Olive and Let DieDon’t call me Shirley. Yes, I know that’s a tired one-liner from an old movie. But in this case, I mean it.

Oh, fine (sighing). I’ll admit it, since you’re going to find out anyway if you read the book that dreadful Susannah Hardy person just put out. I was born Shirley Bartlett, none of your business when, to older parents who resented me for reasons I’m not going to get into now. Read the book. I grew up on a farm outside that podunk town, Bonaparte Bay, New York. Though you wouldn’t know it to look at me, of course, I have a grown daughter. Yes, I left Georgie when she graduated high school. Selfish? Maybe. But I wouldn’t have gone if I didn’t know she could take care of herself. Now. . .let’s just say a few years later, never mind how many, she’s got a business she runs but doesn’t own, and has a daughter I’ve never met. And Georgie turned out just fine, although she could have done better in the husband department.

I don’t regret leaving. Much. I changed my name to Melanie Ashley—please don’t make a Gone With The Wind joke—and landed myself a job on one of the last remaining daytime dramas—please don’t call them soap operas (rolling eyes). Certainly you’ve seen me on The Desperate and the Defiant? No? I suggest you start watching the show immediately. Just don’t believe all the lies they write about me in the tabloids. Those rag sheets are causing me more trouble than usual, now that my cousin Doreen has been murdered.

I’ve returned to Bonaparte Bay to get to know my daughter, Georgie. There might be other reasons, but that’s all you need to know for now. Some secrets should remain secret. Unfortunately, Georgie refuses to give up trying to uncover them. And that Susannah Hardy insists on writing books about them.

We’ll have to see who wins—me, or Georgie and Susannah. If I were you, I’d bet on me.


You can read more about Melanie in Olive and Let Die, the second book in the “Greek to Me” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Feta Attraction, which released January 2015.

Olive and Let Die Book Description:

As manager of the Bonaparte House, a historic landmark and Greek restaurant in upstate New York, Georgie Nikolopatos knows her local legends—and her traditional Greek recipes are to die for.

Between her soon-to-be ex-husband Spiro coming out of the closet and her budding romance with Captain Jack Conway, Georgie’s life is beginning to feel like a soap opera. And that’s before a surprise visit from her estranged mother Shirley, better known as soap star Melanie Ashley. But the dramatic family reunion takes a chilling turn when another long-lost relative turns up dead.

Just outside Spiro’s new restaurant, Georgie and Melanie find the body of Doreen Webber—a cousin Georgie never knew she had. With Spiro’s partner Inky on the list of suspects, Georgie begins to wonder what else her mother may be hiding. Is the dead-broke diva capable of murder? She’d better find out before someone adds a new twist to the family plot.

Includes delicious Greek recipes!

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About the author
Sadie Hartwell Author PhotoSusannah Hardy thinks she has the best job in the world: making up stories and inventing recipes to go along with them. A native of northern New York, where she attended St. Lawrence University, Susannah now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.

Reach out to Susannah at www.susannahhardy.com, on Facebook and on Twitter at @susannahhardy1

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