Murder They Wrote: 7 Authors – 7 Genres @MaeClair1 #anthology
Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author and friend, Mae Clair, so that she can tell us all about a fab new anthology she’s in, along with 6 other awesome authors. Help yourself to drinks and snacks and make yourself comfortable >>>
Thanks for hosting me today, Harmony. I’m excited to be here sharing news of an anthology in which I have a short story. Murder They Wrote brings together seven authors writing in various sub genres of whodunits.
You can see the variety by the blurb:
Are you a fan of courtroom drama? In the anthology’s first story, Abraham Lincoln defends a friend’s son against a charge of murder.
For lovers of speculative fiction, Jason Fogg dissolves into mist to sneak through open windows and snoop for clues.
How about a cozy? Jazzi, Jerod, and Ansel discover a dead body while renovating a kitchen, dining room, and half bath.
Have a craving for a Regency? Lord Peregrine and his wife, Elizabeth, use their sharp minds and quick wit to solve a murder at a garden party.
Need a bit of literary fiction? A young, lonely widow must deal with the theft of a valuable butterfly collection.
And what about a little psychological horror? Twin sisters discover that their attic is haunted by not one, but two ghosts.
Last, but never least, the anthology concludes with a historical mystery. A young, newly married knight is accused of murdering his obnoxious host at a holiday gathering in his castle.
My contribution, A Winter Reckoning, is the last one in this anthology, and as the title suggests, is set during the cold, snowy season. I don’t often set stories during winter, much preferring autumn, spring, and summer, but there is something claustrophobic about being snowbound which works well with murder mysteries.
I used “somewhere in Medieval England” as the intro to the story which takes place at a holiday gathering, hosted by Lord Norwin Hargreen. There’s nothing like murder to upset a festive gala—especially when said gala is rife with tension and undercurrents.
When Hargreen turns up dead, the list of suspects with motives is a long one. Unfortunately for my protagonist, Richard Essex, he’s caught holding the knife, standing over Hargreen’s body. His only chance of clearing his name is to unmask the real killer, a task that has him seeking help from an unlikely source—the father-in-law who despises him.
A Winter Reckoning is just one of seven tales in which there are clues to be found, red herrings to avoid, and villains to unmask. And because each short story is a complete mystery, you can engage your detective skills a little at a time, or all at once as your mood dictates.
I hope you’ll join in the sleuthing!
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