Where’s the Love? Two NEW Romantic Mysteries

New Releases
For the Love of Money – A Romantic Mystery
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Release Date: 3/29/2019 – Free to read on Kindle Unlimited
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Alan wants answers for his best friend’s murder, but he’s not happy when the evidence points to him.

Middle-of-the-night phone calls are never good news, and minutes after his, Alan’s on his way to Bears Hollow, North Carolina. Fact was, Daniel could drive those roads blindfolded, so there was no way he accidentally drove off the side of the mountain.

After a cursory glance at the crash site, Chief Jessie Kendall tends to agree. Too much unexplained evidence on the road, on the car, and in the bushes, all lead her to think Daniel Carson’s car had a little help over the side.

Alan suspects Daniel’s dissatisfied wife. Jessie agrees until she sees them together. Then she suspects them both. Can Jessie and Alan put aside their issues and growing attraction to work together to discover the truth?

Get your copy today if you love an edge-of-your-seat romantic mystery.

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Shadows in the MistNew Release
Available in eBook, Paperback, and Free to read on Kindle Unlimited

In this intriguing and action-packed paranormal mystery, a young woman is forced into marriage to save her dysfunctional family and their opulent estate.


When Suzanna Dirkston learns that her father, a wealthy shipping tycoon, is dead, she knows it was no accident. Forced to return to the family estate, Suzanna is quick to sense the air of mystery and intrigue that hangs over the house and its inhabitants. Her shock grows when she learns that her father, true to form, is still trying to manipulate her even from the grave. His will stipulates that she must marry a man he has chosen. If she doesn’t, she will leave her extended family destitute. Will Suzanna uncover the truth behind her father’s death? Will she accede to his final wishes? And who – or what – will stop at nothing to have their way?

If you want a paranormal, romantic mystery that will keep you riveted until the very end, buy Shadows in the Mist now.

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Specials from My Friends:
Profit and Loss (Regan Harris Series Book 1)
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He proposed. She ran. Right in a murder.

Regan Harris lives her life full of adventure and fun, but when her long-time love pops the question, she panics. Regan runs back to her favorite city, Chicago, seeking friends and advice only to walk into a murder investigation, intrigue, and her ex-boyfriend. The one who broke her heart and soul. Regan is caught between love, friends, and murder. Who will she choose? And, will she solve the mystery before her time runs out?

Profit and Loss is the first book in Kelly Wood’s Regan Harris Series, a romantic cozy mystery. If you like Sara Rosett, Fern Michaels, and Nora Roberts, then you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in a humorous, light-hearted, romantic mystery.

Buy this book to follow Regan on her crime fighting journey of love!

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KM Hodge Series Launch:
The Syndicate-born Trilogy + Prequel

Book#1: Red on the Run books2read.com/u/bQxB0e (ON SALE $0.99 March 27-30)
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Book #4 PREQUEL The Sally Ride Chronicle: books2read.com/u/4AJKg0 (ON SALE NOW $0.99)

The Syndicate doesn’t believe in divorce, but murder is another story. 

Sally wants out-out of her marriage, out of the mob, out of Ocean City. An impossible dream. That is until the MDNA, a secret hacktivist group, invites her to join the ranks of their rebellion. The goal? Take down the criminal empire.

Author Bio for Blog Post: 

USA Today Bestselling author, K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them. When she isn’t writing or being an agent of social change, she reads Independent graphic novels, watches old X-files episodes, streams Detroit Tigers games and binges on Netflix with her husband. She enjoys hearing from her readers, so don’t be shy about dropping her a line.

* K.M. Hodge was awarded the winter of 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for her Red on the Run.

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FREE BOOKS

Charlotte’s Search – Box Set One

FREE for a limited time.

When You Marry Two Men, What Happens Next?

As Charlotte’s wedding day approaches, will her marriage to one of her Masters affect her relationship with the other?

Her old enemy languishes in prison, but has he forgotten her?

And as Charlotte searches for the mother she never knew, will the past return to reveal its secrets?

A Tale of BDSM Ménage Romance and Suspense

This Box Set contains the following previously published books:

  • Part One – Her Master’s Wedding
  • Part Two – Her Lovers’ Touch
  • Part Three – The Sin of the Parent

Total Approx 101,000 words

Explicit Adult Content: For Mature Readers Only

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Early Season Deals and Specials

I hope this post finds you in good spirits and ready for the shopping season. What type of shopper are you? Done by September or last minute. I’m somewhere in between, meaning I haven’t started, yet, but I will finished long before Christmas Eve.

