Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Conversation with Mystery Author Allan J. Emerson

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Allan J. Emerson

We are delighted to welcome author Allan J. Emerson to Omnimystery News today.

Allan's first in a new series is titled Death of a Bride and Groom (Five Star; May 2015 hardcover and ebook formats), a small-town mystery containing humor, a little sex, a lot of double-crossing, and some surprising relationships. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with him talking about the book.

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Omnimystery News: Tell us a little more about Death of a Bride and Groom.

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Allan J. Emerson: Death of a Bride and Groom takes place in a small resort town called Honeymoon Falls, and there are a number of characters who will appear in future books in the series. A few of the standouts are …

My sleuth, Will Halsey, was a big-city cop in line for a promotion, when his wife left him for a famous actor. Devastated, Halsey abandoned his chance at promotion and returned to his home town in search of a quieter life as chief of a three-person force. I like that he's retained his sense of humor, and the combination of strength and vulnerability he shows when dealing with the tangled personal relationships of the suspects.

John Larsen, 25, and Lydia Bailey, 40, are Halsey's entire staff, and they loathe each other. The warfare between the naïve Larsen and the no-nonsense Bailey is amusing, and it's fun to write about their complicated relationship with each other, and with Halsey.

Hermione Hopkins is one of my favorite characters. She's a ninety-five-year-old English actress we meet as she's pondering whether to do a nude scene in an avant-garde film by a French director. I enjoy writing for her because she no longer cares what anybody thinks, so I can be as outrageous as I like. Hermione will be back for at least one more book.

A character who won't be back is the murder victim, Iris Morland. She was fun to create too. Iris enjoyed betrayal, and although she's dead when the book begins, she's still a major character throughout the story. Sometimes she took me by surprise with the sheer inventiveness of her malice.

OMN: How do you expect these characters to develop over the course of a series?

AJE: I do expect to develop the characters over time, although the changes will be subtle. The circumstances in their lives will evolve as time goes by. Even in Death of a Bride and Groom there are significant life changes for some of the characters. I think it's necessary to keep some sense of progression in a series, otherwise the characters stagnate.

OMN: Into which mystery sub-genre would you place this book?

AJE: I describe mine as humorous small-town mysteries. That's not a mystery category the publishing industry uses, but it describes my books best, I think. There is some overlap with the cozy mystery: small-town setting, quirky characters, no gore, but some departures as well — the sleuth is male, there's a little sex, and the humor is dry.

I think there are disadvantages to labeling mystery sub-genres (cozy, police procedural, etc). Each sub-genre has its conventions, and readers may be surprised or disappointed if the all conventions are not observed. As a writer, I want to write the story as I conceive it, not force it to fit a mould. I personally don't find mystery sub-genre labels helpful — I already know it's a mystery, and I can tell from the story description if it's likely to interest me.

OMN: Give us a summary of the book in a tweet.

AJE: In Death of a Bride and Groom, Iris Morland is found dead atop a wedding cake parade float. Nobody cares, since half the town hated her.

OMN: How much of your own personal or professional experience have you included in the book?

AJE: I suppose all characters that writers create are made of up of bits and pieces of people the writer has encountered, but only two of the characters in Death of a Bride and Groom are wholly taken from real life. They are my wife's cats, Mr. Peepers and Suzie. Only Mr. Peepers puts in an appearance (he causes the driver of the wedding-cake float to have a traffic accident). Suzie is spoken of, but not seen.

OMN: Describe your writing process for us.

AJE: I would love to be able to outline my plots, but I never seem to have more than a general idea where the story is going until I start writing it. I guess I'm what writers call a "pantser," someone who flies by the seat of his pants. I do create detailed biographies of my characters. Although very little of that winds up in the book, it does help me to visualize the characters and realize when one of them is doing something out of character. Sometimes I delete or combine characters as the story takes shape.

OMN: And where do you most often find yourself writing?

AJE: I write in a small, messy home office which has always resisted any attempt at de-cluttering. I've never been a neat-desk person, so there's always a pile of books, bills, games, and assorted junk piled around me. Every once in a while, the pile topples onto the floor, where it remains until I shovel it into a box and dump it on a shelf in the basement.

