Thursday, September 8, 2016

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Murder by Various Authors

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Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime.  Please leave a comment or question for the authors to let them know you stopped by.  You may enter the tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may enter Leslie Deihl’s giveaway by leaving a comment below.  You may also enter to win a copy of this anthology by filling out the second Rafflecopter form below.  

Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime
by Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Carole W. Price, Lesley A. Diehl, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Maggie Toussaint, Anna Celeste Burke, Randy Rawls, Nancy J. Cohen, Terry Ambrose, and Deborah Sharp

About this book:

Joanna Campbell Slan / Vendetta: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery – The House of Refuge on Gilbert’s Bar is known for its 150-year history as a way station for shipwrecked sailors. But when Cara Mia visits, the museum becomes the scene of a crime.

Linda Gordon Hengerer / Dying for School Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella – Chelsea Powell and her sisters are providing treats for Citrus Beach High School’s freshman orientation. Can they solve the murder of the beloved softball coach before someone else dies?

Carole W. Price / The Glass Birdhouse – Glass artist Bella hopes to find clues about her student’s death in the woman’s unfinished glass birdhouse.

Lesley A. Diehl / Bobbing for Murder – A visit from Darcie’s family is always chaotic, and this time the relatives bamboozle Darcie into having a Halloween party. It’s a decision that definitely comes back to haunt her.

Nancy Jill Thames / Raven House – When a reporter is murdered after a fundraiser at the historic Raven House, the police call on Jillian and her Yorkie Teddy to help them investigate.

Teresa Trent / Falling for Murder – Helpful hints columnist Betsy Livingston is an expert at household organization but her skills are put to the test when she’s called upon to conduct an efficiency review for a haunted house.

Maggie Toussaint / Dead Men Tell Tales – In this third installment of the Lindsey & Ike romantic mystery novella series, things don’t add up after a suspicious hunting accident. The more Sheriff Ike Harper and newspaper editor Lindsey McKay dig, the more questions they find.

Anna Celeste Burke / All Hallow’s Eve Heist – Date night for Georgie Shaw and handsome detective Jack Wheeler goes terribly wrong. A botched heist at Marvelous Marley World has everyone scrambling as trigger-happy bad guys head for the Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park.

Randy Rawls /Accident, Suicide, or Murder – Retired policeman Jonathan Boykin’s primary interest is improving his golf, but a grieving father’s request to investigate his son’s suspicious death is an entirely different ballgame.

Nancy J. Cohen / Haunted Hair Nights – As a new stepmother, hairstylist Marla Vail hopes to win brownie points by helping her daughter with a school haunted house project. Marla has her work cut out for her when she stumbles over a corpse on the spooky estate grounds.

Terry Ambrose / Spirit in the Rock – An invitation to a museum’s grand opening turns into a showdown with the spirit world for amateur sleuth Wilson McKenna.

Deborah Sharp / Haunting in Himmarshee – When a ghost comes to call, Mace must sort out the haunted from the homicidal in Himmarshee, Florida.

Bonus Story
Joanna Campbell Slan /Kiki Lowenstein and the Doodoo – A fun family outings turns into a fearful fright, but Kiki Lowenstein is good at sniffing out bad guys.

Why No Men in Bobbing for Murder by Lesley A. Diehl

Bobbing for Murder, my novella in Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime features three unusual protagonists: Aunt Nozzie, Darcie’s six foot tall aunt with red hair and Darcie’s two grandmothers, Grandma Papa, Aunt Nozzie’s tiny, passionate about recycling mother and Darcie’s father’s grandmother, Grandma Mama, Swedish in her own unique way. There is a noticeable lack of male family members in this story, a vacuum the family seems quite used to and blas√© about.

The family comes from the Midwest, a place I’m familiar with, having grown up there in a farm family. I think there’s an interesting interplay between genetic make-up and life on the farm especially for men. For the generation of men in my family and in the family in the novella, heart disease is not uncommon especially when paired with the high fat and cholesterol diet of those farm families. I grew up eating meat three meals a day. My family didn’t consider fish a protein, and the only form it took in my house was fish sticks. My father’s favorite snack was saltines with about a quarter inch of butter spread on each one. That’s a diet a person can only tolerate if paired with the physical exertion common for a farmer. My dad gained twenty plus pounds when he retired from running the farm. He continued to eat the same diet and died of a heart attack a year later.

Certainly some of the male relatives in Bobbing for Murder succumbed to heart disease and death from dietary issues, but it’s probably likely that the heart disease that got them was the result of marrying one of these unusual women. As the narrator of the story, Darcie suggests it’s because the women in her family are hard on the men. Aunt Nozzie and the grandmothers have a zest for living that ignores the rational. It’s hard to imagine any man flourishing, even enduring a family so dominated by females with such overpowering physical presence and eccentric personalities bordering on character disorders.

