31 days of Halloween – Kathleen Allen *Giveaway Today*

A note from Brynna:  Ms. Allen has generously offered to give away an ebook copy of If It’s Monday, It Must Be Murder to one reader who comments on her post. To enter, please leave an email address (ex. brynna (at) brynnacurry (dot) com) so we may contact the winner. Contest will run for the duration of the event with a winner chosen October 31st.

Thanks for having me as a guest blogger today! I wanted to do a guest blog to introduce myself to your readers and to let them know about my latest release: IF IT’S MONDAY, IT MUST BE MURDER! from Gypsy Shadow Publishing released on 9-25-11. I love to read mysteries and especially love to read the ones with a female lead character. 

A couple of years ago I found the genre “cozy mystery” and read authors who write in that genre. A cozy mystery usually involves an amateur who just happens to come upon a murder and tries to solve it in their own way, sometimes with the help of the police, and sometimes, not.  So, what does that have to do with my new release? Well, my main character, Mel, is inspired by those female detectives I enjoy and has elements of a cozy mystery, too. Mel is a former cop and by all accounts she was a good one who got shot in the back during a routine B&E (breaking and entering) call. Her partner, who is also her lover, Byron was around the front of the building and Mel was in the back. He feels guilty he couldn’t prevent her from being shot and she feels like a burden to him so they break up. The bullet is lodged near her spinal cord so the docs don’t want to do surgery, it might paralyze her for life. So, now she has a limp, walks with a cane and is in constant pain. The pain is caused by the bullet pressing on the bundle of nerves in her back by her tailbone that run down her left leg.  Nothing helps the pain except ice packs and pain meds that make her dopey.  It’s been almost a year since she was shot and she had to go on disability and retire from the job she loved. 

Her best friend from college, Cindy, wants her to help find her youngest college-age daughter, Jessie. She’s been missing for two days. When Jessie’s body is found at the bottom of a tall building near campus, the cops rule Jessie’s death a suicide. Cindy is sure she was murdered.  She wants Mel to investigate but Mel can barely hold it together, how can she help? It’s been a year since Mel was “on the job” and she isn’t positive she will find anything out now that she’s not a cop. And, what about Byron? He wants her back in his life but she refuses to be a burden to him so she shuts him out. But, she misses him. Cindy begs her to help find out who murdered Jessie and she reluctantly agrees. When she gets too close to the truth, the murderer plans to kill Mel and she doesn’t see it coming until it’s too late.
So, there you have it. A synopsis of IF IT’S MONDAY, IT MUST BE MURDER! In retrospect writing a mystery is much harder than reading one! It took me two years to get it to where I wanted it to be. I love the voice of Mel, she’s smart, sassy, tough and was a joy to write.  I hope those of you that like mysteries enjoy reading it. Here are the links to it:

Murder mystery from Gypsy Shadow Publishing!
Mel, a former cop shot in the back now lives in constant pain. When her best friend’s daughter is missing, Mel is asked to help find her. When the girl is found dead at the bottom of a tall building, the cops believe she jumped. Did she? Or is it murder?
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Take care,
Kathleen A.
Find Kathleen on Twitter: @kathleea