Cherry Cake and a Cadaver
by Susan Boles
Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.
When it comes to creating characters for a mystery, inspiration can come from just about anywhere. And from anyone. Last fall, as I was plotting and planning Cherry Cake and a Cadaver, a dear friend’s dog rescue was planning their annual blow out fundraiser. Since Streetdog Foundation is an organization dear to my heart, along with the founder,and I wanted to contribute something in addition to the items I had donated for the dogs care and the purchase of the event ticket, I offered to let them raffle off the chance to name a character in my next book in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. I was at a point where I could insert the winner of the raffle’s chosen name as one of the secondary characters in the book. Easy peasy. Right?
Not so much.
The week after the event I received an email from the fundraiser organizer. They had the name chosen by the winner of the raffle. Yay! The name chosen by the winner was (drum roll, please) — Luxen Natolovich. Uh oh. I totally had not expected such an unusual name. But that’s what happens when you offer cart blance, right?
I could have just inserted the name as one of the male characters in the book and went on about my business. But, somehow, I couldn’t do that. The old brains cells got to firing up and asking questions that didn’t fit with any existing character in the book. Questions like, how would someone with that name end up living in a tiny town in North Mississippi? Ugh! No! No! Go away silly questions! But they insisted on being answered.
So. I put on my thinking cap, brushed up on some local history and created what I think is a really great mystery with an interesting real life angle. It meant some pretty big re-writes because the new guy became in integral part of the story. But I think it turned out to be a really well. Join Lily Gayle and the gang in the newest installment of the series to find out what that real life angle is and to ride the mystery train with all the gang in Mercy, Mississippi.
About the Author
Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.
She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.
Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.
Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.
Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.
Webpage – www.susanbolesauthor.com
Twitter – @SusanBAuthor
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