New Beginings #4

CECILIA PEARTREE

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Cecilia Peartree lives in Edinburgh with a background in computer programming and database management. She writes, surrounded by cats, the Pitkirttly Mystery series, Max Falconer Mystery series, Misplaced Heiresses series, Adventurous Quest series, Brighton Heirs series, Scottish Futures series and short stories. Will Pamela Prendergast be her newest series?

After moving to Cramond, the historic village on the coast of the Firth of Forth, Pamela gradually uncovers the truth about her husband’s secret life and his unexpected death. But the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous it is for her.

Who is your protagonist?
Pamela Prendergast is a woman in her mid to late 40s, a trained artist who works in children’s book illustration and occasionally paints murals for nurseries, libraries etc. At the start of this book she has recently been widowed.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
The story is set in the present day in one of the historic former villages that have been absorbed into Edinburgh, on the coast of the Firth of Forth (the estuary of the river) in Scotland.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This book is not yet part of a series.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Pamela and her husband had been about to move house to a different area of town when her husband met with a fatal accident. Pamela has to go ahead with the move for legal reasons but is uncertain about it. On moving day a stranger arrives and presents her with a mysterious box, and the contents add a different element to her new life and ultimately lead her into mystery and danger.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
She isn’t sure about it, although in some ways she feels she should leave the past behind.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
It’s possible this will be the first of a series in which Pamela and her friends investigate suspicious deaths. I’ve already written a short story for her, along these lines.

New Year, New Beginnings #2

ANN SUTTON

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Ann Sutton is a die-hard fan of Agatha Christie, and it only seems right that her mysteries are set in the golden age of Christie’s mysteries. Ann was born and raised in England, but lives with her family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Anne is also the author of the Dodo Dorchester Mystery series.

Book one in a her new cozy mystery series, Percy Pontefract Mysteries.

A merry Christmas party with old friends. A dead body in the kitchen. A reluctant heroine. Sounds like a recipe for a jolly festive murder mystery!

Who is your protagonist?
Persephone Pontefract (Percy) is married to Piers, a civil servant, and is mother to two boys, ages 11 and 8. They live in a rambling farmhouse with their cook who has become a more of a friend to Percy than a servant since her mother is an overly critical woman who is embarrassed by her daughter’s height and lack of poise.

Bored now that her children are in school, Percy is looking for a meaningful hobby and literally falls into sleuthing at an overnight Christmas party.

Unlike the protagonist in my other series, Percy is almost 6 feet tall with very large feet and a burgeoning waistline. Rather plain, with a tendency to speak before thinking, you can’t help but fall in love with her. As one of my readers said, Percy is so relatable.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
Percy’s stories take place in 1928 in England.

Is your book part of a series, if so, tell us about the series.
This is book 1 in the series that will follow Percy as she stumbles into murders while her husband is ‘away’ on business.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Both her children are now in boarding school (a tradition she finds barbaric) and she finds herself at a loose end.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 
When she bumbles into her first murder she is terrified and when her cook suggests she look into the case she is resistant.

Give the readers a hint of what’s to come for your character in future books.
A total novice when the series begins, Percy will grow into her new role as the series develops and perhaps learn what her husband is doing on all those trips for work.

I’m looking forward to seeing what new beginnings Percy contintues to explore!
Victoria LK Williams

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New Year, New Beginnings…

At the beginning of January, usually on the 1st, everyone thinks about what they want to do differently from the year before. Maybe it’s to take better care of your health, start a new hobby, finish a project that’s been on hold for a long time, or start something completely new.

In this next series of author interviews, that is just what the creators have done to their characters; set them on a new beginning or adventure. If we’re lucky, this will be a series and we can watch the characters and story progress through multiple books.

So as you begin your new year, give yourself some reading time and watch what these have authors plan for us….

BARBARA EMODI

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Babs to her friends, this writer is from Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband and rescued cat and dog. She has worked in journalism, public relations and radio. Her passions, other than fiction writing, include sewing (she gives lessons too!) and writing about sewing.

Babs’ new book is up for preorder and is the start of a new series! I can’t wait to read Crafting for Murder, where she combines her love of sewing, dogs and mystery into this fun new series..

Seamstress, crafter, and empty-nester Valerie Rankin has plans to open a crafter’s co-op that will put Gasper’s Cove, Nova Scotia on the map. One month before opening day, she still has to pin down a venue, patch up the family business, iron out corruption in the town council, and unravel why anyone who tries to help her ends up dead. With the help of her Golden Retriever, an ex-con who loves cats, and a community of first, second, and third cousins, she just might pull it off.

