Author Jennie Bentley, writer of a popular cozy mystery series for Penguin Berkley Prime Crime, has made the New York Times Bestseller list for the first time with her newest release FLIPPED OUT.
It’s the fifth book in Bentley’s series and ranks No. 33 on the New York Times mass market paperback list as of October 23.
“I jumped up and down and squealed like a little girl,” said the Nashville, TN. author. “I guess you could say I flipped out. I called everyone I could think of to tell them the news. The New York Times list is the most prestigious list a writer can get on and it felt good to crack it!”
Bentley sets the series in fictional Waterfield, Maine around home renovator/amateur sleuth Avery Baker and her handyman boyfriend Derek Ellis.
Bentley’s background as a real estate agent and home renovator made her a logical choice to write Berkley’s cozy mysteries with a do-it-yourself slant.
While she has received book industry praise for her writing, Bentley credits part of her success to the rising popularity of the cozy mysteries. “More cozy mysteries are showing up on the best seller list,” she said. “Readers feel comfortable with them because they are not hard and edgy like thrillers and suspense novels.”
In FLIPPED OUT Avery and her hunky handyman boyfriend Derek Ellis are renovating another house in Waterfield, Maine. But it’s not just any house. It belongs to local news anchor Tony “the Tiger” Micelli—and it’s a quaint cottage with limitless possibilities. Even more exciting is that the makeover is going to be filmed as part of a home renovation TV show.
Unfortunately the road to cable TV fame is a bumpy one: this DIY spins into a DOA when Tony’s corpse is found at the cottage, flat on his back and not from natural causes. Turns out there were a few people who wanted Tony dead, and that the murderer might have his sights set on a few more Waterfield residents. That means it’s up to Avery to nail the killer. Before someone yells "Cut!" and it's all over.
“Penguin Berkley has believed in the series from the start,” said Bentley. “I set out to write suspense mysteries about a Nashville real estate agent. But the publisher had the idea for me to write cozy mysteries around home renovation. It’s part of a line of hobbies and crafts mysteries Berkley has developed.
“The series is set in Maine because the area is so nice and in some ways it reminds me of my native Norway. Then I came up with a fictional town….Waterfield.”
The other four titles in the Bentley series are Fatal Fixer-Upper, Spackled and Spooked, Plaster and Poison, Mortar and Murder. Visit the author at www.jenniebentley.com