SleuthSayers: Agatha Best First Novel Finalists

It’s a great pleasure for me to host this year’s finalists for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel as they embark on their group blog tour. For their debut at SleuthSayers, I posed this question:

“First impressions can tell us a lot about a person—and first novels may offer us immediate insights into the authors behind them: their interests, their passions, the things they value about the wider world. What drove you to write this book? And what glimpses do we get of you in the characters, the plot, the setting, or the themes?”

And you can find answers here from the finalists themselves:  Marla Cooper, author of Terror in Taffeta; Alexia Gordon, author of Murder in G Major; Cynthia Kuhn, author of The Semester of Our Discontent; 
Nadine Nettmann, author of Decanting a Murder, and Renee Patrick, author of Design for Dying.