Available for Pre-Order: Murder & Mayhem



Brownies, Bodies, and Breaking the Code by J L Wilson

Jessie Patrokus doesn’t give up…and that might get her killed. To complicate matters, a colleague turns up dead from eating the brownies she brought to the company potluck.

Gus Colcannon, a new programmer at the company, starts to ask a lot of questions and Jessie gets suspicious. That’s when she finds she may have uncovered a terrorist plot and discovers Gus is an undercover FBI agent. All Jessie has to do is dodge an email stalker, help unravel the clues that her murdered co-worker left her, and avoid falling in love with Gus. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Poison Ivy by Misty Simon

Ivy Morris has a new life as homeowner and proprietress of a popular costume shop. Between overpowering biddies and stolen lingerie from the worst-kept-secret side of the business, things get even more complicated when a woman is murdered at the ball—a woman wearing the same costume as Ivy.

With the help of her new friends, including a cute guy trying to rev up his journalism career to private eye status with this mystery—and revving up her heart in the process—she must solve the murder before someone succeeds in the quest to poison Ivy.

Medium Rare: Dead Man Talking by Michelle Witvliet

When Jennifer Flagg is drawn to the scene of a murder, she quickly discovers the business of talking to the dead is a whole lot more complicated when there’s a body still attached.

Her detective boyfriend wants her to stay out of police business. The dead guy wants her to help find his killer. And all the murderer wants is to put Jennifer permanently out of business.

Can an amateur sleuth find a happy medium between her suddenly changing paranormal world and her unstable personal life? The spirits might have the answers, but they’re the only ones not telling her what to do.

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman

Hattie Cook takes a temporary job at an insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee—the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.

When the police determine there’s more to the death of the former employee, Allan Charles Wellborn steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves. Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?

On the Hook by Cindy Davis

A Picasso painting goes missing while en route from Chicago to New Hampshire…while the truck is moving. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case.

With creditors phoning daily, Westen Hughes jumps at the chance to earn a bundle of easy money, even though the offer comes from her old nemesis.

KJ pairs her with Westen’s total opposite: Phoebe Smith, a snake-loving, underwear-hating, tuba player with more baggage than Logan Airport.
For ten percent of a hundred million, Smith and Westen join forces to find one of the world’s most valuable paintings.

A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio

Gilda Greco discovers a body neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Her life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends. As the pieces fall into place, Gilda must confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.


Buy Links

Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (US) | The Wild Rose Press

Release Day: February 15, 2018


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New Contract!

20014660_sYesterday, my contract for A Different Kind of Reunion was finalized by Editor Kinan Werdski and Publisher Rhonda Penders of The Wild Rose Press.

This is the third book in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series and includes characters from A Season for Killing Blondes and Too Many Women in the Room.

Several new characters are introduced, among them a silver fox constable and seven of Gilda Greco’s former students.

Logline

Determined to solve the murder of a former student and prevent another tragedy, a teacher agrees to participate in a psychic-led reunion.

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Coming Spring 2018!


Living Vicariously Through My Protagonist

In the spring of 2001, I enrolled in the Career Development Practitioner Program at Conestoga College in nearby Kitchener, Ontario. After meeting with the course director, I sat down and meticulously planned the next seven years of my life.

I would continue teaching full-time during the day and take one online course each trimester. I even selected the order so that the more demanding courses would be taken during the summer months. Upon completion of the program, I would spend two summers interning in preparation for retirement and the launch of ReCareering, a counseling practice that would cater to boomers.

That was the fantasy.

The reality was very different.

Continue reading on Maggie King’s blog.


Featured on Writers Who Kill

interviewpixGrace Topping is interviewing me about my writing and cancer journeys, the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, and the Mediterranean Trilogy.

Drop by the Writers Who Kill blog.


The Back Story

Once I get the initial spark of an idea, I like to play around with a What-If scenario and after much deliberation come up with a title for the novel. Only then can I start writing the first draft.

That MO worked well for Book 1 of the Gilda Greco Mystery Series:

Spark: Dead blondes turn up in dumpsters throughout the city.

What if… A woman wins a $19 million lottery and then returns to her hometown, only to find herself the primary suspect in the murders of four blondes. Can she prove her innocence and solve this case before it’s too late?

Title: A Season for Killing Blondes

Book 2 presented a challenge. I toyed with several storylines about a Greek restaurant, a charismatic chef, two murders, and a group of women who didn’t always get along. Frustrated with these disjoint elements, I turned my attention to shorter pieces and hoped that inspiration would soon arrive.

It came from an unlikely source.

Continue reading on the Mysteriastis blog.


At Chapters Guelph

Thanks to Events Manager Earl Townsend and Chapters Guelph for hosting me on Saturday. I was happy to be part of the “Canada 150” celebrations and enjoyed chatting with readers and wannabe writers.