Did you know that the Hells Angels became involved with the musicians who played in the popular concerts in the park? What a shock that was when I found out. And what strange bedfellows. It’s all in the book. They were hired as security guards, but in many cases became friends–shared joints, LSD. Next time I’ll write about their women–that’s a colorful story.
Some of the shops created during 1967 are still there. Or maybe they were recreated during the 50th anniversary last year. Anyway, the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco is still a colorful neighborhood to visit.
One of the possibilities for a cover.
Here again, from Publisher’s Weekly for The BookLife Prize: Sheldon’s Characters are intricately developed and well constructed. They are believable and vivid. The secondary characters are solid in their portrayal as well.
The process planning and writing this book has been an education for me. I was in Michigan at the time, far from the action in San Francisco, but the tendrils of that phenomenon spread everywhere. I remember going to an outdoor concert back then where so many people were smoking pot that you could get high just breathing the air! Since I moved to California, just across the bridge from San Francisco I’ve been fascinated by that special time in 1967. I’ve talked to people who were around at that time, watched films and read books about that era. It seemed the perfect setting for my third in the Gwen Harris Mystery Series. It’s coming out very soon–watch for it!
“A Sleuth in the Summer of Love offers readers a kaleidoscopic exploration of the late 1960s. By exploring the divided frontiers of culture and counterculture Sheldon constructs a clever plot, where the collision of two polar worlds creates a storyline rich with intensity.” Publishers Weekly for The BookLife Prize. . . This is only part of what the reviewer had to say in a pre-publication review. More from that review next time! BookLife, an arm of Publishers Weekly is the go-to organization for publishers, writers, bookstore buyers, etc. So I am happy to have their sanction.
‘Til next time,
Possible cover of my new book
What do you think of this picture for the cover? I had it made, now I’m considering one or two others. Let me know what you think. I’m getting more excited as we get closer to the launch of this, my third in the Gwen Harris Mystery Series. Some early readers think it’s the best.
The BookLife judge from Publishers Weekly had this to say among other things, “The the author offers up innovative twists and turns that breathe life into the setting. Her gift for storytelling manifests into a nail-biting mystery/thriller.” I can live with that!
‘Til next time,
An officer fires at the bootleggers.
Did the right person get sentenced for killing an officer?
One of them fires back.
An officer is down.
One of the bootleggers is sent to prison.
But did they sentence the right one?
Read A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN and find out. Learn about home-made stills, bootlegging, speak-easies, and the havoc this life-style plays on a retirement home thirty-five years later.
I had a lot of fun researching the era of prohibition, and the resulting crime it created. In my book, the crime continues thirty-five years later, when the person convicted is released from prison, determined to reek revenge on his partner. What happens to our protagonist, Gwen Harris, when the ex-con captures her to facilitate his plan?
Often laws prohibiting individual freedom create outlaws. Such was the case during prohibition in the twenties and early thirties of the last century. This is the case in our present day prohibition of drugs.
In my new book A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN, taking place in the sixties, we flash back to the twenties and the period of speakeasies and bootleggers. An officer of the law is shot and someone has to pay. Does the right person go to prison? What will the incarcerated one do when he’s finally released? I hope you read A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN to find out.
‘Til next time,
Raid during Prohibition
I think you’ll really enjoy this book for the following reasons: One of my goals from the start of writing this book was to create a multi-dimensional antagonist, to make this person genuinely interesting, to give him honorable and dishonorable characteristics. I think this makes a book far more compelling than having just a generic bad guy. The second reason why I think you’d enjoy this book is that you will have fun learning all about prohibition during the twenties. A lot of research went into this, and you can reap the benefits. I know I always enjoy learning something new is the mysteries I read. REMEMBER, YOU CAN READ THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS FREE. JUST CLICK ON ‘3 CHAPTERS SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN’ UNDER THE PICTURE OF THE BOOKS.
The following is another great review by an author, teacher and writer’s mentor:
Award-winning author Carol Sheldon’s fourth novel A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN is another page-turning mystery. Journalist Gwen Harris crosses paths with ex-convict Sonny Dickens who has revenge in his heart, and, she is forced into helping him as he plots murder. Gwen’s spunk and ingenuity, Sonny’s tortured psyche, flashbacks of bootlegging in California, and comic relief – what a story!” Teresa LeYung Ryan
Here’s to happy reading,