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Chuck Greaves book named “This Season’s Best Reads.”

Chuck Greaves/C. Joseph Greaves’ novel Church of the Graveyard Saints, already the “Four Corners/One Book” community reading selection for 2019-2020, was named by High Country News to its year-end list of “This Season’s Best Reads.”

Short Story Panel at the Dallas Bouchercon 2019

Short Story Panel at the Dallas Bouchercon 2019: Short and Sweet and Sometimes Dark.
L to R: Barb Goffman (M), James Lincoln Warren, Mysti Berry, R.T. Lawton, Michael Bracken, John Floyd.

Two Awards for Ann Zeigler’s New Nonfiction Book

“Tips Lawyers Wish You Knew: Going It Alone at the Courthouse” by Ann Zeigler recently received the Bronze Medal Award in the James McGrath Morris Prize for narrative nonfiction at the Albuquerque Museum’s “Celebration of Writing” competition. “Tips” is also the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Winner for Best Guide Book and for Best Cover Design (small format). Zeigler recently presented a 90-minute informal talk about practical tips for surviving an encounter with either the civil or criminal side of the two U.S. court systems. You do know there are two independent systems of civil/criminal courts, right?

Fleur Bradley’s Latest Sold to Viking Children’s

Fleur Bradley’s middle-grade (for kids) mystery MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL, in which five murder suspects are invited to the haunted hotel, and it’s up to two tag-along kids – and a ghost – to figure out who committed the crime, sold to Kendra Levin at Viking Children’s (Penguin/Random House imprint), with Aneeka Kalia editing. Publication is expected in fall 2020.

Daniel Jacobus Lives! Gerald Elias signs 2-Book Deal

Daniel Jacobus lives! Perseverance Press has just signed Gerald Elias up for the 7th and 8th installments of the award-winning mystery series. Keep your eyes out for “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder” and “Murder at the Royal Albert” in 2021.

New Release: Lethal Fetish

Lethal Fetish, the third in Jeff Lockwood’s mystery series is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Pen-L Books. In this twisted tale, Riley the exterminator is thrust in the kinky corners of 1980s San Francisco. This ex-cop’s
journey begins at a bizarre death scene with flea-collared, naked corpses. Following a twisted track through sex shops and six-legged playmates, Riley is soon over his head in terms of the human mind. He joins forces with a brilliant,  beautiful psychologist to track a chain of blackmail and extortion into the depths of the human psyche. Riley must infiltrate a secret cell devoted to a bizarre fetish involving insects which has been driven underground by a holier-than-thou district attorney. The group’s charismatic leader is building toward grisly murder to consummate their deviant desires. A gruesome climax is coming, unless Riley and his trusted gang of misfits from Goat Hill Extermination can achieve homicide interruptus.

New Release: Burning Candles

Burning Candles, by Sue Star and Bill Beatty 

An American woman hides from her past by running to Brazil, only to find that the Brazilian cop she’s married has secrets far darker than hers.  She struggles with her new identity and a culture of cults and illegal abortions, while a series of murders link her new husband’s secrets to hers.  Will she become the next victim?  

New Release: Black Pearl

Donnell Bell is pleased to announce that Black Pearl, is available for preorder and will be released on November 8, 2019. Black Pearl takes place in all of her favorite places, Denver, Colorado Springs and Montrose, and is the first in a series.

A cold case heats up when a 9-1-1 call puts police at a Denver murder scene pointing investigators to the abduction of a Colorado teenager fourteen years before. The connection? A calling card—a single black pearl—is found on the newest victim. Is the murder a copycat? Or has a twisted serial killer, thought dead or in prison, returned to kill again?

The hunt for a multi-state killer is on and brings together an unexpected team: a Denver Major Crimes police lieutenant; an FBI special agent who investigated the previous murders, a rookie FBI agent with a specialty in psychology; and the only living victim of the Black Pearl Killer is now a cop.

For Special Agent Brian DiPietro, the case is an opportunity to find answers. For Officer Allison Shannon, the case will force her to face down the town that blamed her for surviving when another did not. And for both DiPietro and Shannon, it’s a chance to find closure to questions that have tormented them both for years. www.donnellannbell.com

New Release: Tracking Game

Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce the November 12th release of Tracking Game, her fifth Timber Creek K-9 mystery. Library Reads named Tracking Game a Top Pick for November 2019, and Booklist said this about it: “Whether one likes stories about conflict or relationships, there’s something for everybody in Mizushima’s fine novel.” Tracking Game can be found wherever books are sold.


Margaret Mizushima will be signing Tracking Game at Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 2nd St., Monument, CO, December 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.