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A day in the life of Leslee Stanton Nix by Nancy Haddock

aka Nixy

Hey, there, Dru and Dru’s Readers! It’s great to see you!

So here’s a bit about my typical day. I’m usually up by eight, if not fully awake. After putting my hair in a ponytail and throwing on clothes, I feed my cat, T.C., and dog, Amber before we take a walk. Occasionally I snarf down a power bar for breakfast, but more often I head to my friend Judy’s bakery for a bite before work.

Since my two critters are inseparable, I walk them together. T.C. wears a halter with a leash that matches Amber’s collar and leash—the matchy-matchy bit courtesy of my boyfriend, Eric. Detective Eric Shoar, that is.

Eric doesn’t usually walk with us in the morning, but Amber and T.C. attract attention. And I have to say they are adorable. Amber is a German pinscher, a smaller version of a Dobbie, but larger than a min-pin. T.C. is an orange-gold tiger stripe, and I’ve been told she may have been the runt of her litter, but she’s plenty big enough. Amber prances along while T.C. pounces on every bug and leaf in her path.

We live in the apartment above the Handcraft Emporium, the arts and craft store located on the town square. I run the Emporium with my Aunt Sherry and her housemates—collectively known as the Silver Six. Each of them create different kinds of craft items—even Dab and Fix-It Fred are making metal art now. We exclusively carry work by Arkansas artists, and have an astounding variety for a modestly-sized store. Fred has a workshop in back of the retail section where he still repairs small appliances. Oh, yes, and spoils T.C. and Amber, too.

If I don’t get to Great Buns bakery for breakfast, I stop in at some point during the day. Judy Armistead and her hubby Grant make the most fabulous pastries, and they also serve a few lunch-fare items. And coffee, of course! Judy is by no means a gossip, but she keeps me up to date on news around the town square.

I see Eric at least three or four days a week, whether we take the critters to a park, go out for dinner, or just stay in. There are times he’s on duty, of course. Lilyvale isn’t exactly teeming with crime, but stuff happens. Even murders happen, and that’s when the Silver Six jump into sleuth mode. I’m right there helping and riding herd on them so they don’t get into too much trouble.

Riding herd? Who am I kidding? It’s all I can do to keep up with the Silver Six once they get wound up. I can only hope our upcoming arts and crafts festival runs with a hitch. Especially the hitch of finding another body. That’s getting old!


You can read more about Nixy in A Crime of Poison, the third book in the “Silver Six Crafting” mystery series.

The Silver Six are known for their arts and crafts—but they’re about to be tested in the art of catching a crafty killer.

It’s early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix—aka Nixy—and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.

But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale. Two members of the Silver Six are accused of cooking up a murder plot, but Nixy knows that the cookies weren’t literally to die for. With time running out, Nixy and company must catch the actual killer. . .before the Silver Six find their number permanently reduced to four.

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About the author
Nancy Haddock is the award-winning and national bestselling author of the Silver Six Crafting Mysteries. Basket Case and Paint the Town Dead are her current books in the series, and A Crime of Poison, was released a few days ago.

Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places and people for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron. Visit Nancy at nancyhaddock.com.

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Paint the Town Dead by Nancy Haddock

Paint the Town Dead by Nancy Haddock is the second book in the “Silver Six Crafting” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, September 2016

Paint the Town DeadLeslee Stanton Nix—aka “Nixy”—thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates—collectively known as the Silver Six—has proven to be as exciting as it is exasperating.

To kick off the grand opening of their craft shop, the Handcraft Emporium, Nixy and the Silver Six invite Doralee Gordon to teach a gourd painting class. Doralee’s spirit gets squashed when her ex-husband crashes the class with his new fiancée, but things really get messy when the bride-to-be later turns up dead. Now it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to use their melons to find the killer—before someone else gets painted out of the picture…

I really like this book and I especially like the comfortable tone, the pacing and the easy way the story flows from scene to scene. The mystery was done nicely and I like how it was set-up to keep me reading with suspects so easily defined, it was the trail that would eventually lead to the killer and I enjoyed how the author played it perfectly in giving Nixy and the Silver Six roles that worked on their abilities to ferret out the answers. The camaraderie between the Sixers is a joy to watch and I love how Nixy is establishing her own friendship with them as well as the residents of Lilyvale, Arkansas. I especially like the blossoming relationship between Nixy and Eric. T.C. and Amber are a great bonus to an already wonderful cast of characters. This was a wonderfully enjoyable read and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully charming series.

A Day in the Life of Leslee Stanton Nix, aka “Nixy” by Nancy Haddock

Paint the Town DeadI turn off the air compressor powering the sprayer, and stretch my back. After days of painting the building that will house the Handcraft Emporium, I’m exhausted and sore.

I’m Nixy, by the way. Formerly of Houston, Texas where I worked in the posh Gates Fine Art Gallery, I now live in Lilyvale, Arkansas. I’d come here to help my Aunt Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler out of a fix, and decided to make the town my home, too.

