Murder at Madison Square Garden Blog Tour

About the Book

Book:  Murder at Madison Square Garden

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release date: July 15, 2020

The dream of a lifetime becomes a nightmare.

Photojournalist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer’s career has hit the skids thanks to rumors of plagiarism. With any luck, a photo spread with Charles Lindbergh at the America First Rally will salvage her reputation. After an attempted assassination of Lindbergh leaves another man dead, Teddy is left holding the gun. Literally. Can she prove her innocence before the police lock her up for a murder she didn’t commit?Private Investigator Ric Bogart wants nothing to do with women after his wife cleaned out their bank account and left him for another man, but he can’t ignore the feeling he’s supposed to help the scrappy, female reporter who is arrested for murder at the America First rally. Can he believe her claims of innocence and find the real killer without letting Teddy steal his heart?

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About the Author

Bestselling author of over twenty books, Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is currently working with the curator to create her first exhibit, Shaped by Conflict that will be on display from May 1 to June 15, 2021. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historical places all her life and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear readers:

I grew up in New Jersey and often went into New York City for school field trips and family visits. One of my favorite places to go was Madison Square Garden. I have lots of happy memories, so I wondered if I could possibly set a book there. I spent a lovely afternoon digging into the building’s past and learning about the important, historic events that took place there. When I discovered that aviator Charles Lindbergh spoke at the Garden about the controversial topic of U.S. isolationism prior to America’s entry into WWII, I knew I had the beginning of a story.

My protagonist came about during one of my shifts as a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII. While talking to one of our guests about our wartime print and broadcast journalism display, the conversation turned to the role that women played. Therese Bonney was a one of the photojournalists highlighted in the exhibit. As I studied her picture, I was struck by her determination in the set of her jaw and look in her eyes. My protagonist Theodora “Teddy” Schafer was born.

I enjoyed my trip down Memory Lane at the Garden during my research and had fun subjecting Teddy to uncomfortable situations as she tried to prove her innocence. But most of all, I hope her story honors the men and women who served in countless ways during this difficult time in history.

Enjoy Murder at Madison Square Garden.


Interview with Linda

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I was very young when I was bitten by the writing bug, thanks to my parents. They may have been trying to channel my very active imagination or give my excess energy an outlet. Whatever the reason, when I was around seven or eight years old, they gave me a large pad (it featured a bouquet of pencils on the cover) and a package of pens. It didn’t take me long to fill the pages, and I was hooked. I wrote hundreds of stories, poems, and vignettes during elementary school and junior high. What really focused my drive to be an author occurred in my early teens. I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and was deeply moved by the book. I decided then and there that I wanted to write stories that would affect others as I had been affected. The book is still one of my favorites to re-read. 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I have a folder filled with ideas and half-formed thoughts that I’ve picked up from numerous places: the Bible, newspaper and magazine articles, TV shows, movies, and books that I thought should be done differently or a character I wanted to explore or extrapolate, overheard conversations, museum exhibits, and blog posts about events or historical people. I also read a lot of biographies and memoirs and watch oral history interviews. With my WWII fiction, I often start out with a particular organization or job I want to highlight and go from there, such as the Women’s Auxiliary Flying Squadron in my book Love at First Flight. 

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? The two best pieces of advice I received about how to improve my writing skills were 1) Read: Authors should read extensively in their genre, whether they’re new at the craft or not. This enables us to keep up with trends and get a handle on the tendencies associated with a particular genre. Fledgling writers should also read craft books (e.g., how to write dialogue, etc.), blogs aimed at writers, and magazines. 2) Write: Any skill is best learned through practice. I’ve been told to try to write daily. My life doesn’t allow for that, so I suggest trying to write “regularly,” certainly as often as you can. 

What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing? My least favorite part of being a writer is editing the first draft of my story. To me, editing is a tedious chore. Research is probably my favorite aspect because I can blue sky and dream up all kinds of possibilities, then chase rabbits as I research the concepts, events, and era in preparation. I love learning the facts, figures, and people who made up our past. Outlining comes next, and I’m not crazy about it, but I love having it in place when I sit down to start writing. Having a framework makes the first draft flow easier for me.

What project are you working on now and how do we find your books? I’m currently working on two projects. The first is a work-in-progress that is nearly complete and is about a mail-order proxy bride from Boston who is a fish out of water when she arrives in Des Moines, Iowa to be a farmer’s wife. I outline all of my stories before beginning to write them, and my other project is creating the outline for my next Gold Rush Bride book.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 15

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 16

The Avid Reader, June 16

Daysong Reflections, June 17

Texas Book-aholic, June 18

Vicky Sluiter, June 18

Inklings and notions, June 19

For Him and My Family, June 20

Blossoms and Blessings, June 20

Betti Mace, June 21

deb’s Book Review, June 22

Blogging With Carol, June 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 23

Connie’s History Classroom, June 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 25 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 25

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 26

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Visa Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

8 thoughts on “Murder at Madison Square Garden Blog Tour

  1. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour for “Murder at Madison Square Garden” by Linda Shenton Matchett.

    Enjoyed reading the interview. It’s always fun to learn more about book and author of a book on my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  2. Roxanne C. says:

    I enjoyed reading about Linda’s start in her writing journey at age seven as well as the sources for ideas for her books. Great interview!


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