Sharon Love Cook – Laugh ’til You Die

This week, I’m please to host author, Sharon Love Cook.


All my books have a seaside setting. That may be because I grew up in Gloucester, Mass, where the smell of fish sticks was always in the air. A nautical setting feels natural to me. Likewise, I got my first writing job as a teenage correspondent for the Cape Ann Summer Sun, a newspaper supplement aimed at tourists. I drew cartoons to accompany my column. The latter were mainly about jellyfish invasions, sand castle contests and swim classes.

I tend to be a late bloomer. I went to college in my forties and got an MFA in writing in my fifties. I had the dubious distinction of being the oldest editor on the campus newspaper. Nonetheless, I have plenty of company among fellow baby boomers. As I mentioned, I’m a cartoonist and art school grad who’s illustrated the covers for all three Granite Cove Mysteries: A Nose for Hanky Panky, A Deadly Christmas Carol and Laugh ‘til You Die.

Like my protagonist, I’ve done stand-up comedy at nursing homes, something I don’t recommend as a career path.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Laugh ‘til You Die: 

 It’s midnight in Granite Cove; only the sea clams are open. Murder rocks the sleepy fishing village.

Rose McNichols, reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, moonlights as a stand-up comic at Shady Nook Retirement Home. There she meets Mabel Smithwick, former Boston socialite. The elderly woman claims she witnessed a drowning at her Hemlock Point pool last summer. However, Mabel is partial to gin and tonic; she is not a credible witness. But when she turns up dead, Rose wishes she’d paid more attention. Before long, Rose herself is a target . . .

Here’s an excerpt: 

    What was the punch line?

     I’d told the joke last week. The audience at Green Pastures Retirement Center had howled. I took a breath, telling myself not to panic. I’m only forty years old. I couldn’t forget a signature joke. Yet as I waited for the punch line, it seemed that I had.

     I’d heard comics speak of “dying” in front of an audience. Now I knew the feeling. Shame washed over me. I wet my lips. My mouth was as dry as Shirley’s bouffant hair. In desperation, I mumbled a plea to Saint Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes: Help me!

     The response was immediate: The door to the activities room burst open and Mabel, blonde wig askew, stumbled inside, almost falling over her walker. She shrieked: “My roommate is dead! She’s been murdered!

     I exhaled. Saved by the bell.


Laugh ‘til You Die can be found on Amazon:  or ordered at local bookstores. I can be reached and at my (sadly neglected) website:, or Facebook: sharonlovecook

Lastly, I’ll send an e-book to someone who mentions their favorite childhood mystery sleuth and explains why that character was special. So please feel free to leave a comment.


About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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8 Responses to Sharon Love Cook – Laugh ’til You Die

  1. Grace Parisi McArdle says:

    My love of the mystery genre began with titian haired Nancy Drew. She was so plucky and brave.

  2. Marja McGraw says:

    I’m in the middle of my first Sharon Love Cook book right now, and enjoying the heck out of it. I’ll definitely be reading more. Thanks for sharing your excerpt!

    • Marja:

      I don’t know if it’s appropriate for the guest blogger to respond right away, but after your comment I’m jumping right in with a big “Thank You!”

      I also thank Evelyn for giving me this great opportunity to connect with a nice bunch of writers.

      Sharon C.

  3. Thanks so much for being a guest author on my blog this week. I’ve read A Nose for Hanky Panky and A Deadly Christmas Carol, and thought they were just delightful. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to read your latest, but it’s next on my TBR list.

  4. Sharon,
    I love your Granite Cove mystery series! As a matter-of-fact, “A Nose for Hanky Panky,” is one of my all-time favorite cozy mysteries; I’ve read it three times. I’m reading “Laugh ’til You Die” now and, as with your other books, I find myself laughing out loud as I turn the pages.

  5. Doward Wilson says:

    The first mystery book I read was part of The Happy Hollisters series. It was a Spanish pirate treasure hunt set in Florida with a family of brothers & sisters. It hooked me on pirates, treasure & mysteries for life. It also lead me to Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Beldon & then to Victoria Holt & Agatha Christie.

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