Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I'm very happy to be a stop on the 
blog tour for 
Stan Schatt
and his new book

When a very disagreeable resident of the exclusive River Bend Retirement Resort is murdered, bestselling mystery writer Miriam Lipsky has to find the real killer to save her dear friend from prison. She finds the retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy. To make matters worse, it's hard to distinguish what residents actually saw from what they imagined.

Miriam finds she has to search for the killer while juggling an autistic grandson, a divorced daughter with a tendency to choose the wrong man, her best friend's overly friendly husband, and a stalker who who leaves her more and more threatening notes. To make matters worse, her rabbi who won't take no for an answer when it comes to fixing her up. 

Miriam, a widow after a disastrous marriage, has given up on love. Just when she is sure that part of her life is over, someone new appears from a very unexpected place.

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort is a cozy mystery with a sleuth who has to learn on the job. Despite her best intentions, Miriam makes mistake after mistake and yet moves ever closer to discovering a cold blooded killer who has no remorse.

An Interview with Stan Schatt

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today!
SS:  I’m very happy to be here with you.

LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

SS: When I was around twelve, I went to my school library and couldn’t find a novel that covered what I was interested in. I went home and wrote a short novel in cursive. In retrospect it wasn’t very good, but it certainly got me interested in writing.

LKBR: What was your inspiration for this series? Where did the name come from?

SS: I have written a police procedure trilogy starting a female detective and a psychic reporter (the Frankie and Josh series with Pen-L Publishing), and I wanted to try my hand at a cozy mystery since I met so many people who told me they preferred cozies. Another motivation is that I think it’s good to have an older heroine who still winds up having a romance.
The name of my main character (Miriam Lipsky) came out of thin air –I did want an old-fashioned type name since she is 55. It wouldn’t fit to give her a name like Tiffany.

LKBR: Do you ever get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work through it?

SS: I generally work on a couple of books (one novel and one non-fiction) at the same time. I’ve managed to write over forty books this way. It seems to keep me from developing writer’s block since I can change modes—writing fiction and non-fiction are very different.

LKBR: Do you have a favorite place to do your writing?

SS: I can write anywhere, but mostly it’s at a desk in our study. I can write with the TV on, people talking, etc. Nothing bothers me when I get into a zone.

LKBR: What is your writing schedule like? Do you write a certain number of hours a day, or go by word count?

SS: I write in bursts, generally at least some writing each day. I can write all day when I get in a zone. The only time I have worried about word count and schedule was when I had contracts for books while working for full-time. I had to budget my time very carefully after work and on weekends to meet my contracts.

LKBR: What is the hardest part of writing? What is the easiest part?

SS: Well, with mysteries the hardest part for me is to fully develop the plot so there are no loose ends. I want plenty of red herrings, but I also want a reader to be able to go back after having read the book once and discover that the clues that were overlooked would have led directly to the killer. The easiest part of writing for me is coming up with ideas for the books. I have several files labeled “Mystery Novel Idea” or “Science Fiction Novel Idea” or “YA Novel Idea.” Each folder now has several ideas for future novels in it.

LKBR: Do you have plans for a new series?

SS: Perhaps. I do have a book currently out for consideration by a publisher. If the publisher decides to publish it, I will turn my attention to a sequel.

LKBR: What book are you reading?

SS: I just finished Michael Connelly’s The Late Show. Since I’ve written a book about Connelly, I have read and re-read all of his novels and short stories as well as the articles he wrote as a crime reporter for the LA Times.

LKBR: What are three things you want your readers to know about you?

SS: 1.  I’ve done almost everything ---autopsy assistant, English Professor, software trainer, sales manager, network manager, law enforcement administrator, etc. My wife says she’s been married to 12 different men.

2. I’m curious about almost everything. I’ve written books on law enforcement, poetry, telecommunications, career changing, politics, etc. as well as novels covering several genres including science fiction, paranormal mysteries, police procedure mysteries, cozy mysteries, young adult adventures, etc.

3.  I try to incorporate a lot my experiences in my fiction. As an example, my wife and I traveled to Cairo, and I’ve written an adventure describing a 14-year old girl’s experiences in that city at the time of the Arab awakening.

LKBR: Thank you so much, Stan for letting us get to know you better!


A cozy mystery unlike any I have ever read, MURDER AT THE RIVER BEND RETIREMENT RESORT was a quick paced read that was entertaining from beginning to end.

Author Stan Schatt has developed an eclectic cast of characters. Protagonist, Miriam, who is a mystery author, was a wonderful character I enjoyed getting to know. Her divorced daughter, who is a handful, her grandson who has Asperger’s, the town sheriff, Miriam’s friends, and residents of the Retirement Resort, all make this a very original story.

The mystery aspect was most captivating. So many questions to be answered, so many directions it took before everything started to fall into place. It was fun to see Miriam put her mystery writer’s mind into the investigation, and see how different it was to her than fiction.

If you’re looking for a cozy mystery with a different style and voice, MURDER AT THE RIVER BEND RETIREMENT RESORT is one you should really check out.


Stan is the author of over 40 books including the Frankie and Josh mysteries. He has published books on career changing, technology, and writers that include Michael Connelly and Daniel Silva. Author Links Webpage: www.stanschatt.com @stanschatt GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/search?q=Stan+Schatt 
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