Thursday, May 8, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for The Maggie Ryan Series by P.M. Carlson

Welcome to my stop on author P.M. Carlson’s Virtual Book Tour for the Maggie Ryan Mystery Series.  Today’s stop will feature Ms. Carlson’s book Murder Unrenovated.  Please leave a comment or question for Ms. Carlson to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.
Murder Unrenovated (Maggie Ryan 1972)
By P.M. Carlson
Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor #4

Publisher: The Mystery Company
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Genre: Mystery
Length: 234 Pages
ISBN:  978-1-932325-28-7

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | The Mystery Company

About the book: 

An Anthony Award nominee. A Macavity Award nominee.

Maggie and Nick hope to buy a lovely old brownstone. It looks like a dream house for a young couple expecting their first child, but problems show up. It needs renovation. There's a stubborn tenant who refuses to move out.

And then there's the corpse on the top floor. . . .

“Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- Tom and Enid Schantz, THE PURLOINED LETTER


Brooklyn, 1972.  Realtor Len Trager shows an old brownstone to actor Nick O’connor and statistician Maggie Ryan

          Nick and Maggie stood on the sidewalk looking up at Lund’s building.  It was narrow, chocolate-colored, three tall stories above a raised basement.  A third-story oriel window and a band of vestigial crenellation completed the rugged trim.  Nick said, “A forted residence ‘gainst the tooth of time.”

          An actor, Len remembered.

          He said, “Well, shall we go in?  Start at the bottom.”  If he hit them with Mrs. Northrup first, they’d have time to see another place.  He led the way through the iron gate under the tall front stoop and down a hall ringing with a radio preacher’s voice.

          A sharp voice answered Len’s knock.  “Who’s that?”

          “Len Trager, ma’am.  From Banks Realty.”

          “Blast.”  The door opened a few inches and a pair of shrewd eyes glittered at them.  Len wished that she would simply refuse to let them in.  That might give Lund grounds for eviction.  But she snapped, “Well, come in!”

          Unkempt gray hair, wrinkled face, alcohol smell.  Her long cardigan was unraveling at the sleeves and her pink terry-cloth slippers were stained and burst at the seams.

          Len led the way into the dark and smelly apartment. The radio preacher was requesting money now.  “Thanks!  Mrs. Northrup, meet Nick O’Connor and Maggie Ryan.”

          Nick said, “Glad to meet you.”

          Mrs. Northrup gave Nick a sharp unfriendly look, icily inspected Maggie, and asked, “You together?”


          “Living in sin, eh?  One of those libbers.  No bra, I bet.  Well, it’s your souls.”

          Len said hastily, “They’re married.  We’ll just take a quick look, okay?”  The smell wasn’t just alcohol today, he decided.  There was something rotting too.


P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun.  She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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  1. It's good to stop by Queen of All She Reads to share MURDER UNRENOVATED today. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Good luck with the release!


  3. Sounds like a good read.


    1. Thanks, I hope so! It was fun to write, to get into the difficult questions families and especially women face, with characters who face fears and problems with humor and gusto.

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