Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Visit from Maggie O'Malley & An As Directed Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Maggie O'Malley to the blog today. You can find Maggie on the pages of the Maggie O'Malley Mystery series by Kathleen Valenti. AS DIRECTED, the third book in the series, will be released March 12, 2019.

The pharmacy is dead.

That’s more than a metaphor.

Yes, the drugstore where I work is empty, devoid of noise or breath or the heartbeat of steps across the white tile floor.

But I’m not thinking of the CLOSED, PLEASE CALL AGAIN! sign hanging on the front door. I’m thinking of the reason for the closure.

The way the detective’s face twisted into a strange smile as she interviewed me.

The questions that hung in the air between us.

The body of Colton Ellis cooling beneath my hands as I tried to pound life back into his heart.

The pharmacy is dead because the dead have been found here.

A stone of disquiet sits heavy in my chest, not just for the loss of life in the drugstore or what could be the death knell of my fledgling career as a pharmacy technician. There’s a heaviness surrounding the question of what’s next. Or perhaps more to the point, who’s next.

I try to tell myself that I’m being paranoid, that I’m spinning out of control because of what’s happened at the pharmacy and what’s happening inside my head—the persistent fog that has swirled through the whirls and folds of my brain since the accident.

But it’s more than that. It’s the feeling that I’m somehow part of this. That I’m being watched. That I’m being lured toward something dangerous and inevitable with my every move.

I walk toward the back of the pharmacy, gliding past digestive aids and pain relievers and duck behind the counter. I’m here for answers. I’m here for peace. I’m here because in the deadness of the pharmacy, in the quiet dark among pills and elixirs, I feel at home. I feel in control. I feel safe.

Now I just have to convince my pounding heart to agree.


As Directed (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery) by Kathleen Valenti

About the Book

Mystery 3rd in Series 
Henery Press (March 12, 2019)  
Hardcover: 286 pages 
In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore.
But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more.
The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune.
As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running. Learn more at www.kathleenvalenti.com.  

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The author has graciously offered an e-copy of AS DIRECTED to one lucky reader. Simply post a comment to this post no later than 11:59pm Eastern time March 6, 2019. Be sure to leave an e-mail address and the digital format you would like should you win. Good luck!


  1. I can’t wait to read this next book in the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries. This book sounds even more adventurous then Protocol and 39 Winks.

  2. Thank you so much, Betty!! I can't wait for you to read it.

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  4. Hi Carol! Hope you get a chance to read!! Thanks for your kind comment.

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