Sunday, June 3, 2018

Meet Detective Anne Henderson

Detective Anne Henderson, here, from Maddie Day's fifth Country Store Mystery, Death Over Easy.

The author requested I let you know she's planning on sending one commenter here today an advance copy of of the book, so be sure you encode your email address after your contribution at the end. She would also appreciate pre-orders of the book from those who don't win.

I was assigned to the case when one of the many musicians at the Brown County Bluegrass Festival was murdered. The festival grounds are in the unincorporated town of Beanblossom. The county sheriff's office handles the investigation in such cases, and I'm their lead detective. Here's a snippet of a conversation a Ms. Robbie Jordan and I had in her restaurant after the murder"

“Detective, how was Pia killed? I know Isaac found her body, but was she shot? Poisoned? Stabbed?” Ms. Jordan paused in her assembly of the dry ingredients for pancake batter.

I tapped my hand on the end of the counter where I’d laid my tablet. “I hear you’ve acted as an amateur detective previously.”

“Not exactly. I simply kept getting drawn into murder cases.” She shrugged.

“I’ll tell you the method, but first I’d like your word that this time you won’t get ‘drawn in’ to my investigation.” I surrounded the words in finger quotes.

“Fine with me,” she said, but she didn't meet my gaze.

I wondered if it actually was. Fine with her, I mean. “Ms. Bianchi was choked. Garroted, actually.”

“You mean with a rope or something?” An involuntary shudder rippled through her.

“It was actually a metal wire. We’re looking into whether it was an instrument string, and if so, designed for which instrument.”

“Wow. With thousands of musicians in the county this week.”


For those wishing to enter the contest: Ms. Day would like to know which other mysteries you have read where the murder method was garrotage. Also, if you have been to a bluegrass festival, where was it, and if you listen to that genre of music, who is your favorite band? Don't forget your email address, and best of luck. Now it's back to the case for me.

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site,


  1. I have seen several on TV but right now cannot remember a book one. Never been to a blue grass festival.
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  2. With all of the mysteries I have read over the last 50 years, I know there are many with garrotage as a murder method. I do wish I could attend a bluegrass festival, as I love the music! Maybe I will put it on my bucket list! Please let Miss Day know I thoroughly enjoy her mysteries!

  3. As I read this, I couldn’t help but laugh. I live in Mountain View, AR, which is the Folk Music Capital of the World. Well, twice a year we hold a BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL and in October we have a BEAN FEST (as in Beanblossom). Our town has a population of less than 3,000 and we have a down home family restaurant that I could see Ms. Robbie Jordan owning. It’s where all the locals go. There are the “usuals” at the big table just about every day. I could see that same conversation between Robbie and detective happening right in that restaurant.

    We love bluegrass music and always buy tickets to every night of both the spring and fall bluegrass festivals. Love all genre of music. We have season passes to the Folk Center in town and go to concerts 2-3 nights a week. Plus there is a picking park in town that is always full of groups of folks playing every night from April to the end of October. If that’s not enough, there are several other concert arenas through our small town during the tourist season. There is never a lack of much here. We even keep music on most times at home instead of watching TV.

    I can’t think of any other mysteries where garrotage was the form of murder.

    Thanks for the wonderful chance to win an ARC of “Death Over Easy”. LOVE your books! LOVE the cover – especially the banjo on the chair since hubby is learning to play the banjo. I would love the opportunity to read the book. :)
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  4. Off the top of my head I can't think of one where any one got strangled .(Too early in the morning) Dollywood and Iron horse. Bands, Seldom Scene and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. What band do you like?

  5. i sort of remember a book set in India where a garrote was used but I don’t think it was a mystery.
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    1. Sandy, picked you as the winner! Please send your mailing address to me at and I'll get the ARC in the mail. Congratulations!

  6. Thanks for the opportunity. Catherinewinslow81@gmail.con

  7. I don't think I remember a garrote being used before. I haven't been to a bluegrass festival although they are held near me, so I don't have a favorite band. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  8. I'm sure that I have read a book where someone was garroted, but just can't think of which one! I've liked Bluegrass music when I've heard it, but not enough to where I have a favorite band. Detective Henderson, I have a feeling Robbie will be "drawn into" your case very soon!

  9. I have the memory of a zombie so I cannot remember what books I have read with someone garroted, sorry. I have been to a few small Bluegrass festivals. The funny thing I live in TN where they have them all the time, but the ones I went to were when I lived in IN. Not a huge fan, but don't hate it. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  10. I know I've seen one on a TV show, but don't think I've read a book with this method of killing. Never been to a bluegrass festival, but it could be fun! mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  11. I just read one with a silk scarf as the garrote . . . one of Victoria Thompson's books. I think it would take a very determined killer.
    Looking forward to another engrossing book, and I might have to have pancakes, too. <3

  12. I can't remember ever reading a mystery where a garrote was used. I have never been to a Bluegrass Festival and I'm not familiar with any Bluegrass bands. Can't wait to read "Death Over Easy".

  13. I just read one recently that used a garrote- Murder on Mokulua Drive. It's certainly not a common weapon! We have a local bluegrass festival in Shelton, WA a few times a year. We have some good bands here! Thanks for this opportunity. �� HawksSB48 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I don't think I've read a mystery before where a garrote was used.

    I don't listen to Blue Grass.

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  16. I don't think I remember a garrote being used before in a mystery book I read. I have seen it on tv. I don't listen to Blue Grass. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  17. I have seen a garrote used in a movie & on TV, but never in a book.


  18. Oh my! I do read so many cozies and there have been so very many murders! (Delightful shudder). In the book I’m currently reading, Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn victim was strangled by the strap on his own camera. Similar. Blue Grass...I do like the sound and the tunes are lively. I haven’t been to a Blue Grass concert...but then the last concert I attended was Johnny Cash...a clue to how long ago that was....lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d enjoy this book, I’m sure! Thanks for a chance to win.

  19. Pretty sure I haven't read a mystery where a garrote was used. And I've never been to a bluegrass festival.

  20. Sandy G is the randomly selected winner! Congratulations, Sandy - and I wish I had an ARC for everybody.