Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mystery We Write Blog Tour - Anne K. Albert

My guest today is Anne K. Albert. Anne’s award winning mystery and romantic suspense stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. When not at the keyboard she loves to travel, walk on a beach, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her beloved and much cherished Kindle 3G. She can be found online at FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedInGoodreadsPinterestAmazon and her blog. 

The story of Frank, Incense and Muriel takes place the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse.

Here's an excerpt:

My cell phone blared from the confines of my purse. I dug to retrieve it, and then picked up. “Hello?”

“Muriel,” Aunt Val said. “Come home. Quick. I think I accidentally killed someone." 

“What do you mean ‘accidentally’?” Frankie accelerated, steering the Envoy into the outside lane of highway 290 and zooming past everything in sight. Including a police cruiser.

“How should I know?” I said. “Val hung up before I could ask for specifics.”

“She’s at your house?”

“I think so.”

“You think so?”

I checked the rearview mirror for flashing lights. “Slow down. You’ll get a ticket." 

“You’re more worried about a traffic violation than the fact you’re aunt just killed somebody?”

“She thinks she killed someone. Big difference. 


Ten minutes later, we arrived in my driveway. The Christmas lights I’d put up that morning stretched the full length of the front of the house and twinkled on the snow-covered shrubbery with wild abandon. I might have been impressed with my handiwork if not for Val and Big Boy standing guard beside the garage. In the shadows, I saw a body at their feet.

I climbed out of the Envoy and dashed to their assistance. Problem was I had no idea what to do. Dead bodies were new to me. As were missing persons, kidnappers and ransom demands. But I was learning. Fast.

“Are you okay?” I asked, as Frankie joined me.

“I’m fine.” Reigning Big Boy in by his collar, Val toed the body that lay face down in the snow. 

“Don’t know about him, though.”

“What happened?”

“I took Big Boy out for his evening constitutional. Got as far as your driveway, noticed you’d put up some lights and stopped to admire them. Then, I spotted someone crouching by the side of the garage. I figured he was a burglar, so I let Big Boy loose and, well, one thing led to another.”

“Such as?” Frankie knelt down to examine the body.

“Big Boy lunged at him. I thought he’d tear the guy to pieces. Turns out all he wanted to do was sniff his crotch. You know how dogs are.”

Yeah. We knew.

“Anyway, this guy wasn’t all that obliging. He tried to push Big Boy away. Big Boy pushed back. Then the guy fell backwards into that drift and I think he hit his head on Muriel’s gnome. See?” She pointed to a mound of snow. “It’s right there. You can see the top of its head. It’s the ugliest gnome I’ve ever seen.”

Frankie looked up at me. “You’ve got a gnome?”

“Gargoyle. And it’s supposed to be ugly. To ward off evil spirits.”

“Doesn’t ward off thieves or burglars,” Val pointed out.

Frankie placed his middle finger on the man’s throat. “He’s alive.”

Thanks for featuring me today, Jean. I’d like to encourage readers to enter my giveaway contest. Up for grabs is an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL. Leave a comment and you're automatically entered. The winner will be selected at random and announced on my blog on December 12, 2012. Good luck!


M.M. Gornell said...

Love Big Boy, and love the gnome/gargoyle part, Anne. Your book was very enjoyable! More, more...


WS Gager said...

Anne: I love that he hit his head on a gnome hat. I have such a visual. Great writing!
W.S. Gager on Writing

Anne K Albert said...

Thank you, Mad. Like Muriel, I share a love of gargoyles. Not sure why. They really are ugly as Val pointed out, but fascinating none the less!

Anne K Albert said...

Gargoyle, Wendy! It's a gargoyle. Just ask Muriel. ;-)

Jean Henry Mead said...

I'm also a fan of gargoyles and loved all your characters, Anne.

Larissa Reinhart said...

Love it! Thanks for the giggle!

Anne K Albert said...

Jean and Larissa. Thank you, both. This tour would not be the same without you!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Great excerpt, enjoyed reading it. This has been fun, learning more and more about my writing friends.

Collin Kelley said...

Love the excerpt!