Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meet Cookie from Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Cassandra Chanel to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Cookie on the pages of the Haunted Vintage Mystery series by Rose Pressy. Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal is the seventh book in the series and was released last month.


I’m thrilled that I was invited to guest post today. My name is Cassandra Chanel, but everyone calls me Cookie. Yes, you guessed it. Because I love cookies that much. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip, but I love them all. Not to mention the name Cookie matches with my last name Chanel. And it doesn’t hurt that I love Coco Chanel everything… the handbags, clothing, and perfume.

I own It’s Vintage Y’all in Sugar Creek, Georgia, a vintage clothing boutique. I’ve been doing that for a little while now. Everything about my life was pretty ordinary until one sunny day that all changed and a mysterious cat showed up at my shop. Things got really bizarre after that. Let’s just say I’ve had a few encounters with the spirit world since then. Oh, and the cat communicates with me. I know that all sounds crazy, but it’s one hundred percent true.

If you’re ever in Sugar Creek please make sure to stop by my boutique. I think that you’ll find something that you love. Oh, wait, this isn’t supposed to be an advertisement for my shop. Okay, forget that. How about I just give you a few vintage shopping tips in case you ever find yourself near a vintage clothing shop or thrift store. Often people overlook the vintage items. When in reality they’re absolutely fantastic. They should be worn and displayed as the fabulous pieces of art they are. Although not all vintage clothing is created equally, like the polyester suits for example. We can just pass those up. Anyway, onto the tips.

1. Vintage clothing shops aren’t the only places to find vintage clothing. Check with thrift shops, charity shops, yard sales, estate sales, and even online sites like eBay.

2. Vintage doesn’t always mean cheaper. Check the fabric content on the labels to make sure you aren’t being overcharged for a not-so-great quality item.

3. Examine the item for stains, rips, loose treads or buttons. It might seem like a bargain, but if the clothing needs too many repairs it might not be worth the purchase.

4. Although don’t be afraid of repairs if you get a good deal on a great piece. A lot of stains can be removed and mending a button is easy for the right garment.

5. Sizing has changed over the years so be prepared with your measurements. I recommend if possible trying on clothing before buying.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Currently Reading...

I actually just finished reading Murder Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder. This book is the first in the Resale Boutique Mystery series and will be released January 22, 2019.

After a humiliating dismissal as a buyer for a New York department store, Kelly Quinn has returned home to Lucky Cove. Restyling her late grandmother's consignment shop into an upscale clothing boutique is a challenge, however. Pepper, her grandmother's best friend and Kelly's employee is not shy about voicing her displeasure about the changes Kelly wants to make. When a local psychic collapses after receiving a vision when trying on a dress in the shop, the resale shop gets lots of publicity. People are coming to hear about the "murder dress" and visit the "haunted shop", but not buying any wares. Desperate to stop the negative publicity, matters get worse when Kelly becomes a suspect after she finds the murdered body of the psychic's cousin. Now she's determined to find the truth behind, not only the current murder, but the "murder dress" while she wonders if her decision to come home was the right one.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Wrong Boy - A Spotlight & Giveaway

The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace

 

About the Book


Suspense/Thriller 
Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (January 9, 2019)  
Print Length: 307 pages 
Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon's Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he's just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

About the Author


Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

Author Links:
  
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Facebook  
Twitter: @AceCathy GoodReads  

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Grimoires, Spas, and Chocolate Straws - A Spotlight & Giveaway

Today I'd like to shine a spotlight on Grimoires, Spas, and Chocolate Straws by Erin Johnson. This book is the eighth in the Spells and Caramels Cozy Witch Mystery series and was released last month.

Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws (A Spells & Caramels Cozy Witch Mystery) By Erin Johnson

About the Book


Cozy Mystery 8th in Series 
Self Published (December 29, 2018)  
Paperback: 332 pages 
Sandy slaughter. An enchanting suspect. Can a magical baker protect her friends from a dangerous paradise?
Stranded on Badlands Island, Imogen Banks is driving herself crazy looking for her brother. So when the spell-casting baker's friends suggest they escape for a luxurious dragon spa treatment, she doesn't need a second invitation. But her hopes for coastal romance with Hank fall flat when a resort guest turns up roasted in the sand.
Suspecting murder, Imogen zeroes in on the town's rumored "black widow" as a possible culprit. But when her friend falls for the beautiful woman despite the deadly track record, Imogen fears he'll be the next victim to stay buried.
Can Imogen sift through the clues before the killer gives her one final treatment?
Grimoires, Spas and Chocolate Straws is the eighth book in the Spells and Caramels delightful paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like endearing heroines, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s magical whodunit.
Buy Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws to massage a new mystery today!

About the Author

 
Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).  

Website: www.erinjohnsonwrites.com.  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWrites.  
Twitter:@EJohnsonWrites

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

A Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way Interview & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Frances Metzman to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Frances is the author of The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way which was released last year.



Kathy: The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way is set in a Florida retirement community. Would you like to live in such a community?

FM: I don't think so. They have many advantages such as socialization, community, help if needed, entertainment brought to the community in the way of lectures, book clubs, stage shows, concerts and education of health issues. I prefer independence and working in my own way. I'm in a lot most of the day working and go out later. I'd be an outsider, I think.


Kathy: I enjoy reading mysteries with protagonists of a certain age. Why do you think Senior Sleuths are popular? Or do you think that they’re not popular?

FM: There is an audience for senior sleuths, I believe, and it's growing. Maybe younger protagonists are still more popular though. But the Baby Boomer population is quite large and many are going into retirement communities and can relate to Cha-Cha Babes.


Kathy: I must ask the question, would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend?

HA. I have thought about it and I lean on the side of no. I'd follow the law and take Marcy into my home first. My life seems overly complicated and don't think I could take on another huge responsibility as Celia did. In the real world I'd have to face the fear of arrest and my kids might freak out like Allison did, but they'd be there for me. See, that's what I mean about being an author and having some control over the world. I can give Celia the responsibility of obstructing justice and work with her to get out of it.


Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

FM: I've always been a kind of a sleuth with many mystery ideas for books. I'm fascinated by white collar crime and reasons why people who don't have to be fraudulent do it anyway. Those I've known who have gotten into trouble for fraud were people who earned quite nice incomes before their criminality. I have studied this for a long time. So, I thought why can't an older person pursue a criminal case as well as professionals. I am a Social Gerontologist and studied the psychology of aging which is not necessarily unlike younger people.


Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

FM: I write short stories, but they are mostly about human behavior and what makes people behave the way they do. I do write some mysteries but underneath is always what is the motivation for their behavior.


Kathy: Tell us about your series.

FM: I haven't written series yet, but there is a similarity in all of my work -- relationships, human behavior, influences of early childhood and emotional needs. Some of my short stories are off-beat in what my protagonist does, but, as they say, life is stranger than fiction. I believe that.


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

FM: Hmmm. Maybe, Celia, because I have a similar background growing up as she did, but not as intense. My mother was well meaning but a brutal critic. So, I came from a dysfunctional background with a need to prove myself as an adult. I was a sculptor, a counselor, and a writer. Writing is great for me because I can control the outcome. Some of my stories are about striving to get a mother's love. Usually, there is a resolution which is ever elusive for me.


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

FM: I am at work on a series that grew out of The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Celia is my inspiration combined with an incident that happened to me. It all tied in with my research on the sex slave trade.


Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

FM: All of my publications came from small presses. I love small presses as the do an important job for writers. Firstly, there is an openess and faster turn-around in publishing. You can work closely with the publishers.


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

FM: Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Alice Munro -- 2 males, 2 females, different generations to see point-of-view - how similar or dissimilar.


Kathy: What are you currently reading?

FM: Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Dear Life by Alice Munro, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Anne Dillard, Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo


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

FM: Tennis, theater, cooking.


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

FM: lots of spices in pantry, meals I cooked that I freeze like veal shank (my beau loves), veggie chili, and bread pudding.


