The Cottonwoods is a departure for mystery writer Lyn Farrell. It is a sweet story of a young woman who is determined to honor a promise she made to her dying mother. Her mother maintained that the century-old farmhouse still in the family is the hiding place of treasure brought to this country by her ancestors during WWI. Its a combination of a mystery and a romance.
At the end of the book there is an "Author's Note" that tells the family history that inspired the story.
Like all authors who create fictional characters, I have a dream that my books would be made into a series for television. I even have some actors I'd like to see play the parts. In my dreams, my Native American Detective Wayne Nichols would be played by Wes Studi and my Investigator Dory Clarkson would be played by Loretta Devine. Donald Sutherland would be perfect to play Detective PD Pascoe.
I called our local independent bookstore, Schuler Books and Music, to see if they received books on the actual release day. And they DO!
I receive 3 copies of every new book I publish from my publisher, Camel Press, but have still ordered books from Schulers. Then I got an email from Amazon saying they identified a book they thought I would enjoy and it was mine. It made me laugh, so I ordered one from Amazon too. Hope to get a chance to talk about the book at a local Book Club.
For those of you who thought I'd been doing nothing but watching Netflix and eating brownies, it's not true!
My newest book, "The Blind Switch" will be out in January, 2021. I'll let you know when it's on Amazon for pre-order.
Hello Readers and Writers,
For those of you who missed my February Newsletter, I created a new character for "The Blind Switch." Her name is Billy Jo Bradley. Those of you who have read "The Mae December" mysteries will remember Detective Wayne Nichols and Investigator Dory Clarkson. When Wayne and Dory leave the Rosedale Sheriff's Office to go to work for Rosedale Investigations (a PI firm), they meet retired Detective PD Pascoe (who made a cameo appearance in "Two Dogs Lie Sleeping). He owns and runs the business.
Young Billy Jo Bradley is ambitious, smart and determined to preserve her own maverick style of attire. Most of the time, Wayne thinks she looks like a skater chick, or perhaps one of the trans-gendered. Dory sets to work on Billy Jo, determined to have her look more professional-at least in the office.
Dory also learns that Billy Jo has an odd musical preference. She likes opera! Intending to encourage Billy Jo to find a young man who can afford her taste in music, Dory finds Billy Jo an opera swain. Billy Jo buys the tickets to "The Magic Flute" and a beautiful purple gown, using the office credit card! PD is not amused! Since she did help "crack the case" in the story, PD (after some grumbling) gives her a bonus that covers the cost of the tickets. But Billy Jo starts making monthly payments to pay the office back for the dress. She's a good sport about it and gives Wayne, Dory and PD special gifts to thank them for "putting up with her."
We've had a warm winter in Michigan this year. I've only had to have the driveway plowed twice but we finally have snow! Its fairy tale snow, white and fluffy. Reminds me of winters in my childhood, sledding, hot chocolate, & reading by the fireplace.