Guest Post: Abigail Keam – DEATH BY DRAMA


Hello, my bookish peeps. I’ve participated in several tours in the past promoting books from the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series by Abigail Keam. I hope you’ll catch up on this series before you read the latest addition, Death by Drama. I’m honored to host a return visit today from this award-winning author and my Appalachian neighbor (she’s in Kentucky and I’m in West Virginia). Today Ms. Keam will be sharing with us the origins of this series and what has happened in a few of the first books. 






I have always loved reading murder mysteries. When I was decided to pen The Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series, I made several decisions about the tone of the series, which my readers have enjoyed. One was to give my middle-aged female beekeeper sleuth the name of a Biblical king. I also gave her health issues. To add a realistic flavor, I used real locations in the Bluegrass and intertwined history with the storyline. I stirred in quirky friends and feisty honeybees, added a dash of bourbon and a teaspoon of Southern charm, and voila, something unique to read.  I’ve been very fortunate that many readers have enjoyed this recipe and have stayed with me in the eight years of writing the series. I recently released Death By Drama #11 and am currently working on the twelfth Josiah Reynolds Mystery. It’s a joy and privilege to write for mystery readers, and I am so thankful Josiah is welcomed into so many homes.

As with the yellow brick road, it always helps to start at the beginning.

#1. Death By A HoneyBee

READERS’ FAVORITE – GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Death By A HoneyBee is an enjoyable read which will capture the interest of most die-hard mystery fans!

Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a full-time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass, Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon, and antebellum plantation houses, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets well.

#2. Death By Drowning
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner 2011 for Best New Mystery Sleuth

In spite of having to recover from serious injuries from her fall down a cliff, Josiah Reynolds is back to sleuthing. This time her friend, Irene Meckler, asks Josiah to investigate the death of her nephew which was ruled accidental. Irene has her doubts. As Josiah fights for her recovery, she fights for the truth regarding a youth and the secret of how he died. In a land where secrets are buried deep in the earth, Josiah searches in a land that doesn’t let go of its past easily. The past never dies in Kentucky – the dark and bloody ground.

#3. Death By Bridle 

Death by Bridle is as fast-paced and full of personality as we have come to expect from Abigail Keam. A really great read! – Midwest Book Review 

Josiah is back on the trail of a murderer. Arthur Aaron Greene III is one of Kentucky’s most prominent horse breeders but he is found hanging from the rafters in a horse barn with stones in his pockets and a bucket of water under his feet. The only witness is a nine-year-old boy who can’t remember exactly what happened. Relentless in her pursuit of the killer, Josiah stumbles into decades of lies and deception that include her dear friend, Lady Elsmere. Josiah discovers that she must go back to 1962 if she is to find out the truth at all.

#4. Death By Bourbon

Life takes a dramatic turn for Josiah when she witnesses a death at an engagement party for Matt, her best friend. Charming socialite Addison DeWitt falls into a fit after taking a sip of bourbon. That would be upsetting enough, but Josiah is sure it is murder. However, no one will believe her except for Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer. The three of them conspire to bring the murderer to justice. It turns out the suspect is always three steps ahead of them, but Josiah is sure of one thing. There is justice and then there is Kentucky justice.

Abigail Keam



Death By Drama: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery

by Abigail Keam

About the Book


Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Worker Bee Press (July 24, 2018)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10: 069215051X
ISBN-13: 978-0692150511
Digital ASIN: B07FMQB68G



Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.

What could go wrong? Everything!

Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!

Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater . . . and possibly a murderer!




About the Author




Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth in the Bluegrass.

Her first mystery novel, Death By A HoneyBee, won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011.

Death By Drowning won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth from Reader’s Favorite and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist.

Miss Abigail is also an award-winning beekeeper who has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.

A strong supporter of farmers’ markets and local food economy, Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Gail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.

She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.



Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series


Death By A HoneyBee I
Death By Drowning II
Death By Bridle III
Death By Bourbon IV
Death By Lotto V
Death By Chocolate VI
Death By Haunting VII
Death By Derby VIII
Death By Design IX
Death By Malice X
Death By Drama XI

Author Links

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 22 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 22 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST

October 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 23 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 24 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

October 24 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 25 – Handcrafted Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 26 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 26 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

October 27 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST

October 28 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST





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Guest Post: Author Abigail Keam

FIRST STEPS TOWARDS SERIOUS WRITING

     Every author has to take that first step towards writing. Most do not realize that writing is only part of the journey towards a successful career. There are many other elements that you must conquer before you will be successful.

