Excerpt from Bowled Over

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading Bowled Over, a cozy mystery by Victoria Hamilton. Protagonist Jaymie Leighton, a collector of vintage kitchenware and cookbooks finds herself entangled in a murder investigation—in fact, one of the prime suspects. So, of course, she’s poking her nose into everyone else’s business and stirring up trouble.

Jamie covertly examined Kathy’s face. It looked like she’d had a shock: she was drained of color, and was still staring at the tiny screen of the cell phone. It was useless to try to sort things out with her former friend while Kathy was so distracted.

Victoria Hamilton, Bowled Over

Vintage kitchenware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has been estranged from her high school best friend Kathy Cooper since they were teenagers, but she never knew what turned Kathy against her. After fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, Jaymie discovers the body of her former friend in the park. On the ground nearby is Jaymie’s own Depression-era glass bowl, broken in two.

With her fingerprints all over the bowl and a troubled history with the victim, Jaymie suddenly finds herself at the top of the list of suspects. Did the killer intend to frame her for the murder? If so, she is ready to mix it up, because solving crimes is vintage Jaymie Leighton…

Read a book for Father’s Day!

Don’t have a card or a gift for your dad or significant other for Father’s Day this year? It’s not too late to get an ebook! Kindle books can be read on your phone, tablet, ereader, or in your web browser. They can be gifted instantly to your dad’s email account. And there are a ton of great books out there!

Here are my books that I think hold the most appeal for men:

Looking Over Your Shoulder is currently free. The Girl in the Morgue is available only on preorder. I have a new detective series coming soon, so keep your eyes out for it.

Here are some awesome books that Amazon recommends for dads!

And if you’re a dad looking for a way to spend the day with your kids, why not set aside a few minutes for reading? Whether it is a few minutes before bed for a bedtime story, a daily or weekly Skype session, or audiobooks in the car, there are lots of opportunities to share the wonder of books with your children.

What are the best books to read with your kids? Well, the ones they’ll listen to, for starters. Here is Amazon’s list of children’s bestsellers.

It can be hard to find books for older boys other than the ubiquitous Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. What do you do once you have moved past those books or have a boy who wants something a bit older or more realistic? Some of my books with teen boy protagonists are:

(Deviation and Mito are currently free.)

So fill your shelf with some books for Dad, or some books to read with Dad!

Excerpt from Takedown Twenty, a Stephanie Plum novel

Make sure you check out my latest release, Endless Change, along with some other popular new releases.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I was trying to decide whether to feature the book I finished today, or the one I started! I decided on the one that I just started on, Takedown Twenty, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. In case you haven’t met Stephanie Plum, she is a scrappy bail bondsman who gets tangled up in a variety of tight situations. Additionally, she is always stuck choosing between the two men in her life, Ranger and Morelli. These books are chockful of fun characters, and the audiobooks are very entertaining. I have only just started this book, and don’t yet know what significance the disappearing/reappearing giraffe has…

“I was afraid it might have been the ‘shrooms on my pizza last night what was making me see things. I mean it’s not every day you see a giraffe running down the street.”

Janet Evanovich, Takedown Twenty

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
 
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor. 
 
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

Win Mystery Paperbacks

 

How would you like to win a stack of mystery paperbacks? Great beach reads for this summer! Jump on over to Lois D. Brown’s site now to enter!

 

Excerpt from Love, Lies and Liquor

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I have just finished one of M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, Love, Lies and Liquor. I’ve read a few other Agatha Raisin books and I like her as a character. She’s a down-to-earth, somewhat frumpy woman running her own detective agency. Something of a Miss Marple type. She doesn’t always make wise choices, but she’s a bright woman who manages to unwind the clues and find the perp. As long as she doesn’t get kidnapped, killed, or arrested along the way…

“Oh, you silly man,” said Agatha contemptuously, “a lot of people threaten to murder people when they get angry. I still don’t see what this has to do with me.”

“You have identified your scarf. Mrs. Jankers was found dead on the beach. She had been strangled with your scarf.”

M.C. Beaton, Love, Lies and Liquor

In Love, Lies and Liquor, Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies’ Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey, so she welcomes his return to the cottage next door with her usual triumph of optimism over experience—especially when he invites her on holiday at a surprise location that was once very dear to him. With visions of a romantic hideaway in Italy or the Pacific dancing in her head, Agatha goes off happily with James to…Snoth-on-Sea, in Sussex.

