Friday, February 28, 2014

Free Kindle Mystery: Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

File Size: 440 KB
Print Length: 284 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456555456
Publisher: Polaris Press (October 29, 2008)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Monday, February 24, 2014

Free Kindle Mystery: The Last Call by George Wier

Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.

Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.

File Size: 2295 KB
Print Length: 231 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467917109
Publisher: Flagstone Books (January 10, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Classic Mystery Authors/Series I've Never Read

I honestly can't believe I've never even cracked the cover of a Sherlock Holmes novel. I'm such a huge mystery fan, this seems so wrong. The closest I've been to Holmes is saying, "No shit, Sherlock," to someone stating the obvious.

Believe it or not, I've never read an Agatha Christie novel featuring Hercule Poirot. I've read some of her Miss Marple books, but not a single Poirot novel.

I loved the television series and movies, but have never cracked open one of Gardner's books. That's probably a crime.

I had never even heard of the Dalgliesh Mysteries until my in-laws asked about buying one of the movies.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Interview with Wendy Tyson, Author of Killer Image

Wendy Tyson's background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. Killer Image, published by Henery Press in October 2013, is the first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series. She has also authored The Seduction of Miriam Cross, published by E-Lit Books, the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series.

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Oh wow, such a straightforward but open-ended question! I’m a mother (3 boys), writer, wife and lawyer. I’m also a passionate organic gardener, an avid reader, a vegetarian, a messy housekeeper, a fierce animal lover and an advocate for fighting for the things you believe in. Oh, and I love chocolate, Indian food and traveling. I really love to travel!

When did you begin writing?

I started writing in earnest at age eight. My first book was about a ghost dog and I tapped it out on an old children’s typewriter. My parents, of course, thought it was brilliant, despite the muddled plot and numerous typos. I never really stopped writing, although it took me another twenty years to start publishing short stories. I wrote my first full-length novel about a decade ago. My agent at the time called it my training bra novel. She was right! It’s sitting on my shelf as a reminder that writing is a craft. It takes time to develop.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I try to write every morning, before work. When I wrote my first novel, I’d get up at 4:30 am to do it, but now it’s closer to 5:30 (sleeping in!). I think the discipline of having a set time helps me to make sure writing occurs, because once my day starts (I work full-time), it’s crazy. Plus, by evening my brain is worthless when it comes to anything creative. Sometimes I’ll write at lunchtime, too – if I get a break during the day. But I can’t count on that.

What is this book about?

KILLER IMAGE is the first in a mystery series featuring Allison Campbell.

As Philadelphia’s premier image consultant, Allison Campbell helps others reinvent themselves, but her most successful transformation was her own. Ten years ago, Allison’s budding career as a psychologist crumbled when she let maternal feelings for an abused teenager cloud her judgment. Allison left her practice and the ensuing scandal behind and vowed never to let her feelings interfere again. Today, a well-heeled and polished Allison moves in a world of powerful executives, wealthy, eccentric ex-wives and twisted ethics.

When Allison’s latest Main Line client, the fifteen-year-old Goth daughter of a White House hopeful, is accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney, Allison fights to prove her client’s innocence when no one else will. But unraveling the truth brings specters from the past. And in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish what’s real from the facade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.

What inspired you to write it?

KILLER IMAGE was inspired by my background in psychology and law, and the transition from one career to the other.

While in graduate school for counseling, I worked in the social services field as a caseworker, a group home counselor and, later, as a therapist in a residential setting. I was in my twenties at the time, and the populations I worked with – mostly at-risk teens – made a strong impression on me. I left with two primary emotions: anger at the injustices of the world and awe at the resiliency of the human spirit.

I traded the psych world for law school in Villanova, PA (part of the Philadelphia Main Line) in the late 90s. My experience in the counseling field juxtaposed against law school on the Main Line–and my work at a big Philly law firm–triggered the idea behind Allison. I wanted to capture that feeling of being an outsider in a place of insiders. Allison is a successful image consultant because she never really fits in, and that, coupled with a tragedy in her own past and her background in psychology, helps her see beneath the veneer to the true beauty in people. Plus, the Philadelphia Main Line – with its wealthy, beautiful estates, private schools and upscale shopping – was a perfect setting for exploring the theme of image versus reality. It seemed a great place to stage a murder!

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Anywhere books are sold. KILLER IMAGE is available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. Many bookstores have it as well – and, if not, they can order it.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Keep going! Truly, if I’ve learned anything it’s that writing is a journey. Sure, there are instant success stories, but for many of us it’s one step forward and five steps backwards. I think if you really, really want to write – if you have something you want to share with the world – then you owe it to yourself to keep plodding along despite the inevitable lulls, frustrations and rejection. We all experience these things. They’re part of the journey. Just keep moving.

What is up next for you?

The second book in the Allison Campbell series will be out on July 22, 2014. The book is called MURDEROUS LOOKS. In MURDEROUS LOOKS, two of Allison’s clients – a reclusive Italian heiress and a young pop star – disappear on the same day, and Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen both. It’s up to Allison to figure out the connection between the disappearances and find her clients before it’s too late.

I’ve also written THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS (E-Lit Books, November 2013), the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series. I’m working on the second book in that series, THE INITIATION OF CAROLYN WU, which should be out in late 2014 or early 2015.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you for hosting me on your blog today!

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This post first appeared at The Book Connection.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Video Trailer Reveal: Fog City Strangler by Greg Messel

As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women. The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of cloth from the victim’s dresses to the local newspapers.

Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, stewardess Amelia Ryan. Sam’s angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention--the wrong kind of attention.

Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.

As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying--hoping to stop their investigation.

Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series--Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets.

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Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. Fog City Strangler is his seventh novel and is the fourth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.

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This post first appeared at The Book Connection.

Monday, February 3, 2014

First Chapter Review: Good, Clean Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton

I downloaded a copy of Good, Clean Murder, a cozy Christian mystery, by Traci Tyne Hilton for free in January.

BLURB: Hardworking and hungry Bible school student Jane Adler cleans houses to make ends meet. But finding the money to pay for the last semester of school is the least of her problems when she uncovers a body in her boss's bed.

COVER: Adorable. Though maybe the young lady shouldn't be smiling behind the sheet (I think that's what that is), I love the look and colors of this cover.

FIRST CHAPTER: Jane appears at the Crawford family home to start her Monday morning cleaning schedule. Things don't seem right, however: the newspaper is still in the box, no coffee has been made, there's no to-do list pinned to the bulletin board, and most importantly, no money envelope on payday.

Temporarily distracted by a phone call from her roommate, Sam, Jane makes her way upstairs to strip the bed, where she discovers the body of Bob Crawford.

KEEP READING: Sure thing. Not only do I like that the main character is a Bible college student who cleans houses to help pay for school, Jane is likable. She's happy and hard-working. She seems to have her head screwed on straight. Her roommate, Sam, is another story. She nagged me right from the beginning. The reader doesn't know why she has an attitude problem, but she does. Perhaps it will become clear as the story progresses. Hilton also brings in a contemporary issue when a newspaper article Jane reads about her boss, a burger chain owner, mentions the obesity epidemic in America. Nice touch. Not sure if this has anything to do with the plot, yet, but we'll see.

This has all the makings for a great cozy. I definitely want to see what led to Bob's death and how Jane helps solve the mystery.

File Size: 799 KB
Print Length: 382 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Proverbs 31 House LLC; 1 edition (January 9, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

I downloaded a free Kindle version of this book. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This post first appeared at The Book Connection.