I write cozy mysteries, some “cozier” than others. The first series published was the microbrewing series, and my publisher at that time was Mainly Murder Press. The two books in the series were A Deadly Draught” and Poisoned Pairings. Both feature Hera Knightsbridge, a woman who owns a brewery in Upstate New York and creates craft brews in an area known for small breweries. She discovers the body other nearest rival on his brew barn floor and is accused of his murder. In both the books, murder visits her brewery, and Hera is determined to find the killer and squelch rumors that she is somehow involved. Of course, a love interest in the form of a local sheriff’s deputy keeps them both involved in tracking down killers as well as circling around their romantic interest in one another.
My next series came out through Oak Tree Press, although I now have the rights to the series and am reissuing the books under Creekside Press. This series of two books is set in rural Florida with a retired preschool teacher as the protagonist. Emily Rhodes seems to have a propensity for finding dead bodies, first in a dumpster and next in a beer cooler. Dumpster Dying and Grilled, Chilled and Killed are cozies with humorous elements.
The first manuscript I completed was rejected so many times by agents that I initially gave up on it being published, but several years ago, I revised it and published myself. The protagonist in this series set in Upstate New York is Laura Murphy. Like me she is a professor of psychology at a public university, but unlike me she likes to snoop into murders, and she is provided ample opportunity by tracking down the person who killed the president of her college in Murder Is Academic. In Failure is Failure the murder of a college coed leads Laura to discover secrets hidden never stay that way for long.
Untreed Reads published my stand-alone mystery Angel Sleuth. The protagonist must decide if she believes her new roommates are guardian angels or con artisgs. And can they help solve the murder of the town’s gossip columnist no matter what their real identity? And, yes. There may be a sequel to this one.
The series I have spent the most time on in the past few years is the Eve Appel mysteries. With Mud Bog Murder scheduled for release by Camel press September 1, the series included A Secondhand Murder, Dead In the Water and A Sporting Murder. Two more books will follow the September release. Eve Appel is a transplant from Connectitcut to rual Florida, and that’s a sgtretch for a gal who loves to shop and shop high end. She and her best friends buy a consignment shop to offer designer clothes and other items. She’s an in-your-face kind of gal who believes she is capable of taking on anything including the murder of one of her customers on opening day. But she’s a loyal friend and a woman who can’t say no to a bargain or to ferreting out clues tht lead to bringing the bad guys (and gals) to justice. Think alligators, swamps and cowboys.
I also have published a number of short stories, many of them based upon my own family. My grandmothers and my Aunt Nozzie were featured in Untreed Reads thanksgiving anthologies, The Killer wore Cranberry, Vols. 1-4 and will appear in Happy Homicides to be released September 1.
All of my work is humorous, but that doesn’t mean these mysteries don’t take on serious issues such as sexual predation, destruction of environmental habitat, and family issues, the kinds of themes that we struggle with most intimately in small communities.
For more information about my work, please visit my website www.lesleyadiehl.com and my blog where I’m now writing of memories growing up on a farm www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog. There’s a contest on the blog to win a copy of Mud Bog Murder. Enter. The winner could be you!