My new release for Kindle Worlds, Dragon Touched, should go live next week. I’ll keep you posted.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Fairy Dust Launch Day
Tali Cates was starting life over. Not that she had much choice. Her husband, disturbed by her admission of possessing a special gift of being able to see the dead, dropped her and their two children by the side of the road. Now she was back in her home town, living with her mother, starting a new business, wanting nothing more than a fresh start. But murder gets in the way of her fresh start, making it more of a challenge then anyone deserves. Every where she turns, she’s making more enemies then friends and the trail of murder keeps following her. Until she learns to embrace her gifts and use them to find the killer, life in Love, Texas will continue to be Privy to Murder. “Privy to a Murder is a fun and quirky murder mystery. It seems to have a little bit of everything, murder, love, mystery, and a haunting.” – Coffee Time Review
And if you want an Urban Fantasy, you can’t go wrong with Carol’s Fairy Dust. It’s a fun and scary read.
As is normal when her mother gives her a warning from the spirits, Tali lets it go in one ear and out the other. She really needs to get the box finished. The opening is this evening and she really wants to help her friends at the museum. So she puts the finishing touches on the glass box, gets cleaned up and dressed appropriately, and goes to the museum.
When she gets there, she hands over the glass box and greets a few friends. Then she decides to go check out the new exhibit — an exact duplicate of one in Germany. It’s a World War II exhibit. At that point, there’s a loud scream and the sound of glass breaking and Tali’s the first one in the room. When she gets inside, it’s to find Jessie, someone new to the museum, unconscious and the museum’s director, Tom Scott, dead. The police show up and Tali finds a necklace similar to one in the painting hanging on the wall on Tom’s body, which she pockets. Eventually, Tali goes home to find her ex-boyfriend, Aiden—a vampire—with some more news. Turns out the necklace holds power and a Dark Lord wants it and Tali.
What is the deal with the necklace? Who is this Dark Lord and what does he want with Tali? Will Aiden be able to keep Tali safe? Will he stick around this time, or break Tali’s heart again?
MUSEUMS ARE MURDER is a lighthearted, fun read. Carol Shenold writes a fascinating story of love, werewolves, vampires and demons. While this is a short story and can easily be read in one sitting, Carol Shenold manages to put everything necessary in it to make a entertaining read. From the vampire in love with a human, even though he knows that’s not a good thing, to a woman with power who has no idea she even has it. And don’t forget the Dark Lord, he’s in here too. All in all a very entertaining read and one I highly recommend.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted April 21, 2009
Rating: 4 Enchantments
Having recently gone through a bitter divorce, Tali Cates has moved back to her hometown of Love, Texas with her young son and angst-ridden teenage daughter. Moving in with her quirky mother, Mumsie, who speaks with the spirits and takes tarot cards seriously, Tali has her hands full with her new party planning business, Party On. After her first gig ends with the hostess’ murder, Tali has to deal with the murdered woman’s ghost, a suspicious town and an ex-boyfriend, J.T., who may or may not be the next love in her life. Not feeling comfortable with the gift her Mumsie takes for granted, Tali stumbles from one crisis to the next as she struggles to build her business and solve not one but two murders. Unwilling to acknowledge her spirit-seeing gift, Tali must learn to come to terms with it if she’s to solve the murders and save her family.
Tali is a likeable, spunky, no-nonsense character and it’s easy to sympathize with her family and business issues. I liked this book and would enjoy reading the next due out in 2008 titled Bloody Murder. I would love to see Tali and J.T. get together as well as more fleshing out of Mumsie—she has some wonderful personality quirks.
This is not a story focusing on romance, rather a cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal. Those who like the cozy mystery genre will enjoy this one. The plot is well-done, the characters believable and the reader is kept wondering what happens next. The paranormal twist is not over-done and adds an extra element of interest to the story.
Carol Shenold is an author and teacher. Currently she is at work on her sequel to PRIVY TO MURDER; Bloody Murder due out in 2008. PRIVY TO MURDER placed in the “Frontiers in Writing” contest in 2007. Also available from Eternal Press is Carol’s second novel, Fairy Dust. Learn more about Carol Shenold at http://www.carolshenold.com/.
I particularly liked Tali’s “voice” when she deals with all the angst with humor despite wanting to throw in the towel–or smack somebody upside the head. There’s a hopeful likeability that makes readers root for her, and cheer her success. This is a quick read, and one I believe cozy mystery fans will enjoy and want to come back for more.
–Amy Shojai, author 23 pet care titles