Friday, July 24, 2015

Please Welcome Mystery Author Joanne Phillips

Omnimystery News: Guest Post by Joanne Phillips

We are delighted to welcome author Joanne Phillips to Omnimystery News today, courtesy of Great Escapes Book Tours, which is coordinating her current book tour. We encourage you to visit all of the participating host sites; you can find her schedule here.

Joanne's second mystery in her cozy series featuring amateur sleuth Flora Lively is A Date with Death (Mirrorball Books; April 2015 trade paperback and ebook formats) and we asked her to tell us a little more about her character. She does one better, and provided us with an interview with Flora Lively.

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Joanne Phillips
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Joanne Phillips

Today I have as my guest the very lovely Flora Lively. Let's start by asking her a little about herself.

Joanne: Flora, where did you grow up and go to school? Tell us a bit about your background.

Flora: Hi Joanne! Nice to meet you in person after living on the page for so long. Okay, so I grew up in Shrewsbury with my adopted parents and I'm an only child. I went to a cute little primary school around the corner from our house, then on to Shrewsbury Grammar. My mum told me I was adopted when I was about 14. I'm sad to confess that I went a little off the rails then, and it's something I always felt guilty about, especially when she died three years ago.

Joanne: I'm sorry to hear that, Flora. After your parents died, you inherited the family business, Shakers Removals. Tell us a little about that.

Flora: It was my dad's idea, and he built it up from nothing, just buying one van and working hard from there. When he died it was doing well, but now we're down to only one lorry and two employees — me and Marshall. It's not my fault, though! I blame the recession — there just aren't as many people moving house.

Joanne: Fair enough. I noticed then when you talked about Marshall your lip kind of curled up as if you don't like him too much. I thought you two were getting along better these days?

Flora: He is the most maddening man I have ever met! Have you met him? He would drive a saint to drink.

Joanne: I quite like him, actually. Anyway, I hear you're going off to stay at a country house for a week shortly — something about a film crew from Spain?

Flora: Oh, yes, I'm so excited! My best friend Celeste has been travelling for what seems like forever, but she'd coming back in two weeks and she's given us, that is Shakers Removals, the job of ferrying the film crew around the Shropshire countryside. Most of the filming will be at the house, though, so there won't be too much working — plenty of time to catch up with Celeste and have fun.

Joanne: Sounds idyllic. You've got a bit of a reputation as an amateur sleuth since the mystery you solved last year at the Maples retirement village. Do you anticipate doing any more sleuthing any time soon?

Flora: No way! Although, I did quite enjoy it ... We'll just have to see what happens.

Thanks, Flora. Just between you and me, readers, I think Flora might be in for a big surprise when she finds out what's in store for her at Hanley Manor. Read A Date With Death to find out more.

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Joanne Phillips Book Tour

Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire, England, with her husband and young daughter. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework. She's a fan of super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef.

For more information about the author, please visit her website at JoannePhillips.co.uk and her author page on Goodreads, or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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A Date with Death by Joanne Phillips

A Date with Death by Joanne Phillips

A Flora Lively Mystery

Publisher: Mirrorball Books

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Amateur sleuth Flora Lively is back to investigate another mystery, and this time the body count is rising …

When Flora's best friend returns to England with a Spanish film crew in tow, Flora is thrilled to land a job on set at a glamorous country house. But when a member of the crew is brutally murdered, and the priceless Infanta Tiara stolen, suspicion falls on everyone at Hanley Manor — including someone far too close to home.

When an arrest is made, Flora is plunged deep into a puzzling mystery, with no idea who she can and cannot trust. Surrounded by suspicion and bitter rivalries, she must keep one eye over her shoulder at all times. Because the murderer is about to strike again …

A Date with Death by Joanne Phillips

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