We don’t usually post on Mondays, but we have a guest post by author Linda O. Johnston that is fitting for this time of the year. Now, don’t get nervous, but it’s October and getting close to Halloween and the post is about superstition mysteries!
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Thank you, Writers in Residence. I’m delighted to be blogging here. In case you can’t tell, I enjoy blogging, including guest blogging.
It’s October, the month of Halloween. Halloween is full of superstitions. It’s a great time for the debut of my third Superstition Mystery, Unlucky Charms.
My Superstition Mysteries feature Rory Chasen, a pet lover who managed a pet store in Los Angeles… till she came to Destiny, California. Destiny is all about superstitions, and Rory headed there when her fiancé died after walking under a ladder. No, the ladder didn’t fall on him, but he was hit by a car soon afterward. Did the two interconnect? Did he die thanks to the effect of the superstition? Rory wants to know.
And when she first gets to Destiny with her dog Pluckie, she learns that black and white dogs are good luck, especially if you’re going to a business meeting. Pluckie saves the life of Martha Jallopia, who owns the Lucky Dog Boutique. Martha then asks Rory to stay in Destiny and manage the shop.
That story is in the first Superstition Mystery, Lost Under a Ladder–in which Martha becomes a murder suspect and Rory has to help her in that, too, by trying to clear her. In book two, Knock on Wood, Rory’s bff Gemma Grayfield comes to Destiny to be with Rory–and she’s the next one to become a murder suspect.
Here, in book three, Unlucky Charms, Rory’s the murder suspect!
All through this, Rory remains a superstition agnostic. Sure, it probably doesn’t hurt to comply with superstitions… but does it really help? She continues trying to figure it out.
And there are a lot of suspicions all over Destiny that Rory gets involved with, including seeding the sidewalks in front of the Lucky Dog Boutique with lucky heads-up pennies. Since I write a lot about dogs and other pets, more superstitions about them are contained in the stories, too–including how unlucky, or lucky, black cats are.
Like Rory, I’m a superstition agnostic. How about you? Do you really believe… or not?
Just in case… well, one thing I will do here at the Writers in Residence blog is to cross my fingers, and knock on wood, that all the writers in residence, as well as all their readers, have lots and lots of good luck!
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, writes two mystery series for Midnight Ink involving dogs: the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries, and the Superstition Mysteries. She additionally currently writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne.
She also wrote the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spin-off from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkeley Prime Crime.
Latest book: Unlucky Charms