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Edith/Maddie writing from north of Boston, where pie-making supplies are at hand and my baby lettuces are hanging in there in the garden despite hard freezes.
After Murder on Cape Cod, all the Cozy Capers Book Group mysteries are named according to the place in fictional Westham where the murder takes place.
I introduced a pub named the Rusty Anchor in (I think) Murder in a Cape Cottage. I loved envisioning the interior with a fireplace going, a U-shaped bar, and rustic booths. Outside over the front door hangs an actual rusty anchor.
So when it came time to write book #6 in the series, I knew I wanted to stage a body in the Rusty Anchor. And now I can present the cover to you!
Isn’t that fun? Of course it isn’t exactly like the pub in my imagination (or on the page), but that’s fine. The story takes place in July, so the seasonal growth and the wet pavement fit. I’m not sure what the bird is supposed to be. Possibly an osprey; definitely a bird of prey.
The book releases June 25 next year, and of course it’s available for preorder in print and ebook. The audio version will follow closer to the release date.
Here’s the official blurb for Murder at the Rusty Anchor:
Set in a picturesque Cape Cod town, the latest in this cozy mystery series by the Agatha Award–winning author will delight fans of Lorna Barrett’s Booktown series and Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile mysteries, as bike-shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida and her fellow book club sleuths solve a bookstore murder.
A rainy July weekend in Westham means the beaches are empty and business is dead at Mac’s Bikes, although it couldn’t be livelier inside the Rusty Anchor Pub. But come Monday, morning one patron is not so lively when the chef opens up and finds a body behind the bar. It’s last call for Bruce Byrne, a long-time high school teacher who’s been around so long it seems like he taught everybody.
When Mac’s librarian friend Flo makes the list of suspects, Mac gathers the Cozy Capers Book Group to clear her name. With no end in sight to the rain, the group has plenty of time to study the clues and sort through a roll call of suspects to determine who decided to teach Mr. Byrne a lesson. But with a killer desperate to cover their tracks, Mac and the group will be tested as never before.
Readers: What do you think of the cover and of the carnivorous bird carrying greens in its beak? Are you all caught up on the series? If you’re not, I’ll send one commenter one of the Cozy Capers books. If you are, I still have an ARC of Deep Fried Death to give away!