To get you started, check out the deals and specials below:


Early December Cozy Mystery Sale

99-Cent Cozy Mysteries (some Christmas-Themed)

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99-Cent Sale

Get Out or Die – Kindle Countdown Sale

Began 11/30/2018 (8 a.m.)
Ends 12/2/2018 (midnight)
Hurry and get your copy while the sale lasts.

An Impatient Fiancé, a Paranormal Investigator, and a Vigilante Ghost

Lana struggles with a personal decision while investigating a house inhabited by an angry ghost. She doesn’t need distractions. She needs to focus. If she doesn’t, it could be the end of her.

Tony  wants Lana to set a date for their wedding.

Will Lana be able to control the ghost situation and give Tony an answer? Will the ghost sense he can overtake her?

If you love cutting-edge paranormal mystery with a bit of romance and humor, Get Out or Die is for you.

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Free Short Story

A Port in the Storm by Elizabeth Delisi

Brian Nolan gave up his high-pressure job in the big city and moved back to his childhood home in Southingly, Vermont. He enjoys his job with the town roads department, plowing in winter and landscaping in summer. It doesn’t pay much, but he’s done the “Corporate America thing” and has no interest in wealth that comes with an ulcer and a broken relationship.

The only problem is, lately Brian feels something is lacking in his life, some need is going unfulfilled. And he knows he’ll never be completely happy until he discovers what it is.

Little does Brian know he’ll find his reason for living stranded in a snowstorm.

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Specially priced 6-book bundle:

THE FUNERAL FAKERS:
6-EBOOK SERIES BUNDLE

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This 6-book Sweet Cozy Mystery series features out-of-work actresses living in western North Carolina employed by a Personal Mourning firm. Each actress stumbles upon a mystery during the job they work and must work to solve it. Pre-order the complete set to not only save $10 (that’s like getting 2 books for free), but also to receive the full set on November 2 when book 1 launches. Are you ready to dive into this great new series?

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Book Recommendation

Since All Is Passing

Marie is determined to rescue a kidnapped child.

When Marie Kenning witnesses the kidnapping of a child, she relives the horror of the death of her own child and husband.

Officer Chris Whitley takes on the case—and an interest in Marie—but evidence quickly indicates the child is dead.

Days later, Marie stumbles across the kidnapper and his very-much-alive victim. Unable to convince the man she loves of the truth, Marie sets out alone on a dangerous cross-country mission to save the child.

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Fantasy Author

Brandon Barr was asked to speak at 20Books Vegas 2017 Conference where they asked him to tell his story, how he was able to publish while still fighting cancer. At that time, he was in remission. A year later and cancer took him from us.

Brandon spoke about legacy, the books that would live on and the stories that everyone needs to tell. He talked about focusing and achieving what you want to achieve. Brandon spoke in front of 400 authors and aspiring authors. They cheered him on, buoying his spirits.

Brandon left behind a wife and three kids. A number of authors got together and have been promoting a relaunch of his work for the past couple months. His family appreciated the work that Brandon had done—work that will provide a cushion for their future. There are ways we can help. If you read fantasy or urban fantasy or have a remote interest, give his books a chance.

Every sale is a good sale and helps pay the bills for a family who just lost their primary breadwinner.

Brandon’s Author Page
https://www.amazon.com/Brandon-Barr/e/B002DMIYTW/

Rogue Mage (published by LMBPN)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074QS8NPY/

Song of the Worlds series
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JZ4FCG7/

And finally, a GoFundMe that benefits Brandon’s family
https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-brandon-barr039s-family?fbclid=IwAR2MbojEXTMcTV-mWVKAqnKCpmcOe-wLZbF4QIyc_c6RjAzFHIcRWMD486I

Wandering Spirits II – Release Day Is Here #amwriting #BookBoost #IARTG

Wandering Spirits II

Just in time for Halloween, Wandering Spirits II is filled with spooktacular fun. Releasing in paperback and ebook at Amazon and Other Retailers on October 1st, this book includes five romantic paranormal mystery novellas, and Chris Grover has added bonus recipes you’re sure to enjoy.

Also October 1st, we’re having an event on facebook to celebrate the release of Wandering Spirits I. Please drop in and say hello.

Here are the short blurbs of the novellas.

GET OUT OR DIE by Kim Cox

When Lana Malloy helps a young widow communicate with her late husband, she learns of a frightening new ability — an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand. Knowing this next case will be more difficult than anything she’s ever faced, Lana struggles for control when she encounters an angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the occupants of the house to stay. Does she have other abilities she can rely on to save her?

