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The Because Fiction Podcast

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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.


Epsiode 62: A Chat with Cozy Mystery Author, Dana Mentink

If I have a favorite genre, it's definitely mystery and/or suspense, and cozy mysteries like Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink is a perfect read--especially with summer coming.  Add to this fun, quirky whodunnit, a release fun FREAKSHAKE contest, and what more could you ask for?

This mystery in Upper Sprocket, Oregon will have you in a fine kettle of... corn-y situations and laughing about silly things like... well, metatarsals for one!

Find out about this series featuring the Shimmy and Shake Shop, Trinidad Jones, and her weasel of an ex-husband's superfluity of ex-wives! (who knew?! She didn't!)

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How Is a Fabulous Freakshake Related to Murder and Mayhem?

When I learned that Dana Mentink had a new cozy mystery series coming, I knew I'd be the first in line to read it. When I discovered that the publisher's name was Poison Pen Press, well... I'll admit it. The temptation to write a cozy and submit it just to be under that name came over me.

Never fear. I didn't do it.  But man, I was tempted.

Enter your next favorite cozy mystery sleuth, Trinidad Jones!  This woman has been through some rough stuff, but with her service dog school flunkee dog, Noodles, she's taken Upper Sprocket, Oregon by storm!

Or, at least has shimmied her way into a new career as a shake shop soda jerk.  Or something like that.  Upper Sprocket, home of some fabulous kettle corn and an "Alpine Fest" we'll see in book two, has a new business!  The Shimmy and Shake Shop and their awesome freakshakes are here to keep your dentist in business and your insulin levels at an all-time high!

So how else would Dana celebrate but by having a freakshake contest?!

Find out all about the freakshake contest that goes with the release of Pint of No Return, the first in this new cozy mystery series, in this video:... and get your entries in HERE (hurry, there are only four days left!)  

The prize package with an Amazon gift card, shake glasses, apron, syrups... all the stuffness!!! You want this, guys!

Meanwhile, as you wait for Pint of No Return to release, don't forget Dana's first cozy mystery series, Finny's Nose. Or, if your tastes run to suspense, THIS EPISODE talks about her latest that takes place in Death Valley!  

About Pint of No Return The first in a new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up...

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she's left one of ex's businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple of sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad's life seems to be churning along smoothly.

That is until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad's fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it's going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.

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