Brenda Whiteside is back with another new release, this time a cozy mystery written with co-writer Joyce Proell. Welcome ladies! I wish you much success with your new series.
Cigarettes, and Murder
Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery Book 1
Joyce Proell and Brenda Whiteside
It’s a birthday weekend with the gift of murder.
widowed, Emma Banefield looks forward to a getaway birthday weekend
with her free-wheeling sister, Nicole Earp, sipping chocolate
martinis at the peaceful, historic Dulce Inn. When a rude stranger, a
nasty food critic, and a madhouse of temperamental artists greet
them, all hope for a tranquil weekend evaporates faster than dew on a
hot desert morning.
Overlooking the riotous atmosphere is
doubly hard after Em discovers the body of a hotel guest, and a
second murder affects Nic personally. Now, entrenched in a caper that
pits them against a surly detective, they cozy up to a hotel staff
hiding dangerous secrets to uncover clues to the killer.
their smarts and love of all-things mystery, will the Chocolate
Martini Sisters solve the crime ahead of the obstinate Chief
Detective or find themselves trapped in the middle of a third murder?
Soon September 2023!!**
Proell is the award-winning author of Amaryllis, Eliza
and the Cady Delafield mysteries: A Deadly Truth, A Burning
Truth and A Wicked Truth. Along with her husband and
little dog, Nellie, she lives in Minnesota in her very own little
house on the prairie. She loves to hear from readers.
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Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense,
romance, and cozy mystery. After living in six states and two
countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central
Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won't discount the
possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog
named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.
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Journey to a Cozy Mystery
by Joyce Proell
My interest in mysteries took flight in third grade. At one of my favorite places, the children’s section of the public library, I spotted an eerie cover and was immediately intrigued. I couldn’t wait to get home and devour The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy. Suspenseful, I’ll admit, yet after many years, I can’t recall a thing about the raggedy mummy or the plucky kids who solved the crime. What the book did do is encourage me to read more books of a similar type. Thank goodness for the Trixie Beldon series. Her neighborhood crime solving escapades delightfully fed my curiosity.
As I got older, I drifted to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers’ stories featuring the clever Lord Peter Wimsey. Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Tony Hillerman had my interest. For a time, I focused on British mystery authors like P.D. James, Anne Perry, Elly Griffiths, Anne Cleves and Martha Grimes, reading each book upon publication. I read American authors who set their series in England. Even Nordic Noir received its share of attention, as did historical mysteries and the lighter stories of M.C. Beaton and Elizabeth Peters. If you’ve not read her Amelia Peabody series, you’re missing out. Her stories, usually set at an archeological dig in Egypt are bright and funny. Deborah Crombie, Elizabeth George, Charles Todd, Jacqueline Winspear, C.S. Harris, Victoria Thompson, Kate Morton, Charlaine Harris, Rhys Bowen are just a few of my favorite mystery writers. A practical person might wonder where I found all the time to read.
I wonder, too. Maybe I’m a fast reader. In truth, I love mystery—dark or light, historical or contemporary, serious or funny. The sub-genre doesn’t really matter. Finding the killer does. Once the crime puzzle is set, I race to the end. And if by chance, I figure out who did it before the principal character does, I feel a great sense of satisfaction.
So it wasn’t a big jump that after writing two romances, I glided into romantic suspense with my Cady Delafield series. When my dear friend and fellow writer, Brenda Whiteside approached me with a series proposal about two sister sleuths, I got excited. The premise is fashioned after Brenda and her sister’s respective birthday dinners and always includes a Chocolate Martini. Thus, it made sense to title the series The Chocolate Martini Sisters. In the stories, the bond between the sisters, Emma and Nic, is as important as the murder. They are as diverse as they are similar. Nic is creative, intuitive and impulsive. Emma is analytical, fact-driven and careful. They are each other’s best friend and equally enjoy solving a caper. They are all about solving a mystery.
Candy, Cigarettes and Murder is the first in this series. I hope you are intrigued and excited to read about the lively sisters and their perplexing capers. I certainly had a blast writing about them.
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