My blog tour for A Fatal Fondness starts today, organized by Escape with Dollycas. The first stop is at A Wytch’s Book Review Blog and it features a brief memoir by Emma Beach, Mary MacDougall’s housekeeper. Check out what she has to say about the headstrong young sleuth by clicking the illustration below.
My fourth Mary MacDougall historical mystery, A FATAL FONDNESS, is now available as a Kindle e-book (free for members of Kindle Unlimited). There’s a paperback edition, as well, available at Amazon and other print-on-demand sellers.
It’s 1902 and the location is Duluth, Minnesota. Mary’s just started her own detective agency and her first cases are disappointingly banal. But one of them blows up into a case involving murder and international intrigue. And Mary is right in the thick of it.
Travel back to 1902 and join heiress-sleuth Mary MacDougall in her fourth mystery adventure, A Fatal Fondness. With the help of a new sidekick, Mary opens her own agency in Duluth, Minnesota, and gets drawn into a deadly affair of international intrigue and murder. Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling—it’s a race between Mary’s wits and an assassin’s blade. Watch for it soon.
It’s way past time for an update on my writing projects. I’ve managed to get a lot of words written—and rewritten—in 2019.
The big news is the upcoming publication of the fourth Mary MacDougall historical mystery, A Fatal Fondness. In it the intrepid young sleuth finally sets up her own detective agency. But with a caveat. Her father requires an older cousin to work there, too—not just as a secretary, but as a chaperone as well. A few trivial cases trickle in. And then one of them explodes into an affair of international intrigue and murder.
A Fatal Fondness will be out in November. In December, I’ll be doing a blog tour hosted by Escape with Dollycas—where there’ll be a giveaway of all three print books in the series. So you may be seeing my mug pop up on some of your favorite mystery blogs.
This year I’ve also been working on the final novel in my Johnny Graphic ghost adventure trilogy. I set out on Johnny’s journey in 2006 and I’m happy (and relieved) to finally bring his story to a rousing, epic conclusion. The final book—as yet untitled—will be out sometime next spring.
And not that it has anything to do with book writing, but the acquisition of a nifty Olympus camera early this summer has totally reignited my passion for photography. The plan is to get up a website featuring all of my significant work, going back a long, long time. Meanwhile, I’ll be periodically posting some shots on my Facebook author page. Be sure to check it out.
My villain is torturing me…
As I reported last time, the first draft of the third and final Johnny Graphic novel was wrapped up a few months ago. I did a second draft and I’m now doing battle with the third draft. This one is the toughest so far, because I thought I would try making my antagonist—Percival Gorton Rathbone—a bit less evil than he was in the first two stories. I want to get him out of black-and-white and into shades of gray. Because even the most dastardly villain believes he has good reasons for doing what he does.
Well, it isn’t easy making someone like Percy sympathetic. I’m struggling to find the perfect balance—I’ve already redone his first chapter seven or eight times.
Fortunately, in between my battles with Percy, I’ve made progress on the fourth Mary MacDougall mystery. I’m about a quarter of the way through a first draft. After sending Mary to Upper Michigan in the last book, this time around I’m having my sleuthing heiress operate entirely in her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. It’s late September, 1902. And as Mary tackles her first modest cases as a professional detective—stolen silver napkin rings, lost cats—she can’t resist sticking her nose in the matter of a drowning. Was it accidental? Or not?
Winter’s always a productive time for me as a writer. I’m happy to stay inside in front of my computer, warm and toasty, typing away on my current project. This winter I hope to make a lot of headway on my 2018 goal of adding three new books to my backlist.
Mary MacDougall Mysteries The fourth book in this series is finally under way. Mary sets up her own detective agency, under the watchful eye of her cousin Jeanette Harrison—her new partner in crime (solving). Of course, Mary’s fascination with a certain darkly handsome painter continues.
King Harald Mysteries For their fourth adventure, I’ve decided Andy and Harald deserve a little time in the spotlight—the movie spotlight, that is. New Bergen’s the location for a movie shoot and Andy’s sister Kirsten is catering it. Naturally, handsome Harald, the crime-sniffing pooch, is cast as the movie’s canine co-star.
Johnny Graphic Adventures Under my real name, D. R. Martin, I’ve published two yarns about a 12-year-old boy who takes on ghost marauders in a 1930s alternate earth. I just finished the first draft of the final book in the trilogy, which makes me excited and sad. Excited, because I get to finish Johnny Graphic’s story. Sad, because it’s the end of the road and I’ll probably never again revisit this world.
Be sure to check out my Facebook author page for updates on Harald and Andy, and Mary MacDougall.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!
One of the dogs that helped to inspire King Harald was Gus, a big ol’ Chesapeake that lived on my brother-in-law’s farm. After he died, back around 2000, his master got himself a little puppy who was temporarily, then permanently, named Puppy.
We last saw Puppy about a month ago, still tottering over to greet us on our arrival. Puppy always had to say hello and loved following us around the farmstead. He was always good tempered, even amid the invasion of cats that descended on the place a few years ago. They kicked him out of his warm spot in an old chicken house, but he still tolerated them. There was one unfortunate incident with a feline, but we won’t discuss that here.
Anyway, we just heard that Puppy passed on a couple of weeks ago.
So, here’s to Puppy and all the fun we had with him! Thanks for the memories, you sweet ol’ pooch.