Sunday, August 9, 2020

A Spell for Trouble Interview

I'm happy to welcome Esme Addison to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Esme writes the Enchanted Bay Mystery series. A SPELL FOR TROUBLE is the first book in the series.

Kathy: In A SPELL FOR TROUBLE Aleksandra Daniels returns to Bellamy Bay, North Carolina to stay with relatives she hasn't seen in 20 years. Last October I visited relatives I'd never met before in Poland. Have you ever reunited with family?

EA: What a coincidence! I'd love to hear how the experience was for you. Last year, I went to Poland for the first time and met my husband's grandmother and uncles and aunts and cousins. It was a wonderful experience full of good food, hospitality and fun conversations. I hoped to capture that type of warmth in my series. I am pretty close with all of my family, so I can't recall a reunion quite like one Alex Sobieski has in the story.

Kathy: How did you decide upon using the Mermaid of Warsaw to inspire your paranormal mystery?

EA: I wanted to find an aspect of Polish history or folklore to add depth to the mystery. When I found the mermaid myth, I was literally done! Look no further. Like many, I am fascinated by mermaids (also fairies and other mythical creatures) and knew I absolutely had to figure out a way to add mermaids to the story.

Kathy: Being of Polish descent I absolutely love all of the Polish culture you instilled in the book. My mouth was watering when your characters were munching on kolaczki and pączki. I also love so many savory dishes. What are some of your favorite Polish foods?

EA: I try to write in all of my favorite dishes, or at least ones I've eaten my self. When I was pregnant, the dill potato soup was a craving. I couldn't get enough. When we were in Warsaw, there were so many pączki shops to try - love those donuts. And my mother-in-law makes the best cakes from scratch. All kinds with fresh apples or blueberry. And there's a coffee-like cake with a stresuel topping. Borscht, cucumber salad... I don't eat meat anymore but when I did fresh kielbasa with onions!! There's so much to love about Polish food.

Kathy: Ciocia Lidia runs an herbal apothecary shop. I would love to visit this store and can see myself being a regular customer. What about you? Do you use herbal remedies?

EA: Yes, I love herbal remedies! I make absolutely everything I can for myself and my family. I started 12 years ago when my middle son was born with allergies and I wanted natural products in the home. I make my own face masks, toothpaste, bath salts, and oil blends. And for remedies: cold syrups, ear drops, salves for eczema, irritated skin, etc. I've been to a few herbal apothecaries, and I'm always in heaven like a kid in a candy store. )

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

EA: The settings and the themes! I first discovered cozies when i returned from a vacation in Napa and wanted to read books about wine and with vineyard settings. I found Ellen Crosby's Wine Country mystery series and was hooked. After that, I realized that I could travel to places I wanted to go in these books, and I could "eat delicious food" and learn about interesting hobbies and occupations while reading. I loved the concept. And the mystery-element recalled my childhood love for Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown and my desire to go on adventures. :) When I read cozy mysteries, I can do that.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

EA: Nothing published yet, but yes I have stories in various stages: synopses, partial manuscripts, and completed, spanning speculative women's fictions and several psychological thriller ideas. My interests are pretty eclectic.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

EA: A SPELL FOR TROUBLE is based on the Polish Mermaid of Warsaw myth. After her father dies (her mother passed when she was little) and she quits her job, Alex Daniels travels to Bellamy Bay, NC, from NYC to reconnect with her aunt and two cousins. While there she discovers an interesting secret in her family about her heritage. And then there's a murder... her aunt is charged, and she of course has to figure out whodunnit.

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

EA: I love all of my characters, but I really like Kamila. Kamila is a police woman. She's pretty, tough and no-nonsense, a bit of a tomboy. She's not happy that she has magical abilities and refuses to practice on ethical grounds. But she also loves her family and is proud of them, so she has a lot of internal conflict. I look forward to digging deeper into her psyche as the series progresses.

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

EA: My husband's family - my mother and father-in-law who are Polish. I love to learn about new cultures, the history, the food, the folklore... when I met my husband I immediately began to learn everything I could about the people, the land, the history... and when I decided to write a cozy, I knew I wanted to capture the love, warmth and hospitality that I'd seen in the family I'd married into. For a long time, before this story was sold and it was just an idea the working title for the manuscript was Polish Family Cozy to give you an idea of my focus.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

EA: I've been a writer since I was a child. I wrote my first story in 6th grade and never stopped. My father told me I should set and achieve the goal of being a published author, so it's always been something I wanted for myself. I've written four unpublished novels as an adult. This one is just the first one to be published.

