Who Did It?

Who Did It? A Mystery Series with A Paranormal Twist

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MEET FELICITY BELL & ALICE WHITEHOUSE. One is a baker, the other a mortician’s assistant, and both can talk to the dead. These mysteries have a little comedy and a splash of supernatural but are so worth reading as well as some of Nic Saint’s other books. This husband and wife team shares funny paranormal stories that I couldn’t help but delve into.  Visit their website and sign up for some of their free titles. I’m enjoying When in Bruges now.

Book One-One Spoonful of Trouble

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When Felicity Bell expresses the wish there were more to life than working in the family bakery, she didn’t know her wish would come true so soon. Suddenly the small town of Happy Bays is confronted with a crime wave the likes of which she’s never seen. The main culprit seems to be big shot reporter Rick Dawson, and soon the two are at daggers drawn.

Rick actually came down to Happy Bays to work on a tell-all article exposing villainous billionaire Chazz Falcone. Rick just lost his job because of the exposé, and he’s determined to nail the real estate tycoon to the wall. He soon discovers that trouble has followed him from New York City. Though she pretends to be a baker, he has a sneaking suspicion Felicity Bell is really working for Falcone, trying to get her hands on his article.

Before long, Felicity and Rick find themselves in a reluctant partnership fighting the crime wave that has hit Happy Bays, and the shady billionaire who seems to be behind all the trouble.

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Book Two-Two Scoops of Murder

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Happy Bays, that peaceful little town nestled on Long Island’s south shore, is suddenly the scene of a brutal murder. Felicity Bell, baker and sometime crime reporter, decides to get involved when the police appear stumped. Very soon, however, more murders startle the small community, and Felicity enlists the help of the ‘holy trinity’, three nosy and gossipy members of the Happy Bays Neighborhood Watch Committee (HBNWC).

Meanwhile Alice Whitehouse, Felicity’s best friend and chairwoman of the HBNWC, has other fish to fry in the form of Reece Hudson, Hollywood hunk. Alice has been Reece’s number one fan since he first rose to fame, and the fact that the handsome movie star is in town to introduce his fiancée to his father doesn’t stop her from accidentally falling into the man’s arms, and promptly signing him up for the HBNWC.

Now Felicity, with the help of Alice, the Holy Trinity, and action hero Reece Hudson, has to find a way to stop the killer before he strikes again. And as the body count rises, Felicity finds herself running out of time, out of options, and out of customers.

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Book Three-Three Shots of Disaster

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Just when Felicity Bell, well-renowned baker and sometime crime reporter, thought that the streets of Happy Bays were safe once again, tragedy strikes. First there’s the nuclear power plant, where a terrorist is plotting revenge on the small Long Island town. Then there’s Mayor MacDonald’s pet parrot Moe who is suddenly kidnapped, and finally Felicity’s best friend Alice’s love life suffers a crushing blow when Hollywood hunk Reece Hudson decides to return to his ex-girlfriend, the socialite Dorothy Valour.

Felicity, Alice, and their band of friends and family are faced with three shots of disaster. And this may well be the end, for even Felicity’s baking skills seem to have deserted her when her muffins turn out inedible, due to a mistake in Granny Bell’s recipe.

Will Alice be reunited with Reece? Will Moe the Parrot escape his captors? Will Happy Bays survive nuclear disaster? And, most importantly, will Felicity’s baking prowess return? In this, Felicity’s third mystery, things suddenly look very grim indeed…

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Catch books 4-6 of the series and Learn more about this husband and wife duo at http://nicsaint.com/.

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*Book cover art and synopsis courtesy of nicsaint.com

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Who Did It?

4 Cozy Mysteries with Crazy Twists and Turns

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The cozy mystery genre is full of humor, twists, turns and often has an unqualified individual who gets involved with solving a crime. The individual in this series features Abby Knight, a flower shop owner. Here are four books from the flower shop mystery series with some crazy twists and turns:

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Shoots to Kill

Shoots to Kill has a funny cast of characters especially Elizabeth Blume, whom Abby babysat years ago. Elizabeth has gotten over it because she wants to be Abby. When she comes back home strange things start to happen. Abby finds herself accused for murder and having to clear her name.

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Evil in Carnations

In Evil in Carnations, Abby finds herself playing matchmaker for her friend, Nikki. She convinces her friend to try speed dating where Nikki finds a date. Everything goes wrong once her date is found dead. Abby is determined to clear her friend’s name.

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Seed No Evil

In Seed No Evil, Abby is trying to find a location for her wedding. Abby is all about protecting animal rights. When she finds out the charity’s director has been murdered, Abby steps him to help the case, especially since her mother is a suspect.

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A Root Awakening

In A Root Awakening, Abby and husband, Marco are looking for a house to purchase. In searching they step into a case after witnessing a man falling from a building.

To learn more about Kate Collins and to purchase any of the featured books, visit http://www.katecollinsbooks.com/

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Kathryn Leigh Scott

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Visiting In My Fuzzy Neighborhood is Author/actress Kathryn Leigh Scott. She is the author of Jinxed (2015) and Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013) the first two mystery novels about amateur sleuth Jinx Fogarty.  Kathryn also wrote nonfiction Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood and the paranormal mystery Dark Passages with an affectionate nod to her stint on Dark Shadows. She has also written the memoir Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and Caring For Someone With Supranucler Palsy (2016) and completed the novel September Girl. She continues to work as an actress  (The Goldbergs and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Kathryn Leigh Scott:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

KLS: Mysteries and romance: humorous, edgy, fast-paced, surprising

Memoir: candid, probing, insightful, accessible

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

KLS: I begin with “what if?” and write a paragraph in answer; then the work begins! The paragraph becomes a synopsis, a loose outline and eventually a book.

