by Charmain Zimmerman Brackett
Book 1: Murder Under the Magnolias
Business is blooming for Grace Ward during the first full week in April. With a major golf tournament in town, there’s plenty for this florist to do. But after the death of a young woman with a mysterious tattoo, Grace wonders if some of these parties she’s delivering flowers to are actually fronts for something more sinister.
“Charmain Z. Brackett has not only written another fantastic book, but she has also put a spotlight on the horrifying issue of human trafficking. I applaud this great author’s work and ability to educate us while entertaining us. I devoured the book.”
“Great mystery with lots of unexpected twists!”
“Went on an adventure and never left my house. I could not put it down.”
Book 2: Murder en Pointe
With a diva ballerina waltzing through town for two sold-out performances, Grace Ward has to be on her toes to make sure the star’s flowers are perfect. Her delivery goes awry when she finds the prima donna dead, and another Augusta mystery lands in her lap.
CIR: What inspired this series?
BRACKETT: I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries and watching Scooby Doo on television. I’ve always liked solving puzzles so writing mysteries seems to be a natural progression for me. This book is the first installment in the second mystery series I’ve written. I got a lot of positive feedback on the first cozy mystery series I wrote, and after six stories, it was time to move on.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this?
BRACKETT: I enjoyed spotlighting my hometown of Augusta, Ga. I think it’s a great place to live. It has rich history and rich culture, and my neighbors are all great people. Even though a murder takes place in the book, I wanted to cast positive light on my city, and I hope I achieved that. I also didn’t want to make my characters caricatures of Southern people. I wanted to make my characters real people.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this?
BRACKETT: I think the hardest part was the fact that I was writing about a real place with real people in it, and I had to change names of locations so as not to get into any trouble. If I could put an emoji here, it would definitely be a wink.
Learn more about Charmain Z Brackett and her writing at www.charmainzbrackett.com