Recently, I posted an excerpt of one of my books on a Facebook page called Read Local Kansas City in an event called "Holiday Festival of Authors." The theme for the excerpts was Winter and Winter Holidays.
Each of the Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries is set in a different season. Catastrophic Connections reveals a lovely Kansas City springtime and the beauty of the American Virgin Islands. Furtive Investigations is set during the winter, partly in Arizona and partly in Kansas City. Nine LifeFelines' mysterious events happen during the summer in Peru and Kansas City, and our sleuth and her family are Tailed from San Antonio, Texas during a colorful Kansas City fall.
The excerpt I posted is from Furtive Investigations:
Gray drizzly dusk arrived around Four-thirty on this January Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, and it was as dark and gloomy as a winter street in Dickens’s London by the time Clay and Janae stuffed their bags into the back seat of Janae’s little car and set off for their Plaza hotel. Tiny wet snowflakes glistened in the streetlights and in the glow of their headlights. Bare, black-silhouetted tree branches, shivering slightly in the chilly wind, and ghostly mansions, surrounded by their expansive obscured lawns, lined each side of Ward Parkway.
Clay kept his eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel as he maneuvered the slick streets, and Janae sat stiff and unmoving. They rode along in silence until Clay drove under the brightly lighted overhang at the entrance to the hotel.
“Whew. A port in a storm,” Clay said.
“Like landing in Oz after escaping a tornado,” Janae said.
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