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USA Today best-selling author Marty Wingate writes The First Edition Library series (Berkley) set in Bath, England, about the curator of a collection of books from the Golden Age of Mystery. Book one, The Bodies in the Library, concerns murder among an Agatha Christie fan-fiction writing group, and in book two, Murder Is a Must (October 2020), an exhibition manager is found dead at the bottom of a spiral staircase. Marty also writes historical fiction: Glamour Girls (Alcove Press, January 2021) follows Spitfire pilot Rosalie Wright through both the physical and emotional dangers of the Second World War. Marty writes two further mystery series: the Potting Shed books (Alibi) feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted fro ...more

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Marty Wingate Hello Hilary! Thanks so much for your question - I love writing about Julia (and I love Suffolk). I certainly can't let it end here, can I? We must ge…moreHello Hilary! Thanks so much for your question - I love writing about Julia (and I love Suffolk). I certainly can't let it end here, can I? We must get them married! But, we have a temporary glitch - Alibi (the digital imprint from Random House) has "closed its doors" - they are taking on no new titles. That means both Birds of a Feather and my Potting Shed mysteries have no publisher. But I have started the next book in both series and so it's just a matter of figuring out how to get them to readers once they are finished. Will I self publish? Perhaps. I'll be sure to shout about it when the decision is made. (And will post details on my website and in my newsletter.) In the meantime, I have a new series coming from Berkley - the First Edition Library mysteries. Book one - The Bodies in the Library will be out Oct. 8. Again - thanks so much for getting in touch!(less)
Marty Wingate Thanks for tour question about Bunter the cat! Yes, male torties are rare, but I must fall back on the author's excuse of "that's just what he is." We…moreThanks for tour question about Bunter the cat! Yes, male torties are rare, but I must fall back on the author's excuse of "that's just what he is." We use this about characters all the time--sometimes they come to us fully formed (as Ann Cleeves says about Vera) and we don't question it. Seven male Bunters in a row does seem like quite a feat, but that's across quite a few decades. Perhaps Lady Fowling had a backstory about torties--that's something I'll have to consider!(less)
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Curl up with a mug of hot spiced cider and follow Mrs. Potts as she finds her humanity. It's a lovely tale beautifully illustrated to be enjoyed by both children and adults. ...more
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“The detective story was a tale of subtlety and deviousness and characters and cups of tea, and—in the end—order out of chaos.”
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“isn’t it very odd how our minds can make things up? We think we see one thing, but really we’ve seen something entirely different.” She”
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“And you’re in shock,” he added. “But I’ve already had a cup of tea.”
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Marty Wingate Cherie wrote: "Congratulations on having your books adopted by the Cozy Mysteries discussion group! They're a hard nut to crack.
Cherie"


Thanks, Cherie - hope to see you at Bouchercon in September!


Cherie O'Boyle Congratulations on having your books adopted by the Cozy Mysteries discussion group! They're a hard nut to crack.
Cherie


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