Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Murder Most Finicky by Liz Mugavero Interview & Giveaway

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Murder Most Finicky
by Liz Mugavero

MURDER MOST FINICKY is another exciting installment to one of my favorite cozy mystery series.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews
I really enjoyed this book it had so much adventure, lots of questions and kept me thoroughly entertained.
~Community Bookstop
The action started right from the very first page and continued with the collection of quirky characters that added to the appeal of the book.
~Cinnamon and Sugar and A Little Bit of Murder
This mystery is a total page turner, is so full of twists, unexpected events, disappearances.
There is a lot going on including a trip to NYC, a catnapping, a surprise investor for Stan’s patisserie, some infidelity, and of courses a lot of food.
~Melina’s Book Blog
Murder Most Finicky is a fine addition to the Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series!
~Back Porchervations
Murder Most Finicky
(A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (December 29, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700179


The dog days of summer have arrived in the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and business is booming for Kristan “Stan” Connor. Her Pawsitively Organic pet food has even caught the attention of celebrity pastry chef Sheldon Allyn, who helps Stan open a fancy pet pastry shop in Frog Ledge. A partnership is born, and Sheldon invites Stan to Newport, Rhode Island, for an appreciation weekend he’s hosting for all his independent chefs. But the gourmet getaway turns sour when one of the chefs turns up dead, and a second one goes missing…
As Stan tries to figure out who had a recipe for murder, the pool of suspects expands. And if she can’t sniff out the culprit soon, this killer may just serve up a second helping of murder…
Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

About This Author

Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”
She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.
Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee.

Where are you from?

I’m from the Boston area, and it’s still the place about which I’m most nostalgic. Right now I live in Connecticut, but there’s nothing like visiting home.

Tell us your latest news?

The fourth book in my Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Murder Most Finicky, was released at the end of December. I really enjoyed writing this book. My main character, Stan Connor, got out of her small town for the weekend and headed off to Newport, RI for a chefs’ retreat. Of course, a murderer crashes the party and Stan is once again in the midst of a murder investigation. Food, cats and over-the-top chefs are key components of this one!

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to make up a story. Writing was always my escape, whether it was a (bad) poem after a not-so-great day, or a short story about people doing way more exciting things than I was doing. I also started writing because I loved the feeling I get after reading a terrific book, and I wanted to be the one who invoked those feelings in people.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always been a writer! I’ve been making up crazy stories since I was a kid and encouraging people to come play in my worlds. I knew this would be my profession - I think I’ve always known it - and always easily identified with the word “writer.”

What inspired you to write your first book?

Animals! I wanted my rescue pals to have a place in my books, and I wanted the books to be meaningful as well as entertaining. Incorporating animal nutrition and rescue into my story felt right, and it’s given me a wealth of storylines to pursue. 

Do you have a specific writing style?

Everyone has their own voice, and I think every writer is always developing that voice. I tend to underwrite in my first drafts, then go back later and fill in descriptions of characters and place. Dialogue tends to come a lot easier for me - I can hear the people talking in my head. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing!

How did you come up with the title?

Titles for cozies are usually “punny.” For these books I try to do something food related, cat related or, in the best scenario, both. I have to admit I was stuck on the title for this one and my editor came to the rescue with Murder Most Finicky.

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

I’m a huge animal lover and advocate, and I’ve worked in rescue for many years. I’m also very much into health and wellness and nutrition, both for humans and animals. Given the subject matter of my books, I get to talk about all of that stuff in a way that comes naturally for the characters and doesn’t sound preachy.

What would you like my readers to know?

I’d like to give a big shoutout to all the readers out there - because without you, we wouldn’t have anyone to write for! Meeting and interacting with readers is one of my favorite parts of this job. And getting to hear all about their pets is awesome!

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1 comment:

  1. Love all the info I get from these blog tours, thanks for the giveaway.