Limited Release! "Fishing Badge Murder" Merry Wrath Mystery Novella By Leslie Langtry: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Kathleen Costa

 Gemma Halliday Publishing is doing a “limited” release of some of their fun novellas originally part of the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection (now out of print). The first novella is FishingBadge Murder from Merry Wrath Mystery series by Leslie Langtry. It is available on Amazon only from March 14 to May 31 for the low price of 99¢ … or better yet, enter to win an eCopy by making a comment below about one of your favorite childhood memories: (1) a fishing trip, (2) scouting, or (3) your favorite literary or television spy.

By no fault of her own, Merry Wrath had to retire from the CIA, so she changed her name, moved back to her Midwestern hometown, and agreed to be Girl Scout leader with her best friend. Seems an easy retirement plan, but the ten precocious preteens turn out harder to wrangle than some international terrorists. Instead of learning cookie selling techniques, they preferred weapons training and learning about enhanced interrogation methods. Their eagerness and surprising adept skill has come in handy when some of the angry Chechens discovered her whereabouts. Happy scouting!

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Merry is determined to provide fun, learning experiences for the eight year olds in her Girl Scout troop, but fishing brings up some interesting challenges: the least of which is a debate about whether worms have girlfriends and the worst is the prospect of answering questions about where babies come from. But, with the crack of a rifle and discovery of the dead body, Merry’s CIA past is brought dangerously into the open.

Leslie Langtry’s Merry Wrath Mystery series is a fun romp with witty writing, a clever mystery, and quirky characters, and this novella, originally written in 2018, takes all that and adds chases through the woods, an FBI special agent, links to the CIA, accusations, threats, and secrets for which murder is the only response. For fans of the series, this is like a flashback set before Merry marries Rex, before Merry’s past really endangers the troop, and before Betty becomes adept at weapons use. I love the references to Merry’s old life with her signature snarky retorts and another surprise to a fun mystery!

Preorder Alert! The next book in the Merry Wrath series is set for an April 25 release and is currently on Preorderon Amazon. Merry is Marked for Murder when assassin-not-an-assassin and friend Hilly Vinton shows up with an agency-ordered Termination Contract on Merry, but the most disturbing fact is that the contract also went to her real enemies the Russians, Chechens, and Colombian cartels. Is it a prank? Unlikely, when the bad guys start showing up ready for body bags. Lots of questions are raised: Why is she a target of her former employer the CIA? Should she run or stay? And to what lengths will her Girl Scout troop go to help their fearless leader?

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USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry pens one of my favorite series: Merry Wrath Mystery series. She also writes the very entertaining Bombay Assassins Greatest Hits Mystery and contributes to GHP’s Aloha Lagoon Mystery with two marvelous books: Ukulele Murder and Ukulele Deadly. Something for every cozy taste! 

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Don’t Miss This Special FREEBIE! Leslie Langtry joins several popular authors offering a book thru Prolific Work’s sixty-book Twisty Tales & Cozy Crimes giveaway. Leslie’s book, Match Box Murder, from her Merry Wrath Mystery, is available for download. The books are claimed thru Prolific Works as an ePub, mobi, or pdf file. Pick up one, two, or all sixty books, including joining Merry and her troop head out on another weekend camping trip with not-an-assassin assassin Hilly! What could go wrong?

To enter to win an ebook copy of Fishing Badge Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "fishing,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 25, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter.  If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. I remember watching reruns of Man from Uncle on TV when I was a kid. I thought David McCallum was actually Russian!

  2. Leslie Langtry's books are always fun reads. Looking forward to reading the book.

  3. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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