Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Showcase: Killer Getaway (A Killer WASPs Mystery) by Amy Korman

Spunky crime-lite and the glitterati detail of a society column combine to shake up Florida in KILLER GETAWAY (Witness Impulse e-book, on sale 3/10/2015, $1.99), from former Philadelphia Magazine senior editor Amy Korman.
With a storm brewing in Bryn Mawr, PA, the Killer WASPs head south to Palm Beach, FL. And what could be better than fabulous friends, Lilly Pulitzer beachwear, frozen cocktails, and high society drama?Kristin Clark and her basset hound, Waffles, are ready to escape the doldrums of winter to bask in the warm Florida sun and dine at her friends' new restaurant, Vicino. But when a rival restaurant undergoes an HGTV makeover and attempts to steal Vicino's spotlight and its patrons, the town is abuzz with gossip, and Kristin and her friends—Bootsie, a nosy reporter; Holly, a chicken nugget heiress; and Sophie, the soon-to-be ex-wife of a mobster—have parties to attend.
Everything is going swimmingly in the glitz and glamour of Palm Beach until a bad batch of clams threatens to shut down Vicino and their vacation for good. When it becomes clear that the clams may be more than an innocent mishap, the ladies must unravel the mystery before there are deadly consequences.
Author Info:
Amy Korman is a former senior editor and staff writer for Philadelphia Magazine, and author of Frommer’s Guide to Philadelphia. She has written for Town & Country, House Beautiful, Men’s Health, and Cosmopolitan. She is the author of KILLER WASPS and KILLER GETAWAY.

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A. I love classic country-house mysteries in the Poirot-Miss Marple genre, as well as fun, light reads such as the Shopaholic series and the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross. In Killer Getaway (and in the first book in the series, Killer WASPs), I was inspired to create an Agatha Christie-style fictional “village” where all the characters have secrets and hidden agendas. But in Killer Getaway, the village happens to have palm trees and fabulous restaurants!
Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. I loved creating the characters of Kristin and her friends, who separately could never solve a crime—but together, they add up to one decent detective. Bootsie dresses up as a hotel housekeeper and bribes pizza delivery guys. Joe overhears gossip from his decorating clients. And in Killer Getaway, the group makes a new friend—a 70something heiress who drinks a lot of margaritas, but knows everyone in the town of Magnolia Beach, and tells all.
Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. I can’t think of a downside, other than really hoping readers will enjoy the books!
Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I’d love to have an antiques shop, like the Killer Getaway character Kristin. I’d bring our dog Murphy to work every day and he could schmooze with the customers!
Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. “Basset Hounds are Awesome!” comes to mind. I feel really lucky since I have a great husband, family and friends, but on a day-to-day basis, I spend most of the day with Murphy the Basset. He loves to ride around in the car, watches chick flicks with me on weekends, and “helps” me write!
Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A. The Mystery of the Blue Train. It’s a classic Agatha Christie from the late 1920s set in the South of France.
Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I wish I had the wisdom of Miss Marple, the humorous, never-say-die quality of Miss Julia in the Ann B. Ross series, and the fearlessness of Kinsey Millhone in the Sue Grafton series. I’d say I’m more like Captain Hastings, Poirot’s sidekick, who’s always last to solve the mystery while Poirot is ten steps ahead!
Q.  What character from all of your books are you most like?
A. Kristin, who loves basset hounds and antiques, can’t cook, loves to shop at Target and the Gap Outlet, is somewhat of a klutz, and is devoted to her friends—all things I can relate to. Sophie has an optimism that I love, she never quits! Bootsie is the snoop we all don’t want to be! But Bootsie advances solving the mysteries and keeps the story moving, because her nosiness gets results.
Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. Great question! I’d love to visit a British country weekend with Jeeves and Wooster from the PG Wodehouse series.

Q.  What do you want to be remembered for 100 years from now?
A. Hopefully as a person who truly loved her family and friends!
 Q.  What is your favorite season?
A. Summer! I can’t wait to get outside, and watch our basset hound Murphy sunbathe. He’s the George Hamilton of bassets!

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. The incredible art department at Witness Impulse/HarperCollins created the cover for Killer Getaway. The story moves along at a quick pace, but there are a few moments in the story when the main character, Kristin, gets a few minutes to enjoy a cocktail in the balmy Florida breeze. The cover captures that blissful vacation feeling!
 Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. One Killer WASPs signing was at a very preppy country club. The WASPy members loved the title of the book!
 Q.  Are you working on something new?

 A. Yes, the Killer Getaway characters will be back in another book next winter, and are faced with the return of Chef Gianni, some Mafia hijinks, and bitter competition at the annual Rose and Hound Show.
 Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy Killer Getaway!

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