Spotlight & Character Guest Post – Fair Game by Annette Dashofy @Annette_Dashofy #AZoeChambersMystery #Cozy

About the Book

Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Henery Press (May 14, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115027
ISBN-13: 978-1635115024
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114993
ISBN-13: 978-1635114997

Paramedic Zoe Chambers hoped a week at the Monongahela County Fair, showing her horse and manning the ambulance, would provide a much-needed diversion from recent events that continue to haunt her.

An old friend, a bossy nemesis, and a teenage crush from her 4-H days fail to offer the distraction she had in mind. But ever the caregiver, she soon bonds with a troubled teen and a grieving father.

Back in Vance Township, a missing woman turns up dead, leading Police Chief Pete Adams into a journey through her mysterious final hours. With each new clue, the tragic circumstances of her death grow increasingly muddied.

A cryptic phone call leads Pete to join Zoe for an evening at the fairgrounds where the annual school bus demolition derby concludes with a gruesome discovery and a new case that may or may not be connected to the first.

Pete’s quest for the motive behind two homicides—and Zoe’s stubborn determination to reunite a family—thrust them both onto a collision course with a violent and desperate felon.


~ Character Guest Post ~

Zoe Chambers Shares Her Memories of the County Fair


I’ve had a rough few months—finding and losing a sibling (sort of) and almost losing the love of my life to a gunshot—so when my cousin insisted that we take our horses to the county fair—something I haven’t done since I was a teenager—I only balked a little. A week camping at the fairgrounds sounds like a good diversion.

When I was a kid, I joined the 4-H Horse Program, although I didn’t own a horse. My 4-H leader loaned me one of hers to use as my project animal. I never qualified for States, but I always had a great time.

My mother thought being around horses would keep me out of trouble.

My mother never really knew all the stuff that went on at the Fair! And since one of you might tell her, I’m not sharing all of it here either.

However, being a kid at the fair means you get to hang out with a lot of other kids who have horses. Sure, there’s some competition and some jealousy, but there’s a lot of kinship too. Except dressing up for the actual classes, mostly we enjoyed running around in dirty jeans and t-shirts, eating hotdogs and cotton candy, drinking lemonade and milkshakes…not at the same time. I remember one food booth that sold pizza burgers. Those were the BEST.

And the evening entertainment was fabulous. For one thing, since we were staying there, we didn’t have to fight the traffic. The 4-H leaders usually gave us curfews. For our own safety, they said. Sometimes we even obeyed them. But it didn’t matter. Our barn was near the grandstand, so all we had to do was set up lawn chairs outside for the best seats on the fairgrounds.

Usually, there’s a music act one evening. There were horse pulls and tractor pulls. Not on the same night. And the tractor pulls are considerably louder. Also among the “loud” categories are the monster trucks, motorcross, and mud bog.

The busiest night though, is high school night. It starts with the Battle of the Bands. All the county schools enter. Once those prizes are handed out, the big event begins.

School Bus Demolition Derby.

It’s a lot like regular demo derby, just a little slower and a lot louder. Each school district has an entry. The students paint their bus, and whichever is the last one still moving on its own power wins.

Of course, I’m sure the fair will feel different now that I’m in my thirties. I have my own horse. There won’t be any curfews. Most of the fire-spewing tractors and monster truck events have long since lost their appeal. The food, however, still sounds great—although the booth with the pizza burgers hasn’t been around for the last decade. Darn it.

Since I’m a paramedic and will be at the fair anyway, I’ve agreed to be on standby with the ambulance. The good part is I’ll still have front row seats for the school bus demolition derby. The bad part is I expect to spend my on-duty hours answering the same questions over and over while showing off Monongahela County’s newest EMS unit to the fair-going public. I don’t anticipate any excitement at all.

City folks and their children who aren’t used to farm animals mingling with farm animals who aren’t used to city folks and their kids. Large machinery and crashing school buses. Seriously. What could possibly go wrong?


About The Author

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNED was nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel.

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2 thoughts on “Spotlight & Character Guest Post – Fair Game by Annette Dashofy @Annette_Dashofy #AZoeChambersMystery #Cozy

  1. So glad you stopped by and shared with us Zoe. I can’t wait to read all about the Fair!

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Fair Game” by Annette Dashofy.

    Enjoyed hearing from Zoe Chambers and can’t wait to read more by having the opportunity to read this great sounding book.
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