Perhaps writers do have more quirks in their imagination than others. When asked where my ideas come from, I am hard pressed to give a cogent reason why I look at a gorgeous Fall day and a murder plot comes to mind.
Fall is a season of robust. The skies are bluer, the air is crisper and the leaves turn from ordinary green to riots of color in everything from pink to yellow to flaming red. The lawn is covered with vibrant gold that resembles a melted sun spreading across the green grass. In early October, the air is fragrant, spicy, sometimes filled with a hint of burning leaves, rotting apples, or a hamburger roasting on the grill, celebrating the last of the cookouts. It’s football weather.
A group of kids walk home from school whooping and jumping in the piles of leaves, a lady walks her little dog, a smiling priest stands outside his church resting his hands on his ample middle, a mailman struggles with a bag full of magazines and two women gossip on their front steps. You stand there in that peaceful atmosphere and think, “What if?” The idea for my new story is born and with it an entire cast of characters that live in this peaceful scene in typical, small-town America.
I hope you enjoy my new cozy, romantic mystery Murder in the Neighborhood…
Detective Kevin Fowler deeply resents the chaos caused by a madman who invades this peaceful scene, and we follow him as he struggles to return this town to the idyllic place it has always been…
A killer is attacking respectable citizens in picturesque Hubbard, NY and leaving corpses on their front steps in the middle of the day. Detective Fowler isn’t certain who causes him to loose the most sleep – a certain sexy reporter with bouncing curls and sparkling black eyes or the elusive psychopath creating panic in his small town community. Together the detective and the reporter race to find the monster in their midst and return the town to the desirable place where people come to raise their families in peace and contentment. Can they sort through their differences to find romance even as they search for a determined stalker with murder on his mind? The clock ticks down on a man in a rage with a deadly mission.
Click here for an excerpt from Murder in the Neighborhood.