Mark your calendar: release day is June 24!
As promised, here is the cover for book three in the Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries:
Wisteria Tearoom owner Ellen Rosings coaxes Detective Tony Aragón to go with her to the Santa Fe Opera, but the magnificent performance of Tosca ends in disaster. In bizarre counterpoint to the opera’s plot, the leading man is murdered in his dressing room, and Tony must rush to secure the crime scene. Ellen is left to comfort Vi Benning, a former server at the tearoom who is now an apprentice at the Opera and a protégée of the slain singer.
No opera aficionado, Tony turns to Ellen for help navigating the world in which he must now conduct an investigation. At the same time, Ellen is coping with a sudden, mysterious jump in business at the tearoom. Her problems are eclectic:
...Who killed the famous baritone?
...What do the antique letters she’s found have to do with the tearoom’s resident ghost?
...And will she and Tony ever find time for a normal date?
~To celebrate the release of An Aria of Omens, I'm hosting an Aria Tea Party on Facebook on release day, June 24, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (that's 7:00 p.m. EDT, 6:00 CDT, 4:00 PDT). I'll be pouring my favorite tea and hope you will join me for fun and conversation. There will be Prizes, including copies of the ebook, a signed paperback, and Wisteria White Tea!
Wear your favorite hat to the Aria Tea Party and you may win an autographed copy of An Aria of Omens! Just post a photo of you in your chapeau to the Aria Tea Party page during the party.
~For those of you in the Albuquerque area, there will be An Evening with the Author at the St. James Tearoom on July 22, from 6:30-8:50 p.m. This event will include the St. James's wonderful full afternoon tea (a complete meal). I'll be there to read a little bit from the book, sign copies, and visit with mystery fans. Space is limited, so sign up early!
Summertime is siesta season in Santa Fe. Imagine sitting in the cool shade of cottonwoods, sipping a lovely cold drink, with the sound of a trickling fountain nearby.
It's also opera season, when the Santa Fe Opera lights up the nights with world-class performances in their outdoor theatre on a hilltop north of the city. I'll be there one evening, enjoying a tailgate supper before the performance, watching the sunset and the emergence of stars, both onstage and in the sky. Will you?
Wishing you a lovely summer, a cozy chair and a perfect cup (or glass, iced) of tea...
- Patrice Greenwood