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31st-Oct-2007 01:13 pm - Rock & Roll Murder Mysteries
Here's a fun new twist of a book: Patricia Morrison, a long time success sci fi fantasy author, and the woman who married Jim Morrison in a pagan ceremony, has gone into a different genre--mysteries. Specifically, rock n' roll murder mysteries, set in the 1960's. She has a livejournal: pkmorrison. Here is the information on her book and how to order it...



The Rock & Roll Murders: The Rennie Stride Mysteries...by Patricia Morrison

Sex, drugs, rock&roll—and murder. A slightly different side of the Sixties.

She's a newspaper reporter whose beat is rock, not a detective, and her best-friend sidekick is a blond bisexual superstar chick singer, not a cop, but murder rocks their world, following them through the heart of the Sixties, from Haight-Ashbury to the Hollywood Hills, from the East Village to Abbey Road....

Seamlessly blending the fictional with the real: the stars, the bands, the music, all the excitement of the most incredible decade of the last century...

Full of rockworld dish and attitude, created by someone who was not only there for it but who made some of it happen herself, and who actually remembers it...

And with murder to sit in and jam.

It is a time when things are happening that have never happened before...when artists like Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger are doing stuff onstage that people never dreamed of when listening to Perry Como...when rock is the hottest thing on the planet and the people who make it their life and love and work are the coolest people you could ever hope to meet.

The time when it was all NEW: the music, the hair, the clothes, the drugs, the sex, the politics, the revolution in society that stopped a war and changed the world.
A time often imitated, always envied by those not lucky enough to have been there for it, certainly never surpassed...and now with a body count!

Over the course of the series, which will run from 1964 to around 1972, smart, tough, pretty rock writer/social commentator/amateur crime-solver RENNIE STRIDE will move back and forth between San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London.

Everywhere she goes, it's the heart of rock and roll: classic scenes like Woodstock, Monterey Pop, the Fillmores East and West, the San Francisco ballrooms, the Greenwich Village rock and folk clubs, LA's Whisky A Go-Go and Troubadour, England's tiny blues dens and huge pop festivals.

As notorious for her affinity for and proximity to foul play—the "rock albatross", as she only half-jokingly calls herself, a murder magnet always around for, or connected to, a string of music-biz murders and counterculture crimes—as she is famous for her journalistic talent and style and personal dash, Rennie is not only a hip rockworld Miss Marple but the friend of dozens of other Sixties movers and shakers, real and fictional: musicians, painters, photographers, clothes designers, record company execs, other writers.
(And the lover of some of the rock deities who are making musical history.)

First up:

Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore...

It's March 1966 in San Francisco. Not quite yet the Summer of Love.
Instead, it's the Springtime of Murder. When up-and-coming rock singer Prax McKenna is busted for being at two murder scenes, one of which takes place at that temple of rock, the newly opened Fillmore Auditorium, her best friend, newspaper reporter Rennie Stride, resolves to find the real killer and spring Prax from the slammer. What nobody expects, least of all Rennie, is what happens next...

Patricia Morrison is a retired rock critic and editor, the author of The Keltiad science-fantasy series and "Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison", and was married to rock star Jim Morrison.
2nd-Jul-2007 09:23 pm - Coming to a bookstore near you!
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Hi fellow mystery writers. I'm taking this opportunity to cross-post a little announcement from my own journal. I have a new book coming out!

Glorious, spectacular weather has graced the Washington, D.C., area for the past couple of days, leaving many of us wondering what poor suckers got our usual weather by mistake. We really don't care, they can have our usual Washington heat and humidity. Just as long as the lovely dry sunshine and balmy mid-70s temperatures stick around for a while. The weather seems like a good omen for a wonderful summer. And in addition to the beautiful days, I have another reason to be basking in sunshine: My fifth Crime of Fashion Mystery, GRAVE APPAREL, will be on sale in bookstores tomorrow, July 3rd!

I'll be signing copies of my new book this Saturday, July 7, at the beautiful new Mystery Loves Company bookstore in Oxford, Maryland,  from 2 to 4 p.m. Mystery Loves Company is owned and operated by Kathy and Tom Harig, who this year won the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award, given for "outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing." Mystery bookstores often take home this award, and Mystery Loves Company is among the very best. They really know how to make a writer (and a mystery reader) feel at home. Stop by if you're in the area, I'd love to see you!
30th-May-2007 08:42 am - Welcome!
happy wednesday morning, fellow planters of red herrings!

i created this community because i didn't find anything that really focused on the unique needs of mystery writers. and i, for one, need community because i am writing my first mystery and while i am excited by the challenge, i am a little daunted by the process. i want to be able to keep everything straight and write believably.

also, people who write crimes are slightly different than the average bear, in my opinion. :)

my mini-intro is that this is my second novel (the first being an almost complete disaster), and my first mystery. I am planning a series, and so i think it is doubly important to lay good groundwork for future stories. i've really only just begun this journey, but it's thrilling me so far.

i'm still at the point where i'm mapping things out. how do you deal with the mapping process? do you use a program like power writer or yWriter? or notecards or flow charts?

happy writing!
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