Who is your protagonist?
The central character in my Gasper’s Cove Mysteries series is Valerie Rankin. She grew up on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and is part of the same family that has operated Rankin’s General store for over a hundred years. Like many of her generation, Valerie left the community to go live in Halifax when she married. There, after unexpectedly becoming a single mother of three, she worked a series of jobs to support her family. The one she enjoyed most was as a sewing instructor. After her children had grown and flown, she returns to Gasper’s Cove to run a small sewing school in the family store. She also hopes to one day establish a co-op for the local crafters to sell what they make.

Tell us what time frame your stories are in and what setting or world?
The stories are set in the present and in Gasper’s Cove, a small fishing community on Gasper’s Island, connected to the mainland and the larger community of Drummond by a causeway. Here is a picture of the actual location, not far from where I live, on which Gasper’s Cove is based. This place, one where my family has connections, has a dreamy quality that makes me think it probably does contain Gasper’s Cove.

Is your book part of a series? If so, tell us about the series.
Valerie does, of course, establish her Crafter’s Co-op. The series is about how she and one small, almost forgotten community reinvent themselves. The challenges presented in each book call on the characters to rely on their own ingenuity and resourcefulness to move forward.

What has happened to propel your character into a “new beginning”?
Valerie really has run out of other options. Her grown children have left Halifax and gone on to their own lives. She is faced with a choice. Does she stay where she is, surrounded by the empty spaces they have left behind, or does she go back to the place where she was once truly happy– the small coastal town she grew up in? She’s trying to reconnect with who she once was.

Is your protagonist happy about this new beginning or resistant to it? 

This is the dilemma. Essentially, Valerie isn’t really trying to have a new beginning but to rewind life to the way it was, with the security she felt in a small, closed community. In fact, she even goes home to live in her aunt’s house, complete with its mid-century modern contents, taking residence in the past. However, the people she left behind have changed and grown. There is a place for her in Gasper’s Cove now, but it has to be a new place. She fights this reality and continues to try to look backwards for as long as she can. Valerie is slow to understand that her own nature and abilities will pull her forward if she likes it or not. Valerie wanted a quiet life. Instead, she is on her way to an interesting life.

Give the readers a hint of what’s coming for your character in future books.
This series has given me as an author, the opportunity to share the quirky history and culture of Nova Scotia. I have experienced much of what is in these books, and I know these characters well. As the series develops, I hope readers will enjoy sharing the ways in which ordinary people, like Valerie Rankin, in this odd corner of the world handle unpredictable events. Humor, community, and the ability to think outside the box, in an environment that doesn’t understand the concept of boxes, are key to how Valerie’s life develops, and I think hold the various mysteries together.

And by the way, I am really proud of Valerie. She underestimates herself but I never do.

Day 24 of 25 Days of Christmas

Victoria LK Williams

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Hi, I’m Milo. Cat Extraordinaire to the Fairbanks Sisters. I look out for each of the sisters and help guide the use of their special connection to nature. Take Holly; she senses changes in the air before it happens, but even she’s not ready for the coming changes.

Fraud, Murder and the return of her Ex. It’s a lot to deal with, especially when she would rather enjoy the Christmas preparations going on in town. But friendship, both old and new, push her to become involved and motivated to solve the murder an old friend is being framed for.

Where/when is your book set?
Think Tropics. A small southern town on the coast of Florida where you know your neighbors and look out for each other. But that also means everyone knows your business!

Who is your main character?
Milo shares the limelight with Holly Fairbanks. She is one of four sisters, each with abilities to read the natural elements around them. Holly easily feels the change in the air before the actual change happens.

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?
I grew up in a small town where you looked after your neighbors; when you finished shoveling your sidewalks, you walked next door and did the walks for your elder neighbor. I wanted to bring that sense of community to the story, especially after we have been so isolated over that last few years. Christmas brings out the best in people, including the ability to forgive, as Holly discovers.

Victoria LK Williams

Day 23 of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Melrose McFadden

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It’s December 1986 and where does everyone go to finish up their Christmas shopping? The mall. To make things even more crowded and complicated, the big Show Your Face modeling competition is in town, bringing with it dozens of aspiring beauties and even a few celebrities. When one of the beautiful people turns up dead in a shop window, Tiffany Soan, officer Spencer, a punk kid named Zero, and a large cast of colorful characters must hunt down the killer and wrap up the mystery before another mall goer gets more than they bargained for.

Where/when is your book set?
Bag Your Face is set in 1986 in the fictional seaside town of Wahoo Beach, Florida.

Who is your main character?
Tiffany Sloan is the 30-something owner of the Putts & Stuff arcade and mini-golf complex on the Wahoo Beach boardwalk. While she really wants to repair the old Skee-ball machines, jam out to Bananarama on her boombox, catch some waves, and play some softball with her rec team, The Pac-Maniacs, there always seems to be something — or someone — getting in the way.

