I'm super excited to announce a new release by Vera Day. When Did We Lose Sylvia? is the first cozy mystery of the Tulip, Texas, cozy mystery trilogy. The tiny town of Tulip is based on Vera's real-life town, which she playfully says is more like a stop sign at an intersection.
In her own words, Vera explains:
I live in the most darling area south of Eastland, Texas. The craftsman-style houses, the wildflowers, the chickens and cows, plus friendly neighbors (and one HUGE red bull) give a sense of being grounded. There are literary-poetic folks here, humorous folks, too, and a feed-n-seed that acts as a community watering hole. My favorite house is a pink house off Main Street, and you bet it makes an appearance in When Did We Lose Sylvia?
I wrote horror under the name Priscilla Bettis for several years but felt a Divine nudge to transition to Christian fiction. So, can a former horror author make the transition to cozy mysteries? I hope readers give my new book a chance and see.
I've just begun reading When Did We Lose Sylvia, and I'm mesmerized by Vera's writing. Bravo, Vera!
Betty Bell is a famous poet, or at least a local celebrity, in the tiny town of Tulip, Texas. Gossip runs amok when a Goth teenager, Sylvia Smith, and her elderly grandfather arrive. Even worse, they’ve moved into the creepy, old Sanchez place on the outskirts of town.
Betty volunteers to teach a summer poetry class to restless Tulip teens. Soon, the kids are expressing themselves in stellar stanzas and heart-rending rhymes. But what was supposed to be a summer of ministering to the teens becomes a season of sleuthing when one of Betty’s students, the spooky Sylvia, goes missing.
When Sylvia turns up dead, suspicions point to Sylvia’s reclusive grandfather. Deputy Miller is a good man and excellent investigator, but after a second death shakes the small town, Betty is convinced the deputy is after the wrong suspect. Betty, her left-brained husband Larry, and her quirky friend Flora must use haunting haikus, couplet clues, and lots of prayer to track down the real killer.
Vera Day is an avid reader and a joyful writer. After decades coasting along as a lukewarm
Christian, and after a few more years of writing in a secular genre under a different pen name, she experienced a series of events that can only be described as epiphanic… in the God sense, not the light bulb sense, though that also applies.
Now Vera Day writes in a new genre, the faith-inspired cozy mystery.
Vera lives in small-town Texas with her two-legged and four-legged family members. Her
neighbor is a cow, but as far as neighbors go, Daisy is a good ’un!
When Did We Lose Sylvia? is Vera’s first cozy mystery novel.
Vera is a member of the The Well Read Fish Christian fiction book review team.
Connect with Vera: https://twitter.com/VeraDayAuthor