Friday, November 30, 2012

Dream or nightmare?

By Jordan Kelly Bingham, soon to be found in The Christie Curse, a book collector mystery, a new series by Victoria Abbott. It hits the shelves on March 5th.

I never dreamed my career path would take me to such a mysterious spot. You see, this time last year I was bound for grad school; now I’m back home in Harrison Falls, New York, working for the most hated woman in town: Vera Van Alst, the well known book collector and general misanthrope. I owe it all to my ex.

Mind you, the less said about him –and his magic trick of maxing out my credit cards before disappearing out of my life – the better. Maybe I just imagined that sulphurous puff of smoke. Never mind, I’m here now. It would take a lot more than him to drag me down.

I am determined to get back on my feet and not to go back to living with Uncle Mick and Uncle Lucky. I mean, they are lovable rogues (as are all my uncles), but a girl’s got to have a life and that means a place of her own.

When the job came up as assistant to Vera Van Alst, I couldn’t say no. I had the skills, education and experience for this dream job, I was pretty sure I could fake liking cats. Vera wanted a male assistant, but she got me.

Vera is cantankerous, demanding and a few more unflattering things, but she loves her book collection and she’s willing to pay me to find items for her. Van Alst House may be a crumbling pile, but it’s still full of antiques and the sense of history. Senora Panetone is the cook and let me say that her mushroom risotto is a cut about franks and beans, my Uncle Mick’s specialty, not that I’d ever let on to him. While I’m here I get the most beautiful little apartment, in the third floor garret. As a lover of all things vintage, I prize that cabbage rose wallpaper, the sloping ceilings and the view of the gardens. If only I could figure out how the blasted cat keeps getting in and learn how to tell if it’s in a good mood (lovely) or a bad mood (dangerous for ankles).

A bigger worry is the local cop, Officer Tyler Dekker. I think of him as Smiley. He is adorable with that little chip in his incisor and his tendency to blush. But – and it’s a big but – although my name is Bingham, I am part of the Kelly clan and Kellys do not mix with the police, at least not if they have any say in it.
Never mind, I’m really too busy to worry about him. I’m still feeling more than a bit burnt. And I have lots to do, such as tracking down the mysterious collector known as Merlin. I’m trying not to worry about the fact my predecessor met his end while searching for the same Agatha Christie manuscript that I need to track down. After all, his fatal fall onto the train tracks was ruled accidental.

Today’s Cozy Christmas Countdown giveaway prize is a copy of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder (winner of the RT award for best amateur sleuth). It’s by one-half of Victoria Abbott, Mary Jane Maffini, as Victoria’s first book doesn’t arrive until March. The other half is her daughter, Victoria Maffini. If you already own The Busy Woman, deals can be made.

 Drop in to see Victoria at www.Victoria-Abbott.com and Mary Jane at www.maryjanemaffini.com

You know how lonely writers get. They’d both love to see you on Facebook too!

53 comments:

  1. Sounds like a promising start to a new series. Gonna be fun checking out why the Kelly's don't like cops.

    kagashi@fmtc.net

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  2. Love the title and cover. Storyline sounds very promising too. On my list!

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  3. Love new series where we have a female protagonist, who is trying to overcome past problems, such as an ex who has left her with a lot of debt. And who could resist a story line where the protagonist has to work for a boss who is any thing but likeable.

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  4. This is a must add to my reading list - I've often thought it would be fun to be a "book buyer" for someone - though I'm not sure I could handle the pain of handing over the really good books. I too like all things vintage, so Jordan sounds like someone I would like. And I love Mary Jane Maffini's books. Sounds like an all around good fit for me.

    Beverly aka Booklady bevarcher at me dot com.

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  5. This sounds like a great read, even if I don't win I'll have to put it on my Wish List, thanks for wonderful opportunity!
    Lynn/MI
    lynn4503@comcast.net

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  6. This cozy sounds absolutely delightful, and I can't wait to read it!

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  7. Well here is another book for my wish list!!!

