Monday, December 10, 2018

Pineapple Upside Down Murder - An Interview

I'm happy to welcome Jodi Rath to the blog today. Jodi writes the Cast Iron Skillet Mystery series. PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN MURDER is the first book in the series and was released last month.

Kathy: In PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN MURDER we meet Jolie Tucker, co-owner of the restaurant Cast Iron Creations. Have you ever wanted to work in the food industry?

JR: I worked in fast food during my college years. I love to cook, and my husband and I watch the Food Network all the time. We have entertained the idea of opening a restaurant or pizzeria someday, but we’ll see.

Kathy: Do you enjoy cooking? What style is your favorite?

JR: I love to experiment with recipes and try new things. Cooking with cast iron skillets is my favorite thing to do. I feel like the food always comes out so much better. I’ve never had any meat come out better than when I cook it in the cast iron skillet.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite recipe or thing you like to cook or bake?

JR: I love baking my Grandma Evelyn’s pineapple upside down cake in the 70-year-old cast iron skillet she gave me (she has only ever made that cake in that skillet).

Kathy: Jolie Tucker's family has secret recipes. Does your family, or anyone in it, have a secret recipe.

JR: The pineapple upside down cake is a secret recipe. I gave the basic recipe in the back of the book, but there is a note there that I embedded the secret in book one if anyone can find it.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

JR: I’ve loved reading since I was a kid. I used to love the choose your own adventure books. I’m not sure you could call them cozy mysteries, but I remember I used to read one ending then I’d take guesses at what the other endings were…that was kind of like a mystery to me. I loved them because they were like puzzles to solve. As I got older, I found mystery to be my favorite genre. I’d have to say that Madelyn Alt, Heather Blake, Amanda Flower, etc. drew me into cozies because I wanted to live in those places and know everyone.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

JR: I do nonfiction educational writing too. I have an idea for a children’s book series based off my cats. I have an outline for a young adult book called THE CULTURAL MISHAPS OF SAVANNAH LIGHTHEAD. Lastly, I have sketched out an idea for a psychological thriller as well. I tend to slowly plug away at these other projects, but I find myself spending the majority of my time working on the cozy series.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

JR: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series will have fourteen books in the series. Two themes will continue to develop throughout the series: one is how family and close friends spark both love and hate relationship, and the other will deal with urban sprawl. There will be a stand-off at some point between the people in the village and the people in the city, and the characters will need to find ways to work through their problems/issues with each other and find a compromise. I think this is a big issue in our society today. There needs to be more tolerance and more stepping back to find solutions to problems instead of causing more problems. So, I am enjoying researching these topics to add to the series.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

JR: I would have to say Villanelle from the book CODENAME VILLANELLE by Luke Jennings. The book is amazing; the character is beyond words! The TV series is a must watch as well.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

JR: My family was the inspiration for my series. Also, I was a high school teacher for close to 20 years. My students are inspirations as well.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

JR: I’ve wanted to write since I was a little kid. Having the time to do so finally was a no-brainer for me.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

JR: Hunter S. Thompson, Plato, Emily Dickinson, and Flannery O’ Connor.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?


Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

JR: I do kickboxing, pilates, yoga, and free weights to help release stress and to get up from sitting so much to write. I love to research, read, write, and I sketch with charcoal and paint with acrylics. My husband and I have eight cats all that live inside with us, so I would call that a hobby too!

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

JR: Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Chocolate icing, and tortillas.

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

JR: I have 13 other books in The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. I have two other cozy series planned out that will have five books each in them. One is Gemma’s Bohemian Jewelry Series, and the other is Peggy’s Purse Boutique Series.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

JR: I love stories. Stories are my life. I love to listen to songs, watch well-written TV programs, watch well-written movies, read books, create art, play video games—all of these things create a story. Every story has a theme, and many themes are universal. Stories are entertainment, but stories are life. Being able to publish a book and create a story world that others can connect and relate to is a wonderful experience that I am proud to do. I have spent my life watching, reading, listening to other peoples’ stories and connecting with them. Now, I get to give back.


Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
MYS ED llc (November 23, 2018)  
Print Length: 130 pages 
Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.

About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.  

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

One Taste Too Many - An Interview, Review, & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Debra H. Goldstein to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Debra writes the Sarah Blair Mystery series. One Taste Too Many is the first book in the series and will be released next week.

Kathy: Sarah Blair is culinary challenged. Are you confused in the kitchen as well, or are you quite adept?

DHG: Sarah and I are equally challenged in the kitchen. Like Sarah, I watched Perry Mason while my sister shadowed my mother and learned to be an excellent cook. Sarah’s Spinach Pie (made with Stouffer’s Spinach Souffle) is one of my actual go to recipes.

Kathy: After her divorce, Sarah leaves with her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah and not much else. To me, my animals would be my top priority. Do you have any pets? Is RahRah based on any of them?

DHG: Presently my only pet is my husband, Joel. In the past, I had dogs, fish, and turtles. When I wrote One Taste Too Many, I knew I wanted a cat in the book, but not knowing much about them, I arranged a background interview with a friend who always has had cats. When I saw her beautiful Siamese cat and the loving relationship she had with her pet, I went from a simple background interview to modeling my cat after hers. During the time between my writing the book and its publication, her cat passed away, but my friend is thrilled Siri is living on in print (and e-book). In fact, the cat on the cover resembles Siri.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

DHG: I always loved reading, especially mysteries. As an adult, my litigation and judicial careers were high stress as was juggling a marriage and four children. Because cozy mysteries were fun, offered a challenge to solve, and read quickly, I found a cozy mystery was perfect for relaxing from my “other” world.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

DHG: In addition to writing cozy or traditional mysteries with cozy elements, I write non-fiction essays and short stories. In the past five years, my short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Black Cat, and The Birmingham Arts Journal. 2018 was a special year because “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” was named an Agatha and an Anthony short story finalist.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

DHG: When I wrote 2012 IPPY winning Maze in Blue, I thought it be the first book of an academic series set on the University of Michigan’s campus. After it was orphaned, I was told to “write something new.” Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, which featured a young lawyer and a group of senior citizen Mah Jongg players was going to be my second series, but its publisher dropped its mystery line. Consequently, those two books are now standalones and the “something new” I wrote is Kensington’s Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. The focus of the series, that debuts with One Taste Too Many, is cook of convenience Sarah Blair for whom there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

DHG: My favorite character is Sarah Blair because I identify with her being a cook of convenience. Like her, I prefer bringing take-out in, going out for dinner, or using pre-made ingredients. I also am enjoying watching Sarah evolve (remember I’ve read the next book in the series). Although I’ve never been divorced, many of my friends and family members have, so I understand the vulnerability a woman feels when the life she thought she was going to have takes a completely different direction.

In One Taste Too Many, Sarah knew starting over would be difficult, but she never imagined how far things would fall apart when her ex dropped dead, seemingly poisoned by her twin’s award-winning rhubarb crisp, her cat is wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage, and her sister is wanted by the police for murder. How Sarah deals with all of this fascinates me and makes her my favorite character.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

DHG: Having been orphaned twice but wanting to write a cozy series, I reflected on what most cozies contain: culinary expertise and crafts and realized I was woefully inept in both. Not sure what to do next, it dawned on me there were readers who were probably just like me. Writing our story inspired this the Sarah Blair series.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

DHG: For me, writing is a passion. The culmination of the dream had to be publication.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

DHG: If I could invite any 4 authors, living or dead, to my dinner party, it would be Edna Ferber because she wrote about diversity and emotions in a time when that wasn’t done; master short story writer B.K. Stevens to learn what she would have written had she not died too young; Louise Penny because of her humor and writing skills; and, either William Kent Kreuger or Bill Crider because every dinner party needs a gentle gentleman in attendance.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

DHG: Today, I finished Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy and began Megan Abbott’s Give Me Your Hand.

Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

DHG: Besides reading and writing, my hobbies and interests include my family, being a volunteer in areas that help women, children and the arts, and attending musicals (I can’t carry a tune, but I can enjoy other people doing it).

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry

DHG: Coca-Cola, a frozen pizza, eggs, and dark chocolate.

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

DHG: Kensington optioned at least three books in the Sarah Blair series. One Taste Too Many debuts the series. Two Bites Too Many is scheduled for an October release and I’m madly writing Three Treats Too Many.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

DHG: My favorite thing about being an author is the people. Not only have I met authors I’ve read and respected for years, but I have found the entire mystery community and its readers to be warm, engaging, and supportive.



ONE TASTE TOO MANY  by  Debra H. Goldstein
The First Sarah Blair Mystery

Sarah Blair is having a rough time. She's barely eking out a living after her divorce left her practically penniless, leaving with only the cat. Now her twin sister, Emily, is the main suspect in her ex's murder and her ex's latest fling is after her cat! Something fishy is going on in Emily's culinary world and it's not bouillabaisse! Emily's not talking, so cooking inept Sarah will do her best to investigate the chefs, find out what's really going on, and prove her sister's innocence....while doing whatever it takes to keep her cat!

What a fun engaging start to a new series! ONE TASTE TOO MANY introduces a good blend of characters, all hiding something. Sarah is a bit downtrodden, but determined to succeed. As such, she makes a likable protagonist who readers will root for. My favorite character is RahRah. This self assured cat is smart and lovable. While most readers will be concerned over Emily's plight, my fear the whole time was RahRah's destiny. If he were mine, the only way he'd be taken away, regardless of any legal papers, is over a dead body. I won't say whose...that may make for another murder mystery.

The mystery is a fine one and had me mistrusting pretty much everybody. Plenty of twists and turns and a few surprises kept me intrigued. ONE TASTE TO MANY ends with lots of possibilities for Sarah Blair and I look forward to reading about the next chapter in her life.


One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Kensington (December 18, 2018)  
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!
Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .
Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
Includes quick and easy recipes!

About the Author

Judge Debra H. Goldstein’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series debuts from Kensington Press with One Taste Too Many. She also is the author of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Besides novels, Debra writes short stories. Her short story, The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017) is an Agatha Award Short Story Nominee. In addition to being the Sisters in Crime Guppy President, Debra serves on the national Sisters in Crime board and is Vice-President of the Southeast Region of Mystery Writers of America.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

With a Little Bit of Blood - A Review & Giveaway


The Fourth Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery

Eliza Doolittle knew it was a mistake when her father bought an automobile and now that Henry Higgins owns it she's sure the motor car is nothing but trouble. Henry's reckless driving leads to a broken arm while a kitchen fire leads to an opportunity. Eliza and Henry will attend a country house party! A medium warns of darkness and death and during the first hunt the brash American is killed. A hunting accident? It turns out that most of the guests had dealings with the man, and most of them unpleasant. Could it be murder, as the medium predicted? Eliza and Henry will deal with romances, spirits, and a fabled artifact in order to find the truth!

Automobiles, aeroplanes, spiritualism, and hints of war collide in this fourth Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery. I love how the authors bring the realities of 1913 England to two favorite fictional characters. In addition to his mysteries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle opened the world of spiritualism to members of the upper class and mediums became the rage in upper crust party circles. And so Clara and Richard bring Madame Evangeline to their first house party. While Henry assumes she's a fraud, Eliza believes her to be real. And readers...we can make up our own minds.

As with George Bernard Shaw, D. E. Ireland injects plenty of humor to the story as well. Henry's bad temper increased due to his injury, Freddie's mooning over the American film star, a pushy admirer, and Eliza giving some Cockney attitude add to the fun. The vision of a certain love struck Frenchman singing along to phonograph records is still embedded in my brain.

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLOOD is a fun country house mystery. Interesting characters with lots of motives and a hint of the supernatural make this a page turning addition to a delightful series.


