2024 Love of Art & Murder - "Original, fascinating, with more unexpected plot twists and turns than an Oklahoma tornado." Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Inspired by a notorious True Art Crime!
A mystery where the beauty of art and the beasts in the art world collide!
Love of Art & Murder -
From Mystic to the City of Steeples

   The prominent artist Marilyn Maroney’s life-sized sculpture of Athena, the warrior goddess, stood on the third-floor balcony of the Dahlia Art Gallery. Guests numbering 300 attended the art reception and sauntered between the gallery and a performance venue, the Velvet Muse.
    The following morning, Georgi Algarve is sweeping the front sidewalk of his Vinho Verde Wine Bar, yet when he looks up, he lets out a blood-curdling scream. His beautiful friend Marilyn was dead, impaled by Athena’s spear.

"...where glamour and glitz meet a gritty underbelly of greed and deception...."  Readers' Favorites

Night scene by the Garde Arts Center, N.L.

My fictional City of Steeples is on the shores of the Thames River and Long Island Sound. 
My location inspirations are in New London, Mystic, & New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts all to encourage you to visit these fantastic places. 

New London, Connecticut, USA. A view from the Thames River.
Love of Art & Murder is a fascinating tale...an intriguing plot with plenty of action and twists and turns. The characters are wonderfully developed, and the descriptive nature of the writing transports you into the heart of where glamour and glitz meet a gritty underbelly of greed and deception.… You will love this one.”
                           5-Star Review by Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite 

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At Hygienic Art in April 2023 for a talk and book signing.
Welcome to my author page! My first novel was
  Roses, Wine & Murder - In the City of Steeples.
 I discovered New London, Connecticut, to be the perfect setting for a mystery in the world of wine, gardens, art, and poisonous plants. The city has a beautiful shoreline with many vineyards nearby, an artistic center, and a bustling transportation hub. You will find my villains consider all these beautiful aspects fortuitous. 
   My experience and background in art and as a landscape design professional are the foundations for my murder mystery tales. I truly enjoy delving into the research so I may deliver a richly enticing tale. Please enjoy!  

In Roses, Wine & Murder, death disturbs all tranquility. A madcap mystery 
with our sleuths, Roxanne and Georgi, and the intrepid Detective Morrison! 

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Roses, Wine & Murder - In the City of Steeples

    Roxanne discovers a wealthy wine connoisseur dead in her city garden with a plant stuffed in his mouth. She determines it is the deadly yew!
   The setting is in the peaceful wine regions by Long Island Sound and New London, the City of Steeples. It is a tightly mottled city of grand architecture, with labyrinth streets and a unique history dating back hundreds of years. This beachside community is held hostage by a curiously stealthy villain in this modern-day tale.
   The sleuthing duo of Roxanne, an expert gardener, and Georgi, a flamboyant wine aficionado, are comical escapades but become unnerving for Detective Morrisson throughout the investigation.
   He juggles multiple suspects, including a Long Island widow, a goth librarian, and three doppelgangers who are look-alikes to the villain
With humor and intrigue, Roses, Wine & Murder will keep you entertained in this lively romp through posh vineyards and city streets! Enjoy!

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Author Notes:

When I was young, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes fascinated me with his analytical methods utilizing intricate details to solve the crime before anyone else! I then enjoyed being scared by the intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds, Rear Window, and Psycho. 

I loved Agatha Christie's character's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. They captured me with their uniquely eccentric personalities and wonderful ways of deduction.

A good murder-mystery novel is a thrilling puzzle, a maze for the mind to wander and ask; What is going on? Add in unusual character antics and the drama comes alive! That is why as a reader, it's fun to try and solve a murder from the comfort of a soft chair.

Dan Brown is another favorite writer of mine. He adds the dimension of history, architecture, and a strong sense of place. Often, we race along a blood-stained trail he has laid out in fine detail. The scenes and characters draw us deep into his stories. He knows how to hit that, I can't put it down, sweet spot for me. I am inspired and only aspire to the level of his craft.

Research Notes for Roses, Wine & Murder: 
    My love of nature, photography, and writing has brought me to visit many locations for my stories. A wonderful surprise was the manicured beauty of the vineyards and a partnership with nature.
  It was fun to insert the wine knowledge and food-pairings I learned from experts into Georgi's character. The world of gardens and poisonous plants are in Roxanne's character. Fire Chief Samson and Detective Morrison keep a practical point of view as the escapades of Roxanne and Georgi get out of hand in this fun whodunit. Eventually, the reader learns about the villainous ways of my devious characters and their motives. They are experts in murder.
    Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you enjoy reading Roses, Wine & Murder, and my second novel, Love of Art & Murder - From Mystic to the City of Steeples!
 Cheers! Rose🌹
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