She’s worked at more jobs than she can remember, including veterinarian, childbirth educator, freelance copyeditor, camp counselor, court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children, church council leader, community theater diva, hospital volunteer, mother of three, wife, laundress, and housekeeper (although she admits she never quite got the hang of that last one).

edieEdie Claire is also a playwright and author of several mystery, romantic-suspense and young-adult novels. The lady thrives on variety. To put it another way, she’s easily bored.

One thing for sure, Edie writes nice, cozy mysteries. You won’t find much vulgarity here. No gore or horror, no explicit bedroom scenes. All of the crimes in her books happen off the page. She figures there’s enough negativity and depressing stuff in real life, so why burden her readers with more of it?

She started writing her first book, Never Buried, in the late 1990s, and the project began as a back-of-the-envelope affair. At first, she simply wanted to find out if she could write a whole book. Edie decided to make it a spooky romance tale set in the real-life, quaint Pittsburgh borough where she first practiced as a small-animal vet.

“About halfway through, I realized my romance book had no man in it, so I decided I’d better make it a mystery instead,” Edie told me yesterday.

She finished. Then she realized the book was way too short. So she decided to go back and add a huge plot twist. That forced her to backtrack and completely rewrite everything she already had.

“It’s not a process any writer should ever copy, but I had fun doing it, and I was over the moon when I was offered a three-book contract from Penguin,” she said.

Never Buried launched Edie’s “Leigh Koslow” mystery series, and it’s the icing on today’s Buffet. Most readers agree that it’s a funny, fast-paced, smart and unusual mystery.

After that first book, Edie wrote four more in the series, then switched publishers to write two romantic-suspense novels, both of them Top Picks in Romantic Times. But she grew frustrated for the next several years as the market stalled for her kind of book. It was a long drought. She was afraid she’d never get another book contract, and she stopped writing.

The lull ended with a bang a couple of years ago, as eBooks began revolutionizing the business. Edie got back to work, re-editing and reformatting all her previous books. By then, the rights had reverted to her, and she was free to republish them independently. So with a deep, hopeful breath, she commissioned brand-new cover artwork for each one, uploaded them to Kindle and Nook, and began promoting her books again. When she saw the response, she was floored.

“I was absolutely stunned,” Edie told me. “People started finding and reading Never Buried who had never seen the series when it was in print, and the books started taking off all over again.” Today her Kindle royalties are rolling in, and she’s got new paperback versions of her books for sale.

With readers clamoring for still more, Edie started writing again last year, and after a full 10-year hiatus, released #6 in her mystery series, Never Con a Corgi. The book has struck a sweet-sounding chord of popularity, critical acclaim, and strong sales. Quite literally, the birth of Edie’s new book capped an immaculate ten-year pregnancy, and thank goodness for the happy ending.

Yes, the eBook revolution has given Edie and her stories a whole new lease on life. “I am back to being a full-time novelist, my favorite job of all,” she said. “As long as people keep reading, I intend to keep writing.”

Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1)

Mystery
Author: Edie Claire
Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1)

The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer’s grave… Too bad his body didn’t!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn’t pack heat–just a few extra pounds. And she doesn’t go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara’s refurbished Victorian house, she wasn’t planning on discovering a corpse–certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin’s house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house–someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn’t know Leigh’s impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine: America’s Funniest Jokes, Stories, and Cartoons

Humor & Entertainment
Author: Editors of Reader’s Digest
Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine: America's Funniest Jokes, Stories, and Cartoons

This collection of laugh-out-loud jokes, one-liners, and other lighthearted glimpses of life-drawn from Reader’s Digest magazine’s most popular humor columns-is sure to tickle the funny bone. Packed with more than 1,000 jokes, anecdotes, cartoons, quotes, and stories contributed by professional comedians, joke writers, and readers of the magazine, this side-splitting compilation pokes fun at the facts and foibles of daily routines, illustrating that life is often funnier than fiction

Did you hear about the Broadway actor who broke through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage What did the ill comic say in the hospital? “I’m here…all weak!”

Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, “Olive or twist?”

Posted in a dental office: “Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings too.”

“The main advantage of being famous is that when you bore people at dinner parties, they think it is their fault.” -Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize, 1973

As Groucho Marx once said, “A laugh is like an aspirin, only it works twice as fast.”