In creating Frosty The Dead Man, the first thing I came up with was the title, not my standard operating procedure. For the series proposal, I needed to come up with the synopses for three books. I already had the first one in mind, and did some brainstorming one cold, dark late afternoon December day in Minnesota. The ideal time for books with snow globe/winter themes, right? I came up with titles for books two and three, The Iced Princess and Frosty the Dead Man. Then I formulated basic plots. The big question for book three was, just who was the man with the nickname of Frosty.
As a little background, my protagonist, Camryn Brooks, had served as Director of Legislative Affairs for a U.S. Senator before returning to her hometown of Brooks Landing, Minnesota. Coincidentally, I’d just been elected as a Wright County Commissioner a couple of weeks before that and it seemed natural to incorporate some local politics into the storyline. So Mayor Frost was born.
Differences of opinion among elected officials, constituents, and outside interests get heated at times, and provided good conflict in the subplot. When Frosty dies from a snow globe blow to the head, there are a number of suspects. What Cami and the police don’t know is the mysterious people who keep stopping by Curio Finds may know more about his death—in addition to a large criminal operation—than they’re willing to share.
In the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, protagonist Camryn Brooks lost her parents when she was five. She senses her mother, in particular, is never very far away, and leaves her pennies from Heaven at key moments. To add a bit to that theme, after an employee died in the Curio Finds bathroom, the shop lights have gone off now and then, and even the electrician can’t explain why that happens. So it’s been fun to work in a little spiritual mystery. Thankfully for Cami, the lights go out at a very opportune time in Frosty the Dead Man.
Like in my other books, Frosty the Dead Man is multi-layered. The characters have personal lives and relationships. There is some humor, a little romance, and needed conflicts. The crime may or may not be as it first appears, and although there are clues along the way, I hope readers will enjoy a surprise or two at the end.
Frosty the Dead Man
Part of A Snow Globe Shop Mystery
Category: Cozy Mysteries
Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Dec 06, 2016 | 304 Pages