The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 18 Carol Hedges @caroljhedges #wwwblogs

Day 18 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Carol Hedges and her book Death and Dominion.

Death and Dominion

When Detectives Stride & Cully are called in to investigate a fatal case of arsenic poisoning, they quickly realise that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Despite their best efforts, secrets and lies will dog the investigation and frustrate their efforts. It will take all the skill and ingenuity of two of Scotland Yard’s finest to get to the truth of the matter.
 
Meanwhile London is playing host to two enigmatic strangers: 
Darkly handsome Mark Hawksley has come to enrich himself at the expense of the gullible and greedy by selling fake shares in a bogus diamond mine company. 
Beautiful Belinda Kite has come to find excitement and adventure, and maybe bag herself the prize of a rich husband in the process. 
What will happen when their paths cross? 
 
Murder, love, trickery and false identities abound in this third Victorian crime novel, set once again in the foggy gas-lit streets and twisting alleyways of 1860s London. 

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Where is your home town?

I was born in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire in 1950. It is one of the ‘garden cities’ designed by Ebenezer Howard supposed to be healthier than London. I now live quite close by in Harpenden, and I still visit on the bus. The centre has changed very little (obviously it has got MUCH smaller than I remember it as a child) but the town has suffered from the usual urban sprawl and the outlying areas, that I remember as stretches of wood and field, are now housing estates.
What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?
I enjoy the concept of tracking the unknown. Of starting with, in my case, a mysterious crime, and then watching as the events unfold and the mystery is explained and unravelled.
What is your sub-genre?
I write Historical crime fiction.
Where is your book set?
Each of the three books in my series is set in London, in the1860s. I chose that period firstly because it was when my favourite Victorian writers were working (Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Mrs Gaskell) and also it was when everything we take for granted – transport, surgery, flush toilets, was being invented.
A lot of ‘modern’ histfic writers base their work in the 1880s, the time of Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper etc. I felt there was not really room for another writer, so decided to drop back twenty years. So far, I haven’t regretted it, and neither have my readers, judging from all the lovely reviews they kindly leave on sites.
Can you introduce us to the main characters?
The two main characters, who feature in all three books, are Detective Inspector Leo Stride of the detective division of the Metropolitan Police and his second in command Detective Sergeant Jack Cully. And then there are a host of heroes, heroines, villains and the city of London itself.
In Death & Dominion, the latest book, readers will meet ruthlessly handsome predator Mark Hawksley, and the beautiful young adventuress Belinda Kite ….and a host of heroes, villains etc.
Where can readers find your books?
I can be tracked down on my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1N1P3DF
 
Death & Dominion can be sampled at: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B015HCZA4G (universal Amazon link)
 
Readers can also find me @carolJhedges and read my blogs at: carolhedges.blogspot.co.uk
 

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 17 – William Savage @penandpension

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Our guest today is William Savage and his book An Unlamented Death

An Unlamented Death

When Dr. Adam Bascom trips over a body in Gressington churchyard, he never imagines it will change the whole direction of his life. As a recently-qualified physician trying to establish a practice in a small market town in north Norfolk, Adam should be devoting all his energy to his business. But it soon becomes clear that the authorities are intent on making sure the death is accepted as an accident and refuse any deeper investigation. Adam’s curiosity and sense of justice cannot accept this. He knows there are many unanswered questions about the death, but he has no standing that would allow him to become involved formally. Instead, he uses friends, old and new, unexpected contacts and even his own mother to help him get to the truth. Set against the turbulence of late-Georgian England, a country on the brink of war with Revolutionary France, the book reveals a land where spies keep constant watch on everyone the government deems ‘undesirable’, religion is polarised between the established church and a mass of dissenting sects, and the perennial ‘Irish question’ has spilled over into terrorism. Adam must thread his way through all of this, encountering many new demands along the way, from a family torn apart by religious bigotry, and a teenage thief turned informer, to a secret section of The Alien Office, a government department dedicated to keeping a close eye on anyone likely to prove a threat to the realm. As he becomes more and more essential to the government’s efforts to combat internal dissension and prepare for war, Adam finds he must draw on all his medical and personal skills to bring the case to a successful conclusion.

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Where is your home town? 

Hereford, on the border between Wales and England, though I live now in Norfolk.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

It helps give the story a definite sense of direction. I have always enjoyed reading mysteries and following the twists and turns of a puzzle. As a historian, that’s what you do in trying to understand the past.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Historical mysteries, set in Norfolk in Georgian times.

