Courtesy Susan McCormick
Courtesy Susan McCormick

“The Fog Ladies: In The Soup,” the third installment in Seattle author and award-winning novelist Susan McCormick’s Fog Ladies cozy murder mystery series, was released Oct. 4 by The Wild Rose Press, 326 pages, $17.99.

“Stressed young doctor-in-training Sarah James and the spunky, elderly Fog Ladies stumble into another murder when they volunteer at a San Francisco soup kitchen,” according to the press release. “They envision washing and chopping and serving. Then a celebrity chef ends up dead in the soup, the director is arrested and the soup kitchen is doomed.

“The suspect list is long, including the soup kitchen director with a ruined life, the frumpy ex-wife jilted for a beautiful model, a land developer with an acrimonious past with the chef, and a disrespected soup kitchen guest who bit off a man’s ear. The Fog Ladies have troubles themselves. Frances Noonan has vision problems and must give up driving. Alma Gordon’s seventy-six-year-old beau is calling her by his dead wife’s name. Sarah has problems with her sweetheart and must confront ghosts of the past, including her first love and her widowed, now dead, father, to understand her ambivalence today.

“Navigating a near gas explosion, large dog digestive issues, a blackmailer and a scorned woman with a chicken cleaver, the Fog Ladies push on to find the killer. Each Fog Ladies grows and changes, with Alma Gordon stating, ‘Her couch was no longer soft and squishy, and neither was she.’ ”

McCormick is an award-winning writer and a doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington D.C., and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice.

In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote “Granny Can’t Remember Me,” a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and “The Antidote,” a timely middle grade and up medical/STEM fantasy.

She lives in Madrona with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs, the bigger and slobbery the better. Visit Susan McCormick online at https://www.susanmccormickbooks.com.