Corpes and Crystal Balls

Today, I'm happy to welcome back author  Kari Lee Townsend

Her latest novel, Corpse in the Crystal Ball (book 2) Fortune Teller Mysteries was released by  Berkley Prime Crime on June 5th 2012.

Corpse in the Crystal Ball (book 2) Fortune Teller Mysteries
Berkley Prime Crime
June 5th 2012
ISBN 9780425242759

Psychic Sunshine Meadows makes a dark discovery in the woods…
After clearing her name as the prime suspect in a murder, Sunny Meadows hopes she can finally enjoy some serenity in the idyllic town of Divinity in upstate New York. She’d also like a second chance with Detective Mitch Stone. But when Mitch’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend Isabel Gonzales shows up, Sunny’s not sure she can compete. Then Isabel mysteriously disappears. When the police turn to Sunny for help, her visions lead to the discovery of Isabel’s corpse in the woods. Before she died, Isabel scrawled a message in the dirt implicating Mitch in her murder. Now Sunny must help the man she’s falling in love with as she sets out to find the real killer. But this time Sunny’s clairvoyant abilities might not save her—as what she doesn’t see can hurt her…


National Bestselling Author, RT Reader’s Choice Award & Agatha Nominee Kari Lee Townsend lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter, who keep her grounded and make everything she does worthwhile…not to mention provide her with loads of material for her books. Kari is a longtime lover of reading and writing, with a masters in English education, who spends her days trying to figure out whodunit. Funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her mysteries!

Kari writes fun and exciting stories for any age, set in small towns, with mystical elements and quirky characters as Kari Lee Townsend. Kari also writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction with the same sense of humor and quirky characters as Kari Lee Harmon.

To find out more about Kari and all her books go to www.karileetownsend.com or click on the links below:
Kari Lee Townsend (Website & Newsletter & Facebook & Twitter)
National Bestselling Author of The Fortune Teller Mysteries
Best Amateur Sleuth of 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Nominee
Best First Novel Agatha Award Nominee
CORPSE IN THE CRYSTAL BALL - June 2012 (preorder now)
DESTINY WEARS SPURS (by Kari Lee Harmon) (Kindle & Nook)
PROJECT PRODUCE (by Kari Lee Harmon) (Kindle & Nook)


MAUREEN:  Where do you most like to read and how often?
KARI LEE:  I love to read before I go to bed. It takes my mind off all the busy things that happen during the day and gets my creative juices flowing after some interesting dreams. The problem these days is staying awake long enough.

MAUREEN:  What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
KARI LEE:  I know I don't write them, but I love historicals...especially medievals. Big hunky Scots and Irishmen are so yummy. I love being transported to another time and place, being truly swept away. I take my hat off to those who can actually do the research involved and write like that.

MAUREEN:  What really scares you?
KARI LEE:  I am petrified of rodents of any kind. I have no idea why, I just am. I often wonder if something happened to me when I was little and I've blocked it out. Just the thought of a mouse or rat sends shivers all over me.

MAUREEN:  Do you believe in ghosts?
KARI LEE:  I truly believe that anything is possible. I've seen too many strange unexplainable things and heard too many stories from others to ignore the possibility. I find everything paranormal so fascinating. That's why I'm having such a blast learning so many things along the way in writing my  Fortune Teller Mysteries.

MAUREEN:  Where in the world would you most like to visit?
KARI LEE:  I've been to Hawaii and Alaska which are amazing, but I would most love to go to Ireland. Italy, Scotland, Greece and Australia are on my bucket list as well, but I've heard enough about Ireland to make that my top pick. The castles and cliffs and rolling green hills sound so charming and intriguing. And I'm sure there's a story in there somewhere :-)

MAUREEN:  What’s next for you as an author?
KARI LEE:  For my Fortune Teller Mysteries I have finished book three Trouble in the Tarot, and am plotting book four Peril in the Palm. For my Digital Diva teen superhero series I am just finishing book three, Let Freedom Ring. And I write romances as Kari Lee Harmon. I currently have Destiny Wears Spurs and Project Produce available, with Sleeping in the Middle to come out soon. And there's a paranormal romance brewing in there as well. Good thing I love what I do.

