Faux Pas, by Shannon Esposito

Faux Pas CoverBestselling author Shannon Esposito joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the first in her Elle Presley cozy mystery series, FAUX PAS.

Show Notes

Shannon explains the release schedule for FAUX PAS, which released today in the United States. It’s the first in her Paws & Pose mystery series.

Shannon shares the story of her heroine, Elle Presley and her unique work life as a Doga (Doggie-yoga) instructor at the Pampered Pup Spa and Resort.

We discuss the storyline for the FAUX PAS, which centers around a botox related murder.

Shannon based Moon Key, the fictional setting for her book, on Fisher Island in Miami.

From the Publisher:

Shannon EspositoIntroducing ‘doggie-yoga’ instructor Elle Pressley, in the first Paws & Pose Mystery – featuring canine cuties, Florida sunshine, a sexy Irish PI . . . and murder most horrid

Doggie-yoga instructor Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Moon Key’s Pampered Pet Spa & Resort in peace and save money to move out of her crazy mother’s house. But when her deceased childhood dog, Angel, shows up, she knows she’s about to be in danger. Sure enough, one of her clients winds up dead, and Elle is pulled head first into the investigation. For the prime suspect is Dr Ira Craft . . . the husband of Elle’s best friend, Hope.

Elle is determined to clear Ira’s name, for Hope’s sake, and she enlists the help of Irish private investigator Devon Burke. But someone is determined to stop Elle from uncovering the truth. And now that Devon’s involved, it’s not just Elle’s life that’s in danger: her heart is too . . .

Links

Purchase FAUX PAS at Amazon

Shannon’s Website www.murderinparadise.com

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A Season for Killing Blondes, by Joanne Guidoccio

51JNlP76sXLAuthor Joanne Guidoccio joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new mystery, the first in her Gilda Greco series, A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES.

Show Notes

Joanne shares the storyline for her new cozy mystery, A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES.

The book features Gilda Greco, a 50-year-old lottery winner who is starting a career counseling business.

We discuss the importance of food in the book, despite the fact that Gilda is very clearly not a foodie.

Writing is a second career for Joanne, who spent much of her earlier life as a teacher. She loves the much less structured life offered by writing.

From the Publisher:

41vBaaXDfDL._UX250_Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Links

Purchase A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES at Amazon

Author’s Website www.joanneguidoccio.com/

Wild Rose Press website

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The Sound of Murder, by Cindy Brown

Sound of MurderAuthor Cindy Brown joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the second in her Ivy Meadows Mystery series, THE SOUND OF MURDER.

Show Notes

Cindy shares the background of her heroine, Ivy Meadows, a struggling actor, who combines a love of theater with a desire to work as a private investigator.

We discuss the storyline of THE SOUND OF MURDER, which is set in an Arizona retirement community.

Cindy shares her love of theater, both on the stage and in the audience. One of the fun aspects of her series is the behind the scenes look at local theater.

Since Cindy has a theater background she performs the first page of THE SOUND OF MURDER.  That opening page won third place in the 2013 international Words with Jam First Page contest, judged by the amazing Sue Grafton; and that award bumped her up from the slush pile to catch the eye of her now-editor Kendel Lynn at Henery Press.  (Note: I had to mute my microphone because I was laughing so hard while she was reading.)

Cindy explains her theater based release party in Portland Oregon, on October 8th, at O’Connors Vault in Portland.  (See her events page here for details.)

From the Publisher:

Cindy Brown

“The setting is irresistible, the mystery is twisty, and Ivy is as beguiling as ever, but what I really loved was the depth and complexity of painful human relationships right there in the middle of a sparkly caper. Roll on Ivy #3!” – Catriona McPherson, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-Winning Author of The Day She Died

“It is not easy to combine humor and murder, but Cindy Brown does it effortlessly. Who else would think of combining The Sound of Music with Cabaret with a serial killer? The result is such fun.” – Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author of Malice at the Palace

Links

Purchase THE SOUND OF MURDER at Amazon

Cindy’s website www.cindybrownwriter.com

Henry Press website www.henerypress.com

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A Conversation with Cozy Author Joyce Ann Brown

Joyce Ann Brown

Joyce Ann Brown

We are delighted to welcome author Joyce Ann Brown to CrimeFiction.FM today.

