This week, I’m hosting mystery author, Linda S. Reilly
Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice, Linda Reilly once contemplated a career in law enforcement. But life took a twist, and instead she found her niche in real estate closings and title examination, where the dusty tomes in the Registry of Deeds enticed her into solving mysteries of a different sort. Her dream of one day having a story published happened in 1995 when a national magazine published her short mystery Out of Luck. Since then, she’s had over forty short stories published in Woman’s World magazine. Linda lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, where she is currently working on her new Deep Fried cozy mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime.
Some Enchanted Murder
Title searcher Apple Mariani is accustomed to solving mysteries—mysteries such as lingering liens and missing heirs. But when appraiser Lou Marshall is stabbed with an antique dagger at an estate sale, she finds herself plunged into the heart of a murder. For starters, she learns that the victim had entrusted her with a decades-old valentine minutes before he was killed. Then things get worse when Apple’s Aunt Tressa is pegged as a prime suspect, and their elderly friend Lillian goes suddenly missing.
Here is a short excerpt:
Aunt Tressa gave me a smug look. “I knew that tarantula would cause trouble. Who in their right mind would let a—”
“He’s dead!” a voice shouted from the top of the stairs.
Everyone turned to see Josh Baker galumphing down the staircase. “He’s dead,” Josh repeated, his shoulders heaving, his eyes shiny with fear.
“Hah!” Aunt Tressa stage-whispered to me. “Someone finally nailed the sucker. Probably squirted it with a can of bug spray.”
“Josh, are you talking about Zorba?” I asked.
He threw me a dazed look. “Zorba? No, not Zorba. Lou Marshall! Someone stabbed him in the neck with one of those antique knives!”
My aunt’s jaw fell open. “Lou? Dead?” She tottered sideways. “Then I—” she swallowed—“was probably the last person to see him alive.”
I grabbed her arm to keep her upright, at the precise moment I spotted Chief Fenton striding toward us.
“Is that so?” he said, his granite gaze locked firmly on Aunt Tressa’s horrified face.
“What I meant was,” she squeaked, “I . . . was probably the next to last person to see him alive.”
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Despite the police chief’s irritating lack of concern, Apple is sure Lillian is in trouble when a cryptic call from her cell phone awakens Apple late at night. Still haunted by childhood memories of her own mother vanishing, Apple is determined to find Lillian before it’s too late. From the shelves of a local antique shop to the culinary horrors of the grimiest diner in New Hampshire, Apple and Tressa collect a series of clues that seem maddeningly unrelated. But time is running out, because a desperate killer, bent on keeping the truth buried, is still walking free.