     What is meant by a successful career? Each writer must determine that for her/his self, but for me it is a good piece of writing that I am proud to put my John Hancock on and is subsequently followed by a paycheck.  

      How does one get ready? The tricks are the same as in any career path and being a writer is no different.

Get Rid Of Negativity In Your Life.

     Don’t worry about having doubts about your talent. Everyone does and it is a natural fear.  

     I am talking about people who are negative about your writing. Many of them are friends and family. Stop talking about your writing. Quit giving them ammo.  If they really get you down, just don’t hang around them anymore. Be around people who are positive and have a “can do” attitude about life.  

      I didn’t mention my first book to anyone until it was published. I did that to protect myself from any negative forces that might have distracted me from my goal.

Be Reasonable.

     You may be the greatest writer in the world, but that doesn’t mean readers are going to fall over when they read your material or that you even are published in the first place. There are many great writers, who are competing with each other for a publishing deal and shelf space in stores. Remember—writing is a business like any other business. It may be that your book is wonderful but not what is selling at the moment. That doesn’t mean it is not going to happen for you.  Keep your ego in check.

When A Door Closes, Go Around It.

      If you can’t find a publisher, then publish yourself. It is an investment in your future but you must work very hard to get a return on your dollar. Writing that book is only part of the adventure. Now you must build a devoted fan base by marketing your product, which is your book and yourself. Yes, you are part of the marketing package. Marketing your book can be a full time job in itself, but if you do it right, it will make selling your book easier.


I have given you the three most important steps towards a career in writing—positive thinking, keeping your ego in check and alternate solutions. Now go for it!         


About the author:

Abigail Keam is an award-winning author who writes the Josiah Reynolds mystery series about a beekeeper turned sleuth.

Death By A HoneyBee won the 2010 Gold Medal Award for Women’s Lit from Reader’s Favorite and was a Finalist of the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011. 
Death By Drowning won the 2011 Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth and also was placed on the USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books of 2011. Death by Bourbon is her newest book.

Ms. Keam is also an award-winning beekeeper who lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters.

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Book Excerpt: DEATH BY BOURBON by Abigail Keam

Death By Bourbon by Abigail Keam
ISBN:  9780615651590 (Paperback)
ASIN:  B0098BMV54 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Worker Bee Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2012


Life takes a dramatic turn for Josiah when she witnesses a death at an engagement party for guess who . . . Matt. Matt? Yes Matt.

Charming socialite Addison DeWitt falls into a fit after taking a sip of bourbon. That would be upsetting enough, but Josiah is sure it is murder. However, no one will believe her except for Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer. The three of them conspire to bring the murderer to justice. It turns out that the suspect is always three steps ahead of them. 

To make matters worse, Josiah’s daughter, Asa, decides to move to London, Franklin leaves town and Jake starts singing a different tune. Josiah doubts her ability to meet the future alone. Maybe it’s time to sell the Butterfly and move to Florida with the rest of the old folks.



Excerpt: 

Chapter 18

    I kept thinking about Doreen’s ring. It sort of rang a bell with me. No pun intended.

   On a hunch, I pulled out my books on Renaissance paintings and looked in the glossaries for mention of the notorious Borgia family.  Finally I found a reference to Dosso Dossi for his painting Portrait Of A Youth painted in 1514. Flipping to the correct page, there was the picture of a golden-haired youth dressed in dour clothing, almost like a Puritan’s of the seventeenth century instead of the flamboyant, rich clothing of Rome during the flowering of the Renaissance. It was also hard to tell if the youth was male or female even though the print stated that person was Lucrezia Borgia.

    I had seen several portraits of Lucrezia during my travels to Italy and this person did resemble that young girl.  

    Lucrezia Borgia was the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI. The corrupt political and sexual machinations of Pope Alexander VI, which included the famous Chestnut Ball at the Vatican, are said to have laid the groundwork for the Reformation in 1520. Among the many juicy accusations against the Borgia family was incest between father and daughter, orgies and most particularly – political assassinations by poison. Nice family, huh.

    It was rumored that Lucrezia did her fair share of poisoning by use of a special ring with a secret compartment filled with poison, which she used on selected guests during dinner.  

    And, looking at the portrait I saw a ring on her finger – a large gold bauble just like Doreen was wearing. Was Doreen’s copy of Lucrezia Borgia’s ring hollow too? Did it have a special compartment?

    That’s what I needed to find out. I drummed the desk. Now how could I get that ring off Doreen’s finger to see?   

    I would figure a way.


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