Fatal Reservations, by Lucy Burdette

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Fatal Reservations by Lucy Burdette NAL, July 2015

Author Lucy Burdette joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the sixth in her Key West Food Critic Mystery series, FATAL RESERVATIONS.

Show Notes

Lucy shares the history of her heroine, Haley Snow, and how she wound up in Key West.

Lucy loves food and enjoys being able to visit Key West Restaurants as research.

Lucy gives her overview of FATAL RESERVATIONS, where a friend of Haley’s is arrested for murder.

Haley’s friend is a performer at Mallory Square and readers get a great behind the scenes look into the nightly Key West Mallory Square sunset celebration.

Lucy explains the popular “foodie quotes” at the beginning of each chapter.

From the Publisher:

Lucy-BurdetteHayley Snow looks forward to reviewing For Goodness Sake, a new floating restaurant that promises a fresh take on Japanese delicacies like flambéed grouper with locally sourced seaweed. But nearby land-based restaurateurs would rather see their buoyant competition sink.

Sent to a City Commission meeting to cover the controversy, Hayley witnesses another uproar. The quirky performers of the daily Sunset Celebration are struggling to hold onto their performance space. The fight for Mallory Square has renewed old rivalries between Hayley’s Tarot-card reading friend Lorenzo and a flaming-fork-juggling nemesis, Bart Frontgate—but things take a deadly turn when Bart is found murdered.

If Lorenzo could read his own cards, he might draw The Hanged Man. He can only hope that Hayley draws Justice as she tries to clear him of murder…Links

Purchase FATAL RESERVATIONS at Amazon

Lucy’s  Amazon Author Page

Lucy’s Website www.lucyburdette.com

A Man of Some Repute, by Elizabeth Edmondson

Man of Some Repute

A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson Thomas & Mercer, July 2015

Author Elizabeth Edmondson joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the first in a planned six book series, A MAN OF SOME REPUTE.

Show Notes

Elizabeth describes the story of A MAN OF SOME REPUTE, which is set in the 1950s in an English cathedral town.

She describes the history of some of the castles in the area, calling them “living history.”

Elizabeth has a great interest in the time frame in which the book is set.

She refers to her work as Vintage Fiction, which she describes as classic stories told in a modern way.

A MAN OF SOME REPUTE is the first of a planned six book series.  The next book in the series is scheduled for release in October.

From the Publisher:

Elizabeth EdmondsonTruth is rarely pure and never simple…

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past.

Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

The Castle’s faded grandeur hides a web of secrets and scandals—the Earl has been missing for seven years, lost without a trace since the night he left his guests and walked out into a blizzard.

When a skeleton is uncovered beneath the flagstones of the Old Chapel, the police produce a suspect and declare the case closed.

Hugo is not convinced. With the help of the spirited Freya Wryton, the Earl’s niece, he is drawn back into active service, and the ancient town of Selchester is dragged into the intrigues and conspiracies of the Cold War era.

With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to Le Carré, A Man of Some Repute is the first book in this delightfully classic and witty murder mystery series.

Links

Purchase A MAN OF SOME REPUTE at Amazon or Amazon UK

Elizabeth’s  Amazon Author Page

Elizabeth’s Website www.elizabethedmondson.com

Elizabeth’s Facebook page

The Case of the Dotty Dowager with Cathy Ace

The Case of the Dotty Dowager, by Cathy Ace, Severn House, July 2015

The Case of the Dotty Dowager, by Cathy Ace, Severn House, July 2015

Bestselling author Cathy Ace joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the first in her new WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series, THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER

Show Notes

Cathy describes the WISE Enquiries Agency as “Quintessentially British.”

Cathy describes some of the differences between this series and her Cait Morgan series.

The setting for the stately mansion used on the cover for the Cathy’s novel is in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, the home of the Hay literary festival.  As she puts it during the interview, “Book lovers love books about book lovers.”

Gabby and Poppy, Cathy’s two chocolate labs, have their own Twitter account.

Cathy shares her thoughts on the large number of great Canadian crime writers.

From the Publisher:

Cathy AceMeet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The first in a new series.

Henry Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is convinced his mother is losing her marbles. She claims to have seen a corpse on the dining-room floor, but all she has to prove it is a bloodied bobble hat.

Worried enough to retain the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency – one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English – Henry wants the strange matter explained away. But the truth of what happened at the Chellingworth Estate, set in the rolling Welsh countryside near the quaint village of Anwen by Wye, is more complex, dangerous, and deadly, than anyone could have foreseen . . .

