Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
by Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter
About Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders
Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
Aye Alba Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Number of Pages ~1600
Poisonous picnics, burgled barbeques, deadly deckchairs… and midsummer mayhem!
From a brilliant bunch of amazing authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this wonderful collection of 21 summer-themed cozy mysteries.
Featuring peril at the pool, blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—21 brand new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has set.
With stories from Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and Carly Winter, you’ll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.
This collection will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out – grab yourself a bargain today!
Today I am focusing on Loch Ness Murder by Michele Pariza Wacek.
It wouldn’t be Redemption without something weird going on in one of the lakes.
Part of The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in the 1990s.
Redemption, Wisconsin, is a charming little town that has a haunted past. Back in 1888, all the adults disappeared. Only the children were left, and they all swore they had no idea what happened to the adults.
Since then, Redemption had been a hotbed of strange and mysterious events.
Two men arrive in Redemption to research Locky, a monster similar to the famed Loch Ness Monster, believed to be inhabiting Angel Lake. They believe the creature is more likely to be a naiad or water nymph but also admit there could be nothing in the cold deep lake where bodies are rarely recovered.
Will both men survive to publish their research or will Redemption and Angel Lake be more than they can handle?
A superfast fun read from Michele Pariza Wacek.
A trip to the beach has Charlie rescuing one of the men in town to investigate the creature in the water. From there the short story quickly unfolds with lies and deception and some interesting teeth marks.
It was great to have a short visit with Charlie and Pat and whatever creature may or may not be in the lake.
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And now I am thrilled to welcome Michele Pariza Wacek and Charlie Kingsley to Escape With Dollycas!
Meet Charlie Kingsley: A Character Like No Other
Of all the characters I’ve written about, I can honestly say that Charlie Kingsley is in a league of her own.
When she first came to me, she didn’t even have a name—she was simply the dead aunt who left Becca her house in her will in the beginning of It Began With a Lie (Book 1 of the
Secrets of Redemption series).
Eventually, I gave her a name, Lottie, which wasn’t right (she definitely gave me an earful about it). And even though I don’t write paranormal books, she still ended up becoming a force to be reckoned with, appearing in Becca’s dreams to guide her and give her advice.
As I wrote the first three books in the series, Charlie informed me I needed to write her story, about how she first came to Redemption, Wisconsin. So, that became Books 4-5.
Once I published those, I assumed I was done with Charlie.
That was not the case.
A few months later, I got the idea for a Christmas murder mystery starring Charlie. The Murder Before Christmas was published on November 9, 2021, and it launched a whole new cozy mystery series called The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries. (Of course!).
Currently, there are three books published in the series, with two more set to be released in 2022, along with a couple of novellas, including Loch Ness Murder, which is included in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murder cozy mystery anthology.
So, if you’d like to get to know this powerhouse character, keep reading for a little heart-to-heart.
MPW: Thanks for doing this with me.
CK: Of course. You and I are in this together, after all.
MPW: That is true. So, when did you first realize I was … ‘underutilizing’ you? I guess that would be the best way to describe it …
CK: (Chuckles.) So, first off, I think ALL characters feel underutilized. But what it comes down to is the lengths the characters are willing to go to get noticed. For me, it was about persistence. You kept wanting to stray, and I had to keep reigning you back. Remember that fairy tale retelling project that went nowhere for ten months?
MPW: Um …
CK: You spent ten months writing the first book, and you barely got halfway through the first draft!
MPW: That isn’t one of my prouder ‘moments.’
CK: That’s an understatement. And you were just so stubborn. It took you getting an eye infection during the pandemic before you would slow down long enough to realize the project you should be working on was my story in the Secrets of Redemption series.
MPW: Okay, but give me some credit. I pivoted last summer to start on The Murder Before Christmas pretty quickly.
CK: Yes, you’re improving. Not perfect yet, but definitely getting better.
MPW: Speaking of The Murder Before Christmas, when did you realize the spin-off series was going to be a cozy?
CK: I always knew it was going to be a cozy. I’m not sure why it took you so long to get on board.
MPW: Well, for one, the original series was a psychological suspense.
CK: Yeah, but there are cozy elements in it. Especially in Book 2, This Happened to Jessica. But they’re all mystery-driven—they take place in a small town with a repeating cast of characters, and they’re clean.
MPW: That’s true.
CK: So, with The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, it just made sense to step fully into the cozy world.
MPW: When you put it that way, it does make sense. So, there are now three books in the series: The Murder Before Christmas, Ice Cold Murder and Murder Next Door…
CK: Don’t forget about the prequel short story, A Grave Error.
MPW: Yes, that too. Also Loch Ness Murder. Do you have a favorite?
CK: Hmmm. I like them all, but for different reasons. I was excited we were finally writing a Christmas mystery … I know we both wanted to do that for a long time.
MPW: That’s true.
CK: But Ice Cold Murder was a lot of fun, as well. After all, what’s more intriguing than being trapped in a supposedly haunted house with a dead lawyer and a dysfunctional family in the middle of a snowstorm? At least when it comes to solving a mystery.
MPW: I can’t think of anything better.
CK: Although if you ask Claire, she might have a different answer.
MPW: Yeah, that’s why we’re not asking her.
CK: And, Loch Ness Monster was great because it takes place in the summer, and I very much prefer Wisconsin in the summer.
MPW: I think you’re in very good company there. And that leads me to my last question—do you ever get upset with me for all the bad things that happen to you?
CK: That question assumes you’re the one coming up with the bad things.
MPW: Wait … what?
CK: I mean, has it occurred to you that our stories are our stories and you’re just the one writing them down? Honestly, you’re kind of like a glorified secretary.
MPW: Um …
CK: Now, that isn’t to say I don’t get upset with you. But it’s mostly when you get stubborn and start working on other projects and listening to other characters when you should be paying attention to me.
MPW: Okay then. Good to know.
About Michele Pariza Wacek
When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com. For a free prequel to her cozy mystery series, The Charlie Kingsley Mysteries, visit https://mpwnovels.com/freebies/
Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
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