Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Murder in the Painted Lady by M.L. Hamilton

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I love dolphins. I love their playful nature, their intelligence and their almost human-like capacity to be imperfect. I’ve worked closely with dolphins in the past and I can say they are exceptionally profound creatures. I guess if I had to pick, a dolphin would be my spirit animal. Or a Golden Retriever. I have two and I will have more before I am done. My Goldens, Cricket and Comet, are the most loyal, gentle companions I could imagine having. While I don’t pretend to be as selfless as my two Goldens, I hope a few of their amazing qualities have rubbed off on me.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

The character of Marco D’Angelo in the book, Peyton’s partner, was supposed to die in Murder on Treasure Island. I had the scene all worked out for maximum gut-punching effect. Then people began falling in love with him and I realized that if I killed him off, I’d likely lose a lot of fans. Because of my readers, Marco D’Angelo’s life was saved.

Murder in the Painted Lady
A Peyton Brooks' Mystery Novella Prequel
by M.L. Hamilton
Genre: Mystery

Please note: This is a novella, not a full length work.
Peyton and Marco have solved more cases than many senior members of the San Francisco PD, but this case (the death of a high end real estate agent) is proving more difficult than the others.

With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Peyton fears they won't get a break in the case before the killer strikes again.

In the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors are literally dying for a sale.

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ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 25 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel. 

That dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks, FBI launched in 2014. In 2016, she ventured into the cozy mystery craze with her cozy mystery series, Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries.

Between teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden Retrievers and reading.

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