Where is your book set?

In north Norfolk, mostly in an around an area from the coast near Holt and Cley, back towards Aylsham. Some scenes take place in Norwich too.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Adam Bascom is a fairly newly-qualified physician who is trying to establish a practice in Aylsham. He finds the body and it is his curiosity which drives the plot.

Peter Lassimer is the local apothecary and Adam’s closest friend. Where Adam is serious and focused, Peter is light-hearted and more interested in the local widows than solving mysteries.

Percival Wicken is Principal Under-Secretary at the Home Department and an important government servant. His appearance is mysterious in itself and he plays a major role as events unfold.

Sophia LaSalle is Adam’s mother’s new lady companion. Adam is alternately intrigued and irritated by her interventions, especially when she sees things he has missed. Unlike his friend Peter, Adam is awkward with women, especially clever ones like Miss LaSalle.

Other characters play important roles at key stages of the story, including a retired sea-captain, a rich Quaker merchant and the murder victim’s widow.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

I run an active blog devoted to local and national Georgian history at http://www.penandpension.com.

You can also visit my Amazon author page via http://Author.to/WilliamSavage.

I am also on Twitter as @penandpension.

Where can readers find your book?

My book is available on Kindle at amzn.to/1C7gwlf. This will link to whichever is your local Amazon store, anywhere in the world.

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 16 @MarciaMeara

Welcome to Day 16 of the #MysteryNovember Book tour.

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Today our guest is Marcia Meara and her book Swamp Ghosts.

Swamp Ghosts by Marcia Meara

Swamp Ghosts by Marcia Meara

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s prepared to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

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Where is your home town?

I live in Sanford, Florida, a little town on the shores of Lake Monroe, part of the St. Johns River basin, which is the setting for Swamp Ghosts.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

It’s fun to keep people guessing. There are a lot of ways to do that, but knowing readers are trying to figure out who the bad guy is…in this case, who the deranged serial killer is…adds a whole new element to the plot.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Swamp Ghosts is a romantic suspense. (At the heart of all my books is a love story of one kind or another.)

Where is your book set?

Along the shores of the beautiful and wild St. Johns River, in and around a little town called Riverbend, which exists purely in my imagination. Riverbend is a combination of several real small towns in the area, though probably more like DeBary, Florida, than any of the others.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Fiery, red-headed Maggie Devlin has inherited her father’s floundering eco tour cruise business. She’s a disillusioned, 33-year old divorcee, and she’s desperately trying to rebuild the business into something that will actually support her. Maggie knows her birds and wildlife, and loves taking people on tours of the St. Johns River, but she’s got to pay the bills, and that’s becoming more and more difficult. Though she hates Gunnar Wolfe on sight (hard to imagine as that might be), his offer to pay top dollar for her help is impossible to turn down.

Gunnar Wolfe is a handsome, 6’5” Viking of a man, who looks remarkably like actor Chris Hemsworth, a/k/a Thor. In spite of his good looks, he’s an affable, outgoing, uncomplicated kind of guy, who’s friends with everyone, including all his ex-girlfriends. Gunn has a secret dream, though. He’s an accomplished wildlife photographer, and he wants to see one of his photos on the cover of National Geographic. This sets him on a quest to find the rarest bird of them all, a photo of which would be impossible for NatGeo to ignore, and he needs someone knowledgeable to canoe him into the remotest streams and wetlands Florida has to offer. On the advice of a friend, he hires Maggie to be his guide, even though she makes it abundantly clear she thinks he’s crazy, and that it’s a work-only situation, and always will be.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Social Media Links: (Email me any time! Love meeting new readers.)

Email: mmeara@cfl.rr.com

Bookin’ It: http://marciameara.wordpress.com/

The Write Stuff (Writers Helping Writers): http://marciamearawrites.com/

Twitter: @marciameara

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara or http://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

Newsletter Sign Up Link:

http://wordpress.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=aab68cfc854e6c6a7da6ea831&id=b6c23fcd59

 

Where can readers find your book?

