Bones & Boxes Climbing the Charts

Bones & Boxes this week ranked in the top 9 percent of cozy craft mysteries. Thank you!

Bones and Boxes is the first book in the Hetty Fox Cozy Mystery Series. Hetty is a widow who moves to a small Illinois town at the request of her daughter. Her life becomes complicated when the ghost of her college sweetheart moves into her new home along with her. Then, when a dead body turns up, Hetty suddenly finds herself tracking a killer.

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I Am a Snail

My current WIP is moving ahead so–s l o w l y. Partly, that’s because it’s summer, a season when my protestant work ethics abandons me in favor of taking naps and guzzling numerous glasses of ice tea.

But the main reason for my lack of impressive progress is that I’m working on my first romantic suspense novel.

While I love to write suspenseful scenes, writing romance, at least to the level where I can slap the word romance on its cover, is a terrifying experience.

Please understand, all of my books, have a light romantic thread, as humans do what they are prone to do and fall in love, even when there’s a murder lingering around the edges of their lives. Those are side stories to the murder which always takes center stage. But if I’m going to slap the word romance on this wip, I need to nudge my romantic elements up a notch–or more.

I’m trying. Part of the effort has included reading deeply in the genre. That’s helping some, but I’ve been a mystery reader nearly all my life so the shift isn’t all that easy for me.

I’ve enjoyed the books, though, so I hope that’s a plus. Anyway, should you want to check out my final efforts, keep an eye posted here. I’ll announce when the book’s done and post a sample.

In the meantime, here’s the story’s cover:BLIND FAITH final (2)

 

 

 

The Hangman’s Daughter: a Review

5124ldi7ihlA midwife has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a child, but the hangman doubts she’s guilty. It goes against everything he knows about her. But can he find the killer before he’s required to begin torturing her to win a confession?

The story is set in Bavaria in the mid-1600s,  For a helper in his search for the real killer, the hangman  has a young physician, who believes there’s more to being a doctor than the less than scientific approaches of the past. The good doctor also has an eye for the hangman’s daughter.

The hangman’s daughter, meanwhile, likes the young doctor back but there’s a problem. In Bavaria in the 1600s, a hangman’s daughter can only marry a hangman’s son.

I can’t call this a cozy mystery. This is, after all, the story of a hangman. But it is a good read with interesting characters and details of a profession you’ve probably not known much about before.  In addition to providing a compelling mystery, the book also contains some internal graphics that are well worth the viewing.

Confessions of a French-Fried-Onions Addict

Okay, I confess, when it comes to onions I have no self control. I love them in everything, even when they’re simply sauteed in butter and seasoned with a few fennel seeds.  But doctored up in batter and flour and then fried to golden goodness?  Oh, my stars, get out of my way before I knock you down to get to them.

I’ve bought containers of them to use in recipes before, but I’ve never bought any to just sit and nibble on,,, before yesterday. Oh, man, so long potato chips. I assure you yesterday is not the last time I will be buying containers of those little onion-y delights for snacking again.

Speaking of delights. I like reading legal thrillers. Including these two specifically. So along with a bag of French fried onions, may I recommend to you: Dark Moon and The Death of Distant Stars. They’re both written by Deborah Hawkins. All I can tell you is  I enjoyed them very much.

Also work progresses on my new venture at writing short romantic suspense fiction. Wish me luck. And be sure to check the book out once it’s finished. The working title is: Blind Faith. Be sure to watch for it.

Happy reading, happy writing,

Anna Drake