Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour: All Things Murder by Jeanne Quigley (A Veronica Walsh Mystery, #1) (Review/Guest Post/Giveaway)




Genre:
Cozy Mystery

Format:
ARC-Print

Publisher:
Five Star

Release Date:
May 2014

 



Soap opera actress Veronica Walsh loves playing the diva and loves her role on the show Days and Nights. When her show is cancelled, she’s devastated. With no other acting prospects on the horizon, she returns to her Adirondack hometown to visit with her mother and old friends. Her mother would be more than happy if she’d help her out in the family bookstore and return home for good.

Wealthy business woman and Veronica’s neighbor, Anna Langdon, has a business proposal to discuss with her. Veronica has no clue what it’s all about but when she goes to her meeting, she discovers Anna’s dead body. Veronica is more than stunned and wonders if it has anything to do with Anna’s attempts at stop a major developer from taking over their small town businesses.

Veronica can’t help but stick her nose in police business and search for the truth behind Anna’s death. With the help of her former co-star, Alex Shelby, and her childhood friend, Mark Burke, the threesome set out to catch themselves a killer without finding themselves to be the next victims.

Jeanne Quigley is a wonderful new voice in the cozy mystery genre. I devoured this book. It has it all – mystery, great characters, and a bit of romance too. I really appreciated that our heroine was an older character. There aren’t many of them around and Veronica was someone I could identify with (although I would never take any dangerous risks, I’m more boring – LOL). The romance was just the right amount – not too much, not too little and very believable.

I feel like I just spent the last couple of days in the Adirondacks. When a book can transport you to its location, its done its job. Needless to say, I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. Excellent start!



For reading challenges:
2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
2014 ARC Reading Challenge
2014 My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Guest Post

Thank you, Yvonne, for the opportunity to introduce your readers to All Things Murder!

Veronica Walsh, the main protagonist of All Things Murder, has received the bulk of attention as I introduce my debut cozy to readers. A winner of two Daytime Emmys, Veronica is an interesting, fun character: an unemployed soap actress who returns to her Adirondack hometown of Barton for some respite only to end up playing amateur sleuth as she tries to solve her neighbor’s murder. However, Veronica, like many great leading ladies, has a fine supporting cast of players who deserve attention. I’d like to introduce you to a few of them today.

I’ll start with Anna Langdon. Veronica’s next-door neighbor, and the cozy’s murder victim, is the real diva of All Things Murder. As the owner of most of the retail buildings in Barton, Anna rules over her tenants with an iron fist. She has no sympathy for struggling business owners, as Veronica learns when she overhears Anna threatening stationery store owner Pauline Weber with eviction. Anna is just as ruthless in her personal life, as she toys with the affections of two men, careless to their feelings.

Though Anna pleases many Bartonites when she thwarts a deal to bring a shopping center to the village, she does irk those who would profit from the deal. When Veronica finds Anna’s bludgeoned body, she has a ready-made list of suspects who wanted Anna dead.

Nancy Walsh is Veronica’s mother. The pair has a wonderful relationship: respectful, loving, teasing. Nancy still manages Orchard Street Books, the bookstore she and her husband opened in the 1960’s. With her only child’s return home, Nancy hopes Veronica will work beside her in the shop, with a view of Veronica one day taking over the family business. Nancy presents her suggestion with a wink; she’s not a meddling mother. So how does someone who minds her own business land in the middle of a murder investigation?

Carol Emerson has been Veronica’s best friend since their kindergarten days. Carol is a sweet, kind woman who is thrilled when her pal returns to Barton. Veronica often visits Carol’s flower shop for girl talk and floral therapy, and the shop becomes Veronica’s headquarters when she starts sleuthing. She discusses clues with Carol, asks for advice, and even receives an important invitation as she weaves her way around buckets of roses and tulips. And when Veronica needs to take a break from the case, Carol gives her a task that helps Veronica deal with the loss of her acting job. Now that’s a best friend.

