Marla Cooper

A Killer Halloween Wedding

I have a deep and abiding love for all things Halloween-related. So when the always-awesome Kim Davis asked me to be part of Kathi Daley’s “Halloween Spooktacular” on Facebook, of course I said yes. A Facebook party with a whole bunch of mystery writers and a whole lot more Halloween hijinks? No way was I going to miss that. Since I didn’t know what the other … Continue reading A Killer Halloween Wedding

How to Cultivate an Air of Mystery

There are lots of great things about being a mystery writer, but one of the best is watching people’s reactions when you tell them that you kill people for fun. Most mystery lovers are in on the joke, but it’s fun when someone’s eyes go wide as they wonder whether or not you’re actually dangerous. The good news is, you don’t have to write a mystery … Continue reading How to Cultivate an Air of Mystery

What I Did(n’t Do) on My Summer Vacation

One of the reasons I love writing the Destination Wedding Planner Mysteries is that each book lets me spend time in a new location. I don’t just mean literally, like during research trips, but also mentally, like a mini-vacation every time I sit down to write. I can spend the day pretending I’m in a beautiful Mexican village or having a picnic in the wine country, … Continue reading What I Did(n’t Do) on My Summer Vacation

Guest Chick: Leslie Karst

This week, we’re excited to introduce Guest Chick Leslie Karst, author of the Sally Solari culinary mystery series. Leslie’s appeared on the blog before, but she very modestly talked about her recipe for martini chicken instead of herself, so we wanted to take the opportunity for you all to get to know her a little better! Marla Cooper: In addition to writing mysteries and whipping … Continue reading Guest Chick: Leslie Karst

Guest Chick: Cindy Brown

MARLA COOPER: Today on Chicks on the Case, I’m excited to introduce hilarious mystery author and all-around awesome person, Cindy Brown. When I met Cindy three years ago at Left Coast Crime, we were both at the exact same spot in our writing careers: We’d both just finished our first manuscript, neither of us had an agent, and we were both trying to figure out … Continue reading Guest Chick: Cindy Brown

Make it a double: Two signature cocktail recipes for Dying on the Vine

When I was writing the second book in the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Series, I attended a wedding fair in downtown San Francisco, and one thing that stood out to me was the idea of having a signature cocktail at a wedding. I ended up using that in the book, but instead of being at a wedding, the signature cocktail ended up being served at … Continue reading Make it a double: Two signature cocktail recipes for Dying on the Vine