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

FM: current series have plots more or less worked out of 2 new ones.


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

FM: I can control my world to some extent - although sometimes the worlds control me. But when I'm creating I can make amends, forgive, say what's really on my mind, and have a good kind of closure in relationships, something not always easy in real life.

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The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman

About the Book


Cozy Mystery  
Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC (June 21, 2018)  
Paperback: 506 pages
Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend?
Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.
Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.

About the Author


Frances Metzman, a graduate of Moore College of Art and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a novel, Ugly Cookies, by Pella Press. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart: Stories, was published by Wilderness House Press, February 1, 2012. In 2009 she won a nomination for a Dzanc Books award, “Best of the Web.” In addition to publishing numerous (25) short stories in various literary journals, she has a novel published by Wild River Books, 2018, The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Her teaching credits include Adjunct professor at Rosemont College to graduate school, Temple University at OLLI (creative writing and memoir). Other writing workshops, memoir/creative writing, have been given at universities and colleges such as Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Widener, etc. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many articles, essays, and stories she writes deal with aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Many articles are dedicated to improving attitudes toward the mature folks and address myths about “age appropriate” thinking.

Author Links:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/FranWrites
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FranMetzmanWrittenWork/  
GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5871334.Frances_Metzman FrancesMetzman.com  

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Alchemist's Illusion - A Guest Post and Review

I'm so happy to welcome Gigi Pandian back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Gigi's latest release is the fourth book in her Accidental Alchemist Mystery series. THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION was released this week.
 

THE ALCHEMIST’S ILLUSION: The Art of Alchemy
Gigi Pandian

I’ll share a secret: The Art of Alchemy could have been the title of this Accidental Alchemist novel.  It was one of the ideas floated for the title, because the key imagery that runs through the new mystery is alchemical art.

The Alchemist’s Illusion opens with Zoe Faust outside a Portland art gallery where the mysterious paintings are viewed by candlelight as you would have viewed them in a medieval church, with the flickering lights seeming to bring the artwork to life long before motion pictures could do so. And if you know my books you know I love history, so in addition to the Portland artists in the book, you’ll also meet an alchemist artist at work at Prague Castle under the patronage of Rudolf II, King of Bohemia. 


Besides not sounding immediately like a mystery, potential title The Art of Alchemy was already the title of something else: an amazing art exhibit at the Getty Museum I attended in 2017 when I was researching and writing The Alchemist’s Illusion. I grew up in southern California, and my childhood best friend lives in Los Angeles. So when the Getty began this exhibit, I knew it was the perfect excuse to visit my friend and attend the exhibit and symposium. Here are a few images below, and you can see more at the online exhibit at the Getty Museum website—and read about my fictional interpretation of alchemical art in Zoe and Dorian’s new adventure, The Alchemist’s Illusion. 




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Review


THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION by Gigi Pandian
The Fourth Accidental Alchemist Mystery

A glimpse at a painting momentarily transports Zoe Faust to the past. Eyes never lie and Zoe knows that the man in the painting is none other than Nicolas Flamel. But how could that be as he'd never sit for a painting? With dawning realization that her mentor is imprisoned, Zoe will look for clues that lead her to look into a local painters death and recent art forgeries in Portland. Dorian, the gargoyle, and her old friend Tobias, will help Zoe discover the truth about the painting, the murder, and the future, as well as the past.

Gigi Pandian seamlessly blends the past and the present as she tells the tale of Zoe Faust. In THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION we not only read about Zoe and the painting that triggers a link to her past, but the very past itself. We get to travel to the late 1500s and see the origins, not only of the painting, but the very mystery itself. I love not only the rich historical detail, but the melding of historical fact with fiction.

I'm always delighted to read more about Dorian and was thrilled with his latest accomplishments and his appropriated crime solving techniques, along with his ability to make me drool with his cooking skills. I wish he could come and stay with me for a bit! But, as in real life, along with the humor, there's also the pathos.

