Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Murder the Tey Way by Marilyn Levinson Interview & Giveaway

Murder the Tey Way
by Marilyn Levinson

Murder the Tey Way
by Marilyn Levinson
  • Cozy Mystery – 300 pages
The sequel to Murder a la Christie. The book will be out in mid-October!!
Professor Lexie Driscoll is leading a Golden Age of Mystery book club discussion of Josephine Tey’s novels, when her sister arrives in a state of agitation. The sisters aren’t close, and Lexie wonders why Gayle has driven from Utah to Long Island to stay with her. The following morning, Gayle awakens Lexie to say there’s a dead man lying in her backyard. Gayle confesses she’s on the run because she witnessed a murder and the murderer is out to get her. Gayle takes off after begging Lexie not to tell the police she’s been there. This presents a problem because Lexie’s boyfriend, homicide detective Brian Donovan, is initially put in charge of the investigation. The murder victim turns out to be a minor criminal suspected of having burgled several homes in the area. Lexie wonders if her sister killed the man, believing he was sent to kill her.
Lexie and her friend Joy Lincoln, a former FBI agent and now a stay-at-home mom, soon discover that all of the book club members either have secrets or are in situations involving the wrong side of the law. An older couple, Marge and Evan Billings, are at the mercy of the criminals they’ve hired to extricate their young granddaughter from Peru. Tim Draigon has lost his attorney’s license for illegal activities. He and Sadie Lu, a guidance counselor, owe money and have borrowed large sums from money lenders connected to the murdered man. Lexie’s neighbors, the Roberts sisters, are strange birds. Corinne dominates her slow sister, Felicity, and berates Lexie whenever she comes to Felicity’s aid. And who is this Johnny Scarvino Felicity fears? Another club member is murdered, one is knocked unconscious, and old and new secrets impact the lives of the members of the book club. Lexie must find the murderer before more lives are destroyed.
About This Author
 A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and books for kids.
Her latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, is out with Oak Tree Press. Untreed Reads has brought out new e-editions of her Twin Lakes mysteries: A Murderer Among Us, awarded a Suspense Magazine Best Indie, and Murder in the Air. Uncial Press e-publishes her ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and her romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations. All of Marilyn’s mysteries take place on Long Island, where she lives.
Her books for young readers include No Boys Allowed; Rufus and Magic Run Amok, which was awarded a Children’s Choice; Getting Back to Normal, & And Don’t Bring Jeremy.
Marilyn loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her granddaughter, Olivia, on FaceTime. She is co-founder and past president of the Long Island chapter of Sisters in Crime.
 Author Links
Webpage: http://www.marilynlevinson.com
Blog: Makeminemystery the first and third Monday of every month.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/
Purchase Links:
Amazon B&N

Tour Participants
November 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Review
November 25 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
November 26 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
November 27 – U.S. Thanksgiving
November 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Interview  
November 29 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
November 30 – off
December 1 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
December 2 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
December 3 – readalot – Review
December 4 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
December 5 – Community Bookstop – Review
December 6 – Book Club Librarian – Review
December 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review


Where are you from?

I’m from Long Island, New York.  Over the years each move I’ve made has taken me further and further out east on the Island.

Tell us your latest news?

Murder the Tey Way, the second book in my Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series, has just come out in paperback and e-format.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing stories when I was in the second grade.  I’ve no idea why writing has appealed to me for most of my life.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose I considered myself a writer when my first book, And Don’t Bring Jeremy, came out in 1986. The book is a YA and deals with how a boy learns to accept his brother’s disabilities. I’m happy to say the book is available to today’s young readers in all e-book formats.

What inspired you to write your first book?

The first novel I completed was a romantic suspense called Come Home to Death. A vivid dream of a young woman being chased by a man intent on telling her that her husband is a gambler inspired this novel. A dear friend and fellow writer has told me she loved reading it. And so, I intend to publish it one day soon.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m not aware of my writing style. My characters and their make up, their secrets and their interactions are what interest me the most, regardless of which genre I’m writing in. My intention is to write clearly and cleanly, so that my readers can glide through my novels.

How did you come up with the title?

Murder the Tey Way refers to Josephine Tey’s marvelous novels. My sleuth Lexie Driscoll leads discussions about several of Tey’s mysteries while solving the murders occurring around her. She employs some of Tey’s methods of observation and analysis to identify the murderer.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Everyone has secrets, including your friends and neighbors. No one is exactly whom you think he or she is. I also explore the relationships of two sets of sisters: Lexie and her estranged younger sister and  Lexie’s next-door neighbors.

What would you like my readers to know?

Reading Murder the Tey Way will provide you with a good Who Dun It, an introduction to Josephine Tey’s marvelous novels, and a cast of interesting characters.

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