Thursday, March 17, 2011

Holy Toledo, Batman! Kirkus Loves Us!

Omigosh and halellujah! When a nice review comes in, it is truly time to celebrate. My publisher forwarded me the review out today from Kirkus for ON THE NICKEL, my brand new mystery. It's out now through the publisher's website, and it will be available through online stores such as Amazon and B&N on April 6.

Anyhoo, I'm dancing around coastal Georgia like Snoopy doing the happy dog dance. Without further ado, here's the KIRKUS review:


Just when life is finally improving for divorced accountant Cleopatra Jones, a secret from the past reaches out to bite her Mama.


After years of putting up with rude, pushy behavior from town doyenne Erica Hodges, Cleopatra Jones' Mama finally blows her top at a church meeting. When Erica is found run over in the church parking lot, Mama is naturally a prime suspect. Since her friend Detective Britt Radcliff seems stuck on Mama as the guilty party, Cleo is forced to investigate Erica's death. But Mama refuses to explain the recent damage to her car Cleo has noticed. At the same time, Cleo has her hands full with her cheating ex-husband, who's trying to get her back, her heavily pregnant Saint Bernard and her sexy golf pro, Rafe Golden, who's improving more than her game. Once she finds time to investigate, Cleo learns that not only was Erica hated by most everyone who knew her, including her two children, but that after running through a large fortune, she'd been getting along by indulging in blackmail. Mama's feud with Erica goes all the way back to their early boyfriends, one of whom Mama is now secretly dating again. When Mama's car is identified as the murder weapon, she's arrested, and Cleo must put herself in danger to ferret out the truth.


The second in this amusing and romantic series (In for a Penny, 2008) is a welcome addition to the cozy ranks.

I'm grinning like all get out. What a wonderful review!
 
Maggie Toussaint
a Georgia peach

19 comments:

  1. Such an awesome blog excerpt. Really grabs you and pulls you in. Congratulations...

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  2. Thanks Sharon and Anne. I hope this big grin on my face lasts and lasts!

    Maggie

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  3. MAGGIE--good for you! I didn't read it because it might "spoil" it for me. Thanks for reminding me--I need to get to the library and order it. Celia

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  4. Fantastic, Maggie. I couldn't be happier for you.

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  5. That really is a wonderful review. Congrats!

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  6. Congratulations, Maggie. That's a great review--and from Kirkus! It sounds like a fun book.

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  7. Maggie, congrats! Kirkus is a GREAT place to get a review from. Tip your glass and enjoy some wine w/me.

    Smiles
    Steph

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  8. I'm very excited that you guys stopped in and commented. Thanks Celia, Dorothy, Terry, Polly, Susan, Ellis and Steph!!!

    Maggie
    still floating on air

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  9. Congratulations on a great review for a great book with a great cover! And like Terry said, Libraries will use this review to order their books--and maybe In For A Penny, too!! (if they haven't already!) so that they have the complete set. Keep floating, Maggie, you deserve it!

    Liana

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  10. Thanks for stopping in Liana! I'm so pumped by this review. Hoping for good things with this title and also hoping it will filter over into my backlist.

    Maggie

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  11. Can't get much better than that! Hey, scoot up to Atlanta this weekend and visit with the Georgia Romance Writers! It's not THAT far!

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  12. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I would love to scoot up to Atlanta and hang out with the Ga Romance Writers, but it seems a world away to me. I hope to meet you and some of the other Ga peaches at some point!
    Maggie

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  13. Just saw the link to this on the Killer Nashville facebook site (Clay)....congrats. Sounds like my kind of book. Can't wait to grab it.
    Congratulations.

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  14. Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to meet you at Killer Nashville. I appreciate your encouragement.

    Maggie

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  15. I love a good cozy, with some comedy, especially if it has a little Southern charm. If your books are as funny as your blog, I simply have to have one. I'm thinking On The Nickel, but if it's a sort of series, I have to have the first one. I tried to write funny cozies, but I sucked at it, and went in a differnt direction, with serial killers and drug addicted FBI agents, so taking a break with something funny is perfect. Go ahead, send me a book. Get me hooked. I'm an easy mark!
    Ryder Islington at ryderisington@yahoo.com

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