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The Art of the Decoy (A Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery) by Trish Esden #Guest Post / #Giveaway – @patesden Great Escapes Book Tour


The Art of the Decoy (A Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery)
by Trish Esden

I am delighted to welcome Trish Esden to Escape With Dollycas today!

A Collector at Heart
by Trish Esden

I’m author Trish Esden and I’m happy to be here. Like Edie Brown, the main character in THE ART OF THE DECOY, I’m an antique dealer and a collector at heart. Yes, my house is packed with things I cherish and don’t intend to part with. But don’t be mistaken, I’m not a hoarder. An equal number of items have price tags on them. These pieces head out weekly to a booth I have at an antique center or go into online sales.

When I see or handle antiques or vintage things, they make me think about their history and the people who previously owned them. There is a bow-back Windsor chair in my kitchen which was made in the early 1800s. At some point, someone cut the chair’s legs so short that it’s nearly useless for its original purpose. But when the chair was built, it was someone’s prize possession. I currently keep an antique crock on it, filled with my dog’s dry food. On the wall behind the chair is an oil painting of a lobster boat done by my mother when I was five and we were on vacation in Maine. Next to it, is a wooden sign off a peddler’s wagon. It reads: Charles A. Francis Traveling-Store. I discovered it on a late autumn afternoon in a half-collapsed barn.

But it’s not just antiques and vintage items that I treasure. Like Edie’s Uncle Tuck, I also love to collect houseplants. They remind me of people and times gone by. I have a large Christmas cactus that started as a conglomeration of pieces off a plant owned by my grandmother and cuttings purchased at the estate sale of a local busybody. I have an enormous Eucharist lily that I acquired decades ago when I was fresh out of college and doing plant maintenance at a hotel. One of my favorites is an aloe plant that I divide every autumn, so I can give away its babies to friends. I don’t know how many burnt fingers were healed by the juice from that plant. I used it quite often myself, back when I owned and ran a florist shop—aka: when used a hot glue gun on a daily basis.

I guess you might say, I’m a collector of memories.

How about you? Are you like Edie and me, do you like to collect? Do the things you choose to keep hold special memories? Or is it more about the hunt for you?

 

About The Art of the Decoy

This cover is absolutely beautiful!

The Art of the Decoy (A Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery)
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Vermont
Crooked Lane Books (April 5, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643859641
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643859644
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B098PXZNDF

Perfect for fans of Jane K. Cleland and Connie Berry, Tricia Esden’s series debut is sure to please.

After her mother is sent to prison for art forgery, Edie Brown returns to Northern Vermont to rebuild her family’s fine art and antiques business. She’s certain she can do it now that her mother is gone. After all, butting heads with her mom over bad business practices was what drove Edie away three years ago, including a screwup that landed Edie on probation for selling stolen property.

When Edie scores a job appraising a waterfowl decoy collection at a hoarder’s farmhouse, she’s determined to take advantage of the situation to rebuild the business’s tarnished reputation and dwindling coffers. In lieu of payment, Edie intends to cherry-pick an exceptional decoy carved by the client’s renowned Quebecoise folk artist ancestors. Only the tables turn when the collection vanishes.

Accused of the theft, Edie’s terrified that the fallout will destroy the business and land her in prison next to her mom. Desperate, she digs into the underbelly of the local antiques and art world. When Edie uncovers a possible link between the decoy theft and a deadly robbery at a Quebec museum, she longs to ask her ex-probation officer, and ex-lover, for help. But she suspects his recent interest in rekindling their romance may hide a darker motive.

With the help of her eccentric uncle Tuck and Kala, their enigmatic new employee, Edie must risk all she holds dear to expose the thieves and recover the decoys before the FBI’s Art Crime Team or the ruthless thieves themselves catch up with her.

About Trish Esden

 

Trish Esden loves museums, gardens, wilderness, dogs, and birds, in various orders depending on the day. She lives in northern Vermont where she deals antiques with her husband, a profession she’s been involved with since her teens. Don’t ask what her favorite type of antique is. She loves hunting down old bottles and rusty barn junk as much as she enjoys fine art and furnishings.

