Linda Pirtle: Meet the Author Podcast at Indie Book Source
February 1, 2023
Caleb Pirtle III
Join cozy mystery writers Linda Pirtle and Cindy Davis as they talk about their new books in the Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles in an archived edition of the Meet the Authors Podcast at Indie Book Source, hosted by Rob and Joan Carter.
It is only natural that I would one day wind up in the literary field. I taught the art of writing and understanding literature for years as an English teacher at St. John High School, Lancaster High School, and Ennis High School as well as Business Communications at Navarro College.
When I retired, I turned my attention to working with my husband to create and build Venture Galleries, a book publishing company. Our website, CalebandLindaPirtle.com is a literary Website devoted to connecting readers with today’s growing population of authors throughout the world. I have served as editor for some great books presently in the marketplace, and a year ago I entered the field as an author myself.
It was a perfect transition. I have long read and reviewed mysteries, and I found myself infatuated with the kinds of cozy hometown mysteries produced by Agatha Christie and Diane Mott Davidson. I am fascinated with dastardly murder mysteries solved by the lady next door who relies on intuition, instinct, and deductive reasoning.
So it’s only natural that I write cozy mysteries, including four novels in the Games We Play series: The Mah Jongg Murder, Deadly Dominoes, Tarot Terrors, and Scrabbled Secrets.
Last year, I joined nine other authors to produce a book for the Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles, Dewey Decimal Dilemma. The series has been such a great success that I am releasing my book 2 in February. It’s called The Dog Gone Diamond Dilemma.
I have been blessed with the following recognitions: Nominated as Top Female Author 2017; Author of the Month, KC Books and Music; and selected as a Readers Favorite for Deadly Dominoes.
The Dog Gone Diamond Dilemma
Lately, Magnolia Bluff, a quiet little community in the Texas Hill Country near the Burnet Reservoir, has seen too many gruesome murders.
Esther Williams goes missing when she visits the Magnolia Bluff Public Library.
Left behind were her crimson hat and her Standard Poodle, Adam.
Caroline McCluskey, the librarian, rescues the dog, but when he, too, disappears, she creates a women’s mystery club called The Round Table.
Its sole purpose is to surreptitiously locate Esther and bring her and Adam safely home.
Will Caroline and the members of The Round Table be able to snag Esther from her captors before it’s too late?
Or will they, too, become the next victims?
Dewey Decimal Dilemma
Magnolia Bluff, Texas, is a typical small town in the heart of the Hill Country.
Just because it is small and everybody knows everyone’s business, the town isn’t insulated from murder and mayhem. Which begs the questions: Who’s responsible for breaking into houses? How are poodles, ghosts, drug cartels, and Ponzi schemes connected with a serial killer?
Caroline McCluskey, the town’s librarian, routinely catalogues books using the Dewey Decimal system. When a black and white poodle puppy arrives unannounced, she calls him Dewey. His arrival creates a challenge for Caroline. Now, she must catalogue events to identify a serial killer in her town.
No matter how many murders occur, no matter what kinds of mischief the town experiences, some traditions never vary. Come Monday morning, the early-morning group sits at the coffee shop’s round table to solve the world’s problems.
Come Thursday, ladies sit in dim lights with their husbands and/or escorts in LouEllen’s Lounge and listen to romantic melodies.
Come Sunday, all good Christians sit in their pews at either the Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, or Catholic sanctuaries to hear the Gospels.
The killer may be among them, singing the loudest. Praying the hardest.
In Magnolia Bluff, you never can tell.
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