Ice Cold Murder
Ice Cold Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele Pariza Wacek
About Ice Cold Murder
Ice Cold Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Love-Based Publishing (January 25, 2022)
Number of Pages ~250
ASIN : B09L1JN8J3
When Charlie agrees to accompany her friend Claire to her late grandmother’s reading of the will, she assumes she is simply there for moral support.
She doesn’t expect things to get so … strange.
It’s odd enough that it takes place over a weekend, but that’s just the beginning …
They also need to stay in Claire’s grandma’s supposedly haunted house with Claire’s estranged family.
Things get even worse when a huge storm snows them in. No electricity, no phone, and no way out.
Throw a dead body into the mix, and there’s no question it’s now the world’s worst family gathering. Ever.
At least Charlie brought lots of tea, which she’s going to need as she races to solve this closed-circle mystery before her friend’s dysfunctional family get-together results in anyone else being murdered.
Meet Charlie. Better known as “Aunt Charlie” from the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series. She’s back, making teas and solving cases in this funny, twisty, cozy mystery series set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin.
About Michele Pariza Wacek
When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but she does spend much of her time writing stories now. Mystery stories to be exact, ranging from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she also hosts a virtual book club you can check out and join (for free!) at MPWNovels.com.
Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
Q&A With the Author
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I taught myself to read at three years old because I wanted to write stories so badly. I literally cannot remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.
What advice do you have for a new writer?
To not give up. Actually, my real advice goes deeper than that:
Really sit with the question of whether or not you want to be a writer before you even start. Because it’s a tough road, and it’s very easy to get discouraged and give up. But if you decide BEFORE you get started that this is what you want and you’re not going to let anything get in your way, it will make it easier to weather the storms, dips, and dark nights of the soul you’ll inevitably encounter on your journey. You absolutely CAN make it, and if you stick with it long enough, you likely WILL make it … but before you get that far, you need to make sure you’re determined to, no matter what.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
I love writing the first draft. I’m less excited about editing.
What is your favorite part of this story?
I always loved closed-circle, or locked-door, mysteries (a small group of suspects and/or a location where the suspects can’t leave), so I loved crafting a mystery set in the middle of a blizzard while the characters were trapped in a house.
Which character was the most fun to write about? Why?
Probably Charlie, my main character, as she definitely refuses to leave me alone. She started off as a side character in The Secrets of Redemption series, but ended up as the main character in Books 4 and 5 in that series. Now, she has her own series, and her own ideas about which stories need to be told.
Which character was the hardest to write about? Why?
None of them were all that difficult to write. Amelia was probably the most annoying, but I still had fun writing her.
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