When the reckless teenaged Rousseau brothers, J.T. and Dustin, attempt to cross a frozen Lake Champlain in their ancient VW, what they find plunges them into hot water, not cold. Their guilt in a brutal murder is obvious to everyone except English teacher Amelia Prentice Dickensen, freshly returned from her honeymoon with new husband Gil, who is determined to find the clue that will prove them innocent: a single bullet.
Despite a falling out with best friend Lily, parents irate over a low grade, a missing cat, and a strange illness that strikes when least expected, Amelia is determined to find the truth. Unless she is frozen out by an equally determined murderer . .
Targeted Age Group: All ages–Teen and older
Book Price: $2.99 on Nook/Kindle and on ibook, $2.79 at Christianbook
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Cozy mysteries are usually in the classic Agatha Christie mode, set in a small town, heavy on the characterizations and locale, light on the violence. The puzzle is the thing, not blood and gore.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read, read, read. Write in the genre you enjoy the most. Read some more. Learn a little bit about grammar and editing–there are many books on the subject out there. And go for it. We need good books and good writers!
Ellen Edwards Kennedy (aka EEK) grew up in Miss Prentice’s region of far northern New York State and lived with her husband and children across the South and West. This has given her a deep love for these areas and a sharp ear for regional accents. Through high school and college, she performed in summer stock, briefly nursing the vain dream of becoming a Broadway musical star, but eventually made a career as an award-winning TV/radio advertising copywriter. Her experiences as a high school substitute teacher make her uniquely qualified to translate obscure adolescent dialects into understandable English.
Along with the Miss Prentice Mysteries, she is the author of a Christian romance novella, “The Applesauce War,” in the upcoming anthology, THE FARMER’S BRIDE, from Barbour Books; and ANOTHER THINK COMING, a mystery set in Texas.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love to read mysteries and I had run out of something to read. I decided to work on something I’d enjoy, and the Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery series was hatched. I chose a high school English teacher because I’d taught in high school and knew how things worked. I also love teens.