Thank you for asking.
Hi. Barb here.
Fogged Inn, the fourth Maine Clambake Mystery launched last week.
An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.
Early reviews have been good, which is fun and gratifying.
“I started reading and I just couldn’t stop.”
Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book, February 2016
“This is the 4th book in her Maine Clambake Mystery series and I have to say they just keep getting better.”
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews, February 2016
“An entirely surprising conclusion wraps up this smartly-plotted mystery whose heroine is intelligent and as appealing as the gorgeous Maine coast.”
King’s River Life, February 2016
“Quite honestly, there is not one thing I would change about this book…”
mjbreviewers, February 2016
You can purchase Fogged Inn in paperback and e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, iTunes, Kobo, and other fine retailers including your local, independent bookstore. The audiobook is coming soon and just yesterday I heard there will be a large print version. Not sure of the release date for that yet.
My editor signed off on my novella for Eggnog Murder
It’s Christmas in Maine! This holiday season, join New York Times bestselling author Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross and cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yultide treat perfect for those winter holidays…
(Or as Amazon calls it, by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and one other, which makes me laugh.)
I’m calling my contribution to the collection Maine Clambake Mystery 4.5, because it fits neatly between Fogged Inn, which takes place the week after Thanksgiving, and Maine Clambake Mystery #5, Iced Under which takes place in the end of February.
Here’s the description my novella, “Nogged Off.”
Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit.
News from Level Best Books
Bruce Coffin is a Maine Crime Writer, and we’ve already announced that his story, “Foolproof,” in Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn was chosen as a Best American Mystery Story of 2015 by Otto Penzler and guest editor Elizabeth George. It will appear in the Best American Mystery anthology when it is released in the fall. In past years, Level Best has had stories recognized as “Other Distinguished Stories” and listed in the back of the book, but this is our first “Best.” It’s a great way for the former editors to go out.
Three Red Dawn authors’ stories made the Derringer Award short lists, announced by the Short Mystery Fiction Society today. Vy Kava for “Hero,” Best Flash, and Chris Knopf for “Kill Switch” and Shelly Dickson Carr for “Words Can Kill” for Best Short.
We’re very proud of all of them!
And I’m hard at work on Maine Clambake Mystery #5, Iced Under
I am hard at work on Maine Clambake Mystery #5 now. It will be published December 26, 2016.
In other news…
In other news, while you’re reading this, my husband and I are driving back from Key West to New England and are happily working on the Wedding of the Century, our daughter’s, taking place in Portland, Maine in May.
So it’s a busy, crazy time.