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Great Escapes Praise for The Art of the Decoy (A Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery)
by Trish Esden

The Art of the Decoy is a crafty whodunit…
~The Avid Reader

This all makes for a great read as we get to know the characters, their world, and all about antique stuff. Made for a nice change of pace. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
~Book a Plenty Book Reviews

This was an interesting and unique mystery. It held my attention with the details about the antique business and provided a unique backdrop that makes it stand out from the crowded mystery market.
~Nellie’s Book Nook

I did warm up to this small town and Edie, and it’ll be interesting to see where this series goes in the future.
~Novels Alive

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Enter a Wizard, Stage Left (A Zodiac Mystery) by Connie di Marco #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Connie di Marco


I am pleased to shine my spotlights on Enter a Wizard, Stage Left
(A Zodiac Mystery)

by Connie di Marco today

About Enter a Wizard, Stage Left 


Enter a Wizard, Stage Left (A Zodiac Mystery)
Traditional Mystery
Prequel Novella
Suspense Publishing (October 26, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 111 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JGV526H

Julia Bonatti wasn’t always a crime-solving San Francisco astrologer. She was a young woman, engaged to the love of her life, preparing for a teaching career when tragedy struck. Her fiancé was killed in a hit and run accident. As Julia struggles with her loss and attempts to find meaning in her life again, she takes refuge with her grandmother Gloria. But there’s little time for grief or rest because Gloria, a retired seamstress, needs Julia’s help. Gloria’s been hired to create costumes for a production of Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death at the newly opened Theatre Mars in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.

 

Theatre Mars is a stunning jewel, the cast is supremely talented and the script is brilliant. What could go wrong? Julia gets the first hint of trouble when her new friend, the owner of The Mystic Eye bookshop, warns that all might not go well. Opening night will take place during the dark of the moon, the last three days before the new moon, a time that bodes disaster for any new project. The dire prediction comes true when the lead actress is murdered before the final curtain, echoing the play itself. Julia discovers a vital clue to the murder, but a clue that puts Gloria’s life in grave danger. Can Julia rescue her grandmother before it’s too late? And will a black cat play a leading role?

 

About Connie di Marco

With the Zodiac Mysteries, featuring Julia Bonatti, a crime-solving San Francisco astrologer, Connie di Marco has combined her fascination with astrology and her love of writing mysteries.  Writing as Connie Archer, she’s the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.  You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.  She lives in Los Angeles but dreams constantly of the San Francisco fog.

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Great Escapes Praise for Enter a Wizard, Stage Left (A Zodiac Mystery)
by Connie di Marco

Come and journey as the reason for the crime fall, and soon you will want to read this series!
~Maureen’s Musings

Great characters, well to the series…ed clues and an adrenaline-fueled search create a dynamic and enthralling read.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I enjoyed meeting Gale and discovering how she decided to set up a mystic shop. I find that whole world very fascinating. If you haven’t read any of this series, or even if you have, definitely check out this prequel to learn a bit more about Julie; Gale; Julie’s grandmother, Gloria; and Kuan, her grandmother’s tenant.
~Storeybook Reviews

Enter a Wizard, Stage Left in fast-paced and you can easily finish it in a sitting or a couple of hours.
~Nadaness In Motion

Enter a Wizard, Stage Left was a nice addition to the series. It answered some questions about the characters that readers of this series have come to love. This story can be read before you get into the series or whenever you want a lite, cozy read. I’m looking forward to the next full-length novel in this series
~Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Fun, fast little mystery
~Rosepoint Publishing

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The Madness of Mercury (Zodiac Mystery) by Connie Di Marco – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @askzodia

The Madness of Mercury (Zodiac Mystery)
by Connie Di Marco

About The Madness of Mercury


The Madness of Mercury (Zodiac Mystery)
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Suspense Publishing (October 8, 2020)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-10: 0578752654
ISBN-13: 978-0578752655
Digital ASIN: B08K3JT8P1

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice. But when a disastrous Mercury retrograde period hits, her life and practice is turned upside down, along with that of many of her colleagues who practice in the city. San Francisco has fallen under the spell of the Prophet’s Tabernacle, a religious cult that has descended upon the city. Reverend Roy, a Mercury-ruled, silver-tongued preacher offers a message of love and charity to the less fortunate, but Julia soon learns that the Reverend’s charity doesn’t extend to anyone who stands in his way. The Reverend is waging war on sin as he perceives it, targeting psychics, Wiccans, mediums, astrologers, gays, and anyone else he considers an abomination unto the Lord.