My aunt has macular degeneration. She gets along fine, especially with the help of her five housemates who live together in the Stanton ancestral farmhouse. Collectively known as the Silver Six, there’s ex-Navy Nurse Maise, her sister, Earth Mother Aster, and Elegant Eleanor. Two men also share their space, Dapper Dab and Fix-It Fred. But Sherry is my only living family, and belonging to a community of people who truly care about each other has great appeal. So does the lack of big city traffic!

The Silver Six must’ve heard the compressor fall silent for the seniors burst through the door dividing the workroom from the store proper where they’d been cleaning.

“Nixy, stow that gear right this minute!” Masie barks.

“That’s right, child,” my aunt sings. “It’s past time to get ready for your date.”

“With the most eligible bachelor in town,” Eleanor adds.

“My lavender water spray is ready in case you have a case of nerves,” Aster says.

“Humph.” That’s Fred. “Be sure you order expensive. No eatin’ like a bird. The boy can afford it.”

“We’ll finish cleaning up and putting away the spray painter,” Dab assures me.

Okay, so the prospect of seeing Detective Eric Shoar has me bounding up the interior staircase from Fred’s workroom to the apartment I’ll soon call home. Eric has a deep dreamy voice, and we’ve been seeing each other casually, but this is to be our first formal date. I’m psyched.

The Six and I had already repainted, refinished the hardwood pine floors, and cleaned the apartment until the place squeaked. I’d brought my dinner outfit, and my few bath, hair, and makeup products so I could get ready here, but I’ll spend the night at the farmhouse. Probably after giving the Silver Six a full report on my date. Eric and I had enjoyed a subtle sizzle each time we were together, and I fervently hope the sizzle doesn’t fizzle.

I peel myself out of the disposable paint coveralls—hood and booties included. The previous renters left a magnificent claw-foot tub fitted with a shower, and the water pressure is heavenly. I dry with an ultra-fluffy towel, rush through the makeup thing, and blast my blah-brown hair with the blow dryer. It won’t dry completely before my date, but I’ll leave it falling to my shoulders instead of confining it in the customary ponytail. With luck my locks won’t frizz, just wave.

I don my outfit pieced together from my super dressy gallery-opening clothes and pieces I’d bought here in town. Navy blue linen pants with a flowy off-white, scoop-neck blouse. I’d sworn off pantyhose, but slip my feet into navy wedge sandals. Eric doesn’t exactly tower over me, but at only five-foot three, I can use the boost in height.

I snag the matching clutch purse and open the bedroom door to find the ladies of the Silver Six waiting.

“Ready for inspection?” Maise asks, though she’ll inspect whether I agree or not.

Aster peers at my face. “Nixy, you only have mascara on one eye.”

“I do?”

Eleanor and Sherry nod.

“Rats.” I do an about face, correct the problem and come back out. “Now do I look okay?”

“Beautiful, child,” Aunt Sherry declares.

“Come on down, missy,” Fred shouts up the stairs. “Your date is here.”

I turn to the upper apartment door, when Eleanor speaks. “Nixy, I do believe your hair—”

“Needs fluffing,” Aster finishes. She fiddles with the back of my hair for a full thirty seconds. “That’ll do.”

Then she spritzes me with lavender oil water before they all follow me downstairs.

The restaurant, Adam Daniel’s, is a rustic modern place nestled in a circle of pine trees. Eric has the prime rib, I have the petite filet mignon, and we share a divine slice of banana icebox cake.

After some steamy kisses, Eric is walking me to the farmhouse porch when he stops and brushes his palm across the back of my head.

“Hold still, Nixy. I think you have a moth in your hair.”

“Did you get it?”

A pause. “Uh, no.”

“I’ll brush it free later.”

I can’t brush the moth free because it isn’t a moth. It’s a thin streak of white paint. I sigh and shrug. Eric has seen me look worse.

And the bonus? We don’t find a dead body during our date. Always a plus!


Paint the Town Dead is the second book in the Silver Six Crafting mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, September 2016.

From the national bestselling author of Basket Case comes the second mystery starring the crafty and cantankerous Silver Six.

Leslee Stanton Nix—aka “Nixy”—thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates— collectively known as the Silver Six—has proven to be as exciting as it is exasperating.

To kick off the grand opening of their craft shop, the Handcraft Emporium, Nixy and the Silver Six invite Doralee Gordon to teach a gourd painting class. Doralee’s spirit gets squashed when her ex-husband crashes the class with his new fiancée, but things really get messy when the bride-to-be later turns up dead. Now it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to use their melons to find the killer—before someone else gets painted out of the picture. . .

