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CHARACTER INTERVIEW with Stacie Marino Noth | Prestige, Privilege & Murder by Christa Nardi | Great Escapes Tour Presents Cozy Mystery

Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery) by Christa Nardi is on virtual book tour. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis...

Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery) by Christa Nardi is on virtual book tour. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis today with a character inerview. 

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW with Stacie Marino Noth

What is your current state of mind? 

Confused, but hopeful. I like my job and the people I work with, but now I have the money to go back to school and get the degree to be a trauma counselor. So I’m not sure what to do career-wise. I may take some classes and see how it goes. And then there’s Rick and I’m not sure where that will go or if I’m even ready for it to go anywhere. But I’m hopeful it will all work out for the best. I just need to give it time. It’s been a very trying few months with the divorce hassles and then Ted’s murder.

What annoys you? 

When people treat me or anyone else as if they’re less because of the clothes they wear instead or what their job is or what their last name is or the color of their skin. Those things aren’t what makes a person. What makes you laugh? My dog Jasper. Puppies. Little kids playing. Solving puzzles. My friend Trish and the outfits she comes up with, hair dyed to match. (chuckles)

What is the best thing that ever happened to you? 

Meeting Jillian in college. We were the misfits. Neither of us had any idea what college was supposed to be like. Together, we muddled through and stuck it out. She’s my best friend, was my maid of honor, and I was hers. The worst? Other than my mother dying a year ago, any time I had to go to the society events with Ted – I just didn’t fit in and his family was real quick to point out my shortcomings and broadcast them to whomever would listen. Mr. Noth some how managed to bring up my father, his blue collar background, and imply mafia connections. Honest, no mafia connections here. My dad is great though he can be overprotective now that I’m “single” again.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

Diet coke, 2% milk, some fruit, cheese, left over sausage and peppers, rice, and the usual condiments. A bottle of Viognier. Oh, and an open can of Jasper’s dog food. On your bedroom floor? I’m embarrassed to say the clothes I took off yesterday. I can be a little OCD about some things, but by the time Wade came by to get Jillian, all I wanted was to get into bed. On your nightstand? My kindle, my alarm clock, and my cell phone charger. In your garbage can? I cleaned out the fridge and emptied the garbage yesterday, but there’s an empty carton of Rocky Road ice cream – Jillian and I finished it off last night. But no worry, there’s a new one in the freezer.

Complete the following sentence: 

I am the kind of person who is calm when the crisis is on-going but falls apart later when it ‘s all over. I like order and clothes have to match which is probably why I like my job. That’s when I rely on my friends, Jillian especially, for support and to distract me.

What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?  

Oh, that’s an easy one. When I decided to try the bar scene and met Rick Murdock. Everything was going great and all – the man can dance. Then he kissed me and I burst into tears. It was awful – my crying I mean, not the kiss. I was mortified I was so out of control.

What is your motto? 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Sometimes when I’m angry or frustrated that’s not easy to do, but I try.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My grandfather’s handmade pizza pans. I haven’t mastered the thick crust yet, but I’m working on it.

Thank you for having me here today.

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Self Published (January 10, 2018) 
Print Length: 182 pages 
ASIN: B078N1M422 

Money isn't worth killing for, or is it?

When her estranged husband is murdered, Stacie Maroni Noth is quickly identified as the main suspect. With divorce papers not yet signed, she may get a substantial inheritance – a clear motive in the eyes of both Noth’s family and the police. His family and law firm strive to keep up the pretense that all is above reproach and idyllic. In her quest to prove her innocence, however, Stacie discovers she's not the only one with a motive for murder. Could it be a colleague at the prestigious law firm where he worked? Or is it tied to the victim's stance on domestic violence? Or maybe even his threats to reveal family secrets? Whatever the true motive may be, it soon becomes clear that Stacie might be the next victim.

About the Author


Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to cozy mystery. She is the author of the Cold Creek Series and co-authors a young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem.   

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An Excerpt from Prestige, Privilege and Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery)

It had been a while since I’d gone to a bar by myself and I was nervous. It was a Friday night and the DJ joked about song titles and singles. Not too crowded, a few couples danced to the tune he played. Other couples and groups sat in booths or tables. The bar was long and I’d grabbed the last seat at the bar, a great vantage point for checking out the crowd.
Perched on a stool by the bar, I was on my second glass of wine when I spotted him. A dark-haired Adonis in snug jeans and a tapered polo shirt, he scanned the room. The wine did its job and I felt good. I caught his eye. My soon-to-be ex wasn’t the only one who could fool around. I winked and he smiled – his smile about knocked me over. My heart raced as he sauntered in my direction.
“Hi. Care to dance?” He extended his hand and I nodded. The DJ played a slow song and he was a strong lead. I couldn’t help but notice the woodsy scent of his aftershave as he held me in his arms and we danced. When the song was over, he walked me back to my spot at the bar.   
“Can I buy you a drink?”
“Uh, sure. Viognier, please.”
I almost admitted that two was my limit but decided I could sip this one. Viognier isn’t the most popular of wines. That he didn’t question my choice surprised me. Ted certainly did. Often.
He signaled the bartender and ordered the wine along with a scotch and water for himself. “I’m Rick. Rick Murdock.”
I hesitated and answered with a smile, “You can call me Barbie.” If this was my once in my lifetime one-night-stand, I didn’t want to use my real name.
His eyes narrowed for a split-second before he nodded. The bartender delivered our drinks and distracted him from the name issue.
“Thanks!” I lifted my glass and he tapped it with his.
“Cheers! So, Barbie… what do you think of the music the DJ is serving us?”
I had to give him credit. It was better than the “Come here often?” I expected. Then again, Creekview Lounge catered to a different crowd than Rockies. We exchanged opinions on music and danced to a few more songs.
Along the way, I finished the third glass of wine, gained a better appreciation of the muscles in his shoulders and noticed his hazel eyes. As I tried not to stumble, he caught me.
“You all right?”


  1. Thank you so much for having Stacie on your blog today! Much appreciated!

    1. It was my pleasure! Best of luck with the book. I included the tour in the Monday, Apr. 02, 2018 edition of The Cozy Mystery Weekly Reader:


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