BUY MY BOOKS ON AMAZON

Riverbend Series

Swamp Ghosts (Riverbend Book 1): http://bit.ly/SwampGhosts

Finding Hunter (Riverbend Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014Q8F1UU

Swamp Ghosts on Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00K0QXLCS?keywords=Swamp%20Ghosts&qid=1445437989&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Wake-Robin Ridge Series

Wake-Robin Ridge: (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1): http://bit.ly/Wake-RobinRidge

A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2): http://bit.ly/ABoyNamedRabbit

My Poetry: Summer Magic – Poems of Life & Love: http://bit.ly/SummerMagicPoems

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 15 John Privilege @BeardyJohn #SundayBlogShare

Welcome to Day 15 of the #MysteryNovember book tour.

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Today our guest is John Privilege and his book The American Policeman

The American Policeman

The American Policeman

After everything, there is peace. The Collective took London away from the gangs that terrorised the city after the plague and the slow terror of the Breakdown. The blood on the streets has dried. There is food, water and good housing. Everyone has work. But the meek have not inherited the earth. On a bitterly cold night a woman is brutalised and murdered, shattering the fragile calm of the city. The investigation of London’s first murder in two years falls to Inspector Timothy Conlan and the District team of the New Metropolitan Police. Tim ‘Con’ Conlan serenely navigates the harsh new London. He is dedicated, conscientious and smiling. Around him society is broken. People are traumatised, fearful and wracked with guilt. Now the dark, empty spaces of the city are being stalked by a monster. Con must find and catch a killer who seems to know his every move. At the same time, there is something rotten at the core of the new government. In the very heart of the Collective, massive lies are being spun. There are rumours of war, whispers of betrayal. The Collective is harsh, relentless and utterly unforgiving. The problem for Con is simple: find the killer; stay alive.

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Where is your home town? 

I grew up on the outskirts of Belfast.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

Mystery fiction is a terrific medium in which to construct characters. There are always two worlds – the police/detective and the criminal – and you can play around in either. I especially enjoy reading and, it turns out, writing moral ambiguity. I like my detectives rumpled, desperate and dishevelled; and my killers human, venal and mean.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

The American Policeman is set in the aftermath of a devastating pandemic, so post-apocalyptical fiction? Is that a genre? Can you even get a post apocalypse? Maybe it’s a dystopian mystery.

Where is your book set?

The story takes place in London. I wanted a large, dark and empty backdrop to the story; a giant cemetery. The new government is rigid, authoritarian and not a little vicious. I imagined it to be almost like London in World War Two – lots of military personnel, uniforms, rationing. I don’t really know London at all. But I love the city and most of the locations used in the story are real.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The main character is Inspector Timothty ‘Con’ Conlan – the eponymous American Policeman. He is outwardly well adjusted, loyal, conscientious and unflinchingly honest. His team in the District Division of the New Metropolitan Police is a collection of survivors: Anna Gadek, detective sergeant and the object of Con’s odd affections; Danny Galvin, another detective sergeant, broken and damaged; the mysterious Twins – Althea and Donna. Their investigation is complicated by the arrival of Jenny McCann, deputy in the London Assembly and the team’s new political officer. Other characters are revealed in flashbacks to the plague and the Breakdown. Oh, there’s also a dead little walking around the empty darkness of a mouldy hotel.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

I’m a compulsive tweeter and will bend your ear on any subject over on Twitter – @BeardyJohn.

I’m in the process of constructing a Facebook page. I have a couple of entries on Amazon.

Where can readers find your book?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Policeman-John-Privilege-ebook/dp/B0156WSSVO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446022271&sr=1-1&keywords=John+Privilege

http://www.amazon.com/American-Policeman-John-Privilege-ebook/dp/B0156WSSVO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446035217&sr=8-1&keywords=The+American+Policeman

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 14 Evelyn Cullet @EvelynCullet

It’s Day 14 of #MysteryNovember hop on board the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Our guest today is Evelyn Cullet and her book Masterpiece of Murder.

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Masterpiece of Murder

Heartbroken American art student, Charlotte Ross, is so intent on locating her errant fiancé that she submits someone else’s painting as her own in order to gain access to a Master art class being held in the resort city of Bariloche, Argentina—the place her lost love was last seen. When the painting gets her accepted into the class given by a world-famous artist and womanizer, being a novice makes keeping up with the others nearly impossible as she struggles to fake her way though, while trying to win back the man she loves.

But her fiancé has his own reason for being in Bariloche. He’s after a stolen art masterpiece. After he talks her into helping him, Charlotte’s life suddenly gets complicated, and her very existence is threatened as she stumbles into a downward spiral of deceit, art forgery, and murder. When she accidently comes across the murder victim, circumstantial evidence begins to mount against her, and the local police think she’s the killer. Now she must find out who’s really behind the murder before she’s arrested. Not an easy task with a smitten military police officer dogging her every step.

