Sunday, January 19, 2020

FREE READ! "Flamingo Bingo" from Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

By Renee Saperstein, Veterinary Physician, Flamingo Bingo by Terrie Farley Moran

Hi All, I am so happy to be back with you. If you remember last year I visited the Read 'Em and eat Cafe in Fort Myers Beach and became good friends with the owners, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield. So when I had quite the life-and-death adventure while visiting my Mom for her birthday at her home in Sunshine Palms, Sassy insisted that her author write the story down, word for word.

The next thing I knew the story was published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and I became a bit of a celebrity. In fact, so many of you entered to win a copy of the magazine, that I was completely blown away! So I am thrilled to tell you that the story is now available as a free read on our author's website. Click right here  and then click on "Flamingo Bingo"!

And before you go, take a look at the magazine cover! Don't those Flamingos make the best cover girls and the Skeleton is kind of interesting too. So tell me, what do you think?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

New Year!

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

It's January--the first month in the new year and possibly, depending on how you look at it, the new decade.

Sales in my two shops around the holidays went well: my human bakery Icing on the Cake and my dog bakery Barkery and Biscuits.  Fortunately, people in Knobcone Heights apparently enjoy giving good baked treats out as presents.  And that certainly makes me happy!

And also fortunately, I haven't been dragged in to any sleuthing lately, either.  No more murders in Knobcone Heights, at least not that I've heard of, so I was able to spend more time over the holidays with my dear Dr. Reed Storme, the veterinarian from the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic who's my guy, and with my dear dog Biscuit.

But if you want to read about my most recent adventure, it was described in FOR A GOOD PAWS, which was published in May 2019. That story partly involved the murder of the Knobcone Heights mayor long before I moved here... and what happened more recently that seemed related.  And in case you're interested more in listening to it than reading about it, it's now available as an audio book, of all things.  So are some of my other stories. 

Anyway, it's good to be back here at Killer Characters this year.  And have a wonderful year, all of you!

FOR A GOOD PAWS, the fifth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2019 release.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Uh Oh, "Here Comes the Body!"

From: Here Comes the Body
By: Mia Carina
Author: Maria DiRico (Ellen Byron)
Series: Catering Hall Mysteries
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Kensington

Hi, I'm Mia Carina, and I'm so psyched to be here! The first book about me and my nutty family comes out in a month - although my author tells me I should let you know that it's available for pre-sale, see links at the bottom, lol - anyhoo, lemme tell you a little about my life. 

I'm a Queens girl, meaning that's the NYC borough I'm from. I'm kinda out of a bad marriage. (The "kinda" part being that the Florida boat my cheating husband was on washed up on shore and his girlfriend's body was in it, but not his.) I ditched Palm Beach and came back to Queens to help my dad Ravello run this catering hall he got from a gambler as payment for a debt. Why was my father owed money from a gambler, you ask? Because he's a lieutenant in the Boldano family; the guy who ran their poker games and such. But now he's got a chance to go straight and I am SO gonna make that happen. If a coupla friggin' murders don't get in the way!

Oh, almost forgot to tell you. My books include recipes. Italian and Greek, mostly. Cuz that's how Astoria rolls.

Mia Carina moves back home to Queens, where her father Ravello, a capo with the Boldoni crime family, has been tasked with running a rundown banquet hall that was surrendered to him by a broke gambler. Mia has always wanted her father to go straight and she’s determined to help him run the place, with its view of Flushing Bay and the LaGuardia Airport runway, as a legitimate business. Then a body pops up – or technically, doesn’t pop up from a jump-out cake at a bachelor party. Who knew working for a catering hall could be as dangerous as working for the Mob?


Thursday, January 16, 2020

You hid it where?

Evie Bloomfield here and it’s been a great summer on Mackinac Island...if you don’t mind a dead body or two. None of us including me were that fond of this particular dead person so that’s not the problem. What is a big issue is what to do with the body so that it doesn’t scare off the tourists. 
If there’s one thing all of here on the island do not want to happen is that! Our little chunk of land out that’s a time warp back to the 1800s really relies on the tourists who we affectionately...or maybe not so much... call budgies.  Get Geared for the Grave here

