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Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) by Libby Klein is on virtual book tour. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the book tour (for other dates see the bottom of the post).


Author Interview with Libby Klein

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I write for everyone who enjoys a large dose of comedy and a side of romance with their mystery, but most of my target audience will be women who struggle with weight or body issues. Women whom society has told you have to be a certain age, weight, and shape to be beautiful and sexy. Poppy is a beautiful plus sized heroine who is starting over in her forties. Throughout the series, readers can join Poppy on her journey to reinvent her life, accept herself, and find love again.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Hands down Aunt Ginny. She is based on my grandmother, and she gets into more trouble than you can shake a stick at. Aunt Ginny has lived to the age where she’s determined to say and do what she wants, and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it. If you don’t like her wearing a coconut bra and grass skirt to shop for pineapple at the ACME that’s your problem. Many scenes with Aunt Ginny start out innocent enough, but she has a way of running away with the scene.


How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

My least favorite character in Class Reunions is Barbie. She’s a bully who only cares about her own happiness, and she’ll step on whoever she has to in order to be on top. We’ve all known a Barbie and the pain they can inflict. Those childhood bullies can leave scars that last a lifetime.


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and multiple food allergies. Changing my diet was hard because it had been focused solely on weight loss for over thirty years. Now my focus had to change to healing and avoiding foods I reacted to. I’ve had to adopt the Paleo diet for my health. Only I am so susceptible to the power of suggestion that when I read a cozy that takes place in a pie shop I find myself eating pie. If it’s in a bakery, Here I am making cookies. Every time I read a new book, I would sabotage myself. I thought, if only there was a cozy that encouraged me to eat healthy and do yoga every day, maybe I’d have more success with it. Writing Poppy is my inspiration to stay healthy.

Class Reunions takes place in Cape May, NJ where I grew up. There is a lot of nostalgia packed in the series.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I have an ear for 70s and 80s music. I can name that tune and tell you who the singer is after just a few notes. I also have a lot of fun in the kitchen. I love to bake and make up new recipes. Going gluten free, dairy free has been a challenge to find ways to create meals that satisfy as much as the things I need to stay away from. You’ll see a lot of this theme in my third book, Restaurant Weeks are Murder when it comes out.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Readers can contact me through my website, https://libbykleinbooks.com/


What can we expect from you in the future?

I will be on a book tour through California in March and April of this year. I also have two more books coming out in the next year. Midnight Snacks are Murder in summer of 2018 and Restaurant Weeks are Murder in early 2019. If you love Aunt Ginny in Class Reunions… buckle up for the next two books!


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell your friends and leave me good reviews.


Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you so much for reading about the adventures of Poppy, Figaro, and Aunt Ginny. I’d love for my readers to connect with me on social media or drop me an email through my website.



Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Kensington (January 30, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032 
E-Book ASIN: B072HS2JGM



For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . . Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer? Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!




Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS: 
  January 30 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT 
  January 31 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW 
  January 31 – Girl with Book Lungs - REVIEW 
  February 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW 
  February 2 – Teresa Trent Author Blog - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
  February 2 – The Power of Words - REVIEW 
  February 3 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
  February 4 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
  February 5 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW 
  February 6 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT 
  February 7 – Maureen's Musing – SPOTLIGHT 
  February 7 – Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog - CHARACTER INTERVIEW 
  February 8 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW 
  February 9 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW 
  February 10 – Melina's Book Blog – REVIEW 
  February 11 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW 
  February 12 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW 
  February 12 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
 


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2 comments:

  1. Such a clever incentive to write this series. I;m such a cozy addict and now I've found a new series and author!

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