Ink, Red, Dead


Ink, Red, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan

About Ink, Red, Dead

Ink, Red, Dead: Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Missouri
Spot On Publishing (September 30, 2013)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 221 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1543209998
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1543209990
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B006KZ5M84

On a sweltering day, ace scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein has to cancel a crafting party when she discovers Marla Lever, their hostess, nearly dead of the heat. Not only is Marla seriously “under the weather,” she’s also a hoarder, and her home is a house of horrors, complete with a corpse in the cooler. Meanwhile, Detective Chad Detweiler works a cold case that involves women disappearing all over St. Louis. The attraction between Kiki and Detweiler heats to a red-hot fever pitch, but will it boil over and leave both of them feeling burned?

About Joanna Campbell Slan

“Our best friend, our next-door neighbor, and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous.” That’s how RT Book Review describes Joanna’s protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein. The truth is that’s a pretty good description of Joanna Campbell Slan as well.

Joanna is a New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author as well as a woman prone to frequent bursts of crafting frenzy, leaving her with burns from her hot glue gun and paint on her clothes. And the mess? Let’s not even go there.

Otherwise, Joanna’s a productive author with more than 80 written projects to her credit. Her non-fiction work includes how to books, a college textbook for public speakers, and books of personal essays (think Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Currently, she writes five fiction series: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist, contemporary, St. Louis setting, crafting), the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (contemporary, Florida setting, DIY, and recycling), the Jane Eyre Chronicles (Daphne du Maurier Award Winner, 1830s England, based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic), the Tai Chi Mystery Series (contemporary, senior citizen female amateur sleuth and Washington, DC setting), and the Friday Night Mystery Club Series (traditional mystery, 1980s setting, Midwest).

A former TV talk show host, college teacher, and public relations specialist, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors. She won a Silver Anvil for her work on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at or visit her website at

Q&A With the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer? 

I was in a class in college. The instructor asked us to each introduce ourselves. I introduced myself as an author. Another student objected. He said, “You mean you want to be an author.” But he was wrong. I was already an author. That’s all I’ve ever been. 

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Run toward criticism instead of away from it. The more I learn, the better I write, and I try to learn more about my craft every day. If your ego is so fragile that you can’t stand criticism, avoid publication. Find another job. 

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Autographing books. 

What is your favorite part of this story? 

I love when the cat lands on Kiki’s head. It made me laugh. That’s one of the best, unsung parts of being an author. I can entertain myself. During COVID, that was particularly useful. 

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

Martin the kitten. He’s adorable. Who doesn’t love kittens? 

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why? 

The villain. I always have trouble with villains. I don’t understand why people can be so hateful. Honestly, what’s the point? And killing someone? Shows a distinct lack of imagination.

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  1. Sounds like a fun mystery with a great cast of characters.

  2. Really neat book, loving the theme to this one.

  3. Love your books and I hope that you will be picking up a lot of readers and reviewers like myself while you are on tour! peggy clayton


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