“Humorcide” ~ Is it a bird, a plane, a new sub-genre?

Murder Book

Is it when you hate the heinous killer, but you’re still laughing?

Or, maybe, when the twists and turns give you thrills and chills and giggles?

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Humorcide…a dealy funny murder mystery. Grittier than a cozy, which are usually laced with humor. A classic mystery, a whodunit, that gives the reader hearty chuckles and belly laughs.

Harmful Intent, Framed

HARMFUL INTENT is “humorcide.” A deadly funny whodunit. Twists and turns, thrills and chills, a budding romance. Husband of one year cheated on her. Deputy thinks she migh’ve shot him dead. The laughs roll with the action when a when a Yankee female sleuth messes in west Texas murder case to clear her name.

Okay…so gimme an idea what it’s about…

Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

Sweet, askance romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully…that’s HARMFUL INTENT.

End of Summer Book Giveaway


Summer means reading to me! I enjoy lounging at poolside with a gripping murder mystery. Just as good is sitting on my front porch early in the morning, before the temperatures rise, with a riveting suspense novel and a strong cup of tea. To celebrate summer reading I’m giving away an attractive pdf copy of each of the novels in my Sanctuary Point Series, set in the mid-1940s on the south shore of Long Island.

Three winners will be selected based upon the most interesting comment. I will have a two impartial judges pick the winner. Those impartial judges are my husband and my teenage daughter.

This giveaway is also an “event” on Goodreads and is promoted on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking and media outlets.

A “Taste” For Murder and Mayhem

The Cooking School MurdersI suspect a good many authors who write murder mysteries and suspense like to cook, or at least they relish eating a good meal, because they’ve created characters for their books who like to cook and cull through recipes. In fact, this has it’s own sub-category in the genre: The Culinary Mystery. These books usually fall into a wider category known as “the cosy” or “soft boiled,” which are usually upbeat and violence-free or the violence is kept to a minimum. The sleuths are usually charming amateurs who’ve sniffed out a crime or mystery to solve. But that’s not always the case. I’ve noticed cooking creeping into books that would fall into the “set-of-the-pants” thriller category.

The culinary mystery may have been started by Virginia Rich, who wrote “The Cooking School Murders,” featuring widow Virginia Potter as her food loving sleuth. She went on to write “The Baked Bean Super Mysteries,” “The Nantucket Diet Mysteries,” and the “27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders.” Although they are secular mysteries, they were written at a time in American literature when most mystery novels were family friendly. It’s almost hard to picture that. I order all my mysteries and thrillers online because in a book store these days it’s so hard to find a mystery without blatant sex, grossly sexual crimes described in nauseating detail, disgusting language spoken by the heroine or the hero, and blasphemy.

I’ve noticed when surfing through titles, that many modern mysteries, suspense and even thrillers are now featuring food prominent either in the background or foreground. Today you’ll find heroes such as a P.I who was formerly in special ops in Viet Nam, throwing a stir fry together that sounds delish.

I enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers that involve cooking and eating. In my first book, which I will be submitting to an editor on or before Nov. 1st, food is featured in a back handed way. My heroine can’t cook at all. And it’s a source of humor in the book. I wish more Contemporary Christian suspense authors would include cooking as part of the background to their books. I’d also enjoy a few recipes thrown in, as it’s well known that Christians are wonderful cooks. Just go to any church supper! I rest my case!

Tamar Myers’s Pennsylvania Dutch series has been included in the Christian mystery novel sub-division of the genre. This series started with “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth.” I have the book and it won’t offend the sensibilities of anyone. It features Magdalena Yoder and her picturesque PennDutch Inn and as you might guess, the cooking is simple fare and wholesome. I don’t have the book, but I’ve read the latest in this series, “Just Plain Pickled to Death,” has wedding feast recipes, from soup to nuts. Author Myers is the daughter of Mennonite missionaries and was born and raised in a remote area of the Belgian Congo.