...and take part in the Crazy Cozy Blogfest by going and seeing all the entries - we're celebrating the wonderful Elizabeth Spann Craig and the delicious Tartlette - aka Alyse Carlson aka Hart Johnson who are launching new books today. Elizabeth is an old hand at this and we are thrilled to see this new series of hers . This is the maiden voyage for our Tartlette!
Battle Fever - a Dreamy McFadden Mystery
When Dreamy McFadden loses her job as handy-hint columnist for the Daletown Times she is devastated. The wife of Dreamy's boss used Dreamy's stain-removal formula before the bugs were worked out. The heritage lace tablecloth was ruined.
Dreamy's cousin Beryl is home for a visit and taking every opportunity to gloat over her job as a time-management guru in Toronto. In a panic of competitiveness Dreamy takes on a job that no one else will touch - co-ordinater for the hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812 for the Daletown Living History Society. Dreamy enters the world of fanatics who insist that everyone in the re-enactment of the famous battle be wearing the right boots and firing the correct muskets. Oddly, Dreamy's former job dealing with such things as how to make squirrel-proof feeders from old salad bowls and how to get rust stains out of old sinks makes her a natural for this work.
All goes swimmingly until the day of the dress-rehearsal when Bernard Pips falls over quite dead from his own musket exploding. Beryl is making sure everyone thinks that this is another Dreamy cock-up so Dreamy decides she will have to find out who had been tampering with the weaponry. The RCMP constable assigned to the case thinks this is a bad idea but Dreamy convinces him when she shows him how to fix his motorcycle saddle with crazy-glue. Is there romance in the air or is it just Battle Fever?
And Here Are the Real Blurbs to Elizabeth and Alyse's books:
Elizabeth Spann Craig: Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010 and 2011.
As the mother of two, Elizabeth writes on the run as she juggles duties as Girl Scout leader, referees play dates, drives carpools, and is dragged along as a hostage/chaperone on field trips.
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Mystery Writing is Murder
The Azalea AssaultCam Harris loves her job as public relations manager for the Roanoke Garden Society. It allows her to combine her three loves, spinning the press, showing off her favorite town, and promoting her favorite activity. She's just achieved a huge coup by enlisting Garden Delights, the country's premiere gardening magazine, to feature the exquisite garden of RGS founder, Neil Patrick. She's even managed to enlist world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges. Unfortunately, Jean-Jacques is a first-rate cad—insulting the RGS members and gardening, goosing every woman in the room, and drinking like a lush. It is hardly a surprise when he turns up dead. But when Cam's brother-in-law is accused and her sister begs her to solve the crime, that is when things really get prickly.
Alyse Carlson: Alyse Carlson is the pen name for Hart Johnson who writes books from her bathtub. By day she is an academic researcher at a large midwestern university. She lives with her husband, two teenage children and two fur balls. The dust bunnies don't count. This will be her first published book.
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Confessions of a Watery Tart