Mark Burke is another of Veronica’s longtime friends. A history professor at nearby Arden College, he is spending his summer writing a biography of Martin Van Buren. As Veronica happily states, Mark is a gentleman and a scholar. A chance meeting between the two leads to dinner at Mark’s home, where they agree to team-up to solve Anna’s murder. It’s quite obvious Mark enjoys spending time with Veronica, until a surprise visitor starts to demand Veronica’s attention.

That visitor is Alex Shelby, Veronica’s leading man on Days and Nights. The pair has worked together for years; their characters were married three times on the soap. Alex rolls into Barton for a few days’ visit while he is participating in a golf tournament in a nearby town. Alex immediately charms every woman in sight with his suave demeanor and sparkling smile. He is always a bit distracted by himself, though in an endearing way. He insists on assisting Veronica in her search for Anna’s killer; let’s just say he won’t be playing Sherlock Holmes anytime soon.

The Canasta Club. Also known as Myrtle Evans, an acerbic insurance agent who just quit smoking cold turkey; Dotsie Beattie, horsewoman and conspiracy theorist; Sandy Jenkins, a fussbudget housekeeper who drives like Danica Patrick; Ella Griffin, octogenarian and resident grump; and Madeline Griffin, Ella’s younger, perpetually cheerful sister. Though Veronica is at first reluctant to join the zany group, a tip from one of the players just might help her catch Anna’s killer.

These characters are just a few of the endearing and offbeat folks you will encounter on the pages of All Things Murder. I hope you will agree they make for quite a cozy group!

Author Bio

Jeanne Quigley grew up reading mysteries, watching soap operas, and vacationing in the Adirondacks, never imagining these pleasures would be the foundation of her debut novel. Her love of characters—real and fictional—led her to study Sociology and English at the University of Notre Dame. Jeanne has never been a soap star, but she has worked in the music industry and for an education publisher. She lives in Rockland County, New York, where she is writing her second Veronica Walsh Mystery.




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42 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win, looks great :)

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  2. Thank you, Lisa. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  3. YAY for an older character! We need more of them,

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    1. Hi, Bea. You're right; we do need more female sleuths of a certain age. Didn't Miss Marple prove the older gals still have "it?" !

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  4. The book sounds really good. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  5. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Rita!

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  6. I would love to read your book and review it someday. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I hope you're having a great Friday.

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  7. I like the sound of this one, thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! Good luck in the giveaway

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  8. I'm a big fan of Upstate NY and have spent many years vacationing in various counties. The small towns there are perfect settings for out of the way murders and secrets that could destroy a town or village. I'd love to win the arc of this book to share with my partner and kids.

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    1. Hi, Nora. Small towns do have the juiciest secrets! Good luck in the giveaway.

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  9. This sounds like an awesome cozy read! I'd love to get lost in the Adirondacks. :)

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! There are lots of wonderful spots in the Adirondacks to explore. Just leave a trail of bread crumbs so you don't "really" get lost!

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  10. New to me series and author, sounds good! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  11. Thank you, Kathy. I hope you enjoy All Things Murder!

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    1. Thanks, Blodeuedd. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Would love to win this one!

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  14. Thank you, Alicia! Happy Friday!

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  15. Being a retiree myself, I enjoy the older sleuths. I want to read this book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Have a great weekend.

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  16. would love to read this!!
    congrats to Jeanne!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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    1. Thank you, cyn209! Good luck in the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Kuzlin! Have a terrific weekend.

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  18. Super excited for this book!! Sounds great!!

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    1. Lol it signed in under my husband but this is Kelly D :) Lol

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    2. Hi, Kelly! Thank you for your enthusiasm for All Things Murder!

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    1. Hi, nylnestill. Thank you for adding All Things Murder to your mystery reading list!

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  20. This one is definitely going on my TBR list.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara, for adding All Things Murder to your reading list!

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  21. Great story and great characters. I love the soap orera angle in this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Anita. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  22. This sounds really good! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  23. Thank you for another great giveaway. This book sounds really good!

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