This Old Homicide Launch Party plus Giveaway

This Old Homicide by Kate CarlisleWelcome to the elegant Hennessey House bed and breakfast in Lighthouse Cove, California! Jane Hennessey, owner of this establishment, was kind enough to welcome us, even though she hasn’t yet opened her doors to the public. (She may regret her hospitality… she probably didn’t realize that we’d have a very naughty rooster in our party!)

Victorian Bed and BreakfastWe’re celebrating Tuesday’s release of THIS OLD HOMICIDE, the second book of my Fixer-Upper Mystery series! Whoop, whoop!

The Hennessey House is nearing the end of its incredible restoration by Lighthouse Cove’s own Shannon Hammer, who specializes in Victorian construction.

From THIS OLD HOMICIDE: It had taken me and Jane and my crew almost three years to renovate her grandmother’s disheveled old mansion and turn it into a world-class small hotel. The place had been standing there for over one hundred and fifty years, and in that time, it had been a family home, a brothel, a boardinghouse, a private residence, and finally an elegant bed-and-breakfast.

I stood on the sidewalk and gazed with pride at the beautifully restored Queen Anne with its wide, wraparound porch, wonderful three-story tower, and six chimneys. Hennessey House featured fourteen uniquely decorated guest suites, many with balconies and fireplaces. The entire house was furnished with beautiful Victorian-era pieces that were not only authentic but also comfortable and elegant.

Which is to say… be on your best behavior, cabana boys! No tearing apart Shannon’s hard work!

Shipwreck News StoryRumor has it, in 1839 a Spanish princess tragically went down with the Glorious Maiden just off the coast of Lighthouse Cove. Once in a while, a piece of gold washes ashore and brings a mad rush of treasure hunters to the princess’s watery grave.

Jane Hennessey’s Uncle Jesse, a former Navy SEAL, claimed to have found a priceless necklace while scuba diving at the shipwreck… but Jesse had a way of telling tall tales. We may never know the truth, since Shannon is about to find her neighbor dead in his own home. At first, everyone will believe Jesse died of natural causes, but Shannon will immediately suspect foul play. And if the police won’t investigate, she will.

A High-End Finish by Kate CarlisleClick here to read an excerpt of THIS OLD HOMICIDE

THIS OLD HOMICIDE is the second book of the Fixer-Upper Mystery series, following A HIGH-END FINISH, which came out in November (and hit #9 on the New York Times bestsellers list!) But don’t worry if you haven’t read the first. You won’t feel lost if you start with THIS OLD HOMICIDE.

Today, I’m giving away one autographed advanced copy of THIS OLD HOMICIDE. To enter, tell me what special cocktail Jane should serve at our Party. “Princess Punch,” perhaps? Or how about a “Salty Dog.” Or should that be a “Salty Rooster?” Or if you’re not into cocktails, tell me why you what intrigues you the most about the book. What makes you want to read it?

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Kate. I love cocktails and would try the Princess Punch. I think I’ll even give the Salty Rooster a taste. Maybe the Princess Punch can have some pomegranate liqueur or juice.

    • Pomegranate liqueur, it is! Your wish is my command, Jane. 😉 Be sure to put some in a tiny cocktail glass for the Golden Rooster. He’s yours today, naughty boy.

  • flchen1 says:

    Just wanted to say happy release party, Kate!! I’m sorry to say that I don’t know much about fancy cocktails at all! But This Old Homicide sounds like a great mystery! I love those gorgeous older houses, and it sounds like the one featured is a beauty 🙂 What a fun visit to Lighthouse Cove!

    • Thank you! 🙂 I really have a lot of fun with the research for these books. It seems that every Victorian is unique, unlike some of the homes being built today. And over the course of 100+ years, they become more and more unique as each generation adds personal touches. Very fun!

  • Helen says:

    Congrats on the release Kate this one sounds fantastic 🙂

    I wold be happy with any cocktail lol it is so hot over here and being at that house by the water would be wonderful 🙂 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Jo Robertson says:

    So sorry I’m late, Kate! Congrats on the new release. The fixer-upper series is great and I look forward to this new addition.

    Oh, definitely serve pina coladas, my fave drink ever, virgin for me, but still …

  • Mary Preston says:

    Do cocktails generally have ice? It is so HOT here right now. I wish I were beside the sea, homicide or not.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I’d serve Bermuda Triangles.

