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Edith/Maddie, writing from north of Boston and close to getting my second vaccine shot, yay!
A year ago, plus nine days, Murder at the Taffy Shop released. It’s my second Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, and was my second in a special deal Kensington Publishing struck with Barnes & Noble for a few new series.
See the sticker? Murder on Cape Cod was the program’s guinea pig in a deal that released the book solely in paperback, solely from B&N, for one year. It sold well the first year, and then got a big new boost from being available from Amazon and Kobo, as an ebook, an audiobook, and a new paperback edition.
I’m delighted that Murder at the Taffy Shop goes to wide release on March 30, at long last (yes, the sticker has the date wrong). Sure, the double boost is great. But I also have so, so many avid fans who only read on Kindle, or only on audio.
Or who can’t afford B&N’s postage for one book and don’t live near a store. For over a year, few of us have been going inside stores at all, anyway, except to pick up food and medicine. Those fans are geared up for a fun read and are glad the wide release is imminent.
And now the book will be available for independent bookstores to stock, too. If you pre-order it from my local indy and want a signed copy, just add a note in the order form and I’ll run over to sign before Jabberwocky Books sends it. Or write to me via my web site and I can send you one of my spiffy new bookplates, endorsed and signed!
Here’s the blurb (again):
Cape Cod bicycle shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida and her mystery book club find a certain accusation of murder quite the stretch . . .
When your mother is an astrologist and your dad is a minister, you learn to keep an open mind. Which is just what Mac loves to do—exercise her mind by puzzling out fictional clues in the mystery novels she reads and discusses with her Cozy Capers Book Group.
But now Mac’s friend Gin has found herself in a sticky situation. After wealthy genealogist Beverly Ruchart is found dead outside Gin’s taffy shop, the candy maker becomes a person of interest. When it’s revealed that Beverly was poisoned the night Gin brought a box of taffy to a dinner party at Beverly’s house, she’s bumped to the top of the suspects list. It’s up to Mac and her Cozy Capers crime solvers to unwrap this real-life mystery. But this time they might have bitten off more than they can chew . . .
I really love writing this series. It’s a hoot (not literally) to include Mac’s African gray parrot as a character. The setting is beachy and evocative of amazing coastal light and village intrigues. The cozy mystery book club is an extra fun boost.
Murder at the Lobstah Shack comes out in November- not on an exclusive – and I’m a about ten thousand words into writing book four, Murder at a Cape Cottage.
I still have three copies of the exclusive version of Murder at the Taffy Shop lying around. To celebrate next week’s wide release, I’d love to give them away.
And tonight I’ll be discussing A Changing Light, my April-release Quaker Midwife Mystery, over at Joanna’s Readers Facebook group from 6-7 EDT. Hope you can join us!
Readers: What’s your favorite taffy flavor? Favorite beach town?