Saturday, October 10, 2009
I can't believe a week has gone by since I last wrote something here. I should be ashamed of myself, right? :) Well, Autumn is one of the busiest seasons for gardeners and writers alike, and I've been doing a lot in both fields the past few days. The garden is 50% put to bed for the winter, but seeing as how we're due for frost tonight or tomorrow evening, almost all my other flowers will be gone by the time I leave for Bouchercon on Wednesday.
Speaking of Bouchercon, this is one of the books I'll be promoting there. The Rune Stone Murders won a Readers Choice Award for Best Traditional Mystery when it was first released. Here's the blurb from the back cover:
The discovery of a rune stone on campus property threatens to disrupt the Festival of Knights, Bruck University’s annual Renaissance Faire. Andrew Littlewort is convinced the stone is a genuine Viking relic. But when the eccentric professor tries to prove his theory, he stirs up a hornet’s nest of trouble that quickly leads to murder.
With suspects as bountiful as the flowers on Bruck Green, President Garrison Hurst once again turns to Caroline Rhodes for help. The quick-witted ER nurse has quite a challenge ahead of her. Is Professor Littlewort as innocent as he claims? Is Sid Burke just another troubled student? Why does Bruck’s gardener call his flowerbeds ‘paths of gold’? And what is Agatha Hagendorf really watching through her telescope at the Rhineburg Boarding House and Home for Gentle Women?
Caroline Rhodes must heed the warning of a gypsy fortuneteller when she teams up with Professor Carl Atwater to track a killer without a conscience in little Rhineburg, Illinois.
And here are some of the things people said about the book:
"A nicely woven campus mystery…characters so appealing you will think of them as friends."
Romantic Times Magazine
"Like Elizabeth Peters, Mary Welk knows how to create a good escape world. The remarkable thing is she does so using familiar, everyday characters and setting."
Mary Saums, author of the THISTLE & TWIGG mysteries
“If I was an accident victim, I would be relieved if Caroline were my ER nurse. If I were a murder victim, I would definitely want her to investigate my death. I'm already enrolling my children at Bruck University, and can't wait for my next dose of life in Rhineburg.”
Donna Moore, award-winning author of GO TO HELENA HANDBASKET
“An alluring who-done-it with plenty of suspects and red herrings.”
Harriet Klausner, reviewer
5 star reviews from Amazon:
“A medieval extravaganza so wonderfully described you want to join in the jousting and carousing. I could almost smell that barbecue.”
“Fast-paced, funny, and keeps the reader wanting to come back for more.”
“Descriptions of the Renaissance Fair were so good I felt like I was wearing the costumes.”
“A cozy mystery with a strong plot and continuous action.”
“A diverse group of characters in a fast paced plot that was both realistic and entertaining.”
I seldom blow my own horn here on Cicero's Children, but I'm excited about this book and the prospect of introducing it to folks I've never met before at Bouchercon. If you're planning to attend Bcon and just want to visit for a few minutes, you can find me in the Hospitality Room every day from 10 am to 11 am. Stop by if you have a free minute or two. I'd love to meet you.
And if you're not going to Bcon, or if you can check this site again before you leave for Indianapolis, please stop back on Oct. 13 to read a guest blog from my good friend Marilyn Meredith. Marilyn is the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries, the latest being DISPEL THE MIST. I know you'll enjoy reading what Marilyn has to say.