December 5, 2017

Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson - Character Guest Post and Giveaway


Book details
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Setting - Virginia 
Berkley (December 5, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1101990827 

Book description
The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . . It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning. As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation...
Meet the Author - Gayle Leeson
Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. I also write as Amanda Lee. As Gayle Trent, I write the Daphne Martin Cake Mystery series and the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series. As Amanda Lee, I write the Embroidery Mystery series.

The cake decorating series features a heroine who is starting her life over in Southwest Virginia after a nasty divorce. The heroine, Daphne, has returned to her hometown of Brea Ridge to open a cake baking and decorating business and is wrestling with the question of whether or not one can go home again. She enjoys spending time with her sister, nephew, and niece, but she and her mother have a complicated relationship that isn’t always pleasant. Daphne has also reconnected with her high school sweetheart and is pursuing a rekindled romance while desperately trying to put her past behind her.

Kerry Vincent, Hall of Fame Sugar Artist, Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Director, and Television Personality says the series is “a must read for cake bakers and anyone who has ever spent creative time in the kitchen!”

Says Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “One day I found myself happily reading . . . mysteries by Gayle Trent. If she can win me over . . . she’s got a great future.”

The Embroidery Mystery series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Marcy Singer left her home in San Francisco, along with the humiliation of being left at the altar, in order to move to Tallulah Falls and realize her dream of owning her own shop. She takes along her faithful companion, a one-year-old Irish wolfhound named Angus O’Ruff. She makes many new friends in Tallulah Falls, but she also makes a few enemies. Thankfully, her best friend Sadie MacKenzie and her husband Blake run the coffeehouse right down the street from Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch; and Detective Ted Nash always has her back.

Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of the genre will take kindly to Marcy, her Irish wolfhound, Angus O’Ruff, and Tallulah Falls. This is a fast, pleasant read with prose full of pop culture references and, of course, sharp needlework puns.”

Pat Cooper of RT Book Reviews says, “If her debut here is any indication, Lee’s new series is going to be fun, spunky and educational. She smoothly interweaves plot with her character’s personality and charm, while dropping tantalizing hints of stitching projects and their history. Marcy Singer is young, fun, sharp and likable. Readers will be looking forward to her future adventures.” (RT Book Reviews nominated The Quick and the Thread for a 2010 Book Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Amateur Sleuth category)

I live in Virginia with my family, which includes her own “Angus” who is not an Irish wolfhound but a Great Pyrenees who provides plenty of inspiration for the character of Mr. O’Ruff. I'm having a blast writing this new series!

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Character Guest Post – Stu Langdon from Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson
I'm so mad I could spit. One of my neighbors keeps spraying his crops when my bees are out, and it's destroying my hive. About twenty years ago, I set up shop here in Winter Garden, Virginia on the old Carver farm. I planted some vegetables, and I established my beehives.

I love my bees. And, yet, thanks to Chad Thomas, they're dying by the hundreds on a daily basis. Most of the farmers around here understand our mutual need to protect pollinators. They know I close the bees up at night and keep them there until noon to give the farmers ample time to spray. But Chad is a different story. He sprays his pesticides whenever he feels like it, and my hives are suffering for his flagrant disregard.

People don't realize how much work can be involved with maintaining a domestic hive. Between the months of April and August, weekly inspections must be made to prevent swarming. I treat the bees for parasites in August and September, and I feed them all through the winter.

I urge you to please help me save the honey bees. Plant bee-friendly flowers in your yard or garden, don't use pesticides or chemicals on those plants, and buy local honey. If you live in Winter Garden, you can buy Landon Farms honey from the Down South Cafe. Just tell Amy that Stu sent you.


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