I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kate Parker and her new book Murder At The Marlowe Club. This is the second book in her The Milliner Mystery series.
Murder at the Marlowe Club (The Milliner Mysteries)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (February 24, 2020)
Print Length: 209 pages
Digital ASIN: B083M97VWP
A corpse in a corset. A dangerous gambling den. A perilous path between safety and peril.
London, 1905. Leading milliner Emily Gates’ illegal shortcut through a private park in the rain brought her straight to a scantily clothed corpse. Then her route took her straight into the hands of the indefatigable Lady Kaldaire, who recognized the body as a relative of her longtime friend, the Duchess of Wallingford. Lady Kaldaire blackmailed Emily before to find Lord Kaldaire’s killer. Why not this murderer, too?
Emily has plenty of reasons why not, but finding links between her father’s nefarious family of crooks and conmen and the debauchery of the secretive Marlowe Club involves her in the investigation led by the handsome Inspector Russell of Scotland Yard. Emily discovers more than she expects about the licentious world of the corpse through her aristocratic customers, including Georgia, heroine of the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, now the Duchess of Blackford.
Are the scandal rags correct, or has the victim been maligned by a mastermind who’ll stop at nothing to gain everything?
This is a historical cozy mystery with no graphic violence, sex, or foul language. Just exciting action, mysterious events, and surprising endings.
Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books and her father’s library of history and biography books. Now she can’t write a story that isn’t set in the past with a few decent corpses littered about.
Website – www.KateParkerbooks.com,
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker
BookBub – www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-parker
When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
I’ve always wanted to write, to create worlds in stories. My father was a journalist and our house was full of books. I was always reading. It wasn’t until my youngest graduated from college and went out on her own at the same time my husband fell ill that I began to write in earnest as a way to maintain my sanity.
With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
I write historicals, something that many cozy writers don’t do. I lack any interest in crafts or cooking, which many cozies revolve around. In fact, if I ever include a recipe, don’t try it. My husband always sounded surprised when something tasted good.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
I know the setting and a few characters and the victim, and I just see where they take me.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
I read my reviews, but I don’t respond to them. I feel that reviews are the reader’s chance to say what they think and I don’t want to influence that. However, I have responded to a few English readers who have corrected my Americanisms. They have been very kind and I have learned from them.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would have become serious about a writing career decades earlier if I’d known then how much enjoyment I get from my work.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
I think a cover is very important. Lyndsey Lewellen of Lewellen Designs has done my Milliner Series covers so far.
Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
In Murder at the Marlowe Club, family takes a big place in the story. The tensions, the joys, the conflict that arise from a large extended family show up center stage. Emily, my main character, has a love/hate relationship with her father’s family and how they earn their money. They are crooks and she is basically law-abiding. Her love interest is a Scotland Yard inspector. This creates conflict and tension, in addition to the conflict of finding a murder victim.
What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
I love being an author. My imagination can lead the way, and the commute is the best I’ve ever had.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
What do your plans for future projects include?
I am partway through the fifth book in the Deadly Series, Deadly Travels, set in 1939. I have 2 more Deadly books planned, plus I’d like to try my hand at a contemporary mystery set in the US.
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
The hardest part is the first draft. It seems to go on forever. It’s where my characters speak to me, where I find out what happened, and where I fall into plot holes. Everything after that is easy.
What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love mysteries. I love reading older traditional mysteries from Robert Barnard, Margaret Frazer, Emma Lathen, Colin Dexter, and of course, Agatha Christie.
What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
That my fondest wish is that when you read one of my stories, you enjoy yourself.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Keep reading. My writing has no meaning without readers reading.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/kateparkerbooks
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