Die Die Blackbird (A Piney Woods Mystery)
by Teresa Trent
I am excited to welcome Teresa Trent back to Escape With Dollycas today!
Like many of you, I read a lot of cozy mysteries. One thing that amazes me is all of the different places and times these mysteries take place. I recently read Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien that took place around a Chinese restaurant. Right now, I’m reading one that takes place in snowy Alaska. Last month I read A View to a Kilt that took place in Moosetookalook, Maine. Then you can head south to Louisiana for one of Sandra Bretting‘s mysteries in the historic houses of Louisiana, or up to Chicago for V.M. Burns character who runs a bookstore and spends time with her mother’s assisted living crowd. Like Doctor Seuss says, Oh, the places you will go! Each one of these locales brings with it the world of their sleuth, whether it be a knitting shop or someone working in the Congress like in Colleen Shogan‘s books. And don’t forget about cozy historical mysteries. I’ve recently read several that use the backdrop of a regency romance, but instead of focusing on the viscount kissing the heroine, he helps her solve a mystery.
The secret of the cozy mystery is there is a close-knit group of friends and family, whether the main character is living in a big city or small one. They are often funny and caring, and they face everyday problems we all experience, except for murder, thank God.
I love that about these books. When I’m not writing mysteries, I’m a full-time caretaker for my son with Down syndrome. He’s been in the hospital for pneumonia three or four times now, and he is medically fragile. That can be a lot to deal with day-to-day. I think that’s why I enjoy writing my two mystery series, Piney Woods, and Pecan Bayou. Some days you just need to escape to Mayberry.
In Die Die Blackbird, Nora is a co-owner of the historic Tunie Hotel, and this time she’s checking in paranormal investigators Jack and Daisy Foley. They have her front desk clerk, Dominic Fazio, over the moon, being an amateur investigator himself. Not only that, but they knock heads with Grace Howe, the leader of the Piney Woods quilting group, who doesn’t react well to having to share meeting rooms that were supposed to be for the quilters. Jack and Daisy are attempting to speak to the ghost of Sam Houston to find out where the missing gold from the Battle of Santa Anna might be hidden. They think Sam visited a lady of the evening in Piney Woods, and if they can’t get Sam on the line, maybe they’ll get her.
Do you have a favorite cozy mystery locale? Please share it in the comments below.
Thank you for visiting today, Teresa!
About Die Die Blackbird
Die Die Blackbird (A Piney Woods Mystery)
3rd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (January 14, 2020)
Paperback: 210 pages
Digital Print Length: 159 pages
Nora Alexander is finding her job exciting as she welcomes paranormal investigators Jack and Daisy Foley to the Tunie Hotel. They are trying to contact the ghost of Sam Houston not only for their internet production but because it is reported there is a stash of Santa Anna’s gold hidden somewhere. They are operating on the theory that Sam Houston visited a lady of the evening in Piney Woods and locate Red Ruth Inn where a parking lot now stands. Not only do these two stir the spirit world, but they also bother some of the town’s most established citizens including the town’s quilting group who doesn’t appreciate their overtaking of the hotel with ghost hunting equipment.
When a townsperson is murdered with suspected ties to the local gang, The Alamo Runners, Nora finds herself wanting to protect his wife and daughter all the while getting cryptic messages from beyond. Jack and Daisy aren’t the only ones with a connection to the other side.
About Teresa Trent
Teresa Trent writes cozy mysteries that take place in small towns in Texas. The Piney Woods Series came to be because her older brother worked in the hotel industry for over twenty years and would relate all the things and people he had experienced. Because Teresa loves history and a little bit of the paranormal, the Tunie Hotel was born! Teresa is also the author of the Pecan Bayou Cozy Mystery Series.
Great Escapes Praise for Die Die Blackbird (A Piney Woods Mystery)
by Teresa Trent
I enjoyed the plot in Die Die Blackbird because it involves a paranormal investigating team of husband and wife . . . These Texans won’t take no guff about their beloved Sam.
~CHRISTY’S COZY CORNERS
Die Die Blackbird by Teresa Trent has a well-plotted mystery, fabulous characters, and a sweet little town setting. I enjoy the humor the author adds to the plot and the family connections.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
A great addition to an adorable cozy series set in a small town in Texas. . . . a fun read full of quirky characters, lots of clues, and small town charm. Great for fans of cozies.
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