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About the author
Nancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery romance. Basket Case is her first book in the Silver Six Crafting Mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime, and the second book, Paint the Town Dead, was released in early Sept. 2016. Her earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire, featuring Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL. Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places and people for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron. Connect with Nancy at www.nancyhaddock.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of Paint the Town Dead. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end September 14, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

My Musing ~ Basket Case by Nancy Haddock

Basket CaseBasket Case by Nancy Haddock is the first book in the NEW “Silver Six” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2015

There isn’t much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates—a crafty group of retirees who’ve dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae’s niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer.

When Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There’s been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry’s farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn’t check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects.

The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry’s hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy’s aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.

I like this fresh new entry in the cozy mystery genre. Nixy’s arrival at her Aunt Sherry’s home is prompted by the local detective and when the cause of the commotion is found murdered on Sherry’s property – it will be up Nixy and the Silver Six to thwart a killer’s further actions to cause more harm.

This was a fast-paced and enjoyable mystery that entertained me from the first page to the delightfully charming conclusion that left me with a smile. The author’s narrative in the telling of this finely tuned drama was spot-on placing me smack dab in the middle of all the action as everyone is suspect. The mystery of who was behind the murderous and harmful threats was well-played and it was fun following along with all the clues that Nixy and the Silver Six stumbled upon, a few with some hilarity. The dialogue was engaging and I love the camaraderie and interaction between the Silver Six, Nixy and the other residents of Lilyvale. Boasting a lovable and offbeat cast of characters and the “feel good atmosphere” of a small town, this was a terrific read and I look forward to the next book in this endearing new series.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

A Day in the Life of Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix by Nancy Haddock

Basket CaseGates Fine Art Gallery in Houston, TX opens at ten o’clock, but I went in at nine hoping to catch the delivery man. The same delivery man who knew precisely when we opened, and consistently arrived early anyway. When he did show up during our business hours, he’d complain that it was his third attempt to make the drop off.

But, hey, not my problem. Barbra Vole was the manager and my immediate boss. She dealt with the business glitches. My job this fine day was to finish unpacking and begin arranging the art for the plein air exhibition that would begin on Friday evening.

I usually had at least one pair of helping hands to hang a show, but Felicia Gates, the gallery owner, was looking to open a branch in San Antonio. She’s recruited Barbra’s two assistants to go along on the trip, so I was working solo. Not a problem since I’m a get ‘er done kind of gal.

Dressed down today in cargo pants and a Gates Fine Arts tee shirt, I focused on the exhibition lay out. By early afternoon I’d propped all the large pieces along the walls of the five gallery rooms. I tend to favor asymmetrical arrangements, so was contemplating placement of the smaller paintings, when my smart phone vibrated in my pocket.

One glance at the caller ID, and I knew trouble loomed. I had no idea how much, but I’d already talked with Lilyvale, Arkansas police detective Eric Shoar twice in the past ten days.

“We had another incident at Miz Sherry Mae’s yesterday,” he told me before I’d barely said hello. “Neighbors across the road reported booming sounds and smoke coming from the kitchen.”

“Is anyone injured?” I asked on a gulp, the phone slick in my suddenly moist hand.

“Thankfully, no.”

“Did the fire department respond?”

“They don’t respond anymore unless I call them, but do you want whatever the problem is to go that far?”

“How can you think that?”

“Then prove you care. You have one week to get up here and see to your aunt and her housemates. The situation—whatever it is—seems to be escalating. I don’t want Miz Sherry and her friends to be declared wards of the court.”

“What?” I gasped.

“If the Chief believes that Miz Sherry and her friends are a danger to themselves or others, he’ll have to act.”

“You’d tell him they’re dangerous?” I demanded. “You’d take away their independence? Their freedom?”

“Not if I can help it.” He paused, then continued. “I understand that you don’t think you know Miz Sherry well enough to stick your nose in her business, but none of her housemates have people left. We need this resolved, and you’re the only relative in sight.”

I disconnected and sagged against the wall. Could I reach Lilyvale and my last living relative, my Aunt Sherry Mae, before the worst happened?


You can read more about Nixy in Basket Case, the first book in the NEW “Silver Six Crafting” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About Basket Case

There isn’t much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates—a crafty group of retirees who’ve dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae’s niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer.

When Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There’s been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry’s farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn’t check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects.

The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry’s hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy’s aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, September 9th for your chance to win a signed copy of Basket Case. (US entries only, please.)

Meet the author
Nancy Haddock is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery romance who now writes cozy mystery. Basket Case, the first book in the Silver Six Crafting mysteries, was released in Sept. 2015 with Berkley Prime Crime. Her earlier books, also with Berkley, are La Vida Vampire, Last Vampire Standing, and Always The Vampire, feature Cesca, aka Gidget with fangs, and are set in Haddock’s current hometown, St. Augustine, FL. Nancy draws on historic wealth, southern culture, and the plain old quirkiness of places for her books. She lives with her husband and rescue dog Baron.

Visit Nancy at nancyhaddock.com, on Facebook and on Twitter