Sunday, January 26, 2014
I'm Marilyn Levinson and I'm Glad To Be Here
I’m new to the Oak Tree Press family, and I’m glad to be here. One of the reasons I submitted my latest mystery, Murder a la Christie, to OTP was because I knew Marja, Marilyn Meredith, and Ilene Schneider were happy here. Since then, I’ve also connected with Eileen Obser. We had dinner together a few months ago and plan to get together again once the Artic weather leaves Long Island, where we both live. I hope to meet many more of you, too, perhaps at Sleuthfest or Malice in the next few months.
I started out life in Brooklyn and moved to Long Island in the ninth grade. Except for my four years at Syracuse University, each move has brought me further east on Long Island. I’ve two great sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter. I also have a gorgeous red cat named Sammy who’s as smart as they come.
I studied to become a Spanish teacher, and taught Spanish for several years in what feels like another lifetime. What remains is I still love conversing in Spanish when the opportunity arises.
I started writing fiction when my sons were young, and I haven’t stopped. My first published books were middle grade and YA novels for kids. More recently I’ve been writing mysteries and the occasional romantic suspense.
My Twin Lakes mysteries came out in e-book form a few years ago. The first, A Murderer Among Us, was awarded a Best Indie by Suspense Magazine. Recently, Untreed Reads has brought out a new e-edition of this book. They’re bringing out a new edition of the sequel, Murder in the Air, next month. My ghost mystery, Giving Up the Ghost, and my romantic suspense, Dangerous Relations, have been published by Uncial Press and are available in all e-formats.
In many ways, Murder a la Christie, a Malice Domestic finalist, is my tribute to Agatha Christie. My sleuth, Lexie Driscoll, is a smart and savvy lady, except when it comes to choosing the men in her life. Her first husband left her when she was pregnant with their son. Her deranged second husband burned down her house with himself inside. Lexie is leading a discussion of Agatha Christie’s novels at the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club, when an old friend is murdered. A free spirit, Lexie finds herself outside her element housesitting in the upscale village of Old Cadfield. As she unravels secret after secret, more members are murdered. Lexie employs Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule Poirot’s cunning to find the killer.
Stop by and say hello.