Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seasonal Titles: Gold, Frakincense, and Murder by Barbara Early

High school geometry teacher, Donna Russell likes her life well-ordered and logical, even if it is a tad solitary at times. But when a charming co-worker at the local food bank disappears just before Christmas, Donna is left with more questions than solutions.


After the missing man's neighbor, muscle-bound EMT Sam Holton, volunteers as Donna's crime-fighting sidekick, sparks fly between them. Donna wonders if Sam can be trusted, or if he's trying to throw an unknown into her calculations—and her life.

And when police recover a body from the icy Niagara River, Donna is faced with the most frustrating equation of all: can murder plus mayhem ever equal romance?

Read an excerpt!

Food pantries are lousy places to meet men.

I slammed another dusty can of sauerkraut into the rough wood shelving to punctuate that thought, enjoying the reverberation through the brick storefront. Don’t get me wrong. That’s not why I volunteered. My days of pining after some testosterone-charged he-god passed a decade or so ago when all my friends married and started having kids. I’d officially become “Aunt Donna,” and I was pretty okay with that.

Most of the time.

I had my friends, my students, and my cat. Only my friends were all busy chauffeuring their kids to basketball practice and dance recitals, my students at the high school drove me up the wall, and my black cat was one of those independent sorts, content stalking birds from the window. He rubbed against my leg twice a day when I filled his food dish, and that was pretty much the extent of my physical contact with other living things.

Read the reviews!

"Wonderfully written with a nice mix of thrills, chills and laughs, Gold, Frankinsense and Murder is a lovely short story to curl up with on a winter's night. I loved the scene with the cat attacking the tree - something my cat did reguarly - and the sleuthing Donna reminded me of Miss Marple. It's 83 pages are jam packed with vivid descriptions and action that keep you turning pages."

--Clare Revell, author of Saving Christmas




PURCHASE GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MURDER AT PELICANGROUP.COM AND AMAZON!

Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. She taught secondary English and science for several years in a Christian school before home schooling her daughter successfully through high school. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance, and was a double finalist in the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Visit Barbara online at http://www.barbaraearly.com/ and her blog at http://barbearly.blogspot.com/.

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thrilled to have you here today, Barbara.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season.

Cheryl

Barbara Early said...

Thanks for having me, Cheryl. :)

Dora Hiers said...

Every time I see this title I chuckle. What a great title! Can't wait to read it! Congrats, Barbara.

What a lovely holiday background design on your blog, Cheryl. I always enjoy stopping by. Wishing you both a joyous, Son-filled Christmas!

Donna B said...

I agree with Dora, what a great title! And I love the quirky conclusions she draws! Great story!

Marianne Evans said...

Great blog post, ladies, and Barb, congrats on the release - I wish you every blessing!!

LoRee Peery said...

Enjoyed this. I get a kick out of the title every time I come across it. Good job.

Barbara Early said...

Thanks for all the comments. I had an odd idea for another title today. Now all I need is a plot. LOL.

And Cheryl, this truly is a lovely blog. Nice work on the design. And thanks again for hosting me.