Dec 122017

An Interview with Heather Haven

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Sarasota, Florida, during the winter hiatus of the circus. I spent most of my life in bathing suits, as kids who are born in southern Florida usually do. In fact, I know what year is what when I see myself in a particular bathing suit in scrapbooks. I always wrote. I started out by putting lyrics to any musical numbers I heard on the radio. My first paying writing job was when I was seventeen. I wrote a gossip column for the Miami Beach Sun on the happenings of residents in a Miami Beach condo. I got paid $25 a week! For a kid back in the Punic Wars, that was a lot of money. After college, I headed for New York City. Among other things, I had several off-off-Broadway plays produced, wrote ad copy for No Soap Radio, and worked backstage on Broadway doing costumes. When my husband and I moved to California, I began writing novels. It’s been a fun ride. I am very blessed.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  • I like to say I was born on a trunk at Ringling Brothers’ Circus, instead of Judy Garland’s song, I Was Born In A Trunk At The Princess Theater. My parents met and married during the golden age of the circus. My mother was a performer and my father was an elephant trainer. I have pictures of me sitting atop the head of a baby elephant, Mom and Dad on each side.
  • I like to sing harmony along with my singer/musician husband, but microphones scare me.
  • I wish I could live on a farm and take in unwanted, abused animals.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Uncle Remus. It was a large book, mostly pictures, and I was probably four. At nine, I read my first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. There was no turning back.

What are you reading now?

I’m in the middle of four books. One’s on Mae West, two mysteries, and a how-to on painting. Where there’s life, there’s hope! As for the mysteries, I am a member of Sisters in Crime, NorCal Chapter. We have a lot of talented authors in the group. I am making it my mission to read at least one published novel by each member. They are really wonderful reads. I probably could spend my life reading nothing but work from this group and never get tired of it.

What made you decide you want to write?

I didn’t have much to say about it. I’ve always been a writer. However, I took an early retirement from Stanford University, where I had a great job, to write full-time. I try to turn out one novel every twelve to fourteen months.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

My office. Small but mighty and right off the kitchen. It used to be the breakfast nook, but with two people, who needs a breakfast nook? Plus I needed, as Virginia Woolf advised, a room of one’s own!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I read the papers. Truth is stranger than fiction, for sure. Especially nowadays.

What books have most inspired you?

Too numerous to list. However, P. G. Wodehouse, Carolyn Hart, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, David Sedaris, John Le Carré, are but a few who inspire me to try to write my best. Shakespeare heads the list. He was beyond a genius. If he ever looks down and sees me, I want him to be able to say, “There’s that Heather Haven again, thinking she can write. Oh, well, she always does her best.”

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

All of it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Something that rings true. Fiction shines a light on the truth. Throw in a funny line every now and then, and you’ve got something.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Most of them have a few of my traits here and there. That’s always a good starting place, but as the characters solidify in my mind, they become less and less like me.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I don’t like stuff that’s too heavy. I want to think about something, not cry about it. If I want a good cry, I can always pick up the real estate section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

My books are written on many levels. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover a darker place than you thought would be there. But if you don’t want to scratch, sit back, have a good laugh, and an adventure that has a happy ending. Life is for living, but it can be tough.  We need to be positive, upbeat and do our best. At night, when we lay our heads on the pillow, we need to know that no matter what the outcome, we did our best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves. Further, my work is dedicated to families of all types everywhere.  When we are fortunate to share our lives with others, bound by love and hopes for a good future, we are, indeed, a family. And very blessed.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The sky’s the limit, Toots, the sky’s the limit.

Thank you, Heather, for being my guest today!

Now let me tell you about her latest cozy mystery!

The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
The Wives of Bath Press (November 27, 2017)
Print Length: 281 pages

Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?

Praise for The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries)
by Heather Haven

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Alvarez Family (since finding her first book on Bookbub a few years ago) and enjoy Ms. Haven’s sense of humor as she spins her stories for us readers.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

I have been such a huge fan of this series I love how the Alvarez’s work together to get to the bottom of every situation they are handled.
~Community Bookstop


More About the Author

After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, produced at several places, such as Playwrights Horizon. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.

One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.

Her first novel of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is a winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. The second, A Wedding to Die For, received finalist nods from both Global and EPIC’s for Best eBook Mystery of the Year, 2012. It also won the Editors and Predators silver, 2012. The third of the series, Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold 2013. The fourth installment, Dead…If Only, won Global Silver 2015. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five, won the Global Gold Medal 2017 and Dan Poynter Legacy Award 2017. The Culinary Art of Murder is the sixth book of the series.

