Murder at the Million Dollar Pier
Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
by Gwen Mayo & Sarah E. Glenn
About Murder at the Million Dollar Pier
Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC (September 26, 2019)
Paperback: 260 pages
Digital ASIN: B07WMN9V79
“Never waste good rum on a bad night.” – Teddy Lawless, February 1926.There are many bad nights ahead for Teddy. Shortly after she arrives at the newly opened Vinoy Hotel in Saint Petersburg, she comes face to face with her ex-fiancé, Ansel Stevens, in the dining room. Cue the slap that was thirty years in the making. Unfortunately, her ex-fiancé dies during a yacht race shortly thereafter. Conclusion of the authorities: poison. His family closes ranks, leaving Teddy as the prime suspect. Worse, Teddy’s hair comb is found on the deck of Ansel’s boat, leading to her swift arrest.Can Cornelia Pettijohn and Uncle Percival save fun-loving Teddy before she goes from the grand hotel to the big house?
Character Guest Post
Expression Through Perfume
By Evelyn Stevens
The most popular scent today is Guerlain’s Shalimar. It’s been all the rage since it was presented at Paris’s International Art Deco Show in 1925. Vanilla blended with bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, and night-blooming jasmine create a sweet, exotic scent. Naturally, my sister Violet wears it. It suits her personality, but between it and her Clara Bow curls, she’s a kernel in a field of wheat.
Chanel Number 5 has a scent that is different on every woman, granting individuality. It contains jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood like Shalimar, but blends it with rose in a bouquet with an aromatic quality no other scent on the market has. It is bold, and well-suited to career women like my friend Bobby Arbuckle, society writer for the Evening Standard.
Theodora Lawless rammed into me on the veranda at the Vinoy Hotel, which was when I learned that she wears Lily of the Valley. Trust her to favor a poisonous flower! She has the taste, at least, of wearing the high-quality perfume, perhaps Yardley or Mura rather than Colgate. Of course, in the case of the well-named Miss Lawless, there is an additional note of rum in the bouquet.
As for myself, I prefer a less common perfume. Tabac Blond by Caron, my favorite, has the scent of tobacco flavored with only a touch of vanilla. I began wearing Tabac during my time at college, where all girls far from their fathers learn to smoke. My dearest Arthur gave me Shalimar for Valentine’s Day. I understand why; he is a horticulturist who associates flowers with women. But tobacco is a plant, too, and I prefer Tabac Blond because flowers simper, and I am not a simpering woman.
I advise that you choose a perfume that suits your personality. Don’t wear a scent simply because it is popular, or because someone else gave it to you. Fresh and bold, sultry and spicy, or even those sweet blossoms—be sure it expresses something true of yourself. It will convey your personality on a deeper, more subtle level than your hairstyle.
About Gwen Mayo
Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Safety Harbor, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.
Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Gwen attended the University of Kentucky on a poetry scholarship but has an associate degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in political science. Interesting side note: Gwen was a brakeman and railroad engineer from 1983 – 1987.
About Sarah E. Glenn
Sarah E. Glenn loves mystery and horror stories, often with a sidecar of humor. Several have appeared in mystery and paranormal anthologies, including G.W. Thomas’ Ghostbreakers series, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
Her great-great aunt served as a nurse in WWI, and was injured by poison gas during the fighting. After being mustered out, she traveled widely. A hundred years later, ‘Aunt Dess’ would inspire Sarah to write stories she would likely not have approved of.
Gwen’s Blog – http://www.gwenmayo.com/three-snowbirds.html
Gwen’s Website – http://www.gwenmayo.com/
Sarah’s Website – http://www.sarahglenn.com/
Sarah Twitter – https://twitter.com/SarahEGlenn
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