Friday, March 15, 2013

Boomer Lit Friday: Meet Cece, the Murderer

Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues. Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog will list a selection of short, relevant excerpts for readers to enjoy.


The following excerpt is from my crime novella The Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild:

Sometimes things happen in a person's life that make it downright impossible to sit back and do nothing. I'm well-over sixty now and have been retired from teaching biology at Pitts Crossing High School for a few years. I am unmarried, which has always been just fine with me, and am an accomplished needleworker. I own a lovely seventeenth-century house which I am proud of, have many friends, am an excellent cook, and consider myself an asset to my community. I think most people would agree with that. I'm a proud and happy member of Miss Serena Pitts' Monday Night Needlework and Murder Guild. I am also a murderer.
Truthfully, I thought being a murderer would be somewhat more thrilling than it has proven to be. Planning and executing the event was interesting enough but, once everything was tidied up, it was just a matter of sitting around and waiting to see what happened next. Nothing much has. Of course, there is a part of me that longs to say, “You know Larry Anderson didn't really move to California to write screenplays for television. He's buried under my cellar floor.” But that really wouldn't be prudent, would it?
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19 comments:

  1. Intriguing, good start, amusing premise, makes one want to know what happens next!

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  2. Interesting premise! Want to learn more. Great web site, too.

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  3. Great start. You had me at "...I thought being a murderer would be somewhat more thrilling that it has proven to be."

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  4. I love the way she calmly lists murderer along with her needlework skills.

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  5. Oh, now I want to know what happens!

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  6. Wow, Kathleen. This is great. What a hook this is! Just great, looking forward to a lot more!

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  7. Great introduction to this interesting (and unique) character. I love her voice, and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better.

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  8. Great introduction to your novel. Well done!
    j.

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  9. Very clever, very entertaining. Great excerpt!

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  10. She sounds like Miss Marple's alter ego! I love how she's so casual about knitting together a nice little murder.

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  11. I love her casual way of knitting together a nice little murder! Great! I smell a series on public TV.

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  12. I’m taking part in Boomer Lit Friday. This looks like a fun book. It has echoes of one of my favourite of all time films: Arsenic and Old Lace. I will definitely be buying it.

    Sandra Peddle

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  13. Just loved you up on amazon. I was fascinated to tind that you write books set on Beacon Hill. Years ago I spent a couple of holidays staying with a friend in the Cabot House. The interesting link is that I now live on the very small island of Jersey, which is not only the origin to New Jersey but also where the Cabots came from. They made their money ship-building in Gorey, Jersey.
    Yours Sandra Peddle (The Crone Club)

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  14. Thanks to all for the kind comments. Yes, my Cece is, as we say in New England, a "wicked pissah."

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  15. How many ladies are there is this Murder Guild. Very intriguing.

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  16. Well, that's deliciously wicked!

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  17. HA! I just read your excerpt out loud to my husband, since he is an avid mystery fan. Love your writer's voice and casual reference to being a murderer. Terrific excerpt & look forward to more!

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