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Dec 082017

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/

Author Interview – Suzanne Trauth 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a multi-genre writer. I started out writing screenplays and then transitioned to novels and plays. Since my background is in dramatic works, I focus a lot on plot and dialogue in my Dodie O’Dell Mystery Series.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I have had play readings at a number of theatres in the New York/New Jersey area and a number of years ago, I co-wrote a play about Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans. I also wrote and directed a short film. But I am a mystery book lover at heart. I once stayed home from work to finish a novel!

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember being read to at a very early age but Nancy Drew mysteries and the Bobbsey Twins series stand out.

What are you reading now?

I am reading several books now: AMERICANAH, Louise Penny’s series (specifically A FATAL GRACE) and ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY!

What made you decide you want to write?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write! In grade school and high school, I tinkered with plays and short stories. But then I got caught up with theatre and my focus shifted away from writing. But fortunately I found my way back about twenty years ago and now I am focused on my mystery series.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I generally do most of my writing in a home office in northern New Jersey. But I do take notes everywhere… Snippets of conversation, character ideas, everywhere I go it seems I find material!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Now that I have a series going, there is a town and its inhabitants that lay the groundwork for each novel. But each novel also introduces new characters, so many ideas come from them! The characters speak to me…Ideas also are generated by the play that I have chosen for each novel. For example, the first Dodie O’Dell mystery featured ROMEO AND JULIET so the play was a springboard for the setting, character interaction, and murder mystery.

What books have most inspired you?

In the mystery world, I am truly inspired by Elizabeth George and Louise Penny. Each of their series provides food for thought, exceptionally well-plotted stories with strong and engaging characters. In the non-mystery world, I love to read a range of authors. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE stands out. I love books set during World War II.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

For me getting the first draft down can be a challenge. Thoughts and ideas tumble out while I am trying to adhere to a very loose outline. Once the draft is finished and I start the next draft, it can be a challenge to establish clues, investigative procedures, and red herrings! I want to keep the reader engaged but not give away the end of the book.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think all of the standard elements must be present for a good story: well-drawn characters, a strong setting, believable and interesting dialogue. And then the X factor…that extra something that really pulls in the reader and makes her want to stay up all night, or skip work, to finish.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Hmmm…great question. I suppose I see myself in several characters. Dodie’s management skills, adventurous spirit, and sense of humor; Walter’s wacky rehearsal exercises; Lola’s friendship.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

Write what you know? Or at least write what you enjoy…I have loved mystery novels since I was a grade schooler, beginning with Nancy Drew. Reading a mystery novel is like solving a puzzle and puzzles fascinate me.

What makes your books different form others out there in this genre?

There are so many wonderful mystery series out there…when I started in on the Dodie O’Dell books, I decided to place the mysteries within the context of a small town restaurant (the Winderjammer) and community theatre (the Etonville Little Theatre). So, I am combining food and theatre. I think that combination might be unique.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

RUNNING OUT OF TIME is the third book in the Dodie O’Dell Mystery Series. Book number four—JUST IN TIME—will appear in the fall of 2018. Books five and six are already in the planning stages…

Thank you, Suzanne, for being my guest today!

About The Author

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at and on Facebook.


Running out of Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (October 10, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601837240
Digital ASIN: B01NBUM1LD

Restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell’s themed food ideas have been called cute, clever, and delicious, but never revolutionary—until now. Dodie’s Windjammer Restaurant is stocking the Etonville Little Theatre’s concession stand with colonial-era desserts and drinks: Swamp Yankee applesauce cake, pumpkin bread, hot cider punch, and mulled wine to complement the latest production. A local playwright has adapted Thornton Wilder’s Our Town into Eton Town, shifting the story to colonial America and the founding of Etonville, New Jersey, shortly after the Revolutionary War.

On opening night, hours before the curtain rises, Dodie runs into an agitated actress backstage with blood on her hands. Then a stranger is found among the chairs set for a graveyard scene with a knife in his chest. The show will not go on—the theatre is now a crime scene. Hoping to clear the red-handed suspect, Dodie returns to the role of amateur sleuth to mull over the clues and beat the backstage stabber to the punch—before someone else becomes history . . .

