Daily Archives: May 7, 2017

Cover Reveal ~ Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson

It is my pleasure to reveal the cover for the first book in the NEW “Welcome Back to Scumble River” mystery series, coming September 5, 2017.


Title: Dead in the Water
Series: Welcome Back to Scumble River #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Website: Denise Swanson

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover-especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.


About the author
Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries, the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, the Change of Heart romances, and the Delicious romances She worked as a school psychologist for twenty-two years before quitting to write full-time. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr.

Book is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers.

Malice Domestic Recap 2017

Event: Malice Domestic 29
Location: Bethesda, MD
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Date: April 27 – May 1, 2017

Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence.


I had a world-wind weekend starting Thursday evening at the Edgar’s Award then Friday morning, it was onto a road trip to Bethesda with Terri Bischoff and Catriona McPherson driving making good time on the trip. We even beat some of those who took the train down who left at more or less the same time.

Upon arrival at the hotel, I was met by friends and it felt like homecoming week (and I’ve never been to one). It was great seeing friends, old and new and introducing my new housemate, Koko. She had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends, but alas, I had to ship her home earlier than planned.

The hotel has done some renovating and it showed in the room. I had a nice corner one with a hypoallergenic filter machine. What I noticed most was the many outlets in which to plug the many electronics I travel with. It was funny when I was trying to find the closet which was tucked inside the vestibule of the bathroom. On the bathroom mirror was a clock which kept the right time.

Friday afternoon was a mish mash of a day with socializing with friends, dining out and just relaxing.

On Saturday I was moderating the “What’s Your Line” panel with Mary Angela, Kate Carlisle, Mary Feliz and Sherry Harris on the panel. I was a bit nervous because I wasn’t sure of the questions and how it would play out. But it did and I even ran out of questions to ask and opened it up to the audience and we had great questions. We also had good laughs during our panel. When people came up to me and said our panel was good . . . that made my day. The day ended with the banquet where I had the chicken and opted for the fruit dessert (not a fan of mousse). It was a long day for me, so I crashed earlier.

On Sunday I went to breakfast with author Cathy Ace and we talked about books and marketing. Headed back to hotel for a panel before it was time to check out my room and wait for the shuttle to whisk me away to the airport. When I arrived at the airport I ran into Jessie and Terri who’s flight was moved to my gate. My flight was delayed but luckily I was able to get on a flight to LaGuardia and upon landing discovered that my luggage was still in DC. Not to worry, Koko was at another destination waiting to travel home. Luggage was delivered Monday morning and Koko was delivered Tuesday afternoon. All in all had a wonderful time and I look forward to next year’s Malice which will be in a new hotel.

This is such a wonderful convention and  I’m looking forward to next year’s Malice Domestic where it will be held in a new hotel.

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Silent auction

Author swags

Author swags

crowd shot of author signing

crowd shot of author signing

Photo courtesy of Robin Templeton

Photo courtesy of Robin Templeton

crowd shot of author signing

glass work of Cheryl Hollon’s book cover by her husband

banquet cocktail hour

Malice dessert

fruit cup

Malice 30

Koko at home

My Musing ~ A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris

A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris is the fourth book in the “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, April 2017

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

Love this series and this one is the best thus far. This is a fast-paced and action-packed whodunit that captured my attention and I could not put this book down. This multi-plot drama was well written and expertly staged with visually appealing narrative that put me in the middle of all that was happening. The author knows how to use the art of hiding in plain sight because those little twists was strategically placed to keep me reading and oh what a tangled web was woven. I enjoyed the length Sarah goes to protect her brother while trying to keep everything else above board. With humor and mayhem side by side, this book kept me entertained from beginning to an ending that leaves me wondering what is Sarah going to do. With a great supporting cast, engaging dialogue and the backdrop of garage sales plus tips, this was an enjoyable read and I eagerly await the next book in the series.