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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Love on the Rocks (Cobble Cove Mystery) by Debbie De Louise

Love on the Rocks (Cobble Cove Mystery)
by Debbie De Louise

About the Book

Love on the Rocks (Cobble Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Solstice Publishing (October 17, 2018)
Paperback: 241 pages
ISBN-10: 1625268505
ISBN-13: 978-1625268501
Digital ASIN: B07JHV9FJC

It’s February in the small town of Cobble Cove. Love is in the air . . . but so is murder!
When Alicia helps plan a Valentine’s Day Party at the Cobble Cove library that also includes a surprise for her newlywed friend, Gilly, things go wrong when a mysterious box of chocolates addressed to the director turns out laced with poison.
Clues Lead to A Dead Suspect
Although Alicia promised John she’ll no longer meddle in crime investigations, she and Gilly set out to find the person threatening Sheila who murdered the courier of the deadly candy. The three people they suspect include the professor from California who’s been romancing Sheila while she assists him with research for his book; the obnoxious patron Rhonda Kleisman who threw coffee at the director after refusing to pay for a damaged book; and a visiting widow staying at Gilly’s inn who’s unnaturally curious about Sheila and earns the nickname of Madame Defarge for her interest in knitting.
New Cat in Town
While Alicia and Gilly are trying to solve this new Cobble Cove mystery, Sneaky is introduced to Gilly’s new kitten, Kittykai, a calico she brought home from her honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s not like at first sight, but the two cats eventually become friends. They also both play a part in foiling the killer’s murder attempts, but will Alicia and Sheila survive unscathed?

About the Author

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the three books of the Cobble Cove mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Debbie has also written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a standalone mystery thriller, Reason to Die, and a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Anthony; daughter, Holly; and cat Stripey.

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The characters from Debbie De Louise's Cobble Cove cozy mysteries gather in the Cobble Cove library to celebrate the holidays. Each character receives a gift from the author, and Alicia, the main character, reads some excerpts from the first book, A Stone's Throw, and the new release, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
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Interview with Debbie De Louise

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

I think it’s a balance. I don’t create any detailed plots for my books, so I let the characters and the story guide me as I write. Sometimes a character will lead me in a different direction than I planned, but I welcome this because it often adds a twist to the story.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Love on the Rocks really has something for everyone. There are a few romances in the book (nothing explicit because I write cozy mysteries). There’s a touch of humor and also some drama. The subplots open the door to the next book in the series. I introduce several characters including a kitten, a teenager and her family, and a mysterious professor from California. Some backstory is shown from the previous books, but also some information never before included, and it can certainly be read as a standalone. The mystery is puzzling, and there are red herrings with three major suspects. Sneaky, the library cat, helps thwart the killer along with the new kitten, KittyKai. It’s a fun yet suspenseful read.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

I have two unpublished manuscripts – one for a first book of a new cozy series and one for a thriller. I’m currently querying them to agents in the hope of publishing them with a larger publisher. I’m also completing a gothic type mystery.

Pen or type writer or computer?

Computer. I used to handwrite all my books, but I taught myself to write and edit on the computer. It saves a lot of time, and, since I’m a fast typist, I can think as I type.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I appreciate all their support. I love feedback from them. I especially would like to thank those who’ve written reviews. Being a writer is a tough job, and the rewards are slow in coming. However, hearing from fans and knowing that they’re reading your work is gratifying and motivating. I also welcome all readers to join my Facebook character chat group where a character from one of my books or stories hosts each month. The group is located at

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Scream Muddy Murder (Big Lake Murder Mysteries) by Lesley A. Diehl

Scream Muddy Murder (Big Lake Murder Mysteries)
by Lesley A. Diehl

About the Book

Scream Muddy Murder (Big Lake Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Creekside Publishing (September 27, 2018)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 9780997234954
ISBN-13: 978-0997234954
Print Length: 272 pages
Digital ASIN: B07H2NZQ7C

