A Day in the Life of Maud Bell by Laura DiSilverio

The Readaholics and the Poirot PuzzleI love being a fishing guide here on the western slope of the Rockies in Heaven, Colorado, but I’m always happy when winter sets in, business tapers off, and I can turn more attention to my blog, http://www.outtogetyou.com.

You might be one of those folks who don’t believe in conspiracies. If so, you should read my blog. Webster’s defines conspiracy as “planning and acting together secretly.” By that definition, you were part of a conspiracy when you and your sister planned a surprise party for your folks’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, and when you worked with your hubby to smuggle that Siberian husky puppy into the house as the kids’ Christmas present.

Most of the conspiracies I unearth, though, are more sinister . . . not murder and high treason sinister, but bad for the community. Like the time I found out a local HOA board was conspiring with a developer to turn a plot of land designated as open space into a pickleball court. Or the time the former mayor (not our current mayor and my fellow Readaholic, Kerry Sanderson) conspired with his brother-in-law, a used car salesman, to beef up the city fleet with his used cars. What it cost the city was a crime (and they’re both doing time, in part because of my blog reporting), although I have to admit I chuckled to see city officials chugging around in Kia Souls.

I’d tell you what I’m tracking down now, but that might alert the conspirators, so mum’s the word. Let’s just say you’ll recognize the names of the people involved who are among Heaven’s most prominent citizens. Keep reading my blog to get the scoop!

As you might guess, with my interest in conspiracies, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is one of my favorite books. And it just so happens that the Readaholics were discussing Orient bookthat book when Gordon Marsh got himself tossed off the roof of Derek Johnson’s brewpub during the grand opening party that Amy-Faye organized. There was a plethora of suspects–Gordon’s ex-wives, angry family members, disgruntled former employees, spurned girlfriends–so why the cops immediately assumed Derek was the murderer was beyond me. But you know cops–never look beyond the ends of their pointy noses (although I must admit that Amy-Faye’s new beau, Detective Lindell Hart, seems to be more squared away than most). If you want to know how it all turned out, read The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle.


tshirt.blueIn honor of the Dec 8 release of The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle, I’m giving away one copy of the book, plus a Readaholics T-shirt to once lucky commenter. Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 14 for your chance to win. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling author of 15 mystery and suspense novels, and a retired Air DiSilveroForce intelligence officer. Her first standalone suspense novel, The Reckoning Stones, debuted in September and was a Library Journal Pick of the Month. Her Book Club Mystery series kicked off in April 2015 with The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she pens articles for Writer’s Digest, and teaches writing in various fora. She plots murders and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate. Visit Laura at lauradisilverio.com

40 responses to “A Day in the Life of Maud Bell by Laura DiSilverio

  1. I think Agatha Christie’s books were the first ones that I’ve read that got me interested in reading mysteries. The Readaholics books look good. Adding them to my TBR list.

  2. This sounds like a fun addition to this series and I love the t-shirt. Thank you for the chance to win

  3. Prentiss Garner

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Sounds like a fun mystery, and the cover art is adorable. Thank you for the delightful giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I’m looking forward to reading this book and what a neat gift….a t-shirt I can wear to work on jean day.

  6. LOVE this series!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway….

  7. I absolutely love the t-shirt! I thing the intertwining of Christie’s tale and the Readaholics’ adventure is great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Great series! Love the blue shirt.

  9. Good morning, all! Thanks for stopping by. And many thanks to Dru Ann for her continued support of cozy mysteries and for having Maud and me here today.

  10. Kathy Gonzales

    I love this series, and the shirt is awesome !

  11. Love the shirt! and would love a book.

  12. Maud sounds like such a hoot! Would wear the tee with pride! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Book sounds terrific – and I love the shirt!

  14. elainehroberson

    I am a readaholic and I hope I am never cured. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book and a shirt. I sounds like a great series.

  15. I would love to win this one. My t-shirt needs to be X-Large.

  16. That definitely is one for me to read. Shirt is added bonus I would wear with pride..

  17. Great sounding book and a too die for t shirt!

  18. An intriguing and delightful mystery and wonderful giveaway.

  19. Agatha Christie’s books were my first cozies and I read every one of them! Would love a readaholic T-shirt! Thank you for the chance to win!!!

  20. Haven’t heard of this author but am now excited about her work! Who doesn’t like mulling over a conspiracy?

  21. The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle sounds like a fun mystery and a setting in Colorado is perfect … it’s my home state! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book and the cute T-shirt.

  22. I haven’t read this series, I’ll have to go look for the first one, it sounds good.

  23. Loved the first book and can’t wait to read the second one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. I SOOOOOO would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity.

  25. Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Would love to add this t-shirt to my collection as well as another book!

  27. Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I have the Readaholics on my Christmas book list for myself and on my series reads for this winter. I’d love to win a copy of this second book, and the t-shirt is super cool, too!

  28. I would love to win this book and t-shirt since I am a readaholic. Thanks for the opportunity. robeader53@yahoo.com

  29. I love everything Ms. DiSilverio writes! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book and that great T-Shirt.

  30. This is a series I have on my TBR list. I would love the chance to win. Thanks.

  31. Della Williamson

    Would love to be able to read this book. She sounds just like Alice. Who has her finger in many pies. This is a new author for me and I am most interested in reading her books. Thanks for this enlightening and intriguing post.

  32. Maud sounds delightful and the Western slope of the Rockies is familiar territory as my in-laws live there and it is so beautiful! We’re headed there for Christmas so reading this book and identifying myself as a readability at the same time would be perfect!

  33. Putting on my TBR list, sounds great

  34. Oooh another series that I want read.

  35. I have been wanting to read this Book since I first saw the title a few days ago. Love Hercule Poirot and anything cozy mystery. Thank you for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  36. I haven’t started reading this series yet

  37. Love the T-shirt – a new series for me.

  38. Emilie-Louise Davis

    Love conspiracy theories! Thank you.
    davisel1830@hotmail.com

  39. contest is closed.

  40. I love the story line. Can’t wait to read this