FF: Why do you write books?

KLS: I’m compelled to write and I learn so much I didn’t know I knew.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

KLS: My leather chair and footstool with my laptop on my lap

FF: Tell us about your current book.

KLS: I have just completed SEPTEMBER GIRL, a stand-alone fiction book about a romance rediscovered that I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I’ve also written LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY: Life, love and Caring For Someone With Supranuclear Palsy, a memoir that is more about life and love than the prime of life disease that claimed my husband.

FF: What prompted you to share this story?

NEW savoy sales graphic blk jpgKLS: LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY is the book I wished I could read when my husband was diagnosed with this rare brain disease, one of a family of neurological diseases that Robin Williams was also diagnosed with, and for which there is no treatment or cure. I kept a journal while caregiving and that diary provided the template for the book.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

KLS: Take a deep breath and remember to be entertaining and brief!

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

KLS: Honestly, I’ve already held book signings in London, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and too many other great places to properly list. How about Paris? But then I’d require an interpreter.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

KLS: Water, followed closely by wine

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

KLS: Early!

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

KLS: Edith Wharton, for Heaven’s sake!

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

KLS: Assume their appreciation of language! The joy of reading is finding precise, expressive use of language to convey ideas and emotions . . . and if the perfect word choice is not widely known, I’ll use it anyway. Again, thank you Edith Wharton, PD James, Julian Barnes, etc. etc.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

KLS: Leap in! Have confidence in yourself.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

KLS: I’d be younger and know all I know now.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

KLS: If not now, when?

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

KLS: Love thy neighbor . . .

FF: Thanks for the interview.

KLS: Thanks for having me.

To learn more about Kathryn Leigh Scott and to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.kathrynleighscott.com/

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Susan M. Boyer

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Susan M. Boyer. Susan is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick and is nominated for several awards. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Susan M. Boyer:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

SB: Fast-paced, Southern, humorous, first-person.

FF; Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

SB: The first stage is daydreaming, coming up with a crime. Then I write it out in detail—who did what to who, from the villain’s point of view. Next I outline how my detective will solve the case. The first draft comes next, but every day I read and edit what I wrote the day before, so by the time I’m finished, I’ve already edited it once. Typically I let it rest—step away for a few days, then dive back in with another round of edits. Then I print it out and edit again. Things always look different on paper. Once I’m reasonably happy with it, if time permits, I’ll send it to a beta reader. I comb through her notes for things I missed and make any changes that resonate with me. Then it goes to my editor.

FF: Why do you write books?

SB: I love creating stories. I’m a life-long book-lover. Writing my own is my dream job.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

SB: I write mysteries, and I would have to say that’s my favorite, though I read very eclectically. I also love Southern fiction, women’s fiction, mainstream fiction, romance, and some paranormal fiction.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

SB: The beach, in a one-bedroom oceanfront condo, close enough to Charleston that I can make day trips in for research.

FF: Tell us about Lowcountry Book Club and Liz Talbot.

SB: Well, Liz Talbot is a private investigator, licensed by the state of South Carolina. She lives on the island of Stella Maris, just north of Isle of Palms, near Charleston. Many of her cases take her into Charleston.

Lowcountry Book Club FINALIn Lowcountry Book Club, she and her partner are hired by a prestigious Charleston law firm to find out who pushed Shelby Poinsett out of her second-floor library French doors into the brick courtyard of her Tradd Street home. Poor Shelby died of head injuries, and her husband was arrested for her murder, though he maintains his innocence. Jury selection starts in two weeks, so Liz and Nate are playing against the clock.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing? 

SB: Honestly, most of the time I’m traveling, so I’m focused on getting there half an hour early and just having fun meeting readers. I don’t really have any pre-signing rituals, though I do have a particular blue pen I like to use.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

SB: All of them. I wish I had time and the resources to go everywhere. I can’t think of a specific city I’d most like to visit for a signing other than to say I most enjoy going places where I can meet readers in person who I’ve only previously met through email, social media, or by virtue of the fact that they’ve read my books.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

SB: I drink a lot of peach iced tea. And I share Liz’s love for Cheerwine (a cherry flavored soft drink). If it’s after five, I love a glass of pinot noir. And champagne—I can usually think of a reason to drink champagne.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

SB: I’m such a night owl. I’m trying so hard to convert myself to an early bird because it would fit the rest of my life better. But it’s just not in my nature. I like to stay up late reading, then get my eight hours in.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

SB: Honestly, I can’t see myself ever collaborating on a book. Writing is too personal of an experience for me. That said, I do enjoy contributing to the occasional anthology or cookbook.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

SB: This is hard because most of the authors I know—myself included—appreciate their readers so much and do everything they know to do to let readers know that. The best way I know is to be as accessible as I possibly can through my website, email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and to respond as promptly as possible when a reader reaches out. That said, my sister and I had this conversation recently. She’s an avid reader, but wants nothing to do with social media, and would never dream of contacting an author. I said to her that she was the reader authors needed to figure out how to reach. Her response to me was this: “I don’t want to be reached. I want to browse books, choose the ones I want, read them, and go on about my business. I don’t want to have a relationship with the authors I read except through their books.” And I believe there are many readers who feel that way. Not all of them, of course.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

SB: Stick with that English major. Start writing earlier. Don’t take the detour for the steady paycheck.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

SB: If I could have a few more hours every day, that would be great. I could relax and smell the roses a little more. Seriously, I’m really happy with my life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

SB: I don’t think I have a motto per se. I have a list of things I try to follow, I guess. The usual things—be kind, treat others the way you’d like to be treated. If you can’t say something nice, keep quiet.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

SB: One of many favorites is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

FF: Thanks for the interview.

SB: Thanks so much for having me!

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