July 27, 2017
The 9th Hayley Powell mystery DEATH OF A LOBSTER LOVER will be released by Kensington Publishing worldwide in paperback and as a digital download!
Eggnog…October 25, 2016
We will be featured in a Christmas anthology of three cozy mystery novellas called Egg Nog Murder alongside two other best selling authors Leslie Meier and Barbara Ross.
We wish you a…October 7, 2014
DEATH OF A CHRISTMAS CATERER is released in paperback and as a download.
Let Us Show You…September 28, 2014
Lee Hollis aka Rick Copp & Holly Simason do a cooking demo at the Orange County Children’s Book Fair at the Orange Coast Campus in Costa Mesa, California.
On the road again…July 9, 2014
Lee Hollis aka Rick Copp & Holly Simason make their second book reading & signing appearance in Bar Harbor, Maine where the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mysteries are set.
A little bit of…November 6, 2012
DEATH OF A COUNTRY FRIED REDNECK is released in paperback and as a download.
First ReadingApril 4, 2012
Lee Hollis aka Rick Copp & Holly Simason make their first book reading & signing appearance in Bar Harbor, Maine where the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mysteries are set.
Holly Simason is an award winning food and cocktails columnist who worked for the Mount Desert Islander newspaper in Bar Harbor, Maine for ten years.
While working at the paper, she won her first award for her column in 2010. It was at that point her brother Rick Copp saw an opportunity. He writes mysteries and she writes recipes. Combine the two for a new book series. They would write under a pen name comprised of their middle names “Lee” and “Hollis”. And the successful Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery series was born.
Holly now resides on the Crystal Coast in North Carolina where she continues to write the popular series with her brother. She is also busy creating and testing new recipes for a future Hayley Powell cookbook.
Holly continues to visit her home town of Bar Harbor every summer where the series is set to reconnect with friends and keep her Maine roots intact.
Any similarities between her and Hayley Powell are strictly coincidental.
Rick Copp is a veteran TV and Film scriptwriter whose many credits include The Golden Girls, Wings, Teen Titans, The Brady Bunch Movie, Scooby Doo, Barbershop among many others. Currently he writes, produces and stars in the hit web series Where the Bears Are.
In 2003, he wrote his first comedic murder mystery The Actor’s Guide to Murder, which was followed by two sequels. He also penned a 2007 stand alone novel Fingerprints & Facelifts and a 2010 graphic novel Celebrity Zombie Killers. Once he read his sister’s food and cocktails column, he became an instant fan of her recipes and it was his editor at Kensington Publishing who first suggested a cozy mystery series with recipes featuring an intrepid food columnist with a nose for crime solving.
Rick bounces back and forth between LA where he continues to work on TV and film projects and Palm Springs, California where he writes the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series.
Hayley Powell is a single mother of three who was born and raised in Bar Harbor, Maine and now writes the Island Food & Cocktails column for the town’s number one selling daily newspaper The Island Times. Hayley’s recipes have proved very popular with the locals and she hopes to one day meet her heroine Martha Stewart who summers on the island.
From a young age, Hayley aspired to be a famous chef, but her plans were waylaid after high school when she chose marriage and family over a high powered career. She still has the family. The marriage is kaput. So now with her children, who are young adults, leading their own lives, she has more free time to focus on her dream. However, recently she discovered another untapped skill other than cooking and baking bubbling underneath the surface– she has an uncanny knack for solving mysteries!
And much to the chagrin of the paper’s crime reporter Bruce Linney, with whom she briefly dated in high school, Hayley can’t resist poking her nose into a puzzling case whenever one pops up on her radar. Her office mate ex Bruce may feel threatened by her flair for crime solving. Her boss may want her to just manage the office and print recipes a few times a week. Her latest beau Aaron, a handsome veterinarian, may want her to just stay out of danger.
But Hayley realizes detective work is in her nature and she just can’t shut it off. She’s not all Martha Stewart. She’s not all Agatha Christie. But as it happens, she’s a fascinating mixture of both!