Tuesday, August 21, 2018



After a rough semester, Professor Lyssa Pennington just wants to post her grades and join her husband, Kyle, in Cornwall for Christmas. First, though, she’s expected to host an elegant dinner for Emile Duval, the soon-to-be Chair of Languages at Tompkins College.

Too bad no one told Lyssa murder is on the menu. And, by the way, Emile Duval is an imposter.

Who is he really? And who wanted him dead? Without those answers, the Penningtons can kiss Christmas in Cornwall goodbye.


Title:  Sipped

Author: C. T. Collier

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: The Pennington’s Investigate, book 3

Publisher: Asdee Press (June 11, 2018)

Print length: 312 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Q: Kyle, how did you meet your author, C. T. Collier?
This is going way back to when Collier wrote a few romance books before the Penningtons Investigate series. She was looking for a leading man for Lyssa, and she found me through my good friend Justin Cushman, whom you probably know as the current president of Tompkins College. Long story short, Lyssa and I both had bit parts in those early romances, and we hit it off so well we got a romance of our own. We did such a smashing job in our book, investigating a drug ring at the college, that we got our own series as co-sleuths.

Q: Why do you think your life ended up in a book?
No question, it’s all due to my beautiful wife, Lyssa, and I couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out. The chance to spend our lives together and raise a family is something very special. Without Lyssa in my life, I’d be a lost soul and no one would be writing books about me.

Q: What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life?
I confess, there was a terrible incident when I was a lad in school at Mullet Academy. One of the new boys was badly injured and, at the time, all but two of us ran off. One went for help, and I stayed with the injured lad until help arrived. It was a shocking lesson about the differences in each individual’s moral compass, and it has made me rigorously ethical in my business practices and cautious about the people I hire and those I take on as clients. Sorry that’s so heavy, but you did ask.

Q: Not a problem at all. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
Most people see me as a charming well-heeled Brit. Very quickly they discover I’m a nerd. If I’m lucky they realize I have a sense of humor just waiting to be tapped.

Q: If you could rewrite anything in Sipped, what would it be?
No question, I would deck William Warren every time he opened his mouth.

Q: Tell us the truth. What do you think of the characters in Sipped?
Obviously, I think Warren is a bully and the antithesis of an ethical businessman. That aside, Lyssa’s friend Natalie Horowitz is a breath of fresh air for us and, personally, I think her plus size simply adds to her appeal; I should probably tell her that, but I don’t suppose it’s politically correct. Finally, I have to say I’m concerned about our friend State Trooper Hank Moran; something’s not right with him these days, and Lyssa and I value his work with us on our cases. I hope Collier’s planning to set him upright before long.

Q: Will you encourage the author to write a sequel?
Absolutely. I can see Lyssa and me chasing down criminals well into our golden years, whether here in Tompkins Falls or in my native Cornwall.

Q: If Sipped were a movie, who would play you?
Dear Lord, if we could only turn back time. I suppose you don’t remember Roger Moore in the British TV show The Saint, but undoubtedly you knew him as the longest running James Bond. To my thinking, Roger Moore was spot-on as 007, and he’d be the perfect choice to play Kyle Pennington.

Q: Do you have any secret aspirations C. T. Collier doesn’t know about?
So glad you asked. I want to turn my estate in Cornwall into a learning center for coastal ecology. I can’t think of a better legacy to leave our children, Lyssa’s and mine. But hold on, I’m depending on you not to publish that until Lyssa and I talk it over. She doesn’t know anything about it.


C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries (The Penningtons Investigate) that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits.

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