Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than pirate’s treasure.
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Interview with a Cozy Mystery Character
Kathi: Hello everyone. My name is Kathi Daley. I am a mystery writer who enjoys writing mystery with a touch of romance as well as romance with a touch to mystery. I currently write six series: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Writer’s Retreat Southern Mysteries, Seacliff High Teen Mysteries, and Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries. With me today is the star of the Paradise Lake Mysteries, Tj Jensen. Welcome Tj.
Tj: Thank you for having me.
Kathi: Why don’t you start off by telling us a little about yourself?
Tj: I live in the small alpine town of Serenity Nevada, which is located on the west shore of Paradise Lake. I am a high school coach and physical education teacher at the same high school I attended as a student. I recently moved back to Maggie’s Hideaway, the lakeside resort where I grew up, after my mother died and I was granted custody of two half-sisters I barely knew. Learning to be both a mom and a sister to Ashley and Gracie has been challenging, but I have the help and support of my grandfather and father, both who live at the resort, as well as best friends Kyle and Jenna.
Kathi: You recently have developed a reputation as being a bit of an amateur sleuth. Can you tell us how that came about?
Tj: It all started just three months after my sisters came to Paradise Lake and I moved home with my father and grandfather. A good friend of mine died in his home under what I believed to be suspicious circumstances even though the sheriff ruled the death to have been caused by natural causes. I’m not sure why I was so certain that my friend Zachary had died at the hands of another. He was an old man in ill health who appeared to have simply drifted off while he sat in his favorite chair, but my instinct told me otherwise, so I set out to prove the sheriff and everyone else wrong. In the end I was able to prove that Zachary had been murdered and that, as it turned out, was the beginning of my sleuthing hobby.
Kathi: You’ve mentioned family and friends but not a relationship of the romantic kind. What would you stay about the current state of you romantic life?
Tj: Complicated. Very, very, complicated.
Kathi: So tell me about your decision to spend the summer on Gull Island.
Tj: An old friend of my father’s suffered a stroke and needed someone to oversee the renovations he had planned for the resort he owned on Gull Island. When he offered me the job I jumped at the chance to take a step away from a life that has undergone so many changes in the past few months that I no longer recognize it. Of course what I didn’t expect was that by agreeing to spend the summer on Gull Island, I would be trading one set of problems for another.
Tj: In a nutshell – a dead treasure hunter, pesky developer, deputy sheriff with a secret, and a whole lotta strange goings on that can’t quite be explained.
Kathi: Sounds intriguing. I wish we could continue our discussion but I’m afraid our time is up. I want to thank you for coming and sharing a bit about your life. I’m sure our readers are looking forward to learning more about you as they join you on the pages of the Paradise Lake Books.
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