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Oct 252017

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am over the moon to have Larissa at Escape With Dollycas today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 

20 Quick Questions with Larissa Reinhart


Favorite Color – orange

Favorite Candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Favorite Snack – Fried Apple Pie

Favorite Soft Drink – Tea

Favorite Hard Drink – Lemon Sour (a drink in Japan made from fresh lemon, seltzer water, and Japanese grain alcohol—kind of a vodka made from rice)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – dark chocolate with raspberry

Favorite Movie – Lost in Translation

Favorite TV Show – Cops

Favorite Book – This one’s too hard, I have many favorites 😉 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is my earliest favorite.

Favorite Fictional Character – Edward Rochester

Favorite Super Hero – Black Widow

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorite Carnival Ride – bumper cars

Favorite Spring Activity – Eating BBQ

Favorite Summer Activity – Floating or tubing (inner tube on a river)

Favorite Fall Activity – Going to the North Georgia Mountains and eating fried apple pie

Favorite Winter Activity – Reading

Favorite Place to Read – In bed

Favorite Place to Write – In my inherited Danish chair with a footstool

Not sure if this what Larissa’s looks like 🙂

Dream Vacation Destination – Singapore

Thank you so much Larissa for plating 20 Quick Questions! 

Now let me tell you about her new book!

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright is working at Nash Security Solutions but as a bookkeeper instead of getting the training she needs for her private detective license. That changes when she brings the firm a new case that entails keeping a movie starlet out of trouble and to the set on time. Should be easy, right? But what starts out a basically a babysitting job turns into a full blown case with dead bodies and body doubles. It also brings Wyatt closer to admitting his feeling for her. Now she just needs to stay alive and solve the case so she can maybe take their relationship to a whole new level.

Hollywood comes to Georgia and brings a whole bunch of trouble. I liked that Maizie had a history with actress she is supposed to be “watching” and quickly finds out she really doesn’t know her very well at all.  It isn’t long before Nash is brought in because with the sighting of  more than one dead body that goes missing before the cops can arrive, Maizie is clearly in over her head. Maize still has the spunk she had in the first book, standing up to her overbearing mother and not giving up on the case. Finding herself in some sticky situations she is able to think on her feet, but some situations could be avoided if she would think before she acts. That is why she is still in training and #StillAWannabeDetective.

The author has packed a lot of action, danger, humor, and romantic tension in this story. Twists and turns are “off the chain” 🙂 The relationships and conversation are realistic and had me laughing so many times. Maize is truly one of a kind and I just can’t get enough. Unlike her former Hollywood persona, Julia Pinkerton, there is no script and the dead bodies and the danger are all real. And so is steamy Wyatt Nash. Another awesome character that I love.

I dove right into this book and completely escaped. Yes, I think I am channeling my much younger self  a little bit in this review. Maizie just brings that out of me. This was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery! I really want to follow her wherever she goes and whatever messes she gets herself in and out of.



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About The Author

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website,, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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Oct 202017

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs, Camille Minichino, Heather Haven, Vinnie Hansen, Mary Kennedy, Rita Lakin, and Judy Alter

I am so happy to welcome Jonnie Jacobs to
Escape With Dollycas today to play 20 Quick Questions!

20 Quick Questions with Jonnie Jacobs


Favorite Color – Lavender. But most of what I own (clothing and furnishings) is neutral -black, brown or gray. Go figure.
Favorite Candy – I rarely eat candy, but can always be tempted with a piece of Sees – dark chocolate only.

Favorite Snack – Nuts

Favorite Soft Drink – Seltzer water with lime

Favorite Hard Drink –  My go-to is a glass of wine but I love mixed drinks like the mojito, lemon drop, margarita, and the totally decadent pina colada.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Coffee or vanilla

Favorite Movie – No favorite but I enjoy mystery and crime dramas, and quirky movies like Little Miss Sunshine and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. My most memorable movie was The King and I. It was my first movie ever, and we sat in a grand old theater with a live organist who played before the show started. Sheer magic to a child.

I love The King and I too!

Favorite TV Show –Believe it or not, I don’t have a television.

Favorite Book – Impossible choice.

Favorite Fictional Character – Ditto.

Favorite Super Hero – Gosh, the only one I’m actually familiar with is Superman.

Favorite Singer/Group/Band –I favor the classic rock music of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the country/bluegrass music from the same era (probably because that’s what I grew up with.)

Favorite Carnival Ride –Anything tame like the Merry-Go-Round or Ferris Wheel. I’m a wimp when it comes to roller coasters and such.

