Friday, January 26, 2018

Let Me Introduce Myself

By Elizabeth “Biz” Adams
from Peg Cochran’s Murder, She Reported Series

We haven’t met yet.  Please let me introduce myself.  My name is Elizabeth Adams and I live with my parents in an apartment on Madison Avenue in New York City.  It’s 1938, and the world is changing and I want to change with it.  The Depression is nearly over and New York is humming with excitement—Broadway! Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey! Nightclubs and Jazz!

I took some photography classes at Wellesley and studied with my roommate’s aunt—the famed photographer Beatrice Abbott.  I’ve been lucky enough to land a job at the Daily Trumpet as a gal Friday where I type up Estelle Draper’s society columns, fetch coffee and run errands.  My parents were horrified and even Jones our butler and Mrs. Murphy our housekeeper were appalled.  But I am determined to make something of myself.

One day Ralph Kaminsky, a veteran reporter who is terribly fond of egg salad sandwiches with onions and Old Schenley whiskey, was in need of a photographer, and I volunteered.

Since then I’ve seen some things I never thought I would see.  I should tell you that Kaminsky is the one who nicknamed me Biz—he thought Elizabeth was too complicated and highfalutin for a crime photographer.     

One of my very first photographs—of Gloria Dewitt, the It Girl of that debutante season, landed on the front page of the newspaper.  And it got me into all sorts of trouble.

I’m so glad I was born in this great modern age.  How about you?  If you could have been born in a different time period, what would you choose?

You can read more about me it when Murder, She Reported comes out on
July 31!


  1. Love photography - Love cozies - sounds like this book is for ME! Adore the cover.

    If I were born in another time period, I think I'd like to have been more just a generation before me when life was simpler without all the electronic distractions and people had family time.

  2. I'm lucky enough to have grown up when there were still only three major TV networks! And cell phones weren't the norm when my kids were little either.

  3. That pre-WWII time sounds like a good one to set a series in. Things were changing very quickly!

  4. Prefer a time without all these electronics and food was more natural & family was still family

  5. I cannot wait to read this one. I love historical fiction!! I always thought I would like to live in Medieval Europe. Not so sure now that I know more about it though, lol

  6. I know what you mean. We are used to our creature comforts like indoor plumbing and the like!

  7. Well Peg...I didn't know that you're releasing a new series! Hells bells! I can't wait to read it. I love historical fiction and yours sounds terrific! As for a different era to be living in, I'd choose the 1940s only because I love the fashion and the hair styles.

  8. I can’t wait to read more about Biz and her adventures. Is this an ebook or a traditional printed book? Living in a different time? Hmmm. I’m fairly content exactly where I am. However, I do regret the onslaught of electronic media and its affect on the younger generation. I make that comment on my notice! Life was simpler before the hypnotic effect of screens...

  9. Sounds good. And that's a great cover. I don't know when I'd prefer. Whenever it is, if it's before the 50s, I'd want money. I don't know that I'm cut out to be a servant or work as hard as most people had to. I'm spoiled by growing up when I did. 😉

  10. I would love to live in a time there was tolerance of all people, kindness to everyone, and peace throughout the world. However, I don't think that's happened yet.

  11. I was born in 1935 and remember my mom and dad during this period and look back on fond memories so I'd love to been an adult at this period..Things were not perfect but faced my daady off to war and in one week losing him, a young cousin and a much loved uncle. My mom tried to shield me from so much but she was so thin and nervous. I knew things anyway. RUTH NIXON

    1. I'm sorry to hear you lost so many brave men from your family, Ruth. That must have been so difficult.

  12. Is there hope that this will come to audio? It looks so good!

  13. I would be thrilled to receive the ebook of Berried in the Past! I have read all the books in this series so far and look forward to the next book.
    I don't know if Canada is included in this contest?
    Thank you for the opportunity!

    I too am very saddened by Sheila Connolly's passing. Another of my very favourite Cozy Authors. I particularly will miss the County Cork Mysteries. She brought them to life.