Angela has a secret identity: Clover Tate, writer of cozy mysteries featuring Emmy Adler, a kite shop owner in the fictional beach town of Rock Point, Oregon. In Blown Away, the first book of the series, Emmy has two life-altering experiences the same day. One is that she achieves her life’s dream by opening Strings Attached, a shop in the ground floor of a former Victorian home selling the artistic kites she creates. The other involves finding the body of a local chef washed in with the tide. Emmy has no choice but to get involved when her best friend is wrongly accused of murder.
Here’s what others are saying:
“Clover Tate’s well-crafted plot soars in Blown Away, first in the Kite Shop Mysteries. First person narrator, Emmy Adler, moves to Rock Point for a new adventure. She’s barely settled in when she finds a man’s body on the beach, propelling her into one scary situation after the next, as she works to uncover the killer’s identity. Tate breathes life into a fine group of characters, from quirky to cagey to caring. I envision them holding onto the strings of airborne kites, as they carry the story from one high point to the next. She deftly swirls suspicion around a number of them, building breath-holding tension until the final reveal. Two thumbs’ up for Blown Away.”
~ Christine Husom, author of the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries and the Winnebago County Mysteries.
“Tate has stitched together a clever plot filled with greed and generosity, whimsy and intent, friendship and murder. Emmy and her kite shop will blow you away!”
~ Fran Stewart, author of the Biscuit McKee Mystery Series and the ScotShop Mysteries
“Atmospheric. Tate perfectly captures the moody and mysterious Pacific Northwest coast in her soaring debut. With a quirky yet loveable cast of characters, page turning plot, and a strong, artistic heroine Blown Away will leave you nostalgic for summers spent with toes in the sand and colorful kites flying overhead.”
~ Kate Dyer-Seeley, author of the Pacific Northwest mysteries