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WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our May Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 5/5--John Carenen, 5/12--Judy Penz Sheluk, 5/19--Margaret S. Hamilton, 5/26--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Why I Write Girl Scout Mysteries…by Leslie Langtry

I have many passions from cake…to…um…cake…  And then, well, there’s cake. I really like cake.

But two other passions are Girl Scouts and mystery books.  So, when I wanted to come up with a new series – I knew that cake wouldn’t be enough of a draw (for anyone except me, that is). Instead, I came up with Merry Wrath – an ‘accidentally’ outed CIA field agent, who has returned to her hometown in Iowa to figure out what to do with her life. She becomes a Girl Scout leader through the urging of her best friend, Kelly. Things get interesting when dead terrorists start popping up all over the place. And that’s when the fun (and of course, danger) starts.

I was a Girl Scout and so when my daughter hit kindergarten, I became a leader. My troop lasted through sophomore year in high school (when it disbanded), but I continued to volunteer for my local Scout camp, facilitating archery, zip line, low ropes course and kayaking for troops on weekends. I’ll keep volunteering until I get so old I can’t see – which would be kind of dangerous on the zip line, I think.

The Merry Wrath Mysteries begin with MERIT BADGE MURDER and the fourth book in the series, MOVIE NIGHT MURDER just came out. It’s also my most popular series, hitting the USA Today Bestseller list a couple of times.

A lot of the strange situations in the books come from true stories of experiences with my troop. You wouldn’t believe how much inspiration came out of those ten years. Some of the stories are so bizarre that you’d swear they weren’t true. For example, I learned that when faced with screaming kids who find a bat or mouse in their tent, you can turn fear to adoration just by insisting it’s a baby bat or baby mouse. They don’t know the difference and it works every time. Every. Time. Even with Daddy Long Leg spiders.

Because of this series, I hear from former Scouts and Leaders who tell me that my books take them back to great memories in their past. A few have even said my books inspired them to become a troop leader.  I love that. It’s kind of my way of giving back to Scouting – a group that has given so much to me.

Now I have to get back to my next book in the series – MUD RUN MURDER – due on November 1. Even though the girls from my troop are adults now, they still remain those precocious little girls in my books. And if I have my way – they’ll never grow up.

Leslie Langtry is the USA Today bestselling author of the Greatest Hits Mysteries, the Merry Wrath Mysteries, and the Ukulele Mysteries, and several books she hasn't finished yet, because she's very lazy. Leslie loves puppies and cake (but she will not share her cake with puppies) and lives with her family and assorted animals in Illinois.

Leslie will provide a free copy of Merit Badge Murder to one of our lucky readers. Look for the winner's name tomorrow on our WWK Marquee.


Kait said...

I loved being a Girl Scout. Went all the way through to senior scout. Had I stayed in one place long enough, I would probably have opted to be a troop leader as well. What a fantastic premise for cozy mysteries, and I imagine that a former CIA agent will bring a new level of resourcefulness to the Girl Scout motto of "Be Prepared." I'm looking forward to reading this series.

Margaret Turkevich said...

What a great premise for a series. My daughters and I were Scouts and had many adventures.

Grace Topping said...

What a good idea, to combine your love of Scouting with your mystery writing. Now if you could just combine that with cake, life would be perfect.

Leslie Langtry said...

Thanks so much for having me guest today! As it happens, I'm at camp helping with a Girl Scout fundraiser! Kait and Margaret (which is my daughter's name) how awesome you were involved with Scouting! And Grace, you are so right!

Leslie Langtry said...

Thanks so much for having me guest today! As it happens, I'm at camp helping with a Girl Scout fundraiser! Kait and Margaret (which is my daughter's name) how awesome you were involved with Scouting! And Grace, you are so right!

Isabel said...

I love this series! I even bought the audible version so I could listen to them while working around the house. Thanks for the background on this series. I think it's impressive that your daughter's troop lasted so long.

Leslie Langtry said...

Thanks Isabel! I haven't listened to the audio books yet! I hope they're good!

Not really said...

Oh, honey. I can believe it. I remember some of what went on with our group. As a scout member and as a troop leader. I think it is neat that you are using them as a setting. It is unique. For one murder scene, how about a little torture. The Brownies had trooped back in without their youngest member and no taffy. We were having a taffy pull and the kids went outside. Seems they had taken the youngest and "bound" her with the strands of taffy and sat her in the middle of an ant hill. She was crying because they had told her she would not be able to move, so she didn't try. And some ants were beginning to bite. The girls got a talking to. About meanness, empathy, bullying, compassion, love, respect, fairness, etc. And were told they had failed their lesson for the day. They were required to write a small essay about what they did. Why. And if, in their opinion, what they did was wrong. And without any help from their parents. I was really touched with the girls essays. And only 1 did not take the lesson to heart. But they all did apologize to Bea with hugs. The one who didn't take it to heart? Although she joined in and behaved herself for a few years. But she started getting into things a few years later and did pull a couple of the other kids in. So they were in and out of trouble for awhile. Except for Carol.

Leslie Langtry said...

Great ideas!!! You should write books too!

KM Rockwood said...

What a great idea for a series of mysteries!

I live on Girl Scout Rd, with a girl scout camp surrounding our property on two sides. I enjoy hearing the girls when they're camping (although I could do without the crunch of buses every morning in the summer for day camp)