Evelyn Cullet

Where is your hometown?

I was born and raised in Chicago.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I like to write mysteries for the who done it or the puzzle aspect. I enjoy putting my protagonist in peril, and then setting out the clues, along with a few red herrings, for her to put the pieces together and find the solution. But when I write a mystery, I also like to add an the element of romance. I think it gives the story heart, and adds to the reader’s enjoyment well after the puzzle is solved.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

My sub-genre is romance.

Where is your book set?

Masterpiece of Murder is set in the resort city of Bariloche, (pronounced, Bar-ill-o-cha), Argentina. I was looking for an unusual setting, so when I saw the photos of Bariloche with its snow-capped mountains, glaciers, dense woods, and crystalline lakes, the writer in me immediately thought that the solitude and scenic beauty of the area would be a perfect place to set my mystery. While the landscape was indeed beautiful, it was also the worst possible setting for my protagonist to be in when she discovers that she’s the only suspect in a murder case. She’s in a foreign country where she’s unfamiliar with the customs and the laws. She has a limited command of the language, and the nearest American Embassy is in Buenos Aries, 837 miles away.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The two main characters in Masterpiece of Murder are:

Charlotte Ross: A smart, savvy, working woman who’s determined, resourceful and fiercely loyal. But she sometimes makes impulsive choices which lead her into situations that can put her life in danger.

Charlotte’s fiancé is, Brett Stalworth: A handsome, dedicated former FBI agent, turned P.I., who loves Charlotte. He can often be stubborn in his viewpoint, and will take any measures to get what he wants.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Website and Blog: http://evelyncullet.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EvculletsAuthorPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EvelynCullet

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3425303.Evelyn_Cullet

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ecullet/

Where can readers find your book?

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/q4zo532

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/q7957qp

Wings ePress: http://www.wings-press.com/

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/9uyqj5r

YouTube: http://youtu.be/TVKgOmwyGB4

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/evelyncullet

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 13 – Dena Haggerty @denaehaggerty

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Today our guest is Dena Haggerty and her book Love in the Time of Murder.

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Synopsis:

In Love in the Time of Murder, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives face their toughest case yet. Delilah, or Dee as she wishes everyone would just call her already, is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives and her life is in a bit of a shambles. She finally manages to pry herself away from her husband’s clutches, move out on her own, and start her own business. But then her estranged husband is murdered and she’s the number one suspect. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives aren’t about to let one of their own get sent to the slammer and jump at the chance to search for the true killer. As if Dee doesn’t have enough problems, the knitting detectives decide that Delilah being a widow is the perfect opportunity to find her a new man and decide to put their matchmaking skills to use. Will Dee end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit or will she be taking another walk down the aisle?

Dena Haggerty

Where is your home town?

I was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, but have been traveling the world and living in different countries since I was 17. I’m currently in Istanbul.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I love mysteries! I grew up reading the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys books. While I was in the U.S. Army, I worked as a military police woman and eventually an investigator. I love the challenge of writing a good mystery – dropping clues and red herrings while trying to ensure readers don’t figure out whodunit too soon.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Love in the Time of Murder is a cozy mystery.

Where is your book set?

A small town in Oklahoma. Although I never name the town, I did pattern the town on an existing place.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The story is told from Dee’s point of view. She’s a thirty-something woman who just left her husband. Unfortunately, he husband ends up dead and she’s the main suspect. Dee’s love interest is Tommy. From the moment he met Dee, he’s been chasing her and wearing down her resistance to him. Then there are the Grey-Haired Knitting Detectives after whom the series is named. They’re a group of five elderly ladies that knit and go to church together but really just want to solve mysteries and cause trouble. Dee is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Website: http://www.dehaggerty.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DEHaggerty/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty

Amazon author page:

http://www.amazon.com/D.E.-Haggerty/e/B00ECQBURU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1438239628&sr=8-5

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty

Blog: http://www.dehaggerty.com/mymusings

Where can readers find your book?

Amazon.com:

Goodreads:

Kobo:

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Amazon UK:

 

 

 

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 12 – Simon Cornish @unforgivingmuse

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Today our guest is Simon Cornish and his book Rosetta.

