Win a Free Book Filled with Nothing

UPDATE: The response was so great that I decided to give away all five books! Congratulations to the following winners. Send your address to marlacooperauthor @ to collect your prize. Green Stripey. Kathy Gonzales Red Literary. Marcy Konecny Japanese. Katharine Kan Be filled with joy. Kim McMahan Davis The Kiss. Beth Peters Lately, we’ve been trying to reduce our household book collection to only what will fit on four … Continue reading Win a Free Book Filled with Nothing

Introducing: The Skeleton in my Closet

Just before Christmas, my husband and I were browsing in an antique shop in Healdsburg, California, when we saw a life-size skeleton hanging out in the corner by some old traffic signs. Of course, my first thought was, “YES, we need a skeleton,” because what mystery writer doesn’t? But then my second thought was, “Whoa, now, slow down a second,” because whether to get a skeleton … Continue reading Introducing: The Skeleton in my Closet

Criminally Thoughtful: 12 Gifts for the Mystery Lover

Okay, Cyber Monday shoppers, there’s only some ever-decreasing number of shopping days left until your chosen holiday celebration! If you have a mystery lover on your list, here are 12 ideas under $30 that will help keep you on their good side. Last year, I know several people who actually received presents on this list, so this year, I’ve added some brand-new gift ideas. I know I was thrilled to receive official-looking crime scene tape in my stocking, so I thought it was only fair to spread the joy!

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Chicks Interview with Vickie Fee

Vickie's Skeleton Pic
“I recently held a photo shoot at Pottery Barn for the new book. Shhh, don’t tell them!”

This week, in our first-ever Chicks on the Case interview, we’re talking to Vickie Fee. Vickie writes the Liv and Di in Dixie series, featuring party planner Liv McKay and her best friend Di who live in Dixie, Tennessee. Hi, Vickie. Thanks for joining us!
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Bouchercon 2016: A Recap

I finally did it: I survived my first Boucheron. I’ve flirted with the idea of attending the world’s largest mystery convention for several years now, but I’ve always ended up getting intimidated by the sheer size of it. Everyone says it’s fun, but the word I most consistently hear used to describe it is “overwhelming.” This year, it was held in New Orleans and, with … Continue reading Bouchercon 2016: A Recap

Interview with Criminal Element

This week, I kicked off a blog tour with Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book, and I’ve had a great time meeting different bloggers, writing guest posts, and answering interview questions. It reminded me of this fun interview I did with Criminal Element a while back, where they asked me about planning fictional literary weddings, my character Kelsey McKenna, and how to get blood uh, cranberry juice out of a wedding dress. Continue reading “Interview with Criminal Element”

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The Legend of Cinco and Red Wing

It’s been hard to watch the news lately, so when I was thinking about what I wanted to write about this week, I decided I wanted to tell a story with a happy ending.

Last year, my dad passed away. (Don’t worry, despite the way it starts, this is a happy story!) He was 89 years old, and he lived on a ranch in Oklahoma. Part of his daily routine entailed taking care of a whole slew of dogs and cats, as well as eight horses.

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An Author’s Father Comes Around—Eventually

Yesterday was Father’s Day, which got me to thinking about my stepdad, Jim. We got stuck with each other when I was in eighth grade, and I often tell people how grateful I am that he didn’t smother me with a pillow. (I mean, come on, you were all eighth graders once; you know what I’m talking about here.) Not only did he not smother … Continue reading An Author’s Father Comes Around—Eventually

Introducing Terror in Taffeta

Happy Book Birthday to Terror in Taffeta, the newest release from Chicks on the Case! The first in a series, Terror in Taffeta is about a destination wedding planner who has to investigate when one of the bridesmaids falls dead into a flower arrangement right in the middle of a ceremony. Read on to learn more! Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper From Minotaur Books Kelsey … Continue reading Introducing Terror in Taffeta