Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am thrilled to have Livia return to Escape With Dollycas! Last year she was here talking about holiday pies and cookies and promoting The Gingerbread Bump-Off. I knew then I would have to invite her back when the next book, Wedding Cake Killer, was released. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When it arrived in the mail I did a little chair dancing. For me the holiday season has to include a book from this series and a visit from Livia! Please help me welcome her here today!!
Thank you for having me here again! I always enjoy it.
My new book Wedding Cake Killer is the seventh book in the Fresh Baked Mystery series. When I first started writing the books I had no idea how many of them there would be, but I hoped the series would run for quite a while because I really love developing characters, watching them grow and change over the course of a number of books. There was a time when most mystery series could be read in any order because significant, life-altering changes seldom if ever happened to the main characters. Of course there were exceptions to this, but for the most part the protagonist and the supporting characters didn’t change much from the first book in a series to the last, for example Miss Marple or Nero Wolfe or Perry Mason.
Today it’s much more common for series characters to have major things going on in their personal lives, along with the mysteries they have to solve. Which brings us to Wedding Cake Killer, which features the marriage of Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve Turner to Roy Porter, who was introduced a couple of books earlier. This is a big event not only in Eve’s life but also in Phyllis’s, because the wedding takes place in her house and she has the responsibility of making sure that everything goes smoothly.
To be honest, I put a lot more thought and effort into planning Eve’s wedding than I did my own! When I got married it was long before the Internet and there were no bookstores in the small town where I lived. I didn’t have any wedding books or magazines to go by. I just did what friends and family suggested and what made sense to me. (I must have done something right, because more than 36 years later, I’m still married to the same guy!)
So I actually had a lot of fun coming up with all the details of Eve’s wedding, but I also enjoyed getting the chance to share more of her background with the readers. We learn a lot about Eve’s history in this one, and trust me, there are some surprises in store! I’ve always liked taking the long-term approach to character development and plotting. Years ago I collaborated with my husband on a series that contained a major twist at the end of the sixth book. We knew exactly what that twist was going to be before we ever wrote a word of the first book, so all along we were able to set it up and plant clues. The Fresh Baked Mystery series is very similar. All along I’ve known things about Eve that weren’t readily apparent and have been waiting for the right time and the right book to reveal them.
Wedding Cake Killer is that book. I hope the readers enjoy it, and I hope as well that they’ll come back to see how the events of this novel play out in the lives of Phyllis and all her friends in the future. Because life is change, and my characters are alive to me. If I’ve done my job, they will be to the readers, too.
Thank you so much Livia for being my guest today! Same time, next year, o.k.? I can’t wait for my next visit with Phyliis, Eve, Sam and Carolyn.
Wedding Cake Killer:
A Fresh-Baked Mystery
7th in Series
Obsidian (November 6, 2012)
Published by New American Library
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
The big day has arrived! Wedding Bells are ringing for Eve and Roy! Even the forecast of a snowstorm can’t ruin this special day. Phyllis, Carolyn, and Sam have everything under control. The whole day is wonderful.
When Eve and Roy return from their honeymoon they move to a local B&B while they continue to look for their own place. Who could have guessed that Eve would be moving back in with Phyllis? She has no choice when Roy is found dead in their room at the B&B and Eve is the prime suspect.
Phyllis has been warned to leave the investigation to the police but she has to prove that Eve is innocent. She needs to find out who iced Roy before Eve ends up with a life sentence.
I loved this story. We learn about the men of Eve’s past, I knew there was more to her story. The author tempted us a bit in the last book and I couldn’t wait for this installment. Washburn did not disappoint. This character’s development was perfect.
Livia J. Washburn is quite a storyteller. She brings her characters to life and readers become invested in their lives effortlessly. She has the perfect recipe to keep those pages turning and readers wanting to know how these retired teachers will get out of trouble this time. A cup of murder, a tablespoon of intrigue, a teaspoon of humor and a pinch of romance, mix together with fabulous characters and it bakes up to the perfect cozy mystery readers just can’t wait to bite into. A delectable delight!! with another temptation that has me anxiously awaiting book #8.
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