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Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
by Abigail Keam
About the Book
Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
11th in Series
Worker Bee Press (July 24, 2018)
Paperback: 228 pages
Digital ASIN: B07FMQB68G
Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.
What could go wrong? Everything!
Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!
Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater . . . and possibly a murderer!
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I wrote a little story in the second grade called Bobby Bobo Got Baptized at the Big Bone Baptist Church. Bobby Bobo was a real country music singer on the Midwestern Hayride Show from Cincinnati, Ohio. He did get baptized at my church. My teacher called my mother about my writing abilities. From that time on, my mother pushed education, education, education. I later rewrote the story from a more adult perspective. It is to be part of a collection of autobiographical stories.
What genres do you write in?
I write soft mysteries, high fantasy, and happily-ever-after romance stories.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
A writer has more than one type of story in her/him and should be able to express themselves with whatever genre they like. Look at Ken Follett. His career has been remarkable writing anything from catching Nazis spies to building medieval cathedrals.
How did you break into the field?
I tried for years but couldn’t get invited to the party. The Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series is my flagship series. The protagonist is a middle-aged amateur sleuth who is a beekeeper. I was told that no one wanted to read about an over-the-hill woman. People wanted to read about young, fresh things.
I hired several agents, but they also told me the same thing. So I became an indie writer, and I am so happy that I did. It’s been a wonderful adventure.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Enjoyment – a few hours where the problems of the world disappear. I hope also to pass along my love of beekeeping and honeybees.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The readers. I have had the most engaging letters, emails, and FB posts from readers from all over the world, telling me how my stories have impacted their lives and given them a few hours of entertainment. Their affirmation means the world to me.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Have a strong support system because you’re going to need it.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? I am a real beekeeper. I live on the Palisades overlooking the Kentucky River.
About the Author
Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth in the Bluegrass.
Her first mystery novel, DEATH BY A HONEYBEE, won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011.
DEATH BY DROWNING won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Reader’s Favorite and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist.
Miss Abigail is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.
A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Gail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.
She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.
Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series
Death By A HoneyBee I
Death By Drowning II
Death By Bridle III
Death By Bourbon IV
Death By Lotto V
Death By Chocolate VI
Death By Haunting VII
Death By Derby VIII
Death By Design IX
Death By Malice X
Death By Drama XI
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