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William Brock does indeed write some genuinely creepy, excellent, excellent dark stuff. If you're into that, I highly recommend his short stories! And genre categories are not meant to censor, just to help readers identify the type of fiction they enjoy, so they can enjoy more of the same. There's all types of people in the world and all types of fiction, but I'm cozy with my cozies! Off to bed with one now... - Beth
I like that, J.R.! May my mysteries always smell... ;)
Well, Sheila beat me to the answer of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series as a vampire mystery series. Another amusing series with a vampire detective is the Felix Gomez series written by Mario Acevedo, starting with The Nymphos of Rocky Flats. They are definitely not cozies, though!
I agree with Karen that police procedurals or PI novels can be a puzzle mystery, too, as long as the DNA processing takes a long time so the sleuth figures out whodunnit first and the DNA match is just used to confirm the sleuth's deduction. Other types of forensics can support the investigation, but the focus has to be on the "tiny gray cells" of the sleuth's brain, as Hercules Poirot likes to say. :) As for David's comment, unfortunately I can't stomach reading rape, torture or child abuse scenes no matter how well-written they are. I'm willing to sample all kinds of genres and characters, but I don't want to be kept up at night with nightmares. The curse of an overactive imagination!
I want to thank everyone who stops by today to comment. Everyone who does will be entered into a contest for a free autographed set of Claire Hanover gift basket designer books. And if you comment on other stops of my blog tour, you'll be entered into the contest, too. The schedule is at: Tomorrow I will be at Jen's Book Thoughts: If you're intrigued by my blog tour enough to want to purchase A REAL BASKET CASE or TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, please order them from your favorite local bookstore or go to: or Thanks, everyone, and I'm looking forward to the discussion here today!
Thanks for the compliments, folks! As you can tell, Claire and I are good friends and I enjoy writing her stories. :) - Beth
This is an answer to Dani's question about the apartment building mentioned in A REAL BASKET CASE where I tried out my breaking and entering skills to look for clues. I don't want to insult any people who currently live in that apartment building, because author Beth Groundwater wasn't very kind in her description of it. There's more than one building that fits the general description, as does the one you mentioned, but I'm not going to say if you nailed it. Sorry! Now, where is Judy? It's about time for dinner and she's not home yet. - Claire
Philip asked: "I'd love to know how Roger feels about Claire going after another killer. Is he cheering you on, Claire?" Roger's never been too keen about me getting involved in murder investigations, which I fear this may turn into. He was so worried about my safety when I did some snooping to find clues about who really killed Enrique. I'm sure he'll try to talk me out of looking into Stephanie's "accident," hoping to protect me, but I'm more worried about protecting Judy! I know Roger's going to want some of that one-on-one time we had hoped to have on this vacation, and I do, too. I know we need it.
Thanks, everyone, for the compliments AND for your comments. Good luck in my contest! If you follow the tour and comment on EVERY one of my posts, your odds of winning the autographed book set will improve. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more...
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Hi Holly, Okay, I'll take that as a gentle hint and put Alamosa on my list of possible stops. Do you recommend a bookstore in town? For those of you who stop by today and think you're too late, don't despair, I'll be checking in and responding to comments today, too.
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As L.C. said, if you're planning a trip anyway (like my husband and I were to attend my daughter's graduation), turning it into a book tour allows you to deduct the expenses. And Rod's advice is wonderful! I've been working on the in-person events first, and now I'm emailing out stock-signing requests, but adding that third step of just stopping by other stores and leaving information is a great idea. I'll have to print out a list of stores and addresses at each of the cities we'll be going through. And yes, Wendy's idea is great, too. I automatically put out a sign-up list for my email newsletter at every event I do, so I forgot to mention it here. It's a zero cost thing to do (except for the price of a pad of paper). I now have over 2000 folks on my list! Let's keep the ideas flowing! Any other tips that could be applied to travel in general, like Karen's for camping out and cooking your own food? KOAs often have inexpensive cabins you can rent, too, if you don't have a trailer or camper.
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You know, being a woman, I'm a little leery of staying in the home of someone I don't know. If someone who I've met at a conference and talked to in person offers me a place to stay, I'll certainly consider it. In fact, I have gotten and accepted one offer of a place to stay from an another author since I announced my June tour. Another little cheap book tour tip that I didn't include in the article is to buy a box of a dozen extra fine point Sharpie permanent markers at an office supply store before you leave, to sign books with. Hopefully, you'll need them all! Thanks, folks, for stopping by and commenting here. I'll be checking in throughout the day and early tomorrow to address other comments. The schedule for my whole blog tour is at: My next stop tomorrow will be at: where I'll be talking about how to invite authors to visit your book club. I hope you'll comment on ALL the stops along my tour--and increase your odds for winning an autographed set of the two Claire Hanover mystery books! - Beth
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