 

Driven from her apartment, Julia seeks shelter with her client and friend, Dorothy. Dorothy has separated from her spouse and is caring for her two elderly aunts at their home on Telegraph Hill. Dorothy’s aunt, Evandra, appears stricken with dementia and her other aunt, Eunice, has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. When Eunice disappears, Julia’s sure that she is headed for Prophet’s Paradise, a supposedly idyllic community north of the city. Julia fears that Eunice is being misled and will be in danger. She determines to rescue Eunice and take on the Army of the Prophet.

 

Julia learns once more what she already knew –that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.

 

About Connie di Marco

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti.  The Madness of Mercury, the first book in the series will be re-released in October 2020.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.  You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.

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Book Blast – When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano – Agatha Nominee for Best First Novel – Great Escapes Book Tour @AngPompano

Book Blast – When It’s Time for Leaving
by Ang Pompano

About When It’s Time For Leaving


When It’s Time for Leaving
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Encircle Publications, LLC (October 1, 2019)
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-10: 1948338920
ISBN-13: 978-1948338929
Digital ASIN: B07TYQ8PDL

When his girlfriend dumps him and a dealer nearly rams him off a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. Just as he plans to head for LA, he finds out the father who left when he was a kid has deeded him the Blue PalmettoDetective Agency in Georgia.

 

Al goes down to Savannah intending to sell fast and go west, but before he can, he discovers a strong, attractive detective named Maxine, a dead body on the dock—and his father, alive, suffering from dementia, and determined to help his “new partner Al” solve the crime. Al has a lot of adjusting to do when his traditional ideas are challenged as he has to act as his father’s caretaker, and finds that Maxine is his superior in the agency that he “owns.” When his father goes missing, Al and Max must team up to save his father–and capture the murderer.

 

Praise

“Solid, spare and completely terrific. And though the talented Ang Pompano may wince at this–it’s absolutely charming. With an authentic knowing voice and a confident hand, Pompano honors Robert B. Parker’s legacy of wry, laconic PI’s–smart and engaging detectives with history, honor, and heart.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of THE MURDER LIST

Ang Pompano’s debut novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, is a corker. Thoroughly likable former cop, Al DeSantis, wants to get out of the crime business but inherits one that, fortunately for readers, won’t let him go. — Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

In When It’s Time for Leaving, debut mystery author Ang Pompano has created the most unusual and appealing duo of detectives since Holmes and Watson. —Lucy Burdette, national bestselling author of A DEADLY FEAST

Author Ang Pompano serves up the PI for the double 20s. Al DeSantis is a classic, damaged gumshoe but with a youthful energy that pulls you through the pages. —Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and winner 2019 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction

Crime fiction has boasted some famous fathers and sons, from Inspector Richard Queen and his son Ellery to Jim Rockford and his dad Rocky. Add to that list the unforgettable duo of Al DeSantis and Big Al—building on that tradition but with some provocative twists. Ang Pompano’s first novel proves tough-minded and warm-hearted in equal measure. A fine, multi-layered debut.—Art Taylor 2019 Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Derringer Award winner

When it’s Time for Leaving is a crime thriller that delivers an atmospheric tale packed with action, suspense and some surprising twists. Pompano is a skilled storyteller who offers readers a complex mystery of chases, confrontation and introspection. The tale he weaves is, indeed a well-crafted murder mystery, set in a turbulent sea of emotions and populated with multifaceted characters. ­­­ —James Terry reviewer The Paladin Project

I like mystery/thrillers.  This one is heavy on the mystery and very little thriller aspect.  It is an enjoyable sometimes snarky read that made me smile.  The main characters were so well written I felt like I knew them. The mystery itself was wrapped in mystery as we got to know the individuals and the hidden nuances of small towns.  It was almost like watching (albeit reading) a 50/60 movie.  I personally wanted the ending to share with everyone who was guilty.  Have to leave it there, no spoilers.  Thank you for the arc!  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited. —Cheryl M, Net Galley Reviewer

A really good and surprising mystery. The characters are great and feel like friends. I loved the snarky humor. I will definitely read more by this author. —Leah H, Net Galley Reviewer 

