soundofmurderTriplet Edition:

Cindy Brown's The Sound of Murder

Melissa Lenhardt's Stillwater

Allen Eskens' The Guise of Another

What is Bouchercon (including Paul D. Marks on the short story Anthony nominees).

The Sound of Murder by Cindy Brown

Published October 6, 2015

[To the tune of "Cabaret."]





Yes, Ivy Meadows is back! And she's appearing in the World Premiere performance of THE SOUND OF CABARET at Desert Magic Dinner Theater. Congratulations, Cindy!

All Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor. And a private investigator. Plus she’d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment caught fire, and to overcome her fear of singing in public. Minor inconveniences aside, Ivy might be on a roll. She’s just landed her first real PI case, a seeming suicide in a retirement community. Not only that, but a big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see Ivy in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret (singing nuns AND Berlin burlesque).

But all is not raindrops on roses. A creep in a convertible is tailing Ivy, a local posse member is way too interested in her investigation, and something is seriously wrong with one of her castmates. And that suicide—could it be murder? As the curtain rises, Ivy finds herself smack in the sights of a serial killer.

“The setting is irresistible, the mystery is twisty, and Ivy is as beguiling as ever, but what I really loved was the depth and complexity of painful human relationships right there in the middle of a sparkly caper. Roll on Ivy #3!” – Catriona McPherson, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-Winning Author of The Day She Died

"Ivy is a delight! She's sweet, smart, and a little zany. You'll find yourself laughing out loud as you race through the pages."– April Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author

"It is not easy to combine humor and murder, but Cindy Brown does it effortlessly. Who else would think of combining The Sound of Music with Cabaret with a serial killer? The result is such fun." – Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author

Get the The Sound of Murder at Amazon or check with your local bookstore for the paperback.

Send me the link to your The Sound of Murder review and I'll add it to this post.

If you haven’t read “Macdeath” yet, you're in luck. The Kindle edition is on sale for $0.99 until October 11. Just Get the Kindle edition of Macdeath, and see how long it takes for you to start grinning. Here's my review of Macdeath.

“This gut-splitting mystery is a hilarious riff on an avante-garde production of ‘the Scottish play’...Combining humor and pathos can be risky in a whodunit, but gifted author Brown makes it work.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

Check out Cindy's Slightly Silly News for appearances and updates.I particularly liked the Duck Tape prom clothes!

Cindy Brown talks to Stephen Campbell on CrimeFiction.FM. I enjoyed the entire interview. Particularly the excerpt she reads.

Here's the link to my Amazon review.

stillwaterStillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt

Update February 11, 2016

Congratulations, Melissa on topping the charts at Amazon!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

#10 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#1 in Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Mystery Police Procedurals

#1 in Kindle Store Kindle eBooks Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Mystery Police Procedurals

#2 in Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Thrillers & Suspense Crime Murder

So happy for you!

Published October 6, 2015

Congratulations Melissa on your debut novel!

Big secrets run deep.

Former FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as Chief of Police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife's disappearance a year earlier.

With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades' old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in thirty years.

For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town–her scandal-filled past notwithstanding. Despite Jack's murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other. As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though fifty years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.

"Crisp and pacy writing pulls you in deep from page one, when Jack McBride strides into a crime scene and a world of trouble. Stillwater is the perfect combination of a tightly plotted tale peopled by rich, complex characters (plus one or two deliciously hateful true baddies). Slashed budgets, racial tensions, messy pasts–this small town is anything but cozy. The mystery itself is a classic puzzle, though: clever and convincing. Roll on Jack #2!"- Catriona McPherson, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-winning author of the Edgar-nominated The Day She Died

Get Stillwater at Amazon, or at your favorite local bookstore.

Send me the link to your Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery review and I'll add it to this post.

Say hi to Melissa if you're attending Bouchercon, or meet her at one of these upcoming events.

Melissa Lenhardt talks to Stephen Campbell on CrimeFiction.FM. She talks about nervously pitching her book, anticipating her first Bouchercon, and more.


And here's a look at the cover for the next Jack McBride Mystery!

guiseofanotherThe Guise of Another by Allen Eskens

Published October 6, 2015

Congratulations to Allen Eskens on his second novel.

Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. He's been reassigned to the Frauds Unit, where he is shunned by his fellow detectives, and he fears his status-seeking wife may be having an affair. When he happens across a complex case of identity theft, Alexander sees an opportunity to rehabilitate his tattered reputation.

But the case explodes into far more than he could have expected, putting him in the path of trained assassin Drago Basta, a veteran of the Balkan wars who has been searching for "James Putnam" for years. As his life spins out of control, Alexander's last hope may be his older brother, Max, a fellow police detective who steps in to try to save his brother from the carnage his investigation has let loose.

"It's a taut, intelligent, heart-ripping story that explores the darkest places in the human psyche." ---William Kent Krueger, author of Iron Lake

Get The Guise of Another at Amazon, or at your favorite local bookstore.

Check out this New York Times review.

Send me the link to your The Guise of Another review and I'll add it to this post.

Check out this interview with Allen in The Big Thrill.

Say hi to Allen at one of these upcoming events.

lifeweburyThe Life We Bury by Allen Eskens wins Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel Cozy/Traditional/Historical at Killer Nashville

Updated November 3, 2015

Allen Eskens came to Portland for Left Coast Crime back in March (the weather was beautiful until the mystery writers came, but PDX turned on the rain to give the town more of a noir feel to make them welcome). Allen's debut novel, The Life We Bury won the Rosebud award for best first novel set anywhere in the world, and the Silver Falchion Award for best first novel, cozy/traditional/historical. It was also a finalist for the Edgar Award, Barry Award, Thriller Award, and Minnesota Book Award, and more I know I'm missing some. It's up for an Anthony Award for best first novel at Bouchercon. Here are the Anthony Award nominees (a good cheat sheet for ideas on what to read next!)

As a fan of the movies The Visitor, Win Win, and The Station Agent, I was excited to read on Allen's blog that The Life We Bury has been optioned! NEXT STEP . . . HOLLYWOOD (hopefully).

"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?"

Get The Life We Bury at Amazon or pick up a copy at your local bookstore. Also available as an audiobook.

Send me the link to your The Life We Bury review and I'll add it to this post.

What is Bouchercon?

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. It is the world's premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community, and is commonly referred to as Bouchercon. [bough'áchurácon]. It runs October 8-11, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. You can find out more about it here.

Wow! How exciting it is to have two Bouchercon Anthony Award nominees, Allen Eskens and Paul D. Marks in this one edition of Mysterious News!

Bouchercon Anthony Award Short Story Countdown

Thanks to Paul D. Marks for covering the Anthony Award Short Story nominees in his excellent blog post.

You can link to his nominated story "Howling at the Moon" from his website.

Clues and Red Herrings

What can you expect in the next issue of Mysterious News?

It will involve a country club murder, some scary goings on in New Orleans, and recommendations from you on what I should be reading this Halloween!

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