Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Post ~ Liz Stauffer and Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club

A cozy mystery is a traditional mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie. There’s no overt violence, sex, or vulgar language in a cozy mystery. There’s always a murder though, which often happens off scene, which serves as a focal point for a puzzle. Figuring out whodunit, and the solution to the puzzle, is the goal of a cozy. Often quirky characters and red herrings abound.

I chose the cozy mystery genre for Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club because it was a natural fit. Actually, I think the genre chose me.  I love traditional mysteries and have been reading them since I was a child. I grew up with the Caroline Keene’s Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries, than graduated to Agatha Christie when I was a teenager. Miss Marple is my favorite cozy heroine and in my mind, represents the best of the amateur sleuths.  I’ve tried to mimic her character in my Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club series.

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club is an American village mystery, with a younger, feistier, Miss Marple-like protagonist, named Lillie Mae Harris as the leader of the breakfast club. The Thursday morning breakfast club, a group of village ladies, has been meeting in Mount Penn, my fictional mountain village on the eastern slope of the Appalachians, in rural Maryland, for many years. News of neighbors and local events, and gossip have been the main topics of discussion at the weekly gatherings. But when murder comes to the village, and one of their own is arrested for the crime, they ban together, despite differences and misgivings, to make things right again. Thursday Morning is a story about friendship, community, and love, written in a traditional whodunit cozy style. I hope if you have a chance to read the book, that you’ll enjoy it.


Liz Stauffer’s debut mystery novel Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, published by Sartoris Literary Group, was released on June 28, 2013.

The book can be purchased as an ebook and as a paperback on Amazon.
 
Things are not always what they seem in Liz Stauffer’s fast paced book of murder, mystery, and intrigue. When the "breakfast club" ladies of idyllic Mount Penn see bruises on Clare Ballard's pretty face, they suspect her hot-headed husband of abusing her, but the truth is much more complicated. When violence disrupts this Appalachian village's lazy routine, the ladies, led by the irascible Lillie Mae Harris, jump feet first into danger as bodies appear, neighbors disappear, and Clare is arrested for murder. Follow Lillie Mae and the other "breakfast club" ladies, who, armed with casseroles and pastries, help the police uncover the deep secrets this town hides beneath its perfect facade.


Website: www.lizstauffer.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizStauffer

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/lizstauffer


Author Bio:
After some thirty years writing everything from political encyclopedias to software manuals, I retired from corporate life to write fiction, travel, and play on the beach. Since that time, I’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. I live most of the year in Hollywood, Florida, with my two doggie best friends, Mattie and Jakey, where I own and manage a vacation rental business.


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