  • Shannon says:

    I checked the internet for DC places that serve mocktails.

    A couple that appealed–

    Eve’s Temptation-cider, lemon juice, cranberry, and soda water.

    The other doesn’t have a name and the bartender won’t reveal all his secrets but he main ingredients are mango, coriander, and hops.

    An what DC place is without a Government Mule–juiced ginger, cardamon, and lemon.

    Now, I know what’s out there, I’m going to have to get out more, not that the GR isn’t good company on a Sunday afternoon.

  • Kate, congrats on your new release! I loved the first book in this series and am looking forward to this one.

    I’m not good with thinking up drinks, so I’ll just go with a Brandy Alexander. As for why I’d want to read the book, I think it’s the characters as much as the mystery. I like the group you’ve created, and that was an interesting relationship dynamic you set up. (waggles eyebrows) I want to see where it goes.

    • Awww, thanks, Nance! I’m enjoying getting to know Shannon and her friends, too. In THIS OLD HOMICIDE, you’ll get to know Jane quite a bit more. Jane has been Shannon’s best friend since grade school. She’s about to open a new chapter in her life, opening the Hennessey House B&B… and maybe finding love. ??? (No spoilers!)

  • Congrats on the new release, Kate! Looking forward to reading it soon.

    As for drinks, I’m a Pina Colada/Mai Tai kind of girl.

    • Thank you, Teresa! It’s always so exciting to have a new book in the world. I’m particularly nervous about this one, since it’s the follow-up to A HIGH-END FINISH. The second book in a new series… will readers be excited to get it? I certainly think the cover works in my favor. It’s one of my favorite covers ever!

  • Debra says:

    Kate, love a party especially when it is a new book. I love a hot and spicy Bloody Mary, sitting on the porch of an old home reading your new book. Heavenly!

  • H. Harra says:

    Looking forward to this new book. Everything I’ve read of yours has been enjoyable. The setting for this one is attractive because it’s different from where I live. That makes living in the world you have created like a mini vacation.

  • Marsha says:

    I would say the Princess Punch or my favorite Strawberry Margarita.
    Can not wait for the book to come out.

  • Linda May says:

    Princess Punch with coconut & pineapple mixed inside. Congrats on your new release, would love to win it.

  • Jen Scott says:

    I am thinking she should serve ‘Anchors Away!’ (Who knew this was a drink?)

    I enjoy reading mysteries, and This Old Homicide sounds like a great book (I liked the excerpt from the book). The restored house sounds beautiful, and the book cover is lovely.

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Ann Garczynski says:

    I am very excited about the release of the newest “This Old Homicide” book. I recently finished the first one, and I’m anticipating another great read. I think Jane should serve a Shipwreck.

    Recipe:
    1/2 oz. Malibu Rum (more Malibu Rum drinks)
    1/2 oz. Midori (more Midori drinks)
    1/2 oz. Grenadine (more Grenadine drinks)
    2 oz. Orange Juice (more Orange Juice drinks)
    2 oz. Pineapple Juice (more Pineapple Juice drinks)

    • Thank you, Ann! It is soooo wonderful to hear that you’re anticipating the release of THIS OLD HOMICIDE. You’ll get to know a few more of the quirky residents of Lighthouse Cove, as well as reconnect with those you met in A HIGH-END FINISH.

  • Daniele K says:

    Princess punch or Martinis

  • vickie dailey says:

    The old newspaper caught my interest – love mysteries – and how about for a cocktail = Peach Shrub

    • If you look at the close-up of that newspaper, you’ll see that it tells the story of the Glorious Maiden, the ship that went down off the coast of Lighthouse Cove. (Fun with Photoshop!)

      A peach shrub… I’m going to have to go look up that one! We seem to have a fruity theme here.

  • Cyn209 says:

    I don’t do cocktails…..
    I love your books & I love cozy mysteries!!!!

    • Aw, thank you, Cyn! I love being loved. 😉 I absolutely adore the cover of THIS OLD HOMICIDE because, to me, it screams “cozy mystery.” Or maybe it states it softly and melodically. Snork! Probably not so crass as to scream. LOL

  • Betty Jo English says:

    Victorian restoration with a little intriguing mystery in Lighthouse Cove might call for a little Planter ‘ s Punch. Fruit juices, grenadine and rum. But Princess Punch could do too. So looking forward to release day.

