A Peek at Hidden Springs Mystery 2

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 12 Comments

Murder Comes by MailHidden Springs mystery 2 isn’t ready for readers yet. It’s still going through edits and won’t be released until July 2016. That sounds like a while yet, doesn’t it? We still have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and plenty of other days to fill the time before you’ll have a chance to read my new mystery.

But the cover for Murder Comes by Mail is here, designed and ready. My publishers sent it out to me and want to hear what you think. I like the cat. That’s Grimalkin, Aunt Lindy’s cat. You met her in Murder at the Courthouse, and she makes another appearance in Murder Comes by Mail. As you can tell, Grimalkin has her own personality, but that’s what you would expect from Aunt Lindy’s cat. Sweet and cuddly just wouldn’t do.

Do you think pets take on the personality of their owners? If that’s true, I must be pretty laid back because that’s how Oscar is. Except when he sees a cat. He doesn’t pay much attention to rabbits or chipmunks. He might give a bit of attention to a squirrel if it crosses his path or runs through the trees over his head. He will chase off a deer if it’s in the yard, but other than that, it’s live and let live. But let a cat come into view and he remembers that cats and dogs are not friends. Off he goes after the cat. Said cats don’t wait around. They take off and find the first tree available. I’m not sure what would happen if the cat decided to face off against Oscar, but if he meets one like Grimalkin, he might end up with a scratched nose.

So what do you think? Does it make the story look inviting? Do you like Grimalkin?

I’m sending out the books to the winners of my mystery photo game tomorrow. Amy Bi and Barbara L chose Murder at the Courthouse and Janet chose Christmas at Harmony Hill. She said she was getting into the Christmas spirit. Thanks to all of you who dropped by to play. Next giveaway will be for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I got the neat prizes today. I’ll be sending out a newsletter soon with details. It’s easy to sign up for my occasional newsletter and then you can be among the first to get the news about giveaways. Of course, I will be letting you in on it here too after the newsletter goes out.

Thanks for reading. And I’d love to hear what you think about the new cover of Murder Comes by Mail.

 

 

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  1. Connie Lee

    I like the cover of Murder Comes By Mail. Grimalkin looks like she knows something everyone else don’t, lol! I enjoy animals being included in the story.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      That Grimalkin is one independent cat. You may be right, Connie. She may know something. πŸ™‚ I like pets in stories too.

  2. Emily Shanahan

    Ann, this cover art looks amazing! πŸ™‚ It’s so cool to be able to see what Grimalkin and Aunt Lindy’s house looks like! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the new cover with your readers. When will “Murder Comes by Mail” be available for preorder, please?

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      Ann H Gabhart

      I’m not sure yet, Emily. But I’ll try to let people know when it happens. Actually this isn’t Aunt Lindy’s house, but simply one the publishers thought represented Hidden Springs well. It is definitely Grimalkin. πŸ™‚

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  3. Phyllis Miller

    I really like the new cover for your new book coming out next summer, 2016..can’t wait to read it, I love the cat on the mailbox, I am a cat person myself, I have found you don’t own a cat, they own you…they are so determined and bossy! And…I wish people sent letters out more like in the old days, snail mail…I guess it is called these days, still I like the mailbox on the cover. My husband just ask me today what color I wanted him to paint our mail box, we are moving soon…I said white, then if I want to paint some ivy or leaves or flowers on it I can. Great art work on the cover of your new book Ann .

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Thanks, Phyllis. The publishers will be glad to hear that. I do think Grimalkin is the star of the cover. I don’t have any cats right now. Oscar probably wouldn’t like it if I did. LOL. But my sisters both have cats and my daughter has a sweet cat. The sisters’ cats aren’t as friendly and one of them is sometimes not nice! I like snail mail too. A card in the mail with a note written on it has a way of lifting a person’s spirits. I still send out a few. I’m sure your mailbox will look very inviting once you get it decorated.

  4. Marji Entler

    I really like the cover…..especially Grimalkin waiting on the mailbox.
    I’m looking forward to reading MURDER COMES by MAIL!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      It’ll be a while. Still some polished to do on it before it heads to the printer, Marji, but I do hope readers will like it when it is ready. Lot of suspense in this one.

  5. Britney Adams

    Another great cover, Ann! I love seeing Grimalkin perched on the mailbox and eagerly await the release of Murder Comes by Mail!

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