Saturday November 4th at 5:00 PM Kate Dyer-Seeley will present a new series debut. Death on Tap; written as Ellie Alexander. This brings to three her popular mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest.
Death on Tap starts with a shocking revelation as Sloan steps into the office to find her husband in a compromising position with another woman, a younger woman. Family means a lot to Sloan, she grew up in foster care yearning for a stable home life. She fell in love first with Mac’s German parents, they introduced her to Mac and she thought her life was set. Until she opened that office door, now everything is up in the air. Two things are apparent to her, she cannot keep working in the family business and she wants her son, Alex, to maintain a loving relationship with his father. Alex is a great teenager, and an interesting character in the story (I suspect he may have a little of Kate’s son as inspiration). The family business is Das Keller, a successful brewpub in Leavenworth, Washington, an alpine vacation destination with a Germanic theme. Hans, her brother-in-law introduces Sloan to Garrett who is opening a small brewpub and needs help. Sloan is gifted in brewing, an ace cook, and experienced in the running of a brewpub, in short, she is just what he needs while this new challenge is just what she needs. They make a good team. Things start out splendidly (brewpub wise, not marriage wise) until, of course, a body shows up (in a rather unusual place). Sloan will be heavily involved from the start. Meanwhile Mac is determined to win her back and going about it in all the wrong ways. The characters are likeable, the setting gorgeous, and there is abundant information about brewing. Central Oregon is full of brewpubs, so this should be a very popular event!
Also written as Ellie Alexander, is the Juliet Capshaw series set in a bakery in Ashland Oregon and often involving the Shakespearean festival. In Meet Your Baker, the first in the series, Juliet Capshaw’s marriage is on the rocks, she returns home to Ashland where her mother runs a popular bakery. One of the board members for the Shakespearean festival is making life miserable for everyone she encounters. When the woman is found murdered in the bakery, the list of potential suspects is long indeed.
A Batter of Life and Death has Juliet competing in a reality TV show, Take The Cake, on the Pastry Channel in an attempt to win $25,000 to put their family bakeshop, Torte, on more firm financial footing. Before the cakes can be judged, Chef Marco is murdered and Juliet is on the hunt for a killer, much to the dismay of the local cops and her mother.
On Thin Icing takes place at the Lake of the Woods Resort during an Ashland winter when Juliet is catering a retreat for the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. A winter blizzard isolates the group and the obnoxious bartender is put on ice, literally. While Juliet is deep in investigating mode, her estranged husband, the handsome Carlos shows up wanting to resolve differences. Juliet is torn between Carlos and Officer Thomas who was her high school sweetheart. Lots of drama in the woods in the cold of winter.
Caught Bread Handed has Juliet being pursued by her husband Carlos, who wants her to come back to him. When a restaurateur is murdered, Juliet is right in the thick of things.
Fudge and Jury involves a Chocolate Festival. Juliet’s four layer chocolate cake is to die for scrumptious, literally. A famous chocolatier drops dead after sampling a bite.
A Crime of Passion Fruit is at sea, Carlos has lured Juliet back to work her magic in the kitchen on his cruise. When a woman is murdered, no one seems to know who she is.
Another One Bites the Crust releases January 2, 2018 and features the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The Juliet Capshaw series (also known as Jules) includes lots of tasty recipes. As a coffee addict, I appreciate that they include coffee!
Scene of the Climb written as Kate Dyer-Seeley, was first in the Meg Reed series. Meg’s father was an award winning journalist for Oregon’s prime paper. Following in his footsteps seemed natural; she achieved a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and assumed she would be working for her father’s paper. No sooner did Meg graduate than the paper laid off forty reporters, it was not an auspicious time for a fledgling journalist. Camped out on the couch of her best friend’s loft in Portland’s tony Pearl district, Meg’s job search was going nowhere. Until she ran into Greg, editor of Northwest Extreme, who just happened to be looking for a new reporter. Meg has the credentials and the talent to write, but she is not outdoorsy, mild hiking about the extent of her athletic prowess. She fakes it, using her friend’s adventures on her resume to get her foot in the door. After all, what could go wrong? Quite a lot it seems. Her first assignment takes her hiking at Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge with a group of uber athletes competing in Race The States, a contest that could net the winner a million bucks. Meg is not up to this kind of hike and is woefully unprepared. Did I mention she is also afraid of heights? When a body plunges over the cliff, Meg’s investigative instincts kick into high gear putting her in danger.
Slayed on the Slopes is set on Mt. Hood. Meg is feeling confident as she prepares to join the Ridge Rangers in the Silcox Hut for a feature story on their mountaineering organization. Warm and sunny weather in November convince her it is probably not going to snow so her inability to ski will go unmasked. How wrong the girl can be! A blizzard hits soon followed by a dead body with many suspects, all nicely marooned together in the storm.
Silenced in the Surf is set in Hood River amid the Columbia River Gorge’s dramatically spectacular landscape and a destination for windsurfers. Meg is sent on assignment to cover a windsurfing event. A body snagged on the rocks puts Meg on the trail of a killer.
First Degree Mudder has Meg entering a 5K mud race, The Mud, Sweat & Beers, on the Mind Over Mudder team for Northwest Extreme Magazine. Billy the Tank, a former drill sergeant and champion mudder runs the group. Meg has a tendency to find bodies; she does so this time in the team’s locker room, Billy the Tank has run his last race. We have an annual mud event in Sunriver; contestants leave the field with quite a liberal accumulation of mud.
In Cave Danger releases November 28th and will have Meg exploring Oregon’s Lava River Cave despite her claustrophobia.
Author events are free and we will have refreshments and drawings for prizes. Please call 541-593-2525, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend.