Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
by Gwen Mayo & Sarah E. Glenn

About Murder at the Million Dollar Pier

Million Dollar Pier
Murder at the Million Dollar Pier (Three Snowbirds)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC (September 26, 2019)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 1949281078
ISBN-13: 978-1949281071
Digital ASIN: B07WMN9V79

“Never waste good rum on a bad night.” – Teddy Lawless, February 1926.

There are many bad nights ahead for Teddy. Shortly after she arrives at the newly opened Vinoy Hotel in Saint Petersburg, she comes face to face with her ex-fiancé, Ansel Stevens, in the dining room. Cue the slap that was thirty years in the making. Unfortunately, her ex-fiancé dies during a yacht race shortly thereafter. Conclusion of the authorities: poison. His family closes ranks, leaving Teddy as the prime suspect. Worse, Teddy’s hair comb is found on the deck of Ansel’s boat, leading to her swift arrest.

Can Cornelia Pettijohn and Uncle Percival save fun-loving Teddy before she goes from the grand hotel to the big house?


My Favorite Tunes

My name is Teddy Lawless, and I love music, especially in this modern era. It’s not that I didn’t love learning to play Debussy or Chopin on the piano, but I prefer Joplin, and Gershwin is the cat’s pajamas. You may have heard “Rhapsody in Blue,” which was commissioned by one of my favorite band leaders, Paul Whiteman, and there’s more where that came from.

The music I enjoy the most is for dancing, of course. I can’t dance for as long as I used to, but a lively tune at a swell party can lift me on my feet and keep me going longer than is strictly good for me. Mr. Whiteman’s orchestra is responsible for several of my best-loved recordings, like “The Japanese Sandman” and “Charlestonette.” There are many, many songs for doing the Charleston besides “The Charleston,” like “Charleston Fever,” “Charleston Baby,” and “I’m Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston”. They bring all the sheiks and shebas to the floor, that’s for sure.

Other songs I enjoy are “Bugle Call Rag” and “Everybody Stomp,” both penned by Elmer Schoebel. “Cut Yourself A Piece of Cake (and Make Yourself at Home) by Billy Jones makes me laugh. “Everything’s Hotsy-Totsy Now” is also a lot of fun. 

“Davenport Blues” by Bix Beiderbecke is nice for a romantic dance, not that I do many of those. When I served as a nurse during the Great War, I danced with many a soldier, but I’m sure they were thinking of their sweethearts back home, not a maiden aunt.

I’m looking forward to what music comes next in the Twenties. It’s been the berries so far!


About Gwen Mayo

Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Safety Harbor, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

​Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Gwen attended the University of Kentucky on a poetry scholarship but has an associate degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in political science. Interesting side note: Gwen was a brakeman and railroad engineer from 1983 – 1987.

About Sarah E. Glenn

Sarah E. Glenn loves mystery and horror stories, often with a sidecar of humor. Several have appeared in mystery and paranormal anthologies, including G.W. Thomas’ Ghostbreakers series, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, and Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Her great-great aunt served as a nurse in WWI, and was injured by poison gas during the fighting. After being mustered out, she traveled widely. A hundred years later, ‘Aunt Dess’ would inspire Sarah to write stories she would likely not have approved of.

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