Happy first day of November! To kick off the month, I’m delighted to welcome friend and sister author, Judi Lynn. We’ve shared the same publisher for many years now. Judi has a new mystery release coming out in November that I’m super excited about and have already pre-ordered. Before I turn things over so she can tell you about it, please be sure to check out her blog. She’s wonderfully supportive of others and shares engaging posts that I know you’ll enjoy. And now….take it away Judi!
I want to thank Mae for inviting me to her blog. We’re sister authors for Lyrical Press. I loved her Point Pleasant series and the start of her Hode’s Hill series. CUSP OF NIGHT has such a great mix of mystery and paranormal, I’m waiting for the second book to come out in January! My first mystery, THE BODY IN THE ATTIC, due out Nov. 27, is a straight cozy with food and family tossed in. I love to cook, so there are a couple of recipes at the back of the book.
You can find it here: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/37036
Here’s the blurb:
Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .
House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod have found their latest project. The property, formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper, is filled with debris that must be cleared before the real renovation begins. But a trip to the attic reveals something more disturbing than forgotten garbage—a skeleton wearing a locket and rings that Jazzi recognizes . . .
Tests confirm that the bones belong to Jazzi’s aunt Lynda, who everyone assumed moved to New York years ago after breaking up with Cal. Soon enough, the whole family is involved, sifting through memories and rumors as they try to piece together what really happened to Lynda—and the baby she gave up for adoption. In between investigating and remodeling, Jazzi is falling for the old house’s charms—and for her gorgeous contractor, Ansel. But with surprises lurking in every nook and cranny, a killer might be waiting to demolish her dreams for good . . .
And here’s an excerpt:
Jerod called 911. While Jazzi waited for the detective to arrive, she went from room to room upstairs, checking them out. She needed to keep busy to distract herself. Her aunt was folded into a trunk, and her mom was going to relive a crappy memory. When Lynda had accepted Cal Juniper’s engagement ring but told him that she needed to leave River Bluffs for a year to think things through, friends had lined up behind Cal, not Lynda. And now here Lynda was, stuffed in a trunk in Cal’s attic.
Detective Richard Gaff and crime scene experts arrived before Jazzi could sort out her thoughts. Gaff looked at the trunk, frowned at the stains halfway up it, and shook his head. “How long did you say she’d been here?”
Jazzi watched the techs take one picture after another. “She disappeared twenty-six years ago, a few months after she got engaged. Why is everything stained there?”
A tech answered automatically. “A body liquefies when it decomposes—all the fluids draining and organs breaking down.”
Jerod grimaced at the floorboards.
“A clean-up crew comes when we find a body or remains. They can fix anything.” Gaff looked at the diamond ring caught on the knuckle of the bony finger on her right hand. “And who was she going to marry?”
“That ring came from Thomas Sorrell. She broke up with him.” Jazzi pointed to the small heap of bones that had fallen off when Jerod moved the trunk. Another diamond glistened among them—a little smaller, but classier. “That’s Cal’s ring. She was going to marry him.”
He stopped writing and frowned. “Those are both big diamonds.”
Jazzi shook her head. “Both men were rich.”
“You said she was engaged when she disappeared.”
“To Cal Juniper, but she asked him to give her a year in New York to think things through.”
“And he was all right with that?”
“He wasn’t happy, but he agreed to it. My mom told me that it bothered him so much, he left River Bluffs before Lynda did. He was going to travel across Europe on business trips until Lynda was supposed to come back.”
“So he wasn’t in the house. For a year? That makes sense. It would stink to high heavens for a long time.” Gaff scratched his head, confused. “Okay, let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell me what you know about your aunt?”
Jerod and Jazzi exchanged glances.
“That could take a while,” Jazzi said.
Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, a noisy Chihuahua, and a parakeet. She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need. That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories. She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.
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