OMN: How do you go about researching the plot points of your stories?

AJE: I didn't have to do much fact-checking for Death of a Bride and Groom, but I'm having to do quite a bit for the one I'm writing now. There's a weapon with which I'm not familiar, some DNA details, and a foreign language I don't speak. Fortunately, I've found people willing to share their expertise.

OMN: Is Honeymoon Falls based on a real place?

AJE: No, it is a fictional town that I imagine to be somewhere in the Pacific Northwest near forest and mountains.

OMN: If we could send you anywhere in the world to research the setting for a story, where would it be?

AJE: Don't even have to think about this one — Italy, especially within the walled city of Rome, or Venice. I've been to Italy once and would love to go back. I'd introduce some Italian tourists into Honeymoon Falls, have one or both bump off a local for some reason and then have Halsey investigating with the aid of the Italian police. Of course, he'd have to travel there to gather evidence, and that would require checking out the coliseum, the pantheon, navigating the canals in Venice, etc.

OMN: What are some of your outside interests? And have any of these found their way into your books?

AJE: My interests include delving into my family history, learning French, theater, and working out. I get a kick out of learning new stuff. If you teach anything from basket weaving to beekeeping, I'm likely to show up at your door. So far, none of my characters has shared any of my interests. Perversely, in my current book I have a character who speaks a foreign language, but is it French with which I have at least a nodding acquaintance? Nooo, it's Portuguese, of which I know nothing.

OMN: What is the best advice — and harshest criticism — you've received as an author?

AJE: Best advice? Don't sweat the first draft. It'll be a mess, but that's okay — beginnings are never perfect, they're just the clay you'll be molding into your finished product. The harshest criticism I got early on was about my over-reliance on dialogue tags (he said, shamefacedly) which, although bad-tasting medicine, did pretty much cure the disease. (Although I don't agree with Elmore Leonard's rule about never using them. Of course, I don't think writers should consider any "rules" as more than suggestions.)

I think aspiring authors can learn a lot about technique from brilliant writers like P.D. James and Robert B. Parker by reading them analytically. If you're laughing or on the edge of your seat while when you're reading, go back when you're finished and try to figure out how the writer made you feel that way.

OMN: Complete this sentence for us: "I am a mystery author and thus I am also …".

AJE: I am a mystery author and thus I am also interested in unusual ways to kill someone. Put a cobra in their bed? Tamper with their vehicle so the airbag explodes in their face on the freeway? Tie them to the tracks as a freight train approaches? (Hey, it could work … in a historical mystery about the silent film industry where the male star decides to bump off his leading lady...).

OMN: How involved were you with the cover design?

AJE: I suggested using cake top figures of a bride and groom with "tasteful" bullet wounds to convey the idea that the story wasn't going to be entirely serious. The cover artist took my idea and created an eye-catching scene showing the couple stretched out after toppling off the cake. There's a lovely little bullet hole in the bride's upper chest with a dainty stream of blood trickling from it, and bits of cake scattered around the couple. Have a look at the cover photo and you'll see how charming the scene is, in a slightly twisted way …

OMN: What kind of feedback have you received from readers?

AJE: A few friends have asked "am I in it?" They seem surprised or disappointed when I say no. Some tell me I'm going to be rich and famous. A surprising number say they're writing a book too.

OMN: Suppose this series were to be adapted for television or film. Who do you see playing the key roles?

AJE: Hmm … Robert Downey Jr. would be right for the protagonist, Will Halsey. He can project the sensitivity and strength that would be needed to make the character believable. Daniel Radcliffe and Frances McDormand would be good as John Larsen and Lydia Bailey. And nobody else but Maggie Smith could play Hermione Hopkins.

OMN: What kinds of books appeal to you as a reader?

AJE: I read a variety of things, lots of mysteries, of course, but also literary novels like Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus and Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. In series mysteries, I like Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series. Rebus seems real, he's aged over time, lost and won battles with life and his job, and accepted his losses and victories with equanimity. Just for fun, I like Joan Hess's Maggody series. I also keep an eye out for anything from Mary Daheim, Kate Kingsbury, and Alice Duncan.

