Today I'd like to introduce June Shaw, another mystery author from the Five Star/Cengage family. Since many of us exchange news and information on a Five Star Author Yahoo! Group, I get the chance to learn about new mystery releases way before they happen. Whenever possible, I recruit these authors to guest here because the writers are really nice people and the novels are consistently well-plotted.
Deadly Reunion, for instance, takes place on an Alaskan cruise where widow Cealie Gunther is attending a class reunion. I'm already hooked, and that's even before the bodies start showing up. I'll let June tell you a little more about why she mixes humor with murder.
Humorous Mysteries by June Shaw, Guest Blogger
When I began writing, I wasn’t sure what type of novel I liked best.
But I didn’t start with novels. Who had time to read any of them or try to write them? Maybe lots of folks did, but not me. I’d given birth to five children in six years. They wanted me to do weird things like fix food for them and drive them places. Oh, and then they wanted clothes, too—underwear and shoes and that’s just for starters.
After a while it got too strange to have the oldest complain because he couldn’t find me in a clothing store unless he looked under the racks and recognized my shoes. Hm, of course that was after he was almost a teen. I reached a height of five feet when I was a teen, and that height was good enough—except for shopping with my oldest son.
My kids needed to go to the dentist and some of them to the orthodontist. And then there were those few doctor visits, what with the flu and broken nose (twice—same kid—oldest daughter) and that time Scott was really tired before we flew home from a trip. He was definitely one who never kept still, but on this day, he didn’t want to move and we didn’t really believe he was so exhausted. At home the next morning, he couldn’t sit up in his bed or hold a spoon. He had developed a rare and thankfully not too serious, case of scarlet fever.
And some of my kids needed trips for tubes in the ears and braces and such.
And when I have a minute or two for thoughts of what I might want to write during that time, another kid said, “Ma, I need….”
So why do I write humorous mysteries?
Okay, I NEEDED humor. Mysteries were kind of fun, too.
Romance seems to be the most popular fiction genre, and mysteries usually come next. What about combining both in the same books? I wondered, also deciding I needed that humor since I need to have fun.
It’s what I like to read, thus what I like to write. I love to laugh. So the third book in my series of humorous romantic mysteries can be ordered now. Most readers say the books are fun. Women want to be my main character. (So do I; she’s my idol; she’ll say or do anything she pleases. Love that!)
And most women want me to make sure to keep my main character’s hunky lover, Gil Thurman. (Oh, yes, I also want him!) He is the man the widowed heroine keeps trying to avoid while she tries to rediscover herself, but he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels—and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.
In this book she joins high school classmates she hasn’t seen in decades for a class reunion aboard a cruise ship in Alaska. People she thought she knew well in school seem to hide secrets and lies—and since it’s a mystery, some people must die. Of course her hunky dude has to show up and cause her more strife and temptation—and there’s humor and laughter. All in all, it’s a fun sexy read placed in a whodunit.
What about you? What do you like to read the most? Romance? Mystery? Humor?
They’re all in my books Relative Danger and Killer Cousins (now available as e-books) and Deadly Reunion. I hope you will and that you’ll let me know how you like them and about other humorous romantic mysteries you enjoy!
Thanks so much for being here today, June. I hope you'll be back when your next Cealie Gunther mystery is published.
To learn more about June and her cozy mystery series, visit her website, June Shaw: Mystery with a Cajun flair...