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!
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.
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!
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.
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.