While James may have fond memories of boyhood holidays there, Snoth-on-Sea has seen better days, as has the once-grand Palace Hotel, now run-down and tacky and freezing cold. Nor do the other guests have much to recommend them, especially the brassy honeymoon couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jankers, who pick a fight with Agatha in the dining room. But trouble has a way of following Agatha even if romance does not: Just as she and James are preparing to flee to warmer climes, Geraldine Jankers is found dead on the beach—strangled with Agatha’s scarf. So much for Agatha’s holiday fantasies: Not only is it time to put her detective skills to work, but the police are not even sure that she’ll be allowed to leave town.

Excerpt from I Found You

 

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Campnanowrimo is done, and I finished the first draft of the third book in my new cozy mystery series, and am on to my next project!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I am currently reading Lisa Jewell’s I Found You. It is a complex weaving of three different storylines related to a man who shows up on the beach with retrograde amnesia. Unlike The Girl from the Sea and several other popular tales, he hasn’t washed in from the sea, but he does get soaked in the rain. Since this man has amnesia, the reader is left wondering what role he plays in the two other storylines. Who is he and what has he been up to? I Found You has a number of interesting characters; I don’t know if any of them feature in Lisa Jewell’s other books; they have very complex backstories that leave me wanting to know more.

“Where did you come from?”

He turns and looks at her. His eyes are wide and fearful. “I have no idea.”

Lisa Jewell, I Found You

In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.

 

 

 

Are you ready for Mystery Thriller Week?

This week is Mystery and Thriller Week over on Goodreads! Lots of authors are participating to make it thrilling! Here are the ways you can participate.

Head on over to Goodreads.com to see what’s going on.

Follow #mysteryweek on social media.

My deals:

I have a couple of deals going on:

In the Tick of Time is on for $0.99

Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend.

Matt knew that solving the mysteries of the Buffalo Head cluster was a matter of life and death. He just didn’t know that it could be a matter of his life and death.

Looking Over Your Shoulder is free!

Things were going well for Abe.  Despite all of his past struggles with mental illness, he was happily married, had three wonderful children, a nice home, and a fantastic consulting business that satisfied his creativity and brought in a good income.

But you can never get too comfortable.  When Abe becomes a prime suspect in a jewel heist – one of the largest successful jewel heists in history – his schizophrenia becomes unmanageable and everything begins to spiral out of control.  Abe’s own investigation into the heist has the jewel thieves hot on his tail… but are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?

Your deals!

Authors, do you have a good deal on for Mystery and Thriller Week? A blog post? A cross promotion? Link to it in the comments section below! Readers, check them out!

 

Excerpt from The Beautiful Mystery

Making Her Mark was released recently. Have a look at it, and some other great new releases too.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I have posted about the Inspector Gamache series before. It’s fun reading well-written mysteries that are based in Canada and around Canadian Culture. Louise Penny does not disappoint with The Beautiful Mystery, a murder mystery set in a fictional monastery in the wilds of Quebec.

A throat cleared.

In the great silence it sounded like a bomb. And to the abbot’s ears it sounded like what it was.

A challenge.

Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

World eBooks Week on Smashwords!

Are you looking for great deals on eBooks? This week is World eBooks Week, and Smashwords has lots of books 25-100% off! Including mine, of course. Find them here. Click on a book and look in the upper right-hand corner to find the sale price and coupon code.

Smashwords offers books in multiple formats — Kindle, ePub, pdf, etc.

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! Excerpt from Missing Child

Mystery Thriller Week

It’s Mystery Thriller Week! I am one of more than 200 authors participating in this mega-event. I have several books participating. There are blog posts, interviews, Facebook events, and of course contests. Click the badge to have a look and join the fun.

And if you’re looking for a great deal on mysteries/thrillers, check out my Enemy of Light collection, four full novels for one low price!

St. Valentine’s Day

And of course, today is Valentine’s Day! I’ve gathered a bunch of books featuring strong friendships rather than the usual insta-love theme that is so popular these days.

Read your fill of great friendships here.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Since it is Mystery Thriller Week, my teaser is from a kidnap thriller I read recently, Missing Child by Patricia MacDonald. An interesting read with lots of tension and a number of twists that will leave you wondering:

She bent down to examine the damage, and saw something dark and shiny on the imploded bumper. She reached down to touch it, and her fingers came up wet and sticky. Caitlin held up her hand and stared at it. There was no mistaking the substance on her fingers.

Patricia MacDonald, Missing Child

Heart-pounding domestic suspense from an internationally-bestselling author – One morning Caitlin Eckhart receives a phone call that changes her life forever – her much-loved six-year-old stepson Geordie has disappeared from school. It soon becomes clear that someone must have deliberately taken him. Distraught, Caitlin and her husband, Noah, make an anguished public appeal for his return. But Caitlin has a secret from her past that is about to catch up with her, and as Geordie’s continued absence brings her relationship with Noah to breaking point, she stands to lose everything that she loves.