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I am so happy to welcome Clover Tate to Escape With Dollycas!
Readers sometimes tilt their heads at me and ask, “How much of you is Emmy Adler?”
Emmy is the heroine of my kite shop mysteries, including the second in the series, Live and Let Fly. Emmy is in her early 30s, an artist-kitemaker, and a bit confused about her romantic life. Since the series is written in Emmy’s point of view, it’s natural for readers to wonder how similar we are. Am I like her? Not a bit! And, yet, of course, I am.
First for the “not a bit” part. Without getting specific, I’m, well, a bit older than Emmy. I’ve never crafted a kite. I live in a city, not a tiny beach town like Rock Point. While Emmy has Bear, an Australian Shepherd, I have two cats. Unlike Emmy, my romantic life is firmly under control.
At the same time, Emmy and I have a lot in common. First is our shared sense of humor. Emmy wouldn’t have parents who take part in a Watergate reenactment club if it didn’t crack me up. Emmy laughs at it, too, and she, like I, think it’s hilarious that the National Bloodhound reporter in Live and Let Fly is named Nicky Byrd the third, and that the murder victim, Jasmine Normand, was on a reality TV dating safari show called Bag That Babe.
Plus, Emmy and I also both like food. I didn’t intend it to happen, but when Emmy fetches a cup of coffee or a tuna melt at her best friend Avery’s café, the Brew House, we both luxuriate in its fragrance and taste. I know authors who dread that their characters have to eat from time to time, but I enjoy describing meals, from Rock Point’s Tidal Basin’s glass of pinot noir to its sautéed morel mushrooms and salmon steak.
Finally, Emmy and I both share a soft spot for misfits. While in Live and Let Fly the rest of the town dismisses cranky Marcus Salek as just another sourpuss, Emmy recognizes the hurt beneath his sarcasm. She’s also willing to understand the eloquent but clumsy Nicky Byrd as someone needing direction for his talent.
I feel that way, too. It’s the offbeat people around me who have inspired me to break off from corporate America. I can’t help but embrace dreamers and explorers, and I guess that’s why I write mysteries and why quirky folks will always earn a central place in what I write.
Really, the best people are just a hair off kilter. Emmy is, and so am I. Maybe you are, too?
Thank you, Clover, so much for visiting today!
Live and Let Fly (A Kite Shop Mystery)
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date – December 5, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B06XK3ZS7Z
Kite shop owner Emmy Adler becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation that could send her dreams crashing to the ground…
With summer drawing to a close in Rock Point, Oregon, Emmy Adler hopes to beat the seasonal drop in business by winning the annual kite festival. What better way to garner publicity for the handmade kites sold in her shop, Strings Attached? In the days leading up to the festival, Emmy’s ambitions are soaring. Even an argument with reality TV star and contest judge Jasmine Normand can’t bring her down. But when Jasmine is found dead the morning after their altercation, Emmy’s no longer flying high.
When the police open an investigation into Jasmine’s death and deem it a murder, Emmy falls under suspicion. With a national tabloid reporter convinced that she is guilty and business at her shop at a standstill, Emmy has to trade kite making for crime solving—or find all of her ambitions blown off course.
The song from Mary Poppins “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” started playing in my head as soon as I saw this book cover. But kite flying is not all fun and games in Rock Point, Oregon, especially when Emmy is getting ready for the annual kite festival. Her shop’s future could depend on whether she wins or loses. A celebrity has been brought in to judge the event but she and Emmy get off to a terrible start with an argument in front of in front of a bunch of people. When the judge is killed soon after she becomes a prime suspect. She may have information to clear herself but a member of the paparazzi is not letting her off the hook. To save Strings Attached? she is really going to have to fly around to prove her innocence or all her dreams may go “Up, Up, and Away”.
I really enjoyed my literary trip to Rock Point. Kites in the air, waves crashing on the beach, the wind in my hair and murder to solve.
As in Blown Away, the first book in this series, the story starts out at a good clip. Emmy’s sister Sunny drops in for an unexpected and what could be a lengthy visit, and she has not informed her parents where she is. If Emmy keeps Sunny’s whereabouts a secret from her mom she knows it is going to come back and bite her, but she is too stressed out about the kite she is creating to enter in the festival and all the tourists coming to town. I admire Emmy’s patience with her sister. I wanted to jump into the pages more than once and pummel the girl myself.
Avery’s busy too at the Brew House, so Sunny moving in is no big deal for her. Emmy has gotten close to Jack Sullivan, the owner of the other kit store in town. They are competing against each other in the Best Kite division, and she is looking forward to taking him down. 🙂 Other characters from book one have returned, including a certain Australian Shepherd, and we are introduced to a few new ones too, Hollywood types and the entourage that follows them. All were highly entertaining.
Midway through the story, the pace levels out just a bit but then as the clues start to fall into place and the suspect/s start to feel the pressure the pace heats up again. My pages were flying. The plot was well thought through with surprising twists. The subplots were interesting and I am excited about the next book to see some of them continue.
I love that Emmy creates one-of-kind kites. I was really into sewing and quilting before my accident and she uses several techniques I am very familiar with. It is nice to read about something I used to love to do so much. The author described it all so well. I could almost feel like it was my hand pushing the needle through the fabric. The colors described were so bright and appealing too.
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