Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blog Giveaway

I just noticed that Joyce and Jim Lavene are giving away copies of their new Renaissance Faire Mysteries title, Treacherous Toys, at their website this month. The Lavenes are prolific writers in several genres—-and three mystery series.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton (Berkley Prime Crime)

This first book in a new series, is a sort of kitchen mystery, complete with a recipe for all you culinary specialists. It has a small-town setting where Jaymie Leighton lives and works as a cookbook and cookware collector. There's some information about the actual definition of a Hoosier cabinet. Who knew? Jaymie lives in a house with her sister and their differences highlight the mystery and their different approaches to life, the universe, and everything. A man is murdered in their home after Jaymie successfully bids on this Hoosier—something she loves! Along with her 3-legged pooch, a Yorki-Poo, Jaymie does a little investigative work to help the police find the killer. She obviously has to help since the murder took place on her sun porch and the killer used the meat grinder that is part of the Hoosier. The plot reveals that many people interested in the cabinet were involved in much more than antiques. Who knew the Hoosier hid valuable information?
This is lightweight reading, but the many nuggets of information, gleaned from descriptions of estate auction items and Jaymie's love of history, make this an interesting mystery. The vintage recipe for Queen Elizabeth Cake might be a bonus.
—Diane Esterly

FTC Disclosure - This book was provided by the publisher

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Murder & Mayhem Tour - Triangle Area, NC

I'm looking forward to hosting great mystery authors Deborah Coonts, Nancy Martin, and Hank Phillippi Ryan in several venues around the area. Plan to hear these great authors at one of the following events:
Friday, Sept. 21, 10:00 - East Regional Library, Knightdale
Friday, Sept. 21, 2:00 - Southeast Regional Library, Garner
Friday, Sept. 21, 7:00 - Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill (co-sponsored by Flyleaf Books
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 - North Regional Library, Raleigh
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2:00 - McIntyre's, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
Sunday, Sept. 23, 3:00 - The Halle Center, Apex (co-sponsored by Eva Perry Library)
Monday, Sept. 24, 2:00 - West Regional Library, Cary
Monday, Sept. 24, 7:00 - Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center, Cary
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11:30 - The Carolina Club, Chapel Hill (luncheon event--members/guests)
All authors will be happy to sign their books after the panel discussions. Bring your own or purchase them at the event. We look forward to seeing you!