  • Debbie says:

    I have to say that I like Ann Garczynski ‘s recipe for the Shipwreck, I think I may have to try that one. I had to look up one, nothing came to mind.
    Cast Away
    3 oz Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay coconut rum
    2 oz orange juice
    2 oz banana juice
    2 oz strawberry mix
    Pour the rum into a highball glass. Add juices, add crushed ice until full

    I love the story with the shipwreck and can’t wait to read this.

    • Cast Away!!!! That is so perfect, Debbie!

      I hope you’ll love THIS OLD HOMICIDE. The shipwreck off the coast of Lighthouse Cove is intriguing to treasure hunters everywhere. 😉

  • Cynthia Hogue says:

    I’m not into cocktails but after reading High-End Finish I can’t wait to read This Old Homicide. It sounds like it has everything…mystery, history, treasure, compelling characters and a lovely setting! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Mystery with History! I like that. Might have to steal it this week as I’m promoting THIS OLD HOMICIDE. Thanks, Cynthia! So glad you’re looking forward to the second Fixer-Upper Mystery!

  • Brenda Dunston says:

    I think a Princess Punch cocktail would be perfect. Will there be a recipe in the book? 🙂 I can’t wait to read the second book in this series
    (first book was fantastic) I absolutely love the architecture of old Victorian houses, and restoration and fixer-uppers! Thanks. 🙂

  • Taryn Lee says:

    Congrats on the new release. I loved the first installment of this new series and look forward to getting my hands on this book. The characters are really great and Shannon is a new favorite for me. I look forward to all your books so as long as you keep writing them I will keep devouring them.

  • Dianne says:

    Old houses have a lot of class and style. You just don’t see that attentiveness to detail anymore. I can only imagine the pride a person would have if you were to take one of these old beauties and restore it to its former glory. I’m always in the mood for a new mystery series and this sounds like a good one. As far as cocktails go, why not obtain some wines from local wineries and feature those for your grand opening.

    • It really would be fun to see a renovation through from start to finish, to watch an old house come back to life!

      And ooooh, yes, I’m up for some good wines! I’ve been editing RIPPED FROM THE PAGES, the next Bibliophile Mystery, which takes place in Sonoma wine country, so I have wine on the brain!

  • Taryn Lee says:

    I thought either of these recipes would work. The Rusty Nail is for Shannon’s fellow construction workers and the Pink Lady is for her friends.

    Rusty Nail

    1 oz Drambuie
    1 oz Dewar’s White Label Scotch Whiskey

    Glass: Rocks
    How to make the Drambuie Rusty Nail Cocktail

    Add both ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice and stir.

    or

    Pink Lady

    1 1/2 ounces gin
    3/4 ounce applejack
    1/4 ounce lemon juice
    1-2 dashes grenadine
    1 egg white
    Maraschino cherry for garnish

    Prep Time: 3 minutes

    Total Time: 3 minutes
    Yield: 1 Cocktail

    Preparation

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
    Shake vigorously.
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    Garnish with the cherry.

  • Susan Slovinsky says:

    Congratulations – can’t wait to read this newest addition to the series. In keeping with Shannon’s profession, I think a Rusty Nail cocktail might be in order.

    • Perfect! So glad you’re looking forward to THIS OLD HOMICIDE, Susan. I hope you’ll enjoy it! I’m really curious to see whether readers will figure out whodunit.

  • YAY !! I’ve been looking forward to this one! I loved A High-End Finish! I loved those old Victorian houses. There are actually quite a few here in the little town in Alabama where I live. Of course some people think we only have antebellum architecture here, but many of the upscale planter families wanted the cache of Victorian homes after the Civil War.

    I am intrigued by the story of the shipwreck and the necklace. I LOVE stories where a mysterious piece of jewelry causes all sorts of trouble.

    And of course visiting with the gang from A High-End Finish is a real treat!

    • Awwww! Thanks so much, Louisa!!!

      I do love Victorian architecture (as you’ve probably guessed… hee hee), but I’d love to see some of the beautiful antebellum homes, too. The grace of a bygone age.

  • Kathy Dunn says:

    how about serving Spanish Crown? There are different recipes, however whiskey, cola and a mixer are the most common ingredients.

