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Mothers in Crime
This Sunday, we celebrate Mother's Day in the U.S., a time when folks thank their Moms with flowers, gifts, and maybe even breakfast in bed. But what happens when mothers are more arsenic-and-daggers than sugar-and-spice? That's a question I'm addressing in the upcoming fourth book in the Scott Drayco series where Scott reconnects with his AWOL mother who reappears after thirty years, only to be charged with murder. But Drayco isn't the only one who's faced with a potentially murderous Mama, as this list of Mother's Day mysteries from Mystery Fanfare will attest. TIP: Maybe your mother would even appreciate the gift of a murder mystery novel this year instead of the usual candy and flowers.
Music to Soothe the Savage Beast?
Scott Drayco was a former child piano prodigy before his career was cut short due to violence. But even now, he's a lot better pianist than I ever was during my 12+ years of study. Music figures prominently into his life, which is why there's a lot of musical material in the Drayco series. If there's a piece of music used in the books you're not familiar with, you're in luck: you can check out the Drayco playlists via Spotify. If you don't have a free Spotify account, you can check out the text list here (scroll down to the bottom).
Blog Roll
The blog roll showcase this time is a two-fer: Mystery Scene Magazine and Shots Magazine (the more active of the two) both have blogs filled with news, reviews, Q&As, articles, and essays. I particularly enjoy Shots' author profiles and hope you will, too. Plus, there's the added benefit of one of the blogs being based in the U.S. and the other in the U.K - so go grab some coffee and a Krispy Kreme donut for the first and some tea and scones for the latter and you're all set!
 
Conference Spotlight
Here's your chance to grab a vacation and enjoy a mystery writers' conference at the same time (don't piña coladas sound pretty good right now?). The third annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest sets sail for the southernmost part of Florida June 10-12, with opportunities to chat with some of your favorite mystery writers, collect autographs, and take in a variety of fun panels. Timothy Hallinan and James O. Born are the featured speakers, with New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum giving the keynote address. Plus, you'll get to chow down at such sites as the Smokin' Tuna Saloon, Turtle Kraals Restaurant and Tower Bar, and the Schooner Wharf Bar .
This Month's Trivia Question
Lee Child's iconic protagonist Jack Reacher spent thirteen years in the Army. But what trade was he in while serving in the armed forces? Bonus points if you can name Reacher's rank at the time of his discharge. (See answer below.)
Quote of the Month
"The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters." - Ross MacDonald
BSP Time
My short-story series The Melungeon Witch includes five tales of suspense, romance, and the supernatural set between the two World Wars in the Appalachians (and there are even a few motherly references in there, to boot). The first installment, and in fact, each of the stories, is only 99 cents each, or you can read all five collected stories in the "boxed set" edition. Kindle fans can find them here, and epub users can snag copies via Barnes and Noble or the iBookstore.
 
Mother's Day Recipe
This one is so easy, even the kids could make it: Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge.
ANSWER TO THE TRIVIA QUESTION:  Reacher was in the Military Police, and he left the Army with the rank of Major.

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