Ellen here, and I’m happy to welcome my friend Colleen Mooney to Chicks. Colleen, a native New Orleanian, writes the endlessly entertaining Go Cup Chronicles Mystery Series. Thanks so much for joining us today, Colleen!
I want to thank Ellen Byron and Chicks on the Case for having me as a guest. Being a guest anywhere right now is quite an honor since any socializing that’s not on Zoom involves masks, hand sanitizer and six feet of social distancing.
My name is Colleen Mooney and I was born and live in New Orleans. Besides the Covid news, election news and all the other crazy stuff going on, we in the state of Louisiana have had our share of hurricanes and wild tropical storms. I think we are on the ninth one this year. New Orleans was hit by Cristobal and Zeta this year. Cristobal sent us a microburst that derailed my electric fence opener and put the entire fence along one side of my house on a gangsta lean. Zeta, predicted to be a Tropical Storm when it made landfall here, came blasting in as a Category 2 Hurricane, one mph shy of a Cat 3. It finished my fence off and I found it flat in my neighbor’s yard.
I’m not complaining as this is minor damage as hurricanes go. Many others in the southern part of our state did not fare so well. The first one and the last one of the season (so far) have hit me here in New Orleans, while others ransacked the southwestern part of the state near the Texas line. As I write this, there is one more in the Caribbean meandering around that might hit southern Florida. Southern Florida is just a minute-in hurricane terms-away from us. Many of you might appreciate my desire to move to another part of the country, although right now amid Covid, I don’t think it’s a great idea.
Even with all the angst going on in our lives I am about to release Book 9 in my New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles series, CROISSANTS, CRIMES & CANINES. My series is set in New Orleans because I grew up here. Because I worked for a big telecom company for many years, I was transferred to several other cities but always bounced back to New Orleans in between relocations. It was living in other cities when I discovered how many things we do in New Orleans and take for granted are so different from other places I’ve lived, even the Big Apple. People said I talked funny, and asked for food in funny ways. Blackened fish was just making its way out of New Orleans when I moved to New York. I ordered sandwiches dressed…that means to us in New Orleans, with lettuce and tomato. At a deli in NYC a man asked me if I wanted a regular coffee when I ordered. I had no idea what regular meant so I asked for coffee with chicory. I’m still waiting for that coffee.
My stories are fictionalized events of what goes on here in New Orleans on what we would call a regular day. There are no normal days in New Orleans. There is always something to do, even with the virus going on. Our Mardi Gras is supposed to happen in 2021 and we are told it will be different from Mardi Gras in the past. Why would that worry us? They are all different from the ones in the past! We still meet to make our costumes, buy our throws and prepare for our rides, or plan our parade parties. What if we have to wear a mask? I’ve been wearing a mask to Mardi Gras every year since I was a kid and that’s…let’s just say…a really long time.
Readers, is there anything you’ve heard about New Orleans, our customs, our food, our sayings you’d like me to explain? Even if you want me to tell you phonetically how we pronounce things, Like… Lagniappe? Pronounced Lan yap. Do you know what it is? If I don’t know the answer to your question, I know someone who will!
BIO: Colleen Mooney is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author in a soon to be 9 Book series. Book 9, CROISSANTS, CRIMES & CANINES will be released December 1, 2020. Colleen was born and lived much of her life in New Orleans before her AT&T job moved her to multiple cities but she always bounced back to New Orleans. She writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles. In January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters in Crime chapter in New Orleans, was elected President. Colleen’s other great loves, besides writing, is a breed rescue group, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana that she has been the Director of for 19 years and has placed over 375 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. Colleen enjoys Scuba diving and Underwater photography, racing sailboats, driving a motorcycle, and loves snow skiing. Her interests have taken her to places all over the world. She says, “My mother said I was born with a suitcase in my hand!” In New Orleans, she’s been active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations and has belonged to the Krewe of Cork, Orpheus, Iris, Tucks, Joan of Arc and the Halloween Krewe of Boo. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like. Visit Colleen at colleenmooney.com.
SYNOPSIS: Brandy just wasn’t sure…
…if the wedding would ever happen.
Would this murder ruin it again?
Ava had known Brandy since they were kids. She had a gift for knowing when people lied to her. Brandy never did. When her FBI trained friend transferred back from New York to the New Orleans office, her first call was to her old friend. The ad for the apartment looked promising, so off they went. It wasn’t the best neighborhood. They could tell by the two gun shots.
And just like that, there was a murder to solve.
Dante has made Captain of Homicide, but he still can’t seem to keep his old neighbor and childhood sweetheart from meddling in cases. Who killed Carlos and Nina, and more importantly, why was Brandy going to marry Jiff?
The clues, lies, antics, and a Giant Schnauzer, will keep you guessing, because Brandy and Ava can’t be fooled.