By Bea Cartwright from the League of Literary Ladies mysteries, Maxie Pierce from the Chili Cook-Off mysteries, and Laurel Inwood from the Ethnic Eats mysteries
Let’s get one thing straight right from the start–it’s not easy for three fictional characters to get together and come up with something to say on a blog. But here’s the thing: we are fictional characters. And when our creator, Kylie Logan, told us to sit down and start writing . . . well, it’s not like we had a whole lot of choice.
Kylie, see, is in charge of today’s Killer Characters blog and she wanted to do a piece on what’s been happening and what’s coming up this year for us. But authors being authors . . . well, you know the drill. We do the investigating. We put ourselves in danger. We catch the bad buys.
And the author gets all the credit.
Never characters who are difficult (unless it’s all for a good cause), here we are with a recap of last year and a look ahead to what’s happening in 2016.
The League of Literary Ladies has been taking it easy since our last case, book #3 in the League series, “The Legend of Sleepy Harlow.” But all that’s about to change. There are ten nuns coming to South Bass Island for a retreat, and let me tell you, things are not going to be heavenly when they get here! You’ll be able to check out the story on March 1 when “And Then There Were Nuns” is released.
Chili is my game, and Kylie chronicled my latest adventure in “Revenge of the Chili Queens” (book #3 in the series), out last fall. I was in San Antonio at the time working with the great traveling Chili Showdown and as usual, there was more going on than I bargained for. I don’t know about the rest of you, but after a case that included a dead troubadour, a bevy of beauty queens and (gulp!) a canned chili conglomerate, I needed the holidays to recuperate!
I’m the new kid on the block and I can’t say I’m very excited about it. After all, I’ve spent the last six years working as a personal chef to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out (a long and ugly story) and I found myself at loose ends just as Sophie Charnowski in Hubbard, Ohio needed some help. Sophie is the sister of a woman who was once my foster mother and since she was having her knee replaced, she asked me to step in and run her elegant restaurant. Did I say elegant? Over the years, Sophie sent plenty of pictures of the restaurant, only it wasn’t the restaurant I found when I arrived in Ohio. Things are not good at Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, and it’s going to take a little culinary miracle (and a whole lot of Irish magic) to turn them around. As for the murder . . . well, that’s a whole other story! Check it out when “Irish Stewed,” the first of the new Ethnic Eats series, is published on May 3.