Do you like reading mysteries? Do you like writing mysteries? If so, take a look at the Mystery Readers and Writers Facebook Group. My husband and I created a place where both can come together; and we are close to becoming 100 members!! I am very impressed with the writers in this group. Many are bestsellers. One has been compared to David Baldacci. Most have 5 star reviews of their books at Amazon. Our group periodically offers free or discounted books at fun parties where there are games and prizes. Please join the group, even if you're not a writer. All of us are readers and love to hear about new books.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
In 1994, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a non-fiction story about a murder trial in Savannah, Georgia, became a best seller on the New York Times best seller list for 216 weeks following its debut. It reigns as the longest standing best seller in their history. What is it about this book that captivates readers? There are so many reasons I like it: first and foremost, I love how it describes the physical beauty of Savannah--a town built upon a system of public squares that have beautiful gardens, fountains, and statuary. The homes surrounding each square are wonderful, too. The last time my husband and I went there, we went on a home and garden tour in the Spring and got to look inside these houses. Wow! What a world they displayed; if only we lowly ones could live like that, too. I love the cast of characters in "The Book", as the locals refer to "Midnight". I especially like Jim Williams and The Lady Chablis. They are so larger-than-life. We went to one of Chablis' performances the last time we were in Savannah and were treated to a night we'll never forget.
Honeymoon in Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery
by Louise Hathaway
Our murder/mystery, Honeymoon in Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery, is about this beautiful city, where our homicide detective, Clarissa Santy, and her husband go on a "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" pilgrimage and end up involved in a murder investigation when a famous chef is murdered while they are in Savannah. The chef just happens to be Clarissa's cousin--so this is personal. And she can't rest until she finds out whodunit.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017
I was listening to the radio last night and heard the disc jockey say that it's the 50th anniversary of the summer of love. For those of you who were alive during that period, what do you remember? For those of you who weren't even born yet, here's a brief overview of that period when thousands of American teenagers flooded San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in search of free love and an alternate lifestyle. During the spring and summer of 1967, nearly 100,000 artists, outsiders, activists, Viet Nam protesters, and dreamers converged in San Francisco. Some say they changed the world.
I was a gawky 12 year old living in the shadows of a popular older brother and sister when I first heard about the Monterrey Pop Festival. All the bands I liked played there and some of its more memorable moments happened when Jimmi Hendrix set his guitar on fire and newcomer Janice Joplin blew everyone's mind with her talent, especially Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas. The following year, many of the great bands who played at Monterrey came down to my neck of the woods, Costa Mesa, California, and performed on a very hot and dusty summer day at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
My time-travel novel "The Summer of Love: A Trip Back to 1968" is about that magical time in my life where I attended the concert with my friends, sister, and cousins.
Here's what readers are saying about this 5 Star Book:
"Excellently written this story is an outstanding tale of the 1960’s with such descriptive detail I felt as though I was really there and living it all through the sisters’ eyes. From the festival, the stores, the cars, the house it’s all there. So amazing step into the photo booth take a flashback and relive 1968 once again."
"Great read, especially if were a "child" of the 60's era."
The Summer of Love:
A Trip Back to 1968
by Louise Hathaway
Available for $1.99 at the following online stores:
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Here's an excerpt from my cozy mystery about a teenage sleuth who goes on vacation with her father and friends and becomes part of the investigation when a docent at Oak Alley Plantation is found dead inside the famous mansion. Part travelogue, party ghost story, this book mixes voodoo, ghosts, and bayous into a spicy gumbo of a whodunit.
In the following scene, the tour group goes to Oak Alley
and finds the dead body:
As the tour bus traveled to Oak Alley Plantation, the docent told them that the famous pink mansion was built in 1837. "It is best known for the double rows of live oaks leading up to the plantation. The trees were planted before the house was built. The design of the building is Greek revival with some of the features of Caribbean architecture. She asked the crowd, "Anybody know what that looks like?”
Once again, Nancy raised her hand and waited to be called on. The guide told the crowd, “It’s nice to see that some young people on this bus have good manners.” The troublesome teenage boy who made fun of the guide earlier rolled his eyes upon hearing this.
The guide told Nancy, “Yes, young lady. What is your answer?”
“It means that it has shutters on the windows to keep out high winds and an open floor plan to keep the house as cool as possible.”
A man on the tour bus said, “Like some of the houses in Key West.”
“Very good,” the tour guide said. “Because it’s so warm in these here parts, we need as much air circulation as possible; so the many windows and open floor plan provide that.” She paused to catch her breath and continued, “Okay. Y'alls’ architecture lesson continues. The exterior of the home has a free standing colonnade of 28 Doric columns on all four sides. Has anyone ever been to Greece? Or seen pictures of the Parthenon?” Several people raised their hands. “Imagine,” she said. “A little bit of ancient Greece right here in the good old U.S. of A.”
