Check out the 2023 Indie Cozy Mystery
Book of the Year Finals!

Behind the Writing of Murder at the Midnight Ball

Tell us about the background for the theme, what inspired it or why you wanted to write in this setting, or with play with these tropes?

When I finished A Lady Thea Mystery, I knew there was more that could be explored in the same world as the original series, but I wanted to look into other characters’ stories. I’ve always loved the Edwardian and Pre-World War I era, so being able to explore more of that time period was fun.

Which of the side characters would you love to explore more, or turn into a main character in another series?

I think I would like to explore Vivien Prescott-Pryce more in the future. She’s been a side character in both A Lady Thea Mystery and A Prescott House Mystery, but has had an influence on the main characters of both series. It would also be interesting to explore Dorothea Craven Seton, Vivien’s younger sister, who died several years prior to both series, but also had a strong influences over everyone.

Was there something major that happened in your personal life while writing this?

My grandparents had both just passed away when I started writing this book. I mostly wrote it while being in the car going back and forth down to help my mom deal with settling their affairs.

Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 04-20-2023

Cozy Mystery
Historical Mystery

Page Count: 135 Pages


You’re invited to the murder of the Season.

James Poyntz is happy to see his cousin Emma presented to court. Of course, his aunt and uncle are over the moon. It’s a magical night, until a man dies in the gardens during the ball and everyone present is a suspect.

After her husband’s arrest, Wilhelmina Allen is tired of being helpless. Determined to help other women stuck in their marriages, she opened her own detective agency. But despite being open for months, she hasn’t quite had as many high-profile cases as she’s hoped for.

With a killer on the loose and the police focusing only on one suspect, Wilhelmina is the perfect person for James to turn to for help with such a sensitive matter.

But can they catch the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?

Leave a Reply