Murder at Harbor Village Guest Post
by GP Gardner
Fairhope is a nice little community on Mobile Bay, full of flowers and outdoor sculptures and busy shops and restaurants. It ought to qualify for a monopoly on the word quaint. No wonder Cleo Mack fell in love with it on that first visit, right before the Fourth of July. Maybe she was a little tired of Atlanta, too, with all its traffic and worldliness.
That’s not to say that Fairhope isn’t worldly. You might bump into Howell Raines, former editor of the NY Times, as you wander around town, or a Senator or Fannie Flagg, or Brad Pitt. The artist Nall divides his time between Fairhope and France. Someone compiled a list of local writers, which you can see here: http://beautifulfairhope.com/about/fairhope-authors/
Even the trash is charming in Fairhope. These white wooden containers are all over town, planted with lush flowers. Waste Please, they say, but in the French Quarter it’s Debris.
About the Book
Murder at Harbor Village
Lyrical Underground (November 13, 2018)
Paperback: 216 pages
Digital ASIN: B079WM9X29
Young retiree Cleo Mack is trading in academia for a second act in Harbor Village, a community for active seniors in coastal Alabama. But someone in this picture-perfect coastal town is burning the candle at both ends . . .
It’s love at first sight when Cleo arrives in Fairhope, Alabama, after taking early retirement from her longtime position as professor of social work. Touted as “the nicest town in the world,” Fairhope is home to an eclectic community of retirees. Harbor Village boasts classes in painting, pottery, and photography, not to mention being a buyer’s market for husbands. It seems an ideal place to make new friends and rediscover life. Until a dead body is found in the pool.
When the victim turns out to be the unpopular director of senior living, Cleo is named acting director. Now she must rely on her well-honed people skills to uncover a killer in a place where short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and age is just a number. And if Cleo keeps snooping around, her number may soon be up . . .
About the Author
Born and raised in Alabama, G. P. Gardner earned BS and MA degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) and an MBA from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). She also attended the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she studied biopsychology and primatology. But her heart belongs to Talladega College—an HBCU and the first educational institution in Alabama to admit students without regard to race—where she taught business. Her writing life began with short stories, some of which were published in regional literary journals and some of which won prizes. She enjoys the classic mystery writers as well as contemporary whodunits but reads widely. She is a knitter and once owned a knit shop in Fairhope, AL. She studied mystery writing with Terry Cline, another Fairhope resident. Murder in Harbor Village is the first in her series about social worker Cleo Mack. You can visit her at gpgardner.com.
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Review of Murder at Harbor Village
Review (4 Stars): Murder at Harbor Village was a delightfully charming mystery with a quirky cast of likeable characters. Cleo Mack was a fun, sassy heroine and I enjoyed her adventures with the entertaining residents of Harbor Village even though it involved Cleo spending her early retirement solving a murder mystery. Murder at Harbor Village was a well-written tale and the perfect start for a brand new series. Can’t wait to see what trouble Cleo and her friends find themselves in during the next installment of this engaging new series.