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. . . a compelling detective mystery, with a bit of romance and lots of action and suspense. It is very well written, the plot is well intertwined and the pace is flowing.
~LibriAmoriMiei

This was a good mystery, with rough around edges characters . . . I really enjoyed this mystery . . .
~eBook Addicts

Pompano’s flawed detective is fun to watch. He’s tough with the bad guys, but when dealing with his father and the gal next store, he’s totally lost. There are moments of humor; others of sadness.
~Here’s How It Happened

When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano is a traditional PI mystery that had me intrigued from the first page . . . I enjoyed the mystery and thought it was a good debut novel.
~Brooke Blogs

 

About Ang Pompano

Ang Pompano has been writing mysteries for more than twenty years. His mystery novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING will be published on October 1, 2019, by Encircle Publications. His short stories have been published in many award-winning anthologies, including the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, PARNELL HALL PRESENTS MALICE DOMESTIC: MURDER MOST EDIBLE. His newest story, “Stringer” will appear in SEASCAPE: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. In addition, he has written many academic pieces including one on teaching detective fiction. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he is a past recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America Scholarship for a novel in progress. He has been on the New England Crime Bake Planning Committee for fourteen years and is a long-time board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, an artist, and his two rescue dogs, Quincy and Dexter.

 

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Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery by Heather Leigh Weidner #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery
by Heather Leigh Weidner

About Glitter, Glam and Contraband


Glitter, Glam, and Contraband: A Delanie Fitzgerald Mystery
Traditional Mystery/Female Sleuth/Humorous Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: Sandpiper Productions (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-10: 099945983X
ISBN-13: 978-0999459836
ASIN: B081PGYR7T

Private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in Glitter, Glam and Contraband. In this fast-paced mystery, the Falcon Investigations team is hired to find out who is stealing from the talent at a local drag show. Delanie gets more than she bargains for and a few makeup tips in the process. Meanwhile, a mysterious sound in the ceiling of her office vexes Delanie. She uses her sleuthing skills to track down the source and uncover a creepy contraband operation.

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband features a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations like helping sleezy strip club owner, Chaz Smith on his quest to become Richmond’s next mayor, tracking down missing reptiles, and uncovering hidden valuables from a 100-year-old crime with a Poe connection.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

In this third Delanie Fitzgerald mystery, Delanie has her hands full with drag queens, a mayoral candidate, a snake or two, and some strange digging at the base of a statue, all as part of her normal everyday life as a private investigator.   Her partner, Duncan Reynolds, uses his mad computer skills to assist her in any way he can.  Office mascot/rug, Margaret, a bulldog, also shows what a great protector she can be.

Delanie Fitzgerald is a strong woman, not afraid to go undercover to solve her case but this time she comes up against something that even has her backing up quickly. She is the one that handles all the legwork for Falcon Investigations but this time danger lurks right in the office, except she is the only one that realizes something is up, literally.

Full of action and humor, Heather Weidner delivers another enjoyable story. The cases Falcon Investigations takes on are very realistic. Missing items, background information on persons of interests, a little digging into some mysterious digging and questioning the death of a nearby shop owner.

The pace is quick as Delaney goes from one case to another with Duncan available by phone to help her out. She does have some crazy clients but they are all realistically depicted. I loved the time she spent with the drag queens and how welcoming most of them were to her. One even gave her a couple of mini makeovers.

Ms. Weidner has created some truly great characters and fleshed them out nicely enabling the reader to easily “see” them for who they are. She also describes the situations in a way to bring the reader right on the scene. Weidner knows where to add the funny moments in all the right places too.

I was entertained trailing along with Delanie on all her mini-adventures and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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About Heather Weidner

Glitter, Glam, and Contraband is Heather Weidner’s third novel in the Delanie Fitzgerald series. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan University and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.

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Secrets and Lies: A Claire Callahan Mystery by P.H. Turner – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies: A Claire Callahan Mystery
by P.H. Turner

About Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies: A Claire Callahan Mystery
Private Investigator Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Summit Peak Publishing (September 23, 2019)
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-10: 1695142470
ISBN-13: 978-1695142473
Digital ASIN: B07Y8QPRZ6

Shot to death in his home, Morgan Tutwiler leaves behind a multimillion-dollar business and a daughter who hasn’t spoken to him in years. And she isn’t alone in wanting him dead. Plenty of people wanted the most hated man in Denver dead in P. H. Turner’s latest novel in the Claire Callahan series.

