Edith/Maddie here, so excited to celebrate the release of Murder at the Lobstah Shack with all of you.
It’s the third Cozy Capers Book Group mystery. When I was casting about for an opening, I knew I wanted the body to be found in Tulia Peters’s Lobstah Shack restaurant. It’s a modest but popular business near protagonist Mac Almeida’s bike shop. Being a restaurant, it has a walk-in cooler. And Tulia is a member of the Cozy Capers book group.
The group is reading its way through cozy mysteries set in each state. So of course they’re reading Barb’s Fogged Inn, set in Maine.
I’ve always loved Barb’s first line in the book, which has restaurant owner Gus yelling upstairs: “Jule-YA! There’s a dead guy in the walk-in.”
Isn’t that just the best?
In my book, Tulia calls Mac in a panic one morning. Mac rushes over to find, yes, a body in the walk-in.
“It’s exactly like in the book, Mac,” Tulia whispered.
Our Cozy Capers group wasn’t going to discuss Annette’s death in a light-hearted banter about motive and suspects. In real life, right here, right now, there was definitely a dead person in Tulia’s walk-in.
As you can imagine, I had so much fun with this opening.
I also ate my first lobster roll a couple of months ago. I figured I needed to try one, since the new book includes Tulia making them after she can reopen her restaurant. When better to grab a lobster roll than out to lunch with Barb herself in Portland, Maine? Believe me, the lobster roll from DiMillos was delicious.
I hope you love Murder at the Lobstah Shack! I’ve sent in book four, Murder in a Cape Cottage, which will release next October, and I’m delighted to have signed a contract for three more books in the series. Book five will be Murder in a Cape Bookstore.
Readers: What’s your favorite way to eat lobster? Or would you just rather not?
Please join me and other authors tonight and tomorrow night in the following fun release events:
Tonight a few other cozy mystery authors and I appear in a Cozy Mystery Jamboree hosted by Fountain Bookstore at 6 pm EST! It costs $5, but gives you a $5 discount on books sold by the bookstore. Buy a ticket here.
I’ll be part of a Kensington Authors’ party on Facebook, also tonight, that I hope you can join us for. It runs from 7-10 pm EST and each author is offering giveaways.
Tomorrow, my good friend author Ellen Byron (aka Maria DiRico) and I are going to present the virtual Edith and Ellen show, hosted by Belmont Books at 7 pm EST, with chat, prizes, and lots of laughter. Please register for it!
See you there!