Saturday, September 2, 2017



Trading the urban pace of Edinburgh for a tiny village overlooking a breathtaking blue loch was a great move for budding photographer Sylvie Carmichael and her artist husband, Seamus—until a dangerous crime obscures the view . . . 

Sylvie’s bucolic life along the heather-covered moors of the Highlands is a world away from the hectic energy of the city. But then a London buyer is killed after purchasing a long-lost Scottish masterpiece from Seamus’s gallery—and the painting vanishes. As suspicion clouds their new life, and their relationship, Sylvie’s search for answers plunges her into an unsolved mystery dating back to Cromwellian Scotland through World War I and beyond. And as she moves closer to the truth, Sylvie is targeted by a murderer who’s after a treasure within a treasure that could rewrite history . . . and her own future.


A few of your favorite things: 

Peonies, fireworks, windchimes, cool weather, low humidity, chocolate, cheese, and whole milk yogurt.
Things you need to throw out: 

Headphones that don’t work, a jar of lemon curd that is no longer yellow, and expired salad dressings.

Things you need in order to write:
Working headphones in case there’s annoying background noise, a glass of water, and my dog nearby.
Things that hamper your writing: 

Telephone interruptions, face-to-face interruptions, and electronic interruptions. 

Things you love about where you live: 

October and blueberries.
Things that make you want to move: 

Humidity and summer traffic.

Things you never want to run out of:
Clean socks, chocolate, and cheese.
Things you wish you’d never bought: 

An ill-advised pair of designer high heels.

Favorite music: 

Spa music and instrumental Hawaiian music.
Music that make your ears bleed: 

Rap and hip-hop.

Favorite smell: 

Avon overnight face cream (reminds me of my grandmother).
Something that makes you hold your nose:

Corned beef as it’s cooking.

Last best thing you ate:
Lobster risotto.

Last thing you regret eating: 


Things you’d walk a mile for: 

My family, my dog, a library.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: 

Wooden spoons, vomit, and flies.

Things you always put in your books: 


Things you never put in your books:

Explicit sex.

Things to say to an author:

“I left a five-star review of your book!”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: 

“I can’t believe you didn’t call the rental agency before trying to fix that tire yourself” followed by a string of insults, noises suggesting incredulity, and a demand that I read through the rental contract, which made no mention of calling the agency before getting the tire fixed. I mean, theoretically.  ツ

Favorite places you’ve been:

Scotland, Hawaii.

Places you never want to go to again:

I can’t think of any!

Favorite genre: 


Books you would ban:

I might ban science fiction from my personal library.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: 

Marion Chesney (aka M.C. Beaton) and all my readers.

People you’d cancel dinner on: 

Most politicians.

Favorite things to do:

Sit out on the patio with a glass of wine, pet my dog, and cook.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:

I think I would walk quickly through a fire wearing gasoline pants to avoid running anywhere.

Things that make you happy:
My family, my dog, rainy days, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean.

Things that drive you crazy: 

People who pass you on the highway only to slow down, bad online behavior, and my Kindle running out of battery too soon.



Amy M. Reade is a cook, chauffeur, household CEO, doctor, laundress, maid, psychiatrist, warden, seer, teacher, and pet whisperer. In other words, a wife, mother, and recovering attorney. But she also writes (how could she not write with that last name?) and is the author of The Malice Series (The House on Candlewick Lane, Highland Peril, and Murder in Thistlecross) and three standalone books, Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of the Hanging Jade. She lives in southern New Jersey but loves to travel. Her favorite places to visit are Scotland and Hawaii, and when she can’t travel she loves to read books set in far-flung locations.

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