Favorite Spring Activity –  Evening walks when the air is sweet with spring blossoms.

actor portrayal 🙂

Favorite Summer Activity – Hiking, and then spending the afternoon reading.

Favorite Fall Activity – I’m generally energized to clean out and organize (although very little of it actually gets done), and to get back to hobbies like quilting and knitting.

Favorite Winter Activity – Sitting in a comfy chair by a big fire and a book.

Favorite Place to Read – Outside in the shade on a warm summer day.

actor portrayal

Favorite Place to Write – My study (AKA spare bedroom I’ve homesteaded as my own.)

Dream Vacation Destination – I’ve travelled a lot but the list of places I’d like to go keeps growing.


About the Author

Jonnie Jacobs is the best selling author of sixteen mystery and suspense novels, and a number of short stories. A former practicing attorney and the mother of two grown sons, she lives in Northern California with her husband. Email her at or visit her on the web at



Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas
Cozy Mysteries
Self Published
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Print Length: 675 pages

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.

Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?

No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?

What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.

The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.

A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?

The Color of Fear. A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.

Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?

Some explicit language in a few of the stories.


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Oct 142017

I am excited to have Debra visit today for
20 Quick Questions!!

Favorite Color – a perfect, subtle teal green like sunlight filtering through a pine forest

Favorite Candy – dark chocolate

Favorite Snack – peanut butter (on a knife works in a pinch!)

Favorite Soft Drink – Ginger Ale…like maybe twice a year

Favorite Hard Drink – Gave them up years ago (but I did a whisky tasting at Edinburgh Castle last year!)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Dulce de leche

Favorite Movie – Today? Leap Year

Favorite TV Show – Today? Shetland!

Favorite Book – Outlander

Favorite Fictional Character – Black Beauty

Favorite Super Hero – Christopher Reeves as Superman (that’s the extent of my Super Hero knowledge).

Favorite Singer/Group/Band –  Sting

Favorite Carnival Ride – Tilt A Whirl

Favorite Spring Activity – Rushing to finish little jobs around the house in preparation for summer guests

Favorite Summer Activity – Shopping for fabric

Favorite Fall Activity – Catching up on Sleep (but it’s the best time to travel, too!)

Favorite Winter Activity – BingeWatching mysteries and making soup on a Sunday

Favorite Place to Read – in bed

Favorite Place to Write – my recliner

Dream Vacation Destination – the UK. I saw parts of Scotland but I need to go back and see more, plus Wales and England.

Thank you Debra for playing 20 Quick Questions!! 

The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Nosy Parkers Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Journey Fiction (August 4, 2017)
Paperback: 302 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1946892027
E-Book ASIN: B0749K9NZX

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

Praise For The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Nosy Parkers Mysteries)
by Debra E. Marvin

Set in the days when every young girl dreamed of following in Nancy Drew’s shadow, with the added attraction of men in kilts and a delectable Scottish brogue, this exciting mystery will sweep you off your feet.
~Laura’s Interests

The writing is strong, and the characters well-developed. The balance of romance vs. mystery is about right for my tastes (i.e., almost all mystery with just a bit of romance). Ms. Marvin seems like an author to watch.
~The Ninja Librarian

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is just the right amount of campy with a dash of romance, a bit of Scottish brogue, and a delightful landlady who really needs her own series 🙂
~Reading is my SuperPower


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Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, and contracted with Journey Fiction, and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

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Jul 112017

I am thrilled that Tj could stop by to play 20 Quick Questions!! 

Favorite Color – Black. What else for a mystery and thriller author?

Favorite Candy – Snickers bar (but I rarely eat candy).

Favorite Snack – Ah …. To disclose this would reveal why I am an UFO. (Ugly Fat Old dude)

Favorite Soft Drink – None. It dilutes the bourbon.

Favorite Hard Drink – Bourbon. Good bourbon. Very good bourbon.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Pistachio. No butter pecan. No, pistachio. No …

Favorite Movie – Midnight in Paris (Yeah, I know, weird for a guy like me!) Lonesome Dove. Anything Alistair MacLean like Where Eagles Dare or The Guns of Navarone … I love the old noir, too like Charlie Chan, Poirot, Mr. Moto, and always any B-rated Sci FI or horror movie from the past like Creature of the Black Lagoon, the original Mummy movies, The Blob … you get it!

Favorite TV Show – It changes… but always British mysteries like Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. Then anything Discovery or History Channel. Right now, I am loving Blood Line on Netflix. I used to love Sci Fi channel when they played goofy, fun, Saturday night movies. Now they are SyFy and play wrestling and reality TV or non-science fiction crap.

