by Linda Lovely
on Tour April 1-May 31, 2019
Vegan Brie Hooker lives and works with her feisty Aunt Eva at Udderly Kidding Dairy, a hop, skip, and jump away from South Carolina’s Clemson University. Brie’s fun farm outreach attempt backfires when religious extremists decide goat yoga is a form of devil worship. Believing one of the zealots might be persuaded to see reason, Brie’s free-wheeling friend Mollye convinces her they should call on the young woman. Big mistake.
Picketers at Udderly’s gates soon become the least of Brie’s troubles. Not only is she accused of murder, she worries the death might actually be her fault. Danger mounts when an old family friend’s visit ensnares Brie in a high-stakes feud between a U.S. Supreme Court nominee and the woman determined to expose his secrets. In her personal life, Brie’s still torn between the town’s two most eligible bachelors. While she’s edging toward a decision, she must first survive a cunning killer adept at crafting murders that look like tragic accidents. Will Brie be another “accident” victim? Pay a visit to Udderly Kidding Dairy and find out!
Praise for Bad Pick
“There’s such a lot to enjoy in Linda Lovely’s third Brie Hooker mystery Bad Pick. Of course, I came for the goat yoga and the religious extremists (I’m only human), but I stayed for the love triangle, the female friendships, the family members rubbing along so realistically, the sidelights on vegan cooking and the rich depiction of small-town life. And what kept me flicking the pages fast enough to cause a draft? The twisty, knotty, killer plot underneath all that charm. Bad Pick is a good un!” ~ Catriona McPherson, Multi-Award-Winning Author of the Last Ditch Mysteries.
“Wow! In Bad Pick, Lovely wrote an amazing novel only to see one part of the plot come to life in headlines all over the country. A fringe religious cult, a Supreme Court nominee, and goat yoga combine together in a tale that fans of mysteries won’t want to miss.” ~ Sherry Harris, Agatha Award Nominee and Author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries.
“The Brie Hooker mysteries from author Linda Lovely continue to entertain, this time with extremists who really don’t like the farm’s new goat yoga offering. You’ll find yourself muttering, “What the feta?” as you follow the action around not one but two murders from the edge of your seat. Fix yourself a chevre sandwich and sit down to enjoy a delightful – and suspense-filled – read.” ~ Edith Maxwell, Author of the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Number of Pages: 270
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery Series
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Today Linda Lovely Stopped by with a great Guest Post 😉 Let’s welcome her!!
Small-Town Mysteries and the Cabot Cove Dilemma
My cozy Brie Hooker Mystery Series is set on a goat farm in a fictitious county in South Carolina’s Upcountry. Brie, a vegan, lives with her Aunt Eva, a dedicated carnivore, who owns the 400-goat dairy enterprise. Fictional Ardon County is sandwiched between very real Greenville and Pickens Counties, allowing my heroine to travel to nearby locations many readers know well — Asheville in North Carolina, and Clemson, home of Clemson University, and Greenville, in South Carolina.
Ardon County, largely rural, is populated by a mix of locals who’ve lived in the area for many generations and newcomers drawn to the region by its beauty and mild, four-season climate. Residents of Ardon County and the Town of Ardon tend to know each other, by reputation if nothing else. Feuds between groups within the county include long-standing family antagonisms and tensions between developers, newcomers, and long-time residents. This makes the setting ideal for a cozy mystery series since it’s easy for the newcomer heroine to draw on the local knowledge of her friends and family to ferret out old secrets and learn about new slights that could provide motivations for murder. Such in-person research is a lot tougher for an amateur sleuth in big cities where people don’t tend to have such intimate knowledge of neighbors.
The drawback to a small-town/community setting has sometimes been called the Cabot Cove dilemma. In the TV series, Murder, She Wrote, the heroine Jessica Fletcher lives in the small community of Cabot Cove. The question is how realistic is it for multiple murders to occur with frequency in a small town? And, once a fair number of victims have died and their murderers have been jailed or killed, where are the new characters to fill those roles?
In my Brie Hooker Mystery Series, I’ve tackled this problem by giving the heroine’s friends and family members who live in Ardon County and nearby communities. In turn, this network of people have friends or relatives who visit Ardon County for a variety of reasons.
For example, in PICKED OFF, the second mystery in the series, one of Aunt Eva’s friends is running for governor of South Carolina and her son, a quarterback for a professional football team, visits Ardon County to help raise money for her campaign. In turn, his presence brings in a number of other outsiders who have both good and evil intentions.
In BAD PICK, the newest book, Brie’s attorney mother, attorney mother, who serves as the prosecutor for the Town of Clemson, is paid a visit by her best friend from law school, who’s seeking moral support and advice regarding her determination to derail the appointment of one of their former law school classmates to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Of course, in addition to having people visit Ardon County, my heroine can also travel — much as Jessica Fletcher did — and find trouble in new locations. In fact, I’m thinking she may be considering a trip soon to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
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Hundreds of mystery writers have met Linda Lovely at check-in for the annual Writers’ Police Academy, which she helps organize. Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. She writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her new Brie Hooker Mystery series offers good-natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. Bad Pick is her eighth published mystery novel. She served as president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter for five years and belongs to International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.
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