Malice Domestic & Killer Characters — plus a book give-away!

MaliceNow there’s a subject line to catch the eye! If you’ll be at the 25th Annual Malice Domestic convention this weekend — celebrating the traditional mystery — the cozy writers of Killer Characters have a deal for you! Find one of us — we’re all listed on the Killer Characters website — and get a game card listing us and our books. Get two of us to sign it, and put the card in the Killer Characters box in the Silent Auction area of the Hospitality Room. (Cards will also be available there.) Saturday afternoon, we’ll draw three winners.

And what a prize do we have for you! KCbanner 2.5

The grand prize winner will get two books a month for a year — 24 books! Two additional winners will get a book every other month! And we may toss in the occasional bonus book. All books are new releases from the Killer Characters authors.

That’s an opportunity to die for!

Killer Characters — A Cozy Christmas giveaway

From November 26 through December 25, celebrate the holidays with the cozy characters at Killer Characters, where we’re giving away a book every day. Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for that day. On November 27, hear from Francesca “Fresca” Conti Murphy, mother of Erin Murphy, the star of my new series, The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, which debuts in August 2013 with Death al Dente.  Erin manages The Merc, a specialty regional food market in the Village of Jewel Bay, Montana — she’s got a passion for pasta, retail, and huckleberry chocolates, and an unexpected talent for investigating murder.

Leave a comment and you’ll have a chance at winning a copy of Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books), the 2011 Agatha winner for Best Nonfiction.

A Mystery Update

I don’t talk much about my fiction here, but do want to give you an update. The first book in The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries now has a title: Death al Dente. 

When Erin Murphy returns to her Montana hometown from Seattle to manage the Glacier Mercantile — aka The Merc — a market specializing in local foods, she anticipates her biggest challenge will be finding early tomatoes and consistently yummy chocolates–and keeping a close eye on her mother, Fresca, whose pastas and sauces built the business. She never imagines she’ll find the Merc’s former manager dead in the alley behind the shop–on the opening night of Erin’s first big splash, the Festa di Pasta, an Italian food festival kicking off summer. Or that the suspicions of the deputy sheriff–once her best friend–will focus on Fresca. Erin must solve the crime to save her mother and the family business–and stay alive.

The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries are set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a lakeside resort community on the road to Glacier Park, and will debut from Berkley Prime Crime in August 2013.

My characters blog at KillerCharacters, a group blog “where cozy characters do the talking,” on the 27th of every month. Last month, Erin Murphy wrote in her journal about a summer visit home — and her longing to return. Today, her sister Chiara Murphy Phillips, an artist and gallery owner, emails Erin about the beauty of autumn in the Village–illustrated with a copy of her latest painting. 


Killer Characters — my debut!

Curious about my forthcoming mystery series, The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries? Come meet Erin Murphy, my protagonist, on my debut at Killer Characters, the group mystery blog where the cozy characters do the talking!

Here’s a shot of the one-lane bridge leading into the Village of Bigfork, Montana–a dead ringer for Jewel Bay, the story setting.


And I’d love to visit with you at my new Facebook author page!