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ABOUT THE BOOK
Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.
What could go wrong? Everything!
Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!
Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater . . . and possibly a murderer!
Title: Death by Drama
Author: Abigail Keam
Genre: Cozy mystery
Series: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery, book 11
Publisher: Worker Bee Press (July 24, 2018)
Print length: 228 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours
GUEST POST BY ABIGAIL KEAM
Readers ask me how I get my ideas for the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series, which is about an amateur beekeeping sleuth. I get them from a variety of sources. One is dreams. I sometimes dream my plots. Other storylines come from the headlines. Death By Bridle, Death By Drama, and my soon-to-be released Death By Stalking are based on true events. I change the names and some of the events, but the stories are basically true.
In all my novels, I try to be as factual as possible. To understand the culture in the Bluegrass, you have to understand the past. As Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” That is why I weave history into the mystery storyline. I love history, and I think my readers enjoy reading Kentucky’s fascinating history as well. Kentucky is not called the “dark and bloody ground” for nothing.
The one thing I try to do for my readers is write an enjoyable mystery. If they learn about honeybees and some history, I’m happy, but I want them to have a good time. I try to make Josiah witty, fun, and naughty. I do consider my novels dark cozies because I write about serious subject matters such as spousal abuse, but I hope I write them in such a way that it does not come across as preaching. I want the readers to finish my mysteries with a light heart, and I will continue to write about Josiah, my heroine, as long as readers want to enter her world through the written word.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her first mystery novel, Death By A Honeybee, won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA Book News-Best Books List of 2011.
Death By Drowning won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Reader’s Favorite and also was placed on the USA Book News-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist.
Miss Abigail is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.
A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Gail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.
She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.
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