Dying for a Donut, A Laurel McKay Mystery
Create Space 2015
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Take an eccentric grandmother and cast of other unusual characters, place them in a California Sierra foothills gold country setting, include lots of laughs and a few corpses and you have the makings of a mystery you’ll die for—or someone will.
Cindy Sample’s fifth Laurel McKary Mystery continues the saga of this soccer mom, banker and amateur sleuth. This time her boyfriend, 6-3 detective Tom Hunter, is out of state when Laurel’s daughter lands in jail in connection with the murder of a bakery owner found coated in powdered sugar.
Rise of the Red Queen: A Red Solaris Mystery
Henrey Press 2015
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Dr. Red Solaris is acting dean of the university’s journalism school. While trying to maintain peace among a faculty of egocentric academics, she’s applying to become the permanent dean and anticipating a screening process that might be stacked against her. “Who else besides you and Froman are going to grill me along with my fish?” Solaris says referring to an antagonistic member of the search committee.
At the same time, the novel is a creepy tale of the abduction and subjugation of a young female journalism student from Dr. Solaris’ university. The mystery presents views of campus violence as a subject of debate and the subject of a life and death struggle. Will Red get there in time?