MAUREEN:   Wow! You are busy. :) Hiking boots or high heels?
KARI LEE:  Hiking boots all the way. What can I say, I'm a mom of 4 kids (3 boys and 1 diva). I am the biggest adventure junkie in my family. I've been para sailing in Acapulco, wind surfing and scuba diving in Hawaii, kayaking in Alaska, swimming with stingray in the Caribbean, swimming with sea turtles and zip Lining in Hawaii. And I would really love to go hang gliding, parachuting and bungee jumping someday. The more adventurous the more exciting. My family thinks I'm nuts :-)

MAUREEN:  If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
KARI LEE:  Singing or acting, but mostly singing. I was in plays in high school and even when I was teaching. I am a total ham, and if I wasn't too old, I'd go on American Idol. Now, I didn't say I was any good, mind you, I just said if I had my way that's what I'd do ;-)

MAUREEN:  What do you like on your burger? (and do you take your burger veggie or beefy?)
KARI LEE:  Cheese, lettuce, tomato, (sometimes onion and bacon but I have to be in the mood) and Miracle Whip salad dressing. Definitely beefy!

MAUREEN:  Strawberry daiquiri or a beer?
KARI LEE:  Neither...wine all the way! Especially Pinot Grigio.

MAUREEN:  Do you believe in alien abductions?
KARI LEE:  Just like with the ghost question, I believe anything is possible. Especially given how large the universe really is.

MAUREEN:  Vampires or werewolves?
KARI LEE:  Ohhh, tough one. I love the sexy mystery of the vampire, but I have to say out of Edward and Jacob...I was a huge Jacob fan :-)

MAUREEN:  What was your favorite subject in school and why?
KARI LEE:  English. I have truly always loved to read and write. It was my major in college and I even got certified to teach, but writing novels is for sure my favorite job.

MAUREEN:  Salsa or guacamole?
KARI LEE:  Love guacamole! But mango salsa is really good, too.

MAUREEN:  Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
KARI LEE:  I would LOVE to invite hunky Detective Mitch Stone to dinner just to look at him and drool. Although, I have to say I think Sunny Meadows would be a lot of fun to hang out with. And I'd have to tell her best friends Sean and Jo to join us. Now that would be a party. As for Sunny's parents, they could stay home. Except for Granny Gerty. She's a hoot and would be welcome at my table any day.

MAUREEN:  What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
KARI LEE:  To see my books on the shelves, getting to kill off people I don't like, and getting to immortalize the ones I do :-)

MAUREEN:  Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
KARI LEE:  I actually drink both. Gotta have my coffee in the morning with cream and sugar and tea at night with nothing in it. Just black.

MAUREEN:  What does it mean to love someone?
KARI LEE:  To put them before yourself and actually look forward to seeing them. To accept them for who they are and not try to change them. To still want to do the little things you know will make them smile. To still laugh at their jokes. To be comfortable with being yourself. I've been married for 23 years to the man I started dating at eighteen :-) Guess we're doing something right.

MAUREEN:  What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?
KARI LEE:  Purple. Any shade. I absolutely love the color purple. It makes me smile and sigh every time I see it. It's just such a pretty color.


MAUREEN:  Have you ever solved a mystery in real life?
KARI LEE:  Other than the mystery of where my husband's keys are or where my kids' ipod, homework, dress shoes, (fill in the blank) are...no. I always thought it would be fun trying, though.


I always wondered what readers want to know from authors. What do you all want to know about me that hasn't been asked?


Kari Lee's publisher is generously giving away a copy of Corpse in the Crystal Ball to one lucky commenter from the US.
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  1. Thanks so much for having me here, and good luck on winning the prize :-)

  2. congrats & good luck, Kari, but then again, after just reading Tempest in the Tea Leaves, OH WOW!!!!
    i can't wait to read Corpse in the Crystal Ball!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  3. Thanks again for coming, Kari Lee! We're glad to have you any time. :)

  4. Great, another series I'll have to read! LOL! So many books, so little time... Thanks for the giveaway :)


  5. Welcome back Kari Lee !

    Sounds like a very cool book. Best of luck with it.

  6. Great interview. How do you like to celebrate each book?


  7. Which of your characters is most like you?
    lvsgund at gmail.com

  8. The winner of the book is LilMissMolly! Congratulations!