Reminiscent of the finest gumshoe storytelling, Secrets and Lies, would not be complete without Turner’s signature quirky characters and inventive plot.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Private Investigator Claire Callahan works for the Denver law firm of Marsh and Whitley.  Her current case is the death of Morgan Tutwiler, one of the firm’s largest clients. He was killed in his home and the list of suspects is long, the man had more than his share of enemies. He has been estranged from his daughter, Amanda for years and she is high on that suspect list. Claire has been assigned to stick with Amanda to help her through the death, clear her as a suspect and to basically keep her happy now that she will inherit her father’s estate. The law firm needs to hold on to the big account.

Secrets and Lies is an excellent title for this story because it is full of secrets and lies. Amanda has a new boyfriend she failed to mention. Tutwiler also ripped a family apart with the father taking his own life leaving behind a bitter son and his wife. As a ruthless man, Morgan Tutwiler was out for himself no matter the cost. Claire really has her hands full tracking down all the possible killers.

Readers know who the killer is from the start. The mystery is why and if they connect to any of the major players. Claire is working the case with Detective Rafe Brewster. They both have the same goal – to see that justice is done.  They work well together and realized early that even with an emotional pull between them a romantic relationship is a bad idea. They are workmates and friends and don’t want to mess that up. I enjoyed that this was clear from the start of the story.

The author sets a great pace and throws in plenty of twists to keep everyone guessing. Claire is truly like a dog with a bone. She knows there is something under the surface just beyond her reach that she is missing and she doesn’t give up. She twists things around herself trying to see things from different angles until finally, all the clues fall into place. I was right there with her. I love it when I am kept on my toes right up until the end.

Fans of PI or traditional mysteries will enjoy this book. Not having read the first book in this series I was afraid I would be missing some vital details but Ms. Turner has perfectly crafted the story to be read on its own. That being said I want to go back and read Unspeakable Grudges for another dose of Claire Callahan. Secrets and Lies was an entertaining mystery. I hope there will be many more books in this series.

 

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P.H. Turner writes mystery and suspense novels set in the mountains and canyons of the West where she grew up and spent most of her working life. Pat worked in broadcast journalism on both coasts, the Midwest, and the Rocky Mountains. With roots to a Texas farm homesteaded in the 1850s, she’s returned to live within miles of the old farm.

Pat is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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When It’s Time for Leaving
by Ang Pompano


I am so excited to welcome Ang Pompano to
Escape With Dollycas today! 

Hi Ang, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

People call me Ang. It’s short for Angelo. I live in Connecticut with my wife, Annette and our rescue dog, Dex. We’ve been married 46 years and we are “retired.” I was a teacher and she was an RN, and although we no longer work at those jobs we are never idle. Annette is an artist and of course, I write. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of us working from home and in close proximity. For one, we always don’t agree on the Pandora station. On the other hand, the office Christmas Party is small but fun. I’ve been writing forever. I was the original Mr. Mom and when she Annette worked evenings, I wrote after I put the kids to bed. I belong to Mystery Writers of America and I’m a long-time board member the of Sisters in Crime New England. I’ve been on the New England Crime Bake planning committee for 14, because I love hanging out with other writers.

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

1. My first published short story was in 1990, but When It’s Time for Leaving is my debut novel.

2. I’m a privacy expert by accident. I wrote a paper called “Privacy in the Age of Video Surveillance: This Is Not Your Father’s Candid Camera” when I was a Yale-New Haven Teachers Fellow. Somehow the piece was picked up by the media and I’ve been quoted in papers and court trials around the world.

3. I know how to play the guitar, but I never play in public. Well, except for at the office Christmas party that is.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember having tons of Little Golden Books. One of the first that I read was a crime novel called Donald Duck’s Toy Train. Chip and Dale stole Donald’s train.  I still have the battered old book. Here’s a photo.

After I outgrew the Golden Books I moved on to Victor Appleton’s Tom Swift Jr. books. I loved those books because they mixed adventure, mystery and science. I read some of the Hardy Boys, I remember The Tower Treasure, but for me, they didn’t compare to Tom Swift, Jr.

