One of the frustrations of being a book blogger is that there simply isn’t time to read all the wonderful books. However, that doesn’t stop me finding out about them and I’m delighted to welcome Gayle Carline to Linda’s Book Bag today to tell me about the latest book in her Peri Minneopa Mysteries.
Staying in with Gayle Carline
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Gayle. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
It’s Murder Bytes, the 5th book in my Peri Minneopa Mystery series. Peri Minneopa is a 50ish woman who left her successful housecleaning business to get her license as a private investigator. Her plan was to do surveillance, background checks, all the boring stuff. Instead, she investigates murders and gets into a little danger now and then.
I understand that Murder Bytes is out today so happy publication day Gayle. What can we expect from an evening in with Murder Bytes?
When you spend time with Peri, you’re with a sassy, stubborn woman who will do things that frighten the pants off her, just to solve a case. This case involves cyber-crime, and trying to keep her brother out of trouble. Reviewers have compared Peri to an older version of Stephanie Plum, and BookLife Reviews says “This is a satisfying mystery that will leave readers eager for Peri’s next investigation.”
I think Peri sounds my kind of woman!
What else have you brought along and why?
Peri likes 70s guitars, so she’s either got Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn pounding in her ears when she goes jogging. She also likes old movies, good wine, margaritas, and chocolate. Her assistant, Benny Needles is a Dean Martin fanatic.
Yes, I’m using the entire word here—fanatic. So naturally there’s room for Dino to croon in the mix. The gang hits quite a few local Orange County restaurants here and there, and one famous LA spot—Musso and Frank’s in Hollywood. Now I’m hungry just thinking about it!
It sounds like a musical evening ahead. Thanks for staying in with me Gayle. You turn up the volume and I’ll tell readers a little bit more about Murder Bytes.
In this fifth and final installment of the Peri Minneopa Mysteries, Peri has had enough. She’s closing her business, marrying her detective boyfriend, and settling down to a life of ease–until her brother shows up, accused of a murder he swears he didn’t commit.
Now she’s back in the thick of things, investigating the death of an engineer who may have been stealing techno-secrets from other companies. Her relationship with her brother is an icy one, at best, and she struggles with her ambivalence, as well as her desire to leave investigative work behind.
Digging around in people’s lives is reasonably easy, but when the bullets start flying, will Peri be able to keep her promise?
About Gayle Carline
Gayle Carline is a typical Californian, meaning that she was born somewhere else. She moved to Orange County from Illinois in 1978 and landed in Placentia a few years later. Carline began writing journalistic pieces for California Riding Magazine, then quickly added the title “humor columnist” to her resume with a weekly column in her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. What she really wanted to do was write mysteries, however, so in 2009 she crossed that off her list with the first of her Peri Minneopa mysteries. In her spare time, Carline likes to sit down with friends and laugh over a glass of wine. And maybe plan a little murder and mayhem for the next novel.