OMN: And what kinds of films do you enjoy watching?

AJE: I like just about any of the Coen brothers' films, although none of them have inspired my work. What I particularly enjoy about their films is that they're never linear — they start out odd, and then veer in a completely unexpected direction. Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, are great examples of how the viewer ends up somewhere unexpected and completely unsure of what's going to happen next. The Coens also incorporate a dark humour in their films that I enjoy.

OMN: Create a Top 5 list for us on any topic.

AJE: Top Five Places to Visit:

1) Honeymoon Falls (yes, it's the fictional town in my book, so theoretically I should know all about it, but I wish I could actually go there and experience it for real);

2) Rome (Villa Borghese, murals by Caravaggio in neighborhood churches, opera, pasta, gelato …);

3) The pyramids in Egypt;

4) Moscow; and

5) Tisdale, Saskatchewan (the town I was born in).

OMN: What's next for you?

AJE: Currently I'm working on the next book in the Honeymoon Falls series, to be called Death of an Action Hero. And maybe there'll be a visit to the pyramids next year.

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Allan J. Emerson is a Canadian writer who was born in Saskatchewan and brought up in small towns there and in British Columbia. He lived in Australia and New Zealand before settling on the west coast of Canada. As his mother could tell you, he's been making up stories since he was a little kid.

Although the town of Honeymoon Falls and all its inhabitants are purely fictional, the idea of marriage and murder in close proximity came to him when he was visiting Niagara Falls, and wondered about the lives of the permanent residents.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at AllanJEmerson.com, or find him on Facebook.

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Death of a Bride and Groom by Allan J. Emerson

Death of a Bride and Groom by Allan J. Emerson

A Honeymoon Falls Mystery

Publisher: Five Star

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When the bodies of writer Iris Morland and a former lover are discovered in full wedding regalia atop a giant wedding cake parade float, the little resort town of Honeymoon Falls is left reeling. Not only is its reputation as the Romance Capital of the World at risk, its very survival is threatened. Murder, it seems, has a chilling effect on those considering venues for potential nuptials. Finding the killer is going to be difficult; it seems Iris enjoyed betrayal. Her potential killers include her husband, Kenneth, whose faltering grip on a mechanical mouse plunged him into a hideously embarrassing scene with Iris and her latest lover, television host Arnold Reifel. Arnold was finding the affair burdensome, and his wife, Marjorie, was seething because Iris, not content with appropriating her husband, had turned Marjorie's interior decoration schemes into a very public humiliation.

Then there's haughty French film auteur Pierre Blondin, in town filming his adaptation of Iris's novel. Did Iris trigger his murderous wrath by opposing a nude scene featuring ninety-five-year-old actress Hermione Hopkins? Captain Will Halsey, head of Honeymoon Falls' three-person police force, struggles to find the killer while coping with small-town politics, feuding among his subordinates, and the ferocious attentions of the media.

Death of a Bride and Groom by Allan J. Emerson

Today's Selection of Daily Deals for Thursday, July 30, 2015

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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

A YA Humorous Mystery

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Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. He and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boy's bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

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The Intercept by Dick Wolf

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Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet reminds everyone involved that vigilance saves lives.

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Scarecrow Returns by Matthew Reilly

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Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Free Draw by Shelley Singer

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To Kill a Queen by Alanna Knight

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Heaven Sent, The Heaven Sent Series by Leigh Grayson, Now Available at a Special Price

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Heaven Sent by Leigh Grayson

Heaven Sent by Leigh Grayson

The Heaven Sent Series (1st in series)

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Angela Talbott is dead. And she just realized that heaven isn't eternal bliss and golden halos and discussions about cream cheese — it's work. Hard work. Angela has been dead for three days, and she's already been given a job — solving her own murder, which is turning out to be tougher than she ever would have thought. Being dead makes her invisible to the living, but it sure doesn't make her Sherlock Holmes. And the suspects are piling up — her boyfriend, her anal-retentive co-worker, a homeless panhandler. And her brother.

