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At 86 I call myself the Grandma Moses of mystery. Grandma Moses was a primitive artist who became famous at the age of 80 and painted until she was 101. Since my mother lived to the age of 103, I hope to do as well with mystery. (I don't know how many grandchildren she had, but I have eight, and one great-grandchild.)
My husband and I spent many years sailing on Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Since those days on our boat inspired my writing career, both mysteries take place near the bay. Both books are available as trade paperbacks through Amazon and, by order, through bookstores such as Barnes & Noble. And, of course, the e-book is available in all formats right here.
I have one non-fiction, A KNUCKLEHEAD IN 1920s ALASKA. It follows the adventures of a nineteen-year-old, (actually my father) who went to Alaska hoping to earn college money. During the following three summers and one winter, he encountered danger and adventure---but not much money. This book is available at Amazon.
A young adult ghost mystery, CHERISH, is also available at Amazon. (As a grandmother, I just had to finish this before ALL my grandchildren were too old to read it.)
on April 09, 2012 :
The burden in writing a murder mystery is keeping that balance of clues and red herring. You don't want your readers figuring out "who-dun-it" too quickly. Author Norma Huss kept me guessing until the final chapters of "Death of a Hot Chick."
Her book reads a lot like Janet Evanovich's Number series --a little funny, a little sexy, and very entertaining. Her heroine Cyd could become the next Stephanie Plum. Now she just needs two hot guys to woo and help her.
The big twist in this novel is the appearance of a ghost -- the ghost of the hot chick. Huss handles the supernatural phenomenon with a light touch and doesn't dwell too much on the addition.
Readers will want to watch for more of Huss's novels, but with such a generic title, that will be hard. That's why the Stephanie Plum series succeeds -- each title contains a number, so readers know which books they've read.
Keep 'em coming, Norma Huss -- just find a better title!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 29, 2012 :
How do you say more than WOW! From the first words you are dragged into Cyd's world on Chesapeake Bay . For me, a good read has to have a main character I truly care about, a world I would like to be in, and a mystery that I can't quite solve.
It's all here in literal boat loads!
My only criticism of this wonderful page turner is the title. While catchy, it doesn't do the marvelous story justice. I would love to have something of the nautical in the title.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)