So, as you can see my roots in mystery go way back.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Bruce Coffin’s Beyond the Truth. Now I’m going to read Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Murder List.  I enjoy reading books by people I know. I’ll read anything written by Lucy Burdette, Barbara Ross, or David Handler. The list can go on and on.

What books have most inspired you?

Anything by Agatha Christie inspires me. In fact, I once wrote an academic piece on Teaching Detective Fiction Through A Cross Curriculum Unit. I used her story, “Miss Marple Tells a Story” to develop the unit. Every once in a while, I re-read The Old Man and Sea, and The Great Gatsby. I like Hemingway’s clear style as well as the more lyrical style of Fitzgerald.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

As I said, I loved mystery even as a kid and I wrote when I was young. Later I was on the staff of my high school newspaper and literary magazine. In those days I liked to write humor that I patterned after my idol, Mark Twain. My early stories as an adult ran the gamut from humor to literary fiction. Then as a Yale-New Haven Teacher Fellow I had the chance to study Gender, Race, and Milieu in Detective Fiction with Paul Fry, the William Lampson Professor of English at Yale.  I was so intrigued that my focus has been on mystery ever since.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I write at my desk in our library. My wife paints on a sunporch about 10 feet away so we are always bouncing ideas off each other with her giving me advice on my writing and me giving her suggestions on perspective. Our rescue dog, Dexter, is usually asleep by one or the other of us. When I look up from the keyboard I see one of my favorites of her paintings. It’s a detail of a fountain in Rome. Here it is.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Sometimes Annette will give me a suggestion for a book or story. But usually they come about from an experience that I expand upon. For example, in When It’s Time for Leaving, the protagonist, Al, has a father who has Alzheimer’s. My father also suffered from the disease. But my father was a typical all-American Dad. To write a story about the two of us would probably win me a Nobel Prize for curing insomnia. So, I gave Al and his father, Big Al, a bad relationship.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

I find everything about writing challenging. The biggest challenge is to get myself into my chair and put my fingers on the keyboard. Once I get over that hurtle I spend a lot of time laboring over which words to use, sentence structure, and all of the “rules” of writing mystery. Am I telling too much? Am I playing fair with the reader by giving enough clues? Then when I think it’s halfway decent I send it to my wonderful writing group of Roberta Isleib a.k.a. Lucy Burdette, and Chris Falcone. We’ve worked together for 20 years and I can’t begin to tell you how important they are to the writing process. Annette has a saying, “A painting is never finished. It’s abandoned.” I think that applies to writing as well. My problem is that I never know when to “abandon” a manuscript. I know there are authors who write good books in a month. If I finish a manuscript in a year that’s quick.

What do you think makes a good story?

What makes a good story is so subjective that there is really no one correct answer. Everyone’s taste is different. But I think that there are a few universal truths that apply. The author has to know the subject matter. If you are going to write about a character who runs a restaurant, you’d better have worked in a restaurant or at least have done a lot of research on the business. Your protagonist has to be likable in some way. Even if he’s evil you have to give him some qualities that will make the reader want to see him succeed. Your protagonist and your antagonist have to be intellectual equals. Nobody wants to see a fight where one opponent is smarter than the other. That’s bullying. The stakes have to be high. A story about a detective who is trying to foil a villain who is trying to steal a watch would only be marginally interesting. A story about foiling a villain who is trying to blow up Big Ben is much more interesting.

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

I’d like to think that most of my protagonist are like me. I’m far from perfect but I try to be a decent human being even if it isn’t always easy. Al DeSantis in When It’s Time for Leaving is like that. He struggles with his demons but he’s not out to do anyone harm. I have another character, Quincy Lazzaro, who is in another book and several short stories. He has a different personality from Al but his values are the same. I also have a female detective, Nike DeNardo who shares those values.

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

When It’s Time for Leaving is a traditional mystery with a male protagonist. Even my agent, who is one of the best at what she does, said to me, “I love the book, but what am I going to do with these cozies you write that have a male protagonist?” She wasn’t being mean or critical, she was being practical. Other agents had said the same thing. Most of the bigger publishers have this notion that women readers (most of the people who read traditional mystery are female) will not read a male protagonist. The publishers (all except mine, the amazing duo of Cynthia Brackett-Vincent and Ed Vincent of Encircle Publications) do not give female readers enough credit for being open-minded enough to read a male protagonist.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m working on a sequel to When It’s Time for Leaving called I Hope You’ll Understand. I also have to two other finished manuscripts in the pipeline. One is called Killer View and the other is called Diet of Death. I should be able to tell you more about them soon.

