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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Granny Skewers a Scoundrel by Julie Seedorf, Review and Guest Post

Granny Skewers a Scoundrel:
A Fuschia Minnesota Mystery

Cozy Mystery – 225 Pages
Cozy Cat Press (March 11, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1939816382


Granny has a new addition to her arsenal of crime fighting weapons as Fuchsia, Minnesota’s most colorful detective. Now, along with her famous crook-hooking umbrella, she’s acquired a scoundrel-skewering knitting needle. And just in time! Residents of Fuchsia seem to be dropping dead like flies! First, it’s Granny’s neighbor Sally (who gives up the ghost in her weed-filled front yard), followed by Esmeralda Periwinkle (the squirrel lover on Main Street), and then, Mr. Nail, owner of the local hardware store (who is squashed when dozens of bags of fertilizer fall on top of him). Granny is baffled. Who is behind this murder spree?
Granny enlists the help of her sort of boyfriend franklin Gatsby, the town’s police chief Cornelius Stricknine (or “The Big Guy”), her reality-show loving neighbor Mavis, and her own son Thor. And, of course, the special assistance of her menagerie of pets — including Mr. Bleaty, the goat. Soon Granny is hot on the trail of this dastardly murderer. Unfortunately, when Granny herself is poisoned, everyone insists that she cool her crime solving ways and stay indoors and out of harms way. Of course, that’s never going to happen! Not when Granny knows all the secret passageways and tunnels that run underneath Fuchsia. Out she goes–and watch out, you evil doers! Granny will solve this mystery–you can bet your pink undies, she will!

My Review:

Well, Granny really skewered me in this book.  Once I started it, I didn't want to put  it down.  Granny is such an eccentric character that you can't help but love her, she really gets herself into some hairy and humorous situations.  She definitely is not your typical Granny, that is for sure.  Another thing that makes this series so enjoyable is the menagerie of animals that Granny has accumulated, and keeps accumulating, and the quirky characters that inhabit the town of Fuchsia, MN.  Granny has the possibility of a romance in this book, will she take the plunge.   I can't wait for the next Fuchsia Minnesota Mystery to come out to see what Granny is up to next!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my  honest review.

About This Author

Julie grew up in a small Minnesota community. She knows the value of neighbors looking out for neighbors.
Julie has worn many hats during her lifetime. She has been a waitress, barmaid, activities assistant, store clerk, office manager and for the last 14 years has worked in computer repair, and finally owning her own computer repair business. In January 2014 she closed her computer business to write full time.
Her most important career in her estimation has been wife, mother and grandmother. Nothing could equal the gift of nurturing and watching her children and grandchildren grow.
Julie is also a columnist for the Albert Lea Tribune. Her column “Something About Nothing” brings a little fluff to an unfluffy world. She believes there is always something underlying in the nothings we talk about. In 2011 she self-published “Whatchamacallit? Thingamajig?. It is a book about grandmothers and grandchildren. It was a collaboration between her grandchildren and Julie. Along with a glossary and lots of weird words, it is a mystery that reveals to the characters grandchildren who Grandma used to be.
In 2013 Julie signed a contract with Cozy Cat Press for the publication of her Cozy Mystery “Granny Hooks A Crook.” It fulfilled one item on Julie’s bucket list. Granny lives in the fictional town of Fuchsia, Minnesota. The Fuchsia, Minnesota books is a series. Granny Skewers A Scoundrel, book two in the series was released in March 2014. The Fuchsia books are unusual cozies with a little satire about small communities and an over the top Granny that gives a new meaning to old.  Julie also writes free lance for the Courier Sentinel and the Albert Lea Tribune. She also is designing a line of shirts, cups and other material to complement her books.

Never quit dreaming is Julie’s motto. Dreams are the gateway to fun, fantasy and the future.
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Guest Post:

You Are Uniquely You


E. L. Doctorow made this statement; Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

That statement gave me pause for thought. My first book Granny Hooks A Crook came out of nothing. It came out of the nothingness of my dreams at night. Each day I woke up and a new chapter was in my head. I couldn’t explain it but those dreams lifted me out of an illness and a depression and gave me hope for a new tomorrow full of joy and creativity.

The reviews of the book were mixed because people found it hard to read a book that was fantasy and fun. Others loved the book because the main character, Granny, was someone they would love to be later in life instead of the broken down idea we have of older people. Fuchsia, Minnesota was the community we might like to live in without all the rules and regulations that bog us down in our real life. Writing Granny Hooks A Crook started from nothing, fantasy and creativity became my learning experience. It had been a long time since I felt able to let go of today’s problems and wallow in fun and creativity. Fuchsia and Granny did that for me.

Writing Granny Skewers A Scoundrel was hard to start out of nothing because fear and the what if’s took over. What if no one liked it? What if I couldn’t keep up the humor and creativity? What if…what if….what if.

I also love to read. I read many different genres of books but I love Cozy Mysteries. Reading the wonderful stories that others weave made me also doubt my talent. My mystery is different. My mystery is more silly and fanciful. I got scared and thought that perhaps I should change the way I write. Could I write a little more seriously when it came to a cozy story?

Yes, the panic set in and for a small time I was blocked with indecision. I turned to my young reader series, Granny’s in Trouble for answers. It was a series I started to let my grandchildren know a little bit about who their grandmother was when she was young. As I worked on my books in that series I realized that for too many years I tried to be someone else and stifle the fantasy that didn’t seem to fit with the adult world I lived in today.

I write because I need to let the fantasy and ideas flow. I write because I love to write. I write because I want to touch others’ lives. I write because it reminds me that finally, now, I understand I can no longer be who others think I need to be. I need to let my own inner light shine in whatever way that will keep my dreams and my soul alive to love life in the good times and the challenges that we all face living in this world.

The statement by E.L Doctorow is a statement about writing, but it could be a statement about our lives. When we are born we all start from nothing. We grow and explore and learn. When we are new to this world we opened our eyes in amazement at the first time we saw a butterfly or felt a hug or a kiss from someone we loved. We trusted, we played, and we grew our own unique personalities.

The key is asking ourselves what we learned and what we changed as we traveled our life and explored expectations. Did we leave our fantasies behind and put in place of them the hard cruel world? Or did we keep our light shining for all to see in the way that nurtured our inner soul?

Writing the Fuchsia, Minnesota Series, writing the Granny’s In Trouble Series and writing the other series that I have started found that little light still shining deep in my soul. I only had to let it out again.

My advice to my readers; let your little light shine from deep in your soul. Embrace the part of you that you used to be when you started from nothing. Look for the wonder again in your life and let your little light shine for the entire world to see. You are uniquely you.




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  1. I love cozies set in my home state of MN.

  2. I enjoyed book 1 and wondered if there would be a follow up. Looking forward to reading it.