I was part of a group of erotic romance writers and my cozy and fun mystery, The Salacious Scribes Mystery, is loosely based on what might have happened when our charismatic leader decided to branch out on his own. The climax of the story occurs at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas where someone shoots him. Whodunit? Was it one of the writers in his "stable"? Or was it one of his groupies who discovers him with another woman? Perhaps it was a business deal gone wrong?
The story is told by an awkward 63-year-old erotic romance writer whose husband accompanies her to Las Vegas, along with their uncannily human-like black cat who keeps her in line when she finds herself attracted to the investigating detective. While I was writing this cozy mystery my husband and I went to Las Vegas for inspiration and my descriptions of our room at the Bellagio, the famous Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum add local color to the story.
The view from our room at The Bellagio
Shortly after our visit, the mass shooting at The Mirage happened. My niece was staying there and she barely made it back home. Others in my family were missing. It deeply affected me; so much so that I pulled The Salacious Scribes Mystery out of circulation for a while. It felt like the end of innocence for me; just like I had felt after the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Months later, my cozy mystery is back in print and the humorous predicaments that my main character gets herself into will hopefully bring a smile to the faces of those who are kind enough to read it.
Because of the sexual nature of the story, this book is for those 18 and older.
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