Cabin 9 Mysteries New Series Launch

Campground Corpse Cabin 9 Mysteries Book 1

Campground Corpse Book 1
in Cabin 9 Mysteries

I have been so excited about launching this newest Cozy Mystery series! Cabin 9 Mysteries will take place near the fictional small town of Old Mill, Indiana. Hannah Taylor Reigler, her friends call her Taylor, has moved to Indiana to begin a Bed & Breakfast venue on the Whispering Oaks Campgrounds. The grounds that now contain a Main Lodge and nine log cabins has been closed for around 15 years. Taylor has recently inherited the property and hopes to spend the next month getting things ready to begin a quieter life away from Pittsburgh, PA into the more sedate life she has dreamed of for years. She is filled with anticipation to begin her new venture until she drives up into the grounds. Waist-high grass and weeds are the first to greet her.

Unexpected Guests

Taylor is furious with the overgrown vegetation and begins to take pictures as proof that the man who was hired to keep the grounds cleared has not done his job. Aiming her phone’s camera toward Cabin 9, Taylor sees something that she had hoped she had left behind. She hasn’t been thrilled with her newly discovered ability to see dead people and even worse she can talk to them. That ghost down there at the last cabin needs to just go away!

At least this ghost isn’t as needy as the ones she left back in Pittsburgh! The old guy just wanted to set things right so that he could join his wife. It is after he fades away that she discovers the tall grass won’t be her only obstacle. The interior of the buildings is covered with a bout a decade and a half of dust. She isn’t sure she is ready for this much adulting.

Premise of the Cabin 9 Series

Okay, so I mentioned above that Taylor sees dead people just like the kid in the movie. In Campground Corpse and the forthcoming books, Taylor will help solve mysteries with the local Town Marshal who she also finds quite easy to look at and enjoyable to be around. She is often given clues in how to help the handsome law officer from the resident Spirit who happens to stay in Cabin 9 and is a distant relative of Taylor’s.

Florence Ann Reigler , Aunt Flossie, tries to explain the workings of the after-life to her living niece while guiding her to information. She will often act as an intermediary between Taylor and the ghosts who need help. Aunt Flossie can be a help and a bother but always delightful and funny to encounter. I think you will enjoy Taylor and her great-great-aunt Flossie as they stumble through solving mysteries together.

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My Sleuth Upcycles For A Living

Why did I choose upcycling as my sleuth’s small business?

upcycling wine bottles
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Every Cozy Mystery, well almost all of them, have the element of a small business owner being the sleuth. I chose to have my sleuth own an upcycling business. Why use someone who upcycles? Well, quite honestly, I had not seen it done before. Having read hundreds of the cozy little mysteries, what is normally found are owners of:

  • book stores
  • antique shops
  • hobby shops like crochet, knitting and quilting
  • coffee shops
  • bakeries

My brain has a pretty good working knowledge of all of the above. So, how could I make my series of mysteries different? With upcycling or repurposing being quite the trend in decor for the home and office, it seemed a good choice for my sleuth to have a business in. Using my knowledge of antiques and recycling, I already had a good beginning for her business. Besides, I love that sort of thing.

Growing up, my family was pretty poor. Grandma taught me how to recycle before that was ever really a word in the dictionary. One just found ways to re-use items instead of throwing them away. It would be decades before I understood that what I was doing was re-purposing or upcycling items.

Cool factoid: Earth day was created on my birthday!

It only seemed natural for my sleuth, Roni Rainer, to have a business in the fictional small town of Beaver Falls that specializes in upcycling found items. Finding items to repurpose in her shop are easily found in her community through estate and garage sales, auctions and donations. I could visualize a shop with this sort of merchandise in my mind; so, I ran with it.

Where do I find repurposing ideas for her shop?

Oh goodness, there are a slew of places that I can search for ideas! Some are just in my own head but others can be found easily. I watch a lot of HGTV which often gives me inspiration. There are also upcycle  projects on their website that appeal to me.

Other places to look, if you want some ideas are Pinterest boards, Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens to name just a few. Seriously, just google the words upcycling or repurposing and you will find all sorts of places to travel to. It is what I do when I need some inspiration for something that Roni or Charlotte will make in the shop known in the series as, Revived.

My idea for her business seems to be appreciated by my readers. There was even a review that expressly mentioned an upcycled item. The gal said she wanted one of those ladder tables that the gals created. It made me chuckle just a bit because I want my hubby to make me one too.

Are you curious about what Roni and Charlotte create? By the way, the upcycled ladder table is described in the first book of the series. Perhaps now would be a good time to read Book One.

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