Hello, my bookish friends. I’m very pleased to welcome the esteemed author Gemma Halliday. Ms. Halliday, along with Kelly Rey, has co-written a new mystery series featuring Marty Hudson and the next book in this series is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva. (An appropriate title to be featured on The Book Diva’s Reads don’t you think?!) Today, Ms. Halliday will be discussing some of the characters featured in this story and series. Thank you, Ms. Halliday, for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by today. Ladies and gents, I give you Ms. Gemma Halliday.  

Thank you so much for having me! I’m very excited to be here and chat about my brand-new Marty Hudson Mystery, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva! I have to admit that writing this book has been a lot more fun than some others, largely due in part to working with my co-author for this series, Kelly Rey. Not only is Kelly lovely and talented, but she is also one of the funniest authors I know. Some of my favorite parts in this book are scenes that Kelly has added between our main character, Marty, and some of her eclectic, overly adventurous neighbors in her rundown apartment building. Want to meet a couple of them now?

Directly across the hall from Marty lives 2B. 2B’s real name is Ed Something-or-Other, whose last name is 20 letters long with no vowels. He can be seen any day of the week wearing torn jeans and T-shirts featuring wash-worn photos of different classic rock bands or album covers, from back when there were classic rock bands and album covers. His face is long and thin with a scrubby patch of whiskers on the point of his chin and a Jack Nicholson arch to his eyebrows that only serve to add to the devilish leer he’s forever shooting Marty’s way. Marty is 90% sure he’s harmless, but he has a hard time taking no for an answer, asking Marty out at least one a week for the last year. 

Just down the hall lives Isaac Bitterman. At 83 years old, the widower is considered quite a catch by the local retiree set, mostly due to the fact he still has some hair and a healthy railroad pension. Mr. Bitterman’s one fatal flaw? His cooking. Okay, so his appalling lack of culinary talent hasn’t actually killed anyone yet, but it’s come close a few times! His sense of smell seems as blunted as his eyesight; his experiment with Limburger cheese and broccoli lingered in the hallway for over a week. 

Despite his culinary adventures, one of Mr. Bitterman’s biggest admirers is Mrs. Frist, the wiry octogenarian package of silver hair and gold jewelry in a velour tracksuit that lives on the same floor. When she’s not got her eye firmly to the peephole of her door monitoring the comings and goings of the apartment complex, she’s staking her claim on Mr. Bitterman—at the top of her lungs so there’s no mistake about it!

As you can see, Marty has plenty of characters to keep her entertained while she’s at home in between her moments of danger, intrigue, and investigations in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva. I hope you enjoy reading about Marty and all of the wonderfully wacky people in her life as much as Kelly and I enjoyed writing about it. Thanks again for having me!

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Gemma Halliday Publishing (August 14, 2018)
Print Length: 316 pages

From #1 Kindle & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…

If there’s one thing Martha “Marty” Hudson can’t say no to, it’s her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene’s little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing “person” ends up being a missing corpse.

Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty & Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who’s now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything?

Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

About the Author

Gemma Halliday is the New York Times, USA Today & #1 Kindle bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries, the Hollywood Headlines Mysteries, the Jamie Bond Mysteries, the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries, the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and several other works. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice awards, a RONE award, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boyfriend, Jackson Stein, who writes vampire thrillers, and their four children, who are adorably distracting on a daily basis.

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Author: thebookdivasreads

I'm a reader, an avid reader, or perhaps a rabid reader (at least according to my family). I enjoy reading from a variety of different genres but particularly enjoy fiction, mystery, suspense, thrillers, ChickLit, romance and classics. I also enjoy reading about numerous non-fiction subjects including aromatherapy, comparative religions, herbalism, naturopathic medicine, and tea.

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