Sneak Peek of Cozy Mystery Novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today #MFRWhooks

I am participating in the Marketing for Romance Writers Book Hooks meme. Visit the linky list below to read a book blurb and excerpt from the other participating authors. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this sneak peek of my cozy mystery novel with a touch of romance Twenty-Five Years Ago Today.

Should we dig for the truth when Pandora’s Box is a coffin of buried secrets? Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence. Now an editorial assistant and obit writer, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling “25 Years Ago Today” items from the microfilm. Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology. Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana’s suspicious nephew, Eric Soares – until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them. She soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday’s headline is tomorrow’s danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris’s present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

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Kris Langley stared at the bright newsprint lit up on the microfilm reader. The top headline leaped off page one. “Missing Barmaid Murdered.” She squinted over the story of Diana Ferguson, a young woman found bludgeoned to death in the woods. In little over a week, it would be the twenty-fifth anniversary. A quarter of a century ago, Diana must’ve dressed and driven out as always. An evening like any other. By the end of the night, she was dead, her life extinguished like the other victims on fate’s hit list.

Most people had forgotten Diana by now. In the black and white yearbook photograph, she didn’t smile. Straight dark hair curtained her serious oval face. Diana had her arms crossed on a table, slender fingers too delicate to protect her from a killer.

E-book versions available from:
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All Romance Ebooks
Also available as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set.

The audio version is narrated by Erin Moon. It is WhisperSync for voice ready so that readers can switch seamlessly between listening and reading. Audio retailers are listed below:

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  1. Wow, this sounds like a really powerful read full of mystery. The character has to grow through her hunt for the killer. Love the hook.

  2. Donna June Cooper says

    I love good romantic suspense! Characters at a crossroads, huh? Interesting. Great hook!

  3. Thanks so much for coming by, Stormie and Donna, and for the nice words!

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