Guest Chick: Harper Kincaid

Hi all, Ellen here. I’m happy to host fellow Crooked Lane Harper Kincaid, author of  the terrific new mystery, To Kill a Mocking Girl, for her debut with us today. And she’s sharing a super cool Spotify playlist!

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Okay, not to make this awkward, but I am ridiculously excited to be a Guest Chick! I feel like it’s my first time on Saturday Night Live and this is my opening monologue.

By the way, hi everyone, I’m Harper Kincaid and To Kill a Mocking Girl is my debut in this genre. It’s a not-so-traditional cozy mystery where the town’s mean girl gets whacked and some think our bookbinder heroine, Quinn Caine, may have done it-just because she dated her fiancé back in the day.

As if.

Quinn would never let a guy get in the way of anything. She’s a not-so-loud, but quite proud Southern feminist (no, that’s not an oxymoron) who adores books, her dog named RBG (Ruff Barker Ginsburg), her small town of Vienna, Virginia, and her family-especially her firebrand-turned-novitiate cousin, Sister Daria. She also has a wicked crush on her older brother’s best friend-Detective Aiden Harrington-but that’s never going to happen, so she’ll just have to keep that dream quiet too.

Quinn and her crew are proof that characters can harbor both conservative and liberal views, wrestle with issues of faith and religion, all while honoring the familiar comfort people expect from cozy mysteries. She’s also a big music fan and she’s made y’all a playlist for your enjoyment. Click the link to listen on Spotify!

Mocking Girl Melodies

Title                                                     Artist

Jesus, Etc.                                           Wilco

Scarborough Fair/Canticle                  Simon & Garfunkel

My Favorite Book                              Stars

No Trouble                                          The Weepies

Never Be Mine                                    Kate Bush

Pink Moon                                          Nick Drake

Saint Elizabeth                                    Kaia Kater

Under the Same Sun                           Ben Howard

Moody Orange                                    Rainbow Kitten Surprise

I Dreamt We Spoke Again                 Death Cab for Cutie

The Dress Looks Nice on You           Sufjan Stevens

Harper Lee                                          Little Green Cars

True Love Waits (Live in Oslo)         Radiohead

Thank you so much for allowing me to host Chicks on the Case today. I have been tickled hot pink to be part of this rad group and, hopefully, I’ve made you smile because entertaining you is my favorite coping mechanism. And please follow me on social media! I love meeting readers.

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BIO: Her upcoming release has Ms. Kincaid embracing her love for quirky heroines in unpredictable messes in her debut cozy mystery, To Kill a Mocking Girl, with Crooked Lane Press. Publisher’s Weekly touts “Smooth prose, realistic characters, a budding romance, and not too much silliness makes this cozy a winner. Tantalizing recipes round out the volume.”

Ms. Kincaid earned her master’s degree in gender history and another in clinical/macro social work. When not writing, she adores listening to lo-fi, indie complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings, and making those close to her laugh ‘til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie but is now happily settled in the cutest lil town of Vienna, Virginia, with her wife-whisperer husband, their two daughters, and Q-TiP, a fancy-pants pup with a badass name.

SYNOPSIS: Quinn Victoria Caine is back in her quirky town of Vienna, Virginia, starting her new life as a bookbinder in her family-owned, charm-for-days bookshop, Prose & Scones. With her trusty German Shephard RBG-‘Ruff Barker’ Ginsburg by her side, what can go wrong? Okay, sure, bumping into her ex, Scott, or her former high school nemesis, Tricia, is a drag. It certainly doesn’t help they have acquired the new hobby of shoving their recent engagement in her face every chance they get. But that doesn’t mean Quinn wanted to find Tricia dead in the road. So why does half the town think she may have done it? `Quinn is determined to find Tricia’s killer, even if it means partnering with her cousin-turned-nun, Sister Daria, and Detective Aiden Harrington, her older brother’s too-movie-star-handsome-for-his-own good, best friend. They believe she’s innocent, but of course that doesn’t influence the police, who peg her as their prime suspect. Or, at least until she’s poisoned.

But there is no way Quinn is going to stop now. Vienna is her town and-for better or worse-Tricia was one of their own. Someone may have killed the mocking girl, but no one’s going to stop the notorious QVC.

31 thoughts on “Guest Chick: Harper Kincaid

  1. Welcome, Harper! Your book sounds fabulous, and I just love the cover. Maybe it’s because I’m a cat person, but that dog in the background looks like he’s guilty of something. A murder, perhaps? And thanks for sharing your playlist with us!

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    1. I’m so glad you like the playlist! I try to have both lyrics and genres find compatibility-doesn’t have to match but it should go together. If you’re on Spotify follow me and I’ll follow you back 🎼❤️

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  2. Hi Harper! We’re like twinsies … my new sleuth is named Quinn Carr and in one of the books she has a doggie sidekick named Virginia Woof!

    Looking at your playlist, though, I’m wondering if you write with music on? I need it quiet.

    I’m so glad you visited us here today … did it live up to your [perhaps too] high expectations??

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  3. Welcome, Harper! Love the SNL monologue analogy (we’re blushing!) and everything about this post.

    I know Quinn and I would be fast friends. Can’t wait to meet her in your debut. Meanwhile, I’ll get to know her musically. Thanks for sharing her playlist. So cool!

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  4. Ruff Barker Ginsburg, lol. Love it! Thanks so much for visiting the Chicks today–your new series looks super fun. Congrats! Love the playlist (though I have to admit, this old gal has only heard of about half those artists…)

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  5. Welcome to Chicks, Harper!! Adored your post—what fun, just like your sleuth. And I also loved the playlist—listened to a snippet of each as I had my morning coffee. My fave was “Harper Lee.” I had never heard the term “indie complaint rock,” but I’m a fan, too. I also have a cousin who is a nun (happy birthday again, Sister Francella!). And an uncle who was an ex-priest, back in the day. In the words of SNL alum Jimmy Fallon: We love you so much! Please come back and see us!

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  6. Dear Harper – congratulations on your new series! I was fortunate enough to read the ARC and I really enjoyed your characters, setting and situation. I look forward to more adventures of Quinn, Sister Daria and Aiden.

    Best wishes,


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  7. Welcome, Harper! I’m so sorry I had to miss your visit (intense week)–but hope it’s not too late to send along best wishes and congratulations on your launch!! Wishing you much success. 🙂


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