With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .Eggnog Murder brings three holiday mystery novellas set in Maine by one of America’s most beloved cozy authors, along with two exciting newcomers.
One of the authors of EGGNOG MURDER, Leslie Meier, took some time recently to sit down with The Big Thrill:
Was there anything new you discovered, or surprised you, as you wrote this book?
I love writing novellas! I thought it would be fun because my novels are always too short and my short stories always too long. Following the Goldilocks Principle, novellas were just right.
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?
None of us read each other’s stories until we received the galleys, but—no surprise—they are all quite different.
What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?
Since this is a novella, both novelists and short stories writers are influences. They include Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Alice Munro, and Robert Barnard.
“Meier continues to exploit the charm factor in her small-town setting, while keeping the murder plots as realistic as possible in such a cozy world.”
—Booklist on Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier
“A fun Christmas cozy.”
—Library Journal on Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis
“This cozy series continues to stand out with its exceptional plotting, intriguing storylines and authentic detailing of the lobstering life.”
—RT Book Reviews on Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
Leslie Meier is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.
To learn more about Leslie, please visit her website. Readers can visit her website.
Lee Hollis is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team. Rick Copp is a veteran film and television writer/producer and also the author of two other mystery novel series. He lives in Palm Springs, California. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist living in North Carolina.
To learn more, please visit their website.
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. The first book in the series, Clammed Up was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth, and was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.
To learn more about Barbara, please visit her website.
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