Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Synopsis: 

When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.

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Interview with Bettina M. Johnson, Paranormal Cozy Mystery Author

I am very pleased to have Bettina M. Johnson here on The Book’s the Thing today. She’s going to tell us a bit about herself and her writing process, so please join me in giving her a warm welcome!

TBTT: Do the ideas for your books ever come from real-life occurrences, or are they strictly pulled from your imagination?

BMJ: Real life tends to blend with my imagination. Some of the characters in my books remind me of people I know or have met. Some remind me of old movie characters that I’ve tapped to make similar. I have had situations occur in the present or from my past which I incorporate in my stories, and some of my childhood memories wound up in a chapter or two. In my Lily Sweet Mysteries, there is a scene where the great-grandparents are dancing a polka around the living room and family members are laughing and clapping along in encouragement. This is a cherished memory of my own grandparents during one holiday. We moved the coffee table and a few chairs and my grandma and grandpa were laughing and dancing around the room….I’d never witnessed them being so happy with each other and it was a tender loving moment that remained with me. Now that moment in time is forever recorded on the pages of that book!  As for my Fortune-Telling Twins Mysteries, I tend to have a bit of the psychic woo woo Maggie Fortune is revered for. There have been certain times in my life where I held something and got a flash of the past. Even touching someone’s hand…I can’t explain it, but I see or know things and they usually come true or already occurred. Kind of freaky cool…and I knew I had to have a character that was adept in this phenomena, and delve deeper into a subject that whigs me out a bit!

TBTT: Do you have any particular writing rituals that you adhere to or unique methods of overcoming writers’ block?

BMJ: I’m one of the lucky few, I guess. I have yet to experience any sort of writer’s block. Now writers anxiety? That’s a different story. Every single time I begin a new book, I open Word, stare at the page and have this niggling thought run through my mind that perhaps I won’t be able to write the next in the series. But I take a deep breathe, relax my hands on the keys and whisper to my characters that I’m ready for their words. They’ve never failed to begin talking.

TBTT: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

BMJ: Would it be cliche of me to say I read? A lot? I do, however. I also love my Jeep and adore going junkin’ (hitting yard sales or outdoor flea markets and antique venues) in her. She’s a mojito green Jeep Wrangler Sahara, and I love nothing better than to drive up to the mountains and explore. I’d constantly be on the road driving all over the USA if I could…I’m in love with the idea of seeing every square inch of the nation and doing the grand experience all the way down to the outré roadside attractions. I wanted to be an archeologist when I was little, and a famous singer, but that’s another story! So my love of old things has me excited in museums and historical societies, looking at old documents or hunting for treasure in other people attics! I also like to sing (back to that dream of mine) and used to do so in nightclubs back in my twenties. And to unwind, I like to sculpt with polymer clay. My entire family is artistic. My dad sings like an opera star and my sister is a fine arts artist. We are a creative bunch!

TBTT: Which genres or authors do you like to read? Are there any books or authors in particular that you’d say have influenced your desire to write? 

BMJ: I love cozy mysteries (of course) or any good mystery book. Mystery romance. Fantasy genre. History and biographies. I’m a history major and where some people would have a difficult time getting through a text book on the past, I can lose myself for days on a subject. Some of the authors who influenced me did so by tickling my funny bone. The late, great Joan Hess and her Maggody series made me yearn to try my hand at humor. Whatever method I’m borrowing from her can be found in my books. My greatest joy would be to have my readers spit out their favorite beverage at the antics and hijinks my characters get in to…or at one of the many one liners my MC cracks from time to time. I also am a fan of authors Paige Shelton, Elizabeth Hayden, Dannika Dark, Ann Purser, Nancy Atherton, to name a few…as well as the greats; Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Christian Andersen. There are too many to mention and all have shaped me in some way!

TBTT: What types of stories can we expect to see from you in the future?