  • Verna Gass says:

    Congrats on new release! Love mysteries especially historical!!
    Midori Colada would be a great drink to serve and there
    Is a wonderful recipe for a Midori cake(usually attached to bottle) for dessert. Midori to start the party & to end it!!
    Enjoy….

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Well, even though I can’t think of the best cocktail to make, I certainly would be happy to taste test anything offered to me! What intrigues me about the story is the possible backstory about Jesse – maybe a little intrigue and treasure there.

    Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Dee says:

    Congrats on the new release! I think a salty dog!

  • catslady says:

    I’ll make a cocktail up – how about the cat’s meow lol. It would have to have cream in it of course.

  • Rachel Lepree says:

    It would have to be a salty dog – can’t wait to read this one!

  • Vickie Williams says:

    I don’t have a favorite cocktail, but I do love sunken ship stories. There is something intriguing and romantic about them. Congrats on the new book!

    • It is intriguing to think of all the treasures that are buried beneath the sea. While doing research, I discovered that there are over 65,000 shipwrecks registered around North America alone. Incredible! And those are the ones we know about. Of course, not all of these ships would contain priceless royal Spanish jewels.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Congratulations on the new release, Kate! This sounds like a fantastic book! I grew up surrounded by Victorian houses and went to school in Saratoga Springs NY, which is a paradise of Victoriana, so I adore houses like that. I have always wanted one, especially one with a tower that would give me light all day for my artwork. And if there was a mystery of course I would have to investigate… 🙂 So you see, it’s right up my alley!

    I think an appropriate thing to serve would be Cutty Sark on the rocks…

    • Okay, so I’m now adding Saratoga Springs to my list of towns I must visit one day!

      I would love to have a home with a tower! Wait until you get a peek inside the lighthouse in Lighthouse Cove. In THIS OLD HOMICIDE, Shannon tours the old place with gorgeous Mac Sullivan, the thriller writer who has purchased the property from the town. She’s going to renovate it into a home for him, a beautiful, remote home on the cliffs over the water, where he can write his bestselling books.

  • Dana says:

    I’m looking forward to another great installment!

  • jcp says:

    Princess Punch

  • Rita Wray says:

    I love old mansions, they have such character. I’m looking forward to reading the book, it sounds great.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Oooh a new Kate Carlisle book and cocktails?! What could be better? Make mine a mojito, though you can call it a Ghost and Mrs Muir-ito for the party! 🙂

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Congratulations on a new book! Though you’ll need high powered rockets to launch it as high as you are in the success stratosphere 😀

    I will ask…Cricket and Grayson would like to audition for the next CATS on your covers 😀

  • Judy Nicosia says:

    white wine, seltzer, and pomagranite juice

    White wine, seltzer, and pomegranate juice over ice! Of coarse, I was thinking of the antioxidants! Seriously, looking forward to reading your new book.

  • Patricia d'Amico says:

    How about a rusty nail to celebrate the completion of renovation?

    • Most definitely! A few people have suggested a rusty nail… love the idea! It’s kind of making me wonder whether I could use a rusty nail as a murder weapon in a future book. Sounds deadly to me!

  • Cecilia says:

    Congratulations, Kate! This sounds like a great read. I love mysteries and Victorian houses, so this is a great combination.

  • A mandarin orange cosmopolitan would be special. I would love to read your your new book.

    • I saw some mandarin oranges at the market today, Linda, and I meant to buy them but got distracted by something. Now you’re really making me regret my oversight! 😉

      Hope you’ll love THIS OLD HOMICIDE. Thanks for joining the party today.

  • Sharon Dixon says:

    Hi! I don’t know a thing about cocktails but I love old houses! It’s so intriguing to think about the people who lived there before! I think great mysteries can be found in restoring old houses!!!

    • Oh yes, so intriguing to think about more than a hundred years of history in a house. What did the people live through? What was their perspective on historical events we’ve only read about? What was their daily life like?

      I hope you’ll enjoy exploring some of these old beauties–and their stories–alongside Shannon Hammer in the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, Sharon!

  • Wow, Kate, this sounds like so much fun! And congratulations again on hitting the NYT so high with the first book in the series! You’re a phenomenon, my friend!

    For the cocktail, let’s go old school. I’d like a brandy alexander, please! And make sure you do the cross on the top with nutmeg like they do in the classics!

    • One brandy alexander dusted with nutmeg coming right up!

