Book Shower – Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery

6 Mar
Available now at Amazon!

Available now at Amazon!

Mystery Question Contest Giveaway –  See Below!

The Book Stork Has Arrived for K.B. Owen!

An unseemly lesson…in murder.

The year is 1896, and Professor Concordia Wells has her hands full:  teaching classes, acting as live-in chaperone to a cottage of lively female students, and directing the student play, Macbeth. 

But mystery and murder are not confined to the stage.  Malicious pranks, arson, money troubles, and the apparent suicide of a college official create turmoil at the women’s college.  For Concordia, it becomes personal when a family member dies of a mysterious illness, and her best friend is attacked and left for dead. 

With her friend still in danger and her beloved school facing certain ruin, Concordia knows that she must act.  But uncovering secrets is a dangerous undertaking, and there are some who do not appreciate the unseemly inquiries and bold actions of the young lady professor.  Can she discover the murderer…before she becomes the next target? 

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Available now as an ebook on AmazonScribd and Barnes and Noble. Available soon on Sony, iBooks, Kobo, and also in paperback.

Congratulations to author K.  B. Owen on her book Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery!

K.B., have a glass of virtual champagne and tell us about your new arrival!

Thank you!  Dangerous and Unseemly is the first book of a planned series, featuring literature professor Concordia Wells, a headstrong young lady who defies most of the social expectations for women of her time, and whose natural curiosity gets her into trouble a lot.  It’s set in 1890s Hartford, Connecticut, at a fictitious women’s college, modeled after the Seven Sisters colleges of the time: Smith, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, etc.

What did you feed your muse during the book’s development?

Lots of tea and chocolate!

Did you experience any complications during the growth of this book?

Sometimes the plot twists and multiple mysteries got a little tricky to keep track of (kind of like the umbilical cord twined around the baby’s neck, since we are in “shower” mode here).  I used multi-color dry erase markers and a whiteboard to make sure I had wrapped up any loose ends.  Kind of fun, actually.

What is your favorite feature of this book (ie. character, setting, plot, etc) and why?

Shh…don’t tell the other ones, but I do have a favorite character.  Her name is Margaret Banning, she’s as old as the hills and has been a history teacher at the college since anyone can remember.  She’s gruff and curmudgeonly, speaks her mind, and expresses herself mostly through quotations of dead philosophers and statesmen.  She’s nosy but can’t keep a secret to save her life, although she is blind to that particular aspect of herself.  She wears thick bottle-glass spectacles that distort the size of her eyes, old-fashioned ruffled breakfast caps at least thirty years out of fashion, and so many layers of petticoats and shawls that it’s hard to determine where the layers leave off and the woman begins.  She walks with a cane because her rheumatism bothers her a great deal, although she also likes to poke people with it, when emphasizing a point.  Unlike the other women professors at the college, she has her own residence in town, where her parlor is stuffed with an excess of bric-a-brac and is home to multiple cats, of which she is quite fond.

Describe the perfect reader for this book.

I see the novel as appealing for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries, historical or otherwise, and who likes plot twists, humor, and adventure in a story.

Are you expecting any more books (wink, wink)?

Another great question!  The second book of the series, Unseemly Pursuits (it’s an “unseemly” series, LOL), is finished and should be out later in the year.  I’m starting to plot the third one now, tentatively titled: Murder Most Unseemly.

Thanks K. B. We wish you much joy (and lots of sales!)

KBOwenAbout the author:

K.B. Owen taught English for nearly two decades at universities in Connecticut and Washington, DC, and holds a doctorate in 19th century British literature.  A long-time mystery lover, she drew upon her college experiences to create her amateur sleuth, Professor Concordia Wells.  Unlike the fictional Miss Wells, K.B. did not have to conduct lectures in a bustle and full skirts.  Thankfully.

She now lives in Virginia with her husband and sons.  She recently finished the second book in the series, and is busily planning Concordia’s next adventure!