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

EA: I would invite Helen MacInnes, Agatha Christie, Octavia Butler and Percy Bysshe Shelley - four of my favorites.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

EA: I am currently reading IT CANNOLI BE MURDER by Catherine Bruns and listening to THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING by Alexis Henderson.

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

EA: Reading, writing, traveling to the beach and mountains, visiting historical sites (ancient civilizations, Civil War, Revolutionary War-era), cooking/baking, making herbal remedies and visiting craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and meaderies.

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

EA: Organic half-and half (for coffee), coffee beans, avocados and good cheese

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

EA: Yes! Book 2 in the Enchanted Bay mystery series publishes next summer, and I'm working on a new mystery series (no mermaids this time!).

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author? Besides getting paid to do what I love?

EA: Creating a well-written story for readers to enjoy. Hearing that someone loved your story is the best ever.


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Friday, August 7, 2020

Risky Whiskey - An Interview, Review, & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Lucy Lakestone to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Lucy writes the Bohemia Bartenders Mystery series. RISKY WHISKEY is the first book in the series and was released July 28, 2020.

Kathy: Pepper Revelle is a mixologist. Do you make your own cocktails? Do you create any originals or stick to traditional recipes?

LL: I do make cocktails on occasion, but often I let my husband make me one. He’s always experimenting and used to run a craft cocktail business on the side. I’m a happy taste-tester in our home bar and have helped him refine recipes for contests and the like. We’re working on a cocktail recipe that I’ll put in the back of the second book in the series, WRECKED BY RUM. (A Sazerac recipe is in the first book, RISKY WHISKEY.)

Kathy: What's your favorite cocktail?

LL: This should be an easy question to answer, but it depends on the occasion. I always love a good Manhattan or Old-Fashioned, both whiskey cocktails. I recently got turned on to the Suburban, which includes bourbon, rum and port. And when I’m in a tiki mood, a complex rum cocktail like a Jet Pilot is just the ticket.

Kathy: I've been lucky enough to visit a few distilleries, and more are popping up near to my home. Have you had that opportunity?

LL: Yes, I have! We seek them out. We traveled to the Pacific Northwest a couple of years ago and picked up multiple bottles at distilleries, which we had to ship home. We found some excellent gins. They aren’t the most convenient souvenirs but are delicious ways to savor a vacation. I think we’re seeing more and more great craft distilleries alongside a growing interest in craft cocktails.

Kathy: New Orleans is a special place, and almost another character to the story when it’s the chosen setting. Why did you choose New Orleans as the location for your series?

LL: I love New Orleans and have visited the city several times. Part of the draw was that the cocktail convention in RISKY WHISKEY was inspired in part by Tales of the Cocktail, a similar event held in New Orleans. Add in the beautiful French Quarter, the jazz, the cocktails, the cemeteries, and you have a fascinating place to set a story like this. As a reporter, I also visited shortly after Hurricane Katrina and interviewed several survivors of the storm. I was so moved by their experiences that I wanted to make Katrina part of Pepper’s backstory, so setting the first book in New Orleans seemed like a perfect choice. The other books will be set in different locations but with many of the same characters – it’s almost a traveling circus of cocktail-culture personalities. And they may very well return to New Orleans in a future book.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

LL: I’ve had a long love affair with mysteries, from Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s detectives to more modern stories. Though I’ve written in other genres, cozy mysteries appeal to me because there are so many opportunities to have fun with them. My cozies stretch the rules a bit, since the locations shift, Pepper is trying (and failing) to control a cursing habit, and there’s a dash of romance, but at heart they involve a close-knit community of characters.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

LL: I’ve written a series of steamy romances, and I’ve also written adventures under another name. One of my romances is really a mystery at heart, DESIRE ON DEADLINE. It’s a romp that just happens to have sexy romance as well.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

LL: The Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries are funny whodunits set in a colorful community of cocktail lovers and mixologists. They’re culinary cozies in the sense that the bartenders make delectable craft cocktails as they travel to different events. The books also have a hint of heat and a little cursing, which I like to mention since some cozy readers aren’t thrilled with four-letter words.

This series is a spinoff of my Bohemia Beach Series, which is VERY different. It’s a steamy romance series. But Neil, the lead bartender, was a minor character in that series. He’s a steady, nerdy sort of guy, and I thought he’d be a fun counterpart to the effervescent, outgoing Pepper, who develops a romantic interest in him. Their opposites-attract dynamic makes for good comedy.

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

LL: It has to be Pepper. She’s a lot more extroverted than I am and is eager to jump into a risky situation even when comedic disaster is often the result. She’s overcome a lot, and she’s smart and strong, even if she gets in over her head sometimes.

