Parrish is the author of the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Louis Kincaid mystery novel series, which uses the the Leelanau Peninsula as the setting to launch a new crime novel series featuring Joe Frye, a female police officer and Kincaids lover. The new novel, A Thousand Bones, was released last week and Parrish is touring through Northern Michigan doing a series of book signings.
TWO IN ONE
P.J. Parrish (actually two sisters Kristie Montee and Kelly Nichols) grew up in Detroit. Both sisters had a passion for writing at an early age, as well as a passion for Northern Michigan. (By the way, they spoke to the Express as one voice -- that of P.J. Parrish).
As a child my father was constantly in search of that dream cottage in Northern Michigan, said Parrish. Every summer the family would head north in search with him, and we visited all those wonderful places. I fell in love with it. Now I am returning and taking up my fathers passion and in search of that dream cottage.
Parrish will poke around Northern Michigan during a 12-stop book signing tour over two weeks. The sisters visited the area over a year ago on a book signing junket and began thinking that the region would make a great setting for a murder mystery.
This story wouldnt work in Detroit where I am from. You expect that sort of thing in a big city, said Parrish. But at the same time it is so nice up north that you wouldnt expect it to happen up there. So I have to be careful not to overdo it. The next book will be set in Ann Arbor.
The sisters hope to draw inspiration during their book signing tour to return their new protagonist Joe Frye to the north for another murder mystery.
I like the idea of a setting in the vineyard on the Leelanau Peninsula, said Parrish. During the last book tour I stopped in and met Bernie Rink at Boskeydel. Now there is a character.
Is Parrish thinking of having Rink murdered, or turning him into some raving winemaking massacre maniac? Guess well have to wait for the book to find out.
The introduction of Joe Frye as the central character was a combination of a request from the new publisher and something that Parrish had been thinking about.
The new publisher asked, but I had been thinking about bringing Fry forward because of her popularity with the readers, said Parrish.
Those familiar with the Leelanau Peninsula will realize that Echo Bay (where Frye got her start as a rookie cop) is Leland. Parrish on her website offers several wonderful links to the Leelanau Peninsula and photos of the region that served as the storys inspiration.
So when will the next book be out?
In this business you have to produce one book a year or you will lose your readers, said Parrish. So next summer for the next book and possibly 2009 for the book set in the Leelanau vineyards.
For now the sisters will relive childhood memories as they travel through Northern Michigan signing copies of A Thousand Bones. The book is a great read and perfect for the beach or keeping around the cabin. This looks like another bestselling series from P.J. Parrish. To meet the author (both sisters), stop by one of the many book signings in the region. To learn more about P.J. Parrish and her other books visit pjparrish.com.
P.J. Parrish A Thousand Bones
book signing schedule:
Monday, July 2, 1:00-3:00pm Bridge Street Books 407 Bridge St. Charlevoix, 231-547-7323
Tuesday, July 3, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore & Coffee Shop 215 E. Central Ave. Mackinaw City, 888-421-READ
Wednesday, July 4, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore Main St. Centre P.O. Box 1298 Mackinac Island, 906-847-6202
Thursday, July 5, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 319 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey,
Thursday, July 5, 6:00-8:00pm Saturn Booksellers 133 W. Main St. Gaylord,
Friday, July 6, 1:00-3:00pm Leelanau Books 109 North Main Leland, 231-256-7111
Friday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm Cottage Books 5989 Lake St. Glen Arbor,
Saturday, July 7, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 243 E. Front St. Traverse City,