Mystery Author Eunice Loecher & Her New Adventure!


I’m thrilled today to introduce my very good friend Mystery Author Eunice Loecher (pronounced Low-sher). She lives in my area and is one of my faithful writing partners. (I think the photo above gives you some idea of why I like Eunice.)

A few weeks ago, she launched her first cozy mystery series: THE ARBOR VALE series, set in the northwoods where we both live. Here is my interview with Eunice:

Share one fun or interesting fact about your life or books.    

    There are so many to chose from. At age seven I got my head caught in a turnstile in the grocery store. It still hurts. I leave it to your imagination as to how that happened. Then there was the day I walked on water when it rained down poisonous snakes from the tree I was fishing under. Or when I was late for work because a tarantula was in front of me on the sidewalk.

Was there a time in your life when you think God challenged you to become stronger?
     Seventeen years ago, my dad and my husband were both diagnosed the same week with different forms of cancer. I became the family caregiver. My lowest point came when I had been up all night with my dad and toward morning he had a seizure. Mom was seriously ill and in bed with the shingles and couldn’t help. My husband tried to help but the chemotherapy had made him so sick, he was in the bathroom vomiting. At that moment my daughter arrived with my six week old grandson. She was returning to work that morning after her maternity leave. I was her only option for child care. I stood in the livingroom holding that prescious baby and crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
    Yes, God challenged me to become stronger. I took care of my dad and then my husband until he passed seven months later. I helped raise two grandchildren and cared for mom until she passed two years ago at the age of 99. God did not forsake me but has led me all the way.

Why do you write?

Because I enjoy putting words on paper and expressing the stories and ideas running around inside my head.  I’m really enjoying the stories my current characters, Zita and Zinnia, have to share as they get embroiled in all sorts of murder and mayhem.  

Fred didn’t show for the fiesta lunch special on Wednesday at the Arbor Vale Café. Why not? He’d called to say he had something to tell her. So Zita Stillman drops by his house to hear him out. Fred had been such a good friend to her late husband. But Fred lies, lifeless, by the wood pile.

So begins Zita’s first murder investigation with her lifelong sidekick Zinnia Blossom Winwood and the distraction of the good-looking Max Knight, successful condo builder. Attacked by a clown, run off the road, and warned off by the police, Zita will not let Fred’s murderer get off scot free. But another mystery, the facts surrounding Zita’s parentage and birth also may come to light.

A Widow’s Might is the first of the (Arbor Vale Mystery) Series. Followed by Woman at the Well, (Book Two-now also available), written and coming soon, The Subtle Serpent, (Book Three), The Root of All Evil, (Book Four), and Sin Lieth at the Door, (Book Five).


Eunice Loecher enjoys living in a small Wisconsin northwoods town, south of Lake Superior. This setting inspired her Arbor Vale mystery series, featuring the two “Z’s”  Zita Stillman, amateur sleuth, and her sidekick the flamboyant Zinnia Blossom Winwood. 

Writing for over twenty years, Eunice was a finalist in the prestigious Wisconsin Regional Writers Award, The Jade Ring 2003. Eunice also had stories included in three editions of the “God Allows U-Turns” series, the Christian version of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Then Eunice switched from non-fiction to fiction and began by writing two romantic suspense novels. She now writes cozy mystery as her true calling.

Eunice is offering to give away several copies of her EBOOK The Widow’s Might. Please leave a comment to enter the drawing. Here’s the

QUESTIONS: Is there any venture or activity that you have been putting off till you have time? What is it and what’s stopping you from trying it or beginning the adventure?

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15 Responses to Mystery Author Eunice Loecher & Her New Adventure!

  1. Laura Arvold says:

    I echo so many of these posts. I too have had many times of testing but know that God is sovereign. AND as Lyn knows I love a good mystery!!! Write on!!

  2. Sandy Cote says:

    I look forward to reading The Widow’s Might. We have been summer residents in Minocqua for over 40 years and I imagine I will recognize the places you describe.

  3. Eunice Loecher says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Please accept my sympathy. I have a recently widowed friend and she refers to this time in her life as the “New Normal”. I claim every Bible verse about widows and orphans as I adjust daily to my NEW NORMAL.

    Sending a hug, Eunice

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      This reply is for Valerie. My senior non-technicalness has invaded the blog, moving things around. Sorry Lyn.

  4. June Connelly says:

    I’m always looking for a good read for that momentary escape from the craziness of life and love reading books set in locations of familiarity. It’s time for a new book with intrigue!

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      That’s why I enjoy writing, to escape. It’s a place where I actually have a little control. I say a little control because my character tend to be bossy, especially Zinnia. If I’m having a bad day I can always go and visit with Zita and Zinnia.

      I love Arbor Vitae…oops Arbor Vale, Wisconsin. I’m actually planning to cook a roast this year for Beef-O-Rama. I’ve always wanted to be in the main street parade of Beef.

  5. Lenora Worth says:

    It’s nice to meet you and hear about your amazing strength and courage,Eunice. I hope you have a long, brilliant career!

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I hope Zita and Zinnia will keep me entertained for many years to come.

  6. Carol Steward says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read, Eunice. I wish you the best of blessings in your writing career. You’re an impressive, courageous woman. I can’t wait to hear more of God’s message through you!

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      Thank you. I woke up feeling sad on Father’s Day until I realized I had the most wonderful Father to praise and celebrate everyday. He will never leave me or forsake me.

  7. Marta Perry says:

    Wow–this really sounds like a fun read, and cozy mysteries are my absolute favorite! I can’t wait to try the first book.

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      Thank you. I’ve enjoyed you wonderful books for years. You’ve been a blessing.

  8. I am thrilled to hear about your new release, Eunice. I’m sure it is a wonderful book!

    I was so delighted to have a chance to meet you several years ago, but I had no idea of the challenges you have faced, or your level of true courage. What an amazing woman you are! I can’t even imagine what it was like to shoulder all of those difficulties and be able to move forward with such grace.

    Wishing you every blessing, great success with your new book, and hoping to have the chance to see you again sometime!
    Roxanne Rustand

    • Eunice Loecher says:

      I’ve enjoyed meeting you and spending time with you. The first time we met, I tracked you down after a book-signing in Minocqua to sign a book for me. The second time we went to Eagle River shopping with Lyn. The last time was on the pontoon boat ride. I’d better stop, I sound like a stalker.

      I’ve enjoyed your books very much.

  9. You sound just like me, Eunice – only even stronger. It’s a pleasure to “meet” you this way. Any friend of Lyn Cote’s is bound to be wonderful. Oh, wait, that’s me, too!!! I’m just getting my feet back under me after my husband’s passing and while reading your story my mouth hung open. Praise the Lord for your dedication and strength in those times and always.