Favorite Book –So, so many. Six Days of the Condor. Anything Alistair MacLean, Nelson DeMille (in particular Plum Island).

Favorite Fictional Character – Hercule Poirot—the David Suchet role only.
Hercule Poirot—the David Suchet role only

Favorite Super Hero – None. Not for me.

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and ZZ Top.

Favorite Carnival Ride – The shooting gallery.

Favorite Spring Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Favorite Summer Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Toby and Annie Rose

Favorite Fall Activity – Riding my Harley Davidson and hanging with my Labs!

Toby and Annie Rose

Favorite Winter Activity – Not crashing my Harley on the ice! Then, assuming I make it home after the ice, hanging with my Labs.

Favorite Place to Read – My den.
Favorite Place to Write – My den.

Dream Vacation Destination – Alaska. I’ve traveled so many places in the world I want to see more of the US. If ever possible again, Egypt.

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Give those beautiful pups a huge hug from me!

About This Author

Tj O’CONNOR IS THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE 2015 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS (IPPY) FOR MYSTERIES. He is the author of New Sins for Old Scores, from Black Opal Books, and Dying to Know, Dying for the Past, and Dying to Tell. His new thriller, The Consultant, will be out in May 2018 from Oceanview Publishing. Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Lab companions in Virginia where they raised five children. Dying to Know is also the 2015 Bronze Medal winner of the Reader’s Favorite Book Review Awards, a finalist for the Silver Falchion Best Books of 2014, and a finalist for the Foreword Review’s 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

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New Sins for Old Scores
by Tj O’Connor
Black Opal Books (May 27, 2017)
Paperback 370 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1626946750
E-Book ASIN: B071S213GB

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And, when it does, it’s the worst kind of murder.

Detective Richard Jax was never good at history—but, after years as a cop, he is about to get the lesson of his life. Ambushed and dying on a stakeout, he’s saved by Captain Patrick “Trick” McCall—the ghost of a World War II OSS agent. Trick has been waiting since 1944 for a chance to solve his own murder. Soon Jax is a suspect in a string of murders—murders linked to smuggling refugees out of the Middle East—a plot similar to the World War II OSS operation that brought scientists out of war-torn Europe. With the aid of a beautiful and intelligent historian, Dr. Alex Vouros, Jax and Trick unravel a seventy-year-old plot that began with Trick’s murder in 1944. Could the World War II mastermind, code named Harriet, be alive and up to old games? Is history repeating itself?

Together, Jax and Trick hunt for the link between their pasts—confronted by some of Washington’s elite and one provocative, alluring French Underground agent, Abrielle Chanoux. Somewhere in Trick’s memories is a traitor. That traitor killed him. That traitor is killing again. Who framed Jax and who wants Trick’s secret to remain secret? The answer may be, who doesn’t?

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Jun 072017

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

It is always a pleasure to have Leslie drop by for a visit.
I am so happy that her Food Lover’s Mystery Series have found a new home at Midnight Ink!

Escape to a Music Festival, with Leslie Budewitz,
author of Treble at the Jam Fest, #4 in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries.

Music is a big part of life here at Sanctuary Woods, the name Mr. Right long ago gave our sweet little hideaway in the northern Rockies, not far from Glacier National Park. I once studied the classical guitar, and he’s a singer-songwriter who put himself through nursing school playing and singing in bars. (Including a strip club, between acts!) From Bach to the Beatles, from Adele to Neil Young, you can hear just about any music you like at our house.

So a few years ago, when a group of locals started the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop, we jumped right in. For a week, the sound of music fills the valley. (By  coincidence, the Von Trapp Family Singers, a delightful quartet of young adult siblings who are the Captain and Maria’s great-grandchildren, live in our valley. They were students one year and gave an impromptu concert outside. And yes, it sparkled.) Imagine the setting, a ninety-year-old log lodge on the shores of a magnificent mountain lake, surrounded by guest cabins and horse barns, log chairs to sit in and views to die for. It’s a real place, the model for Caldwell’s Eagle Lake Guest Lodge in my Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries. The lodge and environs show up in several books, but are featured most prominently in the second installment, Crime Rib.

I wish I could take you there at about seven of a summer evening, when the horses parade up a hillside trail to their evening pasture. Paints and pintos, chestnuts and bays, a sorel or two, and a big Appaloosa. Even if you don’t ride, the sight and sound will make you pause with wonder.