BMJ: I am going to expand my Lily Sweet world and give one of the supporting characters their own tales. I’ve already done this with Lily’s cousins, Maggie and Ellie Fortune. They were introduced in book 3 of the Lily Sweet Mysteries and now have their own series. I just introduced a crossroads demon named Pandora who deserves her own series…she’s a hoot! There is a recurring character names Tarni Vanderzee, a siren, who has her own series slated for later this year; The Secret Sirens Mysteries. Tarni will be telling her tale that will go back and forth from the present time to the 1980’s. I’m looking forward to starting those. I also have a character I am developing named Samantha Geist, who will be a ghost hunter whose job is to move those souls along that are trapped here for one reason or the other and if she fails, a demon swoops in to claim the lost soul in victory – and Samantha just happens to fall for one of the demons even though they are enemies…a paranormal romance in the making!

TBTT: And just for fun – Coffee or Tea?

BMJ: I have a burr grinder. Only buy ethically sourced whole beans, and my dream is to someday have the ability to roast and grind them myself for optimum freshness and taste. Does that give you an idea of what my preference is?

Link to Amazon:  https://amzn.to/3lj7L2L
 
Bio:  I always knew I wanted to write.  As a kid, way before the technology age had hit, I’d be stuck in the car with the folks as we drove from our home on Staten Island, NY, where I was born and raised, to our family property in the Catskill Mountains. To drive away boredom, I would sit, staring out the window, and create adventures in my mind.
 
As the years passed, I’d start writing a book, then stop, then start again only to let life get in the way, until one day I had an epiphany—if I waited any longer, all those wonderful characters in my head would never have their stories told, and that made me sad. So, I began to write. Once I started, it became apparent nothing would ever stop me again.
 
I write paranormal mysteries, romance and suspense that fall somewhere in between a cozy mystery and urban fantasy. I always write with humor and hope to keep my readers guessing to the very end—and I always add a dash of romance to keep things interesting.
 
I live near the North Georgia mountains on what I like to call a farm, with my husband and almost adult kids, a Cairn Terrier, two black cats, a tuxedo cat and fish. Occasionally other critters show up to keep things exciting.
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Guest Post from Samiksha Bhattacharjee – Author of Legal Crime

Legal Crime Goodreads Synopsis:

Written by a thirteen-year-old author, this exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncovers surprising secrets buried deep within her long ago…


How do her new friends link to her past? What secrets are they hiding behind their misleading smiles? How much of herself has she really left behind? And how will she cope when she realises that she has made a huge mistake… one that could ruin her forever?
 

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Cover Reveal – Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova

Coming in June

National bestselling author Rosie Genova reprises her tasty Italian Kitchen Mysteries for a new audience!

The first book in her series, Murder and Marinara, will release on Amazon in June. In the meantime, here’s a peek at her fresh new cover. . .

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Award-winning author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The inspiration for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, comes from her deep appreciation for Italian food, her affinity for the New Jersey seaside, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. A former journalist and teacher, Rosie also writes women’s fiction and suspense. The proud mama of three grown sons, she still lives in her favorite state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.

For news and info about the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, including releases of further books in the series, check out Rosie’s website, www.rosiegenova.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also, be sure to like her Facebook page.

 

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The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle – Blog Tour & Giveaway

Synopsis:

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her gumshoe ghost team up to solve the stunning mystery at the heart of a madwoman’s self-portrait in this all new installment from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

While gathering a collection of vintage book cover paintings for a special event in her quaint Rhode Island bookshop, Penelope discovers a spooky portrait of a beautiful woman, one who supposedly went mad, according to town gossip. Seymour, the local mailman, falls in love with the haunting image and buys the picture, refusing to part with it, even as fatal accidents befall those around it. Is the canvas cursed? Or is something more sinister at work?

For answers, Pen turns to an otherworldly source: Jack Shepard, PI. Back in the 1940s, Jack cracked a case of a killer cover artist, and (to Pen’s relief) his spirit is willing to help her solve this mystery, even if he and his license did expire decades ago.

