Wednesday, May 18, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Murder at Serengeti Plains by Pat Duggan

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Murder at Serengeti Plains by Pat Duggan. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Murder at Serengeti Plains
Author: Pat Duggan
Publication Date: December 3rd 2021
Print Length: 280 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Murder at Serengeti Plains is the third mystery novel in the series, featuring amateur sleuths Hazel Davies and Anna Kohl. The earlier novels are Murder at Eagles Nest and Could They Be Twins?

The book is set in a new residential subdivision, Serengeti Plains, built by the renowned local builder, Zebra Homes. It is located in the peaceful, historic town of Centerville, Ohio. However, peace is shattered when the new residents are awakened one morning by the sound of police sirens. The procession of police cars, come to rest in their own neighborhood. A body has been discovered! Was it an accident or was it murder? Hazel Davies and Anna Kohl have recently moved into this new subdivision. They have previously helped the police to solve murders in both Florida and Ohio, but they did not expect to find one on their own doorstep. When the police begin to look at their friend as the perpetrator, they find themselves drawn into yet another murder investigation.

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EXCERPT:
After Noah left, Hazel and Anna sat down to review what they had learned.

It seemed that Detective Grant’s case was solely based on a perceived argument between Gary and Noah. Everything else was assumption and speculation. Noah had no reason to kill Gary, even if he had found him onsite without authority. He could simply have called the police. Both Hazel and Anna knew there had to be more to the story.

However, one question had emerged from Noah’s story – what was Gary doing on the building site? The likelihood of his body being brought to the site and dumped seemed highly unlikely as the hammer, now identified as the murder weapon had apparently been found in the undergrowth nearby. So, the inevitable conclusion was that Gary got there under his own steam, but why?

Hazel and Anna decided to make a list of the possible explanations. After half an hour of considering the options, they concluded that there were only two possibilities. Either he was there to meet someone, or he was there to steal something. They decided it was time to ask around and see what they could find out.

It was time to take their daily walk. Since moving into Serengeti Plains, Hazel and Anna had made a habit of walking around the subdivision for exercise. They found the established part of the area a little boring as the homes had long since been completed and during the day there was very little activity, apart from the occasional dog walker. As a result, they usually made their way to the streets where construction was still active. There were numerous homes under construction and if nobody was working on a particular house, they would slip inside to view the progress. They had watched many of the homes progress step by step from the footings to the roof and then observed each step inside towards completion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Manchester, England, Pat Duggan moved to the U.S. in 1985. After a career in finance, which included running her own book-keeping and tax business, in the Cincinnati area, Pat and her partner retired and moved to Oregon. Years later, they embarked on a five-year journey, traveling across the country in a motorhome.

Writing was a whole new direction for Pat, which began with two non-fiction books – The Power Within and Finding God in an RV. Then she branched into writing fiction as she turned to her love for solving murder mysteries and the challenge to figure out ‘whodunit!’

Sadly, their traveling days are over, but settling down has brought its own reward as it inspired this latest novel.

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GUEST POST:
- What is it about the cozy mystery genre that draws you to it?

I am drawn to the cozy mystery genre because it seems to suit my mindset. This is more easily explained by identifying what I don’t like about the other genres.

I dislike books which are focused on sex or violence, and this eliminates many areas of literature. I have never been particularly interested in romantic novels and certainly don’t consider myself qualified to write them. When I was at school in England, history seemed to consist only of learning the dates of each king and queen’s reign. As such there was little education focused on life experiences in historic times. Sadly, my imagination has its limits and does not stretch to monsters and other out of this world characters. Consequently, when all of these areas are eliminated, the cozy mystery genre seemed to be the most promising avenue to pursue.

Thankfully, my mind does have an ability to drift into a slightly skewed direction and as such, I seem to imagine bodies in the most unlikely places. During my working life, I worked first at a savings and loan in England and subsequently worked in the financial field both in England and the U.S. I have always been fascinated by fraud, thankfully, not for personal gain, but to identify potential financial loopholes in order to put systems in place to prevent others from perpetrating fraud.

This combination of finding bodies in unusual places and an ability to create and identify fraudulent activities seems to have provided me with story lines on which to base my mysteries, without the need to focus on either sex or violence.
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GIVEAWAY:
Pat Duggan will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. (US only.) Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

118 comments:

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    1. Thank you Sherry. I hope it lives up to your expectations.

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully you will find it interesting!

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    1. Thank you darkgoddess. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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  4. I like the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you Debbi. I appreciate the comment - finding an excerpt which is hopefully interesting without giving anything away is a little difficult.

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  5. I enjoyed your guest post.

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    1. Thank you Kim. As I indicated I seem to be best suited to the cozy mystery genre.

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    1. Thank you Rita. I hope it has inspired you to learn more about Noah!

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  7. I live in central Oh and was pleasantly surprised when I saw the location/setting for this read.

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    1. Thank you katieoscarlot. I hope you decide to read my book, it incldes some of the history of Centerville - then check out the town!

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  8. Thank you for hosting my book tour today and I apologize for my lateness this morning.
    I will try to catch up with responses to your followers.

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  9. What inspires your book plots?

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    1. I guess my mind works in a strange way as my stories come from everyday experiences. For example - I can look at an ordinary scene and ‘see a body.’ Then, of course, I have to build the story around that event.

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  10. When you go to your happy place, where is it?