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?
This story takes place mostly at the shopping mall just outside of town, where residents are finishing up their Christmas shopping at Waldenbooks, Sam Goody, KB Toy & Hobby, and Gadzooks! stores. Even though shopping malls can be frustratingly crowded places during the holidays, I still love to go see the decorations, twinkle lights, festive trees, and Christmas displays everywhere, and hear the carols playing in each store. Even now, it reminds me vividly of Christmas shopping in the 1980s, something I’ve tried to recreate in Bag Your Face (along with a little mall-based murder, of course).


Victoria LK Williams

Day 21 of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Victoria Tait

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A charity ball.  A dead guest.  Can an amateur sleuth solve the case or will it ruin Christmas for ever?

Where/when is your book set?

In the British Cotswolds, based around an antiques centre and auction house.

Who is your main character?

Dotty Sayers, a young, inexperienced amateur sleuth

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?

Dotty is organising a charity Christmas Ball, but when a guest is found dead on the dance floor, and she’s also caught up in the theft of a painting, her plans to spend a romantic Christmas in Vienna are under threat.


Victoria LK Williams

Day 20c of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Carmen Radtke

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A Dash of Deceit by Carmen Radtke

Where/when is your book set?
Welcome to Badger’s End, a (fictional) small town in England, complete with cobble-stoned square, a picturesque pub called Green Dragon, where present and past comfortably run shoulders in this contemporary cozy mystery.


Who is your main character?
American Eve Holdsworth is a new resident, but after years of searching for her quintessential British dream, inspired by her late, London-born mother, she’s found her perfect place – even if it comes with a villain or two.


Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?
This is Eve’s first Christmas,Christmas, where she feels she might find that magical setting with mistletoe, mulled wine, and meaning. It’s something I always thought to create in my own life. I’ve binged shows about a homemade Christmas, swooned over decorations, and every year I watch classic movies like It’s a Wonderful World and Christmas in Connecticut (and, yes, Die Hard).

Victoria LK Williams

Day 20 of 25 Days of Christmas

Lexie Conyngham

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 Six cosy Christmas mysteries, some with a historical setting, something for everyone! Most are American but two are British.

The Children’s Party by Lexie Conyngham

Where/when is your book set?

My story is set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1828, in a lawyer’s household and around a jeweller’s.

Who is your main character?

Hippolyta is eighteen, a lawyer’s daughter, and too tall and skinny to be fashionable. She’s sure she’ll never marry and be stuck forever helping her mother with her charitable works. She loves animals and is very nosy!

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?

Christmas is important to the story because it’s a time for generosity and charity, and my main character is involved in a party for impoverished children. I love the smells of Christmas, pine needles and cinnamon and oranges, and if I can get some snow, all the better!


Victoria LK Williams

Day 22 of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Ada Bell

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 Aly just completed the biggest spell she’s ever attempted, with a little help. But the magic came with an unexpected side effect, and now she’s got to figure out what happened to the dead man in the upstairs bath before her parents arrive for the holidays.

Where/when is your book set?

My book is set in the fictional town of Star’s Ridge, New York, a wealthy suburb of New York City. Star’s Ridge is about 3 hours south of Shady Grove, the (also fictional) town where the rest of this series takes place.

Who is your main character?

Aly Reynolds has a life-long love of science. She went to school to study biology. She believes in the scientific method. She recites the periodic table when she’s nervous or stressed. And then she finds out that she’s psychic.

Why is Christmas so important to the story or you?

 Aly’s sister-in-law died shortly before the holidays two years ago. Now she’s back, and the whole family is looking forward to celebrating. Unfortunately, the discovery of a dead body puts Aly and her family in danger of going to jail. Aly needs to find the truth or, instead of a family reunion full of cheer, she and her family may find themselves having a scary little Christmas.

Victoria LK Williams

Day 20b of 25 Days of Christmas Books

Katherine H. Brown

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Murder Takes the Train by Katherine H. Brown

The quaint, mountain town of Riverbend Junction has only one train in and one train out for transportation. The town hasn’t been home for two of the three “Belle sisters” since they moved away several years ago, but when they return home for Christmas a murder derails the train and all of their plans for getting back to their regular lives. Can the women put their heads together to track down the killer or will they find themselves railroaded into a murder charge?

Where / when book is set?
The quaint (some might say backwoods) town of Riverbend Junction, Arkansas,Arkansas, on a plateau high in the mountains, the weekend of Christmas.

Who is your main character?
POV from Zadie Belle , the oldest of three sisters who are all prominent characters, an arborist and researcher who has returned home for the holidays only to find herself stuck in the town she left behind four years ago.

Why is Christmas important to the story or you?
Christmas is important to me because we celebrate the birth of Jesus and show our joy at the Gift we were given in giving gifts to our loved ones and spending time together. Christmas is important in this story as the holiday season is the catalyst that reunites the three sisters after many years apart & now that they are together, they keep landing in heaps of trouble that make them rely on each other more than ever.

Victoria LK Williams