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Death Gone A-Rye by Winnie Archer – Blog Tour & Excerpt

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the Northern California seaside town of Santa Sofia, a killer is trying to get a rise out of baker’s apprentice Ivy Culpepper . . .

Vincent van Dough focaccia is being touted on Instagram as the best thing since sliced bread. By strategically placing chives, olives, and yellow peppers to look like poppies and sunflowers, bakers create a mouthwatering masterpiece in the style of the great postimpressionist painter. At Yeast of Eden, where bread making has always been an art, they’re baking their own version for the school district’s Spring Fling.

But one person won’t be tasting the Mexican bakery’s latest specialty. Ambitious school board president Nessa Renchrik has been murdered. Like the rest of this close-knit community, Ivy is shocked. But she’s just as surprised to discover her beau—restaurateur Miguel Baptista—had his own fling with Nessa back in the day and now the police have this half-baked notion he might have killed her. It’s up to Ivy, her boss Olaya Solis, and eighty-six-years-young Penelope Branford to separate the wheat from the chaff to determine who the real culprit is . . .

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Spotlight on Lady Rosamund and the Horned God by Barbara Monajem

Lady Rosamund And The Horned God – A Rosie and McBrae Mystery by Barbara Monajem

About Lady Rosamund And The Horned God

Lady Rosamund And The Horned God – A Rosie and McBrae Regency Mystery Historical Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Publisher – Level Best Books Number of Pages – ~300 Pages

Widowed Lady Rosamund spends the first months of her mourning in the Lake District, where it’s safe and peaceful, and murders are exceedingly rare. Luckily, she is rescued from this tedium by a house party comprised of playwrights, poets, and actors—an immoral set of persons with whom no respectable lady should associate. Even so, she hardly expected to wake in the wee hours to find one of the guests lying dead.

As if that wasn’t troublesome enough, Gilroy McBrae is at the same party, masquerading as a footman to investigate a series of thefts. Was the sudden death an accident—or murder? Almost everyone had reason to loathe their unpleasant fellow guest. Rosie must set aside her confused emotions about McBrae and work with him to find the culprit before an innocent person is accused of the crime.

 

About the Author

Winner of the Holt Medallion, Maggie, Daphne du Maurier, Reviewer’s Choice and Epic awards, Barbara Monajem wrote her first story at eight years old about apple tree gnomes. She published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. When they grew up, she turned to writing for adults, first the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries and then Regency romances with intrepid heroines and long-suffering heroes (or vice versa). Some of her Regencies have magic in them and some don’t (except for the magic of love, which is in every story she writes).

Barbara loves to cook, especially soups, and is an avid reader. There are only two items on her bucket list: to make asparagus pudding and succeed at knitting socks. She’ll manage the first but doubts she’ll ever accomplish the second. This is not a bid for immortality but merely the dismal truth. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

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Legally Blind Luck by James J. Cudney – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Synopsis:

Surprising new family members. A hidden talisman. Deadly curses. Murder. Months after tragically losing a loved one, Kellan learns his relative’s death wasn’t an accident.

Someone has discovered a cursed talisman, and a rogue government agent will stop at nothing to retrieve the heirloom. Unfortunately, it has already changed hands and found its way on campus. Moments before Braxton’s controversial art exhibition opens, Kellan stumbles upon another murder victim, and it appears he might be next on the avenger’s list.

Can Kellan protect the talisman’s true heir and prevent the killer’s nefarious plan? Given all the suspects have ties to prominent Braxton citizens, he’s uncertain whom to trust. Together, Kellan and Sheriff April are determined to solve the mystery – via legal means or blind luck.

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Spotlight – For Better and Worse by E.B. Roshan

The following post is from author E.B. Roshan – check out her new novel!

I’m pleased to announce the release of “For Better and Worse,” the fourth novel in Shards of Sevia, the ongoing Dystopian/Romantic Suspense series.

