A Mysterious Mix Up (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney
About A Mysterious Mix Up
A Mysterious Mix Up (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
3rd in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Press (January 7, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B07QFN2CJ4
Murder hits the stacks when literary agent Allie Cobb investigates a fatality in the local library . . .
Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She’s also getting ready to take the plunge by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it’s one for the books when Allie finds the town’s librarian—and her longtime role model—seconds away from death on the library floor.
Who would want to poison Vicky Napier—one of Rushing Creek’s most beloved citizens—on the eve of her retirement? But it seems there were toxic people in her life, like the handyman with an obsessive crush, and a wood carver with a hair-trigger temper. The list of suspects includes Allie’s boyfriend, Brent, who’s in the running to take over as town librarian. Avenging her friend’s murder could be a trap as she goes up against a killer determined to write Allie’s epitaph . . .
Guest Post from the Author
A Visit with Dr. Janice Cobb
With the release of A Mysterious Mix Up, book 3 in The Allie Cobb Mysteries, today we sit down with Allie’s mom, Dr. Janice Cobb, to get a little insight into the Cobb family, and her famous crime-fighting daughter.
Thank you for talking with us today. To begin with, tell us a little about yourself, please.
It’s my pleasure to be here. I’ve been a family practice physician here in Rushing Creek, Indiana for over thirty years. I met my husband Walter, God rest his soul, when we were students at Indiana University. I have three children; Luke, Rachel, and Allie. I also have two grandchildren, Tristan and Theresa. They’re Rachel’s twins.
What is life like in Rushing Creek? Do you think it fits the sleepy, small town stereotype we often hear about?
I love it here. Over the years, I’ve had a few offers to work in practices in larger communities like Indianapolis, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We’re fortunate that Rushing Creek is located next door to a state park. The park helps drive our thriving tourism industry. A lot of artists and craftsmen also call Rushing Creek home, so there is no shortage of beautiful sights, both natural and human-made. I’ll admit small-town life isn’t for everybody, but, for me, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Your daughter Allie has a bit of a reputation as an amateur sleuth. Would you care to comment about her exploits?
What can I say? She’s as idealistic as her father and as demanding of the truth as me. On the one hand, I’m afraid she’s going to get hurt, so I wish she’d leave police work to the professionals. On the other, I couldn’t be prouder of her tenacity, loyalty, and desire to see people who’ve done some really awful things brought to justice. I also hope her investigator days are behind her.
Do you think they are?
If there’s one thing I can say with confidence about my Allie, it’s that one should never tell her she can’t do something. With that in mind, I have no doubt that if someone asks her for help, she’ll do whatever she can, including investigate a murder.
Why do you think she chooses to take these investigations on?
It’s not for money or job security, I can tell you that. Honestly, that’s a question I’ve asked myself many times. She works as a literary agent and I think the qualities that make her good at that job transfer over to investigatory work. She’s extremely detail-oriented, which she has to be when editing a client’s manuscript. She won’t hesitate to ask questions when something doesn’t make sense or seems to be missing. She’s good at reading people, too. She also cares about people. She’s got a tough exterior, but underneath it all, she’s got a good heart.
Thanks for talking with us, Dr. Cobb. One final question. Is there anything about Allie you’d like people to know? A secret, perhaps?
You’re trying to get me in trouble. Well, it’s not going to work. Seriously, though, if Allie has any secrets, she’s done an excellent job of hiding them from me. I do wish she’d put an end to her New York lifestyle choice and get a car. She loves to tell people she doesn’t new one, but she borrows mine more times than she wants to admit!
About J.C. Kenney
J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.
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