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Linda Reilly is a mystery writer living with her husband in southern New Hampshire. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Cat Writers' Association.

Her first cozy mystery, Some Enchanted Murder, was a finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award in the category "Best First Novel: Cozy, Traditional and Historical."

Linda is also the author of the Cat Lady Mysteries published by Kensington Lyrical and of the Deep Fried mysteries published by Berkley Prime Crime.

ESCAPE CLAWS, her first Cat Lady Mystery, was selected by Modern Cat Magazine, Connie's Book Club, as a "must read" in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue.

CLAWS OF ACTION, her fourth Cat Lady Mystery, was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Cat Writers' Ass
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Linda Reilly Thank you for the question, Marilyn. A little over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to retire from my full time job. That left my days (m…moreThank you for the question, Marilyn. A little over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to retire from my full time job. That left my days (mostly) free to write. Since my brain functions best in the morning, I sit down with my coffee and muffin by around 8 AM, and boot up my laptop. I usually respond to e-mails first and take a quick gander at Facebook, but then my writing day starts. I aim for at least 1,000 words a day. (On days when I exceed that I pat myself on the back!) By afternoon, my mind is a bit fried. That's when I tackle lighter writing, such as blog posts and setting up Facebook giveaways. Right now I'm working on a new, cat-themed cozy series, and it's on a fast track. Those 1000 or more words a day are going to be crucial to my turning in the manuscripts on time. I love answering this question!(less)
Linda Reilly Hilary, thank you for inquiring. Sadly, the publisher decided not to continue the Deep Fried series after the third book (A Frying Shame), but I do mi…moreHilary, thank you for inquiring. Sadly, the publisher decided not to continue the Deep Fried series after the third book (A Frying Shame), but I do miss Talia and company! It was a fun series to write, and I hope to create a similar series in the near future. (less)
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Sister Louise LaSalle, sleuth extraordinaire, brings a fresh new voice to the world of cozies. Inquisitive, determined, and wonderfully kind, she teams up with her beloved nephew and a somewhat jaded reporter to solve
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October 2020 Cozy Mystery Poll

We ask that you only vote if you are planning on participating in our discussion should your choice win.

Which Cozy Mystery would you like to read in October?

Murder in Galway (Home to Ireland Mystery #1) by Carlene O'Connor
 
  22 votes, 47.8%

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #1) by Kirsten Weiss
 
  12 votes, 26.1%

Escape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1) by Linda Reilly
 
  6 votes, 13.0%

Caught Dead Handed (Witch City Mystery, #1) by Carol J. Perry
 
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“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
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“Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.”
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Linda Hi Beth,
I'm a fellow Guppy, and I've already read A Real Basket Case (which I loved!), but still need to buy your other two books. Kudos on your successes, Beth. Hope you sell tons of books!
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Beth Hi Linda,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books, A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, and the upcoming Deadly Currents, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for free mystery books, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ .

I've also reactivated my Q&A group, so please join and join in the discussions: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...
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