LUCIFER’S LAST LAUGH by Elizabeth Delisi
When Kirk Marsden falls overboard from his yacht, he thinks he’s dreaming when confronted by a scary-looking man in red, with a silver pitchfork stickpin. Lucifer offers Kirk a deal: he won’t go to Hell if he can reveal his true inner self to one person who genuinely cares about him. But how can a rich man find someone who likes him for himself, not his money?

BELIEVING IN DREAMS by Chris Grover
Nicole James has always believed in dreams. So after her mom dies and she dreams about a house she’s seen in an old photo and an elderly woman who beckons to her and says “Nicole! Finally! I was so worried you wouldn’t get here in time,” she has to check it out.

‘NEATH HALLOWED HALLS AND IVIED WALLS by Maureen McMahon
Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield come together again to attend the funeral of their beloved Harvard history professor, Bertram Donelson. Stacey’s emotional stint as a reporter in Afghanistan and Peter’s exhausting high-profile business takeover make them even more vulnerable to the romantic chemistry that’s always been between them.

Little do they know their old alma mater holds an evil and deadly secret that will propel them into a whirlwind of ghostly, shocking and even deadly experiences. Will this adventure be enough to finally bring their love to fruition?

ENIGMA by Sheryl Hames Torres
Brace Adams struggles to solve the mystery of a blind woman who wakes up beside a brutally murdered man, but has no memory of how she got there. Can he protect Riley from the forces surrounding her without losing his life?

Wandering Spirits I

In celebration of Wandering Spirits II’s release, Wandering Spirits I is on sale for 99 cents in ebook at Amazon and Other Retailers – also available in paperback. Wandering Spirits I includes five romantic paranormal mystery novellas, and Chris Grover has added a bonus short story. Here are the short blurbs of the novellas.

ONLY 99 CENTS FOR 3 DAYS

HAUNTED HEARTS by Kim Cox
(Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, Book 1)
Two ghosts, a hysterical neighbor and the handsome nephew of her aunt’s fiancé and you get a mix bag of comical events. Lana Malloy embarks on a new career as a private investigator. She must solve the forty-year-old murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé or they will remain Haunted Hearts.

RESTLESS SPIRIT by Elizabeth Delisi 
Desperate to talk to her young son, who died from a rare, incurable blood disease, Laura St. Clair uses a Ouija board to try to reach him. But when she makes contact with the spirit world and receives a message, whom has she reached? And what does the spirit want in return for helping her?

VALENTINE’S INN by Chris Grover 
After being badly injured in an auto accident, which killed three of her friends, Rianna Gordon has given up on life. Then she meets Josh Byford, unaware that Josh is a ghost. Rianna is a lawyer not a hotelier, but rather than sell the country inn her family has owned for over a hundred years, Josh not only convinces her to reopen and run it, he finds her the perfect partner as well–the boy she fell in love with when she was nine years old and never quite forgot.

GHOSTS OF AULD LANG SYNE by Maureen McMahon
(Stacey Christian & Peter Mansfield: Book 2)
The second book of the series after Return of the Gulls, Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield reunite in Ghosts of Auld Lang Syne to celebrate New Year with friends at a remote New England homestead. Are the terrifying incidents that befall the guests really only accidents? And why does the spectre of a young woman walk the halls?

FATE’S LITTLE TRICK by Sheryl Hames Torres
Gemma McKenzie Fuller must put aside her fears and help someone from her past. Can a troubled child teach her that going back again could possibly be a Christmas miracle?

MEETING MR. WRIGHT by Chris Grover
Vicki figured the dream was simply a spin-off of her bedtime reading. She had no idea it was a prediction of things to come.

Readers are saying:
“You get a lot of bang for the buck when you get your hands on WANDERING SPIRITS! There are 5 novellas by 5 authors and 1 short story.”

“Whether you believe in the spirit world or not, these stories will provide the reader with enjoyment and maybe a few chills.”

Happy Reading,
Kim Cox

What’s New! Kim’s Author Support Blog

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I’ve updated the blog submissions for Kim’s Author Support Blog. Check them out. On this blog, my main mission is to support other authors and connect authors with readers. I reblog writing articles and showcase authors. If you have something you would like to share, let me know. I’ll share it with my over 7,000 followers. And best of all, it’s FREE.

Need help with a book launch, a book sale or giveaway, a kindle scout consideration, a contest, a blog tour, etc., or just want to showcase your book, just contact me.

 

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Book Launch: “Our Justice” by John W. Howell

Introducing the third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy – Our Justice

Our Justice

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Blurb

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a way to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.

The action begins with John fearing for his life. Clearly, whoever is trying to get him has a mission to accomplish and the elimination of John is at the top of the to-do list. The quest to survive takes John and his love, Stephanie from the beaches of Port Aransas to West Virginia and finally to Matt Jacob’s corporate headquarters at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. There John finally understands what he needs to do to protect both he and Stephanie from further mayhem.

The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

Our Justice is available on Amazon and KDP now in e-book format for preorder at $2.99 with shipments starting on September 23rd. The paper edition will be available on Amazon September 23rd at $14.99. Click HERE to pre-order the e-book.

Excerpt

I see out of the corner of my eye that Ned is on the phone. Hopefully, he’s calling in reinforcements since it looks like the SUV is gaining on us. Just as the rear window of the Focus blows inward, he finishes the call. Hundreds of pieces of glass hit Ned and me. Luckily, it’s shatterproof stuff, so we’re mostly okay cut wise. Ned crouches down and fires three quick shots with his 9MM. In the mirror, the SUV swerves to the left and almost explodes after it rams a parked car. “Stop,” Ned yells.

I slam on the brakes, which nearly tosses Ned through the windshield. “For shit’s sake, I don’t have a seatbelt on, junior, so take it easy. Just stop and turn around.”

John HowellAuthor BIO

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.

John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.

Other Places

Blog Fiction Favorites – http://johnwhowell.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/HowellWave

Authors db – http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/6604-john-w-howell

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-w-howell/48/b59/462/

Google + https://plus.google.com/+JohnHowellAuthor/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/johnwhowell/

Amazon Author’s page – https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Martin Sisters Publishing – http://www.martinsisterspublishing.com

A Winner a Day!

Sweet Destiny: The King’s Sweet Revenge & The Queen’s Sweet Return (The Royal Vow Series Book 5)

Check this out and enter to win! This is a new release from Lizabeth Scott. You can a winner today.

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#RRBC #PIF Week With #Author, A. M. Manay

Please help me welcome A. M. Manay as a special guest in the #RRBC #PIF (“Pay It Forward”) Week.

 

About the Author

ammanayIn addition to her work as an indie author of paranormal new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Keep up with her latest news on http://www.ammanay.net 
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She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1)

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November Snow has seen her own burial a thousand times. It is the only thing she knows about her future.

In a war amongst vampires and fairies, a small advantage can mean the difference between victory and defeat. And a psychic who can peer across the globe, unspool the past, and probe the future is more than a small advantage. Everyone wants to use her for his own ends: the ancient king, the black sheep, the dutiful son, the lost boy.

But November Snow wants things, too, before death comes for her. She wants purpose. She wants friendship. She wants love. She wants happiness. She wants respect. And she will not settle for less.

Pulled into the midst of a royal family feud centuries in the making, she must forge her own path through violence, betrayal, first loves, and mortal peril as she struggles to come to terms with her gift and her destiny, even as she knows this for certain:

She dies at the end.

This book contains magic and supernatural creatures aplenty, a smattering of heretical Christianity, and a cast of characters that is diverse in both race and sexual orientation. It also contains scenes of violence and some sexual content and may be triggering to victims of child abuse, human trafficking, or sexual assault.

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She Sees in Her Sleep (Three November Snow Shorts)

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These three short stories are set in the universe of A.M. Manay’s paranormal novel, She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1). These stories have been previously released either via the author’s website or through her mailing list. This is the first time they are available as a collection and in the Kindle format.

“She Forges a Peace” provides a glimpse into the formation of the alliance between fairies and vampires as well as insight into one of the primary characters in the series. “He Worships his Queen” delves into the painful childhood of vampire Luka, the primary villain in She Dies at the End. “She Fears the Dark” focuses on the popular fairy characters Pine and Zinnia as they take a trip to Disneyland that turns into an unexpectedly dangerous adventure.

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She Lights Up The Dark (November Snow Book 2)

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A frightening vision stalks November, even in her grave . . . and things go severely sideways just as soon as she claws her way out of it.

Continuing the story begun in the well-received paranormal romp She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark finds November Snow struggling to adjust to her new life as a vampire with none of the support she’d expected. Her nemesis Luka has plotted to isolate November and scatter her allies as he executes his plan to bring human society under his control. Her loneliness leads her to become emotionally entangled with a charming but likely untrustworthy fellow vampire.

When danger flares, November discovers that her psychic gift has expanded in a powerful and perilous fashion. Coerced into close company with her enemy, she fights to master her power and to uncover the secrets that may help her to save both her friends and the human world from being crushed under Luka’s boot. November is determined to stop Luka as his plan builds toward an unknown and deadly climax, but she may find that lighting up the dark comes with a high price to pay.

This books contains violence, some sexual content, and occasional profanity.

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“Suspicious Minds” by Kim Cox

Hi! I’ve re-released, Suspicious Minds. This was my first ever published book. I’d worked on it for at least five long years, and it’s near and dear to my heart. It was revised about once a year and contains, along with the words, much blood, sweat, and tears. The story started out as a short story and end up a novel, and it started out as a mystery and ended up a romantic suspense. Changing genres took one revision all of its own. The story already had a lot of romance in it, so it was only practical that I change the genre once I learned about romantic suspense.

I cut off the beginning at least twice, probably more. It was rejected a few times before it was accepted by a publisher. I was lucky enough to get a big house editor’s opinion before the last rewrite, and she told me the reason why it had most likely been rejected, and I’m forever grateful for her opinion and expertise. What it boiled down to, I had to kill off one of the major characters because he was taking the story away from the main characters, Ryan and Natalie. Well, that just wouldn’t do and he had to go. I could see clearly see what she’d meant once I followed her advice which took another major revision. Over half the book had to be rewritten almost from scratch.

I’m also thankful to my critique partners for struggling through rewrite after rewrite with me. They are some of the best friends I’ve had. They can attest to my hardheadedness. I never give up when I want something, and I definitely wanted to see this book published. I couldn’t leave it alone until it was as good as I could get it.

Suspicious Minds’ re-release price will be $1 off at $2.99 for the first week and then the price goes up to $3.99 on March 14, 2016. That’s still a little more than $3 off the previous Amazon price. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited. Here’s a taste.

Suspicious Minds Blurb

SM-kindleCoverBetrayal, Revenge, and Hidden Identity

In the city of Boston lies a story of revenge and hidden identity. Ryan Donatelli, posing as Thomas Randolph, sets out to avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using Sam Southard’s daughter to do it. After all, Ryan is sure Sam’s responsible.

Natalie Southard is determined to keep her family business out of the hands of known crime boss, Nick DeMarco. After her father is killed, Natalie and Ryan are forced to run for their lives. But, will they live long enough for their hearts to heal once everything is revealed?

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Excerpt

PROLOGUE

“Is that her?” Detective Walsh asked, talking around the wad of gum in his mouth.

Ryan Donatelli tugged at the neck of his old football jersey while he looked everywhere but at the body on the steel examination table. The morgue walls were closing in on him. “I don’t know.” Even to him, his voice sounded tinny, far off. “Shelley’s small, but this woman seems much smaller. It’s hard to say.” The obvious resemblance struck him, but he looked for any reason he could to deny it.

“Dehydration, from the burns,” the gray-haired coroner said. “It changes the facial appearance.”

Ryan glanced up and noticed the older man’s immense nose and his astonishing resemblance to the comedian and singer, Jimmy Durante.

The detective shrugged. “Well, if you can’t be sure, I guess we’ll just have to . . . wait a minute! What about this?” Walsh removed a small envelope from his jacket pocket and extracted a plastic bag containing a necklace that had been tagged for evidence.

Ryan’s stomach spasmed. Acid scorched his throat. Every conscious thought screamed denial, yet his trembling hand reached for the bag. Under the fluorescent lights, the ruby pendant glowed like a hot ember. He squeezed it in his palm, trying to feel its pulsing warmth–like the warmth of Shelley’s smile.

Oh, God! It was as cold as the body on the table.

“You okay?” The detective’s voice was muffled.

Ryan wanted to laugh at the stupidity of the question, but at this moment, mirth was a foreign emotion to him. With his index finger, he traced the outline of the small stone before turning it over to read the inscription he knew he would find. Unshed tears blurred his vision, but there it was. Happy B-day, Love, R.

“It’s Shelley,” he said and turned away. He could no longer deny the evident truth, or hang onto the tiniest thread of hope that this was a terrible mistake.

Sweet, stubborn Shelley, his baby sister. She’d never argue politics, movies or anything mundane as the weather again. Shelley loved to challenge him. She’d made him think in new ways and consider new options. What would he do without her?

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