Monday, February 29, 2016

Deadly Scandal by Kate Parker Interview, Review & Giveaway

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Deadly Scandal

by Kate Parker

Cover may change
Genre – Cozy Historical Mystery
• Series: The Deadly Series
• Links will be available early February.
An exciting new series from
the author of The Victorian Bookshop Mysteries.


Olivia Denis is a contented young wife with a carefree life in late 1930’s London. Then her world is shattered with the violent death of her husband, Reggie. The police want to call it a suicide and close the case, but Olivia knows Reggie couldn’t possibly have fired the fatal shot.
Further mysteries surface surrounding her husband’s death. Did the trustworthy Foreign Office employee betray government secrets? Was his murder linked to the death of a German embassy clerk the same night? And who searched their flat?
Her desire for answers and her need to support herself cause her to break away from the pampered life she’s known and take a job. But with the much-needed paycheck as a society reporter for a newspaper comes a secret secondary assignment—one that involves her in the increasingly dangerous world of European politics as the continent slides toward war.
Kate Parker


Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.
The first story in the series is Deadly Scandal, and she is hard at work on the sequel.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in the Washington DC area

Tell us your latest news? I have a new book coming out February 25th called Deadly Scandal. It’s the first in a new series for me. I’ve moved ahead four decades, since the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries take place in the late 1890s and we first meet Olivia Denis in 1937 London. Like Georgia, my heroine in the Bookshop Mysteries, Olivia will solve mysteries and get involved in adventures.

When and why did you begin writing? I’ve had stories running through my mind as long as I can remember. When my husband was disabled in a work accident, I needed something to take my mind off his pain, at least for short periods. Writing allowed me to escape to other people’s problems for awhile.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? Quite a while ago. I wrote 18 stories in 15 years before I was finally contracted by Berkley in 2012. Somewhere along the way, I realized I was a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book? I wrote a romantic suspense about an injured man and an estranged wife who never gives up on him. I think it was a way to cope with what was going on in my real life, with my husband undergoing repeated surgeries.

Do you have a specific writing style? I see my stories as an escape, as enjoyment - unlike real murder which is brutal - and I write with a light touch. I like to think I write into the legacy of the traditional mystery writers, Christie, Sayers, etc, but with a modern reader in mind. Tastes as to pacing and plotting have changed; love of a good mystery that sweeps you away never will.

How did you come up with the title? I don’t know. It just fits the story. It also led to the name of the series. The Deadly Series.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think the message would be the resiliency of the human spirit. Olivia survives widowhood and a change in her lifestyle. There was a refugee crisis in 1937 no less than the one today. The world was on the brink of war. Looking back, we see we made it to 2016 through the efforts of a lot of good men and women over the years. As a species, we are resilient and we try to move toward what is good.

What would you like my readers to know? Above all, Deadly Scandal is meant to be enjoyed. Sit back with a mug of hot tea, put your feet up, and be transported to an adventure and a mystery in another place and time. Enjoy!

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My Review:
In the 1930's London a man named Reggie Denis dies horribly leaving a young wife. She does not know where to turn and will never be the same. Everyone except Olivia believes that he killed himself. Then as time goes on many questions appear. There was another murder the same night, are they somehow linked? Olivia has to get answers and she has to take care of her own life now. She finally gets  a job. But, even as she is trying to get ahead and answer questions about her husband's death she finds herself in danger. Will she find out what really happened to him? Will she be safe herself? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.     

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