Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mystery Mash-up

Congratulations to "Brooke B.", the winner in Cathy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Is it possible to use the words “light” and “mystery” in the same sentence? Or are “romance” and “mystery” polar opposites?

Several of my author friends have teased me for calling So About the Money a light romantic mystery, pointing out that Holly finds a rather gruesome body in Chapter One. 

Yeah, maybe that bit isn't so light. 

Or romantic. 

Subsequent events—all told from Holly's point of view—definitely meet the definition of a light, amateur sleuth mystery. Instead of a taunt police procedural, where the focus is on a law enforcement officer's race to save the hero/heroine, the world—or both—lighter mysteries can also focus on the characters and their relationships (the, ahem, romance portion!). So while Holly actively asks questions about the victim and explores whatever her not-so-up-front clients are doing, she figures JC, her ex-fiance and the lead detective, is over there doing whatever it is cops do. 

But he does look fine doing what he does. I believe her first thought was, “Even tired and grim-faced, he still looked better than sex on a stick.” Of course, she immediately tells her hormones to go take a cold shower, because she's been down that path once with JC and she knows where it ends.

I love books that feature an intelligent heroine tossed out of her comfort zone, trying to solve things while facing her demons and learning more about herself in the process. A mystery, a murder, a pushy ex wanting to know what she did to upset the equilibrium—it all adds to the story for me. 

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Barbara Parker, Edna Buchanan, Toni McGee Causey—I gobbled their stories about strong women working through the twists and turns of a mystery and juggling a less than perfect relationship. It feels very strange to mention my book in the same paragraph as some of my personal heroines, but readers tells me they love that my books balance the mystery and the romance. 

For me, having both is the best part.

What about you? What’s the best part? The mystery/suspense, the romance, or both?

Comment to enter the giveaway – any book in my backlist, reader’s choice!

So About the Money

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, it doesn't help matters that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, her jilted ex-fiancĂ©.

To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancĂ©. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.


Cathy Perkins is one of those authors whose talent you spot immediately and latch onto as she becomes one of your must-reads. Her Holly and JC are fun (and hot) in So About the Money and you'll not only laugh and enjoy the ride, you'll be looking Perkins up to see what else she has out right now.
~ Toni McGee Causey, bestselling author of the Bobbie Faye series

  " entertaining read, filled with funny snappy dialogue." ~ RT Review

CPA Holly Price juggles dodgy clients, flakey parent, ex-lovers and a murdered friend before she gets to the bottom line in this fast and fun read. 
~ Patricia Smiley, bestselling author of Cool Cache

An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, and handles the blog and social media for the ITW Debut Authors.

When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for CYPHER, HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd. 

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  1. I want it all - mystery/suspense and romance. Those are my favorite type of books to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Sounds like a good book. I love the romance the best. I also like the suspense part of it too. Thanks for the chance

  3. I love romance... add in a touch of intrigue/ mystery and that is a bonus! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love them both. I would say mystery/suspense but I always want a touch of romance in my stories.

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  5. both
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  6. I love both in varying mystery/romance combos: 50/50, 40/60, 60/40. When the author finds the right combo for a particular story, it's awesome. It sounds like Perkins found the perfect mix!

  7. I like it all in pretty even parts. So much fun to read.


  8. Romantic suspense is my favourite genre. I like the detective solving the crime while falling in love with the heroine.



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