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Book Blurb:

Damaged, enigmatic and beautiful, Rosetta could prove to be the key to unlocking a three-thousand-year-old mystery that would shake modern science to its roots.
With the unexpected death of his old university professor, Graham Chandlers travels to Exeter for the funeral. He is surprised to learn the professor had a daughter, Rosetta. He is even more surprised when she performs a strange ritual at the funeral service. A ritual delivered in an ancient language that only a handful of paleolinguists, Graham included, would have a hope of understanding.
Already intrigued by Rosetta, he is drawn in further when he is left the professor’s journals. Journals that hint at a cover up concerning the professor’s last dig and a mystery for which Rosetta holds the key. But the more he learns, the more fascinated he becomes with her.
A highly readable novella woven from the thread of both romance and mystery.
Simon Cavendish

Where is your home town? 

Ottery St. Mary, Devon, UK

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I like a mystery that is not, at first, obviously so. I don’t buy into the mainstream crime fiction side, it’s the journey that gets me excited. In the case of Rosetta, it was a thrill to write a story that involved a mystery that appeared to be less and less rational the more the main protagonist learned.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

It skirts romance and even speculative fiction.

Where is your book set?

Largely around Exeter, the University campus and other locations in and around the city. Also Cambridge, London and central Turkey.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Dr Graham Chandlers is an archaeologist at Cambridge. A man in his early thirties, who has principles when it comes to young attractive women the same age as the postgrad students he takes for seminars. A man who has travelled to some of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world and touched markings pressed into clay by hands thousands of years before. An academic at the top of his field studying ancient languages, their origins and how they would have been spoken. One of only a handful who could hope to recognise ancient Hattic were it spoken out loud.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

My website: http://www.simoncornish.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimonCornishAuthor

Where can readers find your book? (Currently FREE for a short time only)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00THOCEXG

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00THOCEXG

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 11 – Chris Birdy @CHRISBIRDY1

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Today our guest is Chris Birdy and her book Girl in the Red Pajamas

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The Girl in Red Pajamas begins when two lesbians have a smack down in a Boston restaurant. After one is found dead stuffed in the back of the other’s SUV, their families line up and point fingers. Tensions mount as relatives question religious beliefs, and the police gather evidence to build a case against the survivor. Bogie McGruder becomes deeply involved in the investigation because one woman is his sister and the other, his old girlfriend. This third book in the Pajamas Trilogy brings the series to a glorious end.

Chris Birdy

Where is your home town? 

I live outside Boston, Massachusetts.  I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a steel town that depended on industry for survival.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I write the in the mystery genre because that’s what I enjoy and read.  Since I was trained in math and science, I like the balance that mysteries bring.
What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?
The Girl in Red Pajamas falls into the suspense category.  Shortly after the story opens, the reader knows who the killer is.  The question is:  will the killer be caught, how?
Where is your book set?
The book is set in Boston and Palm Beach.
Can you introduce us to the main characters?
Bogie McGruder is the main character and not his daughter Isabella as some might expect.  Bogie is an investigator, a hacker and former Army intelligence.  Bogie suffered through a brutal childhood and is determined to provide his wife and children with a safe and comfortable life.  Anyone who gets in his way is doomed.
Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
Readers can check me out at my author’s page on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Chris-Birdy/e/B00DEQQPOW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Where can readers find your book?

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 10 – Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog

It’s Day 10 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Georgia Rose and her book Before The Dawn.

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…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me. 

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

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Where is your home town?

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – although I actually live about 8 miles from the town in a small village.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I think this stems from my reading where I often like there to be a bit of intrigue to the story. When I first thought up the Grayson Trilogy I really enjoyed planning it all out in my head and I loved the way the various points in the plot came together. There is joy to be had in having a plot hole and then another part of the story falling into place to fill it.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Romantic suspense, though in Before the Dawn the emphasis is definitely on the suspense with plenty of action and adventure thrown in. In some quarters it has even been called a thriller.

Where is your book set?

