Sunday, January 14, 2018



Wedding coordinator Sydney Riley never thought she’d get caught up in a murder investigation, but she became an amateur sleuth when her boss was killed during Bear Week. Now she’s back, this time as the Race Point Inn hosts Provincetown’s venerable transgender event, Fantasia Fair… and murder is once again an uninvited guest!

It’s all hands on deck at the inn as visitors arrive for the week-long event and Sydney helps coordinator Rachel Parsons organize the occasion. Guest Elizabeth Gonzalez is attending with her spouse, Bob, who–as Angela–is taking a bold first step into a whole new existence. Angela, Elizabeth, and Sydney learn the ropes and politics from other guests, some of whom have attended annually for more than forty years.

But the next day, Sydney’s detective friend summons her to one of the town beaches where Angela’s body has been found–with a knife in her back, a knife stolen from Adrienne, the Race Point Inn’s diva chef.

Fair organizers and attendees try and carry on as Provincetown is overrun with police, press, and rampant speculation. Sydney, her boyfriend Ali, her friend Mirela, her boss Glenn, and a host of Fantasia Fair participants scramble to find out who killed Angela–and why–before the killer strikes again.

Book Details

Title: Murder at Fantasia Fair: A Provincetown Mystery

Author: Jeannette de Beauvoir

Genre: Cozy Mystery, 2nd in series

Publisher: HomePort Press (September 28, 2017)

Paperback: 282 pages

Touring with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Things you need in order to write: Silence. My MacBook. Um, did I mention silence?
Things that hamper your writing: Music. Others love to write to music; I find it completely distracting!

Hardest thing about being a writer: Keeping the seat of your pants in the seat of the chair.

Easiest thing about being a writer: When your characters are talking to you and telling you the story.

Things you love about where you live: I live in a cottage by the sea and get to start every day with a walk on the beach. How lucky am I?
Things that make you want to move: Tourists in the summertime, the inconvenience of isolation in the winter.

Favorite foods: Wine, bread, cheese, coffee, chocolate, shellfish.
Things that make you want to throw up: Hot dogs, tripe, yuck!

Favorite beverage: Red Bordeaux wine.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Gatorade.

Something you’re really good at: Driving—my mother taught me performance driving when I was young, and it’s served me well ever since.

Something you’re really bad at: Math. I count on my fingers. It’s really pathetic.

Things you always put in your books: Places. Real places. I think the location is as important as the characters.
Things you never put in your books: You know, I can’t think of anything! I try to stay open to whatever is going to make the story work.

Things to say to an author: I couldn’t put the book down, I was up until 4:00 reading it!
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I don’t like to read.

Favorite places you’ve been: MontrĂ©al, my hometown of Angers (France), some fictional places (Ledwardine in Phil Rickman’s books, for example!).
Places you never want to go to again: Dentist’s office, middle school.

Favorite genre: Mysteries! Anything by Phil Rickman or Tana French. I especially like British authors; they tend to be smart and articulate.
Books you would ban: Bodice-ripper romances—they diminish women.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: The cast of Hamilton.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Anyone in the current US administration.

Things that make you happy: My cat, early summer mornings, a great book and glass of wine in a warm place during a snowstorm.
Things that drive you crazy: People who travel poorly: act as though they own the places they visit.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Bringing joy to people.
Biggest mistake: Taking myself too seriously.


Jeannette de Beauvoir grew up in Angers, France, but has lived in the United States since her twenties. (No, she’s not going to say how long ago that was!) She spends most of her time inside her own head, which is great for writing, though possibly not so much for her social life. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or traveling . . . to inspire her writing. The author of a number of mystery and historical novels, de Beauvoir’s work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. Midwest Review called her Martine LeDuc MontrĂ©al series “riveting (…) demonstrating her total mastery of the mystery/suspense genre.” She coaches and edits individual writers, teaches writing online and on Cape Cod, and is currently writing a Provincetown Theme Week cozy mystery series featuring female sleuth Sydney Riley.

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