May 2016 First Friday Breakfast with a Mystery Authors Panel

Admiral copy 2A slight departure from our usual breakfast with an author interview, today we have a tableful of mystery authors. Let me introduce myself first. I am Michelle Knowlden, a Shamus nominated writer known for quirky mysteries. Besides a hypochondriac detective series, I also have a quartet of sweet bed warmer wife mysteries beginning with Sinking Ships. The standalone 1922 novella The Admiral of Signal Hill was released last summer.

Next to me sits the wonderful Anne Cleeland. Murder in Mitigation, the fourth book in her British detective series, will launch in October. Anne also writes historical stories, set in 1814. She’ll be sharing about her standalone mystery The Bengal Bridegift.

On the other side of Anne is the very funny Gayle Carline. She chewed her way out of an engineering cubicle to become the author of mysteries and humor. She lives in southern California with her family and pets. She’s brought an early edition of her fourth novel in the Peri Minneopa Mystery Series, A More Deadly Union. It will be released June 24, 2016.

Between Gayle and me is the amazing former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, USA Today bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond who has sold mysteries, medical romances, Regency romances and romantic comedies. The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet is the first book in a brand new series, Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries.

For this rainy Spring morning, I’m having a zucchini mango salsa omelet with ginger tea. What are you having for breakfast, Gayle?

Crab Benedict (with avocado), coffee, and OJ (with champagne!)

And for your virtual breakfast, Anne?

Cup of hot chocolate and an Entenmann’s rich frosted donut.

What about you, Jacqueline?

Oatmeal, a banana and coffee. Healthy, if not inspiring.

The Bengal Bridgegift--ebook front cover

Let’s talk about our books.

Anne describes The Bengal Bridegift: As the various factions from the Napoleonic war converge upon her, a young woman must try to convince them she knows nothing about a fabulous cache of diamonds.

The description of my book The Admiral of Signal Hill: In the shadows of trenches and prehistoric whale bones, Alice meets WWI survivors, dangerous enemies, and the ghosts of Long Beach, California.

Jacqueline describes her book: Someone killed his patient! Meet crime-solving obstetrician Eric Darcy in The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet.

Gayle says about A More Deadly Union: Peri would take a bullet for the man she loves. She just doesn’t know if she’d marry him.


Give us the first lines in your books.

Jacqueline reads from The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet: “Dr. Darcy, someone’s breaking into your house!”

Gayle reads from A More Deadly Union? His partner’s words were nearly swallowed by the morning fog.

Anne reads from The Bengal Bridegift.  Juno aimed the blunderbuss at the gentleman’s chest, and warned, with all the confidence she could muster, “You must leave, now; I should not like to shoot you.

From memory, I recite my first line in The Admiral of Signal Hill: “I smell murder.”


How about favorite lines?

Gayle from her A More Deadly Union: Who else loves me enough to save me from my own stubbornness?

Jacqueline from The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet: Knowing something and proving it—or persuading others that it’s true—are different matters. Especially if those others are annoyingly determined to use logic and stick to verifiable evidence.

Anne from The Bengal Bridegift: Now what? she thought in irritation; honestly, I shall have no nerves left, after this night.

I read from The Admiral of Signal Hill: “I may be mad, Finn, but I can tell a grenadier from a guillotine.“

Where can we find these mysteries?

Gayle’s pre-order link for A More Deadly Union:

Anne’s The Bengal Bridegift Amazon link is

My The Admiral of Signal Hill Amazon link is

Jacqueline’s The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet Amazon link is

Where can you learn more about our guest authors?

Gayle Carline

Anne Cleeland at

Jacqueline Diamond at

Thank you, mysterious ladies, for having breakfast with us this May morning! We look forward to sitting down to another steaming cup and diving into your books.

Happy reading!

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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6 Responses to May 2016 First Friday Breakfast with a Mystery Authors Panel

  1. Ladies, it was GLORIOUS having breakfast with all of you today! And your books look AWESOME – I can’t wait to read them!

  2. gretaboris says:

    This made me hungry, both for breakfast and to get my fiction out into the world 🙂

  3. janetsimcic says:

    Love your blog. The wonderful Anne Cleeland spoke at California Writer’s Club, Orange Branch, last Saturday. She was a fantastic speaker and gave away one of her books to each one of us. Bravo! I’m hooked on her mystery series now.

    • mlknowlden says:

      Thank you, Janet. How generous is that! Anne is wonderful and so are her books. I miss Barbara Michaels, but Anne’s books are a good substitute. Thank you for dropping by!

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