Liz and Garret Adams’ vacation to Newport, Rhode Island aboard their sailboat, Sloopy, resulted in a heart wrenching test of their love and marriage when Garret saw the image of his first love, Rebecca, standing on the aft deck of the luxury yacht, Party Girl, at Bannister’s Wharf. Torn by his feelings for his wife and Rebecca, who had disappeared without a trace almost thirty years before, Garret rode an emotional roller coaster into the hands of the police as the primary suspect of a gruesome murder in historical Blood Alley.
Although the evidence pointed to Garret and she was convinced that their marriage was over, Liz refused to give up on the man who had been her husband, her lover, but most of all, her friend. Forgetting her own pain, she pried into Garret’s relationship with Rebecca, only to find herself lost in a maze of deceit and misplaced loyalties. Through her persistence, Liz discovered the truth that shackled the killer and set the innocent free.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing a mystery involves more than developing characters and plot. Clues must be dropped like bread crumbs throughout the story so that the reader can have an ah-hah moment at the climax.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write because you have the passion and a story to share.
Marilyn W. Dalla Valle lives in Northwestern Connecticut with her husband, Roger and a rambunctious Sheltie named Randy. Together they play ball, go for long walks and frequent the shore.
Dance Instructor for 5 years and professional photographer for 30, when her two sons left the nest, Ms. Dalla Valle decided it was time to write. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Clive Cussler and Sue Grafton, the genre she chose had to be mystery with a twist of adventure.
In March 2000, Murder in Mystic, the first in a mystery series, was e-published at Zeus Publications. Within two months it rose to #2 on the bestseller list, was editor’s choice for October and was nominated for the Frankfurt E-book Awards.
Murder in Newport, second in the series, was e-published in August 2000 and hit #7 on the bestseller list within two weeks. By January 2001, it switched places with Murder in Mystic.
Two Headed Snake of Key West was published January 28, 2014. These books are now available on Amazon Kindle, Amazon books and for order at your local bookstore. Murder in Mystic and Murder in Newport Audiobooks are offered at Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.
Ms. Dalla Valle is a member of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. She has been a guest speaker at the Beardsley Library, the Northwest Authors and Publishers Association, the Northwestern Connecticut Community College and Simsbury Public Library.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Love of the sea and fascination with the unexplained led to the birth of the Liz Adams Mysteries; Murder in Mystic, Murder in Newport and Two Headed Snake of Key West.