In this book, the fourth in the series, the three main characters’ lives are changing. Phoenix is running the new foundation that she set up to give Annalynn a good job when she finishes her term as sheriff. An applicant begs Phoenix to take on a cold case involving a young mother’s possible false confession, one Annalynn’s late husband encouraged when he was the sheriff.
Not wanting to hurt Annalynn unless new evidence gives grounds for freeing the imprisoned woman, Phoenix investigates secretly with Connie, now negotiating a contract to direct musical comedies. Meanwhile Annalynn enlists Phoenix’s help in solving a series of burglaries that appear headed for violence. To complicate matters, failing to catch the burglar could scuttle Annalynn’s plans to run for Congress.
Achilles has his nose to the ground in both investigations. Someone from one of the cases fears the Belgian Malinois enough to want him dead. Phoenix has to figure out who it is to protect them both.
From November 14 to 22 you can sign up on GoodReads.com for a chance to win an autographed copy of the new paperback edition of Show Me the Murder. The hardback edition won the Missouri Writers’ Guild 2014 Walter Williams Major Work Award.
The direct link to the giveaway is https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/162241. Or go to the GoodReads site and type in the title in the search box. You may need to become a member (free) to be eligible for a giveaway.
Why give away copies of a book published in February 2013? I want to introduce new readers to the series before the fourth book, Show Me the Ashes, comes out in late December.
A fast reader could also read Show Me the Deadly Deer (a DearReader.com Mystery of the Week) and Show Me the Gold (winner of the Guild’s 2015 Show Me Best Book Award) before book four hits the shelves.
Kirkus Reviews has posted the first pre-publication review of Show Me the Ashes. That’s a good thing.
Five Star will release the book, the fourth in the series, December 16, 2015.
The Kirkus headline reads: “A former CIA agent must find a way to solve a cold case without hurting her best friend’s feelings.” The conclusion says: “Phoenix’s fourth provides both plenty of action and enough likely suspects to keep you guessing.” In between, the reviewer sketches the characters’ relationships and the two cases that former covert operative Phoenix Smith, singer Connie Diamante, and Sheriff Annalynn Carr Keyser investigate.