Murder at the Book Group comes out December 30, 2014 from Simon & Schuster. I call it a cozy with an edge!
Nevertheless, on the night that the normally composed Carlene rants to the group about an author’s poor writing style, she dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical. Suicide doesn’t fit with what she knows of Carlene who is, incidentally, Hazel’s ex-husband’s current wife. But how much does she really know about the unforthcoming Carlene?
Did Carlene die by her own hand or someone else’s? Who had a motive? When Hazel seeks answers to these questions she finds no shortage of motives as she unearths a past that Carlene took great pains to hide. Hazel’s investigation leads to a confrontation with Carlene’s killer, who is also fiercely protecting a past … and won’t stop at one murder.
Virginia Is for Mysteries is a collection of short stories set in and around the Commonwealth of Virginia. All stories are written by Virginia residents with murder in mind. Each author is a member of Sisters in Crime, either the Central Virginia chapter or the Mystery by the Sea (Chesapeake) chapter. Virginia Is for Mysteries can be compared to Chesapeake Crimes, Fish Tales, Fish Nets, or Best New England Crime Stories.
Contributing authors are Meredith Cole, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Maggie King, May Layne, Vivian Lawry, Michael McGowan, Smita Harish Jain, Jayne Ormerod, Yvonne Saxon, Rosemary Shomaker, Fiona Quinn, Linda Thornburg, and Heather Baker Weidner.
Virginia is for Mysteries II is in the works!
Here is a synopsis of my story, “A Not So Genteel Murder”:
A birthday party at Richmond’s historic Kent-Valentine House sets the scene for this tale of betrayal, loss, and the power of family ties.
Sharon Taylor groans when she receives the invitation to Deb Carnachan’s party at the Kent-Valentine House. She’d rather stay home and watch old movies with her Westies. After two years, Sharon is still reeling from the deaths of her husband and daughter. But she and Deb are friends from way back and so she drags herself to the big do.
When Olivia Thompson’s husband leaves her for a younger woman she’s desperate to snag hubby #2. She invites Sherwood Aimsley to the party and is outraged when he shows up with a statuesque beauty on his arm.
Sharon and Olivia keep each other company while their happier friends whoop it up and spread cheer. Until truth and illusion collide … and the evening ends in tragedy.