      Thanks for sharing my excitement about the NYT. I can’t stop smiling, even almost three months later! Such a thrill. Of course, that means I have a new reason to be nervous about the release of the second book in the series. I want it to do as well or even better! Sigh….

  • Serve a Navy Grog. I really like to read mysteries

    • Oh my gosh, Kathleen, that is such a smart answer! I immediately Googled Navy Grog and discovered this fascinating historical tidbit: Navy Grog began exactly as it sounds, as a refreshment for British sailors and as a way to enhance and preserve the water they stored on ship and get vitamins to fight diseases. This grog dates to the mid 1700’s and was typically a mix of rum, water, honey or molasses, lemon, and cinnamon that was served either hot or cold.

      Perfect drink for our THIS OLD HOMICIDE launch party!

  • John Mazur says:

    It’s an interesting storyline, Kate, and I wish you much success with this series. I can picture myself sitting on the porch with a Bloody Mary in one hand and your book in the other.

    • LOL! Oh, if only!!! No Bloody Mary for me today… between blog comments, I’m madly working on copy edits of RIPPED FROM THE PAGES, the next Bibliophile Mystery. Tight deadline!

  • Elaine Neel says:

    I love watching the PBS show “This Old House”, been a fan of theirs for years. When I saw your ‘Fixer up” series, I fell in love and knew immediately I would be reading this series, and now you add mystery of an old ship and booze….I’m hooked.

  • Ruth Lyons Mazur says:

    The cover of your new book draws me in. What a lovely setting for an old Victorian home. I would love to sit on the porch sipping away on a glass of Chardonnay and reading your book with the sound of the waves as they hit the rocks below! My idea of a perfect afternoon. ❤️

    • What a lovely picture you paint, Ruth! Sounds like an idyllic day to me, too. I hope you get to experience a day just like that very soon. Only two days until THIS OLD HOMICIDE is released. 😉

    • Ruth,

      You’re the winner chosen at random to receive an advanced review copy of THIS OLD HOMICIDE!!! Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com. Woo hoo!!!!!

  • I vote for Treasure Hunt. No idea whats in it, but it should contain enough alcohol to encourage the drinker to find treasures in the ordinary 🙂

    You know – I’m surrounded by your mysteries, Kate. My daughter is on a Kate Carlilse kick. She’s dug out my copies of your books and supplemented any that I’m missing with her purchases – and they are everywhere! One of your books is in every room in my house. 🙂 Which isn’t a bad thing, especially as I love your covers, but it makes me smile to know that you’re not some mystery author 🙂

    Love the latest!

    • OHMIGOSH, Donna! Really??? That is so sweet! Please tell your daughter I said hi and thank you. You just gave me the biggest smile! I love being in every room in your house. 😉

  • Caren Crane says:

    Kate, I am SO EXCITED for this release! I adore old houses (having grown up in a very old house) and love restoration stories. All the tales and lore attached to old homes makes them irresistible to me!

    For a cocktail party, especially one on the coast, I declare we should have a Sea Breeze. Or a Bay Breeze, for those who prefer it. A Sea Breeze is an IBA cocktail consisting of:

    2 parts Vodka
    5 parts cranberry juice
    2 parts pineapple juice
    Lime wedge for garnish

    A Bay Breeze substitutes grapefruit juice for the pineapple juice. Delicious in either form!

    • Oh, a Sea Breeze would really hit the spot right now! I’ll take a double! 😉

      Thank you so much for being excited about the THIS OLD HOMICIDE release, Caren. That makes me feel so good!!!

  • Jana S says:

    I’m about 1/2 way through A High End Finish and so excited that the next installment will be out soon. Will be fun to continue the adventures in the picturesque town with all of the fun girls.
    As for drinks to serve, since it’s in a Victorian house, I’d serve some Victorian Cocktails, such as Gin-sling, Cocktail, Sangaree, Mint Julep, Sherry-cobbler, or the Timber Doodle

    • A Timber-Doodle! I think next time I go out, I’m going to order one of those just to see the look on the bartender’s face! Snork!!!!! Maybe I need to bet him a couple bucks first that he won’t know how to make the drink I want. 😉

  • jackie morris says:

    grape wine-California is famous for its wine!! love the historical homes-I grew up in one in Oregon-cemetery and all-we thought it was haunted!! thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Kate! I’m so all over this new book! I’ve been dying (har, har) to read it since finishing (another har) A High End Finish. :>

    I’ll have a Salty Rooster, btw. And I’d be right there on the beach with everyone else, hunting treasure. The idea of treasure always intrigues, but having read the first book, I’m on my way to get book two. Grins.

