Stinguendo: Dying away. (Ital.)
What was that sound? A foot, snapping a twig in the woods? Ida knew she shouldn’t be swimming alone at night, but she’d been antsy all day. She needed to get her mind off Cressa's visit.
Grace usually swam with her, but Grace had taken relatives to the Quad-City airport tonight.
Besides, Ida was a strong swimmer. She knew every inch of Crescent Lake. And she thought she knew every sound. But there was that snap again. It prickled the hairs on her arms.
She stopped stroking and listened, straining toward the trees on the opposite bank, just ahead. It didn't repeat. Must have been a night creature in the woods. A raccoon out foraging?
How I came to write Eine Kleine Murder (and where the title came from)
This book has been a long time coming. After I had written a couple of mysteries that showed me how much I had yet to learn about writing mysteries, I put together one I considered decent. Since I’m a musician and composer (although I do a lot more arranging than composing), I wanted my sleuth to be both of those, too. Because everyone, as far as I know, composes on a keyboard, I thought it would be simpler to make her a keyboardist. (I’m a violinist.) On submission, I was told, over and over, that classical music wasn’t a good hook. However, whenever I described the project to anyone, I didn’t hear that. I heard a lot of interest. So I never gave up on this one. After my success with the Imogene Duckworthy mystery series, I dusted this one off, gave it a bit of a rewrite, and sent it to a small press where I knew the writers were happy, Barking Rain Press. I was so pleased when they accepted it!
Fellow writers brainstormed and came up with a lot of good suggestions, but the one my daughter suggested was the one the publisher liked: Eine Kleine Murder. A little bit of murder, or A small murder.
Kaye George is a short story writer and novelist who has been nominated for Agatha awards twice. She is the author of four mystery series: the Imogene Duckworthy humorous Texas series, the Cressa Carraway musical mystery series, the FAT CAT cozy series, and The People of the Wind Neanderthal series.
Her short stories can be found in her collection, A PATCHWORK OF STORIES, as well as in several anthologies, various online and print magazines. She reviews for "Suspense Magazine", writes for several newsletters and blogs, and gives workshops on short story writing and promotion. Kaye lives in Knoxville, TN.
You can find Eine Kleine Murder online at Barking Rain Press , Amazon , and Nook