Visit K.B. at On Facebook at, on Twitter at and Pinterest at

Mystery Question Contest Giveaway

How about a little mystery fun…and a prize!  Each stop in K.B. Owen’s book launch tour has a mystery question to answer.  When you have them all, unscramble the answers to which ROOM, WEAPON, and SUSPECT, and email Kathy at  She’ll announce the winner (chosen from the correct entries) at Karen McFarland’s blog,, the last stop of the tour.  
What do you win?  A free ebook copy of Dangerous and Unseemly, and a $25 gift card of your choice to either Starbucks, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble!  If you run into a few stumpers – no problem! Check out her Mystery Quizzes page for links to the answers.  If you’ve joined us in the middle of the tour, the complete list of Book Tour hosts can be found at  Good luck!
(For More Info on the Contest, click HERE)
Email Deadline: Monday, April 1st
Quiz Question:
Nancy Drew had two friends (who were probably jealous of her cool red roadster!) who acted as her sidekicks and assisted in her investigations.  They were:
D) Porgy and Bess
E) Bess and George
F) George and Ned
G) John and Yoko


29 Responses to “Book Shower – Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery”

  1. K.B. Owen March 6, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Nancy, thank you so much for throwing such a lovely book shower! The edibles and decor were simply lovely! 😉

  2. “Lots of tea and chocolate.”

    This is why I love you. ❤

  3. Marcy Kennedy March 6, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I’m glad I could attend your virtual shower. I’m even more glad to hear another arrival is already on its way 😉

    • K.B. Owen March 6, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks, Marcy! Let’s hope I can keep up this pace…

  4. Julie Glover March 6, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I love the description of Margaret Banning. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older myself, or maybe because my grandmother was like this, but elderly women who just say whatever they think and ignore fashion trends, etc. appeal to me. I’m eager to read this book!

    • K.B. Owen March 6, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      That’s so cool, Julie! It’s out in paperback and all the e-venues…finally! Thanks bunches! 😀

  5. Selena Robins Musings March 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Great shower! Well done and the book looks intriguing. I’m always up to reading new to me authors. Congratulations, and best wishes on your new “baby.” 🙂

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks, Selena! Doesn’t Nancy have the most creative way of doing things?

  6. Kassandra Lamb March 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Thanks so much, Nancy, for hosting a ‘baby’ shower for Kathy’s newborn. I love this idea! And congrats, Kathy, on the new book. I’ve read it already , folks, and it is fabulous.

    Don’t drink too much virtual bubbly there, Kathy! More parties coming up for you later in the week, you know. 😉

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      You’re right, Kass, I’d better pace myself! Thanks so much for your support! Your Amazon review made me *blush* 🙂

  7. Ginger Calem March 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I love the idea of a Book Shower! Kathy, your book sounds heavenly and I can’t wait to read it. Margaret Banning sounds like a hoot. Looking forward to meeting her. 🙂

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Ginger, thanks! And you know, I’m not really sure where Miss Banning came from…an amalgamation of crochety relatives and former professors, I suppose! 😉

  8. 4amWriter March 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Sounds like a great book. I love historical novels to begin with, so a historical mystery sounds divine! Thanks for a fun interview.

  9. nancyelauzon March 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    It was my pleasure to host your book shower, Kathy, and I look forward to reading your new book!

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      Nancy, this has been so much fun – thanks again! Hope you’re having a fab time in Europe! 😀

  10. renée a. schuls-jacobson March 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    You know you are on my To Be Read list. I can’t wait to read about Concordia!

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Coolness! We’ll definitely have to chat after you’re done, Renee – I’d love to pick your brain for series ideas!

  11. Margot Kinberg March 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    What’s not to like about this wonderful new arrival!? I love it that there’s a thread of wit in your novel, too; to me that always adds to a book. Lifting a glass of champagne in a toast to you, Kathy! Great interview, too 🙂

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      Margot, thanks so much! Putting in the humor during the writing process keeps ME entertained, too! 😉 I so appreciate all of your support! 😀

  12. Karen McFarland March 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Wonderful book shower girls! Thanks for the invite and Champagne! Thanks for revealing more of your book Kathy. I’m off to do my duties as Mistress of Ceremonies. I’m telling you, there a lot of work to this. My job is never done. LOL! My pleasure Kathy. I’m kidding. I hope everything is going well with your Mystery Book Tour! 🙂

    • K.B. Owen March 7, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      I think every gal needs a Mistress of Ceremonies…you’ve been fabulous, Karen! Thanks for everything! 😀

  13. Gloria Richard Author March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Does Margaret travel? Twitch your cute button nose and send her on time travel to this century. I so want to play with her in my novel.

    I can not wait to read your book. And, yes, I plan to purchase the hard copy. Yes, I plan to stalk follow you about and poke you with my cane politely ask until you autograph it for me.

    Love the notion of this shower. Look for knitted booty-ful book covers in your mail soon.


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