August Summerfield is coming!
For the last year, I've been knee deep in developing a new character for a new cozy mystery series. It is incredibly difficult to come up with a character who is different from the Dupree Sisters and Bess Bullock (the protagonists from my two series). I spent lots of days thinking, instead of writing, about the kinds of qualities I'd like this new character to have. The result is a very nice older man named August Summerfield.
Set in the 1960s, August is a retired Secret Service agent who moves to a quiet community in the mountains of south central Pennsylvania. He enjoys bird watching and sitting on his front porch were he tries to master the art of hitting his spittoon with the occasional stream of tobacco juice. When a dead body turns up in this perfect community of artists and scholars, August is summoned to help with the case. While his niece insists that their neighbors are perfectly harmless, August knows that if you look at anyone long enough, you'll see "the devil in their details."
Morning Mist and Murder will be out in the Spring.
Allen B. Boyer