Monday, October 7, 2013

Signed a Contract – Again



For the second time this year, my mystery Murder a la Christie is under contract. The first time the book had been edited and ready for a cover when the publishing house closed its doors because one of the publishers had died. Changes happen often in the publishing world. Years ago, when the only game in town was traditional publishing, my head would spin with all of the changes taking place. Editors moved from one house to another. Editors became agents. Agents became editors. Agents and editors left publishing to work in other fields. There were many orphaned books, books bought and championed by one editor suddenly in the hands of an editor nowhere as enthusiastic about it.

Murder A La Christie, which was a Malice Domestic finalist, is my tribute to Agatha Christie. Dame Agatha and her books are a major reason why I became a mystery writer. My sleuth, Lexie Driscoll, is an English professor whose estranged second husband has burned down her house with himself inside. Needing funds, she agrees to lead a Golden Age of Mystery book club in wealthy Old Cadfield where her best friend Rosie resides. At the first meeting, Lexie is just getting into The Mysterious Affair at Styles, when she notices her old friend Sylvia is looking ill. Before the evening is over, Sylvia is dead and Lexie is certain she’s been murdered.

Lexie spends the summer house sitting Sylvia’s Old Cadfield home. Though she’s out of her element in this wealthy community, she welcomes the opportunity to get to know the book club members better. Every one of them has a secret that may or may not be the reason Sylvia was murdered. Lexie starts dating the world-renown architect who designed Sylvia’s home. Amid more book club meetings and discussions of more Christie novels, more members are killed. Lexie finds herself attracted to the sexy homicide detective in charge of the case. In the final scene when all the suspects are present, she employs Poirot’s cunning and Miss Marple’s means of deduction to reveal the murderer


The next book in the series is Murder the Tey Way. But that’s for another day.

14 comments:

Palmaltas said...

I am so excited that Murder a la Christie will be published. Do you have a release date?

Kathleen Delaney said...

Sounds like a great idea for a series. Let us know the release date. I can hardly wait to see what you did with Tey.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Marilyn,

I'm so happy you were able to find another publisher. Your novel sounds great. Best wishes.

Patg said...

Glad to hear the book is coming soon. Let us know the date. I love all things Christie, she's my inspiration too.
Patg

Marilyn Levinson said...

Pat, Kathleen, Jacqueline, and Pat,
Thanks for stopping by. I don't have a release date yet for Murder a la Christie. I'm hoping to find out very soon.

Kathleen, re Murder the Tey Way: all I can say is that the plot, setting, and story line are very different from those in Murder a la Christie, Lexie leads discussions about some of Josephine Tey's books, And her love life gets more complicated:)

marja said...

Marilyn, This sounds like a book I don't want to miss. I'll be watching for it.
Marja McGraw

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks, Marja:)

Patricia Gligor said...

Marilyn,
I appreciated you giving me the opportunity to pre-read "Murder a la Christie." Folks, it's a great one!

Evelyn Cullet said...

I also had the opportunity to pre-read, Murder a la Christie. It's a wonderful novel and I so glad it will finally be published.

patriciasmithwood said...

My favorite mystery series as I entered my teen years was the Judy Bolton mysteries by Margaret Sutton. I could barely wait until each new adventure arrived at the bookstore. In those days, I paid the grand sum of $1.50 for each hard back book. When I married and left home, my mom got rid of all my collection. Some thirty years later, I found a used book dealer who fed my desire to reacquire those treasured books. However, this time I had to pay $16 to $17 per book! To this day, I'm reluctant to part with any treasured book!

Marilyn Levinson said...

Patricia & Evelyn,
I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Murder a la Christie:)

Patricia,
I liked Judy Bolton more than I liked Nancy Drew. I also liked the Trixie Belden series.

Linda R said...

Marilyn, this sounds like a fabulous read -- exactly what I look for in a mystery. I'll be looking forward to reading it.

Randy Rawls said...

Congratulataions from one ex-L&Ler to another. Glad things are working out for you.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I've had 2 publishers die, 3 quit being publishers, and 3 crooks I left.