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Dial P For Poison
by Zara Keane

This book was a great mixture of friends and past that brought Maggie to the island.
~Community Bookstop



Genre: Cozy Mystery
Date of Release: 13 April 2017
Number in Series: 1
Publisher: Beaverstone Press
Number of Pages: 352


Synopsis

Movies. Muffins. Murder.

Maggie Doyle moved to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?

Cozy, quirky, and fun, this tongue-in-cheek mystery is a delicious introduction to the Movie Club Mysteries Series. Grab a cocktail and join Maggie as she takes her detective skills across the pond in Dial P For Poison.

Author Interview

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

Dial P For Poison will appeal to fans of cozy mysteries, especially those who like amateur sleuths, culinary mysteries, and hobby cozies. And it’s set in Ireland! The protagonist is a former police officer and doesn’t fit the definition of an amateur. However, she faces many of the obstacles that amateur sleuths encounter: she has no jurisdiction in Ireland and therefore no access to forensics, labs, police reports, or police databases. She has to rely on her wits to solve the mystery—and the help of her friends! If you like cozy mysteries that are heavy on humor, rich on setting details, and full of quirky characters, give Dial P For Poison a go. ☺


How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
In Dial P For Poison, the murder occurs during a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Dial M For Murder. I’m a huge fan of old movies. When I came up with the concept for the Movie Club Mysteries, I wanted my heroine to be a movie buff, and for her to have inherited her interest from her Irish aunt, Noreen. Noreen bought the old movie theater on Whisper Island and transformed it into a café with a small movie theater attached. She runs a movie club and they meet regularly to watch and discuss movies.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I love Noreen! She’s a like an older version of Maggie, my protagonist. She’s funny and resourceful and says what she thinks, but she also has a heart of gold.


How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
Police Sergeant O’Shea. He’s bumbling and incompetent and more concerned about his next round of golf than in solving crimes.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Like Maggie, I’m an old movie buff. I watch modern films as well, but I prefer the classics, including silent movies. I find it fascinating how silent movies had to rely heavily on facial expressions and settings to convey story. I’d love to see one the way they were originally screened in cinemas, complete with orchestras. Another of my hobbies is collecting and playing tabletop games. I’m a total board game geek! I used this interest when creating the Unplugged Gamers, the Whisper Island club run my Maggie’s friend, Lenny.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Stop polishing unfinished manuscripts! You’ll learn so much more about storytelling and characterization by finishing a draft, however messy that draft might be. In terms of advice for writers considering the indie publishing route, my Number One tip is to find an author in your genre who is doing well and who started publishing just a few months ago. This author doesn’t have to be a top seller, but someone who is ranked well enough to show that they’re selling books. Look at what they’re doing and see how you can apply that to your own marketing efforts. The reason I suggest looking at an author who isn’t too far ahead of you is that things change fast in this business. What worked for someone who started two years ago might not work today.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
My website is https://zarakeane.com and I’m also active on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zarakeaneauthor/.


What can we expect from you in the future?
More Movie Club Mysteries! Book 2 is called The Postman Always Dies Twice and it will be published on the 20th of April. Book 3 is How to Murder a Millionaire and it will be released in June 2017. I’m also starting an exclusive serial for my mailing list subscribers that is Book 1.5 in the series. It’s a novella called To Hatch a Thief. I’ll be sending the first episode next week. If you’re interested, you can sign up here: http://zarakeane.com/newsletter2.

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog!

About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and spent her summers in a small town similar to the fictional Smuggler’s Cove, the setting of her new cozy mystery series.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.

Author Links




Zara Keane's Movie Club Mysteries Launch Giveaway



Tour Participants

April 13 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

April 13 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 14 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW

April 15 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 15 – Lori’s Reading Corner – GUEST POST

April 16 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW

April 17 – Carole’s Book Corner – REVIEW

April 17 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

April 18 – Book Babble – REVIEW

April 18 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

April 19 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

April 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 20 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW

April 21- Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW

April 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

April 23 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

April 25 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

April 26 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

About Mayor Sonni

Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of Readeropolis. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations. Well, not necessarily in that order.
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