Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers


I've been a fan of the US Postal Service since I was a kid. It could have been the uniforms that got my attention. In my working class neighborhood, uniforms were a rarity. The men, most of them laborers like my father, wore nondescript "work clothes," usually in olive drab or khaki; the women wore housedresses and aprons.

The mailman, however, wore a snazzy blue-grey outfit with an Eisenhower-style jacket—banded waist, two pleated-patch breast pockets, and buttoned cuffs. The round patch on the sleeve, of a pony express delivery, couldn't have been cooler. A matching safari-style hat topped it off. What was not to like?

My sixth-grade teacher also contributed to my interest when he assigned a special project: we were to write a "business letter" and ask for information through the mail. The who and the what were wide open, leaving us to our own imaginations. (Thanks for that, Mr. D.)

I'd certainly never been on an airplane, but for some reason I chose to send a request to an airline for information about becoming a stewardess. Pre-Google, who knows where I got the address of an airline? The important thing is that it was my first foray into research and it worked! I still remember the package that arrived a couple of weeks later—the requisite application forms, with my name and address on the large envelope! Colorful pamphlets toppled out also, all showing the glamorous life of a waitress at thirty-thousand feet. I took the package to school and impressed all my friends.

After that, I couldn't be stopped. I sent away for all kinds of things, just to receive letters or packages with my name on them. "Send for more information" was an invitation I never refused. As a result, I acquired such items as brochures from the army, kits for home improvement, pamphlets on family health, and brochures for colleges and universities all over the world. When the pen pal craze hit, I was there!

 Since that time, I've had many jobs, from research physicist to novelist, but one of my proudest tenures was with the USPS as a temporary sorter during my holiday vacations from college. My only regret was that I didn't get to wear the uniform.

My latest tribute to the men and women in whom we put our trust to take care of our communications is my new series: the Postmistress Mysteries.

Meet Cassie Miller, Postmistress in a small town in western Massachusetts. She wears the now red-white-and-blue uniform proudly. She has mail to deliver and crimes to solve!

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prioritySeries: A Postmistress Mystery (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (November 3, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425279103
ISBN-13: 978-0425279106
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Introducing a murder mystery that really delivers!

After caring for her dying aunt and being dumped by her fiancé, Cassie Miller decides to return to her small hometown in the Berkshires to lick her wounds and live in the house where she was raised. Leaving behind her managerial position in the Boston main postal office, Cassie trades in her tailored suits and high heels for the comfortable blue shirt and red, white, and blue striped scarf of the Postmaster for North Ashcot, Massachusetts.

Everything is business as usual until Cassie arrives at work one day to find that someone has broken into the post office building. The only items stolen: stacks of telephone books. Who steals phone books? Two days later, the body of an unidentified man is found in the woods. And when the handsome antiques dealer she just had lunch with is taken into custody, Cassie is suddenly drawn into the case. With a crime enveloped in mystery, she needs to track the killer—before another victim’s fate is sealed in the dead letter office…

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Death Takes Priority to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on November 21st

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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

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Jean Flowers is the pseudonym for Camillel Minichino, who has published eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist Gloria Lamerino. The series continues in short stories on Kindle and  The latest is a re-issue of The Hydrogen Murder on Kindle.

 As Margaret Grace, she’s published six novels in the Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist Geraldine Porter and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Maddie. The latest is Mix-Up in Miniature.

As Ada Madison she’s published two novels in the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor Sophie Knowles.

Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She is currently on faculty of Golden Gate University, in San Francisco and on the staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Camille is on the board of NorCal Sisters in Crime. She’s a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America and the California Writers Club.

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  1. It's so exciting to visit Lori during the launch of my new series. I'm looking forward to meeting her readers!


  2. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    It was so nice to find out that a "new" author to me, was in fact, an author whom I had read before.  This new series sounds very interesting and I will be looking forward to ordering the first boo in the Postmistress series very soon.  The fact that this series takes place in Massachusetts is another draw for me having lived here now for all of my adult life (and that is a LONG time!) Such an interesting bio today too.  Thank you for helping me get to know you.



    Cynthia Blain


  3. Thanks, Cynthia — I'm from Revere, MA and miss it!

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