Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mysteries Prevail Today

The long silence since my Christmas
posting was due to the exciting news that my middle grade mystery, Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, will be published in June by MX Publishing. I was busy with formatting and editing issues to get it ready. (MX Publishing specializes in Sherlock related books, so Sherlock fans can go HERE to see a wonderful selection.) You can also read more about my book  next  door on my Victorian Scribbles blog HERE:

Not surprisingly, I have been reading a lot of mysteries both for young people and for adults. I recently joined Capitol Crimes, the local chapter of Sisters-in-Crime, since I'm currently working on a cosy mystery for adults. I was invited there by a friend, and it's her book I want to talk about today: Flint House, by Kathleen L. Asay, published by Bridle Path Press.

Flint House is a mystery, in fact a bundle of mysteries revolving
around what happens when disparate lives intersect over what should be a tragic event and stir up past events each character would like to forget.

Liz Cane, a cynical journalist with The Sacramentan, goes for an interview with Maisie Flint, the unpleasant owner of Flint House, a Victorian landmark in town. At one point, Maisie interrupts the interview to check on something upstairs. A few minutes later she tumbles down the stairs and dies.

Did she trip? Or was she pushed?

The tenants of Flint House are life's strays, hiding out from life in this rickety, shabby old Victorian. One mysterious tenant is called The Princess. No one knows her real name, but all the tenants seem to adore her, whereas none of them were especially fond of Maisie. The tenants also face eviction once Maisie's distant relative shows up to claim the house. The Princess claims to have a solution that will save Flint House. Then she is found in an alley, beaten nearly to death.

A random attack by a stranger? Or was she attacked by someone who knew her?

Despite herself, Liz gets drawn into their lives. She finds herself pursuing the story, partly as hard-bitten reporter, and partly because she cares about this motley collection of people who have become a family to each other. She's also obsessed with solving the mystery of The Princess's real identity.

I know it's almost a cliche these days to say "I couldn't put the book down," but I couldn't.  It was an engrossing read, and the characters are memorable. Despite the events I've mentioned, it's also a heartwarming read. I highly recommend it.

And no spoilers here. You will have to read the book to answer the questions raised above.

You can buy the book HERE: and HERE:

You contact the author at her website HERE:

33 comments:

Nancy Herman said...

Mitty, I don't read mysteries often, but this sounds fascinating, especially since it is based in Sacramento. Thanks for the recommendation. It's going on my to-read short list!

Nancy

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Nancy, thanks for stopping by. It's a pleasurable read. The characters are so full of life. It's a book I would re-read for the pleasure of keeping company with interesting characters.

Catherine A. Winn said...

Congratulations! I love the cover. It makes a reader want to open that book!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Elizabeth! SO exciting to hear that Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls will be published! Congratulations!

Geo. said...

Very much looking forward to reading Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls. As evidenced by his dependence upon the Baker Street Irregulars, Holmes was not known for underestimating or failing to encourage the observational powers of children.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Catherine, I love the Imogene cover, and I like the Flint House cover too. Which cover were you refering too?

Hi, Keith, thanks. It's exciting, for sure.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Geo. Very good observation. Doyle created such an interesting character in Holmes. So removed from emotional contact, but able to appreciate the smartness in children.

Rosi said...

I do love a good mystery and this one sounds really, really good. I hope I can find time to read it soon. Thanks for telling me about it. Congrats on your deal for Imogene. I can't wait to hold it in my hands.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rosi, this is also what one might call "a gentle mystery", despite the mysterious death and the mysterious beating. I think you would enjoy it.

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Congrats!!!! No wonder you've been busy!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Tanya. Yes, nice to catch my breath for a few days. Er . . . minutes. :-)

Kenda Turner said...

Elizabeth--congratulations on your upcoming book publication, and what a charming book cover! Imogene is speaking to me, I will be ordering your book :-) I also like the description of Flint House and wish Kathleen great success with her book, too.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kenda, Thanks for the good wishes for both myself and Kathleen. And thanks for your support. I think you will enjoy Imogene. Have a great day.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Hoy Moley! Congratulations, Elizabeth. This couldn't have happened to a nicer lady. ^_^

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Victoria! It surely couldn't happen to a happier lady! :-)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth. Very, very happy for you. I know how hard you worked on the book. The cover is lovely. Good luck with the book.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rachna. Yes, we have both worked so hard and commiserated with each other, waiting for the good times. Nice to see our dreams coming true, yes?

Cathy said...

I am so happy for you. Love the cover.

Denise Covey said...

Hi Elizabeth! Lovely to see you back and wow, what a gorgeous cover and interesting-sounding book. A long haul I'm sure, but I'm so happy for you. Dream on, I say. I'm a believer!

Denise :-)

Sandra Cox said...

Flint House sounds like a great read and many congrats on your release, Elizabeth. The cover is beautiful.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Cathy. I like the cover, too. Bob Gibson of Staunch Design - http://www.staunch.com/ - did a great job.

Denise, nice to see you here. Yes, I'm a believer, too. At long last. Glad you like the cover and concept.

Hi, Sandra, thanks stopping by, and thanks for the support.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Intriguing! And I hope you enjoy your cozy mystery group.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Donna, yes, they are a great group. Very supportive.

Janet Johnson said...

Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your book! I've been growing my interest in mysteries and it sounds like just the kind I like. Can't wait to read it! And Kathleen's sounds excellent, too. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks for stopping by, Janet. Glad you like the sounds of both books. My own will be available June 15th. Watch for it.

Are you mainly reading mysteries? Or are you interested in writing them, too? Keep me posted.

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on your publishing news and what a great cover!

Flint House sounds really great - I love the idea of a motley group of people together for a mystery. :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kimberly, I'm glad you like the cover. It's just how I envisioned "Imogene". Yes, Flint House was a great read. The characters really grow on you.

alexia said...

Congrats on selling your book! Cute cover, too. I love Sherlock stories :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, for stopping by, Alexia. I'm glad you like the cover, I was very pleased with it. And, yes, I'm a Sherlock fan from way back. My hubby, too.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on the upcoming release! Excellent news.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks, Nick! I'm still kinda floating.

Julia Hones said...

Congratulations on the publication of your book.
Flint House sounds like a good read to me as it deals with lives intersecting. Intriguing... Thank you for sharing it.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Julia, yes, I like book themes that involve with intersedcting lives. That was one appeal of Flint House, and it was the appeal of As She Left It as well. Both give you interesting puzzles to solve, along with memorable characters.