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    1. I am fortunate, and probably boring, that my happy place is at home with my partner.
      After five years of traveling around the US in a motor home, we have recently built our new home to settle down. This is now my happy place!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, Murder at Serengeti Plains sounds like a great cozy mystery read and I am looking forward to it

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    1. Thank you Bea. I hope you enjoy it and will be inspired to check out Hazel and Anna’s other two mysteries. They are - Murder at Eagles Nest and Could They Be Twins. They can be read in any order.

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    2. Awesome, Pat. Thank you for the info, I will definitely be checking those stories out as well

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  12. Sounds like a great book. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries.

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    1. Thank you Susan. I hope you decide to check it out. I know many readers like to follow the same characters in other stories and I am happy to report this is the third Hazel and Anna mystery.

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  13. Do you have a favorite author and/or genre?

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    1. Thank you Barbara. I enjoy the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

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  14. It sounds like an amazing book.

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    1. Thank you Anita. I hope I can live up to your expectations!

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    1. Thank you Abbie. I hope you check it out.

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  16. When you were a child, did you have any favorite genres or authors?

    Nancy
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    1. Thank you Nancy. It is a long time since I was a child and I grew up in England. However, to answer your question - I used to read ‘The Famius Five’ books by Enid Blyton.

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  17. Do you have a favorite place to write?

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  18. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Pat, Murder at Serengeti Plains sounds like a thrilling mystery to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!

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    1. Thank you for your comment Stormy. My wish for you is to have a wonderful day!

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  19. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you Ann. I, too, was pleased with the cover, which was designed for me by Goddess Fish Promotions.

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  20. My daughter would enjoy this book

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    1. Thank you billwinsbig! My hope is that your daughter has a birthday coming up soon!

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  21. Thank you for hosting my book tour today. I see that there have been several comments and I promise to respond to each of them tomorrow- please forgive me for the delay!

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  22. David HollingsworthMay 19, 2022 at 1:18 AM

    This book sounds wonderful

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    1. Thank you David. I hope you decide to check it out - I think you will enjoy it.

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  23. I think that the cover of your book has an interesting design.

    Nancy
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    1. Thank you Nancy. I think Goddess Fish Promotions did a great job with the cover.

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  24. I would love to also read the other mystery novels in the series

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  25. Thank you darkgoddess. This is the third book in the series but each story stands alone, so they can be read in any order. The other books are Murder at Eagles Nest and Could They Be Twins. I am currently working on the next Hazel and Anna mystery, so look out for Murder on the Yaquina Dredge - hopefully available by the end of the year!

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  26. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

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  27. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you clc408. Hope you are inspired to check out the rest of the story!

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  28. Sounds like murder follows Davies and Kohl no matter where they go. Sounds like a great story.

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    1. Thank you Kim. You are correct - fortunately it leads me to new stories 🤔

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    1. Thank you Abbie. I was really pleased with Goddess Fish Promotions work on the cover.

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  30. Did you have any writing schooling?

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    1. No I didn’t, at least no more than my English education.

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  31. You are a new author for me- after reading the excerpt I would like to read this book-thanks

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    1. Thank you Satkins. This is one of three books featuring Hazel and Anna, so I hope you like this one and enjoy the others. They are Murder at Eagles Nest and Could They Be Twins. I have also started work on a new book - Murder on the Yaquina Dredge.

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  32. The book sounds interesting, Deb Pelletier

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    1. Thank you Deb. I hope you decide to check it out.

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  33. David HollingsworthMay 20, 2022 at 2:52 AM

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Happy Friday to you too, David!

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  34. I enjoy discovering authors who are new to me.

    Nancy
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  35. I hope you had a great weekend!

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  36. I'm glad I found a new series of mysteries to read

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  37. David HollingsworthMay 21, 2022 at 1:34 AM

    Happy Saturday!

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  38. I hope you had a relaxing day!

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  39. Your novel sounds like an interesting summer read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  40. The story seems believable. I like the cement truck on the book cover and it makes me think it has significance to the murder.

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  41. How did you practice self care this Sunday?

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  42. David HollingsworthMay 23, 2022 at 2:00 AM

    What inspires you?

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  43. I hope you had a great day!

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  44. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  45. What's your favourite word in the whole English language?

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  46. Sounds like an interesting book to read!

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  47. I think it is interesting that the cover of your book is in shades of gray and black.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. What do you like to eat for breakfast?

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  49. David HollingsworthMay 26, 2022 at 2:15 AM

    What's your favorite book?

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  50. David HollingsworthMay 27, 2022 at 9:37 PM

    What's your favorite pasttime?

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  51. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  52. Intrigued by your excerpt and cover too!

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  53. What advice do you have for writers?

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  54. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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  55. It is always interesting to discover authors and books that are new to me.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  56. David HollingsworthMay 29, 2022 at 2:12 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  57. Hmmm.... I wonder why there is a cement mixer on the cover of your new book?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. Thank you sharing. This sounds like a book I would enjoy

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  59. I don't remember reading many books that were based in Ohio.

    Nancy
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  60. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  61. Thanks to everyone that served so that we could have our freedom.

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  62. Aside from this one, what giveaways have you hosted for your readers?

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  63. David HollingsworthMay 30, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    I like the excerpts of your books!

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  64. What was the first video game you ever played?

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  65. David HollingsworthJune 1, 2022 at 3:32 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  66. This is the first I have heard of this mystery series. I love to read all the books in a mystery series!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  67. How many hours a day do you write?

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  68. looks like a fun one

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  69. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  70. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  71. David HollingsworthJune 2, 2022 at 2:11 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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  72. Sounds like a great book. I hope it does well

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  73. I love reading cozy mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. Murder at Eagles Nest and Could They Be Twins? also sounds like great books.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  75. Do you listen to music when you write?

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