Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A Killer Romance - A Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Summer Merriweather to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Summer on the pages of the Beach Reads Mystery series by Maggie Blackburn. A Killer Romance is the third book in the series and was released last week.

There is nothing romantic about Romeo and Juliet. So, as a Shakespeare scholar-cum-bookstore owner, I bristled when I read about Lana Livingston’s new romance being touted as a modern Romeo and Juliet, but with a happy ending. Well, then it’s not Romeo and Juliet. That’s pretty simple. Oh I know how these book marketing types are. They are sale people that barely read the books they are trying to get into the hands of bookstore owners and eventually readers. They are doing a great disservice to readers. They could at least read the books they are marketing.

That said, I know this “Romance by the Sea” event will be good for the bookstore, so I try to keep my mouth shut. (It’s getting harder by the minute.) February is a lackluster month for beach communities, so a few years back my mom came up with this event and it’s been a godsend to the community. Even though I despise Valentine’s Day—don’t get me started on that—I find myself looking forward to some of the upcoming events. There’s a new chocolatier in town and she’ll be doing a chocolate and wine tasting. I’m so excited that I could burst. Her chocolate is sublime. I’ve been lucky enough to help her with a few tastings of new products. It’s the least I could do—to help out my new business neighbor, right?

It helps that I like her a lot. I feel she’s a wonderful addition to our beach community. I think we all agree that she’s an asset. Mom would be very proud of the community spirit I’ve adopted. Okay, well not completely. But I’m working on it.


 A Killer Romance (A Beach Reads Mystery) by Maggie Blackburn

About A Killer Romance

A Killer Romance (A Beach Reads Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Setting - North Carolina
Crooked Lane Books (February 6, 2024)
Hardcover: ‎ 304 pages

Love and murder are in the air this Valentine’s day in Maggie Blackburn’s third Beach Reads mystery, perfect for fans of Eva Gates and Miranda James.

When Beach Reads bookshop hosts a Valentine’s Day event, “Romance by the Sea,” bookseller Summer Merriweather has no idea that the guest author is under investigation for her own husband’s murder. When that same author is found dead at the local bed and breakfast, nobody assumes it’s natural causes–there were plenty of people who wanted her dead.

As Summer searches for the truth about the author’s stranger-than-fiction life, Summer finds suspicious indications of shady behavior in the author’s belongings. But the casual sleuthing is quickly derailed when Summer’s friend Glads gets hauled in for the murder, and they launch a full-blown investigation to clear her name.

As Summer and company pick through the scant clues to solve the case, they may find more treachery and heartbreak than they bargained for.

About Maggie Blackburn

Maggie Blackburn is the pen name for bestselling mystery author Mollie Cox Bryan, who writes cozy mysteries with edge. She's the author of several bestselling mystery series Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She's also penned a historical mystery under the name of Mollie Ann Cox. She lives in Crozet, Va. and is the mother of two grown, nearly perfect daughters.

Author Links

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