This week my guest is cartoonist and author, Sharon Love Cook. Visit my blog (click on the tab above) to read an excerpt from her latest mystery, A Deadly Christmas Carol. Leave a comment and enter to win a free copy.
Here’s the link to an article about me in the Chicago Sun-times Newspaper, Southtown Star Section:
I’m exited to announce that my new novel, Once Upon a Crime, the sequel to Masterpiece of Murder, is now available at my publisher’s website: http://www.wings-press.com and on Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/l4lhxxb
Romance… Mystery… Murder…
Love isn’t always a fairy tale…and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that’s all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt’s home in the sleepy town of Raven’s Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from a breakup with her fiancé, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.
Is the immediate attraction between Jane and Charlotte’s handsome, Machiavellian cousin, Kenny too good to be true or just a diversion from a mystery that has piqued Jane’s interest? Charlotte is pulled along on this roller-coaster of emotion when she meets up with her first love, as she and Jane discover links between a murder that happened twelve years earlier and a recent crime. Risking their lives and hearts, the friends race against the past in an effort to solve the crimes before one of them becomes the next victim.
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Mystery… Romance… Humor…
The prequel to Masterpiece of Murder
Charlotte Ross sees her world about to crumble when the man she’s in love with–her mysterious boss, John Trent, announces his engagement to someone else.
Charlotte’s best friend, dubious globe-trotter and mystery author Jane Marshall, arrives back in town only to stumble across the gruesome body of the town’s millionaire industrialist.
Charlotte decides to join forces with her friend, hoping to ease her heartbreak while helping to find the old man’s killer. In the process, the two self-appointed sleuths turn their small town upside down. Charlotte is endearingly impractical as her impulsive choices lead her into and out of peril, with only the wry and often-misguided advice of the capricious Jane to guide her. Eldridge Corners is rich with quirky, small-town personalities who both aid and thwart Charlotte’s quests as the young woman discovers that people are not always who they seem–and a single error in judgment can prove fatal.
–“Love, Lies and Murder” by Evelyn Cullet is a fantastic read. I highly recommend this novel! – Patricia Gligor, author of Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business.
–Love, Lies and Murder by Evelyn Cullet is entertaining, humorous and mysterious. The characters are well-defined and enjoyable, including the villains. I highly recommend Love, Lies and Murder to anyone looking for a mystery to hold their interest and entertain them at the same time. I had a smile on my face when I put this book down. – Marja McGraw, author of the Bogey Man Mysteries and The Sandi Webster Mysteries.
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Romance… Suspense… Adventure…
The sequel to Love, Lies and Murder
Masterpiece of Murder is a madcap, romantic suspense adventure about a heartbroken American art student, Charlotte Ross, who is so intent on locating her errant fiancé that she submits someone else’s painting as her own in order to gain access to a Master art class being held in Bariloche, Argentina—the place her lost love was last seen. When the painting gets her accepted into the class given by a world-famous artist and womanizer, being a novice makes keeping up with the others nearly impossible as she struggles to fake her way though, while trying to win back the man she loves. But her fiancé has his own reasons for being in Bariloche – he’s after a stolen art masterpiece. They complicate Charlotte’s life and threaten her very existence as she stumbles into a downward spiral of deceit, art forgery, and murder.
When she accidentally comes across the murder victim, circumstantial evidence begins to mount against her and the local police suspect she is the killer. Now she must discover who is really behind the murder before she’s arrested. Not an easy task with a military police officer dogging her every step.
–Masterpiece of Murder held me in suspense until the final page. Evelyn Cullet has crafted her mystery to ensure that the twists and turns Charlotte Ross has to take to prove her innocence, keep the reader engrossed throughout. The author’s skill in developing her very believable main character, makes sure the reader is able to feel her emotions, share her frustrations, her fear and her relief. –Vera Berry Burrows, Author of Tomorrow Never Comes, and Regarding Kimberly.
–The twists and turns in this novel will have the reader on the edge of their seat through to the last page. A masterpiece from Evelyn. Enjoy. — Author Marilyn Rice.
–Evelyn Cullet displays a style that makes the reader wonder, laugh and keep turning the pages of an unforgettable story. Once the book is started, it will be hard to put down. — Cleo Lampos, author of Teaching Diamonds in the Tough.
Check out the post about Masterpiece of Murder in The Examiner Online Magazine: http://www.examiner.com/article/masterpiece-of-murder-combines-love-and-art
Here’s the link to the YouTube trailer for Masterpiece of Murder:
If you love mystery, romance, and suspense, follow Charlotte on a madcap adventure through the beautiful and sometimes perilous resort city of Bariloche, (pronounced, bah reeh LOH cheh), Argentina, to uncover a Masterpiece of Murder. To see photos of the places mentioned in the novel, I invite you to explore my photos page.
The masterpiece mentioned in the novel, The Concert, is an actual art masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer that was stolen from the Isabella Stuart Gardner Art Museum in Boston in March of 1990. Of the 13 pieces of art that were stolen, this was the most expensive, valued at an estimated $200,000.000.00. While my story does not attempt to solve the Boston art theft, it does give a strong sense of what happens when unscrupulous people try to profit from some else’s crime.
The style of painting being taught in Masterpiece of Murder is Chiaroscuro which originated in the Renaissance. It’s an Italian term that literally means, “light-dark”. In paintings the description refers to clear tonal contrasts of extreme light and dark shades, as in the painting below by Jan Davidsz de Heem:
Festoon with Flowers and Fruits
Love, Lies and Murder, and Masterpiece of Murder are published by Wings ePress and are available in e-book and print versions directly from the publisher, http://www.wings-press.com and from Amazon.com at:
http://tinyurl.com/k727uqs and http://tinyurl.com/9jjl5xc