Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones


Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones: A Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mystery
by Heather Weidner

About Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones

Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones:
A Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mystery

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Virginia
Level Best Books (January 17, 2023)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 277 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BS9ZN3DG
GoodReads Link – Coming Soon

When a beat-up suitcase full of bones washes up by the pier, the residents of the quaint resort town of Mermaid Bay are whipped into a hurricane-sized frenzy over the gruesome find in the middle of their Christmas in July festivities. The holly jolly mood retreats like the tide with everyone wondering who was in the suitcase.

Christmas shoppe owner, Jade Hicks, wades into the fracas when voodoo dolls and mysterious notes and posters about impending doom start popping up all over town, threatening to destroy the economy of a community that lives and dies by tourist dollars. Then tensions crest when the prickly bookstore owner is found strangled to death with a string of holiday lights.

Jade and her French bulldog Chloe, have to solve the crime before anyone else gets hurt and her business and the festival are forever tainted.
Sticks and Stones and a Bag of Bones is the first in the Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries cozy series.

About Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

I grew up in Virginia Beach, and I love visiting beach towns. It was always so much fun to visit the tourist shops, especially the Christmas one. I always buy an ornament as a souvenir. A Christmas Shoppe was the perfect job for my amateur sleuth, Jade Hicks. As a shop keeper (with lots of staff) in a laid back town, she’s able to talk to lots of people, and she’s right in the middle of all the hubbub that happens on the beach.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I also write the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. I’m wrapping up books 4-6 in that series (Deadlines and Valentines, Teddy Bears and Ghostly Lairs, and Dangerous Links and Hijinks). This series is set at a glamorous camping resort (glamping) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. My sleuth, Jules Keene, refurbishes vintage trailers and also has a village of tiny houses for her guests.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I am having so much fun writing my two cozy series. I hope to continue with those, and I’m noodling on an idea of a new series. Stay tuned! 

How long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing since the third grade. I have always loved reading and writing. After college, I became a technical writer. I still work in IT, but these days, most of my professional writing is governance policies. I didn’t get my first mystery story published until 2013. My first novel took five years to write and then another two to get published. 

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

Thanks so much for letting me stop by your blog today and talk about cozy mysteries. I’m from Virginia, so all of my series are set there. The Jules Keene books are set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Jade Hicks ones are set on the coast. The Commonwealth has all kinds of history, famous attractions, tourist spots, and wonderful restaurants. Thanks for letting me share it with you all! 

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