Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: Readers who like traditional mysteries with lots of suspects and red herrings, and a nice surprise at the end. And readers who like the blues.

Q: What is the book about?
A: Sexy blonde blues-singer Maxx (real name: Elizabeth) Maxwell thinks she’s on the verge of realizing her dream: success for her band and a career doing what she’s always wanted. But then her dashing and talented guitar player, Jimmy Nashville, plunges to his death from his ninth-floor window. Maxx refuses to believe the police when they decide Jimmy killed himself. Played out against a backdrop of blues and Manhattan bar bands, her quest for his killer takes her deep into his past—and turns up a surprising number of suspects.

Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: I play blues guitar and I led my own band for five years. We rehearsed and performed in New York City. I’m also a lifelong mystery fan and a former college English teacher.

Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: It’s cozy with a twist. It takes the cozy genre out of the parlor and into the streets, but it preserves the cozy’s traditional emphasis on strong plotting, a good puzzle, and minimal, if any, violence.

Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Lots of people have told me that reading it sent them running for their blues CDs and made them remember how much they love that musical genre.

For more information, visit