Wednesday, September 11, 2019



Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band's manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie's shop.

Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren't in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret―something Callie desperately needs to uncover.

Book Details:

Title: A Curio Killing

Author: Mary Ellen Hughes

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: Keepsake Cove Mystery, book 3

Publisher: Midnight Ink
 (Sept. 8, 2019)

Print length: 264 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



Q: If you could live in any time period which would it be?
A: I’m happy to be in the current time period. The past is interesting, but I’d hate to give up the progress that got us to where we are now. The future might be better (or not!) and I’d hate to take a chance on it. I’ll stay where I am, thanks.

Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: Ah, now that’s a different kettle of fish. For a moment I think I’d like to drop in on Philadelphia as colonial America was becoming the U.S.A. A fascinating time when you think of all they accomplished!

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: Jane Austen would be an interesting author to meet. I’d love to hear (if she’d tell me) where her characters and stories come from, and how in the world she could write an entire novel by hand!

Q: If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
A: Oh, St. Mary Mead from any of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. The people living there are so well-mannered . . . except when they commit their murders.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: Can I have five homes, please? I’d love to spend a few weeks in a different area—mountain, seaside, New York, London, and my own home, where I’d come back to unwind.


5 things you need in order to write:
    •    quiet
    •    a comfy chair
    •    laptop
    •    water or tea
    •    ideas

5 things you love about writing: 
    •    creating characters
    •    learning new things through my research
    •    meeting with other writers
    •    the excitement of coming up with new ideas
    •    typing “The End”

5 things you love about where you live:
    •     peacefulness
    •    wildlife
    •    good neighbors
    •    change of seasons
    •    internet access

5 favorite foods:
    •    coffee
    •    chocolate
    •    pickles
    •    apples
    •    yogurt

5 things you always put in your books: 
    •    animals
    •    food
    •    laughs
    •    tension
    •    conflict


Q:  What’s your all-time favorite library?
A: The little library I walked to when I was about 7 or 8 and checked out as many books as they’d let me.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream?
A: Baskin Robbin’s Jamoca Almond Fudge.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby or past-time?
A: Doubles tennis.

Q: What’s your favorite social media site? Would you rather tweet or post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest . . .?
A: I’m an active Facebook-er.

Q: What book are you currently working on?
A: A Wicked Yarn, book one of a new craft fair/knitting series I am writing under the pen name Emmie Caldwell.


Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries (Penguin), and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries (Avalon), along with several short stories. A Curio Killing is her third book with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where’s she’s set many of her stories.

Connect with Mary Ellen:
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