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Interview with Summer Prescott and Day 4 of Booth Talks Books Giveaway!

Summer Prescott has joined us today to talk about her books, characters and herself!  If you haven’t read her books, you need to.  I have enjoyed her Key West series so much.  It has even prompted me to make way too many pies.

Murder By Lime

Murder By Lime

BTB: How long have you been writing cozy mysteries?
SP: My first cozy was released on February 5th of this year.

BTB: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?
SP: I like to draw largely from life experiences. I really enjoy writing about places that I’ve been and basing characters around people whom I’ve encountered.

BTB: Okay, I have to ask…WHY Key Lime? Tell us all about this revelation to write around a Key Lime shop in the Keys.
SP: I think maybe it’s indicative of my intense longing for a vacation! Just kidding. 😉 I love the beach, and Key West has so much to offer in the way of imagery, activities and more. I really wanted the readers to be able to smell the salty air and hear the whispers of the swaying palms. Books are a great escape, and I wanted to make this series, in particular, a mini-getaway for the readers.

BTB: Have you thought about putting out recipes to go with you books?

A Lime To Kill

A Lime To Kill

SP: Actually there are plans in the works to put out a Summer Prescott cookbook that will have recipes from all three series – I’m so excited about that!

BTB: Who is your favorite character in your Key Lime series? I know who mine is, but I will talk of that later.
SP: As sappy as it sounds, I’m going to have to say Detective Cortland, because there’s so much more to him than meets the eye. He’s a really good guy with some depth to him…which will show more and more in book 7. And he’s handsome too…that doesn’t hurt. Creepy Tim is running a close second though.

BTB: Is Tim based on someone you know in real life? Will there be more of him? I am a HUGE fan of the super-creepy neighbor.
SP: Tim is actually based on the blending of a couple of people, one who actually is a mortician, and the other who is quite an oddball. He’s featured pretty prominently in book 7 as well.

BTB: Are there any other Lime books in the works?

SP: I’m currently writing book 7 right now, and there is a book 8 in the works as well. Beyond that…we’ll have to see. I’m considering doing spin-offs of all three series.

BTB: What are the different series you write?
SP: The Key West series, of course, the Rocky Cove series, which features a New England clambake caterer, and the Frosted Love series, which revolves around a cupcake shop owner in Louisiana.

BTB: Do you have a certain series that is your favorite or close to your heart? 51892mhgyzl__sx311_bo1204203200_
SP: They’re all special to me. The Rocky Cove series was inspired by my relatives, who all hail from the East Coast; the Frosted Love series literally takes place in a town in Louisiana in which I lived, but I changed the name, and the Key West series takes me to paradise – it doesn’t get any better than that.

BTB: Thank you Summer for helping Booth Talks Books celebrate reaching 100 subscribers!
SP: Thank you! It was my pleasure

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Review: Murder By Lime by Summer Prescott

26208771We return to Key West in Murder By Lime, the fourth installment of Summer Prescott‘s Key West Culinary series.  We find the mother, Marilyn Hayes already fretting about her daughter being late for work at her small Key Lime pie shop.

When daughter, Tiara, arrives we find out her yoga class running late.  Marilyn then goes into the typical “he’s too old for you” mom talk when she finds out that Tiara has been hanging around the yoga instructor.  They banter back and forth about Drew’s merits, setting him up to be a major player in the story.

A lime shortage hits the country and the small shop in a big way, making them look into other options for their fruit supply.  Tiara informs Marilyn that Drew is into shipping and importing as a second job aside from teaching yoga.  Reluctantly, Marilyn agrees to let her check to see if Drew could find a supplier of limes to keep the small sweet shop afloat. He succeeds.

A new supplier is found at a cheaper rate and all seems well.  Tiara and Drew start to hang out more and going on frequent rides in his boat. The happiness is short-lived, however, as Pedro is found dead days later on Drew’s sunken boat and Tiara is arrested for the crime by Detective Bernard Cortland.

Marilyn’s creepy neighbor, Tim Eckels sees things he shouldn’t, Carlos the old supplier of limes seems happy that Pedro is dead since his business is flourishing and Drew is hiding a secret.  Who killed Pedro? Will Tiara’s name be cleared or is it doors closed for Sublime Sweets?

This is the second book I have read in the series and I can tell you that you do not have to read these in order to enjoy them. I was looking for mention of the crimes in the prior book, but it was never mentioned. So, the reader is not going to feel11988459_10102268920237862_362473221879797504_n like they are missing out on anything. There is nothing worse than grabbing a book that you want to enjoy then being lost because you’re missing out on something. This won’t happen in this series it seems. I could easily see this being a weekly mystery series on TV.

I love the realistic relationship between Marilyn and Tiara. The way they interact and face obstacles together is nice. Each of them are living their own lives, trying to find their own way but at the same time still being there for each other through their love of the pie shop. The shop, in a way, is symbolic of their connection, constantly changing, but anchored with the same main ingredient. Yes, I am equating the lime to love. Call me mushy but you’ll see what I mean when you read it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this light, yet action packed cozy.

Review: The Lime and the Dead, A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott

26133164The Lime and the Dead by Summer Prescott is set in a small cottage in Key West. The main character, Marilyn Hayes, is the owner of a sweets shop called Sublime Sweets that specializing in her signature Lime Pie. Her only daughter, Tiara, helps her run the shop.

The third installment of the Key West Culinary series starts as Marilyn is losing her favorite neighbor and sweet friend, Madge Prentiss while gaining a creepy, borderline stalker by the name of Tim Eckels.  While looking for a qualified baker, Tim starts showing up in more and more unusual places after not being hired for the position. Marilyn starts to get worried as she digs up background information on him and finds out about his past run-ins with the law.

After hiring new baker, Kelcie Williams, Tiara brings news that a realty show want to film a segment in Sublime Sweets. Hoping this brings more business, Marilyn agrees and things start to take a turn for the worse when one of the stars sneers at her beloved pie. After Tiara and reality star, Bella Fontaine, have words in the shop, Bella goes missing.  The producer, Sabra Remington,  asks Tiara to replace her temporarily. Then the worst happens.  Bella is found dead in Marilyn’s back yard by Tim Eckels.

The ending is a true surprise. Who killed Bella?  Is it Marilyn, Tim the new neighbor, Sabra, the show’s producer, Tiara or someone else associated with the show or shop?

This book had everything I look for in a book without having to read a11951203_172829803049483_4010633302415893775_nll the books before it. I felt like I knew the characters through their actions. Summer didn’t tell me, she showed me and I like that. I loved the interaction between the characters weather they were being happy over being dramatic. I got the gist of who they were.

The action happened at the beginning of the book in the second chapter. I don’t like waiting and I didn’t have to in this book. Creepy Tim came to the rescue and made me start wondering about him. I also like that someone went missing pretty early so I had time to try and solve the murder with the characters. Then of course, I was surprised by who the murderer was. Ya, I didn’t see that coming and I love when that happens. I had two people on my list and neither one had anything to do with it.

The Lime and the Dead is a fairly short and fun read at 161 pages. And like I said earlier, you don’t need to have a previous relationship with these characters to enjoy it because I loved it and this third installment was the first of the series I have read. Good news though; I do plan to go back and read the other.

Now, if you’ll excuse me…I need to go eat some Lime Pie.

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