Book Tour Featuring *In the Frame* by Lyn Farrell @lia_farrell @dollycas #giveaway

In the Frame (A Rosedale Investigation)
by Lyn Farrell

About In The Frame

In the Frame (A Rosedale Investigation)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Camel Press (January 10, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 168492037X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684920372
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8Q11WG2

Rosedale Investigations team has two cases this time: a missing woman and a client who wants a provenance created for an antique painting. The missing woman dies in an accident but the team doubts it was accidental. Researching the century-old painting reveals that it’s considered cursed and then it’s stolen.

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Voice of Billy Jo

“When Mrs. Walcott and her granddaughter, Sylvia, first approached Rosedale Investigations with a request that we construct a provenance for her 100 year-old painting, I was excited and wanted to take the case, but got push-back from PD, Wayne and Dory. They reminded me that the business looked into missing persons, missing property, cases of infidelity, and helped the sheriff’s office investigate major crimes. I knew they were right, but I’d hoped this one might be my big chance to prove myself to the team. I’ve always felt they didn’t think I was partner material. It’s a sore point.

“I gave in, but didn’t give up. I referred Mrs. Walcott to the University where the Art Department cleaned and refurbished the work. Once the painting was restored, Sylvia Walcott returned to Rosedale Investigations (with a little encouragement from me) to ask again for our help with the provenance. I did a power point presentation to convince the team to let me work the case. PD finally agreed I had two weeks to look into it. He wasn’t very gracious about it.

“One of the interesting things about the painting was its title, “Wednesday’s Child.’ The phrase comes from an old Nursery rhyme that predicts a child’s future by the day of the week the infant was born. It reads: Monday’s Child is Fair of Face, Tuesday’s Child is Full of Grace, but Wednesday’s Child is full of Woe….  I started my investigation by assuming that Wednesday’s Child was a real person who inspired the work and tried to discover who she was.

“The quest led me to a prominent academic family in Pennsylvania which originally commissioned the work. Interviewing the grandson of Dr. Brookover Sr. who’d hired the artist, I learned that Wendy Brookover (who was born on a Wednesday) fell in love with the artist while he was painting her children. She died just days after the final work was delivered, having fallen down a flight of stairs. I then found the death certificate of the artist and learned he committed suicide.

“During my investigation, the painting was stolen and I was assaulted. A lot happened before the final confrontation with the Brookovers who intended to burn the painting because they believed it was cursed. Dory was shot, I stood up to Mr. Brookover who was armed, and saved the painting. I think my actions went a long way to prove I was ready to become a partner in Rosedale Investigations.”

About Lyn Farrell

Writing as both Lia Farrell and Lyn Farrell, I’ve been publishing books since 2013. I decided to become a writer in the seventh grade. My home life was chaotic and I found peace spending summers at my grandmother’s dairy farm. With little supervision, I wandered the hundred-and-twenty-acre farm and discovered the beauty and healing power of nature. Today, when I need inspiration for my stories, I take long walks. My memories of the time I spent at the farm resulted in a novel “The Cottonwoods” released on 8/21.

My first marriage ended in divorce, leaving me with two young children. Five years later, I fell in love with a divorced professor with six children. Raising that many kids required working full-time. When I retired from Michigan State University, I returned to my original dream of becoming a writer. My daughter, Lisa, and I wrote the “Mae December mysteries” using the penname of Lia Farrell. They are amusing, mental puzzles called cozies, with an element of romance. Cozies are the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. It’s a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world.

Now writing solo as Lyn Farrell, I recently published “The Blind Switch” (January 2021). It’s the first in a series about a private detective agency, Rosedale Investigations. Two of my readers’ favorite characters from the Mae December mysteries, Dory and Wayne Nichols, have starring roles in these books. “The Blind Split” (released 1/11) is the second in the series. In The Frame is the third book in the series.

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