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Hippie Haven Homicide (Psychedelic Spy Mystery)
by Sally Carpenter
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Hippie Haven Homicide (Psychedelic Spy Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (May 21, 2020)
Paperback: 229 pages
Get ready to flip your wig over another groovy 1967 retro-cozy with actress and amateur spy Noelle McNabb.
Spy agency SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Espionage and Surveillance) turns Noelle’s pet, Ceebee, into an “acoustic kitty” to listen in on an agent known only as Old Scratch.
Meanwhile, a counterculture religious sect led by the Wise One infiltrates the staid town of Yuletide, Indiana. When one of the sect members makes a premature departure to the Spirit in the Sky, Noelle investigates, but finds herself in deep water—literally. With her undercover disguises, Noelle really knows how to sock it to ‘em. However, she still can’t solve the secrets of a certain family member.
Don’t miss this fab story of saints, sinners and spies!
Our Favorite Spies
What does James Bond have to do with my new retro-cozy, Hippie Haven Homicide?
My book, second in the Psychedelic Spy series, is set in 1967. In real life, the 1950s and ‘60s were the height of the Cold War between America and Russian. The U.S. and Russia were engaged in a space race to see who would land on the moon first. Many homes had television for the first time, and citizens learned about spy activities from the comfort of their living rooms.
In the midst of the Cold War, British author Ian Fleming brought James Bond to life in 1953 with the novel “Casino Royale.” He wrote 13 more Bond novels, as well as short stories and one children’s book, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” before his death in 1964.
Although Fleming had worked in U.K. Naval intelligence, his Bond character was fantasy. Real spies don’t wear tuxedos, date beautiful women, gamble thousands of dollars in Monte Carlo, drive exotic cars, or leave a trail of corpses in their wake.
The movie that kicked off the Bond craze was “Dr. No” in 1963. Since then, the handsome, dashing Bond has continued as one of the longest movie franchises of 26 films, with “No Time to Die” set to open later this year.
Bond fever was strong enough to inspire a number of other movies in the 1960s. Some were hard-bitten, gritty spies; others were spoofs. Bond clones turned on the small screen as well.
Here are some of the TV/movie spies of the 1960s. You may be familiar with them!
- The Avengers, with John Stead (Patrick MacNee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg)
- The Man From UNCLE, with Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum).
- The Girl From UNCLE, with April Dancer (Stephanie Powers) and Mark Slate (Noel Harrison)
- I Spy, with Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby)
- The Wild Wild West, with James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin)
- Our Man Flint, with Derek Flint (James Coburn)
- Murderer’s Row, with Matt Helm (Dean Martin).
- Mission: Impossible, with Jim Phelps (Peter Graves)
- Get Smart, with Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) and Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon)
- Danger Man, with John Drake (Patrick McGoohan)
For my series, I created a fictitious super secret spy agency, SIAMESE. My heroine, Noelle McNabb, is an actress who occasionally works undercover assignments for SIAMESE. The story is a spy caper/cozy mash-up with spies, a body and no gore, violence, sex or bad language. A retro spy for the modern reader!
About Sally Carpenter
Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier living in Moorpark, Calif.
She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school, her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. “Star Collector” was produced in New York City and served as the inspiration for her first mystery series.
Sally also has a Master of Divinity and a black belt in tae kwon do.
She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures.
The books in her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series are: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), The Sinister Sitcom Caper, The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper and The Quirky Quiz Show Caper, all with Cozy Cat Press.
Flower Power Fatality is the first book in the Psychedelic Spy series.
She has short stories in three anthologies: Last Exit to Murder, Plan B: Omnibus and Cozy Cat Shorts. She penned chapter three of the CCP group mystery Chasing the Codex.
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