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Author Interview ft GP Gardner | MURDER AT HARBOR VILLAGE Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

Murder at Harbor Village by GP Gardner is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an author inte...

Murder at Harbor Village by GP Gardner is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. Enjoy!

Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I write with cozy lovers in mind, people who like order and want to see it reestablished after a disruption like murder, people who look for a puzzle to solve, or who want to read about daily life in a contemporary Gulf Coast village that’s high on charm and community spirit and intellectual life.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
The book title, MURDER AT HARBOR VILLAGE, won out over half a dozen options presented to my Thursday lunch group. Murder gives readers fair warning of the content, and harbor conveys both the coastal setting and the idea of safety, and village describes Fairhope (the setting and my hometown) as well as the fictional retirement community. I was so happy when my editor approved the title.

And I’ll tell you a little secret. My siblings and cousins don’t know yet, but my sleuth Cleo is named for our grandmother.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
Don’t you love the cover? It’s nothing like what I expected or would’ve designed, but I adored it on sight. And the cat is a perfect image of Cleo’s Tinkerbelle. All the credit goes to designer Lou Malcangi, illustrator Elsa Kerls, and editor John Scognamiglio.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’m partial to whichever character I’m writing about at the moment but a special favorite is Riley, because I know what Cleo will eventually think of him.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
Mysteries, even cozies, have victims. But I seem to make them unlikeable, so we don’t regret their demise too much. Maybe they cheat, or mistreat others somehow—or try to. Sometimes Cleo doesn’t even know them but gets involved in figuring out what happened to them, and why.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
My hobbies aren’t really unique, but there sure are a lot of them. Like Cleo, I’m addicted to Sudoku and never give up on a puzzle until it’s solved. I enjoy creating zentangles—a pen-and-ink version of daydreaming. And like Cleo’s neighbor Ann, I’m a knitter and designed Ann’s Fairhope Scarf. You can get the pattern from my webpage. That’s

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
On Facebook I’m GP Gardner. Or you can contact me through my webpage:

What can we expect from you in the future?
The second Cleo Mack mystery, MURDER AT ROYALE COURT, will be released in June. And MURDER AT THE ARTS AND CRAFTS will follow in due course.

About the Book
Murder at Harbor Village
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Lyrical Underground (November 13, 2018)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 1516109007
ISBN-13: 978-1516109005
Digital ASIN: B079WM9X29
Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .
It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.
When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .
About the Author
Born and raised in Alabama, G. P. Gardner earned BS and MA degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) and an MBA from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). She also attended the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she studied biopsychology and primatology. But her heart belongs to Talladega College—an HBCU and the first educational institution in Alabama to admit students without regard to race—where she taught business. Her writing life began with short stories, some of which were published in regional literary journals and some of which won prizes. She enjoys the classic mystery writers as well as contemporary whodunits but reads widely. She is a knitter and once owned a knit shop in Fairhope, AL. She studied mystery writing with Terry Cline, another Fairhope resident. Murder in Harbor Village is the first in her series about social worker Cleo Mack. You can visit her at

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