“Simms tends to details with hypnotizing mystique that butters the reader up by way of a page-turning binge. Here we drink in a mystery poured over thirty-eight chapters that poke the bear with an intoxicating mix of escapade, sass, and olives.” — Samuel Clare Knights, PEN Award-winning author of The Manual Alphabet
It’s satisfying to see a book subtitle that goes beyond defining the genre of a story to impart an exciting sense of its atmosphere. Flies in the Punch Bowl:Art Theft, Cocktails, and High Society sets the stage for a lively whodunit romp through the art world, attracting readers interested in a blend of social commentary and intrigue.
Take a rampage of thievery in Seattle’s art world, inject an amateur artist/sleuth recovering from the impact of forgery on her […]
Flies in the Punch Bowl by new author Erika Simms is a delight! Taking place in Seattle, valuable art has been stolen by unknown thieves in a string of robberies from the uber rich. Annabel Riley, a fearless and savvy art lover, convinces two friends, Evan and Lyla to help her solve the mystery. Cleverly written, colorful characters and laugh out loud wittiness abound in this amusing and wonderful cozy mystery tale.
I loved this book, it is smart and sassy, lively and funny. Twenty somethings living in Seattle, enjoying the nightlife with lots of specialty beers and cocktails, and then gatecrashing art exhibitions. We have a former art fraud investigator now working in a museum, a employee of an advertising agency and a reporter who sniff out a mystery in the exclusive art world and set off to solve it. The author clearly has a finger […]
Flies in the Punch Bowl is a brisk, energetic mystery, which is reminiscent of a caper style adventure. Annabel and her cohorts are sharp-witted, utilizing their sly, occasionally droll banter to keep the reader entertained while the group brainstorms their next big move… The story flows smoothly, moving at a quick enough pace to keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Hopefully, these fun characters, all of whom have great potential, will return for more […]
In her debut novel, Flies in the Punch Bowl (Wynkoop Press, 2019), Erika Simms writes a humorous tale of three art lovers from Seattle who tap into their inner sleuths to solve a series of high-profile art thefts in the Pacific Northwest. Below, the author speaks of her inspiration for the novel and lifetime passion for the arts.
How did Flies in the Punch Bowl come about?
The idea of writing a novel inspired by my experiences […]