Fleeing New York City with Miss Felicity Prim by Steven Rigolosi

The Outsmarting of CriminalsMy parents, Mrs. Charity Prim and Mr. Cornelius Prim, raised me to believe that I am in charge of my life. “You are fortunate to have been born at a time of women’s progress,” Mother used to say. “You and your sister have choices that were unavailable to me. Make the most of them, Dearest.” Meanwhile, Father would nod sagely, not quite sure what to make of this so-called “women’s movement” in which his wife participated so vigorously.

So I made a life for myself in the city of my birth, New York, developing friendships, taking my degree at Barnard, and working in the office of Dr. Amos Poe, a much-beloved, old-world Manhattan doctor with a devoted staff and a set of equally devoted (and very demanding) patients (or, as we sometimes call them, “impatients”). In my spare time, I have tried to surround myself with the books I love while not getting too involved in this so-called “Internet,” which seems these days to attract an unhealthy level of attention and to have a distressingly large number of aficionados.

Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. While walking along East 32nd Street, minding my own business, I was mugged. The miscreant broke my arm and stole my purse; but worse than that, he took my dignity and my self-confidence. I saw this as a sign from the heavens that perhaps it was time to make a change, to move to the type of New England village I have always loved. So, hearing Mother’s words of encouragement in my head, I did it: I bought a small cottage in the lovely hamlet of Greenfield, Connecticut, which had come highly recommended by the Times Sunday Magazine.

The situation became much more complicated when, out of the blue, Doctor Poe admitted that he loves me and wants to marry me. What was I to do? I’d spent my life savings on that cottage, and I had the idea that I could do some good by outsmarting the not-very-violent criminals one can expect to find in a New England village. Having read my share of all the great mystery writers, past and present, I felt confident I had all the tools I needed to make a success of my new career. So I promised to consider Doctor Poe’s proposal – one cannot make these decisions quickly or lightly – and removed myself to Connecticut. Upon my arrival I immediately adopted a high-spirited Boxer named Bruno from the Greenfield Animal Shelter. One needs a bit of protection when one lives alone in the country…

Things started to unravel rather quickly after my arrival. My new home was not what I expected it to be. I discovered a secret passage and a hidden basement … and in that basement I found a dead man. I’d planned to start my career in criminal outsmarting helping to catch petty thieves and perhaps graffiti artists; I had not expected (nor had I wanted) murder so soon. And it quickly became apparent that someone has been watching me, perhaps waiting for the right moment to strike. I am now a “woman in jeopardy,” as devoted readers call their beloved heroines; but I will not be a victim a second time. I will not.


You can read more about Miss Felicity Prim in her debut, The Outsmarting of Criminals, published by Ransom Note Press. The book is available in hardcover and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

Giveaway
Comment on this post by 6 p.m. EST on May 3, and you will be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of THE OUTSMARTING OF CRIMINALS. One winner will be chosen at random. Unless specified, U.S. entries only.

Meet the Author
Steven Rigolosi is the director of market research and development for a science publisher based in Manhattan. He Steven Rigolosiis also the author of Circle of Assassins, Androgynous Murder House Party, and Who Gets the Apartment? He received his B.A. from Manhattan College and his M.A. from Rutgers University. Library Journal has called him “a completely fresh voice in the mystery genre” and described The Outsmarting of Criminals as “a pleasure from cover to cover.” He maintains a blog, with occasional pieces of short fiction, at stevenrigolosi.wordpress.com. You can reach him at srigolosi AT yahoo DOT com.


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35 responses to “Fleeing New York City with Miss Felicity Prim by Steven Rigolosi

  1. This looks and sounds fabulous! Love the cover. Reminds me of the early Nancy Drew illustrations.

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  2. I am intrigued by both the cover and the description.

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  3. Cynthia E. Blain

    I am amazed with the cover of this book, the description of the story and the fact that there is another author that I really feel is writing my kind of reading material. Do hope to get a chance to read Steven’s book sometime soon. Great blog post as always.

    Cynthia

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  4. Jennie Knight

    While at first look, I thought this was just another cozy but then you gave me a couple of twists and now I am looking forward to reading this book. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  5. The cover is so striking, and the story sounds wonderful. Please, can I have some more

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  6. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds great, love the cover . Looking forward to reading this

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  7. Nancy Bradford

    This sounds like a really good book.

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  8. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! I also love the cover!

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  9. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  10. Am definitely adding this to my TBR pile. Right up my alley!

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  11. Would love to win a copy of this. It sounds like a great read.

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  12. This sounds quite delightful! I look forward to reading it.

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  13. Hi Dru, I WANT THIS ONE!!!

    Toss my hat into the contest ring Dru. Pretty Please?

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  14. OMG what a great plot. I definitely want to read this book.

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  15. The cover looks like a Gorey drawing. The book sounds a lot more up to this date.

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  16. This book does sound fantastic.

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  17. Barb Goffman

    I have heard such good things about this book. Pick me! Pick me!

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  18. Love the cover (illustrated by J.E. Larson) and the description! Looking forward to reading it! Sounds like a true cozy in the truest cozy tradition.

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  19. Stephanie Carr

    The description sounds great–can’t wait to read and would love to win!!!!!!

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  20. This sounds a little different from the usual mysteries I read and I would really like to “meet” Felicity Prim.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  21. Love the cover! This sounds like a book I would love and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. Wonderful cover art – and since I have 2 Boxers – and I admire Miss Prim’s sense of adventure —-this would be a book I will love.

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  23. Can’t wait to read this book.

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  24. The cover is enchanting and it sounds like a great story. Thank you for the chance.
    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I’d love to have that cover as a poster 🙂 Certainly makes me want to look inside. Thanks for the giveaway and all the best with the release. I so enjoy getting in on the debut of a new mystery.

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  26. Love the cover and the book needs to hit my TBR pile.

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  27. Sounds like a fun read.

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  28. I look foreword to reading this.

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  29. This looks like a book I would enjoy reading.

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  30. interesting cover!!!
    thx for the giveaway!!!

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  31. By the way–love the cover. It’s rather Gorery-esque

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  32. Barbara Tobey

    Sounds interesting.

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  33. Alicia Farage

    Looking forward to reading this one!

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  34. Kavitha Perla

    Sounds like a great read…looking forward to it.

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  35. contest is closed.

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