Saturday March 2 at 5 PM Kate Dyer-Seeley returns for the latest in three of her mystery series. Violet Tendencies releases November 27. Writing as Ellie Alexander The Pint of No Return released October 2, and Live and Let Pie releases December 31. Have I mentioned that Kate is an especially hardworking author?
The Pint of No Return is the second of her series set in a brewpub in picturesque Leavenworth Washington after Death on Tap. Sloan Krause was an orphan welcomed into the Krause family with her marriage to Mac. The best things from her marriage are the Krause parents, salt of the earth German immigrants, and her son Alex. Mac on the other hand was less of a success; his philandering has caused a rift in the marriage that may be irrevocable, although he has been trying unsuccessfully to woo her back. Meanwhile Sloan is brewing beer at the edgy new pub in town, Nitro, working with Garrett, Seattle tech guy with a passion for innovative beer. Octoberfest, a big deal in Leavenworth, is just kicking off as the story opens. Complications ensue when a documentary film crew descends on the Bavarian themed town in the North Cascades. The host, Mitchell Morgan, was a child star now grown into an obnoxious adult with an inflated sense of self-importance and no empathy. Feathers will be ruffled, a dead body will be found, and Sloan will be right in the middle of it all.
Violet Tendencies is the second of her series set in Portland Oregon at Blooma, a wine bar and flower shop, after Natural Thorn Killer . Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin have made the shop’s reputation on their fabulous floral designs. They are in the thick of preparing for Portland’s Rose Festival, a major event for the Rose City. Abandoning the tradition of roses, they plan to use garlands of violets on their float in the Grand Floral Parade, twined on a ten foot bridge constructed of grape vines. Dark Fusion, a group of anarchists led by Sham, have been protesting the Rose Festival, threatening to disrupt events forcefully. Tensions are high. Interactions between the Rose Festival officials and the protesters escalate culminating with a murder linked to Blooma’s float and discovered by Britta. Her friend Officer Tomo Iwamoto and handsome Detective Pete Fletcher try to keep Britta away from their investigation but she will not be deterred. There is an entertaining video of Kate’s last presentation at Sunriver Books & Music including an appearance by Charla Hanson of Wild Poppy Florist. Charla is also expected to participate in the January 12 author event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6B2TIDKwK0
Live and Let Pie is the 9th in her popular series featuring Jules Chapshaw set in Torte Bakeshop in Ashland Oregon home to the famous Shakespearean Festival. Taking a respite from the bakeshop, Jules is enjoying a lakeside picnic when a skull is discovered that may be linked to a decades old missing person case. Then Jules landlord is murdered, giving her two mysteries to solve. Meanwhile Jules still has to deal with her estranged husband Carlos. A full plate for Jules this time! Recipes are included in the back of the book. The rest of the titles in order are Meet Your Baker, A Batter of Life and Death, On Thin Icing, Caught Bread Handed, Fudge and Jury, A Crime of Passion Fruit, Another One Bites The Crust, and Till Death Do Us Tart.
Kate also writes an amusing series featuring Meg Reed, a journalist writing for an outdoor adventure magazine that sends her into precarious predicaments all over Oregon. Meg’s occupation is complicated by being a secret wuss, trying to hide from her boss a lack of outdoor acumen while also writing good stories. She has a penchant for finding dead bodies thus putting herself in peril. They are fun to read, especially with all the great Oregon settings.
Sign up to attend this free author event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling 541-593-2525, or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music. There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes.