Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery #Thriller #Series N.A. Granger, John W. Howell, Don Massenzio


Welcome to another of the Christmas book promotions and time for a little mystery…. and the first author with a wonderful series of books is N. A. Granger and the Rhe Brewster Mysteries. And the best way to start as a gift is the first book in the series which is Death in a Red Canvas Chair.. there are four books and all would make amazing gifts.

About the book

On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Her first call is to her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is Sheriff of Pequod, the coastal Maine town where she lives. Sam and Rhe’s best friend Paulette, Pequod’s answer to Betty Crocker, are her biggest sources of encouragement when Rhe decides to help the police find the killer.

Her discovery that the victim is a student at the local college is initially thwarted by an old frenemy, Bitsy Wellington, the Dean of Students. Will, Rhe’s husband and a professor at the same college, resents her involvement in anything other than being a wife and mother and must be manipulated by Rhe so that she can follow her instincts.

Rhe’s interviews of college students leads her to a young woman who had been recruited the previous year to be an escort on a Caribbean cruise ship, and Rhe trails her to a high class brothel at a local seaside estate. The man behind the cruise ship escort service and the brothel is the owner of a chain of mortuaries and is related to the dead student.

When Rhe happens on the murder of a young hospital employee who also works for the mortuary chain, she becomes too much of a threat to the owner’s multiple enterprises. She is kidnapped by two of his thugs and is left to die in a mortuary freezer. In the freezer she finds frozen body parts, which are linked to a transplantation program at her hospital.

Despite all the twists and turns in her investigation, Rhe ultimately understands why the student was killed and who did it. And she solves the riddle of why the body was placed in the red canvas chair on the soccer field.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I typically only write 5 star reviews for books that blow me away, but I’ll make an exception for a friend. This is what I affectionately call a “murder cozy.” There is a comfortable familiar rhythm to it that lulls you into a feeling of safety until the action comes crashing in to surprise you. It is paced well, with a good mix of down-time and excitement. The climactic ice scene near the end is particularly engaging.

The author uses her expertise to color the books with a strong medical knowledge that lends credibility to her main character, who is an absolute joy. Rhe is far from your typical heroine– she’s a plucky plump mom ready to take you on with her sassy mouth and insatiably questioning mind. This is my fourth time reading this novel (leading up to the newest novel in the series!) and it holds up well as a great start to a series. Recommended to anyone who likes a good murder mystery, a strong feminine protagonist, and a quirky and easily lovable supporting cast.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Red-Canvas-Chair-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00DMCL2VE

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Red-Canvas-Chair-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00DMCL2VE

Also by N.A. Granger

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

And read more reviews and follow Noelle on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150751.N_A_Granger#

Connect to Noelle via her website: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/

Another series that would make a fantastic gift for mystery/thriller lovers features John J. Cannon, created by John W. Howell. The first book in the series is My GRL….

About My GRL

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a symbol of America’s greatness. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

One of the reviews for the book.

I often find work written in first person/present tense to be jarring. Overuse of “I” and “me” coupled with an awkward reveal of the POV character’s name and appearance usually work against an author’s intent and keep me from engaging in the story.

That’s not the case with John Howell’s MY GRL.

Mr. Howell penned a story that, while written in first person/present tense, actually sucked me into the story. I thought what main character John Cannon thought, I felt what he felt. Howell is to be commended for his ability to immerse the reader into his story world through his protagonist.

This thriller captured me not only for the reason listed above, but also because the author crafted a realistic hero. John Cannon isn’t the thirty-year-old alpha male, Navy Seal, superhero. He’s a regular guy, with realistic fears and logical fallacies. He’s so likable because he could be your uncle, your neighbor, your coworker. We all know John Cannons, and we all love them.

While I found this novel to be character-driven, there’s no shortage of action in the plot. This was a quick read because both the character was relatable and the pace was full-throttle.

This is book one of three in the series. I’ll be looking for the next installment and highly recommend this one.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC/

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC

Also by John W.Howell

Buy all of the John Cannon Series and his latest book co-written with Gwen Plano https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Connect to John via his website: https://johnwhowell.com/

Now for a series that is also available in boxed sets which is very useful when buy Christmas gifts for book lovers. I am going to feature the first book, Frankly Speaking ( A Frank Rozzani Detective Story) by Don Massenzio

About the the book

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

Frank Rozzani, a transplant to Jacksonville, Florida from Syracuse, New York, must find the young girl despite the obstacles launched at him from the local police and others whose interests may be compromised by his investigation. Frank enlists the help of his associate Clifford “Jonesy” Jones to find the girl, uncover the conspiracy, and stay alive. While solving the case, Frank must deal with the demons that drove him from Upstate New York causing him to leave traumatic memories and his children behind.

One of the reviews for the book

I bought the Frank Rozzani Detective Novels a while ago to add to my growing pile and only just recently had the time to read, Frankly Speaking, the first book of the series.

I have to say, the blurb was already intriguing, but it didn’t prepare me for the story itself. The book captured my attention from page two and didn’t let go anymore.

Frank Rozzani is a former cop with a sorely afflicted past which made him move to Florida and work as a private investigator. In this first book, he faces the case of a missing girl. Hired by the girl’s parents he starts to look into the girl’s life, character, and environment and discovers that there is much more to the story than ‘certain people’, including the police, want him to know.

His investigation endangers himself and his partner Johnsey, a surfer – and lawyer, sharp as a tack and quite underestimated (yes, even by me). It seems the very same ‘certain people’ don’t want Maggie to be found.

But Frank Rozzani isn’t to intimidate. He dives into the case and brings the deepest depravity, greed and many surprises to light. Frank has excellent instincts, tons of experience and still a compassionate and vulnerable heart.

The book is excellently written, the story captures the reader and the tension can be barely bearable at times. Don Massenzio’s characters are real. I don’t mean ‘real’ as in ‘existing’; I mean, it’s easy to imagine traveling to Florida and meet Frank Rozzani, Johnsey and Anita for breakfast is the perfect thing to do.

Definitely recommendable! I can’t wait to have some free time to read the next Frank Rozzani Detective Novel!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Frankly-Speaking-Rozzani-Detective-Novels-ebook/dp/B00JJ5F53O

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frankly-Speaking-Rozzani-Detective-Novels-ebook/dp/B00JJ5F53O

A selection of other books by Don Massenzio

Read all the reviews and check out the boxed sets and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

Read more reviews and buy follow Don on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8157756.Don_Massenzio

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Thank you for visiting today and I hope that you have found a book or two to read or give as gifts to family and friends. Thanks Sally

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Death in a Mudflat (Rhe Brewster Mystery) by N.A. Granger


Delighted to feature the much anticipated new Rhe Brewster Mystery, Death in a Mudflat by N.A. Granger.

About the book

Fearless detective, ER nurse, devoted mother, and Pequod, Maine’s, answer to Kinsey Milhone, Rhe Brewster is back on the case. When an idyllic seaside wedding is suddenly interrupted by the grotesque sight of a decaying human arm poking out of the tidal mud, Rhe is thrown head first into a treacherous world of duplicity, drugs, and murder.

With her best friend Paulette and her main man Sam, the Chief of Police, Rhe seeks to solve the puzzle of the body found in the muck while also working with the FBI to identify the source of shipments of tainted heroin flooding the local campus and community. Maine’s opioid crisis has hit the town hard, with an escalating number of overdoses. More murders are uncovered, testing Rhe’s detective skills and steely resolve. While she follows the clues, Rhe encounters some sinister inhabitants of Pequod’s underbelly, including a practitioner of the Dark Arts, a hydra-headed crime gang, and an embittered, unhinged lobsterman with an axe to grind and nothing to lose. In her relentless drive to solve the crimes, Rhe narrowly escapes a watery grave, trades blows with Russian goons, and unknowingly prompts Paulette to put her life on the line in an attempt to catch a murderer in the act.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D8MM4VS/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Mudflat-Brewster-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07D8MM4VS

Also by N.A. Granger

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One of the reviews for Death in a Red Canvas Chair (Book 1 The Rhe Brewster Mysteries

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is a murder mystery with an amateur sleuth, a format I’m keen on. I do like small town settings, and Pequod in Maine is just such a place. The protagonist, Rhe Brewster, is on first name terms with the receptionist at the police station and the police chief, Sam, is her brother in law. There is history with other characters because of school and of course everyone knows everyone else’s business, or at least they would like to.

I did not take to Will, Rhe’s husband, at all. A little controlling and grumpy I felt Rhe dreaded him finding out what she was getting involved in, which is never healthy, but I was pleased that Rhe carried on regardless.

Rhe seems to have had a past with investigation but on a purely amateur basis. This time she is appointed as a consultant to the police, which gives her more investigative powers, and credibility.

There is, of course, a murder and Rhe is kept busy trying to piece together what happened by chatting to students, other parents and faculty members.

Without giving anything away I found the opening, the actual placing of the body bit, to this a little unbelievable (although this was eventually explained). But after this the author gets into her stride and takes on the investigation with huge conviction.

This story turns out to be much more than just a murder mystery though as the murder almost gets lost in the background because of the other bad things going on, which for fear of spoilers I won’t expand further on.

There are plenty of people who could be up to no good and this author is terrific at raising our suspicions over who could be involved among the wide ranging cast.

I liked Rhe’s relationship with Sam and Paulette particularly and was positively salivating at the baked goods produced by Paulette. This book reminded me of the Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton and I have a desire to try the cinnamon rolls mentioned in both.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The medical and sailing knowledge was detailed and you could tell the author knows what she is talking about. It was well paced throughout and with plenty of action. I highly recommend to all readers who like well written murder mysteries.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

And read more reviews and follow Noelle on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150751.N_A_Granger#

About Noelle Granger.

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents,the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.

Apart from the three Rhe Brewster Mysteries, Noelle has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction,published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine.

Connect to Noelle

Blog: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nagranger/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhebrewster

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will check out Noelle’s latest mystery. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get the Weekend Started – Requests from Annette Rochelle Aben, N.A. Granger, Jan Sikes, Judith Barrow and Darlene Foster


Since the beginning of this series, I have asked you to share your favourite music with links in the comments. I thought I would create a special playlist, sharing the track and link to the latest post of those requesting the song.

Annette Rochelle Aben has a music background and I would love to do a road trip with her… I am sure we would have a few laughs and plenty of sing-alongs. Her request was for Michael Franti and Spearhead. Michael Franti and Spearhead Amazon

The next request is from author N.A. (Noelle) Granger who has just posted details of her new historical novel…a departure from her murder mysteries. She has requested Private Dancer by Tina Turner – Buy the music here: Tina Turner Amazon

Next it is Jan Sikes, who too has a music background.. this song was new to me.. “So This is Life” by Courtney Patton and you can buy her music here. Courtney Patton Amazon

The next request comes from author Judith Barrow and is for Willie Nelson and The Traveling Wilburys. End of the Line from the album Roy Orbison Collected

 

The last track today is from children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster with a wedding song that brings a tear to her eye.. Anne Murray  – Can I have this Dance for the Rest of My Life  — one of my music idols.. and you can buy her music here: Anne Murray Amazon

 

My thanks to all those who requested their favourite tracks.. one more post next week and then back to the normal Friday posts. Thanks Sally.. keep singing and dancing...

Afternoon Video Rewind – Cats Vs. Flip Flops shared by N.A. Granger


Noelle Granger spotted this and sent me the link two years ago.. If you are not already following Noelle and Sayling Away here is the link https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/ and you can find details for her books at http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

Here is cats vs. flipflops

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Noelle Granger and Eloise de Sousa


The first author with a recent review is N.A. Granger with her book Death by Pumpkin (A Rhe Brewster Mystery Book Three).

About the book

At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body. After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind. With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game.

Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her. The latest installment of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death by Pumpkin, is a murder mystery and thriller that tests the limits of Rhe’s strength and resolve like never before.

The most recent review

Death by Pumpkin was my second read in Granger’s Rhe Brewster series and a pure joy ride. Rhe is a single mom, ER nurse, and police department consultant in the small Maine town of Pequod. She, once again, takes an active role in a police department investigation when the pumpkin-drop at a local festival reveals a murder. She rapidly goes from investigator to target as an old nemesis is determined to make her and those she cares for suffer.

The book is fast-paced and well-researched. The scene in the small plane was particularly riveting and highlighted Granger’s attention to detail. Other than the villain, the characters are all beautifully three-dimensional and full of quirky personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the interplay in the authentic relationships. In addition to the murder investigation, romantic and political subplots add interest and tension. A perfect read for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with plenty of thrills.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Pumpkin-Brewster-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01IM29OF

Also by N.A. Granger

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

Read other reviews and follow N. A. Granger on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150751.N_A_Granger

Connect to Noelle Granger via her blog: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/

The next author to receive a great review is Eloise de Sousa for her thriller The Iron Pendulum

About the book

Julia Webster and Hugo del Fuego are missing from their third floor apartment in Bagley. The grisly display discovered in their home leaves Detectives Perkins and Jones with little evidence to follow and, as more remains turn up, the pressure mounts to find the killer. Time is the key element in solving a case riddled with dead ends and a strange family hiding its true evil behind the façade of money and power.

Can they unravel the secrets hidden behind the closed doors and will it be enough to solve the case and rescue the couple in time?

The most recent review for the book

A stunning thriller full of suspense and susprises. The opening scene sets up a great sense of intrigue as we discover along with the detetcives a very strange crime scene. Soon, another crime scene is discovered, this one even more bizarre and puzzling. You simply can’t help wondering what has happened and will want to know where the story is going. There are two people missing. We learn a little later on where the missing people are, while the detectives are still in the unknown. It’s hard to describe this thriller further without risking giving anything away.

It’s high octane, fast paced, well plotted and definitely a worthy challenge for those eager to figure a novel out before the debouement. A treat for crime fiction fans

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Pendulum-Eloise-Sousa-ebook/dp/B01HYFLBII

Also by Eloise de Sousa

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI

Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7781215.Eloise_De_Sousa

Connect to Eloise via her blog: https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/

If you have received a great review that you would like to share then please let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – Maine is a Happy State by N.A. Granger


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I have been to Maine a couple of times, once when we lived in Texas and once on a return trip to visit friends.. I particularly remember the lobster dinner that we enjoyed on evening and that must be memorable as it was 25 years ago!  For an expert opinion on the state, here is Noelle Granger whose popular books are set in this scenic part of America.

About Noelle Granger.

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Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents,the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.

Apart from the three Rhe Brewster Mysteries, Noelle has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction,published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine.

Maine is a Happy State by Noelle Granger.

As most of my followers and readers know, I have set my books in the seaside town of Pequod, Maine, which I created as a chimera of Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Bar Harbor. Maine is a wonderful state, aside from the winter months, with quintessential New England summers – great weather for swimming, sailing, hiking and camping, not to mention the many things to see – and eat! – there!

I’ll tell you about a few things to see, based on my A-Z Challenge from two years ago, but first I want to tell you about why Maine is a happy place. It is ranked fourth after Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota. According to Maine Biz, that ranking was announced as part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, and Maine is up nearly 20 spots from last year.

States were compared for five elements of well-being:

  • Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Here are a few great places in Maine to visit:

boon-island-lightBoon Island Light is located on the 300-by-700-foot Boon Island, off the southern coast of Maine, nine miles from the beach at York. It is not open to the public, but from land, it can be seen from Cape Neddick. It is the tallest lighthouse in New England at 133 feet, and has a beacon that flashes white every 5 seconds. The idea of building a lighthouse on this tiny bit of land began in 1710, when the ship Nottingham Galley ran aground there, stranding the crew. The crew had to resort to cannibalism before they were found. A station and a day marker were established on the island in 1799, but granite tower with its light were not constructed until 1811, authorized by President James Madison.

harriet-beecher-stowe-houseThe Harriet Beecher Stowe House can be found on Federal Street in Brunswick. Stowe and her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe, lived in this house for a short while. The house is also remarkable for having been the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow when he was a student. Today it is owned by Bowdoin College and is a National Historical Landmark.  The Greek Revival style home was built in 1806 for Franklin and Mary Chamberlin.

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Fort Western in Augusta was built in 1754 built by the Kennebec Proprietors, a Boston-based company seeking to settle the lands along the Kennebec River that had been granted to the Pilgrims more than a century earlier. It is America’s oldest surviving wooden fort – a reminder of a clash of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago.  This company, along with the Province of Massachusetts, wished to expand their interest in the area as part of the British and colonial effort to take political control of North American and sever the ties between the local Abenaki Indians and the French in Canada. The Fort was named for Thomas Western of Sussex, England, a friend of William Shirley, the longest-serving governor of the Province of Massachusetts (1741–1749 and 1753–1756) – crony capitalism in the 1700s.

plaque-indicated-benedict-arnold-was-at-fort-westernFort Western served as a fortified storehouse to support Fort Halifax, 17 miles to the north. Supplies were shipped from Boston, unloaded there and then taken by a flat-bottomed boat upriver to Fort Halifax. Benedict Arnold stayed at the Fort with his Quebec Expedition in September of 1775. Some of Arnold’s officers, including Daniel Morgan, Aaron Burr, and Henry Dearborn, lodged in the Fort’s main house. The Fort’s military role ended after that, although the Fort itself survived because of the trading post/store.

mount-katahdinMaine has mountains! Maine occupies the northern part of the Appalachian Highlands region of the United States. Its physical features were determined by continental glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, which eroded and smoothed the hills and in places leveled the land. When the glaciers receded, they dammed rivers to created lakes, and left widespread debris in such forms as moraines, eskers, and drumlins.

There is a wide variety of gentle mountains in Maine, which range from the eastern White Mountains to the peaks of the Rangely area to the remote Baxter State Park. Within these regions lie 14 of New England’s 4000 foot peaks.

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The Longfellow Mountains contain the terminus of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 2,155 mile footpath that runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine. Maine is considered by many to have the most difficult, rugged, and beautiful part of the trail.

So why am I not living in Maine? Probably the winters. I grew up with New England winters and survived four years of Chicago winters. If Hubs and I had not moved to North Carolina for our careers, and put down taproots while our children were growing up, we might have returned to the northeast. But Hubs is from upper New York State, which also has severe winters, and by the time we left Chicago, he’d had enough.

I recommend a summer trip to this state – in addition to lobster, seafood, Maine blueberries, the weather is, for the most part, fantastic for sightseeing, sailing, hiking, and camping. Plus you will be among some of the happiest people in the country!

©N.A. Granger 2017

About Death by Pumpkin

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At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body.

After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind.

With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game.

Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her. The latest installment of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death by Pumpkin, is a murder mystery and thriller that tests the limits of Rhe’s strength and resolve like never before.

A recent review

on January 27, 2017

Death by Pumpkin is the third novel in the Rhe Brewster Mysteries, set in Pequod, a fictional town located in the coast of Maine. It can be read as a standalone, but the main characters are so engaging you’ll enjoy the series more if you start reading from book one, Death on a Red Canvas Chair, I loved them all!

In book three, Death by Pumpkin, Rhe is recovering emotionally from her husband, Will’s unfaithfulness and murder, while she’s coping with two jobs, as a nurse at the local hospital and as a police department consultant, where her brother-in-law, Sam is the police chief. She also has a son, Jack, with ADHD, who is her priority.

However, Rhe doesn’t wait for life to happen, she is a Rhe is intelligent, resourceful, brave, adventurous, determined, resilient and very loving and generous. In fact, she only has one negative quality is that she’s a terrible cook, although she’s learning!

There’s lots of adventure in this instalment, too. A near plane crash, kidnapping, murder, being stalked by a deranged childhood friend. Rhe will also have to cope with Sam’s unusual emotional coolness due to his new girlfriend, as well as student protests leading to a recall of his job as chief of police, which he’ll have to reapply for, with uncertain results.

The plot is neatly wrapped up at the end, but how will Rhe’s emotional life move forward? And which new crimes will she have to solve? Looking forward to book four, Death in Mudfat.

Anyone who likes crime fiction set in an American town with engaging characters and a great plot will enjoy this novel.

Also by N.A. Granger

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ

Connect to Noelle via her blog: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/

My thanks to Noelle for her guided tour of Maine and its definite attractions..Please show your appreciation by sharing. thanks Sally