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Spotlight Tour - Waves of Murder - Including a GIVEAWAY

I am spotlighting this book on my blog. I haven't had the privilege of reading it, but it sounds really interesting and I would love to give it a try. It's always fun to find new authors and books to read. I have found many a favorite by trying someone new.

 School’s out for the summer!
Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle--three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

Buy the Book: Amazon

Meet the Author: 
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Author Interview:
We understand that in addition to the Fiona Quinn Mysteries you also write romantic suspense novels. What made you venture into the cozy mystery genre?

I love writing romantic suspense, and I still do. That said, I started writing children’s books for my grandchildren, and they adored them. However, grandchildren have a tendency to get older, and when my oldest granddaughter turned ten, she began to ask, when can I start reading your other books? Yikes! That’s what spurred me to start writing the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. I decided to write a series that anyone, and everyone could read. I wanted to write something that a mom could enjoy, and then hand it off to her teen daughter without worrying about the content, and then the teen could give it to her tween sister for her to enjoy as well. I think I’ve accomplished that goal with Fiona Quinn—everyone seems to love her, and the quirky Detective Landry too!

The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are set in Pittsburgh. What’s the connection?

I love Pittsburgh! It’s my hometown, and Fiona actually resides in the house where I grew up: 529 Oxford Street. The house was big and drafty, but had so much character, and I knew that Fiona had to live there. If you’ve read the first two books in the series, Murder on Pointe and Merry Murder, you know she doesn’t live there alone—her ghostly grandmother, Evelyn, lives in the attic apartment. This living arrangement provides a lot of fodder for fun!

Waves of Murder is set in Erie, Pennsylvania. Do you have a connection there?

As a child that is where my family vacationed. It was the only place my parents could afford to take us. I loved the beaches of Presque Isle, and I still visit the area every summer. I knew that Fiona had to visit this terrific beach, but let’s just say that her experiences are less relaxing than mine usually are. Poor Fiona, becomes entangled in a hot whodunit on those sandy beaches—I’m happy (or relieved) to say this has never happened to me!

Where will Fiona and Detective Landry go in the next book?

Fiona and Detective Landry find themselves in the middle of a vintage murder during a wine tasting at one of Pittsburgh’s premiere addresses, the Mansion on Fifth, in the next installment of the Fiona Quinn Mysteries, Tastes like Murder, set to release in late November.

Fiona and Detective Landry have a darling romance going on. Is there marriage for these two on the horizon?

Oh, no, I’m not going to give up that information! Frankly, I haven’t made up my mind if they will wed. I suppose you’ll have to keep reading the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to see where these two end up—but I guarantee it will always be somewhere interesting and fun!

Win a signed copy of Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald (open to USA only - 2 winners)
Ends June 3
Enter Giveaway HERE:


  1. Thanks for hosting WAVES OF MURDER today!

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I am going to be looking for a copy of your book to read. Sounds entertaining, and I love mysteries.

  2. I really enjoy mysteries - especially with women as the main character! Fiona Quinn sounds delightful, I will be looking for these books!
    lynne_foster(at)sbcglobal(dot)net is my email address. : )

    1. Mysteries are some of my favorite reads too! I am hoping to get to do more than just spotlight this one. Thanks for stopping by Lynne


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