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Bedlam at the Brickyard has stories involving bootleggers and the beginnings of stock car racing, drivers and fans. There are stories of revenge, cover-ups, memorabilia collecting, the paranormal, racing superstitions, and more. Each story is separated by a historical narrative or statistical chart to enlighten as well as entertain the reader.
Bleak Midwinter is a page-turning mystery perfect for for a Christmas read, perfect for a mid-winter read, it’s even perfect to start in the middle of a hot summer day when you need to an intriguing story to help get your mind off of the heat. Here is a little taste of what makes this a great read for anytime of the year.
It’s not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially one who’s strikingly beautiful. In Bleak Midwinter, the second book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of a troubling double-homicide investigation while falling headlong into romance with police officer Lance Freeman. As Mary gets closer than ever to danger, she is aided by her dear friends, Silvia and David, who provide answers when she seems to need them most. But nothing is a bleak as it seems, even though Mary is forced to deal with an odd assortment of characters: the deceased’s grieving sister; a released convict who squats on the funeral home premises; a suspicious lawyer; and Rose Edgewater, her new secretary.
Gutsy reporter, Lark Chadwick always seems to find herself at the wrong place at the right time. In Bullet in the Chamber, she is front-row center when the executive mansion’s press briefing room is suddenly attacked. The president is missing, the first lady’s life is at risk, and Lark’s personal life is falling apart when the man she loves disappears. In Bullet in the Chamber, author John DeDakis draws on his own personal pain the sudden death of his twenty-two year-old son Stephen in what promises to be a true page-turner. DeDakis also draws on his forty-five year journalism career. He shows the daily struggles that go on behind the scenes in day-to-day, deadline-a-minute journalism.
It’s not every day you meet a female mortician, and especially not one who’s both beautiful and single. In Cold Snap, the third book in the A Mary Christmas Mystery series, Mary finds herself at the center of another strange murder investigation as she tries to navigate her budding romance with police officer, Lance Free man.
In Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks, the matters of the game can also turn deadly. This collection of seventeen mystery stories written by the Indiana Speed City Chapter of Sisters in Crime honors Indiana basketball and its rich tradition while weaving in the mischievous and sometimes lethal passions that can erupt when the state is gripped in b-ball fever. Tucked between the fictional stories are pages about real-life legendary Hoosier basketball players and coaches.
One to the Wolves: On the Trail of a Killer is Lois Duncan’s painful story. In 1992, Lois Duncan, acclaimed author of fictional suspense novels, wrote a horror story she could never have imagined writing a true account of the murder of her own daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette. Kait, 18, was shot to death as she drove home from a friend”s house on a Sunday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police closed the unsolved case as a random shooting, refusing to accept information that indicated otherwise, although it had all the earmarks of a professional hit.
Mary is constantly standing by people in their darkest of hours, in their numbest of days, and in their weariness and tears. It’s her job. And she’s good at it. In Slay Bells a “John Doe” disappears from Mary’s embalming room during the Christmas rush and she is whirled into the police investigation. Taking matters into her own hands, she determinedly seeks the body’s identification and its whereabouts.
In Dark Cabin Murders, author, Frank L. Gertcher weaves an exquisitely crafted Civil War era murder-mystery. The story includes good detective work by Jeremiah and James, romance between key characters and insight with regard to the battle of good and evil within the human soul. Frank uses vivid dialogue between characters and emotional first person thoughts to let readers vicariously experience love and hate, rage and remorse, ecstasy and fear, joy and sadness. Yet always, accurate descriptions of historical events and scenes are there, and the reader is immersed in time and place, just like the characters.
The authors, James McCloy and Ray Miller, uncover some of the deceitful and bizarre sightings of the beast. They point out that while a few appearances have been hoaxes, and other sightings of it have been the result of mass-hysteria, the Jersey Devil has been seen by enough sane, sober, and responsible citizens to keep the possibility of its existence alive today. Many theories about the Jersey Devil’s origin are discussed and carefully reviewed and explained by the authors.