Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Would You Do?

Most of us, thankfully, never have serious crime intrude into our lives. But what would happen if it did? I am fascinated about how people react when their lives are taken out of their control by murder.

Lilias Ruiz, heroine of my 1 October cozy mystery BEADED TO DEATH, is an ordinary woman. A widow, a bead artist who makes her living at craft shows and art fairs, she is Everywoman. At least until she returns from a craft fair tour and finds the body of a man she's never seen before on her living room rug.

From there on her life spirals out of control as she gets involved with drug smuggling, an FBI agent who may or may not be rogue and a 7'3" nephew on the run from an unwanted basketball scholarship. And she has control over none of it.

What would you do?

BEADED TO DEATH is available from Carina Press (, Amazon ( and other fine etailers.

Janis Patterson is a seventh-generation Texan and a third-generation wordsmith who writes mysteries as Janis Patterson, romances and other things as Janis Susan May, children’s books as Janis Susan Patterson and scholarly works as J.S.M. Patterson.
            Formerly an actress and singer, a talent agent and Supervisor of Accessioning for a bio-genetic DNA testing lab, Janis has also been editor-in-chief of two multi-magazine publishing groups as well as many other things, including an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist.
            Janis married for the first time when most of her contemporaries were becoming grandmothers. Her husband, also an Egyptophile, even proposed in a moonlit garden near the Pyramids of Giza. Janis and her husband live in Texas with an assortment of rescued furbabies.


  1. Alas, I'm not crafty, but do enjoy buying arts and crafts!

    Morgan Mandel

  2. I'm going to do a review as soon as I get rid of all the little crises yapping at my feet and clamped onto my slacks cuffs--Real Life is intruding. I want some of those beads, though! Not THOSE beads. I mean the shiny ones! And I want to make a Fibonacci hippie necklace now.

    If you wonder what I'm going on about, go read the book to find out.