To make matters worse, there are two Hellions dogging her every move. These Hellions might not have horns and pitchforks, but they are big trouble. If Angela is killed by one of these two men, the afterlife is all over for her — and that's exactly what they seem to be trying to do. Despite that, Angela finds herself inexplicably attracted to one of them: Alec, a man with a mysterious past who seems to know Angela better than she knows herself. But once Angela discovers that Alec may have been the one pulling the strings that led to her murder, all bets are off.

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Ice Blue, A Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery by Emma Jameson, Now Available at a Special Price

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Ice Blue by Emma Jameson

Ice Blue by Emma Jameson

A Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery (1st in series)

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Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave, Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, never married, no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice, will turn sixty in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield — beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age.

When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

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Draw the Curtain Close, A Mac Detective Mystery by Thomas B. Dewey, New This Week from Wildside Press

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Draw the Curtain Close by Thomas B. Dewey

Draw the Curtain Close by Thomas B. Dewey

A Mac Detective Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Wildside Press

Price: $4.99 (as of 07/29/2015 at 6:30 PM ET).

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This is a new ebook edition of a classic mystery first published Simon & Schuster in 1947.

"Call me Mac … I'm just a guy. I go around and get in jams and then try to figure a way out of them. I don't make very much money and most people insult me one way or another … I'm a fairly good shot with small arms, show-thiinking but thorough, and very dirty in a clinch."

Mac gets into a jam this time even when he turns a job down. And all because of a book, an ex-gangster's patrician wife, and a red-headed cabaret doll.

When all the blood is washed off and the smoke clears away, Mac has a murderer pinned down — but he doesn't earn much more than a reputation as the most indestructible man in the business.

Draw the Curtain Close by Thomas B. Dewey

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Darkness All Around, A Novel of Suspense by Doug Magee, Now Available at a Special Price

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Darkness All Around by Doug Magee

Darkness All Around by Doug Magee

A Novel of Suspense

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Within the span of one harrowing week, Risa's alcoholic husband, Sean, disappears, and her best friend, Carol, is brutally murdered. Eleven years later, Risa has seemingly put her life back together again, comforted by the love of her new husband, who is a local politician, and the knowledge that Carol's killer has been convicted. But then just as suddenly as he disappeared, Sean resurfaces — sober, plagued by horrific recollections of Carol's murder, and convinced he was the real killer.

Sean's startling claim buzzes through the small, football-crazy Pennsylvania community, and Risa is left to wonder if the man she still loves actually committed the grisly murder. Her growing belief in his innocence sends her on a treacherous search for the truth: a search that reveals ugly secrets that her new husband and the town's law enforcement community are hiding.

Emboldened by her discoveries, Risa convinces Sean to flee as the town's violent forces move in to keep the truth from coming to light. But Risa doesn't realize that her attempts to get vindication for Sean may come at a very high price.

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The Rendezvous with Death, A Sam Blackstone Mystery by Sally Spencer, New This Week from Endeavour Press

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The Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer

The Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer

A Sam Blackstone Mystery

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: $3.99 (as of 07/29/2015 at 5:30 PM ET).

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The body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across. Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman? And if this man does belong to noble stock, why has no one come forward to claim the body?

As his investigation proceeds, Blackstone finds himself entering the world of the aristocracy — in which the presence of an ordinary policeman is far from welcome — and tramping the dangerous streets of London's Little Russia — where English law and order are not welcome. Death seems to stalk him, and as each new clue leads to nothing more than a new murder, Blackstone comes to realize that he is caught up in what may turn out to be the most horrendous crime of the century …

The Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer

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Ice Trap, A Novel of Psychological Suspense by Kitty Sewell, Now Available at a Special Price

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Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell

Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell

A Novel of Psychological Suspense

Publisher: Touchstone

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At the height of his career, a British surgeon has found success in both the hospital and at home. He and his wife have everything they want out of life, except the child she longs for, the child Dr. Woodruff secretly believes he may never be ready to parent.

Suddenly, the delicate equilibrium of their relationship is blown apart by the arrival of shocking news. Deep in the desolate sub-Arctic wilderness of Canada where Woodruff lived and worked years before, a woman claims he is the father of her thirteen-year-old twins.

