Thursday, August 17, 2023

Excerpt Virtual Tour & Giveaway: Murder at the Zoo (Agatha, Raymond, Sherlock, and Me Mystery, #1) by Marcia Rosen

Murder at the Zoo
An Agatha, Raymond, Sherlock, and Me Mystery
Marcia Rosen

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Artemesia Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: March 14, 2023
Page count: 196 pages



A body is tossed into the lion’s habitat at the zoo where Miranda Scott is the senior vet. She and Detective Bryan Anderson join forces to unravel that mystery and several more murders. A fan since childhood of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Sherlock Holmes they seem to live in Miranda's head frequently telling her what to do…and not do. Murders, family, deceit, revenge and a gangster father and godfather often get in the way of a fine romance between Miranda and the Detective.



“Marcia Rosen's new book is hard to put down! The characters are engaging and you enjoy getting to know them as you read this mystery. I enjoyed discovering the world and people in Murder at the Zoo and can't wait to read more from this author!” -- Cat Harper, National Steinbeck Center


It was nearing early morning and Bryan had stayed at the hospital throughout the night. 

Her mother and Dennis having disappeared for several hours were now back and smelling of alcohol. 

Outside her hospital room a police officer was standing watch. Even Wilson knew this hit and run was intentional. 

“I want to go home. I’m just sore from being forced into the steering wheel,” Miranda started to get up but obviously was still a bit shaky. 

“I’ll take you.” All three responded at the same time. 

“The police have more questions about the accident, so I’ll take you home.” 

Dennis and Lillian glared at him. They were clearly up to something. It wasn’t so much what they said, but their behavior said a lot. It was looks between each of them, the smell of alcohol, and her mother being unusually nice to her. 

Getting into Bryan’s unmarked police car Miranda wanted to know, “Have you found out who hit us and where is my van? Is Emma okay?” 

“Emma is fine. Your van is dead. It’s been towed to the police vehicle compound. We know who hit you and they’ve been arrested. High and drunk, a couple from Albuquerque decided you and Emma were the Zoo murderers thanks to the senators’ insinuations. 

“Why were my mother and Dennis together?  They acted pretty weird when you said you would drive me home.” 

“Not sure,” Bryan replied. 

Oh dear, I think your mother and Dennis may be up to no good, Agatha implied as nice as possible. 

I definitely wouldn’t trust them. You know your mother with men. Need I say anymore, Raymond added. 

Unless you want to get killed you better tell Bryan everything. Sherlock shouted. 

Miranda, fell asleep in the car, leaned her head on Bryan’s shoulder and asked him, “What did Inspector Clouseau want? I think he was talking to me.  He kept trying to tell me something about numbers.”  The pain medicine was making her sleepy…and a bit goofy. 

Bryan broke out laughing. Putting his arm around he, he wanted to kiss her, well that and more. He was crazy about her. “Let me get you home and to bed…sorry without me,” he whispered.


Marcia Rosen (aka M. Glenda Rosen), award winning author of eleven books including The Senior Sleuths and Dying To Be Beautiful Mystery Series and The Gourmet Gangster: Mysteries and Menus (Menus by her son Jory Rosen). She is also author of The Woman’s Business Therapist and award winning My Memoir Workbook. For 25 years she was owner of a successful national marketing and public relations agency, Marcia has frequently been a speaker and/or program moderator at organization meetings and conferences, bookstores, libraries and Zoom Programs. Topics she has taught and presented over the past twenty years include: Encouraging the Writer Within You, Marketing for Authors, Writing Mysteries…Not A Mystery, Writing Your Memoir and recently “Anatomy of Writing A Murder.” Many articles on these topics have been published on mystery reader blogs and in newsletters and magazines including “Mystery Scene Magazine” and “Mystery Reader International Journal.” 

She is a member of Sisters in Crime National and New Mexico (Croak & Dagger), Southwest Writers, New Mexico Book Association, Women Writing the West, Public Safety Writer’s Association, and National Association of Independent Writers and Editors—for which she is also a board member.


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

marisela zuniga said...

Thanks for sharing an excerpt, this sounds like a good book

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Cute cover, and the book sounds good.