“When life gives you lemons … be sure to spit the pits out of that lemonade you’re making. Otherwise you’ll choke.” – Curt Savage
The past year has not been a good one for Curt Savage. Depressed over the death of a loved one, he’s gone into hiding, becoming entirely too comfortable with saying that he’s in the Witness Protection Program. But the urge to find that elusive killer puts his MIA status on hold. With the help of his new buddy Mike, he delves into the murky world of tracking down a killer — and uncovering who poisoned a neighbor’s dog.
SAVAGE SUMMER is the first in the Curt Savage mystery series. Going from former cop to private dick, he represents a new kind of detective—the reluctant kind. As his best bud Mike puts it, “Private investigation just got Savage.”
Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.
Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.
However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.
SAVAGE SUMMER is Ms. Bainbridge’s debut novel. It introduces Curtis Owen Savage into the world of ink and fury. Savage is engaged and about to be married when the brutal murder of his fiancée sends the world crashing down around him. Depressed, he isolates himself to better deal with the pain, but his beloved Ruthie won’t leave him alone. Haunting him with her presence, he becomes obsessed with finding her killer, and making him pay for taking her away.
With the help of a quirky friend and an old colleague, he takes his first steps, but the poisoning of a next door neighbor’s dog lands him his first case—and into a new profession. Hired as a private detective, he navigates through a complex series of clues to discover why someone attempted to kill the black Pomeranian. In the midst of trying to track down the motive, he receives his first anonymous phone call from a phantom who insists he knows secrets about his fiancé’s death. Dubbing the caller Dr. Shadows, the tidbits scattered become the breadcrumbs that lead Savage down a dark rabbit hole that was never meant to be discovered.
Her next planned project is MURDER MOST FOWL. Alex “Trout” Matthews, is a former NYC detective. Now retired, he moves to the town of Portsmith, Idaho so he can focus on his one passion—fishing. But as Ruth puts it, “Murder rarely leaves an inquisitive mind alone for long.” He soon finds himself pulled back in the stream of things and knee-deep in mystery.
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I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of writer. While I do know the ending for the Curt Savage mysteries, I have no idea what's going to happen to get there. I just let my characters work things out and drive the story where it may go.
Because I choose to write this way, I'm as surprised as anyone else as to the dialogue and the twists and turns. I never see some of the things coming and don't foresee some of the characters fleshing out the way they have. They definitely have their own opinions as to what personalities and traits they possess. I basically stayed out of their way of this maturation and let them be what they wanted to be.
However, since this is a series and not a standalone book, I definitely can understand the advantage of mapping everything out before you begin. It's just not for me.
I have absolutely no idea. None. But since I've loved mysteries since a small child, I would say that whatever it is has to be innate.
The love of mystery extends to my real life. I follow the news like a hawk, gravitating to open murder investigations and disappearances. I take note of the circumstances and try to piece together clues. I would hazard a guess that true mystery aficionados all behave this way. There's something about solving a crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice that does it for me. When a case is finally cracked and the guilty party has been sentenced, there's a feeling of satisfaction that all's right and order has prevailed.
I would say late morning through the afternoon is best. While on paper getting an early start sounds ideal, it just doesn't work out for me.
You realize that you're asking me to choose between my children, don't you? It's a very difficult question because I love them all. Not thrilled with the way some of them act, but I do care.
I guess I'll answer this in terms of who's the most fun to write. It's a toss up between Curt Savage and his buddy Mike O'Brien. I guess I'll pick Curt since he's the pivotal character in the series. He'd have to be done right. I'd say the perfect person to play him is Eddie Cibrian. He's handsome, sensitive and looks the type to fall in love forever.