Book Title: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
School’s out for the summer!
Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.
What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?
Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!
CATS—WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
I’m a dog lover—always have been. That’s not say that I don’t like cats, I do, I just prefer the company of a dog. When you call a dog—they come. When you call a cat—they take a message and get back to you later. The interesting thing about being a dog lover is there have been virtually no dogs in any of my books—my characters all seem to have cats.
What’s up with that?
In my Unbridled Series, Ava West has a white Persian cat named Stella. In the second book from my First Force Series, To the Breaking Pointe, I introduce the character, Silja Ramsay, a prima ballerina who has a calico named Greta, and in book #3, Into the Dark, of the same series, Lil Haliday now has a tabby kitten named Tickles.
Sooo…where are the dogs in this self-proclaimed dog lover’s stories? My Cocker Spaniel, Allister, is starting to feel a bit betrayed.
Never fear fellow dog lovers—and Allister— in the Fiona Quinn Mysteries, Fiona has a Maltese named Harriet.
Finally! The dogs will be properly represented!
I think that readers enjoy it when authors include animals in their story lines—as long as they don’t monopolize it. I’ve noticed that when I post a photo of my dog or one of my horses on Facebook I get an enormous amount of “likes” and comments—more so than if I post a photo of one of my grandkids.
Over the years, I’ve used cats to enhance my stories—to help the reader identify (if you will) with the characters that I’ve created, but I’m very careful not to make the story about the animal—I’m vigilant in keeping the story focused on the mystery and intrigue that churns until it comes to the boiling point and our murderer is revealed.
Nonetheless, I think Allister is feeling better about the situation—even if there are no Cockers in the books—sorry, buddy.
So, here’s the question that I pose to you: Do you enjoy stories that include pets or is it something that makes no difference in your reading pleasure?
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.
Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.
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