Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guest Chrystle Fiedler

We are delighted to have guest Chrystle Fiedler, the talented author of Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery.

 Why I Write Cozy Mysteries 

Reality is over rated. At least I think so. Instead, I find comfort escaping into the world of a cozy mystery. Before I wrote cozy mysteries, I read them, Agatha Christie’s tales of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes and Dashiell Hammett and watched them; Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, and Murder, She Wrote which I’ve recently rediscovered on Hallmark TV.

Whether it’s in these pages or by watching these shows, I escape, like you do, to the coziness of quaint country villages, dappled country lanes, inviting stores on the high street, and of course, lovely rose covered cottages; inside, a cup of tea waiting.

Of course, the world of the cozy is in stark contrast to the murderous crimes committed there that shatter the peace and serenity. But we also know the detective will figure out the puzzle, catch the killer and put things back in their proper place. That’s incredibly satisfying to me as a writer as well, to have the power to put things back into balance.

My natural remedies mysteries are also set in a classic cozy setting, in this case, a real, idyllic fishing village on the East End of Long Island in NY called Greenport. When I was growing up the area was somewhat depressed but within the past two decades, Greenport has come into its own as a tourist destination with upscale eateries and boutiques, sandwiched between Mom and Pop hardware stores, diners and retro stores. Forbes magazine has even named Greenport one of the prettiest villages in the U.S.

I’ve always had an interest in natural medicine so I made my cozy protagonist, Willow McQuade, a naturopathic doctor who takes over a health food store – Nature’s Way Market & Café - after her Aunt Claire meets an untimely end. The store is located in a lovely 3 story yellow Victorian house across with a water view. Inside, it’s cozy too, with a homey feel, yummy cooking smells and the scent of essential oils, herbs and flower essences.

To complete my cozy universe, I gave Willow a hunky ex-cop love interest named Jackson Spade, an adorable rescued dog and two rescued cats, loyal friends and workers and the spirit of her Aunt Claire to guide her.

Writing the natural remedies mysteries also gives me a wonderful chance to share what I’ve learned about natural cures with readers. It’s amazing what you can find in your kitchen and garden that can soothe and heal you. That’s a cozy feeling too.

In Scent to Kill, my latest natural remedies mystery cozy, I focus on the practice of aromatherapy, the use of essential oils to improve health and well-being. As I’m writing I can smell the lavender, jasmine and roses.

Whether I am writing my cozies, reading or watching them, I experience the same comfortable, homey, and safe feeling, knowing that no matter what happens, that all will be well in the end. Where else can you get that guarantee? Cozy mysteries are one of the best antidotes to reality I’ve found. How about you?

Here’s the scoop on Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery

“Scent to Kill is a well-crafted mystery…Devotees of natural medicine and aromatherapy will enjoy the tips that appear at the beginning of each chapter and scattered throughout the text.” Publisher’s Weekly 

Willow McQuade, naturopathic doctor, along with her hunky ex-cop boyfriend Jackson Spade, attend a party for a psychic TV show that is filming on Long Island’s idyllic East End. However, Willow is much more interested in visiting the estate’s lavender farm, seeking inspiration for the new aromatherapy workshops she'll be holding at her store, Nature’s Way Market & Café.

Before the party is over, Roger Bixby one of the producers is dead and the police suspect murder. Roger was working on the show, MJ’s Mind, with Carly Bixby, his ex-wife and the new girlfriend of Willow's ex from L.A., TV writer/producer Simon Lewis.

After Willow leaves the party, she gets a frantic text from Simon asking for her help. Since Simon had a fight with Roger earlier in the evening, and because of his death is now the primary shareholder in Galaxy films, Willow's ex becomes the prime suspect. Simon begs her to crack the case and clear him of the murder. MJ McClellan, the psychic and star of the show also asks Willow for help. She hires Willow to provide natural remedies, including aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga to soothe the agitated crew of her show.

