Friday, August 17, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva (Marty Hudson Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva (Marty Hudson Mysteries)
by Gemma Halliday & Kelly Rey

About the Book

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Gemma Halliday Publishing (August 14, 2018)
Print Length: 316 pages

From #1 Kindle & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…
If there's one thing Martha "Marty" Hudson can't say no to, it's her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene's little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing "person" ends up being a missing corpse.
Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty & Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who's now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything?
Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the New York Times, USA Today & #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.

Interview with Gemma Halliday

Thank you so much for having me! I am thrilled to be here to chat with you and your readers today.

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

I co-wrote this book with the lovely and talented author Kelly Rey, and I have to honestly say that my favorite parts of this book are the humorous scenes that she has written where our main character, Marty Hudson, interacts with her wacky cast of octogenarian neighbors. I was busting up as I was reading some of the scenes. So much that it was difficult for me to do my part of our writing duo!

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would have to pick Irene Adler, Marty Hudson's best friend. Irene is a computer prodigy multimillionaire who spends her days wearing designer clothes and taking meetings with Silicon Valley startups looking for her to fund their cutting-edge inventions. Irene is a gorgeous, super fun, and always up for a wacky harebrained scheme. I would love to spend a day just hanging out with Irene. And maybe borrowing some of her clothes too!

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

If I wished I could emulate someone's style, I think I would have to choose Elizabeth Peters. I absolutely love the subtle wit and intelligence of her main characters, and I've always wanted to be able to write a historical mystery. Maybe someday I will... When I get over my fear of historical research.

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Most of the main characters in "Sherlock Homes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva" are based on characters that originally appeared in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. Having said that, Kelly and I have given our modern twist to each of them. For example the main character, Martha "Marty" Hudson, is extremely loosely based Martha Hudson, who was Sherlock Holmes's long-suffering landlady at 221 Baker St.  In our modern version of the Sherlock Holmes tales, Marty inherits a rundown Victorian at 221 Baker St.—not in London but in San Francisco. Her best friend, Irene Adler, is another prominent female character in the original Sherlock Holmes stories. In those stories Irene is portrayed somewhat as the "one who got away" and the only woman Sherlock Holmes truly felt as an intellectual equal. In our stories Irene Adler is Marty's clever and quirky sidekick, and the person who actually comes up with the idea of creating a fake private investigator in the first place. She decides it will help them open some of the doors that are firmly slammed in the faces of two young female civilians. That fake Detective? Sherlock Holmes!

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I have always loved reading and, as I got a bit older, creating my own stories and characters. I think it's something that has just been part of my life, and I've been fortunate enough to make a living and support my family doing what I love.

Thank you again for having me, and I look forward to hearing all of your readers' thoughts about "Sherlock Homes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva!"

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