I’m very pleased to announce my latest release, Murder by Moose:
For this release, I’ve joined the Seven Sinister Sisters (along with our own Becky Clark) for a blog tour, and last week the 7 visited Mysteristas. And now it’s official! The Moose is finally here!
Murder by Moose is the fourth book in the Nell Letterly series. This book takes Nell up into the mountains for a self-defense retreat during leaf season (which is also hunting season). Of course she finds a body! Moose trampled? Or something much worse…?
When I wrote the first draft of my first Nell book some years ago, I wanted to tell the story of how Nell, a suburban, menopausal single mom of a teenage daughter, comes to teach karate in Boulder, Colorado. I never expected to do a series. But at the end of that book, I found that there were still a lot of issues I hadn’t addressed–issues that tell the larger story surrounding Nell–and I suddenly found that I was writing a series.
One of the first questions a series has to figure out is how much time should pass overall? A mystery bookseller once gave me some advice that made me decide to keep this series short–maybe only 6 or 7 books. I figured that two or three months between each book would be about right for what I wanted to do.
The first book takes place in March, the second in May, and the third in August. When I started to plan the fourth book, I already knew it was going to have to take place sometime in the fall. In Colorado that means a high country setting with golden aspen leaves, hunters, and…moose!
I had such a fun time writing this. But now I have to figure out: where should I take Nell next? There will probably be a turkey dinner…and a body…and…?