(Update October 23. A lot has happened in ten days. Julie Mulhern's "The Deep End" topped the Cozy Mystery category at Amazon and The Country Club Murders is now a USA Today Best-Sellling Series.)
Congratulations to Julie Mulhern on her follow-up to "The Deep End."
With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, "Tell her I love her."
Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.
Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly rebellious daughter is missing, and there's yet another body in her hostas. Mother won't be pleased. Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby, and elude the killer-all before her next charity gala committee meeting.
"Written sincerely, with unforgettable one-liners including: 'Kizzi lived behind a curtain sewn from dry martinis.' There are many more to list, but I do not want to spoil the pleasure of unexpectedly encountering such gems tucked throughout the book. Thoroughly enjoyable." – Librarian, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System
"Set in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974, this cozy mystery effectively recreates the era through the details of down-to-earth Ellison's everyday life." – Booklist
"Mulhern's lively, witty sequel to The Deep End finds Kansas City, Mo., socialite Ellison Russell reluctantly attending a high school football game...There she stumbles on a dying teenage boy covered in blood, who asks that she tell his girlfriend that he loves her. Ellison determines to learn the girlfriend's identity and deliver the message, plus find the boy's killer... If that's not enough for one day, an unknown man turns up shot to death in her garden. Cozy fans will eagerly await Ellison's further adventures."– Publishers Weekly
Get Guaranteed to Bleed at Amazon or check with your local bookstore for the paperback.
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If you haven’t read the first book in the Country Club Murders series The Deep End yet, check out these reviews at Amazon and grab it for $2.99.
For a little Halloween supernatural historical romance set in New Orleans, try Julie's A Haunting Desire.
Halloween is coming. Turn off the lights and listen to Courtney Patterson read the first book in Cynthia Lott's Southern Spectral Series in the dark if you dare!
New Orleans novice detective, Brenda Shapira, investigates murders committed by a vengeful killer, only to discover that the killer has been dead for 100 years. As she unravels this ancient mystery steeped in New Orleans history and the Yellow Fever epidemic, Brenda realizes that she may be his next victim.
This 1970s-set murder mystery has been garnering great reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars on 63 Amazon reviews).
Send me the link to your The Feathers review and I'll add it to this post.
Cynthia's second book in her Southern Spectral Seris, The Irises, was published in June.
(Update Oct. 23. Catch Stephen Campbell's interview with Paul Bishop "An Interesting Publishing Case Study and Marketing to Your Various Tribes, with Paul Bishop.")
Congratulations to Paul Bishop on his stellar buzz for Lie Catchers.
In his CrimeFiction.FM interview with Paul Bishop, Stephen Campbell cites the characters in "Lie Catchers" as strong contenders for his favorite new characters of the year.
The reception on Amazon is just as enthusiastic (5.0 out of 5.0 stars with 40 reviews).
With her special abilities, top LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective “Calamity” Jane Randall thought she knew all about interrogation until she met detective Ray Pagan. Wielding a suspect’s vocal intonations, emotions, and physical gestures like a scalpel, Pagan’s empathetic lie catching abilities are legendary.
Both detectives are scarred by past tragedies, but when paired together, they threaten to tear the city apart searching for a duo of missing children – a search where the right answer to the wrong question can mean sudden death.
Ripped from the experiences of thirty-five year veteran LAPD detective and nationally recognized interrogator, Paul Bishop, Lie Catchers takes the reader inside the dark and dangerous mind games of the men and women for whom truth is an obsession.
Get Lie Catchers at Amazon, in print, Kindle, or Audible versions or at your favorite local bookstore.
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The 2015 Bouchercon wrapped October 11 in Charlotte, NC. Contratulations to all Anthony Award nominees and winners.
Winners in bold.
Links are to Amazon where you can download samples of most books to your Kindle for free. Short story links direct to the story.
Lamentation - Joe Clifford [Oceanview]
The Secret Place - Tana French [Hodder & Stoughton/Viking]
After I'm Gone - Laura Lippman [William Morrow]
The Long Way Home - Louise Penny [Minotaur]
Truth Be Told - Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge]
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Blessed Are the Dead - Kristi Belcamino [Witness Impulse]
Ice Shear - M.P. Cooley [William Morrow]
Invisible City - Julia Dahl [Minotaur]
The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens [Seventh Street]
The Black Hour - Lori Rader-Day [Seventh Street]
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Stay With Me - Alison Gaylin [Harper]
The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood [Penguin]
The Day She Died - Catriona McPherson [Midnight Ink]
World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters [Quirk]
No Stone Unturned - James W. Ziskin [Seventh Street]
BEST CRITICAL OR NON-FICTION WORK
The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis - Charles Brownson [McFarland]
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice - Kate Clark Flora [New Horizon]
Dru's Book Musings - Dru Ann Love [http://drusbookmusing.com]
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe - J.W. Ocker [Countryman]
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey - Hank Phillippi Ryan, ed. [Henery]
BEST SHORT STORY
"Honeymoon Sweet" Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014 - Craig Faustus Buck [Down & Out] "The Shadow Knows" Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays - Barb Goffman [Wildside]
"Howling at the Moon" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014 - Paul D. Marks [Dell]
"Of Dogs and Deceit" Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014 - John Shepphird [Dell]
"The Odds Are Against Us" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014 - Art Taylor [Dell]
BEST ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION
FaceOff - David Baldacci, ed. [Simon & Schuster]
Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014 - Dana Cameron, ed. [Down & Out]
Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen - Joe Clifford, ed. [Gutter/Zelmer Pulp]
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon - Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger, eds. [Pegasus Crime]
Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Love, Lust, and Longing - Karen Pullen, ed. [Wildside]
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