I'm pleased to welcome Levon Larroquette to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Levon on the pages of the Glass Dolphin Cozy Mystery series by Judy Penz Sheluk. Where There’s A Will is the third book in the series.
A Guest Post by Levon Larroquette, antiques picker
If you’ve ever watched an episode of American Pickers, you’ll have an idea of what I do for a living, though unlike Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who travel across the U.S., I spend most of my time in Cedar County, Ontario, Canada, and the surrounding area. Estate sales, auctions, charity thrift shops and yard sales, you name it, I’ve picked it. I’ve also taught Arabella Carpenter, my ex-wife, and the protagonist in the Glass Dolphin cozy mystery series, much of what she knows. In fact, I was there when she discovered her first antiques find: a pair of cobalt blue Boston & Sandwich glass dolphin candlestick holders. You might say there wouldn’t be a Glass Dolphin antiques shop without me…and without the shop, maybe there wouldn’t even be a series.
Now, I mentioned that Arabella is my ex-wife, and believe me, that was not my choice. In the first book in the series, The Hanged Man’s Noose, readers learn that Arabella believes I cheated on her with Camilla Mortimer-Gilroy, owner of the Gilroy Mansion, a Bed & Breakfast in Lount’s Landing. Nothing is further from the truth. Yes, I moved into Mansion when Arabella and I were having some marital issues, but it was only supposed to be temporary. Of course, it didn’t help that Camilla fueled the flames and if you’ve ever lived in a small town, you know how rumors can spread.
In A Hole in One, book two in the series, Arabella and her business partner, Emily Garland, sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. It was supposed to be good publicity but finding a dead body in the woods has a way of dampening the most festive of occasions. To make matters worse, the police suspected me of murdering the dead man. I’ll admit they had good reason for thinking so, but trust me, I didn’t do it. Thankfully, Arabella and Emily believed I was innocent. I don’t really approve of them acting like amateur sleuths, but I’ll admit to being grateful when they stepped up to clear my name.
Fast forward to Where There’s A Will, the third and final book in the series. This time, Arabella and I have been hired to appraise the contents of the old Hadley house. It sounded like an easy assignment, but nothing is ever easy when it comes to Arabella. Before long, we were digging into old secrets, long buried and, some might say, better left in the past.
I’m going to miss the Glass Dolphin series, but Judy tells me that she has plans for me. In fact, I’ve already made a guest appearance in A Fool’s Journey, the third book in her Marketville Mystery series. As for my on-again, off-again relationship with Arabella, you’ll have to read Where There’s A Will to find out what happens next.
Where There's A Will: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk
About Where There's A Will. . .
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Publisher: Superior Shores Press (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 210 pages
Emily Garland is getting married and looking for the perfect forever home. When the old, and some say haunted, Hadley house comes up for sale, she’s convinced it’s “the one.” The house is also perfect for reality TV star Miles Pemberton and his new series, House Haunters. Emily will fight for her dream home, but Pemberton’s pockets are deeper than Emily’s, and he’ll stretch the rules to get what he wants.
While Pemberton racks up enemies all around Lount’s Landing, Arabella Carpenter, Emily’s partner at the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, has been hired to appraise the contents of the estate, along with her ex-husband, Levon. Could the feuding beneficiaries decide there’s a conflict of interest? Could Pemberton?
Things get even more complicated when Arabella and Levon discover another will hidden inside the house, and with it, a decades-old secret. Can the property stay on the market? And if so, who will make the winning offer: Emily or Miles Pemberton?
About Judy Penz Sheluk
A former journalist and magazine editor, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: the Glass Dolphin Mysteries and the Marketville Mysteries. Her short crime fiction appears in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans and Heartbreaks & Half-truths, which she also edited. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors.
Website/Blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com 0