EMILY RHODES DOES IT AGAIN! This time she nosedives into a mud puddle at a Seminole War battle reenactment and finds she’s sharing the muck with a dead body. As usual the hunky detective she loves to aggravate, Stanton Lewis, cautions her against getting involved in the case, and as usual she ignores him. Emily’s sleuthing pays off, revealing disturbing information about the victim’s past. Is it the reason behind his murder? With the help of her family and friends, Emily sets out to uncover secrets kept too long and puts herself and the people she loves in the killer’s path. Too late she realizes Detective Lewis was right. Her snoopiness proves to be a deadly idea.

About the Author

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in Upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work. She’s presently interviewing for a coyote to serve as her muse for her books and stories set in rural Florida.
She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories, most featuring her quirky sense of humor and a few characters drawn from her peculiar family.
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Recipe Post
By Lesley A. Diehl

Scream Muddy Murder is the third book in the Big Lake Mysteries and now on this blog tour. Sharing a recipe at this blog tour stop is perfect for a book that includes recipes in the back following the story. This is the first time I’ve included recipes, but I couldn’t resist because my protagonist’s next-door neighbor always arrived with a wonderful dish just when it’s needed such as after a long night being questioned at the local police station or when the protagonist has been chasing down a killer in the nearby swamps. There’s nothing like a Key Lime Pie to make everything all right.

The recipes at the back of the book are Vicki’s, and I hope you’ll try them. There’s a little bit of something for every palate from appetizers to desserts. Don’t expect to lose weight when eating these!

I thought it might be fun to have my protagonist, Emily Rhodes, share one of her recipes. When I suggested it to her, she was horrified.
“I don’t cook,” she said.
“Everyone cooks,” I insisted. “Just jot down something simple.”
So this couldn’t be any simpler. You may have heard of it before. Or made it at one time. Emily thought you might like it because it’s so easy to throw together and dirties few pans. So simple even a busy amateur sleuth can make it with one hand as she arms wrestles the killer to the ground with the other.

Impossible Pie

Toss all the following ingredients in a blender (Those are Emily’s words, not mine):

4 eggs
¼ c margarine
1 c sugar
½ t baking powder
½ c flour
¼ t salt
2 c milk
1 c coconut
1 t vanilla

Pour into pie pan. Pie pan will be full, so place a baking sheet under it. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Pie will come out puffed and shaky in the middle. Makes crust in bottom and coconut rises to top to make topping. It’s best to chill in fridge before cutting.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery) by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

About the Book

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496705157
ISBN-13: 978-1496705150
Digital ASIN: B07B73XJJG

Who could object to a flower festival?

Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions—capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat . . . until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system . . . including the upcoming extravaganza.

Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive . . .

About the Author

Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Blomma’s Flower Tips:

Sensational Succulents—Succulents are a wonderful and hard-to-kill option for indoor displays and container gardens. Start with a shallow dish. Get creative. You can use everything from a traditional terra-cotta pot to a hollowed-out piece of wood, or a clear glass terrarium. Next fill three quarters of your container with potting soil. Then spread a thin layer of pea-sized gravel on the top. Blend the soil and gravel with your hands and add water. Mix thoroughly and begin arranging your plants. Position the largest plant on one side of the container. Cluster remaining plants based on size and shape. Finish by sprinkling more pea-gravel to cover any of the potting soil mix. Allow soil to dry out completely before watering again. Watering should be minimal. Elin and Britta use the guideline of watering succulents once a month in the fall and winter and once a week in the spring and summer.

