Close Encounters of the Curd Kind by Kirsten Weiss – Guest Post and Giveaway



The truth is out there…

Way out there.

Susan Witsend, owner of the best little UFO-themed B&B in the Sierras, is absolutely, positively, not going to get involved in another murder case. Not with her small-town sheriff threatening jail time if she interferes in one more investigation.

So when her neighbor is murdered, Susan exerts all her willpower to stay out of the sheriff’s business. But her neighbor’s daughter, Clare, needs Susan’s help. Clare’s been experiencing lost time, a sure sign of alien abduction. Helping Clare is only neighborly… and totally not interfering. Right?

Worse, Clare’s not the only one with UFO issues. Weird lights in the sky, vanishing cows, and little green men are bringing the mountain town of Doyle to the edge of a panic. Can Susan unearth the truth before her town spirals into chaos?

If you like laugh-out-loud mysteries with complicated heroines (and breakfast recipes), you’ll love Close Encounters of the Curd Kind, book 3 in the Wits’ End series of cozy mystery novels. Read this twisty cozy caper today!


Close Encounters of the Curd Kind is a fun, lighthearted cozy that had me laughing out loud. The setting is unique – a UFO-themed Bed and Breakfast sounds perfectly plausible, but it isn’t something you hear about every day.

When Susan’s neighbor is found dead, she helps the woman’s daughter Clare investigate. In the meantime, local cows are disappearing, and there are strange lights seen in the sky.  It’s as much fun trying to figure out if there are actually aliens coming to town as it is trying to figure out who committed murder.

This is the third book in the series, but the first I had read. I had no problem understanding who was who and keeping up.

Read on for an introduction to Wits’ End by author Kristen Weiss!

Welcome to Wits’ End!

Here are some vacation ideas as you spend your time with us.

Wits’ End is a premier Doyle, California B&B – a historic Victorian home built in the 1860s. Extensively upgraded over the years, today it offers warm hospitality, comfy beds, fabulous breakfasts, and a relaxed, mountain setting in the Sierra foothills. But if you decide to wander from our tranquil gardens and cozy rooms, there’s plenty for you to do!


The forests surrounding Doyle are famous for hiking. Big Trees State Park is a short, ten-mile drive. And hiking trails abound throughout the mountains. Ask at the front desk for a local trail map. And take care to stay on well-marked trails. People do occasionally disappear in the woods. Don’t become a statistic!

Stargazing/UFO Hunting

The stars over the Sierra’s appear brighter and more numinous. Far from the big cities, Doyle is free of most light pollution, for an out-of-this-world stargazing experience. And of course, there’s UFO spotting as well! If you’d like to enjoy a guided night hike, just ask at the front desk.


Beautiful Alpine lakes sparkle along Highway 4. One of our best loved and largest lakes is Lake Alpine, dotted with granite islands for picnickers and sunbathers. But there are other, smaller lakes and ponds even closer to Doyle for you to enjoy.

Wine Tasting

And be sure not to miss the many wine tasting in Doyle. The town is fast becoming a mecca for wine enthusiasts. Many of the local family-run and boutique wineries have tasting rooms right on Main Street! Enjoy wine tasting without the crowds of California’s better-known wine destinations.

UFO Lectures

Friday through Sunday, your innkeeper, Susan Witsend, will regale you with tales of UFO encounters in Doyle, including the infamous disappearance of the Bell and Thistle Pub, with over twenty patrons inside! (Don’t worry, they all reappeared several months later, minus the pub.)*

* No one has disappeared from Wits’ End!**

** And that murder was totally solved!

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About the Author

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth, and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at

Author Links – Twitter: @KirstenWeiss Facebook Blog

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Want a chance to win a set of all 3 ebooks in the Wits’ End Mystery series by Kirsten Weiss? Just leave me a comment below and I will choose one commenter at random on 10/25/19.

At Wits’ End: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits’ End Cozy Mystery Book 1)

Planet of the Grapes: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits’ End Cozy Mystery Book 2)

Close Encounters of the Curd Kind: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits’ End Cozy Mystery Book 3) 


Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for reviews, interviews, and more chances to win!


October 9 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW


October 11 – Reading Authors – SPOTLIGHT

October 11 – Nadaness In Motion – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 12 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

October 12 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 13 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

October 14 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 15 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 16 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

October 16 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

October 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 18 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

October 19 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

October 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

October 21 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST

October 22 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

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