Family members assume that the lack of men in the family can’t be accounted for entirely by diet or the larger number of women to men with increasing age. All the family women share Darcie’s belief that the men disappear due to the interplay of domineering female personalities and what Darcie calls, “a weakness in the Y chromosome,” not that any of these gals is sanguine about the overabundance of estrogen in the air. Aunt Nozzie and the grandmothers seem to possess “guy” radar. Aunt Nozzie immediately shows an interest in the president of Darcie’s college, and the grandmothers almost come to blows competing for the next door neighbor. Between Aunt Nozzie’s compulsion to restart her cottage industry, her love for driving her motor home fast (and not well) and her pursuit of the college president, how can murder not be just a step away?

In the past, the Thanksgiving holiday has meant trouble for the gals. Aunt Nozzie lost her husband to murder and one of her boyfriends to an unfortunate incident with a bowl of mashed potatoes. All of these losses occurred at a Thanksgiving dinner, making this holiday one the family approached with tentative celebratory joy. Aunt Nozzie seems to have forgotten about what happens when the family celebrates a holiday, or perhaps she assumes only Thanksgiving comes with extraordinary bad luck for male guests (Aunt Nozzie is a true optimist in the romance department).  Darcie may be the only one of the group uncertain that a Halloween party won’t result in another bout of men biting the bullet.

The reader may come to understand why men just aren’t interested in joining this family clan, but even Darcie, now divorced and worried she may also be saddled with the family curse for driving away prospective suitors finds the state trooper at her door irresistible. Like her Aunt Nozzie she’s just not willing to back down even in the face of a hired killer.

The grandmothers decide to go trick or treating. At what age did you stop trick or treating? What would you do if two gals in their seventies came to your door trick or treating? Leave a comment below, and I’ll pick a winner for the first novel in my Eve Appel mysteries, A Secondhand Murder.

Bio for
Lesley A. Diehl

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in Upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport.  Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks, frequents yard sales and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. The third book in the Eve Appel murders (from Camel Press) A Sporting Murder was awarded a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award and her short story Gator Aid a Sleuthfest (2009) short story first place. She hopes the Aunt Nozzie and grandmothers stories will not result in either her being thrown out of her family or possession by one of her deceased family members.        

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Tour Participants
August 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT
August 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
August 31 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
September 1 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
September 1 – fuonlyknew – SPOTLIGHT
September 2 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
September 2 – My Funny View of Life – SPOTLIGHT
September 3 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
September 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
September 4 – Book Babble – SPOTLIGHT
September 4 – Sleuth Cafe – GUEST POST
September 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
September 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
September 6 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – SPOTLIGHT
September 7 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
September 8 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
September 8 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
September 9 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GUEST POST
September 10 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
September 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, GUEST POST

September 11 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – REVIEW

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  1. Thanks for featuring the Happy Homicides Tour on your blog and for including my guest post about my novella in the anthology.

    I never trick or treated as an adult, but a friend and I did set up a haunted house for the neighborhood kids to tour. It was great fun. How about you? What do you do to celebrate Halloween? One of my neighbors so hated the trick or treat tradition that they locked up their house, left for the night and rented a room at the Hilton.

  2. Love when author many authors are in one book.

  3. Interesting view of a farm family. I always thought they had to eat hearty to get them through the labor-intensive chores of the day. They'd get plenty of exercise, but I guess a high cholesterol diet is harmful in the long run despite the exertion. As for Halloween, we usually buy candy that we like to eat in case there are leftovers. I turn out the front lights at 9:00 pm.

  4. I grew up in Ohio. My mother was a single parent of three. We ate a lot of potatoes, which I still love to this day. If these ladies came to my house on Halloween, I would invite them in for tea. That said, I admit Halloween is my least favorite "holiday" but fall is my favorite season.

  5. Lesley, your characters are incredibly vivid. I really enjoyed them!

  6. Enjoyed the post, Lesley. I always loved trick-or-treating as a kid, though I can remember sweating behind quite a few plastic masks as it isn't always cool in s. Fla by Halloween. Maybe that's why I quit going on the circuit by about 15 or so. Teen-aged girls back then didn't think sweat was cool! As for the grannies at the door, I'd love it if I saw a couple knock at our house.

  7. I loved trick or treating for UNICEF even as a kid and perhaps that was because my mother always cautioned me to clean my plate because there were starving children in China. I guess I worried about those kids even when I was young. In the village I live in now, I love to see the kids come by for trick or treat. They're so cute in their costumes!

  8. I'm really looking forward to reading Happy Homicides 4. The stories all sound interesting.

  9. On the Cuddle Up With A Cozy rafflecopter, the link to follow on Pinterest doesn't work. Says there is no such page as happyhomicides.