Can the Brits and Yanks team up to solve a murder?
What should have been an easy week for small town detective Mark Taber and his amateur sleuth and innkeeper wife, Donna Tolllhouse Taber goes awry when a local garden club member is shot. One of the inn guests, a Scotland Yard detective’s insistence on helping could actually make things worse. Can ruffled feathers be smoothed before the killer strikes again?
Find out in Two Many Sleuths.
Targeted Age Group:: 12-99
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 2 – PG
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I enjoy reading both cozy mysteries and UK located mysteries, too. I thought pairing a local detective and a UK inspector would be great fun resulting in misunderstandings and mutual admiration. Add in Donna, my amatuer sleuth, the UK inspector's wife, and an aging puggle dog. They race to uncover clues to prove they're more than capable of sniffing out a murderer.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Often, the main characters are a jumble of traits from people close to me such as my mother, husband, daughter, etc. Usually, the non-main characters are completely created from imagination.
A week without a murder or the mention of any crime made Donna Tollhouse Taber grin. She adjusted the car window clamps on the British flags, then stepped back, resting her hands on her lower back. “I think it’s a nice touch.”
Her detective husband, Mark, ran a hand through his salt and pepper hair. “I don’t know.” His face scrunched up. “It might be over the top. Howard doesn’t strike me as the showy type. He keeps things low-key, a proper Brit.”
Typical. Her husband thought he knew all about the neighbors over the pond due to an online relationship he’d struck with Scotland Yard detective Howard Dudley, when he previously researched diamonds and jewel heists. Never mind her husband hadn’t put in the hours she had watching BBC mysteries and The Great British Baking Show. If Howard didn’t appreciate her effort to welcome them, his wife, Elizabeth, certainly would. “A proper Brit might mention they don’t go in for pomp and ceremony, but just look at the royal weddings. They go crazy about those.”
“Well, you’d know more about that than me. All I can hope for is a nice quiet time with no murders. I told the station not to call me unless it’s an emergency. A vacation is still a vacation even if I don’t leave the state.”
“The best thing to do is not answer your phone.” Donna had doubts about her husband not getting pulled into a case.
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