Every day, 100 students from across the globe, including quite a few locals, gather at the lodge and in charming spots around the village to study. Classes focus on a range of guitar styles—jazz, rock, blues, classical—or a songwriting class, and guest artists drop in. Mr. Right has attended for several years, and that week is hard work and bliss.

Every evening, the teachers, many internationally renowned artists themselves, and artists in residence put on concerts for the community in a giant tent on the lodge grounds. Pat Metheny, Alex De Grassi, Lee Ritenour, John Oates, Jim Messina, Patti Larkin, the LA Guitar Quartet—I could go on, but you can hear the music, can’t you?

It’s such a treat, for students, faculty, and locals. When I lived in Seattle, I loved the multi-stage festivals at Seattle Center—Folklife in early summer, Bumbershoot over Labor Day—and adored my treks north to the Vancouver Folk Festival. The small-town version is just as much fun, sprinkled with our mountain magic dust.

And it’s an economic boon, too, something every village craves. Visitors eat, stay, and shop local. They buy jewelry and pottery, fun kitchenware, kids’ clothes and toys. They hike and sail. Some buy real estate and become part of the community.

And to my delight, many buy books, too!

But what if something went wrong? What if one of those famed guest artists wasn’t so charming? What if an up-and-comer—an emerging artist, in the modern term—had an inflated sense of her talent? What if an organizer had another agenda, or a sponsor was playing a different tune? What if an old tension burst under new pressure, and the dischord led to murder?

I’ve changed the festival, of course. Made the focus jazz, set it over Memorial Day, moved most of the concerts into the village of Jewel Bay, with its historic Playhouse and outside amphitheater. Erin is busy getting the Merc ready for summer—she’s in desperate need of a new sales clerk, and juggling all the details of running a business in a tourist community.

And because no family is always harmonious, and the course of true love never did run smooth, Erin must deal with drama in the Murphy clan and a bit of a surprise in her own romance.

But along with a passion for pasta and a talent for retail, Erin’s discovered that her business skills also make her a good investigator. So when tragedy strikes, she steps in to help protect the community and keep the music playing.

I hope you’ll make the time to enjoy a little music yourself this summer, along with a good mystery!


Thank you Leslie for visiting today! 


Treble at the Jam Fest (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752402

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident—or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Jewel Bay just in time for the Jazz Festival. To kick off the event a few of the musicians featured put on a mini preview concert in the event area behind Erin Murphy’s store The Merc. Tempers seem to flare between a few of the artists but Erin thinks the night went pretty well. When headliner Gerry Martin is found dead the next morning Erin finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation. She is trying to save the festival but she may end up getting herself all jammed up. Can she catch a killer before the last note is played?

All of our favorite characters return and many new ones arrive on the scene. Jewel Bay is a small town and the Merc is right in the center of all the actions. Erin’s mom is cooking up a storm in the Merc’s kitchen and she also takes a big step, Tracy helps Erin with the store and has her area full of chocolate and demand is growing, and Erin has hired Lou Mary to help at the store too. She is just training but I feel she will fit right in. Adam and Erin’s relationship is going strong. His friend Tanner has come to town with some news that could change that though. Also new in this story are the musicians and a new deputy sheriff. The cast is diverse and with those we love, those with secrets, and those that just rub everyone the wrong way. Very representative of life in a small town.

The story moves right along with many things that twist and connect leading up to the surprising reveal. The imagery created by the author’s words gives a clear picture of Jewel Bay and all its special places. The dialogue was real and flowed naturally.

I am so excited that this series is continuing. I have enjoyed every visit and can’t wait to return. I have become very invested in these characters.

If this series is new to you don’t worry. The author provides a cast list at the beginning of the book. I think after reading this one you will want to go back and read the series from the start.


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Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.

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May 132017

Nadine Nettman stops by to play 20 Quick Questions!

