room in City Hall. Lots of people will appreciate that.

Janet, the author, here. You haven’t met Monique yet, but I hope you do when the next Fat Cat book comes out in April! (You can even preorder it now.) If you’ve missed the latest Fat Cat adventure, I can fix that for one lucky person! Please either leave your email below or message me with it and I’ll pick a winner on Saturday night.

FAT CAT SPREADS OUT is the second mystery in the Fat Cat series. Please
check Janet’s webpage for preorder links for the third book, FAT CAT TAKES THE CAKE, coming in April.

A booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Fair seems like the perfect opportunity for Charity “Chase” Oliver and Anna Larson to promote their Bar None bakery business. Unfortunately, plus-sized pussycat Quincy has plans for their delicious dessert bars other than selling them to customers. After tearing through their inventory, Quincy goes roaming the fairgrounds in search of more delights.

But what he finds is murder. One of the top contenders in a butter-sculpting contest has been killed, and Chase is churning on the inside when she sees Quincy’s handsome veterinarian, Dr. Mike Ramos, being led away by the police. With a little help from a kitty with butter on his whiskers, Chase needs to find the real killer and clear the doctor’s good name…

Includes recipes for people and cats!