Friday, December 9, 2016

BOOK TOUR What Fresh Smell by Jeffrey Marks

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What Fresh Smell
by Jeffrey Marks

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What Fresh Smell (Marissa Scott Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Self-Published (August 9, 2016)
Paperback: 164 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1535456913


There’s Murder in River City – Daycare that is.
When Marissa learns that a teacher at the daycare center has been murdered, she comes to the realization that she really didn’t know much about the people who worked there, especially the murdered woman. She’ll now have to manage her son, her mother, her mother’s Scottish terrier, and an ex-boyfriend as she tries to hunt down the people behind a robbery ring and the person who killed a daycare teacher. If she’s not careful, she might meet the same fate.
Jeffrey Marks is a long-time mystery fan and freelancer.  After numerous mystery author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice.
That biography (Who Was That Lady?) encouraged him to write mystery fiction. His works include Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s, and a biography of mystery author and critic Anthony Boucher entitled Anthony Boucher. It was nominated for an Agatha and fittingly, won an Anthony. He won a Malice Domestic Grant for The Scent of Murder, which has spurred the Marissa Scott series. What Fresh Smell is the third novel in the series.
His work has won a number of awards including the Barnes and Noble Prize and he was nominated for a Maxwell award (DWAA), an Edgar (MWA), three Agathas (Malice Domestic), two Macavity awards, and three Anthony awards (Bouchercon). Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his spouse and three dogs.
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Guest post
So What’s in a Book?
I write a number of mystery series and non-fiction books, but the Marissa series has a special place in my heart. It is the one that cuts closest to home for me. The main character is loosely based on my sister, who actually worked at a department store selling perfume. My two nephews provide the source material for Zach, even down to the hospital stay portrayed in The Scent of Murder.
So how did this book come about? First, each of the stories in the series is set against a particular holiday. I did this after realizing that the first book is set against Valentine’s day, and the prequel uses Christmas as a backdrop. I always liked the way that Ellery Queen used holidays in Calamity Town, and so my later stories all have intentionally included holidays. I chose Mother’s Day for What Fresh Smell, since it would be a spring book, and there’s an air of rebirth and rejuvenation in the book. I teach, and I wanted to toy with the idea that parents and teachers don’t know each other very well these days. Parents rely on daycares, but who really gets to know the backgrounds of the teachers who work there?
Having that in place, then I started to think about the plot. I decided to use a twist that I particularly admired in one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. Once all that was in place, I could start writing. It was fun looking deeper into Gavin’s past. Marissa’s life is more of an open book to the reader, but Gavin is known more for the here-and-now of the story than his life before Marissa. It was interesting to get to see him in more depth.
For me, the first draft is always the easiest. I love the creation aspects of writing, this whole new world that comes alive in the writing and seeing the ideas take a more tangible form. While I have friends who love editing, that’s always my slowest part. I’m like one of the students at Zack’s daycare who drags their feet when it’s time for something unpleasant.
The title caused me consternation. I went through several puns for the title until I finally came upon What Fresh Smell, which is “loosely” based on the Dorothy Parker quote. I felt that it captured the essence of the book in its endless small battles.
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December 7 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
December 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
December 8 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT
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December 15 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – GUEST POST
December 16 – The Power of Words – SPOTLIGHT
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