With a Little Bit of Blood (The Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mysteries) by D.E. Ireland

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series  
Grainger Press (April 15, 2018)  
Paperback: 352 pages 
In the fourth book from the Agatha Award nominated writing team of D.E. Ireland, famous literary characters Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins find they may have brought trouble with them when they attend a country house party in With A Little Bit of Blood.
Eliza is not happy when Higgins buys a snazzy roadster. Her misgivings prove correct when he becomes injured in a motor car crash. Forced to play nursemaid, Eliza is thrilled to accept an invitation to a house party from Lord Ashmore and his bride, the former Clara Eynsford-Hill. But upon their arrival at Banfield Manor, Eliza is dismayed to see her sweetheart Freddy arm in arm with a beautiful actress. Higgins is shocked to learn the woman who once stalked him is also attending the party. Things grow even worse when spiritualist Madame Evangeline arrives and warns of impending danger. Her prediction comes true when someone is killed during the following day's shoot in the forest.
Higgins and Eliza suspect it wasn't an accident, but murder. Every guest hides a dark secret that involved the dead man. But who hated him more? The French aviator, the American cinema actress, a lady novelist, the Austrian count, or a knighted explorer of the Amazon? Madame Evangeline's séance may reveal what is really going on. But her cryptic words deepen the mystery, especially after another guest turns up dead.
Who is behind these murders? And has Higgins himself been targeted? As the day of the fox hunt begins, it seems likely that more than the fox will die. Before that happens, Eliza and the Professor must discover who may have a little bit of blood on their hands.

About the Authors

D.E. Ireland is the pseudonym of long time friends and award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. In 2013 they decided to collaborate on a unique series based on George Bernard Shaw's witty play Pygmalion, which also inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady. At work on Book Four of their Agatha nominated series, they also pursue separate writing careers. Currently, both of them write cozy mysteries for Kensington under their respective pen names: Sharon Farrow with her Berry Basket series, and Meg Macy with her Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear series. The two Michigan authors have patient husbands, brilliant daughters, and share a love of tea, books, and history.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Murder at the Mill - A Review


The First Iris Grey Mystery

Iris Grey is an accomplished portrait painter looking for a respite from a bad marriage. Staying at the cottage of Mill House she finds comfort in her doll house and opportunity in painting a portrait of her landlord, famous crime writer Dom Wetherby. But all is not what it seems in Mill House. Undercurrents simmer beneath the family that strives to be so perfect. On Christmas day, Dom's body is found dead. The author, retiring his favorite character, both in book and TV, has committed suicide. His daughter in law doesn't believe it and enlists Iris' aid to prove it was murder. Will Iris be able to uncover the secrets of the Wetherby family? Will she stay in her unhappy marriage or will she find a new life for herself? Or will trying to find a killer only bring death?

Although set at Christmastime, MURDER AT THE MILL is not a cheerful holiday mystery. It's an involved psychological drama with a multilayered mystery. The Weatherby family seemingly has it all, but what have they done to get there? And what will they do to keep their image intact?

The book is also a journey as Iris Grey comes into her own. I enjoyed watching Iris evolve, finding her confidence, discovering who she really is, and not letting anything or anyone stop her. She will uncover the truth, no matter how difficult.

MURDER AT THE MILL is a complex mystery that looks to the very core of its characters.


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A picture hides a thousand lies... And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.

Iris Grey rents a quaint cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighboring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.

At the Wetherby's Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow - but so are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?

With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.

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M.B Shaw is the pen-name of New York Times bestselling writer Tilly Bagshawe. A teenage single mother at 17, Tilly won a place at Cambridge University and took her baby daughter with her. She went on to enjoy a successful career before becoming a writer. As a journalist, Tilly contributed regularly to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, and Evening Standard, before turning her hand to novels.

Tilly's first book, ADORED, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. She now divides her time between the UK and America, writing her own books and the new series of Sidney Sheldon novels.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Currently Reading...

I just finished reading Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw. This book is the first in the Iris Grey Mystery series and was released earlier this week.

