Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Guest post & Giveaway:The Widow's Walk League by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Too Many Coincidences for Comfort
The Widow’s Walk League, the fourth book in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series I write is newly released and I’m getting a little nervous. I have all the usual, “will people buy it, more importantly, will they like it,” jitters writers have with each of their books, but this is something else.
The book blurb reads: “Santa Cruz husbands are being murdered. The local news media is buzzing because a dark-clad figure witnesses describe as Death had been seen lurking nearby each time a murder is committed. Regan McHenry discovers all the murdered men have something in common: their wives belong to a walking group called The Widow’s Walk League.”
Regan, my protagonist, is a real estate agent like I was. What happens to her at work is based on things that happened to me or to other Realtors I know. The real estate stories, strange as they may be, are true; the murders are not. At least they’re not supposed to be. And that’s what’s worrying me.
The first series book, The Death Contingency, began with a young surfer partying too much, getting swept out to sea, and dying of hypothermia. I got a couple of outraged emails telling me that would never happen to a fit, experienced young man…until local headlines proclaimed a young surfer died just as I described his death in my book. The real death occurred about a year after my book was released.
Buying Murder, book three in the series, opens with the discovery of a partially mummified body hidden in a wall anomaly. It only took three weeks after my book’s release for a headline like that to hit the local news.
The area president of our Woodies car club helped me set the scene for a murder at Woodies on the Wharf, a popular annual Santa Cruz event, for The Widow’s Walk League. I took a newly released book to the event for him and, just for fun, decided to tell the Woodie owner parked in the book’s fatal spot to be careful.
The Woodie owner was nonplussed, but I left the event somewhat shaken. It turns out he shared a name with the murder victim and told me he was a retired cop who knew the real Dave I base a recurring character in my books on and had even been with him when my real cop friend lost his eye in a shootout, the back-story I use for the Dave character in the books.
I don’t believe I’m a psychic. Like Regan, I don’t believe in psychics, but like she discovers in The Widow’s Walk League, some things are hard to explain.
And this is all getting weird. Really weird.
Wow, thanks, Nancy! Your books sounds really intriguing and a lot of fun.
For more info on the author please visit her website where you can read some sample chapters for free. Nancy is also a Goodreads author and can be found actively participating in the cozy mysteries group.