Welcome back, Mary. Do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
Yes, I love mysteries and romantic suspense. It’s the genre I began my career with, and I am so glad to be back. My current series is Secrets of the South Mysteries.
And these are my favorites of all the books of yours I’ve read. If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
I would live in the South, in
Alabama, or Louisiana. I absolutely love where I was
born and raised— Ohio—but
the older I get the more adverse to cold weather I become. When my husband
retires, we plan to become snowbirds for 3 or 4 months out of the year.
A lot of Snowbirds come to
What foreign country would you like to visit and why? Texas
I would like to visit
France, especially the countryside.
looks so romantic and quaint. I love the old and quaint places of the world.
Too bad I can’t speak a word of French!
Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
When I watch Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, Viking Cruise Line is usually one of their sponsors. I would love to take a Viking cruise in Europe—
Germany, Austria, Hungary,
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I would like to set a story in
I love the old, historic section of town. I visited it several times, once
while on a sailboat cruising the Intracoastal Waterway down to St. Augustine, Florida Fort Lauderdale. It was New Year’s Eve, and I
can still remember walking through the cobblestone streets like it was yesterday.
I set a small part of my pirate book in historical
. What is the main theme of this novel? St.
Since the story deals with marital infidelity, the theme of the novel is forgiveness. A Christian needs to set an example of forgiveness for others—not an easy task, to be sure.
Tell us about the story.
Savannah, everyone has
something to hide. Investigative partners and best friends Michael Preston and
Elizabeth Kirby are hired by a wealthy socialite to do surveillance on her
wayward husband. When the husband turns up dead, the socialite becomes the police’s
chief suspect. Mike and Beth must follow the clues through the historic town
with more secrets than branches of moss-draped oaks. The duo uncovers a
hodgepodge of potential murderers, including a scheming business partner, a
resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. As praise of their agency gets
around, Mike and Beth must hire investigator Kaitlyn Webb to ease the workload.
But will ghosts of Kate’s past threaten everyone's safety before a killer can
be put behind bars?
Please give us the first page of Sunset in Old Savannah:
If ever there was a perfect time for Beth Kirby to get out of town it was now. While other parts of the country were enjoying the first crisp days of fall, the streets of
could melt the rubber off her worn-out tires. Her mother’s hints that she
should attend dance lessons with them at the community college had become
insistent demands. After all, lots of eligible men were taking lessons these
days. Rita’s criteria would include any unmarried male between twenty-five and
sixty who’s still breathing without mechanical assistance. Then there was the
obstruction of justice charge pending against her in district court. Despite
her current partner’s assurance, the D. A. wouldn’t drop the second degree felony
until her former partner withdrew his complaint. And nasty Jack was living up
to his reputation by taking his sweet time. Natchez, Mississippi
So why do I feel so uneasy? Beth parked in the shade and headed toward the back entrance of Price Investigations, only to be intercepted by her partner.
“I see you’re here on time for a change.” Michael Preston practically levitated from his shoes with excitement.
“I’m always on time, give or take ten minutes.” She stepped around him on the metal steps. “Could we not act like sixth-graders on a field trip to
Michael kept pace at her heels. “I thought you couldn’t wait to get out of
Natchez for a while. Are you homesick
“Hardly, but I know better than to get my hopes up too soon.” Beth pulled open the door and waved him in.
Always the gentlemen, Michael refused to precede her inside. “You first, Miss Kirby.”
“One of you should come in,” called the office secretary. Maxine dragged Beth across the threshold by her sleeve. “Nate’s chomping at the bit to deliver some good news.”
Before she could free her arm from Maxine, Nate hollered from his office. “That you, Beth and Michael? Grab a cup of coffee and get in here.”
“Donuts, Miss Maxine?” Michael produced a bag from behind his back. “Cream-filled with icing and chocolate sprinkles—your personal favorite.”
Maxine snatched the bag from his fingers. “Be still, my beating heart.”
Beth rolled her eyes as she filled her mug. “Bring me a donut, too,” she called over her shoulder.
Belatedly, she remembered eating most of Nate’s M&M’s and then neglecting to replace the bag.
Their boss straightened in his upholstered leather chair, looking tan and well-rested after his three-week vacation at the beach. “Make yourselves comfortable. I’m sorry that yesterday’s staff meeting deteriorated into an impromptu celebration, complete with mystery guests from all over the state.”
Beth took the chair closest to the door. “Never apologize for a party during work hours.”
“It’s not every day we hear a honeymoon was an unqualified success. A new baby on the way—congratulations, Nate.” Michael leaned against the windowsill, two donuts in one hand, coffee in the other.
“He and Isabelle have been married for two years, Einstein. It’s not like they’re rookies—” Recognizing the indelicate ground on which she tread, Beth swallowed a gulp of coffee. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean…”
“No problem,” laughed Nate. “The pregnancy came as a pleasant surprise, but enough about that. While Isabelle and I were sightseeing, I found a case for both of you.”
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Readers can find me at www.maryellis.net or on Facebook at MaryEllis/author.
Thank you, Mary, for sharing this new book with us. I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. These books have the best covers.
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