Much Awaited Cozy Mystery Is Here!


Christoph Fischer is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I’ve read every book he’s written and each is simply superb. His genres are eclectic. To name a few: literary, historical, thriller, and family life. He tackles a new genre for him with his latest book. When I found out he’d written a cozy mystery, I asked him if he’d tell my readers about it, and so he did. 

My feeling is, if a book is written by Christoph Fischer, it’s worth the read. This one is no different. Believe me, you’re in for a treat from a brilliant novelist. Enjoy!


The book is available for pre-order  on Amazon via these links. Release date is September 24th, but the paperback is already available:


Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.
Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap. 

Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback?  All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.


What a Ride!

The weekend is here, and I’m planning to read the print copy of my soon-to-be-released book, Murder at the Clinic, as well as putting the finishing touches on the rough draft of the following book, Murder at the Polo Grounds! I’ll probably challenge my husband to several games of backgammon if I can get him away from football!
So many of you wrote me, thanking me for telling you a little of why I’m an author. On that note Peggy McAloon has written a fabulous in-depth blog interview on me that I think you”ll enjoy. Here’s the link:
After some coffee, starting on edits. Enjoy your weekend!!

Why These Books?

I have been asked a number of times why I started writing and the reason is very simple. I write the books I wanted to read. My books usually have a dog in them, once in a while a cat, but I’ve had dogs, sometime too many, for as long as I can remember! And food – that’s a passion of mine. I’ve been fortunate to take classes and attend cooking schools all over the world, so of course that’s part of my life.
And I wanted to read books about men and women who had some life experiences. There’s a huge audience for young readers, but that’s not me, so you’ll find my characters tend to be more in the mid-life phase, particularly in my cozy mysteries.
I think I’ve struck a chord with a number of readers, because all of my books have sported the prestigious Amazon “bestseller” banner. Because of your support for my books I assume you also like dogs, cats, food, and people who have experienced the ups and downs of life. You’ll find that most of my books are optimist in nature. Why? Because I believe in second chances and that you can find love and happiness at any age, not to mention the gold at the end of the rainbow! 
My newest book, Murder at the Clinic, will be released very soon. It has all the elements of my other cozy mystery books. I’ll let you know when it’s available for purchase, but I wanted to give you a preview of the cover. Enjoy!


What Does Music Have to do with Writing a Best Seller?

I recently read Anna Celeste Burke’s newest book, Love Notes in the Key of Sea, and thought once again, she’s written another fabulous book. I’ve read everything she’s written and she’s definitely one of my favorite authors. If you’ve not read her books, you’re in for a treat!


I’ve noticed that music tends to be a recurring theme and I asked her if she’d write a guest post regarding it and her books. Here it is and enjoy!

Thanks, Dianne, for another chance to visit your wonderful blog! It’s great to be able to talk about another of my favorite topics: music!

I hear a waltz…

I’ve written about the role that setting, characters, and food play in the three cozy mystery series I write. I didn’t realize until recently, though, how important music is as well. I was doing a blog talk radio spot when the host, Karen Vaughan, asked if I have a particular theme song for my character, Jessica Huntington. That’s when it dawned on me that I have soundtracks in my head for each series.

For Jessica Huntington, spoiled rich girl done wrong by her man, it’s the blues. At first, it’s the down and out, dirty-shame kind of blues that have her on an extended pity-party binge abusing her black AMEX card. It doesn’t take her long though to switch it up to rhythm and blues, ready to kick a hole in the clouds that hover above her. Can you say R-E-S-P-E-C-T? In adversity, this pampered diva discovers she’s made of tougher stuff—a bit of soul and a whole lot of sass.

Cue the surf music for newlyweds, Kim and Brien, in my Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series. Not a cloud in the sky for these two lovebirds, even when a guy falls into the swanky hotel pool from six floors above them. Nothing can stop “good, good, good vibrations” from inspiring these two as they set off together on a series of “most excellent adventures.” Surf’s up—always—as they take the plunge into the murky waters of murder and mayhem. Their fearlessness and impulsiveness give the local homicide detective the jitters. I imagine Detective Mitchum twitching like Inspector Clouseau’s boss in the Pink Panther movies. Kim and Brien aren’t to blame for “Twitchin’ Mitchum’s” antsy ways, but they don’t help.

What I discovered as I answered questions on that radio show was that there’s more than one soundtrack running in my head for the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series. One of the first things we learn about Georgie in Murder at Catmmando Mountain is how much she loves Jazz. Her Siamese cat yowls with a booming voice and she gives him the name Miles—as in Miles Davis—one of the coolest cats in jazz circles, for sure. Georgie and the handsome detective, Jack Wheeler, listen to other jazz greats like John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk as they get to know each other and explore their relationship.

The title of Love Notes in the Key of Sea, Georgie Shaw’s second mystery, takes its name from a song. Not a jazz tune, but a song written for her by a lost love. The melody in my head is reminiscent of the theme from an old 1944 detective movie, Laura, where the cop falls for a murder victim after seeing her photo. Here’s the link to the theme song just in case you’ve never heard it. The movie’s great, too, with some surprising twists.

The song I hear in my head isn’t quite so dramatic. It’s a sweet, wistful song written with more innocence by a young man in love. Love Notes in the Key of Sea is a haunting tune, literally and figuratively. It becomes more than an old memory when Georgie revisits the place where she lost him under mysterious circumstances. Someone is playing that song Danny Farrell wrote for her. Who? Why?