Float Away—Britta got to try her hand at float decorating. Now you can take her techniques and use them to impress your guests at your next garden
party or add a fun temporary splash of color to your backyard or front porch. Here’s how. You don’t need any moving parts or something on the scale of
Blomma’s float. Simply upcycle an old piece of wood, pallet, door, or window frame. Sketch out a whimsical design with a pencil. It doesn’t have to be
perfect. In fact, free-form is best. Next, cut flowers from your garden or hit up your local farmers market for an assortment of stems. Use whatever you
have on hand—dried berries, twigs, leaves, and herbs. Challenge yourself to use only organic materials. With a paintbrush apply Elmer’s glue to sections
of your design. Then press flowers and organic material on by hand. Repeat the process until your design is filled in. Display on a deck, against a fence, or use as a backdrop for a party. Depending on outdoor temperatures and the type of flowers you use, your “float” should last a week or more.

Blomma’s Featured Wine and Flower Pairing—In honor of Rose Festival, Britta has hand-picked a lovely selection of Pacific Northwest rosés. Don’t be
fooled by their dreamy pink color. Nothing about these wines is cloyingly sweet. Oregon and Washington rosés are vibrant, dry wines with notes of nectarine, peach, strawberry, and herbs. These crisp, luscious wines make for a perfect alfresco glass. Britta recommends that you serve your rosé chilled and with a gorgeous vase of fresh-cut, single-stemmed, pale pink Aphrodite roses. The fragrant, delicate rose scent will enhance your wine-sipping experience.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger: (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries) by Elaine Faber

Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger: (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries)
by Elaine Faber

A WWII tale of conflict and carnivals, turmoil and tigers.

About the Book

Mrs. Odboddy: And Then There Was a Tiger (Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries)
WWII tale of conflict and carnivals, turmoil and tigers.
Cozy Mystery/Humorous/Historical
3rd in Series
Elk Grove Publications (July 25, 2018)
Print Length: 349 pages
Digital ASIN: B07FXDV1C6

While the ‘tiger of war’ rages across the Pacific during WWII, eccentric, elderly Agnes Odboddy, ‘fights the war from the home front’. Her patriotic duties are interrupted when she is accused of the Wilkey’s Market burglary.

A traveling carnival with a live tiger joins the parishioner’s harvest fair at The First Church of the Evening Star and Everlasting Light. Accused again when counterfeit bills are discovered at the carnival, and when the war bond money goes missing, Agnes sets out to restore her reputation and locate the money. Her attempts lead her into harm's way when she discovers a friend's betrayal and even more about carnival life than she bargained for.

Granddaughter Katherine's turbulent love triangle with a doctor and an FBI agent rivals Agnes’s own on-again, off-again relationship with Godfrey.

In Faber's latest novel, your favorite quirky character, Mrs. Odboddy, prevails against injustice and faces unexpected challenges . . . and then There Was a Tiger!

Mrs. Odboddy – And Then There Was a Tiger
A true account as it occurred in the fall of 1943. Only the facts were made up...

Chapter One

“That’ll give them something to pray about.” Agnes

“What in tarnation is all that mess on the front porch?” A tattered shoebox leaned against the newel post beside the front step. Clumps of string lay amidst more shredded paper on the porch.

Agnes switched off the motor of her 1930 Model A Ford. She pulled on the hand brake, jammed her silver chopsticks firmly into the bun on the back of her hennaed hair, and stepped out of the car.

Shreds of brown paper skittered across the lawn. Her frown deepened as she picked up pieces of cardboard and string.

Agnes Agatha Odboddy, in big bold letters, was scribbled across the middle of the brown wrapping paper. She flipped the shoebox over. An offensive odor wafted up from inside. “What the devil…”

Agnes glanced toward the porch and noticed the front door standing ajar. “Jumping Jehoshaphat.” Her granddaughter, Katherine, must have forgotten to lock it when she took their ward, Maddie, to school this morning.

She pushed open the front door, and peeked inside. “Good gravy!” Pillows–askew on the sofa. Magazines–scattered across the rug. Remnants of her grandmother’s vase speckled the hearth.

