Cabernet is the star in 50 Shades of Cabernet, an anthology of wine-themed mysteries created by 18 authors. The stories range from light-hearted puzzles to darker, heavier tales of deceit and murder.

My contribution to 50 Shades of Cabernet is “Wine, Women, and Wrong”:

Tommy Bradshaw has two items on his bucket list: to solve a murder mystery and to marry Camille Pettit. Fat chance of either happening. Then, when Camille attends a wine-tasting fundraiser and the wine merchant is found in the parking lot, impaled by a hunting knife, Tommy gets his chance to play one of the Hardy Boys. In the process of finding the stabber, Tommy is besieged by women: the glamorous and sexy oenophile who’s hell-bent on seducing him; and the cop who would love to woo him away from Camille. In addition, Tommy finds that detecting isn’t as easy as it is in books.

“Wine, Women, and Wrong” took me out of my writing comfort zone (assuming I’m ever in one!) While I normally write in first person from the point of view of a female main character, here I used third person with a male main character.

But that’s a major perk of writing a short story: trying something new. Much as a chef can be more adventurous with appetizers than with entrees, authors are freer to experiment with writing techniques in short stories than in novels. 

Joining me in 50 Shades of Cabernet’s are these 17 talented authors:

Betsy Ashton
Lyn Brittan
Barb Goffman
Debbiann Holmes
Maria Hudgins
Teresa Inge
Jim Jackson
Kristin Kisska
Douglas Lutz
Nancy Naigle
Alan Orloff
Jayne Ormerod
Rosemary Shomaker
Jenny Sparks
Heather Weidner
Tina Whittle
Ken Wingate

50 Shades of Cabernet is available today. Enjoy! And we love reviews.

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, including Murder at the Book Group and Murder at the Moonshine Inn. She has contributed stories to the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies and to the 50 Shades of Cabernet anthology.

Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime, James River Writers, and the American Association of University Women. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive.


Alan Orloff said…
I completely agree with you, Maggie. A short story is an excellent way to step outside of your box and try something different. If it works, great! If it doesn't, well, at least you tried! (And didn't *waste* 80,000 words on it!). Happy to be sharing space with you in this anthology--it's a really fun project!
Maggie King said…
Thanks, Alan. There could well come a day when I exclusively pen short stories!
Sounds like so much fun. So glad you visited me today.
Maggie King said…
Thanks for hosting me, Marilyn.
Pat Marinelli said…
I just downloaded the Kindle version. Can't wait to start reading.
Maggie King said…
Pat, I hope you enjoy the stories. There's quite a variety.

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