Announcing the Launch! Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming.  Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam will return next week.

Finally!  Wheew!  I’ve been almost ready with this for months.  So I’m dropping everything to tell you about it.  Also, a pos-i-lutely huge thank-you to everyone who agreed to be part of this book launch.  Ya’ll are the cat’s pajamas!

Announcing the Launch of
Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Introducing the second “three things” serial, in novel form Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Bijou front only 2

Yes, that’s the cover.  (I love making covers!)  I kept it similar to the one for the first serial, The Three Things Serial Story, but with different 1920s photos.


My apologies everyone — I tried to limit the giveaway to just my followers, but it clearly went public anyway, and they blew right through it. (I’ve noticed many of the same “winners” appear on every giveaway too.)  I hope at least one person here actually won.

For those of you who are not familiar with my blog serials…

Ages ago I developed a writing exercise.  I asked friends to give me three completely random things.  Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things.  I brought that exercise to my blog (Teagan’s Books), but I had the readers send me their things.  I let the random things drive every detail of a serial story, setting, plot, and characters.  That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery.  However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.  

Still want to know more about the original  Three Things Serial Story?  Here’s a great review from author and translator Olga Núñez Miret.

About the Book

As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story.  I wrote by the seat of my pants and let the “ingredients” readers sent each week drive a new serial story.  This is the “bookized” version of that serial.

This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia where our flapper, Pip, is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook.  Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times.  She meets new friends, including some animal characters.

If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned.  This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler, but does not go into detail about it.

Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is available through and Amazon and Create Space.  If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon also offers a free app that will let you read Kindle books on your computer or other device.  The purchase links are below.  But first, here’s a snippet from the story.

Blue Lucille Ball Stage Door Trailer
In my imagination, a young Lucille Ball would play Pip.


Rutabaga Limbo

Either I woke up feeling horribly nauseated, or the queasiness woke me.  I’m not sure which.  I opened my eyes to complete darkness.  There was no light, no sound.  The way my stomach tossed reminded me of a small boat on the ocean.  It was as if I sailed in a lightless limbo.

Oh… that was a bad train of thought to have with an unsettled belly.

Think of something else!  Anything else, I told myself.

I stood unsteadily.  The sound of a cricket came to me.  Good.  The utter silence had been very disturbing.  I became aware of the cool moist earth beneath my palms.

Where the Sam Hill was I?

I sat back on my heels, focusing all my senses.  My eyes might as well have been closed — it was that dark.  Bare ground was beneath me.  The air had a musty odor.  A sickly sweet scent clung to my bobbed hair.

The cricket’s chirping was the only sound.  Still sitting, I turned.  My eyes widened and strained, trying to see in that heavy darkness.  When I looked up I was rewarded with the sight of a thin line of pink light.

The faint glow allowed me to see vague outlines a few feet away.  I stumbled over something and stooped down to let my hands figure out what it was.  I felt a burlap bag and round lumps.  Rutabagas?  I felt around and found another bag.  That one felt like potatoes.  I moved closer to the wall and a tall shape.  Yes, a ladder, my questing hands confirmed for my still foggy brain.

Gazing up at the line of pinkish light I realized I was in a root cellar. 

But how did I get there?


Purchase Links

Amazon USA



Amazon UK


Amazon Japan

Author Bio

Visual for Teagan_2017 Chris

Image by Chris Graham

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there.  Now a resident of a major east coast city, she longs to return to those enchanting lands.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type.  Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one.  And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest.  Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes 1920s stories and Steampunk.  Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

You can also visit me at:


107 thoughts on “Announcing the Launch! Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

    1. Why thank you so much, Cecily. That means a lot to me.
      When my relocation was finally happening, I was just about ready to launch the third in this series “A Ghost in the Kitchen.” Once I get settled into my cottage, I’ll go back to launch preparations for that one.
      Mega hugs!

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  1. First things first. Finally purchased your book ( I was sure I already did). Cannot wait to start reading. Sorry for being away so long. I just started visiting blogs, getting back on track. It doesn’t go well enough… Hugs.

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    1. You are so kind, Lavinia. I appreciate you dropping by. I haven’t seen your newsletter in my inbox, but knowing WordPress, I should pop over and check, just in case.
      Chin rubs to all the kitties. You’re the cat’s pajamas!


  2. I first heard about your new book on Dan Antion’s blog this morning and you immediately hooked me in with the excerpt from the root cellar. I’ve bought the book and am looking forward to reading it – well, right after I read Diana Wallace Peach’s book first 😉
    All you uber talented writers out there are keeping me busy … and very well entertained!!


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    1. Welcome Joanne! You have made my day. Diana is hugely talented in writing “high fantasy” — beautiful prose and exciting adventure. Me, I just write fun! 😀 Pip and friends get into all sorts of predicaments.
      I have several short stories from the “Pip-verse” here as well.
      Heartfelt thanks for taking time to visit here. Hugs!


  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    For the fans of the world of Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam.. hold onto your fairy wings because for just one week you will be unable to enjoy the serial.. Instead you can share the celebrations for the launch of another of the very popular Three Things Serial stories. Murder at the Bijou is now available and if you are one of five very lucky winners… you get to download FREE. Head over and get the details of Murder at the Bijou and the links to buy.

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    1. Thank you Mary. 😀
      From now on, I only do my own giveaways — forget those things Amazon pushes… That’s the second one I’ve tried, and there doesn’t seem to be a good option.
      I was very pleased with the ones I’ve done, just by numbering blog comments and doing a random number drawing. So that’s what I’ll stick with.
      I hope all is well in your world. Nice little thunder storm here.
      You’re the berries!

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        1. I saw someone else mention that recently. (Catherine I think…) I haven’t looked into it. I’d rather focus my limited time (and even more limited energy) on my books. Oh! Yesterday I worked on the ending of Atonement in Bloom. (Eye roll) It’s only been in process for 4 1/2 years…

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    1. You are beyond kind, Christy. Thank you. Time? LOL, that’s why it takes me so long. It felt really good to finally get this one out there, especially after it ALMOST being done since about March… Thanks for sharing at LinkedIn too! You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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    1. Thank you for saying that, Diana. From the beginning I was determined to be relaxed about the entire process. But I admit I was disappointed about the giveaway.
      Now on with the fun. Thanks for visiting. You’re the bee’s knees!

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  4. It’s amazing, dear Teagan, but then again, why should that surprise anyone, you’re the cat’s meow!
    Your writing lifts us up and we need that now more than ever. Love this and will be reviewing/promoting it very soon.
    Hope everything is going well and you have a relaxing, peace-filled weekend.
    Mega enchanting hugs, dear friend, all the best, always xoxoxo

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