Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bad to the Bone!

Is it November already?

This last week has been jammed packed with activity in Sparkle Abbey’s world. Besides the typical day job and normal family craziness, book six, The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo hit the virtual bookshelves. We knew it was coming, but we didn’t realize it was coming so soon. Not that we’re complaining!

We’re really excited about our latest cozy mystery. In The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo, Mel is tracking a killer in the cutthroat world of dachshund racing. Cheating. Doping. Gambling. Who knew doxie dashes were surrounded by so much controversy? Certainly not us.

We had a ball researching this book. 

We even attended a couple of wiener races just to make sure we captured the enthusiasm and competitive nature of the racers. We can attest that these pooches may have short stubby legs, and long wiggly bodies, but they are all heart. 

If you’ve never seen a Dachshund Dash, check out this YouTube video. We dare you not to smile. Running of the Wieners at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Next week we’ll be on a jet plane to Long Beach, California to attend the Bouchercon Mystery Conference! If you’re there and see us, make sure you say hi. 

If you're not familiar with Bouchercon, let us explain. Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention for anyone who loves mysteries. Readers, writers, authors, librarians, and booksellers all gather for a weekend of fun and conversation. And we like to hangout in the bar. Attendees can pick from a plethora of panels and attend author signings, along with other programs. There's even an awards ceremony. If you'd like to learn more about this wonderful mystery conference, here's a link. Bouchercon 2014, Murder at the Beach.

Our question to you is this: If you could hang out in the bar with any mystery author, who would you choose?


  1. What a great question. If I could pick anyone it would be Dorothy L. Sayers. But...I'm assuming you mean writers who can still lift a glass. Maybe Martha Grimes. I see a bit of Lord Peter in Melrose Plant.

  2. Julie, We'd love to spend time with Dorothy L. Sayers too. What a great choice.
    Martha Grimes a great pick too. :)