Guest Post with Giveaway ~ The Marsh Madness by Victoria Abbott


The Golden Age of Detection: a gift that keeps on giving

We feel just plain lucky to be writing the book collector mysteries. Not just because being a mystery author is awesome but because of the company we get to keep.  That special company is the group of authors who made the early mysteries series so memorable. In many cases, these were the mysteries we first fell in love with.  And those sleuths: so very debonair and in some cases (sorry Hercule, not you) even sexy.  They stand the test of time.  Our own sleuth, Jordan Bingham, still carries a torch for Lord Peter Wimsey, Archie Goodwin and most recently, Inspector Roderick Alleyn. 

peachy with booksPart of our preparation for each book is to read a big chunk of the work of that author. With The Marsh Madness we were thrilled to rediscover the great Ngaio Marsh.  And just as Vera Van Alst was offered a chance to obtain a pristine collection of Marsh first editions, we were given paperback twenty-nine novels in excellent condition as our ‘homework’ for the book.  That meant months of enjoyable reading in the name of ‘work’. Is this the best job in the world or what?

We are great admirers of Ngaio Marsh and we loved the way she brought her knowledge of the theater to her work.  We tried to use that as a bit of an hommage in our own contemporary work.

As part of that hommage we just had to have a visit to a grand country home, one where things aren’t quite the way they appear, and then one by one, people bite the dust.

 Thank you, Dame Ngaio, for that tradition!   We thought that the tradition of elegant dressing was worthwhile too and, while Vera and Uncle Kev are pretty much beyond hope, Jordan looks ready to mingle with the aristocracy in her raspberry wool dress (thank you vintage!)

Have you read or reread Ngaio Marsh?  If yes, join us in celebrating.  If no, we hope you will rediscover her after reading The Marsh Madness.

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marshSeries: A Book Collector Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425280349
ISBN-13: 978-0425280348
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The national bestselling author of The Wolfe Widow presents another spine-tingling mystery featuring rare book collector Jordan Bingham and some Ngaio Marsh first editions worth killing for…

Jordan works hard to improve Vera Van Alst’s collection of classic detective stories. So when Chadwick Kauffman—heir to the Kauffman fortune—offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea. The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea.

But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam. And they’ll have to unmask the imposter fast, because someone is trying to frame them for murder…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of The Marsh Madness to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on September 25th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Mj & Vic2 Aug 15Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between the always very funny and creative artist, photographer and short story author, Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, award-winning author of three mystery series and two dozen short stories. Their four miniature dachshunds are understandably outraged that a pug and some Siamese cats have wiggled their way into the series.


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  1. Gloria Walshver says:

    I'd love to read the book it seems interesting.

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