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Seaside Cove amateur sleuths Rick and Alexandra Atwood are back!
Treasure Most Deadly (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose
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Treasure Most Deadly (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
5th in Series
Satori (April 28, 2021)
Print Length: 265 pages
Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast owner Rick Atwood is again called on to assist his friend, Chief of Police Adam Cunningham, with a murder investigation. The case seems straightforward enough. Clive Crabbe, who has a quick temper and a strong jealous streak, was found hunched over the victim after the man made advances toward Clive’s ex-wife.
A murder investigation is the last thing Rick wants right now. The B&B is booked solid. The town is inundated with tourists and news reporters chasing stories about treasure thieves. And Rick’s wedding to Marquetta Weiss is just weeks away. As if that wasn’t enough, Rick’s eleven-year-old daughter Alex is not only itching to help the cops solve another murder, but she’s forming an unhealthy friendship with a B&B guest.
As the murder investigation progresses, Rick realizes Alex’s new friend could be at the center of everything. The worst part is that Alex may be the one person capable of cracking the case.
HI, TERRY, THANKS FOR TAKING the time to share a bit about yourself with my readers and me!
Tell us a little about yourself.
In college, I thought I was going to be a scientist…or maybe an anthropologist…or a musician…or a photographer…but that all went down the tubes when I went into business to pay for food and rent. Many years later, I turned to writing. I’ve now been writing for over thirty years. I realized a few years ago that I’d passed one of those writer’s milestones and had penned a million words.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing fiction in my late thirties and discovered I was really bad at it. Fortunately, I had a great critique group, wonderful mentors, and an excellent editor who got me on the right track.
Did you always want to be an author? What made you choose the cozy mystery genre?
I was never one of those people who penned their first novel with a crayon. I wrote a short story once in elementary school that my mom thought was good. The truth is, I turned to the cozy mystery genre because I liked the restrictions—no sex, no on-page violence, no offensive language. Those restrictions force me to extract the most out of every word, and that’s a part of writing I truly enjoy.
Do you prefer to read cozy mystery books, or do you have another favorite genre? What are you reading now?
If a book has solid character development, follows the cozy genre rules, and maintains tension on the page, I’m all in. Right now I’m reading Anna Gerard’s Peaches and Schemes.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
Hawaii? Oh, you probably wanted something more specific. Before Covid-19, I used to enjoy writing in coffee shops and libraries. These days, my favorite is our back patio on warm days.
Do you have any must-have snacks or drinks you enjoy while writing?
Hot chocolate is always one of my favorites unless I’m writing early in the morning, in which case I love a good mocha.
What’s on your desk (if you write at one!)?
Way too much stuff. I think there’s a desk under all of it. Somewhere. There’s got to be. Right?
What is the first book you remember reading as a child? What was one of your favorite books you read as a child?
I have no clue because I’m one of those people with almost zero childhood memories. Science fiction was a favorite of mine when I was in my teens, but before that? Who knows?
Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?
I now prefer e-books for the simple reason that it’s easier to read them. I think that’s a common thing with people…ahem…of a certain age.
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
Kauai. I write the McKenna Trouble in Paradise Mysteries, which are set in Hawaii. Only the second book in the series, Kauai Temptations, took place on Kauai so I’d love to go back and do another. Ummm…I don’t have to pay for this trip, do I?
What or who has influenced you the most as a writer?
Without a doubt, it would be Jack M. Bickham’s book, Scene and Structure. My writing had been evolving, but I felt there was always something I could do better. The book helped me understand what that something was and helped me to tighten my writing. A strong runner-up would be Blake Snyder’s ‘beat sheet.’ While actually a screenwriting technique, this clarified for me so much of the storytelling process. It helped me to realize what I needed to do better to create a more compelling story—even within the confines of the cozy mystery genre.
Do you have any author friends who support you while you’re writing? Do you belong to any writing groups?
I’m a member of Booklovers Bench. We’re a group of seven cozy mystery writers who work collaboratively on marketing primarily, but we delve into other aspects of the business as well.
Finally, what are you working on now? Can you tell us a bit about it?
I’m currently planning the next McKenna Trouble in Paradise Mystery. This story is one I’ve looked forward to writing ever since we took a tour of ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu several years ago. The thing I love about the McKenna series is that I get to dive deep into issues facing those who live in Hawaii while keeping the story fun and light. It’s a challenging tightrope to walk, but I do love a challenge!
Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions!
About Terry Ambrose
Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose, tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars-but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as-always keep your car in the garage. Today, Terry likes fast, funny mysteries and cool photography. He writes the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries and organized an anthology to benefit Read Aloud America. He fondly likens his efforts to those of a blind man herding cats.
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