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Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival
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A Cleo Mack Mystery #3

December 2019
On Sale: December 3, 2019
Featuring: Cleo Mack
ISBN: 151610904X
EAN: 9781516109043
Kindle: B07P9MRK5D
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Also by G.P. Gardner:
Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival, December 2019
Murder at Harbor Village, November 2019


First of all, let me thank Fresh Fiction for a great review and for inviting me to visit with you.

And second, I want to thank READERS for making the first Cleo Mack Mystery a USA Today Best Seller! Murder at Harbor Village tells how Cleo moved to Fairhope and fell into a new job managing a retirement community. The second book, Murder at Royale Court, centers on a murder that occurs during an antique automobile show. And now, the third book in the series—Murder at the Arts & Crafts Festival—shows Cleo with a big circle of friends who help with the sleuthing when Twinkle Thaw, the famous portrait artist, crashes her sister’s dinner party, comes between an old sweetheart and his wife, takes over a local art gallery, and dies. The series is set in Fairhope, a quaint, bayside community in coastal Alabama.

Unlike the murders, the arts & crafts festival actually occurs every spring. I love attending it for many reasons, some of which I’m listing below, along with a few photos from recent festivals.

The main thing we expect to find at art festivals is art—paintings, drawings, photographs, and other things that hang on the wall. Art comes in all sizes and colors and styles, but it’s not the only attraction at festivals. Some of my favorites include:

People--It’s always great fun to mingle with the crowds! And the 200,000+ visitors who attend Fairhope’s Arts & Crafts Festival every year are always in such good moods. One year my husband was working at the info booth when a lovely lady lost all sense of orientation and couldn’t remember where she’d left her car. Being a bit of a sleuth himself, he plied her with questions:  Had she seen water as she drove into town? Was it the northern part of Mobile Bay, on her right side, or the Fairhope shore, on her left? Did she park in a church lot, a shopping center, along a city street? Had she taken a shuttle bus or walked up the hill, passing quaint old cottages? His questions helped her solve the mystery of the lost car.

Pottery--Maybe my favorite. This teapot made by Chuck Solberg, of St. Paul, Minnesota, caught my eye one year.

Jewelry is always nice. This necklace is similar to the one interior designer Michael Bonderant selected for Cleo in Murder at the Arts & Crafts Festival.

Glass--Beautiful! If I had a mantle, it’d be full of such pieces. But unfortunately, I don’t have any display space beyond the reach of a cat, and I’d die if one of these beauties got broken. You may remember that the Grand Prize in Murder at Royale Court was a piece of art glass.

Dogs--both furry and junque varieties. Note the glass doorknobs used for eyes.

Food--Funnel cakes, anyone? How about lemonade, or fudge from the Punta Clara Candy Kitchen, located just down the road at Point Clear.

Weather--always a source of excitement, whether it’s a shower, or a freak windstorm that upends display tents, or an unseasonable cold snap that sends exhibitors scurrying for warm clothing.

Music--something different on every corner.

Shuttle Buses--some of them are artworks in themselves. I wish I had a photo to show.

Nature--driftwood sculptures, birdhouses, gourds, twisty branches. Love them all.

Hair--just because.

If you decide to attend this year’s Arts & Crafts Festival, maybe I’ll see you there. It’s always the third weekend in March, and you can find more information at this link:  https://fairhopeartsandcraftsfestival.com.


COMMENT TO WIN: Tell us your favorite things about attending arts and crafts festivals, and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of Murder at the Arts & Crafts. US Only. Good Luck! 



A Cleo Mack Mystery #3

Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival

It’s late March in Fairhope, Alabama, and artists from around the country are flocking to the bayside town’s Arts & Crafts Festival. The annual tradition has something for everyone, only this year, the main attraction is murder . . .
Cleo Mack’s life has been a whirlwind since she inadvertently became the executive director of Harbor Village, a retirement community bustling with energetic seniors. Juggling apartment sales, quirky residents, and a fast-moving romance is tricky business. But on-the-job stress develops a new meaning when Twinkle Thaw, a portrait artist known to ruffle a few feathers, arrives unannounced for the weekend’s festival and drops dead hours later—mysteriously poisoned . . .
Twinkle’s bizarre death doesn’t seem like an accident. Not with a sketchy newcomer slinking around town and a gallery of suspects who may have wanted her out of the picture for good. As Cleo brushes with the truth, she soon finds that solving the crime could mean connecting the dots between a decades-old art heist and an unpredictable killer who refuses to color inside the lines . . .

Mystery Cozy | Mystery Hobbies | Mystery Woman Sleuth [Lyrical Press Underground, On Sale: December 3, 2019, e-Book, ISBN: 9781516109043 / eISBN: 9781516109036]

Who killed Twinkle Thaw?

About G.P. Gardner

G.P. Gardner

GP Gardner lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with her writer husband and a once-feral cat.

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16 comments posted.

Re: G.P Gardner | Festival Favorites

To experience the creativity of local artisans!
(Tracy Urschler 1:10pm January 17)

legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com I like arts and crafts festivals for the
atmosphere. I love seeing the creativity.
(Kara Marks 11:11pm January 17)

Arts & Crafts Festivals are like eye candy to me. I always
find new ideas and something to buy usually made of fabric.
Seeing the goods displayed proudly and watching the craft
people at work are experiences I cherish.
(Alyson Widen 12:38pm January 18)

I love seeing what people have made. I tend to find
something I have to have, or I come up with an idea for
something to make myself. There's always so much to see!
(Alicia Kozak 12:22pm January 18)

Arts and Crafts festivals open my eyes to see how many
talented artisans we have in our area. I love to see how
they turn ideas into beautiful creations. Beach themed items
are my favorite.
(Maryann Skaritka 12:53pm January 18)

I enjoy the artwork, but I also enjoy people watching and
the food. I always discover a new coffee or treat at
Congratulations on your series and thanks for the contest.
(Jackie Layton 2:18pm January 18)

I love seeing all the crafts: pottery, blown glass, and
quilts. Also the huntgood you can usually find there.
The book sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.
(Ann Ivey 6:57pm January 18)

I love seeing what artists do in their medium. The
creativity always amazes me and of cours,the food. :)
(Jane Starcher 9:11pm January 18)

I just love seeing all the different crafts that people come
up with. I love getting people unique gifts for Christmas,
so I always buy things during the year when I find them for
each person.
(Jamie Gillespie 10:04pm January 18)

I like seeing what people have come up with. I'm not
creative enough to craft
(Katrina Dehart 11:00pm January 18)

I love seeing the tallent and all the different items that
can be seen
(Vickie Couturier 8:20am January 19)

I enjoy seeing the amazing crafts and visiting with the artists.
(Anna Speed 1:33pm January 19)

I like all the cool glazes and finishes potters put on their ceramics!
(John Smith 9:01pm January 19)

the mystery: You'll never know what you'll find . . ..
(Martin Bodnar 8:10am January 20)

I love the variety of selections and to see all the
beautiful creativity and myriad of colors. I love the cover
of your book.
(Nancy Reynolds 12:19pm January 20)

I enjoy looking at all the crafts and talking to the vendors.
(Risa Rispoli 10:14pm January 20)

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