So our problem is where can I get rid of that pesky old body so the tourists don’t know there’s a murderer afoot? I have a few suggestions and you can tell me which one appeals to you. Keep in mind all of these suggestions require strapping the body to a bike or renting a horse and buggy as Mackinac is without cars!
My first suggestion is to hide the body in Arch Rock. There’re enough bushes there to conceal the corpse and if anyone goes snooping they’ll have to snoop really hard.
Or I could shove the body back in Skull Cave. That place sounds a lot scarier then it is and the cave is actually too small for much stuffing. And there’s the likelihood that the fudgies will think it’s an island attraction, they think everything around here’s an attraction.
Then there’s Fort Mackinac. I saw a pit up at the fort where they put the bad soldier guys back in the day when such things were done. Maybe I should dump the body in there...till it started to stink and I don’t think that will take long.
Saint Ann’s Cemetery is a good choice for body dumping. Another body just fits right in. What’s one dead guy more or less?
The Grand Hotel might work as a place to stash a body. I can just prop it up in one of those rocking chairs on that really looooong front porch they have. I can put a drink in his hand and he’ll look like a guy fallen asleep.
Or maybe I should just push the body off the East Bluff and into Lake Huron. I can weight it down with some rocks. Glug, glug, glug.
Or maybe I can push the body off Shepler’s dock or off the ferry on the ride back to the   mainland?
Where should I get rid of the body? Mackinac Island is a great place for more than eating fudge. Some people have a drop-dead good time here and wait till you see where I actually do hid the body. You’ll loooove it!
Hugs, Duffy Brown

Geared For the Grave
First book in Cycle Path mysteries
Berkley Prime Crime

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Greetings for the New Year!

from the Zodiac Mysteries by Connie di Marco

Hello everyone ~
Gale Hymson here.  As you all know I’m the proud owner of The Mystic Eye Bookshop in San Francisco and I’m wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year from all us at The Mystic Eye.  We’re embarking on our fourth full year in business!  And our business has been a tremendous success thanks to all our loyal friends and patrons.

We’ve got a lot coming up in 2020, so I hope you don’t miss a chance to pick up that latest book on psychic power, or mirror scrying or astrology or Tarot.  And I certainly hope you find the time to get to all the psychic fairs we have planned for the year.  
This year, I hope to have one at every full moon.  According to Julia Bonatti, our very favorite astrologer, an event on a full moon will bring many fruitful blessings.  So, here’s our schedule for the year:  

February 9th – the Snow Moon
March 9th – the Worm Moon
April 7th – the Pink Moon
May 7th – the Flower Moon
June 5th – the Strawberry Moon
July 5th – the Buck Moon (maybe we’ll even have fireworks) 
August 3rd – the Sturgeon Moon
September 2nd – the Corn Moon
October 1st – the Harvest Moon
October 31st – the Blue Moon (for a spooky Halloween)
November 30th – the Beaver Moon
December 29th – the Cold Moon (perfect for that dull time between Christmas and New Years)
Now, if you follow the moon cycles, you’ll know there are actually thirteen full moons this year.  We decided to skip the full moon of January 10th, mostly because we're all still recovering from the holidays.  Besides, twelve psychic fairs per year is enough for everyone.  

We’ll have Nikoloai back for special presentations, Henry will be reading Tarot.  Zora will be here for mediumistic or psychic consultations, Julia of course for astrology, Eric for past life readings and many more readers in all the occult arts.  

Hope to see you soon!  Oh, and best of all, before I forget, our author Connie di Marco, is giving away one copy of a large print edition of All Signs Point to Murder (Book 2 of the Zodiac Mysteries) to a lucky winner who leaves a comment. 
Happy New Year, everyone ~

If you'd like to learn more about the Zodiac Mysteries, please visit our author, Connie di Marco, at her website, at Facebook or Twitter @askzodia.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


FROM:           Hitchcock, The Bad Luck Cat
OF:               The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY:                Kay Finch

Is it safe to come out from under the covers yet?  Fireworks are not one of my favorite things, and there sure have been a lot of booming explosions around here for the past couple of weeks. People are making a big deal about this new year – more than usual, since it’s 2020. 

I hear a lot of talk about making resolutions for the new year, too. My friend Sabrina made a resolution to spend more time writing. Her Aunt Rowe resolved to cut down on eating sweets. Thomas, Aunt Rowe’s handyman, plans to start running. 

And doesn't everyone plan (even if it's only in the very back of their mind) to exercise more?

Do cats need to make new year’s resolutions, too? What would they be?

Sleep more? Stretch more? Practice jumping? Catch more mice? Challenge the dog? Watch more birds?

My list might be different from other cats - after all, I sure would love it if they'd quit calling me the Bad Luck Cat. 

            Stay inside.
            Mind my own business.
            Reign in my curiosity.

What fun is that?  More to the point, who’s going to solve the mysteries around here, if I do those things? 

My resolution is to sniff out more clues to solve more mysteries, and I’ll keep doing that until people start calling me the Good Luck Cat.

How many of you would like to make a resolution for your pet - if it were possible to convince your pet to keep a resolution - and what would that resolution be?


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including the 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