New Release: Silhouette of the Past

Excited to announce that my new eBook Silhouette of the Past has just been published! This is the second book in the Tiscayne Mystery Series and is available for purchase in the Amazon Kindle store for $0.99.

Sometimes it’s best to keep the past dead and buried……

A stormy day, a corpse and a group of suspects.

Three years after the death of Maribeth, seven people have gathered together at the same place for a business deal. Little do they know that they were about to witness another death at the Tiscayne Country Club. This time there is no ambiguity. It is murder! Unfortunately, Amber Levinson, who had gone to deliver the gardening supplies to the club on that stormy day, gets caught into the web of deceit of these powerful and influential people.

When Detective Myers points a finger of blame at Amber as his prime suspect, she has to figure out who the killer was. With the help of her assistant Dave and cousin Marlene, she starts digging into the secrets and motives of the people at the country club.

Can Amber unravel the mystery and solve the murder to prove her innocence?

Find out in this cozy mystery novella, The Silhouette of the Past.

 

Free e-book on Amazon Kindle (Limited period offer)

While I work on the first draft of my second book, here’s an offer to the readers who love murder mysteries.  This whodunit has elements of mystery, friendship, envy, hatred and greed. Grab it before the offer ends.

 

A Murder Gone Wrong

 

Click here to download.

 

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10 Things I Learned While Writing the First Draft.

 

It’s been 15 days since I started working on my first draft for the novella that I intend to write and publish. Here are the few things I learned in this journey that has just begun and this draft is my first step towards the huge task that I have taken up:

  1. Research is essential before starting the first draft and Google is our best friend.
  2. Plot outline helps eliminate the writer’s block.
  3. Show; don’t tell strategy didn’t work with my first draft. At first I used Tell; don’t show strategy to complete the raw draft else I would be stuck in the first chapter forever. I plan to Show, not tell, in my second draft.
  4. I had to curb my urge to edit the draft as I wrote. Don’t look back was the mantra I told myself over and over again.
  5. The character sketches may change as we advance in our story.
  6. New characters can be introduced in the story that are non-existent in the plot outline to make the story more convincing.
  7. Keep it short; we can weave the elaborate scenes and dialogues in the second draft.
  8. Friends can be helpful in finding loopholes in the outline of the story told so far. We can tell them the story even over the phone to get their feedback or suggestions. It helps.
  9. Reading our first draft may make us feel elated about completing the first milestone. At the same time we may feel that it’s the worst piece of work we have ever read. Don’t fret. A lot is yet to be done.
  10. This is just the beginning. The real work starts after completion of the first draft. There’s still a long way to go.

I have promised myself a week long break after the first draft.

Till then, happy reading and happy writing!!! 🙂

 

Book Reviews: A few Cozy Mysteries

Thanks to Amazon.in and Kindle, I have developed a sudden and strong affinity towards quick, cozy murder mysteries. I am on a reading spree of all these books like a voracious yet starved reader who can’t get enough.

What I liked about these books the most is:

  • They are short, so they are quick to read.
  • The plots are not very complicated so the readers don’t get lost in the crowd of characters and detailing.
  • There is no description of violence or gory details about the murders.
  • The main lead of all these stories are women.

Here are some short reviews of the eBooks I recently read.

Progressive Dinner Deadly (A Myrtle Clover Mystery #3) by Elizabeth Spann Craig

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This book is an entertaining read. Myrtle Clover is a lovable, elderly sleuth investigating a murder in her small town, Bradley. Her attempts to improve her book club fails and the book club converts into a dinner club to her dismay. She reluctantly participates only to find the night turn into a ghastly murder scene. What follows is Myrtle’s attempts to find the murderer. There is humor and intrigue woven together in a good combination. I enjoyed reading this book. It is indeed a cozy mystery.

 

Death Comes to Town (Darcy Sweet, #1) by K.J. Emrick

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At 113 pages its a good book to relax with on a lazy afternoon. The story is not so complicated yet an element of mystery is present, along with a touch of super-natural which is amusing and interesting. Darcy Sweet, a book shop owner living in the sleepy town of Misty Hollow is a simple woman who has inherited a house and the book shop from her great aunt Millie. She has a sixth sense of feeling the presence of the other world entities. Unfortunately she is dragged into the murder of her neighbor Anna and how the story unfolds thereafter is what the book is all about. Overall, it is an enjoyable read with a cup of coffee to go with.

 

The St. Valentine’s Day Cookie Massacre (Hatter’s Cove Gazette Mystery, #1) by Elisabeth Crabtree

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This story is about Kat Archer, a reluctant food columnist who gets involved in a murder when she is invited to ‘Cookie Jar’ for its opening on the Valentine’s day so she could write a review. Kat was considered a harsh critic as she wrote reviews about restaurants in Hatter’s Cove that got her a lot of hate mail. She wants to be an investigative journalist rather than write food columns at the local newspaper. Kat finds herself at the center stage of a murder which she feels is related to another murder, which had happened in the past. So she decides to get to the core of it. The plot is interesting, not too many complications. The book is a quick and cozy read.

 

A Secret Killer (Julia Blake Murder Mystery #4) by Gillian Larkin 

Secret Killer

I had read another one of this series, Virtually Scared to Death by Gillian Larkin, so while reading this book I felt I already know Julia Blake and her habit of finding a corpse while she is cleaning a house for her client. This time it was Hugo Barnes, a genealogist. Julia had taken under her wings, Andrew Cain, an ex-convict as an employee, since she believed Cain was wrongly convicted and deserved a second chance in life. However, Cain gets arrested for the murder of Hugo and Julia wants to solve this mystery to prove Cain’s innocence. This is a simple yet interesting murder mystery which I enjoyed reading and would recommend to the readers who love short cozy mysteries.

 

Again a big ‘Thank you‘ to Amazon.in for a free download of these eBooks.

Book Review : Murder and Moonflowers by Leslie Leigh

 

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The protagonist of this story, Melissa Michaels is a Herbalist/Dietician operating a market in the sleepy town of Catalonia, Arizona. One of her clients, Lauryl dies under mysterious circumstances from something that even the Medical Examiner cannot decipher. This gives rise to lot of gossip and speculations and the sheriff also has Melissa under suspicion. Who could be the killer? Is it Lauryl’s boyfriend, Nash or her niece, Cindy or someone else from the town? Fortunately, an unknown friend hires a Private Investigator, Brian to help Melissa and the two of them together race against time to solve this mystery.

Personally, I adore the genre of Mystery and this story has an interesting plot to keep me captivated from the start to the end. I loved the small town feel of Arizona. This is also a quick read as the book is just over 100 pages. All-in all I really enjoyed reading Murder and Moonflowers and would recommend it to readers who love mystery.

Author: Leslie Leigh

Series: The Herbalist

Published: Feb. 24, 2015

Genre: Mystery

Format: eBook

Pages: 117

I got the Kindle Edition of this eBook from Amazon.in.