Favorite Color – Purple

Favorite Candy – Butterscotch Squares from See’s Candies

Favorite Snack – Leftovers. I love leftovers, especially Thai food

Favorite Soft Drink – I don’t drink soda, but I love sparkling water

Favorite Hard Drink –  Wine, especially one with a story behind it

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Vanilla with caramel swirls and either pecans or brownies mixed in

Favorite Movie – Psycho. I saw it without knowing that Norman Bates was his mother so I got the full effect Hitchcock was going for. Amazing

Favorite TV Show – I have a few different ones: The Office, Sherlock Holmes, Big Bang Theory, and Santa Clarita Diet

Favorite Book – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Favorite Fictional Character – Kinsey Milhone

Favorite Super Hero – Wonder Woman. I used to watch the show when I was a kid and I loved how she was so strong and confidant

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I love so many that it’s hard to choose, but I’ll go with the one that’s held my heart nearly all my life: The Beatles

Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris wheel

Favorite Spring Activity – Looking at the flowers, both wild and cultivated

Favorite Summer Activity – Swimming


Favorite Fall Activity – Running

Favorite Winter Activity – Skiing

Favorite Place to Read – Outside in a comfy chair with an umbrella and a cold drink

Favorite Place to Write – A coffee shop in Santa Barbara, though I don’t get there very often

Dream Vacation Destination – Everywhere. My husband and I love to travel and try to take as many trips as we can

Thank you Nadine for playing 20 Quick Questions!!

Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750620


It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake—even her life.


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Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.

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Two Heads Are Deader Than One
by Elena Hartwell

Let’s Play 20 Quick Questions with Elena Hartwell

Favorite Color – Depends on the application. Black for clothes, I love sepia for art, green in nature.

Favorite Candy –  Chocolate Fudge. I’m a purist, no nuts.

Favorite Snack –  Popcorn: extra points for powdered Cheddar Cheese

Favorite Soft Drink –  Rarely drink them, but if it’s really hot – a Coke

Favorite Hard Drink – Vodka girl!

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – This is sooooo tough! But I’m going to go with Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk

Favorite Movie – Casablanca – though I never get tired of watching Almost Famous.

Favorite TV Show – (Currently) Nashville/Murdoch Mysteries

Favorite Book – The Hobbit

Favorite Fictional Character – Lucy from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Favorite Super Hero – Underdog

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I listen to so many different styles, this is impossible to answer. I will say Jackson Browne is currently in my car’s CD player.

Favorite Carnival Ride – Merry-go-round to see, Ferris Wheel to ride.

Favorite Spring Activity – Playing with my horses in the rain.

Favorite Summer Activity – Drying out my horses. I live in the Pacific Northwest

Elena’s horse – Jasper

Elena’s horse – Radar

Favorite Fall Activity – Playing with my horses in beautiful cold, sunny weather.

Favorite Winter Activity – Playing with my horses … in snow 

Favorite Place to Read – In bed.

Favorite Place to Write – I love to write in hotel rooms. It’s such a great way to just focus down on the writing, no distractions from chores around the house or other things you think you need to do.

Dream Vacation Destination – I’ve always wanted to visit Viet Nam.

Thanks Elena for playing 20 Quick Questions!!

Now let me tell you about Elena’s new book!

Two Heads are Deader Than One (Eddie Shoes Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Camel Press (April 15, 2017)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813136

Private Investigator Eddie Shoes is enjoying a rare period of calm. She’s less lonely now that Chava, her card-counting mom from Vegas, is sharing her home. She also has a new companion, Franklin, a giant dog of curious ancestry.

Hoping for a lucrative new case, Eddie instead finds herself taking on a less promising client: her best friend from her childhood in Spokane. Dakota has turned up in Bellingham in jail, where she is being held on a weapons charge. Eddie reluctantly agrees not only to lend her friend money for bail but to also investigate who is stalking her. Soon after Dakota is freed, she disappears again, leaving Eddie to answer to the local cops, including her ex-boyfriend Chance Parker. Has Dakota been kidnapped? If not, why did she jump bail? What are Eddie’s business cards doing on the bodies of two murder victims?

elenahartwellheadshotbAbout The Author

After twenty years in the theater, Elena Hartwell turned her dramatic skills to fiction. Her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go introduces Eddie Shoes, private eye. Called “the most fun detective since Richard Castle stumbled into the 12th precinct,” by author Peter Clines, I’DTale Magazine stated, “this quirky combination of a mother-daughter reunion turned crime-fighting duo will captivate readers.”

In addition to her work as a novelist, Elena teaches playwriting at Bellevue College and tours the country to lead writing workshops.

When she’s not writing or teaching, her favorite place to be is at the farm with her horses, Jasper and Radar, or at her home, on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, their dog, Polar, and their trio of cats, Jackson, Coal Train, and Luna, aka, “the other cat upstairs.” Elena holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego, a M.Ed. from the University of Washington, Tacoma, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Ready for some fun?
I am super excited to play 20 Quick Questions with Steve Hockensmith!

