I am delighted to introduce the cover art of Read to Death, the third book in the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series. By now you’ve met a lot of the folks who frequent the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore/cafe in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Be prepared to meet a few more, and a couple of imports from Brooklyn as well.
When the Cool Reads/Warm Climate book club trip to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates ends in murder, Sassy and Bridgy’s moms feel compelled to leave Brooklyn and fly to Florida to keep their daughters safe.
All I can say is that these are two interesting women. I cannot wait for you to have a chance to meet the moms!
This month is the 60th Anniversary of the fabulous Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I am delighted to have a story entitled “Inquiry and Assistance” in this very special issue. And I am busting my buttons seeing my name in the icing on the anniversary cake.
I have had a wonderful year. Well Read, Then Dead won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Caught Read-Handed was released to a warm welcome from the reading public. And I joined acclaimed novelist Laura Childs in writing the thirteenth novel in her scrapbooking series, Parchment and Old Lace.
So I wish a joyful month for all of us filled with hope and prayer and love. May the spirit of the season fill our hearts and surround our spirits and may we truly be neighbors to each other.
The paperback copy of Caught Read-Handed is at a reduced price on Amazon. I am mega-excited because this is the first price reduction since the book was released. You can buy it here. I check constantly because the sale prices on Amazon wax and wane. As soon as the sale ends I will let you know, but in the meantime, CRH makes a great present for cozy readers and shopping time is nearly upon us.
Did you ever wonder about the first day Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield arrived in Fort Myers Beach? Were they excited to begin their new lives? Were they exhausted from a long day of travel from Brooklyn to Florida? Most likely excitement and exhaustion are to be expected. But murder? Who expects murder? And yet…
I am delighted to tell you the short story “A Killing at the Beausoleil,” prequel to Well Read, Then Dead and Caught Read-Handed has been published in the November 2015 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, available now. And I am greatly honored to join the authors who have stories in this stellar edition of EQMM, including Carolyn Hart and Brendan DuBois who have both been generous enough to give the Read ‘Em and Eat series excellent blurbs.
I am delighted to let you know that there are ten signed copies of Caught Read-Handed available for a giveaway on Goodreads. Click here for a chance to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on June 17, 2015. Give it a try.
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I am delighted to let you know that at this years’s Malice Domestic conference Well Read, Then Dead won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The Agatha Banquet is always a joyful event and for me this year was especially grand. Here is a picture of Fan Guest of Honor Bill Starck presenting me with the coveted Agatha teapot.
The memory of the evening will last a lifetime and so will the gratitude I feel at knowing that so many readers love Well Read, Then Dead as much as I do.
HOORAY! IT’S HERE.
I am delighted to announce that Wheeler Publishing has released the Large Print edition of Well Read, Then Dead.
As my poor eyes have aged (along with the rest of me) I find myself taking large print books out of the lending library more and more frequently, so I am delighted to finally have a copy of Well Read, Then Dead that I can read without wearing my eye glasses.
And I, as well as everyone with aging eyes like mine, would be delighted if you let your local librarian know that you’d love to see a copy of Well Read, Then Dead on the Large Print book shelves.
From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat.
Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for the annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new library volunteer, Tanya Lipscome—also known as “Tanya Trouble.”
She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when Tanya is later found murdered in her own hot tub. The man last seen arguing with her is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.
Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!
I am delighted to tell anyone who will listen (and even those folks who are tired of hearing it) that Well Read, Then Dead has been nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, alongside Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy, Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris, Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien and Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber. One of the five finalists will be awarded the famous teapot at the Agatha Banquet to be held at Malice Domestic on Saturday May 2, 2015.
And here is the definition of the Agatha Awards directly from the Malice website:
The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:
- contain no explicit sex
- contain no excessive gore or gratuitous violence
Materials generally classified as “hard-boiled” are not appropriate.
So, you might ask, how does an Agatha nominee celebrate her good fortune? Well for one thing, she makes a delicious ice cream pie, complete with brownie bits and buttercream frosting. The grandkids pronounced it delicious. You can see the remnants here:
And then we decided to pitch a tent on grandma’s patio. Well, in that activity there will be no awards for grandma. After about an hour I was politely dismissed and the kids did a much better job without me—so there.
When all is said and done, apart from occasional forays in the kitchen, it appears I am more useful at the computer keyboard than anywhere else.