Yurn your frown upside down into a smile as this post is for those who do not enjoy the family gatherings at Christmas. You know who you are and why but today I thought it would be fun to have a little fun.
This is a "Would you rather" reply when someone asks what you would rather do get through the holidays than spend it with family?
1. I'd rather drop a house on my sister.
2. Have a root canal
3. Eat fruitcake even the store bought kind.
4. Have my neighbor tell me about her colon in great detail
6. Watch my cat chase and kill a mouse
7. Hear the neighbor's dogs barking all night long.
8. Shovel snow
9. Open my prezzies and discover everyone sent me clothes two sizes too small. What is family for but to get the sizes wrong even after they call and ask.
10. I'd rather read a good murder mystery set at Christmas this would make it a killer holiday for me.
Okay you all come up with your own funny list and I can't wait to see what you have. Oh one…
MM: Frances, give us the back story on how and
when you became an author? I
started by telling stories. I’d walk home from school with a friend and spin
some tale that would last till the parting of our ways at the corner shop. In
my twenties, I wrote stories that were published in magazines and broadcast on
BBC Radio. I then wrote radio and theatre plays and scripts for television. My
first novel was based on stories told to me by my mother. MM:
Tell us about what you are currently writing and what has been released? I’m
editing the eighth Kate Shackleton novel, Death at the Seaside. My
setting is Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Whitby is where Bram Stoker has
Count Dracula land in the Russian ship Demeter in the shape of
a black dog. Dracula doesn’t appear in my story. But if he did, Kate Shackleton
and her trusty assistants, Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, would deal with him.My
latest release in the US is Kate Shackleton #5, Murder on a Summer’s
Day. In the UK, it’s #7, A Death in the…
Biscuit and Bob are on their honeymoon when Bob tries to help someone dying with resuscitation efforts that leave him poisoned and in ICU.
The story time hops a lot and introduces a lot of characters and isn't really your typical amateur sleuth asking questions all over town.
It is a series of pieces out of the life of the Holvers family and events that led to the current situation she and Bob are in.
It is interesting and complex at times but satisfying as the pieces come together.
I saw several reviews where the number of characters and time hopping frustrated readers and I admit, I had to pause a few times to make sure I was in tune to everything going on, but I thought it was fun a non-traditional which was a bit refreshing.