My recently released An Ear for Murder features an oboist who goes home to upstate New York and winds up solving her friend's murder as well as helping her family get their oboe making business back on track.What's an oboe? Besides being an often used crossword clue, it's a slender woodwind instrument which looks most similar to a clarinet but uses a double reed.Think the duck in Peter and the Wolf. How did I come up with this story? For starters, my husband is an oboist. 35 years ago when we went back to my hometown for our wedding, we made a stop at a small oboe shop in Peekskill, New York. Laubin Oboes is one of a small handful of places where you can purchase a handcrafted oboe (though the wait is at least 10 years from the time it is ordered). The shop was founded in 1931 by Alfred Laubin, an oboist who played in the Hartford Symphony and experimented with oboe making in his free time before turning it into a full time occupation. His son, Paul Laubin, worked in the shop after school alongside his dad. In 1976 upon Alfred Laubin's death, Paul took over the business. Each of the 47 oboe keys is hand crafted and each hole hand drilled to precise, secret dimensions. In my story, Sara Baron discovers secret measurements to aid in her family's business (while solving a murder, of course). While not the main plot, I chose to incorporate the family oboe business into the first of my Sara Baron Tuned-In Mysteries! An Ear for Murder is currently on sale in ebook format from Amazon and is always free to read on KindleUnlimited!
I hope you are all well and holding up okay. As much as I love working from home, I'm finding myself getting emotional over the smallest things, or perhaps small things that meant more than I realized. I miss going out to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant, going to the mall with my daughter, family game nights with my grown-up kids, mystery writer lunches and conferences...I even miss wearing real clothes and putting on make-up. And when I hear stories on the news about a retired doctor driving across country to help out in New York and dying, or a young doctor who recovered form the disease and then commit suicide, it breaks my heart.
Meanwhile, I'm almost through writing the first draft of Murder is Universal. I am trying to decide after that whether to write the next Sugarbury Falls book, or the next Sara Baron Tuned-in Mystery. Please give me feedback if you have read An Ear for Murder (and I'd very much appreciate a review on Amazon and Goodreads—it looks so lonely with its 2 reviews right now). Murder in the Middle ebook is free this week. Pass it along if you have friends who might enjoy a light cozy. I'd love to hear from you–
Hope you are all doing well during this unusual quarantine and that your families are well. This is a quick note to let you know that I have a new release out! The protagonist is a symphony musician (oboist) in her late thirties who returns to her hometown in upstate New York to attend her grandfather's 80th birthday party and to cat sit for a friend. Of course, she finds her friend has been murdered and together with the mysterious neighbor (yes, a touch of romance in this one...just a touch) to solve the case. I'd really appreciate feedback on this new series. Let me know your thoughts and if you'd like to see the series continue. I'm running it at a promotional price this week only of $1.99 for the ebook. This is the price internationally right now as well. I'm also keeping my other two series going and am closing in on finishing the first draft of Murder is Universal.
Hoping everyone is happy, healthy, and excited for the upcoming holiday. It's an appropriate time to thank all you readers who give my writing a purpose. I owe it to you to keep turning out books in a timely manner--especially when I leave a bit of a cliff hanger! Speaking of which, A Muddy Course, the follow-up to The Tainted Course, is with the publisher and I'm hoping for a release by the end of the year. If you're in the mood for Christmas, Murder is Homework is on sale this week for 99 cents (ebook). All my books are always free on KU. The first in the series, Murder is Elementary, also takes place over the holiday season and is always $0.99 cents on Amazon.com. I'm looking forward to a few days off this week and to being with my family. I'm also looking forward to making lots of progress on my current book, a slight departure from my usual. Wishing you'll the best!
Hoping all is going well! My newest release, The Tainted Course,is on sale this week. The e book is 99 cents through Saturday. Also, The Muddy Course is at the publisher!! Will let you know when I have info about the release date. I'll be starting the next Schoolhouse Mystery shortly. When Susan's new friend Valerie invites her on a cruise, it's double trouble! In other news, I'll be assuming the position of Vice President of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America this January! I'm looking forward to contributing to and becoming further involved in the organization.
