The Sign of the Calico Quartz


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler

About The Sign of the Calico Quartz

The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Dakota
Swift Wings Press (May 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986137803
Digital Swift Wings Press (May 25, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages

Emma Blackwood’s favorite pastime is solving literary murder mysteries…until the body in her living room makes everything a little too real.

When Emma comes to the Black Hills to work at her Aunt Rose’s B&B, the Sweetbrier Inn, she is hoping for a quiet break from the corporate treadmill. But she hadn’t expected murder and intrigue to mar this peaceful setting.

As she wades through too many clues to identify the murderer, she soon finds that the culprit isn’t stopping at only one homicide and may even have placed Emma herself on the list of targets. With the help of her friend Becky, and a deputy sheriff who grudgingly lets them join in on the investigation, Emma tracks down the killer. But will it be in time to save the next victim?

About Jan Drexler 

Jan Drexler lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several historical romance novels, including the award-winning Mattie’s Pledge, and is pleased to be starting a new adventure with a cozy mystery series, The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries. You can find out more about Jan on her website:

Q&A With the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

Like many authors, I’ve been writing since I was young. But in 2010 I started writing with the goal of becoming published someday. I joined a couple professional writing organizations (ACFW and RWA,) set some attainable goals, and set to work. When I made writing a priority, then I considered myself a writer.

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Write every day, even if it’s only a hundred words or so. Once that habit is established, set a daily word count goal for yourself and stick with it.

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

Revisions and editing. Getting the first draft done is just plain hard work. But when I go back through and rewrite, I can feel the story start to sing.

What is your favorite part of this story?

How the relationship grows between Emma and her Aunt Rose. Emma has been a kind of lost soul up until this point in her life, but Rose becomes more than an aunt – she becomes a trusted friend.

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

Becky, Emma’s friend and sidekick. She’s the extrovert I always wish I could be. Every introvert needs an extrovert to hang around with, right?

And of course, the animals in the story, Thatcher the corgi and Tim the cat, are always fun to include in a scene.


Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

Rose, Emma’s aunt. The more she developed in the story, the more complex she became. She still hasn’t revealed all her past to me, although she continues to drop hints. That woman knows more about murder than I ever will!

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  1. I enjoy reading stories wherein the relationship between women of different generations deepens. This sounds like a wonderful cozy mystery!

  2. Good morning, Mary! Thank you for the great interview. It was a lot of fun to do, and you had some interesting questions that made me think!
    Thank you, too, for participating in the Great Escapes Virtual Tour. :-)

  3. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  4. Good morning this is one that I would get as love the pups and hope you get a lot of new readers that also review all the books that they read like myself peggy clayton


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