Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Copy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlay

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For Scarlett Parker, part of the fun of living in London is celebrating the British holidays, and she’s excited to share her first Bonfire Night with her cousin Vivian Tremont. Invited to a posh party by their friend Harrison Wentworth, Scarlett and Viv decide to promote their hat shop, Mim’s Whims, by donning a few of their more outrageous creations. The hats prove to be quite the conversation starters as the girls mix and mingle with the guests—never suspecting that one of them is a killer. 

It’s a cold, clear night, perfect for the British tradition of tossing a straw stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes, traitor to the crown, onto the bonfire. But instead of a straw man, they realize in the heat of the moment that the would-be Guy Fawkes is actually Harrison’s office rival and he’s been murdered. Before the smoke has cleared, Harrison is the Metropolitan police’s prime suspect, and Scarlett and Vivian must find the real homicidal hothead before their dear friend’s life goes up in flames.

One of the things I love best about writing the London Hat Shop series is learning about all of the customs and traditions of another country. I did travel to London to research the series but it soon became clear that mastering the underground and attending a posh tea were just the beginning of my studies of all things British. When it came time to write COPY CAP MURDER, I knew I wanted to include something that was unique to England and Guy Fawkes night or Bonfire night absolutely fit the bill.

Bonfire night came about on November 5, 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his conspirators put gunpowder beneath the House of Lords in an attempt to blow it up and kill King James I at the Opening of Parliament. Fawkes was caught and tortured but died from a fall before he could be executed. Celebrating King James’s survival, bonfires were lit all over the city which has celebrated the fateful day every year on Nov 5th since the creation of the Observance of 5th November Act, also called the Thanksgiving Act, a few months after the event with bonfires, fireworks, and the traditional tossing of a straw Guy Fawkes effigy onto the bonfire.

As soon as I read about the holiday, and its history, I knew it was the perfect backdrop for a murder. As gruesome as it seems, I also knew that having a real body substituted for the straw effigy of Guy Fawkes was the perfect way to discover the body.

Yes, this is how the mind of a mystery writer works. We’re always looking for where to hide or discover the body. You can only imagine my ideas for the English tradition of the holiday cracker, which is essentially a Christmastime party favor that when pulled apart makes a load cracking noise and is usually stuffed with a small toy or paper hat or perhaps a murder weapon? We shall see.

I hope you enjoy COPY CAP MURDER as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always, it is a delight to visit my favorite hat shop across the pond.

Cheers!

Jenn

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copySeries: A Hat Shop Mystery (Book 4)
Publisher: Berkley (January 5, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425279588
ISBN-13: 978-0425279588
ASIN: B00W2ZKP0G
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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The New York Times bestselling author of At the Drop of a Hat returns to her London hat shop with a fresh tale of milliners and murder.

For Scarlett Parker, part of the fun of living in London is celebrating the British holidays, and she’s excited to share her first Bonfire Night with her cousin Vivian Tremont. Invited to a posh party by their friend Harrison Wentworth, Scarlett and Viv decide to promote their hat shop, Mim’s Whims, by donning a few of their more outrageous creations. The hats prove to be quite the conversation starters as the girls mix and mingle with the guests—never suspecting that one of them is a killer.

It’s a cold, clear night, perfect for the British tradition of tossing a straw stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes, traitor to the crown, onto the bonfire. But instead of a straw man, they realize in the heat of the moment that the would-be Guy Fawkes is actually Harrison’s office rival and he’s been murdered. Before the smoke has cleared, Harrison is the Metropolitan police’s prime suspect, and Scarlett and Vivian must find the real homicidal hothead before their dear friend’s life goes up in flames.

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Copy Cap Murder to give away.

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Giveaway ends on January 20th

 



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jennJenn MckKinlay is what is known as a dessert-freakosuarus. She has been known to eat leftoverbirthday cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the frozen top tier of her wedding cake didn't stand a chance of seeing its first anniversary. Luckily, herhusband is more of salt guy. Since the arrival of the hooligans (her sons), she has honed her culinary skillsto include cupcakes and has baked and frosted cupcakes into the shape of cats, mice and outerspace aliens to name just a few. Writing a mystery series based upon one of her favorite food groups (cupcakes) is as enjoyable as licking the beater and she can't wait to whip up the next one. She is the author of another mystery series under the name Lucy Lawrence and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her musician husband Chris, their two sons, two cats, one dog and one fish.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. I enjoy books by Jenn McKinlay.  Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Pamela Riley says:

    This sounds like a great read!  Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book! 

  4. Gloria Walshver says:

    Interesting hope to read it.

  5. Sandy Todd says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the latest from Jenn!  Happy New Year Lori!

  6. Sounds good, thanks for the chance to win!

     

  7. Della Williamson says:

    Love the cover.  Looks like a fun read.  Thanks for the list of series.  My TBR has grown a bit.  Thank you for this chance to get an early start on your books.

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