Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Cancelled By Murder by Jean Flowers


What's in a Sign?

Camille Minichino

It seems I've turned every aspect of my life into a mystery series.

Not that I believe it matters, but I'm a Gemini. And, not that I think the sign under which you're born determines your personality—I'm a scientist, after all. I just happened to read this about Geminis:

Gemini women hate routine. They hate boredom. They don’t like doing the same things again and again and again. The Gemini-born can easily see both sides of an issue, a wonderfully practical quality. Less practical is the fact that it's never clear which Twin will show up half the time. Geminis themselves may not know who's showing up either.

I have to admit, that Gemini profile might explain why I have authored four series under four different names. Who will show up this time?

Camille Minichino, retired physicist, who writes the Periodic Table Mysteries? Margaret Grace, miniaturist, who created the Miniature Mysteries? Ada Madison, former math professor, who pens the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries? Jean Flowers, USPS vacation hire, who's now deep into the Postmistress Mysteries?

Today, I'll be Jean Flowers, and focus on my most recent protagonist, Cassie Miller, postmistress in a small town in western Massachusetts. Cassie loves dressing in her red-white-and-blue uniform and raising the flag outside her post office every morning, just as I would. She's a career postal worker, having spent most of her years in Boston where she went to college.

In the first book, DEATH TAKES PRIORITY, Cassie has returned to her hometown in western Massachusetts and finds out how difficult it is to "go home again." Strangely (but not for cozies), a murder helps her redeem herself for leaving in the first place, when she's able to assist the Chief of Police in solving the case. By the second in the series, CANCELLED BY MURDER (September 2016), Cassie has a new life, a new boyfriend, and new cases to solve.

I've had great fun with the post office series as Cassie and I explore and share USPS history and interesting facts:

• There are nearly forty-two thousand zip codes in the country.

• Entertainers Rock Hudson, Bing Crosby, and Walt Disney worked as mail carriers.

• In the early part of the 20th century, it was legal to send children through the mail, with stamps affixed to their clothing!

Each book in the Postmistress series has a few pages of USPS facts and trivia as addenda. Can you imagine what a hit Cassie Miller would be at cocktail parties? Too bad she'd rather be sorting mail or solving a crime.

Each of my protagonists is like me in some ways, vastly different in others. Gloria Lamerino of the Periodic Table Mysteries is probably most like me, typical of a first protagonist, I think. She's Italian-American, thinks like a scientist, and never shows her bare arms in public. She has the same childhood I had, in Revere Massachusetts and many of the same friends (except for the killer!). For some reason, all my other protagonists are tall, fair, and thin—wishful thinking?

Having multiple series is ideal for a Gemini. I wake up to choices. Who will I be today? Maybe someone entirely new. Stay tuned!

Guest post provided by the publisher

post-divider rightcancelledSeries: A Postmistress Mystery (Book 2)
Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425279111
ISBN-13: 978-0425279113
ASIN: B0191WS0Z4
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Cassie Miller returned to her sleepy hometown in the Berkshires to start over as the new postmistress. But she soon finds that dead letters are nothing compared to murder victims…

With a massive storm about to hit North Ashcot, Massachusetts, threatening floods and widespread wind damage, Cassie is forced to close up the post office along with the rest of the local business owners and residents, who are battening down the hatches and bracing themselves for the worst. 

Although the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted, fabric shop owner Daisy Harmon is found dead, seemingly killed by a fallen branch. But the police quickly determine that her death had nothing to do with foul weather and everything to do with foul play. After Daisy’s widowed husband approaches her to help solve his wife’s murder, Cassie vows to find the killer before another innocent victim is taken by storm.

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

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on October 1st

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Winner will have 48 hours from the time of notification to confirm your 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. Happy Weekend Lori! 

    Thanks for the chance in the give-a-way!

  2. donna graham says:

    I would love to win.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. JAMES LYNAM says:


  4. Mary Campbell says:

    Thank for the opportunity.

  5. LeAnn Knott says:

    This looks like  great read. Always room for a new book!


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