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Death on West End Road
by Carrie Doyle
Death on West End Road (Hamptons Murder Mysteries)
3rd in Series
Dunemere Books (June 20, 2017)
Paperback 268 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B06XKLVMZC
Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. The crime scene is compromised, the circumstances are complicated, and former witnesses are cagey, haunted and very reluctant to revisit what happened on that sun-splashed afternoon decades earlier. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.
Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always been writing but what really made me decide to become a full time writer was perhaps professional jealousy. I was an Editor-in-Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine and we kept featuring all these articles on people doing cool things. I thought, I want to do cool things, I don’t just want to feature other people doing cool things. So I quit that job and joined forces with my friend Jill Kargman to write a movie, Intern that went on to premiere at Sundance Film Festival. After that, other scripts followed and then books.
What genres do you write in?
My first six books were what The New York Times called ‘gossip lit.’ Very soap-opera, dishy and yes, gossipy books about the fancy uber rich people in New York City and other jet-setty locales. Now I mostly write mysteries that take place in East Hampton and I also write articles for Hamptons Magazine.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I grew up splitting my time in both New York City and East Hampton, New York so I knew both of those worlds. My former writing partner Jill Kargman and I liked to write about the absurd things that the rich do in New York, it was almost farcical. (Jill now has a TV show Odd Mom Out, which takes place in that world.) It was fun writing about the city and the rich, but I was not actually living in NYC when I was writing those books (I was in London and LA) so when I moved back it was a little too close to home. I didn’t want people to think I was taking notes then writing about them.
I have always been a huge fan of murder mysteries, true life crime and any major court case so I decided in would be a safer and equally as enjoyable route for me to opt for writing about murder in the Hamptons. I knew the landscape so well and the fact that there is a mix of locals and summer people and rich and famous and less fortunate would make an excellent backdrop for crime.
How did you break into the field?
I was writing and selling screenplays that were not getting sold. Someone suggested that my then writing partner Jill Kargman and I flip them into books and then try and sell them as screenplays, which is exactly what we did.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want them to be happy and entertained, although that does sound a little grim because I am writing murder mysteries. I would love it if someone read my book and then said, “I can’t wait to read the next one!”
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I think of it as endorphins for the soul. Having a good writing session for me is the equivalent of having a good work out. I am happier and a better person. I really like exercising my creative juices.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I don’t like starting books. I find the set up and the beginning very difficult to launch. I much prefer being in the middle of the book.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Write as much as possible. All the time. Don’t think of it as something ‘precious’ that you can only do under the best circumstances when the timing is right and you have your cup of tea and the kids are asleep. No, you just have to do it. Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote some of the greatest (and longest) books ever very quickly because he had a strict deadline to pay off his gambling debts. (And this was before computers.) So there are really no excuses!
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love mysteries, crime. I have read every Michael Connelly book and I love Sue Grafton as well as Agatha Christie. But I also like women’s fiction like Liane Moriarity, Emily Giffin and Curtis Sittenfeld.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Hmmm….I speak fluent Russian and lived in Russia for years. My husband is from the Crimea. I like to cook a lot and worked for Ina Garten at The Barefoot Contessa store in East Hampton when I was in college.
One of the reasons I think I am so attracted to crime stories is I found myself surrounded by murderers when I was growing up in New York. Robert Chambers, “The Preppy Murderer”, lived a few blocks from me and used to be an altar boy at my church. We always used to see him around the neighborhood and couldn’t believe what happened. Additionally my upstairs neighbor used to go jogging with O.J. Simpson and in Nicole Simpson’s diary she wrote that the first time OJ hit her was outside my building. Later on my doorman of my building killed his wife. So it is all these strange little stories that made me think about how you can live a seemingly normal life but be surrounded by murder.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Email me! email@example.com
Or my website carriedoylekarasyov.com
About Carrie Doyle
Carrie Doyle was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Russian edition of Marie Claire Magazine. She is currently a Contributing Editor of Hamptons Magazine and has written extensively for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and has also written for Women’s Health and Avenue on the Beach. With Jill Kargman, Carrie co-wrote the film Intern (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999), as well as several screenplays sold to Showtime, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films and the Oxygen Network. Carrie and Jill co-wrote five books together, including three teen books for HarperCollins and two bestselling women’s fiction books, The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing (Broadway Books). Carrie also penned the popular novel The Infidelity Pact (Broadway Books). Carrie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on an animated series for broadcast as well as her new series, the Hamptons Murder Mysteries.
Social Media Links:
- Webpage – https://carriekarasyov.com
- GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/51439.Carrie_Karasyov_Carrie_Doyle
- Amazon- amazon.com/author/carriedoyle
- Publisher Page – http://dunemerebooks.com/book-author/carrie-doyle/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-on-west-end-road-carrie-doyle/1125956843?ean=9780997270181
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