Favorite Color – Green, the color of lush fields of grass, thick, thriving forests, and the power ring bestowed upon test pilot Hal Jordan by a dying alien, making him the intergalactic champion for justice known as Green Lantern

Favorite Candy – Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Snack – Mixed nuts

Favorite Soft Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Hard Drink – Diet Coke with bourbon

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Coffee

Favorite Movie – The Third Man

Favorite TV Show – That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer. So many variables! I guess I’d say that the original Star Trek is my favorite for sentimental reasons even though I acknowledge that about a third of the episodes are unwatchably bad. The best series I’ve ever seen would probably be The Wire, but I have no desire to ever watch it again. (I tend to shy away from commitments to long, dark, depressing shows these days. Life’s too short, y’know?) And the best single episode of television I’ve ever seen is “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” from The X-Files, which manages to be funny, creepy, profound and a superb vehicle for the masterly acting of Charles Nelson Reilly. Really!

Favorite Book – Dang. Another hard one. I used to say Catch-22, but I’m not so sure anymore. The last time I re-read it I still loved it, but I was more aware of its flaws. (It’s a little overlong, and some of the many tangents are less interesting than others.) So I guess now I’ll say Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, which is (A) by my favorite writer and (B) a lot shorter.

Favorite Fictional Character – There are so many I love so much: Yossarian from Catch-22, The Doctor from Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta!), Jeffrey Lebowski, Marge Gunderson. But if I had to pick one (and you did say “Character,” not “Characters”) it would be Columbo. The second Peter Falk comes trudging onto the screen in that raincoat, I’m smiling and I can’t wait to see him take the big-shot killer apart piece by piece.

Favorite Super Hero – You remember my favorite color, right? And why it’s my favorite color?

Favorite Singer/Group/BandI am very, very loyal to the English pop band Madness. They’re considered a one-hit wonder over here thanks to their song “Our House,” but in England they’re more of a beloved/loathed institution. It’s not easy to think of what their equivalent would be in the States — a band that survives decade after decade, can sell out stadiums while being sneered at by youngsters and hipsters, and in some way reflects the character and musical traditions of the nation. Oh, god…are they the English Eagles?

Favorite Carnival Ride – A bench. My son is autistic and doesn’t get enthused about that many things, so when he went through a carnival ride/roller coaster phase I tried to go along for the ride. Which meant going along for the rides. And let me tell you: If I want to feel that nauseous, I’d prefer for Diet Coke and bourbon to get me there, thank you very much.

Favorite Spring Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Summer Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Fall Activity – Barbecuing.

Favorite Winter Activity – Barbecuing. (Did I mention that I live in California?)

Favorite Place to Read – The bathtub.

Favorite Place to Write – My desk at home. (But my favorite place to brainstorm and outline is also the bathtub.)

Dream Vacation Destination – The past. I’m not a big see-the-world guy. I don’t have much desire to fly to far-off lands, walk the teeming streets of exotic cities, etc. But I would love the chance to hang out in San Francisco circa 1894 or Los Angeles circa 1940 or New York circa 1958 or Evansville, Indiana, circa 1977. (I grew up in Evansville, so I was there in 1977. I just wasn’t paying much attention.) When Elon Musk opens his time machine travel service, I’ll be first in line.Then I’ll get sent to the back of the line because I’m not a billionaire. But I’ll be there!

Thank you Steve for playing 20 Quick Questions. Save me some room on that bench, since my accident there are not carnival rides in my future. I will also join you for a drink and a burger or two 🙂

Now let me tell you about his new book that was just released on April 8! 

Give the Devil His Due (A Tarot Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (April 8, 2017)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738742243
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0Z9Y


Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future—too bad she didn’t see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she’d left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there’s the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she’ll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she’s going to survive.

Praise for Give the Devil His Due by
by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco

A great read…
~Babs Book Bistro

This is a funny mystery filled with con men, an investigative reporter, mafia types, old ladies with uzis, a pony-tailed German man, and a touch of the occult.
~Teresa Trent, Author

Give the Devil His Due is another fun addition to the Tarot Mystery Series. I must say that I am really enjoying this series!
~Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

I really love the layout of this book, you aren’t left guessing what the cards look like, they are in the book! An author that dots his i’s and crosses his t’s.
~Bibliophile Reviews

About The Author

Steve Hockensmith’s first novel, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Dilys awards. He went on to write four sequels as well as a pair of bestselling follow-ups to the international publishing sensation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More recently, he wrote (with collaborator “Science Bob” Pflugfelder) the middle-grade mysteries Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab and Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage.

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