It’s always great to host awesome author Judy Penz Sheluk on Chicks. Today’s she’s sharing her take on a very interesting topic and how it relates to her latest release…
TV shows have long used crossover episodes/characters to launch a spinoff. Classic examples include All in the Family/The Jeffersons/Maude; Mary Tyler Moore/Rhoda; and Happy Days/Mork & Mindy.
But television isn’t the only place you’ll find crossover characters or the occasional spinoff. Irish author Tana French excels at this technique in her Dublin Murder Squad series. John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series stems from his much loved Prey novels. Michael Connelly’s Detective Harry Bosch found a half-brother, Mickey Haller, in his Lincoln Lawyer series, and FBI Agent Rachel Walling is a recurring character in a number of Connelly’s novels.
Now, at this point you might be thinking…wowza, this woman is big on crossover characters, and you’d be right. That said, when I first wrote about Arabella Carpenter, the irascible owner of the Glass Dolphin antiques shop (in The Hanged Man’s Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery #1), it never occurred to me that one day she’d be part of my Marketville Mystery series. To a lesser extent, to be sure, but her role as an antiques advisor to protagonist Calamity (Callie) Barnstable is an important one in all three of the Marketville books so far. In the most recent Marketville book, A Fool’s Journey, Arabella’s ex-husband, Levon, an antiques picker by trade, also comes to the fore, providing Callie with invaluable information about tattoo flash art.
But the reverse…a character in the Marketville series crossing over to the Glass Dolphin series…well, I hadn’t considered that. Until Where There’s a Will, the third and final book in the series.
As the title suggests, there’s a will (actually more than one) and somewhere along the way Arabella gets tangled up in things (as she is prone to do) and decides to consult with a lawyer. Now, she could have consulted with a lawyer in Lount’s Landing (where the book is set) but what fun would that be? Instead she pays a visit to Leith Hampton, the Toronto lawyer first introduced in the Marketville series.
Readers of both series tell me they love the “guest appearances” and wait for them to happen. Does that mean I’ll be writing a spinoff of the Glass Dolphin series, now that the series has wrapped up? All I can say is anything is possible…after all, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
What about you, readers? Do you have a favorite series that features a crossover character?
About Where There’s A Will: Emily Garland is getting married and looking for the perfect forever home. When the old, and some say haunted, Hadley house comes up for sale, she’s convinced it’s “the one.” The house is also perfect for reality TV star Miles Pemberton and his new series, House Haunters. Emily will fight for her dream home, but Pemberton’s pockets are deeper than Emily’s, and he’ll stretch the rules to get what he wants.
While Pemberton racks up enemies all around Lount’s Landing, Arabella Carpenter, Emily’s partner at the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, has been hired to appraise the contents of the estate, along with her ex-husband, Levon. Could the feuding beneficiaries decide there’s a conflict of interest? Could Pemberton?
Things get even more complicated when Arabella and Levon discover another will hidden inside the house, and with it, a decades-old secret. Can the property stay on the market? And if so, who will make the winning offer: Emily or Miles Pemberton?
About the author: A former journalist and magazine editor, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: the Glass Dolphin Mysteries and the Marketville Mysteries. Her short crime fiction appears in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans and Heartbreaks & Half-truths, which she also edited.
Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.