The Launch of Murder at the Bijou by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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:



  1. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    A great celebration of Teagan’s book release.

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne.


    2. Hi Suzanne. Many thanks for reblogging this launch. I’m proud to be at Fiction Favorites. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Charles.


      1. You’re welcome.

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    2. Charles, you are pos-i-lutely the berries for reblogging this launch. Huge thanks!

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      1. You’re welcome. Happy to share.

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  2. Congratulations, Teagan! What a great cover.

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    1. Thank you so much Jill — I have such fun making covers! I’m delighted that you like it. Hugs!

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  3. Had this scheduled on my blog today also – may switch to tomorrow.

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    1. Does happen. So I Bogarted the day. 😀


    2. Hi Teri. Anything you are able to do is greatly appreciated by me. I’ll be making the rounds whenever I can grab a few minutes during the day. Many thanks for visiting. Hugs!

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  4. Hi John! Sorry to be late to my own party, but Mordor calls…
    Huge thanks to you, my friend, for hosting me at Fiction Favorites for this launch. You are a role model to me as a novelist, and have my respect and gratitude. Besides, you’re the cat’s pajamas!

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  5. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    This sounds like a fun read…and I love the cover with the 1920s pictures! Thanks for sharing this, John!

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    1. Thanks for the visit, DL


    2. Thank you so much, DL. I tried to show the sense of fun with the photo arrangement. Jump in the jalopy and join the ride. Hugs.

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  6. Congrats on your latest, Teagan. That was an excellent excerpt and I love the setting you’ve chosen for the story.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mae! In the novella (The Three Things Serial Story) I let the “things” readers sent lead me to the setting (near Santa Rosa Sound, Florida). When this second serial came along, I knew Pip was being sent to her grandmother, so I wanted the location to seem far away to my flapper, but still be somewhat close. Savannah is such an atmospheric town — how could I resist? Hugs!

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  7. I bought my copy during lunch 🙂


    1. Woot! Lunchtime online shopping is pos-i-lutely fabulous. 😀 You are too kind Dan. Thanks for hosting me at No Facilities too. Hugs!

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  8. John, bought Teagan’s book and reading it now! So entertaining, a fun read! 🎶 Christine

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    1. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your support, Christine. Heartfelt thanks, my friend.

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      1. My pleasure, Teagan! 🤗

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    2. Thanks for letting Teagan know. I’m happy for her.

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  9. Congrats, Teagan, you have an enticing hook for this story. It can’t be anything but fantastic!! Good luck with it and I’ll be watching for it..

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    1. Hi Micki. I appreciate your support. It’s so nice of you to visit more than one blog. The snippet is from a little ways into the story, but Pip finds plenty of trouble before that. 🙂 You’re the bee’s knees!

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  10. THis was a super interesting read! I can’t wait to read more and that cover is amazing.

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    1. Thank you for the visit

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    2. Thank you kindly, D. Cheers

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    1. Thanks for the link.


    2. Dara, you are pos-i-lutely fabulous. Thanks so much for reblogging. Hugs!

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