Thank you, Ang, for visiting today! 

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About The Book


When It’s Time for Leaving
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Encircle Publications, LLC (October 1, 2019)
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-10: 1948338920
ISBN-13: 978-1948338929
Digital ASIN: B07TYQ8PDL

When his girlfriend dumps him and a dealer nearly rams him off a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. Just as he plans to head for LA, he finds out the father who left when he was a kid has deeded him the Blue PalmettoDetective Agency in Georgia.

Al goes down to Savannah intending to sell fast and go west, but before he can, he discovers a strong, attractive detective named Maxine, a dead body on the dock—and his father, alive, suffering from dementia, and determined to help his “new partner Al” solve the crime. Al has a lot of adjusting to do when his traditional ideas are challenged as he has to act as his father’s caretaker, and finds that Maxine is his superior in the agency that he “owns.” When his father goes missing, Al and Max must team up to save his father–and capture the murderer.

Praise for When It’s Time for Leaving
by Ang Pompano

. . . a compelling detective mystery, with a bit of romance and lots of action and suspense. It is very well written, the plot is well intertwined and the pace is flowing.
~LibriAmoriMiei

This was a good mystery, with rough around edges characters . . . I really enjoyed this mystery . . .
~eBook Addicts

Ang Pompano’s debut novel, WHEN IT’S TME FOR LEAVING, is a corker. Thoroughly likeable former cop, Al DeSantis, wants to get out of the crime business but inherits one that, fortunately for readers, won’t let him go. — Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

In When It’s Time for Leaving, debut mystery author Ang Pompano has created the most unusual and appealing duo of detectives since Holmes and Watson. —Lucy Burdette, national bestselling author of A DEADLY FEAST

Author Ang Pompano serves up the PI for the double 20s. Al DeSantis is a classic, damaged gumshoe but with a youthful energy that pulls you through the pages. —Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries and winner 2019 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction

Crime fiction has boasted some famous fathers and sons, from Inspector Richard Queen and his son Ellery to Jim Rockford and his dad Rocky. Add to that list the unforgettable duo of Al DeSantis and Big Al—building on that tradition but with some provocative twists. Ang Pompano’s first novel proves tough-minded and warm-hearted in equal measure. A fine, multi-layered debut.—Art Taylor 2019 Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Derringer Award winner

When it’s Time for Leaving is a crime thriller that delivers an atmospheric tale packed with action, suspense and some surprising twists. Pompano is a skilled storyteller who offers readers a complex mystery of chases, confrontation and introspection. The tale he weaves is, indeed a well-crafted murder mystery, set in a turbulent sea of emotions and populated with multifaceted characters. ­­­ —James Terry reviewer The Paladin Project

I like mystery/thrillers.  This one is heavy on the mystery and very little thriller aspect.  It is an enjoyable sometimes snarky read that made me smile.  The main characters were so well written I felt like I knew them. The mystery itself was wrapped in mystery as we got to know the individuals and the hidden nuances of small towns.  It was almost like watching (albeit reading) a 50/60 movie.  I personally wanted the ending to share with everyone who was guilty.  Have to leave it there, no spoilers.  Thank you for the arc!  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited. —Cheryl M, Net Galley Reviewer

A really good and surprising mystery. The characters are great and feel like friends. I loved the snarky humor. I will definitely read more by this author. —Leah H, Net Galley Reviewer 

More About Ang Pompano

Ang Pompano has been writing mysteries for more than twenty years. His mystery novel, WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING will be published on October 1, 2019, by Encircle Publications. His short stories have been published in many award-winning anthologies, including the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, PARNELL HALL PRESENTS MALICE DOMESTIC: MURDER MOST EDIBLE. His newest story, “Stringer” will appear in SEASCAPE: THE BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. In addition, he has written many academic pieces including one on teaching detective fiction. A member of Mystery Writers of America, he is a past recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America Scholarship for a novel in progress. He has been on the New England Crime Bake Planning Committee for fourteen years and is a long-time board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, an artist, and his two rescue dogs, Quincy and Dexter.

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