Links

Purchase THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER at Amazon

Cathy’s  Amazon Author Page

Cathy’s Website www.cathyace.com

Crime Writers of Canada website www.crimewriterscanada.com

Tie Died with Tim Hall

Tie Died by Tim Hall Cozy Cat Press, May 2015

Tie Died
by Tim Hall
Cozy Cat Press, May 2015

Tim Hall joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss the second book in his Bert Shambles Mystery series, TIE DIED.

Show Notes

Tim Describes his series protagonist, Bert Shambles.

A brief car guy discussion of the classic car that Burt drives in the series.

DEAD STOCK, the first book in Tim’s series, was taught in a crime fiction book at a college by a professor who admired Tim’s work.

Tim explains why he chose such a non-traditional lead for his new adult cozy series.

From the Publisher

11017502_1539388143011514_5893495106776070359_nBert Shambles is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in his first adventure when he is recognized at the local library by a lovely hippie named Scarlet. She hires Bert to help dispose of her deceased father’s memorabilia and takes him to a music festival at a local park, where they witness the tragic electrocution of the lead singer, who is an old friend of Scarlet’s. Bert soon finds himself entangled in a plot to steal a rare guitar, accidentally drugged with a powerful psychedelic, and dumped by his girlfriend and soul mate, Aria–until a second rock musician is found dead, and the clues all point to him as the prime suspect.

Links

Purchase DEAD STOCK at Amazon

Tim’s website www.timhallbooks.com

Tim’s Facebook page

Tim Hall on Twitter

Farmed and Dangerous, by Edith Maxwell

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Farmed and Dangerous by Edith Maxwell Kensington, May 2015

Agatha-nominated and Amazon bestselling author Edith Maxwell joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the third in her Local Foods Mystery series, FARMED AND DANGEROUS.

Show Notes

Edith spent time as an organic farmer and uses that experience in the series. We discuss the Community Supported Agriculture business model Cam uses in FARMED AND DANGEROUS.

Edith is writing a lot these days.  She shares what she’s writing, and which author names she’s using for the different series.

Edith describes her writing style as “writing into the headlights.”

From the Publisher:

Edith Maxwell

Cam is finding the New Year just as hectic as the old one. Her sometimes rocky relationship with Chef Jake Ericsson is in a deep freeze, she’s struggling to provide the promised amount of food to the subscribers in her first winter CSA, and her new greenhouse might just collapse from the weight of the snow. Supplying fresh ingredients for a dinner at the local assisted living facility seems like the least of her worries—until one of the elderly residents dies after eating some of her produce.

Cantankerous Bev Montgomery had a lot of enemies, from an unscrupulous real estate developer who coveted her land to an aggrieved care provider fed up with her verbal abuse. But while the motives in this case may be plentiful, the trail of poisoned produce leads straight back to Cam. Not even her budding romance with police detective Pete Pappas will keep him from investigating her.

As the suspects gather, a blizzard buries the scene of the crime under a blanket of snow, leaving Cam stranded in the dark with a killer who gives new meaning to the phrase “dead of winter.”

Links

Purchase FARMED AND DANGEROUS at Amazon

Edith’s Website www.edithmaxwell.com

Wicked Cozy Authors website

Edith’s Facebook page

Edith’s Twitter page

Thanksgiving Angels, by Alice Duncan

Thanksgiving Angeles by Alice Duncan Five Star, April 2015

Thanksgiving Angeles
by Alice Duncan
Five Star, April 2015

Author Alice Duncan joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the fifth in her Mercy Allcutt mystery series, THANKSGIVING ANGELS

Show Notes

Alice explains her love of Los Angeles in the 1920 and the reason she uses it as the setting for this series.

Mercy Allcutt was the first woman in her extremely wealthy family to take a job and she takes great (and mistaken) pride in living on her salary.

Alice has written over fifty books, but she’s not entirely sure how many over fifty.

This book takes place in Pasadena, where Alice spent much of her life.

Alice prefers to write fun, uplifting fiction because that’s what she likes to read.

From the Publisher:

Alice Duncan

Former Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt moved to Los Angeles specifically to get away from her overbearing mother and father. So she’s upset when her boss, P.I. Ernie Templeton, gives her the entire week off at Thanksgiving, 1926, so that she can spend the holiday with her parents in their new winter home in Pasadena, California.

Links

Purchase THANKSGIVING ANGELS at Amazon

Alice’s  Amazon Author Page

Alice’s Website www.aliceduncan.net

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