In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.
GENRE: Humorous/Cozy Mysteries
I READ: Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein
I loved Libby Klein’s funny mystery, Class Reunions Are Murder. The main character is Poppy McAllister, “newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk.” She gets an invitation to her 25th high school reunion. She has no intention of attending, but thinks it’s a good excuse to go see her delightful Aunt Ginny. But Poppy gets a weird letter from the mean girl who made her life miserable all through high school, personally asking her to attend. Weirder still is when the mean girl winds up dead in front of Poppy’s old locker. Poppy really should have stayed away from that reunion.
I’m a sucker for funny books and Klein had me laughing all the way through. Funny phrases, funny situations, funny characters … it’s the complete package. This is the first in the series and I can’t wait to read the rest!
I WROTE: Fiction Can Be Murder
Fiction Can Be Murder, the first book in my Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, was published in April 2018. At least two more are scheduled, Foul Play on Words in April 2019, and Metaphor for Murder in April 2020.
In Fiction Can Be Murder, Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the products of her imagination — until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee’s new, unpublished manuscript. Suspicion now swirls around her and her critique group, making her confidence drop as severely and unexpectedly as her royalty payments.
The police care more about Charlee’s feeble alibi and financial problems than they do her panicky claims of innocence. To clear her name and revive her career, she must figure out which of her friends is a murderer. Easier said than done, even for an author who’s skilled at creating tidy endings for her mysteries. And as her sleuthing grows dangerous, Charlee’s imagination starts working overtime. Is she being targeted too?
Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Readers say her books are “fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should “grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” They also say “Warning: You will laugh out loud. I’m not kidding,” and “If you like Janet Evanovich, you will like Becky Clark.” For more information visit BeckyClarkBooks.com.