There’s still more music in this series. Georgie has also spent nearly three decades working for the cat at the Cat Factory. She’s Director of the Food and Beverage Division at Marvelous Marley World Enterprises, an entertainment conglomerate built on the success of Catmmando Tom, a cartoon cat. Marvelous Marley World has a soundtrack all its own. Just like Disney, an empire named for its founder and creator of a little animated mouse he called Mickey. From the very beginning music mattered—Steamboat Willie, Mickey’s debut, featured the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.

Almost as soon as I began writing the first book in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series, a tune popped into my head. Like a jingle. One you might hear on radio or TV encouraging you visit and believe the magic.

“It’s a marvelous world. A Marvelous Marley World!”

That was only the beginning. A rush of Marley World inspired tunes engulfs me now when I work on that series. In this excerpt from Georgie’s 3rd mystery, All Hallows’ Eve Heist, she’s carried away for a moment by Catmmando Tom’s Anthem.


“I didn’t have to hear much of it for the rhythm and the rhyme to latch onto my brain.

You’re out tonight to have some fun, be on your guard to harm no one.

Catmmando Tom depends on you, to fight for good and all things true.

Defenders of the peace. Protectors of the weak.

A force unleashed to right the wrong. We raise our voices loud and strong.

Fighters against crime. We strike in the nick of time.


It continued in my head even though the strains of that song passed us by as we drove on. Before I knew it, I was thumping my knee in time with the familiar beat—ta-da-ta-da, ta-da-ta-da. It reminded me a lot of a childhood favorite—Teddy Bears’ Picnic—but more strident as sung by Catmmando Tom to rally his troops. A Wagnerian take on a kid’s tune.”


I find it a bit odd that I hear music when I write stories. It makes sense to me, too, though, especially for the Georgie Shaw series. Disney tunes played a big part as the soundtrack to my childhood. At eighteen, I went to work for Disney and those tunes were back in my life on a daily basis.

Musicals were still in vogue then, too. The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Mary Poppins. Stories told against a backdrop of music. I sang in a choir and a small ensemble. My music director suggested I pursue a career in musical theater or opera.

Not too long after the Beatles turned up on Ed Sullivan, the soundtrack for my romantic life took a turn. At 15 I met a rock and roll guitar player in San Diego. At 17, I married him in Tijuana—not that police considered our wedding legit. It took me a couple of months to get out of the mess I was in after getting picked up as a runaway, but the music has never stopped. I still get serenaded, at times, when my husband picks up the guitar again. My favorite? His renditions of blues like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or Joe Bonamassa, and fusion like John McLaughlin.

I suppose it’s not that odd, is it, that all those different musical influences find their way into my stories? They do pop up at unexpected moments. Oh, wait! I hear a waltz, don’t you? Max Marley has decided to make a live action movie version featuring one of Marvelous Marley World’s beloved characters, the Lonely Swan Prince. The Prince has taken on the identity of a commoner. Dejected and alone, he’s befriended by a lovely shop girl who puts him to work in her father’s toy shop. Before you know it, she’s besotted by the sad, sweet man! Of course, at that point, she bursts into song. What self-respecting lead in a Disneyesque feature film wouldn’t?

“I hear a waltz…don’t you?” Kristina sings out. Our prince-in-disguise, not quite so sure, says nothing. Kristina swings into motion as she picks up her song, swirling about the room that’s suddenly transformed into a dance floor.

“I hear a waltz. I do.”

“A waltz that is meant for two.”

“A tune so enchanting it sets your heart dancing,

and your feet follow too.”

“I hear a waltz, don’t you?” The fascinated young man watching her suddenly smiles and replies.

“I do.” He sweeps her up in his arms and joins her in song and dance. And so it goes until the director of the film hollers, “Cut!”

Christmas carols and wedding bells also ring out in Georgie Shaw’s next mystery. With Detective Jack Wheeler at her side, Georgie soon becomes embroiled in a new round of intrigue. Let the three-ring-circus begin as trouble erupts on the movie set, Georgie’s boss “Mad Max” Marley breaks ground on New Arcadia, and insists on giving the bride away—his way! It’s going to be A Merry, Marvelous Marley World Wedding, coming soon!








Thanks again, Dianne, for the invitation! And thanks to all of you who dropped by to read my guest post. I hope you’ll stay in touch!

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Books in the Georgie Shaw Series:

Murder at Catmmando Mountain, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #1

Love Notes in the Key of Sea, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #2

All Hallows’ Eve Heist, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #3 is included in the Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime Collection


Books in the Corsario Cove Series:

Cowabunga Christmas, Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1

Gnarly New Year, Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #2


Books in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series:

A Dead Husband

A Dead Sister

A Dead Daughter

Love a Foot Above the Ground


Before Hillary and Donald!

My husband spent twelve years in the California Legislature as an Assemblyman and then as a Senator. During that time we entertained fellow Legislators, Governors, Congressmen, presidential hopefuls, and people of all political persuasions. Towards the end of my husband’s final term, I wrote two books pretty much based on my position as a “political insider.” For many months they were best sellers. I retired them two years ago when there wasn’t much interest in politics.
Many people suggested that I republish them and today I did. Tea Party Teddy and Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy tell the story of a man who becomes consumed by politics and what the cost ultimately is as well as the legacy he leaves. Here’s the link for Tea Party Teddy and this was way before Ted Cruz! The link for Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy is Just to warn you, while there’s no gore in them they’re not as flinch friendly as my cozy mysteries. Enjoy!
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