Thanks Alice, for hosting me on this 11th day of our Holiday Blog Tour. And thanks to each of your readers for taking a break from their holiday shopping to travel with us on our big cyber-bus. Remember Readers, make comments on each of our blogsites. This group is giving away over 50 books total, either during the tour or immediately afterwards. I’m giving a signed copy of my cozy mystery THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE and a signed copy of THE FOXY HENS AND MURDER MOST FOWL. Names will be drawn by random from those who take time to leave a comment.
I thought it might be a nice change for our readers to have another writer’s opinion of THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE:
Review by Pat Browning
The Inconvenient Corpse
By Jackie King
Deadly Niche Press 2009
The Inconvenient Corpse
Grace Cassidy asks herself: “How did a native Okie end up alone in a Northern California town with some stranger’s corpse on her bed and a dead cell phone in her Louis-Vuitton purse?”
How, indeed? Grace was minding her own business, took a long walk on the beach to ponder her husband’s infidelity, returned to her room in a Victorian inn to find a naked dead man on her bed.
The police are called. The guests are herded into a sitting room for questioning. An unpleasant sergeant named Sam Harper badgers Grace, doubting her story that she didn’t even know the dead man. Will Grace and Harper prove the old saying that opposites attract?
Life piles it on, but Grace practices what her Mama preached: “When your heart’s the heaviest, put on a little extra rouge.”
So what if there’s a snarky cop on her case? So what if her cheating, soon-to-be-ex-husband doesn’t care enough to return her panicky phone call? So what if the owner of Wimberly Place blames her for disturbing the inn’s peace and quiet by finding a dead body on her bed?
Grace is flat broke and deeply in debt but lucks out as a temporary inn sitter so the owner’s wife can take a planned vacation. The job is hard work but serves two purposes: it keeps Grace off the streets and makes a handy location for investigating the first murder and a second that occurs shortly thereafter.
Grace is a likeable and resourceful protagonist. The guests and employees at the inn are a colorful lot, each with secrets that might cast them as murder suspects. Grace befriends them all and they become almost like a family, making it hard to believe that one of them is really guilty of murder.
She's such a good cook that the way to Sam Harper's heart does seem to be through his stomach. After a few good breakfasts he's treating her with respect. I should warn you: Sam Harper isn't the only one who falls under Grace's spell. I kept raiding the refrigerator all the way through the book.
This is a delightful book, with a thoroughly satisfying twist at the end.
ABSINTHE OF MALICE, a study in small town secrets
Thanks again, Alice for being such a gracious host, and thanks to each reader for stopping by. Be sure and leave a comment so your name will be in the hat to win a signed copy of THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE or a copy of STATEHOOD FOXY HENS AND MURDER MOST FOWL. My novella The Spinster, the Pig and the Orphan is one of three stories in this anthology, a historical mystery set in 1889 Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory. I’m giving away a signed copy of each book.
Also, don’t forget to leave comments at each of our Holiday Blog Tour team members for a chance to win their books.
Jackie King is a full time writer who sometimes teaches writing at Tulsa Community College. Her latest novel, THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE is a traditional mystery. King has also written five novellas as co-author of the Foxy Hens Series. Warm Love on Cold Streets is her latest novella and is included in the anthology THE FOXY HENS MEET A ROMANTIC ADVENTURER. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, RWI, Inc, Oklahoma Writers Federation, and Tulsa Night Writers.
If you’re interested in learning more, THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE is available at:
Blogsite: Cozy Mysteries and Other Madness: http://bnbmysteries.blogspot.com
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