Thursday, February 3, 2011


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This month Champagne Books will release my second title for them and my first mystery. It’s called Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage. It’s a ridiculous title; I know. I love fun titles and the word ‘sausage’ just makes me laugh. It’s possible I may actually be a teenage boy, at least internally.

So one morning I sat down to write, knowing I wanted to write a mystery, and the title appeared to me. It didn’t appear to me literally, like floating in front of me or anything—that would be cause for calling my therapist. No. It just sort of came to me while I stared at the blank page and I knew that was the title of my next book. It made me laugh, and it also made me want to know what the book was about.

I spent the next five months or so figuring out what the book was about as I wrote it. Characters popped out on the page and started saying and doing ridiculous things. And then there was a string of murders! And there was a reason, after all, for the ridiculous title, a reason that I think has a little bit of heart.

Most of my writing works this way. It starts out ridiculous and/or absurd, but then, there is a point to it. Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage is a little racy (with language) and filled with quirky characters. If there wasn’t a mad killer on the loose, then these are people I’d love to have over for a dinner party. There would be so much tension and awkwardness it would be just delightful. Sadly, I can’t invite them over, because they’re just characters.

I can, however, visit them in another book…which I think I might just do. I’m just waiting for the next title to make itself appear. Maybe this one will involve curry. I’d really like to write something that centered around a curry dish if only because then I could do extensive ‘research’ at an Indian restaurant. Something to look forward to I guess.

Until then, check out the new book. It’s a fast and funny read. I promise you.


Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage
by Tanya Eby

Amy Wellington is about to get married and she couldn’t be more miserable. Sure, she loves Peter Johnson (even though his name does bring up certain, um, associations in her mind), but the problem is her mother, Pepper. Amy hasn’t spoken to her in over a decade and for good reason: her mother is cursed with being interesting. Take for instance, Amy’s real name: Sausage. She blames her mother entirely.

The wedding will take place at the beautiful Leelanau Lodge, a secluded spot in northern Michigan. When Peter convinces Amy to invite her mother, Amy knows there’s going to be trouble. But how could she know the trouble will involve the very sexy Graham (her first love), a series of murders, and excellent lentil soup?

In “Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage” there’s murder and sex, but not at the same time. There is also a string of questions. Will Amy finally live her life authentically? Will she choose a grey life with Peter, or a colorful one with Graham? How many people will end up dead? And most importantly…what kind of mother would name her daughter Sausage?


Don't miss Tanya Eby's excerpt on February 13!


  1. That sounds so much fun, Tanya. What a title!

  2. This was great for a chuckle this morning-now I wish I had it in front of me to find out more!! Fun!

  3. congrats on the new novel! time for a crossover. on halloween, pepper's grandmother tells of her time as a nurse working for kinney.

  4. Great post, Tanya. And, you're right, just the name of the book makes us want to chuckle. We simply must find out more.

  5. Sounds like a riot. Literally. Yes, what kind of mother would name her daughter Sausage? The kind in your book, I guess, which is why I hope I win a copy so I can read for myself all about this nutty Pepper woman.

  6. TANYA!!!! I am snowed in and would love to hide away in a closet with coffee and read till everyone in the house found me again ;) Congrats on the new novel!!!!

  7. Is there a recipe for the lentil soup? And what a name - Susage. But, an idea! Can you add the recipe for a curry dish to the next bit of fun and fury?

  8. What a great title! I love titles. They are so much fun. Congratulations on your first mystery. Something tells me it won't be your last.

  9. I can't wait to read this. The title alone is enough to grab my attention!

  10. Thank you one and all for your wonderful comments to Tanya.

    Yes, Rosemary, her newest release does sound like great fun.

    Susan, if the post made us chuckle, can you imagine the book?

    Stacey, You and everyone who commented will be entered into the drawing. Shoot, wish we could be entered, but then who'd draw the name from he basket? Good luck!

    Denise, There is something to be said for being snowed in with a humorous book, makes the snow sparkle just a bit more.

    Allison, No recipe for lentil soup or a curry dish, but the book is certainly a receipe for fun.

    She, I've no doubt this won't be her last book.

    Cheryl, We can't wait to read it either. It sounds like a riot.

    Robert, your comment gave us a chuckle of its own. We could just imagine that as a book.

  11. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement, everyone. And I WILL post a recipe for lentil soup (I have a great one) and a curry dish. Mmmm. No recipes for murder though. That's plain wrong.

  12. What *KIND* of curry dish will be the impetus for the next novel? That's what *I* want to know!