Before the Dawn is set on the completely fictional Melton Manor Estate, which is located somewhere in England. Readers have made suggestions of where it is for them and these have ranged from Gloucestershire to Cornwall but other than the fact it is based in a rural, soft rolling landscape I cannot be any more precise. With a fictional setting readers build up their own image and I have had some talk to me about how they see the estate and occasionally argue about where something is placed, which is a bit surreal.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Before the Dawn is the second book in The Grayson Trilogy which I have written in the first person from the point of view of Emma Grayson. In the first book, A Single Step, she came to the estate as the groom looking for a new start after suffering a terrible tragedy and eventually she fell in love with Trent, the estate manager. He has had his own issues to deal with in the past and it also turns out that neither he, nor anyone else on the estate are who they initially seemed to be and the mystery surrounding Melton deepens.Emma now finds herself, along with everyone else, in danger and has to rely on others, particularly everyone’s favourite, the irrepressible Carlton, for help. Her relationships, including the one with Trent, grow throughout this book and all the cast from the first story are back but so are some less than welcome characters and Emma needs to use every ounce of strength she has to survive.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

www.georgiarosebooks.com

Follow on Twitter: @GeorgiaRoseBook

The Grayson Trilogy page on Facebook: The Grayson Trilogy FB Page

Georgia Rose on Facebook: Facebook

Email: info@georgiarosebooks.com

Where can readers find your book?

Universal link for Before the Dawn at Amazon:- getbook.at/BeforeTheDawn

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 9 – Gerald Darnell @darnellgerald

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Today our guest is Gerald Darnell and his book The Illegals.

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‘The Illegals’

Crime DOES pay – especially crime that has the support of our legal system.

Carson’s investigative work for Attorney Jack Logan runs smack into the path of the largest law firm in West Tennessee. Trying to stay out of their path only succeeds in putting Carson in the crosshairs of lawyers who want him out of the way.

Power struggles, infidelity, organized crime and eventually murder all appear to be somehow linked to this powerful law firm – McCabe, McCabe, Clark and Lewis.

This is a story of the small versus the large in a little West Tennessee community that has no idea of the crime and corruption that lay underneath their quiet daily lives.

Join Carson as he takes on the fight of his career when he challenges ‘the Illegals’.

Gerald Darnell

Where is your home town?

I’ve always considered my home town as Humboldt, Tennessee (about 80 miles east of Memphis) – which plays a real part in my books and the Carson Reno Mystery Series. That’s not a straight answer because I was actually born in Florida, raised in Tennessee and moved back to Florida in 1984. However, I grew up in the small West Tennessee town of Humboldt and went to High School there before attending the University of Tennessee. God willing my mother will be 92 next January, and she still lives in Humboldt in the house where I grew up. For that reason, I do get back there on a regular basis.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

Guess I just enjoy mysteries, both books and movies (especially the old black and white ones). My working career required extensive travel. I spent untold hours on an airplane, which gave the opportunity to read – and I read a lot during those 30+ years. Not all mystery, but it was my preferred choice when I had one.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Carson Reno is a Private Detective. All books are set in the early 1960’s – an interesting time for our nation.

Where is your book set?

Carson Reno’s office is located just off the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s the early 1960’s and his adventures take him all over the South – sometimes even out of the country. However, he always finds some way to pass through or visit Humboldt during the travels.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Carson Reno is the main character in all my books. He’s a hard drinking, womanizing, tough talking (but sometimes humorous) Private Detective handling problems in the early 1960’s. Audio book producers have asked me how they should present him; I give them the examples of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlow. To me, as the writer, that’s what I see.

There are numerous other characters that continue with each novel – some come and go but I have about 10 core characters that appear in each adventure. Although all my novels are in a series (Carson Reno Mystery Series) it isn’t necessary to read them in any particular order. Each is a standalone story and not a carryover from another novel.

All my books are PG rated with no graphic sex and minimal violence. Each book is lightly illustrated with photos of period correct and actual places where possible.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

http://www.geraldwdarnell.com

http://www.carsonrenomysteryseries.com

https://www.facebook.com/CarsonRenosMysterySeries

https://www.facebook.com/geralddarnell

https://twitter.com/darnellgerald

http://carsonreno.wix.com/carsonreno

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/geralddarnell

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/gerald%20darnell/_/N-8q8

http://www.authorsden.com/geraldwdarnell 

http://tinyurl.com/o44gh85     (audio books)

Where can readers find your book?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1105566048

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A01DOOS

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/527561

https://youtu.be/lkrCFqd4gTE

http://www.lulu.com/shop/gerald-darnell/the-illegals/paperback/product-20366055.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-illegals-gerald-darnell/1113727823?ean=2940015930986

http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Illegals-Audiobook/B00EUIDPC8/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1444856167&sr=1-2