Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Gemma Halliday to Cozy Up With Kathy today.

Thank you so much for having me here to chat about my brand-new Marty Hudson Mystery, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING DIVA! One thing I have had a lot of readers asked me is how I came up with the idea for this series. Like many avid mystery fans, I grew up reading the classic mystery novels like those from Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, and of course Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. I knew I wanted to create my own take on Sherlock Holmes, however not being a historical novelist I decided to give it a modern day setting.

My Sherlock Holmes world is actually sent in modern day San Francisco. Having grown up in the area myself, it's somewhere I'm very familiar with, and I love the young, energetic, vibrant feel the tech industry has brought to the city, mixed with the history of the classic Victorian homes, art and culture, and the strong gold rush tenacity the city was built on. While Marty's inherited Victorian home sits at 221 Baker St. in the heart of San Francisco, many of the characters in this series, like Marty's best friend Irene Adler, have jobs that center around the Silicon Valley, the neighbor to the south which is home to start ups, computer prodigies, and some of the latest and greatest innovations.

One of the reasons I wanted to set the story in this world is that between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley you can find just about any sort of odd characters or settings you're looking for. For example in the first book in this series, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE BRASH BLONDE, Marty and Irene find themselves running for their lives through Chinatown, visiting a legal marijuana dispensary, and breaking into a yoga studio to find evidence of a killer. In the second installment of Marty's adventures, the recently released SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING DIVA, she and Irene find themselves wrapped up in a missing person case that takes place in the world of opera singers in San Francisco. And, of course, Marty's job as a barista at the Stanford University bookstore Café, has her spending quite a bit of time on the prestigious campus soaking up all sorts of information that helps her in her investigations.

I hope you enjoy taking a literary trip through the City by the Bay as you read SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING DIVA! And please feel free to comment or drop me a line through my website any time. I love hearing from readers!


Gemma has graciously offered an e-copy of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE BRASH BLONDE, the first book in the Marty Hudson Mystery series. Simply leave a comment on this post no later than 11:59pm EDT Monday, August 20, 2018 telling us who your favorite classic detective is. Be sure to leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you, should you win.


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva (Marty Hudson Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Gemma Halliday Publishing (August 14, 2018)  
Print Length: 316 pages 
From #1 Kindle & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…
If there's one thing Martha "Marty" Hudson can't say no to, it's her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene's little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing "person" ends up being a missing corpse.
Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty & Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who's now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything?
Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the New York Times, USA Today & #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.  

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity. I love Agatha Christie books and Poirot.

  2. Nancy Drew count as classic? I loved those stories when I was a kid. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I think Nancy Drew counts! I love those! Thanks for hosting me here!

  4. I love Sherlock as a character, but Poirot is my favorite to read! Nancy Drew is what got me started on mysteries. I read my mother's original copies as a kiddo. dubecara (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Nancy Drew was, is, and always will be my favorite sleuth :-)

  6. Nancy Drew, the reason I enjoy reading mysteries.