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  8. The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder - sounds intriguing!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  9. These cooking books make be hungry!

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  10. I have The Cluttered Corpse by Mary Jane Maffini already. It is the first I've read of that series. I can't wait to read the rest. I would like to add to my collection.

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  11. I enjoy Mary Jane's books and look forward to a new series. How interesting she is writing this with her daughter.

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  12. Sounds like so much fun! :) I've added it to my list, and can't wait to read it! Thank you for sharing today! :)

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I am always on the lookout for new series and this one sounds like a lot of fun. I already have A Busy Woman's Guide but would love to read The Christie Corpse when it is officially released!
    Mary Louise

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  14. Sounds quite good. I'll check them out on facebook also.

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  15. Sounds interesting and definitely will look for it when it comes out. Actually shortly will look on B&N and see if I can pre-order it for my Nook. Always enjoy hearing about new series as well as next book in series I read. I LOVE TO READ!

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  16. Thank you for the chance to win. I am looking forward to this new book.

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  17. Sounds like a great new series!

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  18. This sounds most interesting I look forward to reading it

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  19. the title sounds interesting can't wait to get pulled in if i win the book.

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  20. Wow, I'd love to read this! Sounds really wonderful.

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  21. Mary Jane, it's so nice to see you still successfully writing! -Mary Zb.

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  22. I'm always looking for new series. This sounds like a lot of fun. I have A Busy Woman's Guide to Murder and enjoyed the organizing tips. Now, if I would actually use those tips it would be nice......

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  23. Thanks for this fun post, I so want to read that book!
    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

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  24. Victoria B loves these comments! Thanks everyone.

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  25. I WILL be getting this book when it releases!

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  26. I want the book when it is released....the job does sound like a book lover's dream.

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  27. Sounds like a fun book---I want to see if she is successful in faking liking cats.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  29. OOPS! Messed up so had to repost, lol, that's the way my day has gone. My daughter will love this book though, so I had to get this entry done. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. I'd love to win The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder! Count me as an admirer.

    rhuss at willow gables dot com

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  31. This sounds like a great read and have already put on my to read list!

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  32. Another book to be added to my to be read pile. Looking for it on B&N Nook

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  33. That sounds like a great new series. Can't wait til it comes out!

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  34. This new book sounds like a hoot! I love the Charlotte Adams mysteries and have read every one. If I win this book I may want to trade, as I just read your latest and loved it. (Busy Woman's Guide to Murder) If that's not possible, I'll pass it on to a mystery-loving friend!

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  35. I'm looking forward to reading this book and want to know what's up with the two uncles?

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  36. Sounds like a great books.

    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. The new series sounds like it is going to be fabulous reading. THE CHRISTIE CURSE is now on my wish list.

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    1. You're the winner, Mary. Number randomly drawn by mysterious hubby.

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  38. Looking forward to this series. Added it to my TBR list. It sounds like an interesting storyline. I love Mary Jane's series. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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  39. This sounds intriguing.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Sounds like a good read. Count me in, please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  41. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jcalvert719(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Great list. I'm adding these to my 2012 TBR pile.
    Ann

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  43. sounds like a wonderful new series. I am excited to add it to my tbr list.

    Mindaf @ aol.com

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  44. Added to "to-read" list at Goodreads, too!

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  45. Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Victoria had fun and hopes to see you next month again. Go forth and win!!!

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  46. I put this one on my wish list. I love the mention of the cabbage rose wallpaper. My mother made cabbage rose slipper covers for the chairs back in the 1950s.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. yays!! i'm able to comment to be entered in this fun giveaway again!!!!!
    thank you!!

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  48. Thanks for every thing.

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  49. I cannot wait to read this one!

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  50. What a neat sounding book! I guess the things that I miss the most are my grandparents. My grandfather loved Christmas. He'd make sure that we had a great Christmas. He'd get chocolates from the candy factory where he had worked since the age of 16. During the holiday, everyone would break the delicious chocolate covered bites. By New Years, there was nothing but broken chocolate candy in the box!

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