Maggie King's Murder at the Book Group isn't your sweet, cozy. Her debut novel, set in and around Richmond, Virginia is made up of a quirky group of book lovers. When one of the organizers dies at a meeting at her home, members of the group start looking at each other and pointing fingers. And that's when the gloves come off and the secrets come out. What appears to be a middle-aged tea-and-book-loving group turns into political rifts and sexcapades. No one's tawdry secrets are safe.

Her protagonist, romance writer, Hazel Rose, works with her cousin Lucy and a former police detective to put all of the pieces together and uncover the murderer.

I love the tagline on the cover, "Someone's about to turn the last page."

Check out Maggie's new novel. I look forward to seeing where her characters go in the next novel.


l-r: Maggie King, Fiona Quinn, Rosemary Shomaker, Jayne Omereod, and Heather Weidner at the MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP launch party.

More Book Events. . .

I had the pleasure of being a part of the Virginia is for Mysteries panel at the Poe Birthday Bash and the Poe Museum on January 17. It's located in the Old Stone House in Richmond, Virginia. We enjoyed talking with mystery and Poe fans. And the Embalmers were on stage after us. We enjoyed signing books to their retro 60s surf sounds.

I also had fun signing Virginia is for Mysteries at Barnes and Noble Short Pump with the Lethal Ladies of Sisters in Crime Central Virginia. Maggie King signed her debut novel, Murder at the Book Group. Mary Miley signed The Impersonator and Silent Murders from her 1920s series set in Hollywood. And Ellery Adams signed books from her Book Retreat Mysteries and her Books by the Bay series.


I had the pleasure recently of attending Maggie King's book launch for MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP. I'm about half through with her novel, and I look forward to finding out what happens in that interesting group of women. Stop by and see Maggie's blog.

L to R: Maggie King, Fiona Quinn, Rosemary Shomaker, Jayne Ormerod, and Heather Weidner - VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES authors

L to R: Maggie King, Fiona Quinn, Rosemary Shomaker, Jayne Ormerod, and Heather Weidner - VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES authors

What I've Been Reading

I'm on vacation, so it's okay to stay up past my bedtime reading. Here's what I've finished recently...

Check out Brad Meltzer's The Tenth Justice. This is one of his earlier thrillers. In this one, a young, ambitious Supreme Court clerk gets himself mixed up in an extortion plot. He learns quickly that you can't trust anyone in Washington, DC.

I also finished Bill Crider's Too Late to Die. This was the first in his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. I've read quite of few later ones, but I'd never read the beginning of the story. I love his small-town Texas characters.

I enjoyed Nancy J. Cohen's Permed to Die. This was a fun, fast read. Her amateur sleuth is a hair stylist. This is also the first in this series.

Right now, I'm reading Maggie King's debut novel, Murder at the Book Group.

Happy reading!