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Author Q&A ft Camille Minichino | SLEUTHING WOMEN 2 | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs, Camille Minic...

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas by Lois Winston, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Maggie Toussaint, Jonnie Jacobs, Camille Minichino, Heather Haven, Vinnie Hansen, Mary Kennedy, Rita Lakin, and Judy Alter
Cozy Mysteries 
Self Published 
Publication Date: September 5, 2017 
Print Length: 675 pages 

Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas is a collection of ten mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novella is a tie-in to an established multi-book series—a total of over 800 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, cozy, and female P.I. mysteries.

Frosted, A Moreno & Hart Novella by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin—Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation. Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart. But their routine assignments are anything but safe.

Crewel Intentions, An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Novella by Lois Winston—Craft editor Anastasia Pollack receives a desperate call for help from former fashion editor Erica Milano, now in Witness Protection. Erica is being stalked and is afraid to notify the authorities. She once saved Anastasia’s life. Will Anastasia be able to return the favor before the stalker strikes?

No Quarter, A Cleopatra Jones Novella by Maggie Toussaint—Amnesia, the doctor says when accountant Cleopatra Jones wakes in a distant hospital. Hours later most of her memory returns. Detective Jack Martinez visits Cleo’s nearby wealthy client, only she’s dead and broke. To Cleo’s horror, she’s a murder suspect. Will she totally recover her memory before the killer returns?

What the Widow Knew, A Kali-O’Brien Novella by Jonnie Jacobs—Attorney Kali O’Brien takes on the case of a young woman accused of murdering her much older, very rich husband. As evidence mounts and other possible suspects are eliminated, Kali’s doubts about her client’s innocence grow. Meanwhile, Kali is also grappling with her feelings for longtime boyfriend Detective Bryce Keating.

The Magnesium Murder, A Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—While freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent prepares the body of a young bride-to-be, she learns the girl’s mother suspects foul play. Once again Anastasia is pressed into service as a sleuth, following a trail of clues in search of a murderer and justice.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Lee Alvarez Novella by Heather Haven— When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Smoked Meat, A Carol Sabala Novella by Vinnie Hansen—Baker and wannabe sleuth Carol Sabala visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.

A Deadly Fundraiser, A Talk Radio Novella by Mary Kennedy—When radio talk show host Dr. Maggie Walsh and her pals start digging up clues in a scavenger hunt at a glitzy fundraiser, the game suddenly turns deadly. Will Maggie and her team be able to crack the case and solve the crime?

The Color of Fear. A Kelly O’Connell Novella by Judy Alter—Kelly receives a written kidnap threat targeting her infant daughter, Gracie. Kelly’s assistant Keisha narrates as Kelly and her family plot their precautions, but as time passes and the threat still looms, fear takes a toll on the family…and on Keisha.

Papa’s Ghost, A Gladdy Gold Mystery Novella by Rita Lakin—Gladdy and her girls accept an assignment iat a famous resort in Key West, thinking it will combine business with pleasure. Once they arrive, Gladdy suspects something is strange. Not only is their client an unexpected shock, but so is the case of murder they are expected to solve. Can they succeed when a whole city is against them?
Some explicit language in a few of the stories.


1. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
"The Magnesium Murder," (in SLEUTHING WOMEN II: 10 MYSTERY NOVELLAS) is the twelfth entry in the Periodic Table Mysteries. The novella features a freelance embalmer, a different lead character from the earlier books in the series. Anastasia Brent's adventures as a mortuary employee (and sometime tap dancer, as well as sleuth) stand on their own merits and will appeal to cozy readers and those fascinated by the embalming profession!

2. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Anastasia Brent, the new lead, comes home from a hard day's work with a trocar and a blood-draining system to tap dance with her much younger boyfriend, tap teacher Marty Gilbert. She lives in Berkeley, California, a hot bed of stimulating things to do and see. Her biggest challenge—until murder strikes—is adjusting to a new living situation with Marty. When things get tough, she can step onto their living room floor and shuffle-slap her way to relaxation. What fun to write!

3. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
The Periodic Table Mysteries began, of course, with THE HYDROGEN MURDER (included in SLEUTHING WOMEN: 10 FIRST-IN-SERIES MYSTERIES). The series is the only one of my four series to be set in a real location: Revere, Massachusetts, where I grew up. Writing a real city is a challenge, and one of the few criticisms I got in a review was that I'd placed a Starbuck's in Revere, when there was none. The fact that I also placed a large physics lab there went unnoticed. Now I make up towns and can put coffee shops and one-way streets wherever I choose.

4. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I'm not sure how unique a doctorate in physics is, but it's balanced on the scale of activities by my hobby of putting together dollhouses and creating miniature scenes. I write the Miniature Mysteries Series under the name Margaret Grace, and enjoy sharing my hobby by donating scenes and houses to charity raffles (thus making room for more supplies and "buildings").

5. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
My website is expertly maintained by my techie husband (who is also the "model" for my nonfiction book, "How to Live with an Engineer." My books are listed, with covers, sample chapters, and reviews, along with a schedule of events and classes.

6. What can we expect from you in the future?
I continue to work on all my series in one form or another—novels, short stories, blogs. I'm currently working on "The Aluminum Murder" and several pieces of flash fiction.

7. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Our publishers always tell us how much REVIEWS matter, whether on Amazon or other sites. Readers don't always have the time, or think it makes a difference, but that's the buzz from those in the know! It also doesn't hurt to shout out on social media or blogs. Thanks for asking!

8. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

On trying to get published: I teach a whole class on this subject, but briefly, do everything you can to act like a professional author. This means: produce the best quality book you can and work hard to get the book in the hands of readers, whatever that takes. Join professional writers' groups, find critique partners and beta readers, attend conferences and classes if needed. You're entering a new profession—act like you're already a part of it.

About Lois Winston:

Camille Minichino, a retired physicist turned writer, is the author of twenty-five mystery novels in four series. She currently serves on the board of NorCal Mystery Writers of America. She's on the faculty of Golden Gate U. in SF, and teaches writing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her at

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  1. Great advice on how to get into publishing, Camille! Thanks, Mayor Sonni, for hosting Sleuthing Women II at Readeropolis. Maggue

  2. Oh, and did I mention how it is to be surrounded here by New York? No place I'd rather be. Thanks for hosting and sharing with your readers.

  3. Have loved Camille's work for decades and am proud to be in a series she graces. One of my favorite authors. Her new novella, The Magnesium Murder, is up to her usual high standards.

  4. Thanks so much for featuring Sleuthing Women II and Camille's great interview.


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