author of the
Casey McKie mysteries
murder and mayhem in the world of jazz
--------------------------------------------------- For plot summary, comments, sample
chapter, and availability, click on cover
… suspense … murder NEW JAZZ MYSTERY
AUDIOBOOK “AND ALL THAT MOTIVE”
Author of the Casey McKie mystery series, Joan Merrill, announces
the release the audiobook “And All That Motive” narrated by longtime
radio host Alisa Clancy.
Set at festival grounds just south of San Francisco, “And All that
Motive” has Casey racing against time to solve the killing of singer Sid
Satin and remove suspicion from her best friend club owner and jazz vocalist
Sorting through a raft of suspects, Casey eventually unravels the
with one of the most surprising endings of the series.
“There are an excess of suspects and motives and very little chance that
readers will be able to guess the identity of the murderer before it is
revealed. But more significant than the actual case is the realistic
atmosphere that Joan Merrill creates. The fictional jazz
instrumentalists, singers and those involved in the business of jazz all
sound and act realistically… While reading this book, one can
practically hear the bebop-oriented soundtrack.... Jazz fans and those
who like complex mysteries will enjoy this book.”
-- Scott Yanow in
Jazz Scene for the LA Times.
For full review, click here.
“The choice of Alisa Clancy as narrator is exemplary. Deeply involved in
jazz as a broadcaster, Clancy also worked in the theatre before becoming
program director at KCSM-FM where she has hosted A Morning Cup of Jazz
daily for more than 30 years.
“Clancy’s speaking voice is
ideal for the role of Casey McKie. Tough yet warm with a hint of
sexiness, she sounds like someone you would both like and be careful not
to mess with. Not only does she imbue Casey with the characteristics
expected in a no-nonsense PI, she also has the skill to make subtle
changes to pitch and volume when other characters are speaking, thus
making her storytelling real and immediate. Additionally, and
timing is that of a musician."
Rebecca Parris Ernestine
Anderson Kristi King as Doris Day
Joan Merrill, in addition to the
5 Casey McKie novels, has producd "Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day," 14
NPR Jazz Profiles, several CDs, liner notes, websites and currently a
weekly radio show for jazz station WETF in South Bend, Indiana.
An avid Carmen McRae fan, she produced a video documentary, a Jazz
Profile and a website for the singer. "She has intimate
knowledge of the world in which this tale is set...her
characters and the club and festival background is accurately portrayed.”
Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal, May, 2021. For full review, click
singer-pianist Shanna Carlson said
"The author did a great job of keeping things 'real'" and
singer Carol Sloane called the novel
The novelist also acts as a tour guide to her PI’s home base of San
Francisco, which she obviously knows well.