True Confession time: I love the game Mah Jongg. It’s a game played with tiles painted with various designs and patterns. The trick is to stretch your memory and remember which tiles match. Actually, It’s more involved then just a memory game, but I love it. So when Soul Mate author Iris Wynne mentioned she was releasing a book entitled ‘The Missing Mah Jongg Player’, she had my complete attention. Today, I am pleased to host Iris to have her showcase her new book. Welcome, Iris, and please take it away.
Iris: Thank you, it’s a pleasure to be here. I am a book love, a day dreamer and a hopeless romantic. I am a writer of cozy mysteries with an element of romance. I am the mother of two girls and in my spare time I dog walk and play golf in the summer.
RJS: No games of Mah Jongg?
Iris: Of course, I grab a game of Mah Jongg whenever I can. “The Missing Mah Jongg Player’ is my book debut.
RJS: What inspired you to write a book based on a game? Especially one like Mah Jongg which so many people have never heard of?
Iris: The game of Mah Jongg was brought over by an American businessman, Joseph Babcock when he was visiting China in 1912.
RJS: Thank you for the historical background on the game. I stumbled across a computer version one day and was instantly hooked So now I know its origins. Now, what can you tell us about this story? I can’t wait to read it.
Iris: Here is my blurb:
Steve Wade is an ex cop with an ex-wife and girlfriends he could never commit to. Now he’s a private investigator known for his knack in solving crimes.
This handsome private eye never has a problem finding clients. His newest case involves five frantic Mah Jongg players who are in search of one of their players who disappeared after meeting a man on an online dating site.
Steve Wade is reluctant to take the case. He believes she is just another woman not wanting to be found. But the women are insistent that their missing Mah Jongg player did not vanish on her own. In the meantime, they organize a Valentine’s speed dating gig inviting all the suspects who dated Marilou Dickson, the missing Mah Jongg player, in an attempt to find out what happened to her.
As he watches the dinner play out he begins to realize she may not have gone willingly when all the suspects are presented before him. He even hires his sometime drop dead gorgeous girlfriend for the event to lure the culprit out into the open. Steve just hopes no one goes home with a potential killer.
He has to work fast when the case begins to unravel as lies and betrayal become evident and the truth of what happened to the missing player becomes clear. Will he be able to find the suspect before they choose another victim? This may be his biggest challenge yet.
RJS: Biggest challenge? I love it! Lots of mystery. I just bet there are plenty of twists and switch backs as the pages turn. Okay, gotta ask, can you share a snippet?
Iris: Here is a small excerpt:
He noticed the girl had not taken off her sunglasses. She was slim with dark-brown hair, a pale, thin face, and a nose too big for her small, heart-shaped face. Still, he found her quite attractive. She looked well groomed, and had a long orange and red scarf around her neck with those high boots and skinny pants he observed was the fashion for the last year or so. She looked miserable, though. The older woman was also attractive with blond hair, blue eyes, and an amiable smile. A long black coat enfolded her body.
“I’d offer you coffee but I don’t have any.” For some reason, he felt he had to give an excuse. “My receptionist left a while ago and I haven’t found a replacement.”
“I’m sorry to hear that,” Harriet said, looking over at Sarah. She was moping, gazing down at her boots. A great help she was.
The PI sat down and started tapping his pen. She felt that she was on a job interview except she was the one with the paycheck. She didn’t know where to start.
She couldn’t help but notice he was very good-looking. He wore blue jeans, a white shirt, sleeves rolled up, and was tall and lanky. His eyes, bright blue, smiled directly at you. Killer eyes, they were. His wavy light-brown hair was a little greasy yet that did not take away from his good looks. She tried not to notice his biceps, which were bulging out of his shirt. Later, she would have to talk about him with Sarah, saying how gorgeous he was.
“So why are you here?” he asked.
“A good friend of mine is missing.”
The PI glanced over at the younger woman whose lips started to wobble.
“I also used to play Mah Jongg with her, and she and Sarah helped me open up my cupcake store and make it successful.” Sarah was sniffling now. Could this get any worse? Did Jason have to break up with her now of all times? Sarah had also gotten close with Marilou and both of them had been like a mother to her, sort of a family she really never had. Today, though, she could throttle her.
“My friend has gone missing after meeting a guy online.”
The PI continued to stare at her, waiting. Harriet looked pointedly at his hand. “Aren’t you going to write this down?”
“I’m not sure I’m going to take the case.”
She blinked back at him, feeling her cheeks warm.
“I thought Laurie told you about me?”
“I said I would listen but that’s all I promised.”
Harriet felt her cheeks grow hotter.
RJS: Oh yeah, this story is a must read. So I understand it isn’t out just yet, but soon. Can we get ahead of the game? (No pun intended–well, maybe)
Iris: “The Missing Mah Jongg Player’ will be released May 27th — only a few more days. But the pre-sale is going on now on Amazon.
RJS: I bet you’re super excited. Those last few days before a release are something else, aren’t they? So how can readers connect with you?
Iris: Here are my links. I would love to hear from readers.
My blog http://www.iriswynne.com/
Twitter @iriswynne https:twitter.com/iriswynne
We have two buy links for Iris’s book, one is Amazon Canada:
and the other is Amazon.com:
RJS: Iris, our time is coming to an end. It has been wonderful having you here, getting to know you and I wish you all the best for this and future books The next time I play a game of Mah Jongg, I will surely think of you and this book.