“Oh, my stars. We’ve been burgled.” Agnes rushed through the living room and into the kitchen. Breakfast coffee puddled in the middle of the table. A cup lay shattered in the sink. A kitchen chair lay sideways on the linoleum floor.

A scuffling sound came from the back bedroom. Agnes spun around. Was someone in there, ransacking her jewelry box? Should she run back out the front door? Agnes Odboddy, self-appointed scourge of the underworld–run for cover? Not on your tintype!

She grabbed a rolling pin from the drawer, the weapon of choice for a woman of a certain age, planning to sneak up on the thief, crack his head, and bring him to his cowardly knees.

Before she had taken three steps, a rat barreled out of her bedroom and down the hall. Agnes jumped back. “Yikes!”

The spindly-tailed rodent raced into the living room and scrambled up the flowered drapes to the top of the curtain rod. Ling-Ling, a feline nemesis in camo-gray, followed.

Merciful Heavens. A measly rodent? Agnes sent the rolling pin flying. It hit the wall, barely missing the front window, and clattered to the floor.

Rrowww! Ling-Ling clawed her way up the curtain, knocking a table lamp to the floor. Thud! The fringed shade spun off the lamp and rolled toward the front door. Down came the rod with a crash, as the rat dropped to the floor and raced out the front door with the Ling-Ling, the Siamese avenger three leaps behind.

Agnes shook her finger. “Ling-Ling. Bad girl. No! No…” What was she saying? “Go get her, girl.”

Agnes stepped onto the porch and put her hand to her eyes in time to see the pair racing up the street, headed toward The First Church of the Evening Star and Everlasting Light. She checked her watch. Yep, folks should just about be arriving for the afternoon prayer meeting. That’ll give them something to pray about. She stepped back into the house to assess the damage.

Never in her seventy-plus years had she seen such destruction. What unknown scoundrel hated her enough to leave a rat-filled shoebox addressed to her on the porch?

Agnes pondered the situation. Ling-Ling must come upon the shoebox and smelled the rodent through the wrapping paper. She could almost see her determined Siamese killing-machine scratching and kicking the box until she had shredded a hole big enough for the rat to escape, dash through the open door, and into the house. The image sent shivers up Agnes’s spine.

Ling-Ling would have followed with murder in her crossed blue eyes and the chase ensued. Not even an air raid from the Flying Tigers could have left her living room and kitchen in such a mess. No telling how the rest of the house would have suffered if Agnes hadn’t returned just at that moment.

What if Ling-Ling hadn’t found the box and taken matters into her own paws? Why, she might have cut the string herself, opened the box, and the rat would have leaped into her face. Maybe that was exactly the sender’s intention.

About the Author

Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with her husband and two feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She enjoys speaking on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies. She has published seven books. In addition to the Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Elaine writes the Black Cat Mysteries.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Dark Corner: A Witch Cat Mystery by Vicki Vass

Dark Corner: A Witch Cat Mystery
by Vicki Vass

About the Book

Dark Corner: A Witch Cat Mystery
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Tedeschi Publishing (October 9, 2018)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 0998989363
ISBN-13: 978-0998989365
Digital ASIN: B07J4P2521

Evil has awoken in Asheville, North Carolina, and Terra Rowan must prepare the Ladies of the Biltmore Society for battle. With her familiar, Pixel, a crooked leg fluffy orange cat, and her apprentice Abigail Oakhaven, a stubborn teenage girl with a bloodline dating back to the beginning of time, she begins their journey. The witch hunters have come to the Appalachian Mountains in search of the last witch of Salem. The magic of the mountains can no longer protect her and her coven. She must travel to the one place on earth that holds the secret to save mankind – Dark Corner.
Combining elements from different cultures, Appalachian folklore, Celtic legends, Native American mysticism, Dark Corner continues its new witch mythology while staying true to the realm of cozy mystery.
Terra Rowan is a witch trapped between worlds and lost in time.