The bratty kid asked her, “Don’t you think you’re trying a little too much to sound like Paula Deen? Is that really how you actually talk?”
At this point, Hannah, Nancy's tomboy friend, got up out of her seat and walked over to him. “We all have had just about enough of you and your mouth. I, personally, am about ready to throw you off this bus.” She glared at his sheepish looking parents and said, “Can you please do something to stifle him?”
Everyone on the bus applauded. Hannah bowed and took her seat. “Carry on,” she told the tour guide.
“Well, well. We sure have an interesting group of young people on this bus this morning. How’s about I just stop talking and let ya’ll enjoy the scenery, okay? Feel free to ask me any questions.” With that, she whispered something to the bus driver and they both laughed as she sat down. It was a beautiful drive and everyone became excited when they see the tunnel of oak trees leading up to the plantation house. They got off the bus and were eager to take a look inside the house. Several people took pictures of the beautiful alley of trees. Nancy gushed, “This is just how I imagined it. It is so wonderful!”
The tour guide told them to take a look around, but don’t journey too far away. After waiting about 20 minutes, everyone started getting restless for the tour inside to begin. Another bus load of tourists had just pulled up, disgorging all of its passengers. Nancy’s guide told her group to stay together and guaranteed them that they will go first. “The docent was supposed to open the door for us. I can't find her anywhere."
The churlish boy said to her, “Why don’t you just unlock the door? Don’t you people have your own set of keys?”
Their tour guide finally loses her cool with him and snaps, “Duh!! Do you think we’d be standing around here looking helpless if we did?”
He answered, “This is so lame.”
Nancy told Hannah, “Control yourself. Count to ten.”
“I’d sure like to sucker-punch him.”
“I know. I know. Just try to chill.”
Their tour guide told the crowd to hang on while she called the manager of the tour company.
To her father, Nancy said, “Evangeline was supposed to be the first docent here this morning. I hope nothing’s happened to her!”
About 15 minutes later, the tour guides' boss arrived with the key to open up the plantation house. He and the guides walked in first, telling everyone to stay back outside. Suddenly, everyone heard a loud scream coming from inside.
Nancy was first to run inside the house to see what’s happened. When she saw Evangeline, the concierge at her hotel, stretched out on the floor of the parlor, she told the crowd, “Stand back. I know CPR. Somebody call 911.”
It was suddenly bedlam with everyone rushing inside to see what’s happened. The tour boss told them, “Everyone get outside! Don’t make things even worse than they already are.” Nancy was not able to revive Evangeline and noticed that the poor woman had been having another bloody nose this morning: blood was caked on her nostrils and a bloody Kleenex lay nearby. People came up with all sorts of theories about what happened: some thought she was murdered; others said she had a heart attack; and some even raised the idea that she was scared to death by a ghost. “Poor, poor Evangeline,” is all that Nancy could say.
Would you like to read what happens next?
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Here is an excerpt from The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
My family and I are visiting Brighton today. My sisters’ husbands have stayed behind. Everyone thinks that the fresh sea air will be good for our constitutions. I must admit that it’s nice to get out of Longbourn for a change. It’s so provincial. I am hoping to see what “the real world” is like.
Whilst there, my sisters got it into their heads that they wanted to rent a bathing machine. I had never seen one of these contraptions and was eager to learn all about them. They are basically large covered wagons attached to a horse who tows people out into several feet of water. Once there, the the swimmer undresses inside the machines, puts on her bathing costume, and is lowered into the water by a female attendant. Once in the water, one may swim or hang on to a rope attached to the “machine” while the waves wash over you.
I had never swam in the ocean. I have dipped my feet into the waves a few times, but this was a first. Once inside the wagon, I found it was small, badly lit, and poorly ventilated. The only light that came in was from small openings placed high up to deter voyeurs. We changed into our bathing costumes and an old hag of a bathing attendant who seemed to have imbibed in the sherry a bit too much assisted us as we boldly dropped into the sea.
Mama demanded to go first. Once in the water, she screamed, “It’s too cold! I’m going to die of hypothermia! Quick! Somebody get me out of here!”
Lydia said, “For heaven’s sake, Mama!”
The attendant helped Mama back up into the covered wagon and wrapped her with a blanket.
To show everyone that she wasn’t afraid, Lydia jumped into the water with the confidence of Aphrodite riding ashore on an oyster shell. “Come on,” she told us sisters. “The water is fine!”
The rest of us followed suit. I must admit, I did not care for it. Mama was right: it was too cold! I didn’t stay in the water for very long and asked the attendant to help me up. The old woman thought she’d regale us with her stories. She said that women and men swam miles apart in Brighton. She went on to say that men swam nude.