Happy July! Hope everyone had a pleasant 4th and is having a nice summer. We just got back from a week-long cruise in Alaska, which was wonderful. Living in South Florida, we always try to chose places with cooler weather and we weren't disappointed. I got to catch up on my own reading without feeling guilty that I wasn't writing! I sent the latest Sugarbury Falls book to my publisher before the trip and am waiting to see some covers. I just started writing the next Sugarbury Falls book (on page 5 as of today:) I normally go back and forth between my two series but left The Tainted Course with a little cliffhanger so I thought it was only fair to write the next one quickly! I set up a promotion for Murder, of Course in anticipation of the new book's release. The ebook is on sale for 99 cents this week. Hope all is well. Please let me know if you are interested in reviewing the new book, though it's not yet formatted for kindle so it'd be in the form of a PDF.
Wishing You a Happy Mother's Day or just a Happy Weekend! For those of you who are mothers, enjoy your day tomorrow! For the teachers out there, hang on a few more weeks. Nothing like the end of the year with sixth graders to fuel the desire to be a full time author! Everyone else, wishing you a great weekend. Thank you all for your support. I love hearing from you and nothing makes me happier than to know my books are being enjoyed. I am currently working on the next Sugarbury Falls book, tentatively titled A Tainted Course. It's about the new school superintendent who moves to town and dies after eating dessert at Coralee's Outside Inn. Of course Emily and Henry have to save Coralee's reputation, and the murdered woman's daughter is Maddy's friend.
This week, Murder is Medical ebook is on sale for 99 cents, if you haven't yet gotten a copy. If you've already enjoyed it, please take a minute to review it on Amazon and Goodreads. It's always free, as are all my other books, on KU.
Through April 12, go to Goodreads.com, and enter a giveaway to win one of 20 ebook copies of A Deadly Course, the first of the Sugarbury Falls series featuring Emily and Henry Fox, friends of Susan and Mike Wiles, who have moved to Vermont and wind up a husband and wife sleuthing duo!
Murder is Medical, the tenth book in the Susan Wiles Schoolhouse Mysteries, begins with retired teacher turned sleuth Susan Wiles attending her son’s Match Day ceremony in St. Louis. Yes, this is based on real life experience. My husband and I flew to St. Louis last spring to attend our son’s ceremony at Washington University Medical School. It’s an exciting day for fourth year medical students and their families—in my opinion, even more so than graduation. Let me explain Match Day. When you finish medical school you’re a doctor, but you’re not really a doctor. You have to do more training to become the specific type of doctor you want to be. This training is called residency. Senior year of medical school is spent applying and hopefully interviewing at hospitals where you wish to do your residency. Medical Students rank their choices, and the residency programs rank their applicants. If two students are a couple, and are graduating and heading to residency at the same time, they can ask for a “couples match” to end up in the same hospital or city. My son and his girlfriend did this and are doing their residencies together in St. Louis. She is specializing in emergency medicine, and my son is specializing in radiology. In Murder is Medical, Cara and Evan are based on my son and his hopefully one day, fiancée. Susan wants the engagement to happen as much as I do!
Happy March!I hope everyone is doing well. I just returned from a writing conference and it's hard to wake up today and go to my day job as a teacher--especially the week before spring break. The kids have felt the need for spring break for weeks already! All I want to do is sit home and write my book... At the conference, I heard a workshop on comedy in writing by Tom Straw, the inspiration for the TV show Castle, sat in and learned about writing for young adults (not considering it now but maybe someday), listened to editors and agents talk about the publishing business, heard a speech on forensics, and networked with authors from all over the country. It's so much fun being surrounded by people who love writing as much as I do:) Oh, and I won a mystery themed crossword puzzle contest at one of the dinners! Two deals to relay to you. I apologize for not getting them to you earlier but I was away. First, Murder is Legal is free through Tuesday. Second, my newest release, Murder is Medical, is on sale for the first time. The ebook is 99 cents through Thursday. Remember if you have KU, all 13 of my books are always free to borrow. One favor, if you can. I need 3 more likes/follows on my author Facebook page. It's dianeweinerauthor.I hope it's now easier to find. Let me know if that's the case!