A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
by Tracy Kiely
A Perfect Manhattan Murder (A Nic & Nigel Mystery) by Tracy Kiely
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01LXJQVDI
SynopsisThe play’s the thing, but it’s the star-studded after-party that sends sparks flyingThrilled that their friend’s Broadway debut was a rousing success, Nic and Nigel Martini, along with Nic’s college pal Harper, are trying to enjoy the exclusive after-party. Unfortunately, all the champagne and repartee in the world aren’t enough to overlook the churlish behavior of Harper’s husband, Dan. Nic is shocked the next morning when she learns that Dan’s been murdered. Nigel thinks the world may be a better place without him.Still, Harper’s their friend and they’re intent on helping her any way they can. The Martinis will stop at nothing—with the possible exception of cocktails and walks with their bull mastiff Skippy—to see that the killer ends up behind bars.
Tracy Kiely is a self-proclaimed Anglophile (a fact which distresses certain members of her Irish Catholic family). She grew up reading Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and watching Hitchcock movies. She fell in love with Austen’s wit, Christie’s clever plots, and Hitchcock’s recurrent theme of “the average man caught in extraordinary circumstances.”
After spending years of trying to find a proper job that would enable her to use her skills garnered as an English major, she decided to write a book. It would, of course, have to be a mystery; it would have to be funny; and it would have to feature an average person caught up in extraordinary circumstances. She began to wonder how the characters in Pride and Prejudice might fit into a mystery. What, if after years of living with unbearably rude and condescending behavior, old Mrs. Jenkins up and strangled Lady Catherine? What if Charlotte snapped one day and poisoned Mr. Collins’ toast and jam? Skip ahead several years, and several different plot ideas, and you have her first mystery Murder at Longbourn.
While she does not claim to be Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, or Hitchcock (one big reason being that they’re all dead), she has tried to combine the elements of all three in her books.
Interview with Tracy Kiely
1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think the opening scene is my favorite, actually. I think it captures the personalities of Nic and Nigel and their easy relationship with each other.
2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would definitely spend the day with Skippy, Nic and Nigel’s bullmastiff. Any activity with Skippy would be fine by me, as no matter where he goes something interesting follows.
3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Hmmm…this is a hard one! The Girl on The Train, Pride and Prejudice, Murder on the Orient Express and Rebecca would all be my top picks. Honestly, I’d have to flip a coin on that one
4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
The characters of Nic and Nigel Martini are updated versions of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles from his book The Thin Man. I’m a huge fan of both the book and the movie adaptations and thought it would be fun to put a modern day twist on it. In my version, Nic is the ex-detective and Nigel comes from the wealthy family. Rather than a small dog named Asta, Nic and Nigel have a very large Bullmastiff named Skippy. (As a side note, Skippy was the real name of the dog who portrayed Asta in the movies.)
5. What made you want to become a writer?
I used to answer this question by saying, “Heavy gambling debts,” until a fellow writer took me seriously. I grew up reading mysteries – starting with Nancy Drew before moving on to Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters. By the time I finished Elizabeth Peter’s Ammie Come Home, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to write mysteries.
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