Zoe longs to put down roots and has started to do so in Portland, making a family of friends she's gathered. Indeed this family is the strength that supports everyone as they deal with this current mystery. As her relationship deepens with Max, she broaches the one thing she's been keeping from him. But what will be the ramifications of telling Max the truth about who she really is?

THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION is a captivating mystery that brings the richness of art and history to Portland, Oregon. An exquisitely plotted modern mystery filled with such unique characters make this novel stand out.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gown with the Wind - An Interview & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Stephanie Blackmoore to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Stephanie writes the Wedding Planner Mystery series. GOWN WITH THE WIND is the fourth book in the series and was released last month.


Kathy: Mallory Shepard is a professional wedding planner. Have you ever used a professional wedding planner?

SB: I have not used a professional wedding planner. This is both a blessing and a curse! It’s advantageous because I can dream up plot points and ideas without being constrained. But it does make for later research, when I circle back to make sure a wedding planner would handle certain details and scenarios the way I describe them in my books.


Kathy: In GOWN WITH THE WIND Mallory has to plan a GONE WITH THE WIND themed wedding. Are you a fan of the book or movie?

SB: I read the book as a teenager and recall being awed. I appreciate the movie for its cinematic richness. I was also interested to revisit the book and film in light of critiques regarding their historical accuracy and portrayal of the Civil War Era South. In the end, I do appreciate the book and movie for its representations of strong women.


Kathy: If you had to plan a themed wedding, either for you or someone else, what theme would you most like to use?

SB: I would love to plan a winter holiday-themed wedding. I’m a sucker for parties that take place in December, with all of the lights, greenery, and built-in good cheer of the season. Hm… maybe that’s why my own wedding was in December!


Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

SB: I was living in Los Angeles after I graduated college, and I dearly missed Baltimore, where I’d lived just before. I wanted to revisit the city, if only by going there vicariously through fiction. I read Laura Lippman’s BALTIMORE BLUES. Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan series might not quite be considered a cozy series, but it could be categorized as traditional mystery. It was a wonderful book, I was hooked, and from that point on, I read as many mysteries as I could get my hands on! I loved the quirky characters, small town details, and themes I found in cozies.


Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

SB: Not yet.


Kathy: Tell us about your series.

SB: My series features Mallory Shepard, a wedding planner and bed and breakfast purveyor by day, and an occasional amateur sleuth off the clock. I’ve set the series in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania, and love to explore themes involving families and friends and relationships.


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

SB: I love writing both sisters in the series, Mallory and Rachel. It’s fun to play up their differences, but also circle back to the fierce loyalty they have for each other. Mallory keeps Rachel grounded, and Rachel helps Mallory dream big and step outside her comfort zone.


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

SB: I think a lot about setting and place. I always go back to my upbringing in Western Pennsylvania, and the towns I lived and worked in there. I think about current events in the region, and what makes the place unique. I try to instill that in my series.


Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

SB: I always wanted to write a novel and get it published. At certain points in my life I pushed that goal off to the side, but I am so thrilled to be writing books that other people get to read!


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

SB: Beverly Cleary, E.M. Forster, Agatha Christie, and J.K. Rowling.


Kathy: What are you currently reading?

SB: Jennifer Worth’s CALL THE MIDWIFE.


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

SB: I love to cook! We’re a food allergy household, so I am always trying out new dishes we can cook from scratch with the foods we can safely eat.


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

SB: Blue corn chips, banana peppers, dark roast coffee, and clementines.


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

SB: I recently finished the next book in the series, MARRY CHRISTMAS MURDER. It will be out in late September, 2019. It was fun to finish a holiday book just as the holidays were gearing up!


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

SB: My favorite thing is spending time with my characters. I love crafting stories around what I think they would do, what they would want, and how they are developing. I like to see them grow and change, just like real people.

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Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery) by Stephanie Blackmoore

About the Book

 
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Kensington (December 18, 2018)  
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages  

Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .
Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancée, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.
But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .

About the Author


A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two-spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at the links below.  

