Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pretty is as Pretty Dies

Pretty Is as Pretty Today is the day! Pretty is as Pretty Dies hits the shelves today, August 1.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy at your local bookstore or online: IndieBound , Midnight Ink , Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million.

Here’s the back cover copy and review snippets:

Bingo, bridge-and a dead body in the church sanctuary?

Life in this small Southern town just got ugly . . . and exciting!

No one in Bradley, North Carolina, is exactly crying into their sweet tea over the murder of Parke Stockard. Certainly not retired schoolteacher Myrtle Clover. Upon discovering the corpse, Myrtle is struck-not with grief, but a brilliant idea! Solving the crime would prove to everyone (especially her son Red, the police chief) that this eighty-something-year-old is not ready to be put out to pasture just yet.

The victim, a pretty but pushy town developer, had deep pockets and few friends. Myrtle can't throw one of her gaudy garden gnomes without hitting a potential suspect. Even when another murder takes place, proud Myrtle forges on, armed only with a heavy cane, a venomous tongue, and a widower sidekick.


"An amusing first in a new cozy series" —Publishers Weekly

“Craig’s skill at evoking a small town and its idiosyncratic inhabitants renders this mystery a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to the further exploits of Myrtle Clover.” —Mystery Scene Magazine

It’s been a really exciting ride getting this book launched, and I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of me. I really appreciate the writing friends I’ve made online who’ve listened as I’ve vented some of the frustrations and joys of writing and getting published.