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Welcome to It's Raining Books. If someone were writing a story about you, what would your blurb say?
Wow! That’s a really tough questions. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to read a book about me.
,br> Probably something along the line of “One of the most boring books you’ll ever read! If you really need a nap, read this one.” Seriously my life is so dull there’s no book there.
Would you tell us a little about your newest release that isn't in the blurb?
An Intimate Murder is a whole lot of brain candy. I write to entertain and I feel no shame about that. It’s the 3rd book in the Catherine O’Brien series and like the first two books it’s a fun, fast-paced mystery. The story starts with a double homicide that pits Catherine and her partner Louise are against a cunning murderer and an interfering reporter. They manage to handle both with their brand of humor and wit. Catherine’s irreverence is in full force in An Intimate Murder so fans of hers will not be disappointed. And for those who have never read another of the other books you will be able to jump into book three without having read any of the other books without fear of not know what’s going on.
What was your favorite scene to write in this story?
There’s a scene with a lawyer named Bennette who is described as looking like a Shar Pei puppy. He’s a little too studious for the situation he’s in. The scene made me laugh while I was writing it and just the other day I was reviewing pieces of the book for excerpts and it made me laugh out loud again. There’s another that I think paints a beautiful picture with Catherine in the fall leaves that I’m proud of, but the scene with Bennette is my favorite. It’s the humor of it that makes me love it so much.
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Digs for sure. All his angst for Louise aside, I think it would be so cool to have his intelligence and be able to dissect the evidence the way he does. Of course, having doubt and insecurity would suck but I guess there has to be a trade off somewhere. No one is perfect and if they are, I don’t want to know them.
When Jonathan and Susan Luther are murdered in their home, St. Paul homicide detective Catherine O'Brien and her partner Louise discover this isn't the first time the Luther family has been visited by tragedy. Is it a case of bad family luck or is there something more?
Enjoy an excerpt:
The world as a whole is a strange place, and the people who inhabit this world are even stranger. The Luther’s neighbors proved to be the strangest I’d encountered in ten years of law enforcement. Considering the whackos and ice-blooded murders I’d run into, these neighbors could be proud of their over achieving ways.
The street looked benign, an affluent tree lined parkway with a BMW or Mercedes in every other driveway. The neighbor across the street had a pickup truck in their drive, but it turned out to be the yard man’s, who happened to be cleaning up the left behinds from the oak and maple fall deposits. Pretty to look at until they rotted into brown slime piles on your grass.
We questioned every neighbor on the block but no one heard the gunshots. They lived behind triple pane glass where the temperature was never too hot or too cold. Only one had dared to steal a glance out their insulated glass when an older car, rusted in too many places and not carrying the pedigree of a classic automobile, sped down the street.
“I knew right away they were up to no good.” Bernice Leigh, who claimed a relation to Janet Leigh, rocked on the edge of her tufted, chintz ottoman.
“Well maybe not right away.” She rolled her hand dramatically in the air. “At first I thought the car could belong to one of the boy’s friends who visit the Luther’s from time to time.”
“Did you know the Luther’s very well?” Louise nibbled the edge of a Ginger Thin Mrs. Leigh had fanned out on a china plate, and placed on the coffee table in front of us.
Bernice Leigh shook her head with such force that her hair, which had been so obviously a wig, dislodged itself and canted to one side. Bernice righted the wig without as much as a second thought.
About the Author:
Stacy has written all her life earning a High School Writer Award and a Daphne Du Mauier Award for excellence in Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.
Stacy currently lives in a suburb of St. Paul with her husband of twenty-years, her five-year-old daughter, and their two cats.
An Intimate Murder is the third book in the Catherine O’Brien series.
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