Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Visit from Snoop Steckle

We have a special guest at Cozy Up With Kathy today. Snoop Steckle is here from the pages of the Brilliant Minnesota Mystery series by Julie Seedorf. The Discombobulated Decipherers is the second book in the series and was released last month.

Shh, don’t tell Jezabelle Jingle I am here if she calls. I locked her in the basement of her bistro before I hopped on over here for an interview. I know you were expecting Jezabelle for the interview about her life in Brilliant, Minnesota, but what kind of a reporter would I be if I didn’t steal her thunder? My name is Snoop Steckle and I am the ace reporter for the Brilliant Times Chronicle.

I moved to Brilliant about eight years ago. I thought I would lead a quiet gentle life reporting in a small town but did that happen? NO! Brilliant has hidden secrets and Jezabelle and her neighbors keep me busy following them so I can try and get the scoop on their activities.

First they formed the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors. They were a little upset with me when I snapped a picture of the bunch cutting up a floor to see if they could find more clues to the murder and puzzle they were working on. It got them arrested so then they wouldn’t give me the time of day.

They solved that murder and things seemed quiet for a short time but it’s almost Christmas and Ernest the elf got himself murdered. Hank Hardy, our police chief, instructed Jezabelle, Lizzy, Phoebe, Mr. Warbler and Miranda Covington to disband the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors, so what did they do? They reorganized and now they call themselves the Discombobulated Decipherers. They think the name change will throw Hank off while they investigate the new murder.

The Decipherers didn’t count on me snooping around trying to get the scoop. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan on getting caught up in the subterfuge either and it almost got me killed.

There’s more going on in the staid Brilliant town then meets the eye. Jezabelle has a secret admirer who is sending her weird gifts. Phoebe is not as flirty as usual but she sure is crabby and she keeps hanging around the stable making remarks about the shepherd when she is not flirting with Santa.

Our town is filling with strangers because it is also time for the Christmas Pageant. I happen to think it is the perfect time for another crime.

You might think I am little shallow and only out to get a story but I really like the residents of the Penderghast neighborhood. I know deep down they are good people, but good people harbor secrets and I am not called the snoop sleuth for nothing.

Whoops, here comes Jezabelle and her lips are kind of pursed in a... a... well, I’m not going to wait around to find out. Remember I wasn’t here, so make sure you ask Jezabelle some questions because she and the Discombobulated Decipherers are investigating the elf’s murder but you didn’t hear that from me, and make sure you don’t tell Police Chief Hank Hardy. I trust you to keep our secret and if you don’t...I guess you don’t. Snoop Steckle signing off.


Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Self Published (November 21, 2017) 
Print Length: 195 pages
It’s Christmas in Brilliant, Minnesota, and Brilliant is known for its glitzy Christmas traditions. A world-renowned Christmas pageant, the town square decked out with Santa’s Village and a live nativity scene bring visitors to Brilliant each year. Just as the tourists arrive, Jezabelle Jingle and her mystery writer friend, Miranda, find the body of Ernest the elf dead and wrapped in a bundle of Christmas lights in the town square. Is Ernest part of a new holiday puzzle the Discombobulated Decipherers need to solve? Or is dead Ernest part of a bigger plot? Will Jezabelle decipher the clues so Brilliant can celebrate Christmas in peace? Or will Jezabelle be the next gift-wrapped box under the village tree?

About the Author:

As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JulieSeedorf  
Merchandise from my books: https://www.zazzle.com/hermiony  
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and Snoop. I so appreciate my readers and blog hosts which support us authors and keep us writing. Happy Holidays.

  2. Loved reading this post. Will be reading the book very soon I hope!