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Top Drawer News — Two mysteries and an adventure

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Image of the covers of three books written by HL Carpenter, A Cause for Murder, Murder by the Books, and Pirate Summer
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Our three web appearances this week featured our two mystery stories and our young adult adventure—and coincided with two mysteries and an adventure that happened right here in Carpenter Country.

Gif of a young female detective holding a magnifying glass with a question mark beside her
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The first mystery was a gorgeous avian who visited the Carpenter Country birdbath. Dark and elegant and sporting vibrant red feathers, the bird had the appearance of a regal spy in a thriller novel.

A bit of internet sleuthing, combined with a search through our paperback bird book, revealed the identity of our mysterious visitor.

Image of orchard oriole, small bird with black front and red highlight feathers
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That’s an orchard oriole, rare for our area. We had never seen one before. Beautiful!

The second mystery was the question of who was digging up the flowerbed in the middle of the night? The perp uprooted bulbs and plants, and left untidy mounds of dirt and a filthy birdbath where obvious signs of covering up the perp’s identity took place.

The motion-activated spotlight revealed the culprit: our local possum, on the hunt for worms and slugs in the rich dirt of our newly weeded garden.

Image of a gray possum
Image source: US Fish and Wildlife

The adventure for the week was figuring out the formatting error that messed up the print proof of our cozy mystery, Murder by the Books.

Image of book cover for Murder by the Books, a cozy mystery by HL Carpenter

We’re happy to say we solved the problem and will soon be releasing the paperback edition.

Now on to the week’s web travels!

We started the week over at Gina Briganti’s blog with our chicken soup recipe and an excerpt from our cozy mystery, Murder by the Books.

Screen capture of page on ginabriganti.com featuring a chicken soup recipe and an excerpt from Murder by the Books, a cozy mystery by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

THANKS FOR INVITING US, GINA!

Next, we shared a cup of tea with Samantha McGraw on her blog Tea Cottage Mysteries. Lots of fun, and we even revealed where we get our ideas! Click here to read the interview and all our secrets. Okay, some of our secrets.

Screen capture of Tea Cottage Mysteries blog page featuring an author interview with HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thanks for the opportunity, Samantha! And for the tea! 🙂

We wrapped up the week with a book bubble featuring our young adult mystery, Pirate Summer. We want to know if you recognize your full potential. Well, do you?

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thank you for joining us on this week’s travels through Carpenter Country!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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