Iris Grey is an accomplished portrait painter looking for a respite from a bad marriage. Staying at the cottage of Mill House she finds comfort in her doll house and opportunity in painting a portrait of her landlord, famous crime writer Dom Wetherby. But all is not what it seems in Mill House. Undercurrents simmer beneath the family that strives to be so perfect. On Christmas day, Dom's body is found dead. The author, retiring his favorite character, both in book and TV, has committed suicide. His daughter in law doesn't believe it and enlists Iris' aid to prove it was murder. Will Iris be able to uncover the secrets of the Wetherby family? Will she stay in her unhappy marriage or will she find a new life for herself? Or will trying to find a killer only bring death?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Maizie Albright’s Very Bad Week - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Maizie Albright to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Maizie on the pages of the Maizie Albright Star Detective Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. NC-17 is the third book in the series is being released today!

Maizie Albright’s Very Bad Week
by Larissa Reinhart 

A terrible thing happened during our surveillance of crazy Roger Price.

First of all, "who’s us,” you might ask? I’m Maizie Albright. You might know me from the hit teen show a few years back, Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective. Or even farther back, Kung Fu Kate. Or more recently, All Is Albright, although I don’t like to admit that one much. And you probably heard about my little legal slip-up that sent me from Hollywood back to Black Pine, Georgia, where I’m living at Daddy’s and had to start a new career. It was all over E! News. And TMZ People. The National Enquirer. Unfortunately.

But here’s to new beginnings, because after Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective, I’d wanted to become a private investigator. Which led me to Nash Security Solutions. And convincing Wyatt Nash to mentor me. Which he did. Eventually.

Wyatt Nash is not only my mentor and boss (although I’m barely making minimum wage), but he’s also my dream guy. He’s chivalrous, kind, courageous, intelligent, and has Paul Newman-blue eyes. I’d love to be his dream girl, but he’s battling with his ex-wife Jolene Sweeney, who owns half of Nash Security Solutions (and Sweeney Security Solutions because she’s a bit irrational when it comes to Nash). As my boss and mentor, he’d rather be the gentleman and wait until my two years of training are done, which is how long it takes in Georgia to get a PI license.

Unfortunately, on many counts.

Anyhoo, we were hired by Roger Price’s mother to tail her son, whom she thought was suddenly up to no good. Roger’s not really crazy. But he’s crazily creative. He’s into building robots. And models. And playing video games.

And it seems, making bombs.

Which he took into a bank during our surveillance.

And when Nash ran into the bank after him, the bank just … blew up. With Nash inside.

Which kicked off my very bad week.

The worst week of my life. Including the week I was arrested for being the girlfriend and suspected accomplice to my ex-fiancé, Oliver Fraser. Who has shown up in Black Pine, even though he’s supposed to be in prison. I blame Vicki, my ex-manager and still-mother, for that. But she’s half-crazy over planning her crazy wedding to Giulio. My other ex-fiancé. (Ratings. They’re both still on All Is Albright).

Not to mention, the business is failing. And with it my job. Three teenagers have just shown up, wanting to hire me to look for the twenty-five-year-old producer of their hit YouTube channel, Bigfoot Trackers. As popular as Bigfoot Trackers may be (and as rich as these kids are getting off the show), the police have already looked and find Chandler as much of a missing person as say…Bigfoot.

But these kids won’t take no for an answer. And neither will my probation officer, who’s tired of my excuses of bank bombs, crazy weddings, ex-fiancés, and missing Bigfoot trackers. As much as I want to spend the week trying to piece back my destroyed life, I’ve got to also meet my community service requirements.

However, all this craziness has done one thing. It helps me to not grieve too much over Nash’s condition. I’m all about silver linings. And I guess, looking for the person looking for Bigfoot.


NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective) by Larissa Reinhart


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Cozy Mystery/Women's Detective Fiction  3rd in Series 
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018) 
Paperback, 370 pages 
As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.
Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.
Wait, not man of her dreams. Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.
While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.

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Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews. Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in 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,, and join her newsletter for a free short story.  

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