What a joy it is to welcome the fabulous author Linda Weaver Clarke to 'Gina's World of Good' this week! Linda joins us this week to talk about her newest book, The Mysterious Doll: Amelia Moore Detective Series.
Author Linda Weaver Clarke grew up in southern Idaho in the lush green countryside of Whitney and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She has six daughters, several grandchildren, fourteen novels and a children’s book. Plus a loving husband of 40 some odd years.
Welcome to my blog, Linda. What is your newest book about?
In The Mysterious Doll: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Amelia Moore is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency and specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.
Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?
I’m not really sure. I usually ask for ideas from my daughters and husband and then I go from there, creating something that sounds fun. A stolen object, a missing boy friend, and why is the object so valuable… all of this seemed like a fun subject to develop.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to research the Stanley Hotel at Estes Park and all the reports of it being haunted. That was fun. I learned quite a bit to add to my story.
Did you put real experiences from your research in this story?
Yes. I told about the hauntings of the Stanley Hotel and all the things that were reported. When Rick tells Amelia about it, she doesn’t believe it and scoffs at the idea. What fun!
What intrigues you most about writing these stories?
What intrigues me most is the idea of creating a mystery where no one is supposed to know the ending. It makes you think. It makes me think, too.
Here's the press release for The Mysterious Doll:
The Theft of an Antique Doll is Theme for New Cozy Mystery
It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. “I love the sparks of romance -- they spice things up and add much interest to the story.” – Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook
Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series, Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.
“This was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I think you will enjoy the other books in this cozy mystery series, as well. Amelia and Rick seem to be getting closer as the series continue and some romance is definitely in the air.” – Sonja Nishimoto, Sunnie Reviews
In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
“I am LOVING the Amelia Moore Detective Series!” wrote Shauna Wheelwright on her book review blog. “FUN! CLEAN! FUN! AMAZING! DID I MENTION FUN?! I recently reviewed The Bali Mystery and loved it so much that I quickly dove into this sequel.”
To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mysteriousdoll.html
About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.
The Mysterious Doll (ISBN-13: 978-1502929143, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
To learn more about this author, visit her website at www.lindaweaverclarke.com. You’ll find all her books at this site.
Linda, thank you so much for visiting this week! Best of luck with your new book!