Woodruff knows it cannot be true — but DNA tests don't lie.

To make sense of the impossible, he must return to that frozen wilderness, where no rules and few laws apply. Leaving his shattered relationship behind, he finds that his well-guarded secrets have even deeper and more sinister layers. But the people he once knew in that godforsaken place guard secrets of their own, and no one — least of all the ruthless woman at the dark core of this maelstrom — will help him uncover the truth.

The past quickly gains a stranglehold, threatening to unravel everything Woodruff has built — his marriage, his career. And a man who has made one mistake may pay dearly for another — and risk destroying his entire future …

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New This Week: The Baleful Owl, An Allred, Sanchez and Victor, Rural Cop Mystery by Virgil Alexander

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The Baleful Owl by Virgil Alexander

The Baleful Owl by Virgil Alexander

An Allred, Sanchez and Victor, Rural Cop Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: Oak Tree Press

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The murder of an archaeology student and attempted murder of a second pull Apache Tribal Officer Al Victor into what seems to him a senseless killing. The Arizona Antiquities Task Force brings Deputies Bren Allred and Manny Sanchez into the case. They find themselves investigating a sophisticated high dollar artifact theft ring centered around the unique Baleful Owl effigy. The ruthless ring leader is not motivated by greed, but vengeance for imagined wrongs.

Before the case is solved one of the officers will be the unwitting target of the skilled assassin.

The Baleful Owl by Virgil Alexander

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The Prada Paradox, The Codebreaker Trilogy by Julie Kenner, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Prada Paradox by Julie Kenner

The Prada Paradox by Julie Kenner

The Codebreaker Trilogy (3rd in series)

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The Prada Paradox by Julie Kenner, Amazon Kindle format

Devi Taylor was one of Hollywood's fastest-rising starlets — until a crazed fan held her at knifepoint and she retreated to a life of privacy and Valium. Now recovered and ready for a comeback, Devi dreams of endorsing all things Prada, whose Rodeo Drive store she can't resist. Instead, she lands the starring role in The Givenchy Code, a high-budget action-adventure flick. But with the tabloids all over Givenchy and her recent split with her drop-dead handsome costar, Blake, Devi can't shake the feeling that another crazed fan is going to strike.

Then a frightening message — "Play or Die" — is delivered to Devi's house, and she finds herself sucked into a deadly and cryptic game not unlike the one in the movie she's starring in. Hollywood has always been her life, but does Devi know its secrets well enough to follow the cinematic clues that might save her and her favorite Prada bag?

The Prada Paradox by Julie Kenner

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Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during July 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during July 2015 …

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney, A Lucy Resnick, Dewberry Farm Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney, Amazon Kindle format

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother's farm in Buttercup, Texas, she's looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders' Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy's jam jars beside her … and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.

Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie's neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she's not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney

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Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel, New in Bookstores during July 2015

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during July 2015 is …

Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel

Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel, A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Minotaur Books

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Rosalie Hart's world has been upended. After her husband confesses to an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With its fields untended and the house itself in disrepair, Barclay Meadow couldn't be more different than the tidy D.C. suburb she used to call home. Just when Rosalie feels convinced things couldn't get any worse, she finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. When the sheriff declares the death an accident, she becomes suspicious. The dead girl, Megan, reminds her of her own daughter, and she feels a responsibility to find out the truth.

Rosalie confides her doubts to her friends in her creative writing class, and they ask to join her investigation, beginning the search in earnest. Meanwhile, Rosalie works on restoring Barclay Meadow to its former glory — with help from the rugged Tyler Wells, a farmer who once leased the land. When Rosalie discovers her aunt's favorite bread recipe on a yellowed index card, she begins baking, and with her deep love for nourishing others rekindled, she starts to feel alive again. But as she zeroes in on the truth about what happened to Megan, she begins getting ominous threats. Determined to get justice for Megan and protect the new home she's begun to build for herself, Rosalie races to catch the killer.

Murder at Barclay Meadow by Wendy Sand Eckel

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