            “Boris and Anna’s first baby is due any day, but the thought of raising a child in the war-torn city of Dor fills Anna with dread. Because Boris is so focused on keeping his struggling business afloat, he brushes her fears aside. When White Horse gangsters attack his illegal employee, Boris’s attempt to protect him puts his own family in danger. Will doing the right thing cost him more than he’s willing to pay? Will Boris and Anna live to see their second anniversary?”

You can check out my new book on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57637600-for-better-and-worse

Or at any of the major online bookstores: https://books2read.com/u/mBZZ8y

Here’s an excerpt from For Better and Worse:

            As I stepped into the back garden, the rising wind chilled my nose and blew feathers of snow against my eyelashes. Except for the crackle of a distant machine gun, the city seemed to be sleeping off last night’s parties.

            I stepped off the cement path and kicked at the half-frozen soil.
My coat didn’t zip over my belly anymore, so I held it closed with one hand. In the other, I carried Boris’s pistol, making sure the barrel pointed straight down.
            Could the baby sense what I was thinking? Could he taste the salty edge of my fear?
            The muscles in my stomach quivered, then clenched. I took slow deep breaths, waiting for the tension to pass. According to the results of my Google search for “Signs of Early Labor,” those strange, not-exactly-pain cramps might mean the baby was coming soon. Or they might mean nothing. After all, the babydid I really want to call him Alexander?—wasn’t due until the sixth. I pushed on the top of my belly, and he pushed back with both tiny feet.
            I’d asked Boris to get rid of his pistol more than once. Guns were expensive, but maybe he could sell it back to Maxim. He’d stared at me, those dark eyebrows knitting together. “I got it to protect us.”
            Boris didn’t realize it gave him confidence he shouldn’t feel, a false promise that he could stop the violence outside from pushing into our home. Why did he still think he had any control over what was happening in our city?
            Boris and Arjun could have both been killed last night. If things had gone just a little differently—I closed the doors of my mind firmly on that thought and locked them.
            Burying the gun seemed the best plan. I stopped in front of the flower bed, where dried stalks of marigold plants stuck out of the snow. My boots were already pinching my swollen feet; I should have borrowed Uncle Peter’s to clump around in instead.
            I didn’t know much about guns, but I was pretty certain that being buried in a flower bed wouldn’t be good for one. Squatting down, I eased my taut belly into place between my knees and uprooted one of the withered marigolds. The soil was laced with ice crystals, but not frozen solid. Using the barrel end of the gun, I scraped the hole bigger, making sure my fingers didn’t get anywhere near the trigger.
            Boris would be hurt that I didn’t trust him. Angry. But I didn’t know another way to explain the desperation I felt inside.
            Dear God, let him see it’s time to go, I prayed silently. Make it so clear a blind person couldn’t miss it.
            I pressed the gun into the ground. With grimy fingers, I scooped a handful of bullets out of my sweater pocket and dropped them in the hole, too.

About the Author:

E.B. Roshan has enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle for several years, living in the Middle East and Asia. Now she is temporarily settled in Missouri with her husband and two sons, where she works with the local refugee community. When she’s not cooking, cleaning, or chasing the boys, she’s writing the latest installment in Shards of Sevia, her ongoing romantic suspense series set in the war-torn (and fortunately fictional) nation of Sevia. To learn more about E.B. Roshan and the Shards of Sevia series, visit: https://shardsofsevia.wordpress.com

The Fog Ladies: Family Matters by Susan MCormick – Blog Tour & Giveaway

Synopsis:

Till death do us part, with kitchen shears. What drives a family man to kill his wife? This question haunts Sarah James, a medical resident who meets the unhappy family at a resort near Big Sur. She witnesses how ugly a marriage can be. But murder?

Sarah and the spunky Fog Ladies—elderly neighbors from her San Francisco apartment building—set out to discover the truth. Their probing finds the threat is perilously close to home, endangering another troubled family struggling to survive.

 

 

 

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