@melindajONeill @dollycass ~ Spotlight Guest Post Tour/#Giveaway ~ The Corpse Wore Stilettos by MJ O’Neill


About the Book

The Corpse Wore Stilettos
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 30, 2019)
Print Length: 246 pages


Since Kat Waters’s father took a trip to the slammer on what she’s sure are trumped-up racketeering charges, life’s been tough. All their assets are frozen, and she’s down to the last few pairs of Jimmy Choos she can swap for rent. To keep her family out of the homeless shelter, the former socialite took a job at the local morgue—a job she’s about to lose when the body of a murder victim goes missing on her watch.


While Kat’s processing the latest victim in the prostitute serial killings, ex-Special Forces soldier Burns McPhee strolls in with an air of confidence, expecting access to the Jane Doe. While Burns tries to flirt his way into examining the latest victim, whom he thinks is connected to the death of his best friend, someone else steals the body right out from under them.


Dodging questions from the cops and kidnapping attempts from a body-snatching psycho, Kat and Burns forge a deal. He’ll clear her name and keep her safe if she gets him information on her peculiar coworkers, one of whom he’s certain is involved with the body heist. But digging up secrets can lead to a lower life expectancy. The unlikely team will need all their talents not to end up as the morgue’s next clients while they hunt for a murderer, the missing corpse, and a pair of diamond-studded stilettos.

~ Guest Post With MJ ~

Oh Contraire

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Alanis Morissette belting out in the background: “It’s like raaiin on your wedding day, a free ride when you’ve already paid…” Fade music.

When I was growing up my grandma would call me her little contrarian. I was always looking for the exception to the rule, the thing that didn’t fit. I wasn’t exactly argumentative (although I’m sure my mother would not agree with that statement). I was constantly wondering and asking what if…

  • What if I wore red pants to the “please have your singer wear black pants” chorus concert
  • what if we never ate vegetables again, grandma
  • what if my brother were accidentally given to another family
  • what if we had a pet monkey instead of a dog, grandma

My grandma was usually indulgent (although she drew the line at the monkey and my brother was only sent away for a sleepover at friends). For a girl in the ‘70’s being raised by old-fashioned parents of the great depression, this came in handy. Any sentence that started with “girls can’t” was immediately swatted away. Of course they can. In fact, what if…

As I’ve grown up that’s served me well and continued into my adulthood. I’m a dyslexic writer, a chocolate shop owner who’s not terribly fond of eating chocolate, and an allergic cat owner.

So it’s not surprising that this panache for contrary or the unusual would filter into my writing. Character is tested not when things are easy, but under stress, when people are out of their comfort zones. I love to put characters in situations they wouldn’t normally find themselves in and see what happens. Like an (ex)heiress…in a morgue.

Kat Waters has had a hard go, her family’s money frozen by the feds and her dad in prison. She rarely lets that get her down, though. In a pinch she does what I like to think most of us would do when we find ourselves in the “what ifs” of life – she uses her strengths to see her through. Even though she’s led a life of privilege, she’s resourceful. She genuinely likes people, even if she’s not always great at relating to their lives. Above all else, Kat is loyal to both friends and family. In her new job as a morgue attendant that loyalty spills out to victims who can no longer have a voice for themselves.

When I plop my characters into these out of the ordinary for them situations, I don’t always know where they will take me. In Kat’s case, she ends up fighting for a job she wasn’t sure she wanted in the first place and maybe finds a place she truly belongs.

My second series which will be out soon is a more traditional cozy. The setting is a historic inn in Clinton, Ga, the hotspot of Georgia’s civil war tourism industry. When I started to “what if” about inns in Georgia, I immediately thought about a marriage with The Walking Dead which is filmed near us. Civil war tour business isn’t what it used to be. With the bank at the door and her daddy in the hospital, reluctant inn keeper Harmony Holt unearths a plan to save their historic inn – zombie tourism – all those folks dying to see where Walker, Zombie Ranger was filmed. Opening day has her leveling a shot gun at the town’s church elder who later ends up dead on her lawn, the apparent victim of a zombie attack.

For book two of the Sharp Dressed Corpse series, I wondered “what if” Kat didn’t get a body from work, but instead a body found her. The book opens with the mob breaking into Kat’s tiny apartment and dropping a chest freezer with a dead body. Kat was just beginning to get used to dealing with the dead at work. Now there’s body in her living room. But these are Waters women and they will rise to the occasion. As Grand notes, at least now with the freezer they can buy in bulk at the discount clubs!

No matter the situation my poor characters are subjected to, I always count on them finding a clever way out. The result is often funny and never boring. What are some your favorite cozy mystery unusual situations?

About the Author

As the owner of a boutique chocolate factory in Atlanta, MJ O’Neill loves to write lighthearted, romantic mysteries with a sweet twist. She has a degree in business communications from North Carolina State University. When she’s not spinning a sweet yarn or creating delicious confections, she spends time with her husband, their kids, a hyperactive cocker spaniel named Devo (after the band), a princess tabby cat named Twilight (before the book stole her name) and a collection of stray fish. The whole gang can be found tooling around the back roads of the South in their RV where MJ uses the downtime to hatch her next sweet plot.

Author Links

Website – http://www.mjoneillauthor.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/melindajONeill

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mjoneillauthor/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mj.oneill.52

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “The Corpse Wore Stilettos” by MJ O’Neill. Enjoyed reading the guest post and can’t wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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