Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mystery of the Month: A Nose for Hanky Panky

It's midnight in Granite Cove and only the sea clams are open. Murder strikes this sleepy fishing village and Rose McNichols, reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, is drawn into the case. Who killed Vivian Klinger, Ph.D., a woman too perfect for mere mortals, a woman who had everything but a sense of humor?

"A great blend of mystery, murder and ghostliness with picturesque landscape of New England coast"  John R. Pleasant, Ph.D, Professor of Literature, LSU, Shreveport

Gary Larrabee, North Shore author and historian, said in his review: "An entertaining novel about a murder in a quaint coastal community on Boston's North Shore; a story punctuated by a witty undertone that will have you chuckling all the way to the climactic final chapter. Sharon Cook captures the charm of an insulated New England village jolted by an unthinkable crime."

The book's setting, Granite Cove, was inspired by Cape Ann, Mass. where Cook grew up and now has a studio at  Gloucester's historic Blackburn Building. 

Sharon Love Cook had her first newspaper column at seventeen when she wrote about the local doings for the Cape Ann Summer Sun, ie: swimming class schedules and jelly fish warnings. She is the author of A Nose for Hanky Panky, by Mainly Murder Press and The Legend of Judgment Rock and other Mystery Stories by Neptune Rising Press.
She has an MFA in Writing and is an art school grad who illustrated both book covers. She and her husband, their two children grown, live north of Boston with a collection of  rescued cats. Five days a week Cook visits her writing/cartooning studio in  Gloucester, Mass., where the seagulls are fierce and the cod is scarce. Visit her website and see the soaring seagulls and Cook's cartoons:                                                                                                                                     
The Legend of Judgment Rock and other Mystery Stories, by Sharon Love Cook; Neptune Rising Press. Several stories in the collection have been published before, including "Bluefish Weather" (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine), "A Marriage Made in Heaven" (Over My Dead Body), "The Ghost of Winthrop Hall" (Atriad Press), and others. 
Some contain the origins for Cook's mystery, A Nose for Hanky Panky. The seaside fishing village of Granite Cove first appears in the title story. 
Available in soft cover and e-book from, Barnes & Noble and bookstores. Cover illustration by the author; 150 pages.