Joyce owns rental properties in Kansas City with her husband. Her two cats, Moose and Chloe, are cuddly, not psycho. Besides being a landlady, she has worked as a story teller, a library media specialist, a Realtor, and a freelance writer. Her writing has appeared in local and national publications.

Just last week we had the chance to catch up with her to talk more about her Psycho Cat and the Landlady mystery series.

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CFFM – Tell us a little about your latest book, FURtive Investigation.

Joyce – Psycho Cat discovers a trunk containing a human skeleton in a duplex attic. On orders from higher-ups, the cold case investigation is curtailed by law enforcement. Beth, the landlady, detects on her own (with a few hints from the cat). She must discover the identities of victim and perpetrator without becoming a casualty herself. The story moves back and forth between the present and the past as the reader learns the truth.

CFFM – Into what genre would you categorize your books?

FURtive Investigation April, 2015

FURtive Investigation
April, 2015

Joyce – The Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries are a series of cozy mysteries. Those are defined as mysteries solved by an amateur sleuth in a charming location with little or no profanity, explicit sexual scenes, or gory violence. I also write humor and informative articles. My cozies have humorous and serious aspects.

CFFM – How much of your own personal and professional experience have you included in the series?

Joyce –  I’ve used many experiences and personalities I’ve known over the years while owning and managing rental properties. In fact, the first book in my series is loosely based upon a story one of my tenants told me about her own life.

Beth Stockwell, the amateur sleuth who solves the mysteries, goes about her everyday life putting her sweat and tears into her properties, just as I did.

CFFM – How do you go about researching the settings for your books?

Joyce – Since the setting of cozy mysteries become associated with the series and the characters’ lives, it requires careful presentation. I often go back to the homey (more…)

Slayed on the Slopes, by Kate Dyer-Seeley

SlayedontheSlopesAuthor Kate Dyer-Seeley joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the second in her marvelous Pacific Northwest Mystery series, SLAYED ON THE SLOPES.

Show Notes

Kate shares the backstory of Meg Reed and some of the recurring characters in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series.

Meg is 23 years old, which makes her an interesting heroine for a cozy series.

Kate shares the story of SLAYED ON THE SLOPES, which features Meg Reed at the historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.

Kate loves the outdoors and enjoys doing boots on the ground research for each of Meg’s adventures.

From the Publisher:

Kate Dyer SeeleyAfter talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Links

Kate’s Website www.katedyerseeley.com

Kate on Facebook and Twitter

The Longest Yard Sale, by Sherry Harris

The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris Kensington, June 2015

The Longest Yard Sale
by Sherry Harris
Kensington, June 2015

Author Sherry Harris joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the second in her Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series, THE LONGEST YARD SALE.

Show Notes

Sherry tells us about her heroine, Sarah Winston.

We discuss the story behind THE LONGEST YARD SALE.

The day before Sherry and I spoke she was doing a presentation about the first book in the series, TAGGED FOR DEATH. The morning we spoke she turned in the third book in the series to her publisher, then here we are talking about the second book in the series. I ask her how she’s able to keep it all straight.

We discuss the reason for the garage sale tips at the end of each of Sherry’s mysteries.

Sherry tells us the genesis of the idea for the Yard Sale Mystery series.

From the Publisher:

Sherry HarrisWhen Sarah Winston turns Ellington, Massachusetts, into New England’s largest garage sale for a day, it’s the small town’s biggest event since the start of the Revolutionary War—but without the bloodshed. That is, until a valuable painting goes missing…and the lifeless body of an Air Force officer is found in Carol Carson’s painting studio, his face perfectly framed with the murder weapon—a metal picture frame.

Sarah is mad as heck that someone used her town-wide garage sale to commit a crime—and frame her good friend Carol. She is definitely on this case…but it’s not easy rummaging through increasingly strange clues that point to cheating spouses, downright dirty investment schemes—even the mob. And Sarah will have to be very careful if she wants to live to bargain another day…Links

Purchase THE LONGEST YARD SALE at Amazon

Sherry’s  Amazon Author Page

Sherry’s Website www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Wicked Cozy Authors website

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