Once Lydia heard that, her ears perked up. She asked the hag to lift her out and inquired, “Where exactly do the men swim nude?”
My sister Jane chastised her saying, “We mustn’t go there. What would people say?!”
Elizabeth, my other sister, said, “Papa would be appalled.”
My sister Kitty started coughing and frantically asked to be pulled out of the sea. I’ve been worrying about her. She’s had this cough for a long time. I hope she doesn’t have consumption! I shall demand that Papa have a doctor give the poor girl a thorough checkup the minute we arrive home.
Would you like to read what happens next?
Please check out The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
by Louise Hathaway.
Friday, April 21, 2017
True Blue Son (The Syndicate-Born Trilogy Book 3)
The Son—born to save them all.
Dr. Zander Ride grew up a son of The Syndicate, his fate as a career criminal all but sealed. With the help of his mother, he escaped a life of crime… until the night he heard The Syndicate had shot his mother in cold blood.
Zander soon finds refuge in the hands of his mother’s hacktivist group, who want his help bringing down the notorious group once and for all. But it comes with a cost. Managed by a different leader and guided by a new deadly mission, the hacktivists force Zander to confront the truth about his parents and the sacrifices they made for the cause.
In the end, Zander must decide how far he’s willing to go and what he’s willing to sacrifice. Can a child born of The Syndicate bring it all down, or will he be another pointless sacrifice in their struggle for money and power?
[Crime Thriller, Suspense, Women's Fiction]
True Blue Son by K.M. Hodge
Evolved Publishing presents the third book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy, an exploration of what happens when one well-placed group possesses too much power, and how it affects those who just get in its way. [DRM-Free]
What Others Are Saying about RED ON THE RUN by K.M. Hodge:
"Move over Baldacci. Prepare for competition from this new author! Spellbinding - hard to put down." ~ Patrisha Ehlert
"Ms. Hodge has crafted an interesting tale of suspense amid a beautiful love story. You don't know who to trust, so you are suspicious of everyone." ~ Melinda McIntosh, author of 'A Bit of Tickle for the Mind'
"Domestic abuse and addiction can be pretty tough topics but K.M. Hodge delivers in a debut novel that is fast-paced and very suspenseful." ~ Gail Olmsted, author of 'Guessing at Normal'
"This adrenaline-fueled thriller captivates from the first chapter until it hurtles to the dramatic finale." ~ RandomBadger
Books by K.M. Hodge:
Red on the Run (The Syndicate-Born Trilogy - Book 1)
Black and White Truth (The Syndicate-Born Trilogy - Book 2)
True Blue Son (The Syndicate-Born Trilogy - Book 3)
Walker Texas Wife (The Book Cellar Mysteries - Book 1)
Texas and Tiaras (The Book Cellar Mysteries - Book 2)
More Great Thrillers from Evolved Publishing:
Broometime Serenade by Barry Metcalf
Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef
Whispers of the Dead by C.L. Roberrts-Huth
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Do you like female detectives as much as I do? I love Helen Mirren's, Jane Tennison, from the series "Prime Suspect"; Rachel McAdams' character in the second season of "True Detective"; and looking further back in time: Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple"; and every baby boomers' favorite teenage sleuth, Nancy Drew.
I've created three female characters who solve mysteries in my novels. The first is Nancy Keene and she stars in a five book series: The Nancy Keene Mysteries. These books are funny PG-rated stories inspired by the adventures of the famous teenage sleuth Nancy Drew. She was my childhood hero. My Nancy Keene Mysteries take place in some of my favorite travel destinations, so they are travelogues in addition to being cozy mysteries.
Female Homicide Detective Clarissa Santy from Orange County, California stars in my four-book series entitled, "The Detective Santy Mysteries". The series begins with the murder of her father when she was a young girl. When she turns 18, she looks into the court records of the murder trial and realizes that the wrong man was arrested. As the series continues, she discovers who killed a priest at a nearby abbey and finds love where she wasn't expecting it. While on her honeymoon in Savannah, Georgia, she becomes involved in a murder investigation when her cousin, a famous chef, is murdered. All of the books in the series can be enjoyed as standalone stories.
My most recent detective, Yvonne Dauphin, struggles with bipolar disorder and lives in New Orleans. She risks her life and sanity when she checks herself out of the hospital after a meltdown, determined to prove to her boss and coworkers that’s she still up to the job of capturing a serial killer who has been terrorizing New Orleans. To further complicate matters, she’s hoping to reunite with her ex-husband while feeling a blossoming attraction to a young fellow detective.
I hope you like our latest leading lady and come along with her story in our latest mystery, "Fighting Demons: A New Orleans Mystery."
All of my books are available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.