    Love your books, Bandita!!

    • Har har har, Jeanne, you’re KILLING me!!!! Wah wah wah…

      Salty Rooster sounds more like dinner than a drink. SQUAWK!!! Did I just say that? Bad Kate, bad.

  • Deb says:

    Congrats, Kate, on the release!!!
    I think I will bring Apple Pie. My husband made it last summer….way too strong, but it was good…when “watered” down with ginger ale.
    The book sounds great!

    • Apple Pie… I bet that is good. We really do seem to have a fruit theme going today. Must be because the cabana boys all look so hunky as they cut into the fruit. 😉

  • Congratulations on the new release, lovely Kate! Love the title of THIS OLD HOMICIDE. You always have the best pun-titles.

    As for cocktails, I’ll have a Sven-gali Swizzler please! It involves banana, Kahlua, Frangelico and cream. Yum! And since it’s virtuously virtual it has zero calories. Win-win. Can’t wait to read this book!

    • Thank you so much, Christina. I do love my titles, but I think THIS OLD HOMICIDE is especially wonderful. Just immediately makes people smile when I say it. I hope it also makes them want to read it! 😉

      Enjoy your Sven-gali Swizzler! (Or should we call it a Svizzler?)

  • Renee W says:

    Congratulations on the release of your new book! I’m intrigued by the history of the old house, and also the legend of the Spanish princess. This sounds like a wonderful book. We’re bracing for a historic snowstorm here in New England, so the thought of reading about Lighthouse Cove, California is quite lovely to me right now.

  • Donna Townsend says:

    Kate, I know nothing about cocktails, but DO know my authors! And you are pretty terrific. Whether I get a free book or not, I will be reading everything you write. Congrats!

  • Elaine Ellen says:

    Congratulations on the new book! I would be interested in trying a Salty Dog and also the Salty Rooster. Very interesting! And I would love to read the book because it takes place near the ocean and it has a big old house and it has a mystery and also the history concerning the princess. It all sounds very good!

    • Thank you, Elaine! I hope all of these intriguing elements will draw readers into the story and not let them go. 😉 Hope you’ll love THIS OLD HOMICIDE!

      • Elaine Ellen says:

        I am sure I will! Your books are all great! Thank you so much for being a writer. I have loved books since I was a small child and read a kids’ mystery that was maybe called “The Mystery in the Barn” or something like that. That led to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew mysteries. Then I spent all my money on more of those mysteries that I couldn’t get at the library. My dream at that time was to get locked in the library overnight since I never had enough time at the library. (We lived 12 miles out of town.) For a few years I worked in a bookstore and got to be locked in with all those books after I closed at night. What a great feeling! But my take home pay was pretty much nothing since I left it all at the bookstore. Books! Thank you so much for writing them!

  • Cassondra says:

    Wooot! Huge congratulations Kate! So thrilled for you. Was waiting for the release of your new mystery and I’m scheduling time just for me, a glass of wine, and this book. We’ve been rehabbing a 165-year-old house for the last 15 years. I am at one with your series.

    Just sayin.

    Oh and your covers for this are fabulous.

  • Joan V. says:

    I am so excited to read the next one in this series. I don’t usually drink cocktails. However, I did have one that I used to drink in my younger days called a Sunset Beach.

  • Esther Somorai says:

    I’m not into cocktails, but everything intrigues me about your book. I love the past, I’m into old houses, buildings, furniture, lighthouses, ships, anything old. I’ve always felt I should have been born a lot earlier than I was. I love a good mystery and yours is one I would want to read. Thank you for this chance to win, and the very best to you always.

  • Rachel Welty says:

    I don’t drink so I don’t know anything about cocktails. But, I love mysteries and old houses. I read your books faithfully because they make me laugh and I get lost in the world you’ve created.

  • Kari says:

    She should serve A ration of Rum with Lime.

  • Congratulations on the release! I’m not too up on cocktails and such but the names sound fun and I’m up for trying new things. I see the contest is over…congrats to the winner. I will enjoy reading this book. I read the excerpt and it made me want to read the book.