Saturday, February 13, 2016



Buckle up for hours of laughter, romance, and excitement with this Jersey Shore Mystery. When handsome detective, Bryce Kelly, is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself on the run and in hiding. Can amateur sleuth, Chelsey Alton, and a few quirky friends help him find the real killer and prove his innocence before it’s too late? If you love mysteries, don’t miss this humorous whodunit!

"Major Crimes is a revealing, compelling mystery story that's hard to put down." ~D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review 

"If you are looking for a good mystery with a touch of humor, romance, detective work and more, then Major Crimes is a surefire winner." ~Trudi LoPresto, Readers' Favorite


What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a pizza place for two days when I was a teenager. Italians screaming at me all day (which I should have been accustomed to from my big, crazy, Italian family), customers stiffing me for tips, dishwashing duty. Ugh. 30 years later and I still cringe. I’ve had a deep respect for wait staff everywhere since.

What’s in your refrigerator right now? 
My fridge was the inspiration for the main character’s fridge in Major Crimes! Like Chelsey, there is mainly food fit for a toddler and a few frozen things: Chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, eggs, milk, cheese, and frozen burgers. What can I say? I’m not much of a cook!

What’s your favorite thing to do on date night? 
I’m a bit of a foodie, so I love to explore new places to eat and drink. I love local wineries, food truck events, or food/dessert tastings! Ironic, considering I don’t have much food in the fridge. Lol. Or maybe not so ironic . . . I guess I’m a going-out-to-eat-kind of a gal instead of a making-food-at-home one.

What do you love about where you live? 
My house makes me feel like Cinderella. I live against the woods that lead to a creek, so there are so many animals in my yard: raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, muskrats, eagles, Great Blue heron, egrets, goldfinch, cardinals, and more! What I don’t like so much . . . deer ticks. My husband and my dog have had Lyme disease. Not fun. I also love that I live within an hour of just about everything you can think of to do! The mountains, skiing/snowboarding, the beach, two major cities:  Philly and New York, casinos, shopping, boating, fine dining, etc., etc.

What five things would you never want to live without?
Lactaid pills, lol. What is life without ice cream?
Facebook. How would I ever keep up with everyone?
GPS. Gone are the days of my getting lost on a traffic circle.
The Internet. Much better than the encyclopedias of my day!
Electricity. After Hurricane Sandy, and being without it for a couple of weeks . . . you really learn how to appreciate the simple things.

Is writing your dream job?
Absolutely!  It still is only a dream for me, because right now, I have a full-time job in government that pays the bills!! While I love writing, it is only a part-time job for me until I retire.

What do you wish you could do?
Travel more. I got bit by the travel bug years ago. If money and days off from work were no objects, then I’d love to see more of the world. I’m hoping Hawaii is in the cards later this year! I’m hoping to see Europe and Australia some day!

Where is your favorite place to visit?
For a day trip, I’ve always loved the Jersey Shore. (I guess that’s why I write about it so much!) It’s only an hours’ drive to any one of the beautiful beaches. Now that I have a toddler, we enjoy the boardwalk games and rides with her and making fun memories there.  For a longer vacation, I love cruising to the Caribbean. Any island will do for me! Flip flops, sand, sun, salt air, swimming. A few of my favorite things.

What books do you currently have published? 
I have the first four books in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series: Red Tape, Tax Cut, Community Affairs, and Major Crimes, and I have six children’s pictures books: B is for Beach, S is for Shore, Nobody Bullies Bub, That Witch Ripped Up My Flowers, Oh No! Snow!, and Bub and Guy Wish Upon a Star.

What are you working on now? 
I’m working on my next children’s picture book, There’s a Monster in My Mouth. I wrote it a while ago, but never got around to illustrating it. I’m also in the midst of brainstorming for a Book #5 in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series. At minimum, Chelsey needs to figure out her love life!


Michele Lynn Seigfried is the author of humorous & award-winning cozy mystery novels and a children's picture book author/illustrator.

She lives in New Jersey with a husband who makes the house shake every time he burps, a three-year-old fashionista, and a field dog who's allergic to the field.

She has a BA in Communication with a minor in Art and works full time as a Municipal Clerk. She is a member of SCBWI, Sisters in Crime, and the New Jersey Author's Network.

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