A Genuine Fix
(An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney
About the Book
A Genuine Fix (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 16, 2019)
Paperback: 194 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KDWV2RX
Murder takes a page out of a killer’s playbook when literary agent Allie Cobb becomes her Indiana town’s number-one bestselling suspect …
Running the family literary business while preparing for her best friend’s wedding, chairing a park planning committee, and getting her rescue cat to bond with her boyfriend’s golden retriever doesn’t leave Allie Cobb much time for crime-solving. But when the guy who stood her up the night of her high school senior prom is killed and dumped in a pile of mulch, Allie’s suddenly the prime suspect.
It’s insulting enough that gambler, drunk, and all-around lowlife Georgie Alonso was found on the site of the memorial park honoring Allie’s deceased father. Now she’s fighting to clear her name and hold off a rush to judgment. But politics, decades-old secrets, and a slew of high-profile suspects make dangerous bedfellows as the eve of the park’s grand opening draws nearer. She’ll have to nab a killer soon, before her storybook life gets a bad ending …
Guest Post With J.C. Kenney – The Follow Up
Hi, friends! Thanks for coming by today. It’s such an exciting time as I celebrate the release of A Genuine Fix, book two in the Allie Cobb Mysteries series. It’s a bit of a scary time, too. You know, there’s an old saying in the music business that a recording artist has a lifetime to write their first record, but only months to write their second one.
As the release of my second mystery novel draws near, I’ve been thinking about whether this adage applies to books. I think it does. As authors, we’ve spent months and years working on our craft to get us to the point that a book is ready to be shared with the world. For some authors, the first book they write may be the one that sees the light of day. For others, it may take a dozen.
In my view, it’s less a matter of books one’s written before The One is published, it’s a matter of experience. Both as a person and as a writer. You see, I think that first book can be viewed as the sum of one’s life experiences to date. I know with A Literal Mess, Allie Cobb book one, I drew on things from my whole life to bring that book to life.
And it was fun!
So that was great, but then I was faced with a daunting question.
Could I do it again?
I still had a lifetime of experience to draw upon for a story, so writing a story with the same characters in the same setting couldn’t be that hard, could it? Yes, as a matter of fact, it could. That’s because for A Genuine Fix, I had a new foe. The clock.
Where I had literally decades to write my first mystery, I had nine months to write the second one. Lest you get the wrong impression, I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. I’m not. I love writing, but I was filled with doubts as I set out to work on A Genuine Fix.
Could I craft a unique and interesting plot? Could I come up with enough clues to make the mystery fair? Could I throw out enough red herrings to make for an entertaining and twisting story? Could I get you, the reader, to care enough about Allie, Ursi, and the rest of the Rushing Creek Crowd that you’d enjoy your return to my fictional Southern Indiana town?
As I write this, I’d like to think I did. I’m proud of A Genuine Fix. I like the story and readers seem to like it, too. At the end of the day, that’s all I can ask for.
So tell me, friends, what was it like for you when you tried to do something for the second time? Maybe it was something like baking a cake, or drawing a picture, or writing a story. I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Thanks again for stopping by. Until next time, may you have sunny skies and warm breezes.
About the Author
J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.
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