To find the killer, Willow has to deal with ghosts in a haunted mansion, a truly dysfunctional family, death threats and “accidents,” while trying to untangle a homicide identical to one committed during prohibition. Thankfully, Jackson has been hired to provide security and is there to watch her back and help Willow solve this spooky mystery.

As a bonus, you’ll find dozens of natural aromatherapy cures throughout the book that can improve your health. I think you’ll be surprised as how much they can help you feel better in mind, body and spirit!

For a chance to win a copy of Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery just leave a comment here!

 Chrystle Fiedler is the author of SCENT TO KILL, (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) the second in the NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY series, DEATH DROPS: A Natural Remedies Mystery, the non-fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), co-author of BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW!COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011).

Chrystle’s magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens and Remedy. Visit www.chrystlefiedler.com

18 comments:

Angela Holland said...

Thank you for a chance to win this book. I enjoyed reading your post and your other book.

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Linda in MA said...

Thank you for giving us a chance to win your book. It sounds great and I will be buying it soon if I don't win.

zaida said...

I can't wait to lose myself in this cozy!

Merry Lu said...

Welcome to Cozy Chicks, Chrystle, it's nice to meet you and you Willow and I am looking forward to reading your books.

Liz said...

I had gotten out of the habit of reading cozies until, after surgery, looking at my TBR pile of non-fiction histories, I told my husband I wanted something fun--like murder. Rediscovered the delight of knowing the bad guy won't win.

Alicia said...

I'll be looking for this one!

Jeannie D. said...

I love losing myself in a cozy. All the quaint little towns and neat shops. It is neat that you can actually visit your town in real life. Will definately have to read this one.

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I love to lose myself in cozies too. It's comforting especially because all is well in the end!

Greenport, the setting for the mysteries is where I was born and I'm thrilled to be able to share my little town with you! I moved away to go to college and lived in NYC and worked in advertising and LA where I worked in TV production for people like Linda Blood-Worth Thomason (Designing Women) for awhile but am glad to be back where I belong.

Willow is definately my avatar and it's a joy to write her character. I also am in love with her hunky bf Jackson Spade! I hope you like them too!

Rosie said...

I love reading cozy mysteries.Love trying to figure out who done it!! Would love to enter this and TY!

Amanda Ray said...

I have been waiting to read this series!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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Barbara T. said...

Thanks for the introduction to a new author of cozy mysteries. Eager to read her work.

Sue Farrell said...

I have always been interested in home remedies--I like to try something healthy and natural before turning to drugs--so I think this book will strike a chord with me.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I will be adding these books to my "To Read" list. Thank you for posting today and letting me find out about these books. Winning is fun! Hopefully I'm one, but whoever it is....Congratulations!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Hi everyone - Rosie says she loves figuring out who dun it - I do too when I'm writing!

When I wrote my first mystery, Death Drops, I really didn't know who did it and slowly the murderer revealed himself.

In Scent to Kill, I wrote with the help of an outline and did know who did it. Even so, I enjoyed writing it and seeing the story unfold.

I've included aromatherapy tips at the beginning of each chapter. As I was writing it, even I was amazed at the range of aches, pains and other minor conditions they address.

The variety makes essential oils easy to use. Just try one that appeals to you and go from there! One of the simplest is to put lavender on your pillow to help you sleep. During the day you can take 8-10 deep breaths right from the bottle to dissolve stress away!

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a fun, interesting read. Would be nice to learn more about Aromatherapy and Naturopathic medicine.

Rachelle21 said...

It looks like I will need to start a new cozy series. The book sound so interesting.

Karen B said...

I think this sounds like a terrific series - even though I'm allergic to many scents!

Chrystle Fiedler said...

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and thanks to Deb Baker for hosting me! I hope you all enjoy reading Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery! Now, drumroll please...the winner of the giveaway is Karen B! Karen please send your street address to me at chrystle@chrystlefiedler.com! Blessings, Chrystle