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading A Murderous Marriage by Alyssa Maxwell. This book is the fourth in the Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery series and will be released January 29, 2019.

A wedding should be a happy event, but that's not the case in the Isle of Wight. Everyone knows it's not a love match between Lady Julia Renshaw and the viscount forty years her senior. Despite her sisters protestations that she can and should walk away, Julia marries Gil Townsend to ensure the coffers of the family home are full. The nuptials seem a hasty occasion with the reception on board the yacht named after the groom's first wife. An overly familiar secretary, an angry sister of the groom, a concerned best man, and  unpleasant weather add to the dismal affair. When the groom goes missing the following morning and is soon found drowned, suspicions fall on the new bride. When her sister, Julia, is taken to the police station, Phoebe knows she can't just stand idly by. It's up to Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva, to prove Julia's innocence and find the real murderer.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Le Roi’s Perspective - A Steamed Open Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Le Roi to the blog today. You can find Le Roi on the pages of Steamed Open by Barbara Ross. This book is the seventh in the Maine Clambake Mystery series and was released last month.


Le Roi’s Perspective—Steamed Open
By Barbara Ross

Note from author Barbara Ross: I didn’t mean to have a pet in the Maine Clambake Mystery series until I visited the real Cabbage Island Clambakes and observed the lives of the island cats. What a life! No cars, no predators, you are literally at the top of your particular food chain. Hundreds of visitors arrive every day, many of them older people or children who can easily be persuaded to sneak you bits of lobster and clam under the table while they’re eating. The livin’ is easy.

Hello. The two-legged beings call me Le Roi, which is French for “the king.” They named me after another two-legged guy named Elvis because they say I look just like him, especially in his later, Vegas years. I don’t know about that, but I do think king is an appropriate sobriquet.

Right now I’m sunning myself on the railing of the pavilion where most of the two-legs gather for food. Eventually the wait staff will show up and someone will shoo me away, but for now I’m content. I’m a Maine coon and almost thirty pounds, so finding comfy spots can be a challenge. I’ll close my eyes for a minute, and smell the wood smoke. No seafood on the fire yet. That comes later.

Yeah, I’ll move, I’ll move. Keep your pants on. Nothing happening. Might as well go for a stroll in the garden. There’s mint and basil, tomatoes and carrots. None of it interests me much to eat, but there are lots of shady spots to rest and butterflies to chase.

What’s this? At last. The sound from the ship that means the two-legs are coming. Hurrying down to the dock to check them out. Ah, perfect. Lot’s of suckers. I think I’ll go give that white-haired female’s legs a rub. As I thought, a smile and a pat. I’ll see you later, sweetheart.

A young one in a wheelie. They’re a mixed bag. Mostly they eat hot dogs, or even worse, tasteless little round bits of grain. They drop a lot of food, which is all to the good, but sometimes they get out of the wheelie-thing and pull my tail. The indignity! But this one’s smiling at me and waving. I’ll give him a thrill and let him pet me.

There’s Julia over there. I lived with her in town last winter. She wouldn’t let me go outside, or even into the big place where they serve food below her house. That was a little frustrating. Plus she has this tall male two-legger staying there a lot of the time. I’m pretty sure she prefers me, though. Why wouldn’t she?

There’s Page. She’s somewhere between a young one and a grown one. I live with her and her family here on the island during the summer. That is, when it rains, I show up at their door and they let me in. And they leave me food in a bowl on a countertop where the young one who lives with them can’t get into it. Not that I’ve much need of that boring stuff. Not when there are so many suckers.

Dinner gong. Finally. Everybody find your seats. Got to scout out my best location. The white-haired female is sitting over there. Think I’ll focus on those four tables. Gotta run! No rest for the hungry. Come to the island and feed me sometime, will ya?

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Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 7th in Series  
Kensington (December 18, 2018) 
It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?
Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

About the Author


Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is co-editor/co-publisher of Level Best Books, which produces anthologies of crime stories by New England authors. She writes at her home overlooking the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. Readers can visit her website at MaineClambakeMysteries.com.

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