October 26, 2018

Death by Drama by Abigail Keam - Character Interview and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 11th in Series 
Worker Bee Press (July 24, 2018) 
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10: 069215051X 
ISBN-13: 978-0692150511 
Digital ASIN: B07FMQB68G

Book description
Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.

What could go wrong? Everything!

Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!

Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater . . . and possibly a murderer!

Meet the author - Abigail Keam
Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth in the Bluegrass. Her first mystery novel, DEATH BY A HONEYBEE, won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women's Lit from Reader's Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011. DEATH BY DROWNING won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Reader’s Favorite and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist. Miss Abigail is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition. A strong supporter of farmers' markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Gail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures. She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees. 
Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series

Death By A HoneyBee I Death By Drowning II Death By Bridle III Death By Bourbon IV Death By Lotto V Death By Chocolate VI Death By Haunting VII Death By Derby VIII Death By Design IX Death By Malice X Death By Drama XI 

Author Links Website www.abigailkeam.com 
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Character interview
Character is Josiah Louise Reynolds, the protagonist in the Josiah Reynolds Mysteries.

How did you get into acting in off the beaten path places?
A group of people I knew put on plays for their friends. You know, something fun to do for a small intimate group. I had nothing to do in the evenings, so I thought it would be exciting – act in a play, be around friends, drink a little bit. I wasn’t expecting murder though. 

What is your favorite play?
I think the play we were working on – The Murder Trap By Abigail Keam. We had just done Medea by Euripides. Boy, was that a downer. The Murder Trap was a light comedy about someone getting wacked off. I didn’t have to take it very seriously. Now looking back on it, both plays are about murder, aren’t they? I just can’t seem to get away from dead bodies.

What is the weirdest or scariest thing you have encountered in the places you have acted? I was at Wickliffe Manor, rehearsing for The Murder Trap, when I was walking down a dimly-lit hallway. I glanced over and scream. Well, it was more of a gasp. My mother was staring at me from out of the wall. Then I realized I was looking into a mirror. Oh, Lordy. Women really do turn into their mothers. I’d rather have someone stick a gun in my face than go through that again.

What is it like to help solve a murder? It’s a rush, especially when I’m closing in on someone. I have to be very careful though. My best friend, Matt, got shot by a rogue cop who had it out for me. I’ve almost been killed several times myself when the police have used me as bait to flush the murderer out. But I like puzzles and getting the bad guy off the streets. One time I did uncover the identity of a murderess, but I let her go. I thought her husband had it coming. Don’t tell anyone I told you. It’s our secret, okay?

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you. I’m a beekeeper, which is how I make my living. I live in the Butterfly, a mid-century marvel sitting on the cliffs of the Kentucky River in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass. Besides selling honey at the local farmers’ market, I board Thoroughbreds. I have a very close circle of friends who keep getting shot because of me. Sorry about that, guys. I have one daughter, Asa. She says she’s an insurance fraud agent, but everyone thinks she’s lying. We all think she works for the military or the CIA. She’s a badass, and any man who crosses her is a fool. Maybe she takes after me. I’m not nice. I like that old W C Fields joke when asked if he liked children, he answered, “Yes. Parboiled.” That’s me in a nutshell.


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