By Amanda Flower
To celebrate the re-release of the Living History Museum Mystery Series, I thought I would introduce you to the animal of the series.
I am an animal lover, so it would be impossible for me to write a novel and not have at least a few animals characters in it. Thankfully, The Living History Museum Mystery Series has plenty of animal characters to entertain readers and myself. Writing the Living History Museum Mystery Series has been so much fun because it takes place on a living history farm, and as a result, there are many animals who appear throughout the series to make Kelsey Cambridge’s life as the Director of Barton Farm a little more exciting and a lot more frustrating.
Here are the animals to lookout for in The Living History Museum Mystery Series:
Frankie: Hayden’s (Kelsey’s son’s) one-eyed tabby cat. He likes Hayden and hates everyone else, including Kelsey.
Tiffin: Kelsey’s loyal corgi, who takes it upon himself to herd everyone at the Farm from the sheep to Kelsey and her Farm employees,
The sheep: the small flock of sheep on the Farm who are constantly breaking out of the pen and running into the visitor center.
Rhett and Scarlet: The Farm’s placid draft horses.
Betty and Mags: The temperamental oxen. No one goes into their pasture without their approval and lives to tell about it.
Gertrude and the hens: A brood of four chickens, who patrol the village side of the Farm. Gertrude the large red hen is their leader. They scare intruders and visitors to Barton Farm alike.
Each of these animals, no matter the size of the part, adds to the color and humor of Barton Farm, and the series just would not be the same without them.
The series will be available in ebook, an ebook box set, and trade paperback October 8, 2019!
I am thrilled to announce that through the Prose and Cons Giveback we raised $5,043 for the Landing Food Pantry in Akron, Ohio. 4,852 copies of the novel sold before 12.20.16, and as promised, I made a $1 donation to the Landing for every copy sold before that date. The additional $191 was made up from direct donations from the Learned Owl and Goodyear Heights Baptist Church. Thank you so much for purchasing the book and helping others.
It seems every year is a year of change, and that was certainly the case for me this year. However, 2016 was also an incredible year for my writing. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Mystery. I was one of the featured author at the 20th annual Ohioana Book Festival. I released four novels (Crime and Poetry; The Final Tap; Murder, Handcrafted, and Prose and Cons). Crime and Poetry was name one of the Best Cozy Mysteries of 2016 by Suspense Magazine. Crime and Poetry hit the Barnes and Nobel and Indiebound Bestsellers lists, and Prose and Cons hit the Barnes and Nobel Bestsellers list. Prose and Cons was my twentieth published book, a dream that would never have even occurred to me as a little girl who just wanted to see one book with her name on it in the library.
It’s been an incredible year because I have the support of incredible readers. I could never thank you enough.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best in 2017!
I’m so excited to share the cover of the The Final Reveille with you! This is the first novel in The Living History Museum Mystery Series. It will release May 8, 2015!
A Civil War Reenactment just got deadly…
About the Book…
As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling Farm open, she plans to impress the museum’s wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a four-day Civil War reenactment on the Farm’s grounds, complete with North and South encampments, full-scale battles, and an Abraham Lincoln lookalike spouting the Gettysburg Address to anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn’t from a period rifle but from Cynthia’s greedy nephew, Maxwell, who plans to close the Farm when he inherits his ill aunt’s wealth. On the first day of the reenactment, Cynthia and Maxwell stop by, and Kelsey and Maxwell have a public argument over the Farm’s funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse for Kelsey when she discovers Maxwell dead in the brickmaker’s pit. Now Kelsey is the police’s number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save the museum . . . and herself while the War Between the States rages on around her.
“Cleverly set in the middle of a civil war reenactment, THE FINAL REVEILLE features a spunky, likeable sleuth and engaging characters. You’ll want to visit them in charming Barton Farm again and again. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery with history, humor, and heart!” -Krista Davis, NYT Bestselling Author of the Domestic Diva Mystery Series
“A spunky heroine in a fast-paced mystery….what a fun book to read!” – Mary Ellis, author of Civil War Heroines series