“A multifaceted story...plenty of surprises...And what an ending!” – New York Journal of Books
Diane will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
Interior Decorator Madison Night might look like a throwback to the sixties, but she proves that independent women can have it all. When a killer targets women dressed in her signature style—estate-sale vintage to play up her resemblance to Doris Day—what makes her unique might kill her. The police connect the new crime to a twenty-year-old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor is the leading suspect. As the body count piles up, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and footage that will change her life forever.
• Skype or Facetime
• Conference Call
After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. The Pajama Frame, #5 in her Madison Night Mad for Mod Mystery Series, comes out February 2018. She also writes the Samantha Kidd, Lefty Award-nominated Material Witness and Costume Shop, and Sylvia Stryker Outer Space mysteries. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
• Nationwide for groups of 20+ (schedule permitting)
”This lighthearted peek into small-town secrets and rumors carries enough good humor, emotional honesty, plot twists, and recipes to entertain and satisfy.” — Publishers Weekly
Wendy will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
Tallulah Jones’s ice cream parlor, Remember the A-la-mode, is struggling, and she’s stooped to catering a party for her sleezeball ex-husband Wayne and his arm candy girlfriend Brittany. Worst of all? Her dreamy high school sweetheart shows up on her front porch, swirling up feelings. Things go from ugly to plain old awful when Brittany turns up dead and all eyes turn to Tally as the murderer. With the help of her hell-raising cousin Bree, her precocious niece Alice, and her long-lost love Finn, Tally has to dip into the heart of Dalliance, Texas’s most scandalous secrets to catch a murderer.
• Conference Call
Despite some serious temptation, the only thing Wendy Lyn Watson has killed so far is a pint of ice cream. When she isn’t tasting her way from chai ginger chip to balsamic strawberry to Mexican vanilla, Wendy teaches American government and constitutional law to college students. She lives in a completely neglected historic home in North Texas with the most patient man in the world and the Tabby Congress (Tiberius, Blaze, and Squeak-a-Doodle). Between teaching, writing, volunteering with the Modified Dolls, and more, life is busy but the cherry on every single sundae.
• Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metropolitan area; occasionally Oklahoma City, OK, Portland, OR, and Grand Rapids, MI
“Kappes captures the charm and quirky characters of small-town Kentucky...a charming, funny story with exaggerated characters.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques
Tonya will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals. When the town’s beloved doctor is found murdered on the same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. With the help of her poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove she’s worth her salt before time runs out.
Recipes included for all:
• Fallin' Off the Bone Ribs
• White Chicken Chili
• Kentucky Derby Pie
Tonya Kappes has written over twenty novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, three teenage boys, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in Kentucky.
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Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series #1 | academic cozy mysteries
“If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.” — Suspense Magazine
Gigi will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
When historian Jaya Jones receives a package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, she discovers the secrets of a lost treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. Helping her decipher the cryptic clues that lead to a remote archaeological dig are her magician best friend, a devastatingly handsome art historian with something to hide, and a charming archaeologist running for his life. When a member of the dig’s crew is murdered, Jaya must figure out which of the scholars vying for her affections might be the love of her life—and which one is a killer.
Recipes included for all:
• San Francisco Chocolate Covered Strawberries
• London Fog Tea
• Scottish Whisky MacDonald Cocktail
• Book-Themed Snacks
USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s fiction has been awarded and nominated for multiple awards.
• Within the San Francisco Bay Area
• Periodically travels to Portland, OR & Los Angeles, please reach out
Novelist Aaron Mite meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her. Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the craft. He often quotes the essayist Arthur Krystal, who says literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” But Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that he’s emotionally frozen. The vivacious Laurie, lover of all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.
“Gillespie leads readers on a merry chase in this deceptively thought-provoking and addictive tale that will be a hit with romance fans.” – Library Journal
Karin will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
Karin Gillespie is the author of seven novels, including the popular Bottom Dollar Girls series. She’s written for the New York Times and Washington Post and pens the humor column “Southern Sensibility” for Augusta Magazine. She won a Georgia Author of the Year award in 2017.
“A thoroughly satisfying crime novel with fascinating, authentic glimpses into the world of talk radio and some of its nastier stars. The writing is compelling and the settings ring true.” – Jill Amadio, Author of Digging Too Deep
Nancy will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in her bathtub, suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, reporter for a local talk radio station, doesn’t believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. After a media frenzy pits one niece against the other—and the body count starts to rise—Carol knows she must save her friend from being tried in the court of public opinion.
• Skype or FaceTime
• Conference Call
• Crisp Salad Greens
• Eggplant Lasagna (recipe included)
• Crunchy Garlic Bread
• Wines: Chardonnay and/or Merlot
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in news and talk radio for developing an ear for storytelling. But it wasn’t until she retired that she was able to write fiction full-time. Much of her writing is pulled from events that were reported on from inside some of Los Angeles’ busiest newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Bruce, and two standard poodles.
“This series is so well done that you will feel as though you have just gone to a friend’s house to visit for a few hours.” – The Reading Room
Shawn will happily attend book clubs that fit these travel parameters:
Penelope Sutherland and her Red Carpet Catering company just got their big break on an upcoming blockbuster. But when she discovers a dead body, Penelope finds herself in hot water. Things quickly boil over when serious accidents threaten the lives of the cast and crew. And when the film’s star is poisoned, the entire production is nearly shut down. Threats toss Penelope out of the frying pan and into the fire, and before she can dish up dessert, she must find the killer or she’ll be the one served up on a silver platter.
• Skype or FaceTime
• Conference Call
• Penelope's Perfect Crepes (recipe included)
Shawn Reilly Simmons was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and began her professional career in New York City after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in English. Shawn has worked as a book store manager, fiction editor, convention organizer, wine consultant, and caterer. Cooking behind the scenes on movie sets perfectly combined two of her great loves, movies and food, and provides the inspiration for her series.
• Within 300 miles of Maryland (basically the East Coast & she'll even make dinner!)