Pork Pies Book Tour

About the Book

Title: Pork Pies

Author: Judy Nichols

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Crusty British transplant Ian Dodge is back on the beat, this time in the service of Her Majesty, otherwise known as Laura Lane, the Food Queen, star of a popular TV cooking show. A blackmailer has threatened to expose her sordid past as a con artist, so she turns to Ian Dodge to get it sorted.

When her blackmailer is found stabbed to death in his hotel room, Her Majesty is the prime suspect. It’s Ian’s job to untangle a web of deception and pork pies (lies) to find the real culprit, all the while dealing with the antics of his twin sons, Jesse and Mac.



1) What inspired you to write Pork Pies?

My husband, a British immigrant, was the inspiration for this book and the other two Ian Dodge books. He’s been in this country for decades, but refuses to be Americanized, instead hanging on to every single shred of his Britishness. I always thought he’d make a great detective so I made him one.

2) What was your favorite part in writing Pork Pies?

I really loved writing about Ian Dodge and his twin sons, Jesse and Mac. They’ve been mentioned in the previous books, but this was my chance to bring them to life. Ian Dodge has always been with other adults, it was fun having him interact with his sons, often coming out at the losing end of things. Those boys turned out to be real pistols.

3.) Which Character do you feel more connected to?

I have to say that would be Melinda, otherwise known as Her Majesty, the Food Queen. She also was mentioned in the previous books as Ian’s friend Ruth’s incognito boss whose identity could never be revealed. Melinda is tough as nails, but she’s also vulnerable. I understand where she’s coming from, growing up taking care of her mentally ill mother, then getting sent off to live with her father and his new family who didn’t want her. She ends up running away and joining forces with a con man to bilk small towns with their “poor dying girl” scam. I love how straight-forward she is. She says what’s on her mind and doesn’t care about hurt feelings, all the time doing her best to hide her own feelings.

4.) One reason why we should read Pork Pies?

It’s got something for everyone. Murder, intrigue, lies, secrets, cooking demonstrations. It’s a fun read.

5.) Do you have any new projects coming up if so can you tell us about it?

Right now I’m working on a young adult paranormal novel I wrote kind of on a whim a few years back. It needs some work and I hope to get it into shape and ready for publication, It’s called Echoes of Evil, about a 14 year old girl who can hear the screams of a killer’s victim if she looks into his or her eyes. Her grandfather had the same gift and the story goes back and forth between the two of them. It was a real challenge for me, going from mystery to paranormal, but I’m proud of the result.

Author Bio

Judy Nichols grew up in a Batavia, Ohio a small town twenty miles east of Cincinnati and eventually found herself living in Aurora, Indiana, a small town twenty miles west of Cincinnati. She would be there still if GE Aircraft hadn’t made her husband Nigel an offer he couldn’t refuse– a chance to live near the ocean with GE footing the bill for moving expenses.

So now she lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

She started her novel Caviar Dreams while her daughter was napping one day. Five years later it was finished. The biggest challenge arrived once her daughter stopped taking naps and eventually lost interest in watching the “Toy Story” video.

Judy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University. She has been a newspaper reporter, a teacher, a temporary office worker, a customer service representative, and currently stay-at-home mom with way too much time on her hands. (And never mind that her daughter has graduated from college and lives in San Diego).

In April of 2012, Judy achieved her lifelong goal of appearing on the quiz show “Jeopardy!” She was a two day champion winning a total of $46,500 and the distinction of being officially named the smartest person in a room full of very smart people.

She has earned only two awards in her lifetime. Neither of them has anything to do with writing, but she is immensely proud of them nonetheless. Adia Temporary Agency presented her with the “Temp of the Month” award for March, 1987 and The Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy gave her a Volunteer Appreciation Award in 1991.

Her experience with The Nature Conservancy inspired her second novel Tree Huggers, about a single mom reporter covering the deadly clash between an unscrupulous developer and a militant environmentalists, published in 2008 She followed it up with a sequel in 2014 called The Reason for the Season.

Her latest book Pork Pies is the latest in her Ian Dodge mystery series.  Ian is a British national, living in a small town in rural North Carolina and stubbornly hanging on to every shred of his Britishness.  Any resemblance to Ian Dodge and her own prickly British husband is purely intentional. Other books in the series are Sportsman’s Bet and Trouble and Strife.

Currently, Judy is a volunteer with Phoenix Hometown Hires, a non profit group that helps people find meaningful work.





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