A clever, intriguing, and gripping new cozy mystery filled with exciting twists and turns, bizarre murders and fascinating characters, including several dead authors who seem to speak to Veterinarian, Miranda Scott. A fan since childhood of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, and Sherlock Holmes their voices seem to live in her head frequently telling her what to do…and not do. Especially when it comes to solving mysteries.
After a body is tossed into the lions’ habitat at the zoo where she is the senior veterinarian, Miranda and Detective Bryan Anderson find themselves investigating several murders and dealing with a group of bad guys, while gangster friends of her father are trying to protect her. Plus, Miranda and Bryan alternate between flirting and fighting off romantic feelings.
Murders, deceit, revenge, a gangster father and godfather often get in the way of a fine romance!
Agatha, Raymond, Sherlock, and Me: Murder At The Zoo published by Artemesia Publishing.
Reviews and Praise
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Murder, mystery, and auditory hallucinations. Murder at the Zoo by M. Glenda Rosen grabs your attention right away and pulls you into the puzzle of Miranda’s life. The perspectives of famous murder mystery authors along with Miranda’s insights make for a fun read.
Something I always enjoy in a book is good banter, and this novel has a lot of it. I found myself laughing aloud while reading Miranda’s interactions with other characters as well as her internal dialogue with her favorite mystery authors.
While it wasn’t always clear which voice Miranda was hearing when Agatha, Raymond, and Sherlock were all conversing, I still enjoyed the interjections of the different perspectives.
Rosen’s descriptions drew me into the story and made it an immersive experience. The narrative often pulled my focus to little details that hint to Miranda’s past and made me want to know more about her. This was an exciting read, and I highly recommend this story, which begins with a murder at the zoo.
"Another fine mystery by Marcia Rosen. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and the zoo setting was unique. A suspenseful story that held my interest. A definite must-read for mystery fans." -- Michael Sinclair, author of the 1920s mysteries; An Unfortunate Coincidence, The Consequences of Murder and Murder in Cucumber Alley.
Advance Praise for Murder at the Zoo
“Marcia Rosen’s new book is hard to put down! The char- acters are engaging and you enjoy getting to know them as you read this mystery. I enjoyed discovering the world and people in Murder at the Zoo and can’t wait to read more from this author!” ~ Cat Harper, National Steinbeck Center
“A delightful and charming new series filled with twists and turns, unexpected events and wonderful characters including several dead authors!”- Elizabeth Cooke, award-winning author of 21 books.
“This book will keep you turning the pages as you unravel the many threads leading to a solution. Eccentric charac- ters, a little romance, and a lot of mystery make this book one you will not put down.”
~ Terry Lucas, Director, Shelter Island Library
“Murder at the Zoo, an Agatha, Raymond, Sherlock, and Me Mystery is a wonderful fantasy for mystery lovers. Rosen has brilliantly allowed us to experience the wisdom and humor of earlier writers as advisors to Miranda and help her solve the exciting Murder at the Zoo!”
~ Susann Thon, Past Vice President, Central Coast Writers
“I really enjoyed Murder at the Zoo and the adventures of Miranda and her special friends.” ~ Michael Campeta, author of three mysteries
“Love the storyline and characters, not to mention a host of my favorite mystery authors and sleuths.” ~ Sharon Tucker, co-author, Discreet Detectives
“If you love murder mysteries and animals, you’ll be cap- tivated by Marcia Rosen’s latest book. Get ready to stay up late because you won’t be able to put this one down!” ~ Elizabeth Belasco, Ghostwriter
“A great read sure to satisfy Ms. Rosen’s mystery fans. They’ll be wanting more before this first book in the se- ries ends!” ~ Leah Rubin, Editor, Your Second Pen
“Such thrills in the first few sentences! And what a crime scene—the zoo!” ~ Mary Jo McDonough, International Project Writer
Awards and Endordements
Winner: The Gourmet Gangster (with Jory Rosen) New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards Finalist: Dead in THAT Beach House New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards Winner in Fiction: Dead in Bed, The Hollywood Book Festival Recognition in Fiction: Dead in Bed
Public Safety Writer’s Association Winner: My Memoir Workbook, New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards Numerous awards and accolades from entrepreneurs and business and professional women’s organizations for book and presentations: The Woman’s Business Therapist, including Winner: 2000, “Women of The Year” East End Women’s Network (Hamptons and Long Island)
“I found myself laughing and biting my nails at the same time. Sure, her characters Dick and Dora Zimmerman are no spring chick- ens, but they’re every bit as feisty and resourceful as her younger detectives in her Dying to be Beautiful series. What a ride!” Claudia Riess, author of eight books, including The Art History Mysteries
“Exquisitely prepared food and organized crime ventures have long gone hand in hand, and Marcia Rosen knows a lot about both of them. Her latest, The Gourmet Gangster, (Recipes by her son Jory Rosen) is another delectable entry to her fabulous menu of excel- lently written books. Be sure to savor this one like a fine dessert.”
Marilyn Meredith, author of The Deputy Temple Crabtree Mysteries
“Unique, clever, wonderfully written and tempting recipes...A must read for all mystery book fans!” Inquiring Minds Books
“What a fun read! It’s a wonderful plot, starting with a severed head in the sink of a beauty salong in Dying to Be Beautiful! The characters, including a beautiful setter dog named Watson, brings humor to the whole. I loved it” Book Soup Books, Los Angeles
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