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

LL: I’ve fallen in love with cocktail culture through going to events like Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and The Hukilau, a tiki convention in South Florida. When traveling, my husband and I make a point out of visiting craft cocktail bars wherever we go. I love the passion that true mixologists have for making really good drinks — as my characters say, it’s not about drinking. It’s about drinking well. Add in all the wild stories that are attached to liquors and cocktails, and you have rich fodder for mysteries.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

LL: I feel really at home in this mystery series. I switched from the adventures I was writing to romance, and I love those series too, but the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries allow me to mix mystery, adventure, satire and a bit of romance into a cocktail that I hope readers will enjoy as much as I do.

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

LL: This is such a hard question! Ask on a different day, and I’d probably have a different answer. But today, it’s: Dorothy Parker for her wit. Eloisa James to talk about Shakespeare and romance. Jasper Fforde because I love his inventive novels. Janet Evanovich because her writing is so much fun.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

LL: I’m reading SOUTHERN SPIRITS, the first book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Angie Fox. It’s a hoot!

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

LL: I’m a photographer as well as a writer and editor. I’m also a storm chaser and travel to Tornado Alley every year to chase tornadoes — though I didn’t go this year because of pandemic concerns.

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

LL: Cheese! So much cheese. Ha ha. Also, randomly, popcorn, steak and spinach. Honestly, there’s a lot. We’re doing a bit of pandemic food hoarding and cooking at home. It’s a good thing we can cook.

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

LL: Yes! Book 2 of the mysteries, WRECKED BY RUM, is set in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at a tiki convention and centers around the murder of a high-end rum collector. The third book, VEXED BY VODKA, will be set in Bohemia Beach, where Pepper lives. So we’ll get a better look at her home life as the cocktail characters converge for a film festival. And there are more in the works.

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

LL: I enjoy living in my characters’ lives. It’s exhilarating when it feels like I’m channeling them — when they just take over the story. It’s like taking a vacation in their world. I really appreciate escaping into the bartenders’ world now, as it’s set in a time (the very recent past and, hopefully, the future) when people get together at large gatherings like conventions without a second thought.



RISKY WHISKEY by Lucy Lakestone
The First Bohemia Bartenders Mystery

Kayanne Revelle, better known as Pepper, has left her business partner in charge of her Florida bar and has joined the team of Bohemia Bartenders in New Orleans for a cocktail competition. Excited to compete in Cocktailia supporting Bohemia Distillery, Pepper soon finds herself surrounded by cocktail nerds, jazz music, and danger. It seems as if someone is out to destroy the distillery's reputation and perhaps the distillers themselves! Pepper finds herself intoxicated, not only by the danger and cocktails, but by Neil Rockaway, the lead bartender. Will Pepper create a perfect cocktail, start a relationship, or get herself more muddled than the sugar cube and bitters in a Sazerac?

RISKY WHISKEY is like the froth on the top of a whiskey sour, a little bit tart without much substance, but still enjoyable. Pepper is very outgoing, a bit provocative, and curses regularly. The curses don't bother me. I'm apt to curse like a sailor myself, plus most of the cursing fit the scenes, although one or two seemed a bit superfluous. However, the book seems to be geared toward readers in their twenties. The gregarious mixologists are more into getting drunk and hooking up than anything else.

Although RISKY WHISKEY is considered a mystery with a bit of heat, the heat and attraction portion tends to take center stage. The relationship between Pepper and Neil is intertwined and integral to the story. Pepper spends just as much time contemplating Neil as she does helping him look into the mystery.

I did enjoy the mystery trail, from the bad whiskey to the hunt for who may be responsible. I really liked meeting Conan Cray and hope to see more of him in future books. I also appreciated Pepper's backstory and the hints surrounding Neil's life.

One thing is certain, the author knows her cocktails. The vivid descriptions and characters' admiration for the tradition of cocktail conjuring continually made me crave a finely crafted unique beverage. Cocktails, and New Orleans itself, have a rich history and both are lovingly highlighted here.

RISKY WHISKEY is an enjoyable combination of cocktails, attraction, and sabotage at a New Orleans cocktail convention.


Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries) by Lucy Lakestone

About Risky Whiskey

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series  
Publisher: Velvet Petal Press (July 21, 2020) 
Print Length: 250 pages 
Stirring up trouble in New Orleans ...
Eager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she’ll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller client, she and Neil discover their whiskey has gone dangerously bad. But how? And was this shocking poisoning more than an accident?
As Pepper and Neil try to figure out what happened, keep the drinks flowing and help distiller Dash Reynolds survive the weekend, they find themselves the target of increasingly scary attacks. Maybe it’s the danger, or maybe it’s the drinks, but Pepper also can’t help an inconvenient attraction to cocktail nerd Neil as they stir up trouble and try to figure out who’s out to get them — before they’re sliced and squeezed like a lemon twist in a Sazerac.
Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.

About Lucy Lakestone

Lucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida’s east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series and the jumping-off point for the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries. She’s been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. Learn more at

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading Risky Whiskey by Lucy Lakestone. This book is the first in the Bohemia Bartenders Mystery series and was released July 21, 2020.

Kayanne Revelle, better known as Pepper, has left her business partner in charge of her Florida bar and has joined the team of Bohemia Bartenders in New Orleans for a cocktail competition. Excited to compete in Cocktailia supporting Bohemia Distillery, Pepper soon finds herself surrounded by cocktail nerds, jazz music, and danger. It seems as if someone is out to destroy the distillery's reputation and perhaps the distillers themselves! Pepper finds herself intoxicated, not only by the danger and cocktails, but by Neil Rockaway, the team captain. Will Pepper create a perfect cocktail, start a relationship, or get herself more muddled than the sugar cube and bitters in a Sazerac?

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Devil's Bones - A Spotlight

I'd like to shine a spotlight on a great series, in which I've gotten behind. The Devil's Bones by Carolyn Haines is the twenty first book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series and was released July 21, 2020.

From the back cover:

As Sarah Booth sees it, Easter weekend is a time to celebrate life in all its many forms. So when the newly-pregnant Tinkie invites her and Cece on a girls’ trip to Lucedale, Mississippi to celebrate that spring has officially sprung, Sarah Booth can’t resist. Plans include facials, food, and a trip to the incredible Garden of Bones—a miniature Holy Land with recreations of all parts of the Middle East—for their Sunrise Easter Services led by biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Gardens Daniel Reynolds.

Unfortunately for Sarah Booth and the gang, someone doesn’t seem appreciate this season of new life. Easter morning has just dawned when the trio find themselves at the Mount of Olives—with a dead body at their feet.

Reynolds identifies the dead man as local lawyer Perry Slay, who was well known for his sly and underhanded dealings. Perry had rubbed plenty of people the wrong way, and now it looks like someone has rubbed him out…

Because being a PI apparently means never being on vacation, Sarah Booth and her friends must now find a way to resurrect the truth from a list of suspects as long as the River Jordan, reveal the devil in disguise, and—if they’re lucky—find a moment to enjoy a few chocolate bunnies before more bodies pile up like pillars of salt.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

A From Beer to Eternity Interview, Review, & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Sherry Harris to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Sherry writes the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery series. FROM BEER TO ETERNITY is the first book in the series and was released last week.

Kathy: Chloe Jackson has moved to Florida to help her friend's grandmother run a saloon. if you were to visit the establishment would you be more apt to have a beer, wine, or a cocktail?

SH: Definitely a cocktail! When I visit the panhandle of Florida I love to either have something fruity or a Bushwacker which is kind of like a chocolate shake for adults.

Kathy: Is the Sea Glass Saloon based on a real bar or is it purely fictional?

SH: It is based on a couple of bars. One is The Whale’s Tail in Miramar Beach, Florida and the other is The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida.

Kathy: Vivi Slidell isn't the frail retiree Chloe expected. With a culture so focused on youth, why do you feel it's important to shine a light on older people and the fact they aren't always the meek quiet types?

SH: I know so many wonderful, feisty older women. I was visiting my mom in the panhandle of Florida a few years ago and her bridge friends were over. They are a hoot. Vivi is loosely based on one of the women in the group and what I imagine my friend Carol will be like someday.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

SH: Growing up my house was always full of mysteries and thrillers. I think the first cozy-type mysteries I read were the Cat Who books by Lillian Braun Jackson and the Southern Sister mysteries by Anne George. They both had interesting characters, good plots, and a touch of humor.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

SH: I have a light romance that I hope to finish one of these days.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

SH: From Beer to Eternity is the first in a new series featuring Chloe Jackson who promised her friend if anything happened to him, she helped his grandmother with her beach bar in Florida. When she arrives in Florida she finds out Vivi isn’t the helpless old lady she was picturing, but when Vivi’s suspected of murder Chloe can’t abandon her.

