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A Killer Location:
A Home Sweet Home Mystery
2nd in Series
Alibi (November 22, 2016)
As this captivating cozy mystery series featuring real estate agent Sam Turner continues, a dream home turns into a crime scene when murder intrudes on an open house.
Thanks to a few sales and a self-help book on becoming a super-agent, Sam Turner is well on her way to becoming real estate royalty in Arlinda, her eccentric hometown on the Northern California coast. And after settling into her new house with her teenage son, she’s finally a homeowner, too. Sure, things aren’t perfect—for example, her sister still doesn’t know that Sam is dating her ex, police chief Bernie Aguilar—but perfect is boring. And Sam’s life is never boring.
When Sam’s boss, Everett Sweet, assigns her an open house in Arlinda’s most exclusive neighborhood, she brushes up on her super-agent tips, hoping to wow potential buyers. But there’s nothing in the manual about stumbling upon the owner’s dead body halfway through the tour. When suspicion falls on her boss, Sam and her co-workers are suddenly out of work, their real estate licenses suspended. Now, with her job on the line and a mortgage to pay, Sam will need every trick in the book to clear Everett’s name.
Interview With The Author –
What initially got you interested in writing?
Reading – anything and everything I could get my hands on. I grew up on Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Even in elementary school, I was plotting out stories of my own.
What genres do you write in?
I love the classic mystery: a cast of odd characters, with suspicion falling on everyone in turn. I’ve also been known to write humor in the “slice of life” style, generally to embarrass my children.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
A good mystery is one of life’s great pleasures – an exercise in deductive reasoning and a challenge presented to the reader. I’m particularly fond of humor in mysteries, so I try to incorporate that into my own writing. Life presents so many opportunities for us to look completely silly!
How did you break into the field?
I published two mysteries featuring Sam Turner, a novice real estate agent with a penchant for stumbling into trouble, and was encouraged to keep going by my very enthusiastic local bookstore owner. With the third book in the series, I found an agent and a publisher. “A Killer Location” is the fourth in the series, the second published by Alibi.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
First, a good laugh. Second, the satisfaction of unraveling a mystery and solving the crime. I try to play fair and sprinkle in plenty of clues, though it sometimes takes a sharp reader to spot them. And I hope after the last page is read, readers will want to revisit the town of Arlinda and its offbeat citizens again!
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Writing the denouement, which I often do fairly early on in the process. That helps me bring all the loose threads together. And I’m not immune to reader feedback either! When someone tells me, “I laughed so hard my beer came out my nose!” that means I’ve done my job.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Not getting distracted by nice weather and the demands of my human and animal family. Also, getting past stuck plot points, which often find me walking around muttering, “But why didn’t she mention she’d seen the labradoodle in the first place?”
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
It’s work, like any other job. If you’re a procrastinator, it may be a struggle to keep your momentum going, so set regular hours for writing and nothing else, and stick to them.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Everything: mysteries (of course), thrillers, self-help (who couldn’t benefit from a little self-improvement?), the occasional bodice-ripper. Nothing is off limits.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I’m wild about geocaching, the outdoor treasure-hunting game. Try it, it’s crazy fun! And I’ve been a geeky birdwatcher all my life, with a life list and everything.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
My website is sarahthobart.com, and/or catch me on Facebook under Sarah T. Hobart.
About The Author –
Sarah Hobart is a real estate agent and former newspaper reporter in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and two children in a majestic fixer-upper overlooking State Highway 101.
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