About the Author

Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

About the Book

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Self Published
Print Length: 209 pages

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.
At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.
Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

About the Author

About the Author
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

I really enjoyed creating a story that featured Anastasia’s teenage sons. In many of the books in the series Alex and Nick are mostly in the background or only in a few scenes. This time the story develops from a community service project Alex has to take part in to fulfill a graduation requirement.

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

I’d choose to spend the day with Anastasia, and because I’ve dumped so much hardship on her, I’d treat her to a spa day, a 5-star lunch and dinner, and her Broadway show of choice. It’s the least I could do under the circumstances. After all, she was living a normal middle-class life before I stepped in and messed everything up. 

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

That’s a really hard question to answer. I’d love to have written the Harry Potter books because who wouldn’t want J.K. Rowling’s success and bank account? But if I had to choose a single book, it would probably be William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. It’s an American classic that’s a mainstay of high school and college English literature curriculums and would be an incredible legacy. 

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

Most of my characters spring from my imagination with the exception of one: Anastasia’s communist mother-in-law is based on my own communist mother-in-law. To any reader who thinks Lucille is too over-the-top, you obviously never met Louise Winston.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’m not someone who always knew she’d grow up to write novels. The idea never occurred to me until I had a dream one night. I’m not someone who usually remembers her dreams, so this was really weird. And weirder still, the dream unfolded over several days, like chapters in a book. I finally decided to write the dream down, and the next thing I knew, I had written 50,000 words. That story, after several years and many revisions, became Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception, the second book I sold

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Series) by Sara Rosett

Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Series)
by Sara Rosett

About the Book

Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Series)

Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (October 15, 2018)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 0998843164
ISBN-13: 978-0998843162
Digital ASIN: B07H2P8J3H

A high-society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?
London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. He burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague.
Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.
Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike. Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes light-hearted escapes for readers who enjoy puzzling mysteries, interesting settings, and quirky characters.
She is the author of the Murder on Location series, the Ellie Avery series, the On the Run series, and the High Society Lady Detective series. Sara also teaches an online course, How to Outline A Cozy Mystery.
Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.” Sara loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at

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Character interview with Sara Rosett

1. What is your greatest fear?

Being dependent on someone else. I’d hate that. That question strikes close to home. I’m in a bit of a precarious situation right now, financially speaking, and doing my best to make my own way in the world. It’s a challenge, but I don’t want to rely on anyone else—not Father and certainly not my new stepmother, Sonia! 

2. Do you bite your fingernails? Do you have any bad habits?

A lady never bites her fingernails, so, no, I don’t do that. I do have other struggles. I’m intuitive and tend to go with my instincts. Sometimes that doesn’t work out so well. But, in fairness, I do have to say my assumptions are often spot-on. I also have a weakness for sweets and tend to run late. Fortunately, being fashionably late isn’t considered bad form. Otherwise, I’d be sunk socially!  

3. Are you married? Are you divorced? How many times have you been married?

Good heavens, I’m barely in my twenties. I know some people consider a woman in her mid- to late-twenties as past their prime, but it’s a new decade and attitudes are changing. It’s too bad my step-mother’s attitude toward unmarried young women hasn’t altered. She thinks my solitary goal in life should be marriage. I disagree. Of course I want to marry, but I want to marry for love, not out of obligation or—worse—desperation. No, I’d rather earn my own crust until the right chap comes along.    

4. What people do you most admire?

I admire people who go after what they want and work at their goals until they get it. 

5. What are your Strongest/weakest character traits?

I’m loyal. I’ll stick by you when things get tough . . . even if it comes to a murder investigation! I’m optimistic. I can always see the bright side. And believe me, when you’re a young woman crisscrossing London in search of a job, you’d better be able to find some positive things to focus on. It can be quite grim in the city. I can be a bit too enthusiastic and get carried away. I don’t spend a lot of time contemplating options or outcomes. I make a decision and go. At least that way, I’m moving forward!  

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