I also write the Agatha Award nominated Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries set in the fictional town of Ellington, Massachusetts. When Sarah finds herself suddenly single with few job skills after years as an Air Force wife, she starts a garage sale business to earn a living. Learning to stand on her own two feet isn’t easy, especially when she keeps stumbling over dead bodies.

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

SH: Oh, that’s a tough one because I fall in love with most of my characters – even the bad ones. I do love Vivi’s fierce independence and loyalty to her friends. I suspect Vivi and Chloe are more alike than either of them are willing to admit.

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

SH: When my editor at Kensington and I were talking about ideas for a second series we had a hard time finding an idea we both loved. He suggested a beach bar in Key West, but I knew nothing about the area. So I suggested a fictional town near Destin, Florida where I’d visited for a number of years and lived for three.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

SH: Publishing was a longtime dream. I’ve written two and a half other novels that will probably never see the light of day. Getting the opportunity to write the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries almost felt like a miracle after years of rejections from agents.

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

SH: Shakespeare – we had a Shakespeare for Children book when I was growing up and I always loved his plays. Jane Austen – what a fascinating life. Louisa May Alcott – we lived near her home in Concord, Massachusetts for five years and I toured it often. Louise Penny because she’s an amazing woman and writer.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?


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

SH: If reading is a hobby, that’s mine. It’s my way to escape reality. I also love walking our westie, Lily, and traveling.

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

SH: Parmesan cheese, pasta, olive oil (hmmm, there seems to be some connection there), and chocolate.

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

SH: The ninth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries, ABSENCE OF ALICE, comes out on December 29th, and the second book in the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon series, A TIME TO SWILL, comes out in August 2021.

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

SH: Hearing from readers. It’s a privilege to write something that moves someone enough to make them take time out of their busy lives to send a note.



The First Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery

Taking a leave of absence from her job as a children's librarian in Chicago, Chloe Jackson arrives in Florida to fulfill a promise to her late best friend. But helping his grandmother, Vivi, is not as simple as she thought. Instead of the shy and retiring lady she expected, Vivi is a brash spitfire who seems to hate her, although she allows Chloe to help out at her Sea Glass Saloon. Chloe stumbles upon one of the regulars, dead by the bar's dumpster, and Vivi is brought in for questioning...multiple times.  A promise is a promise, and if helping Vivi means looking into the man's murder, so be it. Will Chloe be able to uncover the secrets of this close knit community in order to find a murderer? Or will she die trying?

Loyalty is the hallmark of the first Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery. Chloe's loyalty to her friend, even after death, the heritage businesses loyalty to each other, and loyalty to Emerald Cove itself are integral facets to the mystery.

FROM BEER TO ETERNITY started out slow and I had a hard time getting into it, but by the end I was racing through, devouring every page. I like Chloe Jackson. Her quirks and backstory, along with her independence make her an appealing protagonist. Vivi is another story, as she is meant to be. Of course Joaquin is the perfect new friend and Rhett someone to smolder over. All of the characters come to life on the page and it's obvious they all had lives prior to the novel, bringing a ton of developed characterization with them. The references to GONE WITH THE WIND, the Wizard of Oz, and other children's books added a delightful element.

FROM BEER TO ETERNITY captures the beauty of the Florida coast, the refreshment of a well made cocktail, and the importance of friendship in a captivating mystery. 


From Beer to Eternity (A Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery) by Sherry Harris

About from Beer to Eternity

Cozy Mystery New Series  
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)  
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
A whip smart librarian’s fresh start comes with a tart twist in this perfect cocktail of murder and mystery—with a romance chaser.
With Chicago winters in the rearview mirror, Chloe Jackson is making good on a promise: help her late friend’s grandmother run the Sea Glass Saloon in the Florida Panhandle. To Chloe’s surprise, feisty Vivi Slidell isn’t the frail retiree Chloe expects. Nor is Emerald Cove. It’s less a sleepy fishing village than a panhandle hotspot overrun with land developers and tourists. But it’s a Sea Glass regular who’s mysteriously crossed the cranky Vivi. When their bitter argument comes to a head and he’s found dead behind the bar, guess who’s the number one suspect?
In trying to clear Vivi’s name, Chloe discovers the old woman isn’t the only one in Emerald Cove with secrets. Under the laidback attitude, sparkling white beaches, and small town ways something terrible is brewing. And the sure way a killer can keep those secrets bottled up is to finish off one murder with a double shot: aimed at Chloe and Vivi.

About Sherry Harris

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series and the upcoming Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime, and a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
In her spare time, Sherry loves reading and is a patent-holding inventor. Sherry, her husband, and guard dog Lily are living in northern Virginia until they figure out where they want to move to next.  

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