Book Title: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
School’s out for the summer!
Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.
What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?
Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!
What made you choose cozy mysteries?
Since 2011 I have written murder/suspense and romantic suspense books, and currently, I am still writing a romantic suspense series. However, three years ago I decided to write children’s books to entertain my grandchildren—the George the Pony books, which was about a real pony on our farm who has quite a personality, and quite a few personality flaws. The kids loved the books and over the years they have been very successful. However, a little over a year ago my eldest granddaughter, Kiersten, complained that she was growing too old for the George books, and that’s when I decided to write the Fiona Quinn Cozy Mysteries.
Your books include a ghostly grandma who lives in Fiona’s attic. Where did you come up with that idea?
Actually, Fiona lives in the house that I grew up in at 529 Oxford Street in Pittsburgh. The house was a large drafty brick house that indeed had a third-floor apartment, but my grandmother did not live in that apartment—my grandfather did. Why didn’t I have Fiona’s grandfather living in the attic rather than her grandmother? Well, to tell you the truth, my grandfather was rather grumpy and had very little to do with us. I was very close to my grandmother, Evelyn, who was my father’s mother. She lived about a block away on Guyland Street. I thought it would be fun to have Fiona’s grandma living in the house—she adds to the charm of the stories.
As a former professional dancer, do you ever include dance in your stories?
I certainly do! In the first Fiona Quinn Mystery, Murder on Pointe, the story revolves around the murder of a ballerina at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Keep an eye on this series, I’m sure more dance themes will be used!
Who is the most difficult character to write in this series?
I have to be equally careful with Fiona and Detective Landry. While I don’t consider either of these characters to be particularly complex, I have to be careful to portray Fiona as a naive character rather than a bubble head—it’s a fine line, but I never want the readers to consider her dumb. Fiona isn’t dumb at all—she simply prefers to see the good in people. As for Detective Nathan Landry, I have to be just as careful to make sure he is the driving force behind the investigation, but that there is room for Fiona to help him crack the case without making him look inept—again a fine line to walk.
What’s next for Fiona Quinn?
Fiona and Detective Landry find themselves in the middle of a vintage murder during a wine tasting at one of Pittsburgh’s premiere addresses, the Mansion on Fifth, in the next installment of the Fiona Quinn Mysteries, Tastes Like Murder, set to release in late November.
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