Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
Title: Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver
Series: Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 28, 2019
The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!
“Fiction is a waste of time.”
The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries.
MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan…until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.
Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.
Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.
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Hi Meghan! Welcome to the blog!
Meghan: Oranges. I love anything citrus.
Carrie: I wish I could eat oranges – but I’m allergic. Wail! Good thing I love apples so much!
Meghan: Winter = cozy quilts and sweaters, steaming mugs of coffee/tea/hot cocoa, beautiful snowfall, Christmas, twinkle lights, reading.
Carrie: Amen & amen!!
Meghan: Although I enjoy both (mostly cats because they’re so fun and impish), in real life, it’s neither. I’m highly allergic.
Carrie: aww that’s sad 🙁
Meghan: Coffee. I have low energy, and a cup in the morning really makes a difference.
Carrie: I wish i liked coffee for that exact reason!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Meghan: Staring into space. ? That’s when the best daydreaming, plotting, and thinking happen.
Carrie: hahaha! love it!
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Meghan: What a terrific question! I just walked into Barnes & Noble last week, and I went straight to the clearance/bargain books. Of course, I like the prices, but I particularly love finding books that I would never just search for but then end up being favorites of the entire family. For example, for Christmas this year, I gave each of my three boys a Calvin & Hobbes book, purchased from the bargain shelves at B&N. One of my teen girls got a hardcover book about Medieval history (my history lover’s favorite time period) that I never would have discovered otherwise, and the other teen girl (who reads a lot of classic adventure stories) got a beautiful hardcover collection of classic pirate adventure stories titled A Treasury of Swashbuckling Adventures. Finally, I found a codebreaker puzzle book for my husband. He’s one of those software engineer/college professor guys who loves to break codes. (Each of these books was $9.99 or less.)
Carrie: Love bargain books!! (And Calvin & Hobbes is just the best!)
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Meghan: I’m organized, and my back hurts if I carry anything too heavy. ? I carry a Baggallini purse which has a bunch of slots and compartments. Everything has a place and everything is in its place. I don’t like standing at the checkout trying to get stuff put away when the people behind are tapping their feet and ready for their turn in line, and I abhor dumping all the change and receipts and what-not in a bag. Also, I’ve eliminated a lot of things I used to carry (like my copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, although it is on my phone now), because too much unbalanced weight makes my back sore.
Carrie: it sounds like I need one of these Baggallini purses!
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote Murder at the Courthouse?
Meghan:I thought MacKenzie would struggle with a ton of jealousy over her best friend Callie’s looks. I mean, blonde hair and gorgeousness as well as brains? But she isn’t jealous at all. She loves Callie like the sister she never had, and they have a terrific, teasing relationship. It probably helps that Callie doesn’t realize her own beauty.
Carrie: Oh that’s good! I like it when a character surprises us in a good way 🙂
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Murder at the Courthouse, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Meghan: I am a total plotter, obsessive organizer, and lover of spreadsheets. Everything was decided before I started writing. That said, though, if a character wanted to tweak or add in something, I let her.
Carrie: best of both worlds 🙂
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Murder at the Courthouse?
Meghan: Quite frankly, amusement and escape. ? We could all use a time-out from the pressures of real life every now and then.
Carrie: Amen to that!!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂
By sixth grade, Meghan Carver knew she wanted to write. After earning a degree in English from Millikin University, she detoured to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. She then worked in immigration law and taught Comp 101 at the local college. Now, she homeschools her six children with her college professor husband, writing her stories of cozy mystery and romantic suspense in the nooks and crannies of her time. Her debut novel hit the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. When she isn’t writing, homeschooling, or planning the family’s next travel adventure, she is active in her church, sews for her kidlets, and reads.
(1) winner will receive a Cozy Mystery Prize Pack including a “I’d rather be reading a cozy mystery” tee-shirt – size and color to be determined by winner, a signed paperback of Murder at the Courthouse, and $10 Amazon gift card!
(Tee Sizes: small – xxx-large, colors: white, red, gray, pink, or green)
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