I have great news!
On Friday I received an email from my editor at Five Star, Tiffany Schofield, with an offer to publish the second Veronica Walsh Mystery, Murder, By George. I accepted immediately.
I’m thankful and excited that Five Star gave the green light for another Veronica adventure in Barton. I love writing the series, and deeply appreciate the readers who have told me they enjoyed All Things Murder and are looking forward to the next book. I can now officially say, “It’s coming!”
I’m eager to go through the publishing process again, and glad to know this time around what that process is. The first edit should come in a few weeks, with the second round due in early spring. I should get my first look at the cover around the time the class of 2015 receives their diplomas, and the advance copies sometime during the summer.
So, what is Murder, By George all about? The story begins a few months after All Things Murder ends, at Barton’s annual flea market. A young architect buys a vintage letter box and soon discovers a painting and love letter hidden in a locked drawer. The painting, a 1920′s view of Barton’s Orchard Street, was created by a renowned local artist and given to Eloise Griffin (mother to Ella and Madeline, Veronica’s canasta buddies) the night before her wedding. An argument ensues, with the Griffins, the man who sold the box, and the artist’s family all claiming rightful ownership of the valuable painting. Veronica is a witness to the debate, and soon plays amateur sleuth again when the architect is murdered.
I want to end by wishing a happy Veterans Day to all who have served our country, and would like to remember one particular veteran, Tom Brennan. Tom and I met in the dining hall during our freshman year at Notre Dame and he became one of the best friends I will ever have. Tom was a proud member of the Navy R.O.T.C. program and went on to serve with distinction in the U.S. Navy after our graduation. He spent nine months in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean region during the first Gulf War. After he was diagnosed with cancer, Tom was assigned land duty in Washington D.C. He fought the disease with great courage before passing on November 9, 1994. Tom is, and always will be, a warm and welcome presence in the hearts of all who loved him.
Have a great week, everyone.