Friday, March 30, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: Noted Speed City Author Larry Sweazy Set for Two Book Signings

See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery 
Set for Release May 1

Indianapolis author Larry D. Sweazy will kickoff publication of his 14th novel with two book signings in the Indianapolis area.  See Also Proof, will be released on May 1. The novel is the third in the critically acclaimed "See Also" mystery series that features Marjorie Trumaine, a freelance book indexer and North Dakota farm wife. The Marjorie Trumaine character  first appeared in the critically acclaimed See Also Murder (2015) and See Also Deception (2016). 

Book signings are scheduled for May 1 (release day) from 6 p.m. -- 8 p.m at Barnes and Noble, 17090 Mercantile Boulevard, Stony Creek Marketplace in Noblesville.  The second signing is May 4 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble, 8675 River Crossing Boulevard in Indianapolis, next to Keystone at the Crossing Fashion Mall
In See Also ProofMarjorie Trumaine, a freelance indexer from rural North Dakota in the 1960s, risks her life to help local law enforcement track down a missing, disabled girl.

Dickinson, North Dakota, 1965. It's a harsh winter, and freelance indexer Marjorie Trumaine struggles to complete a lengthy index while mourning the recent loss of her husband, Hank. The bleakness of the weather seems to compound her grief, and then she gets more bad news: a neighbor's fourteen-year-old disabled daughter, Tina Rinkerman, has disappeared. Marjorie joins Sheriff Guy Reinhardt in the search for the missing girl, and their investigation quickly leads to the shocking discovery of a murdered man near the Rinkermans' house. What had he been doing there? Who would have wanted him dead? And, above all, is his murder connected to Tina's disappearance? Their pursuit of answers will take Marjorie all the way to the Grafton State School, some six hours away, where Tina lived until recently. And the information she uncovers there raises still more questions. Will the murderer come after Marjorie now that she knows a long-hidden secret? 

The book is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Walmart, among others

“Marjorie [Trumaine] is a wonderful character.” — Publishers Weekly

“[Sweazy’s] best-plotted yet. A sensitive dramatization of both the value and the sometimes-high cost of being a good neighbor.”  -Kirkus
Praise for the previous Marjorie Trumaine novels:

“Brimming with atmosphere and filled with well-drawn characters, See Also Deception is bound to delight mystery readers everywhere. Marjorie Trumaine rings as solid and true as any heroine ever created.”
  —SUSAN CRANDALL, bestselling author of f Whistling Past the Graveyard 

 “[A] terrific first in a projected series... The characters are superbly drawn, and the prairie—its flatness, winds, and critters—is an evocative character in its own right.”  -- Publishers Weekly -- STARRED REVIEW
Larry is the author of 14 novels and numerous short stories in such publications as Ellery Queen, Amazon Shorts, and Indiana Crime. His is a long-time book indexer.  For more information on Larry, you can check out his website:  http://larrydsweazy.com/index.html  

You can follow Larry on Twitter: @larrydsweazy or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/larrysweazyauthor

Here's a complete list of Larry's novels.

  1. The Rattlesnake Season (Berkley), 10/09 -Josiah Wolfe #1 
  2. The Scorpion Trail (Berkley) 04/10 --Josiah Wolfe #2          
  3. The Badger's Revenge (Berkley)  04/11 -- Josiah Wolfe #3
  4. The Cougar's Prey (Berkley) 10/11 -- Josiah Wolfe #4
  5. The Devil's Bones (Five Star) 05/12 -- standalone mystery
  6. The Coyote Tracker (Berkley) 08/12 -- Josiah Wolfe #5
  7. The Gila Wars (Berkley) 05/13 -- Josiah Wolfe #6
  8. Vengeance at Sundown (Berkley) 08/14 -- Lucas Fume #1
  9. See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery (Seventh Street Books) 05/15,  #1 in the series.
  10. Escape From Hangtown (Berkley) 06/15 --Lucas Fume #2
  11. A Thousand Falling Crows (Seventh Street Books) 01/16
  12. See Also Deception: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery (Seventh Street Books) -- 05/16,  #2 in the series.
  13. Where I Can See You (Seventh Street Books) 01/17
  14. See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery (Seventh Street Books) coming May 01, 2018, #3 in the series.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 24 Meeting: Author Dianne Drake Speaks on Writing Realistic Medical Scenes

Dianne Drake, author of 50 medical romances -- and counting -- will be the featured speaker at the March 24 monthly meeting of the Speed City Sisters in Crime.  She will talk on "Writing Medical Scenes and Keeping it Real."

Visitors are always welcome at the monthly Speed City meeting.

Dianne Drake, a former critical care nurse and anesthetist, has been a writer almost her entire life. Starting off as a child — as many of writers do — she penned her first piece of creative writing when she was six years old. It was a poem titled If I Had a Pony. Although that particular piece of writing never made it out of the barn, it was the vehicle that caused her to realize how much she loved setting pen to paper to create stories, which then carried her onward to where she’s at today.

Dianne is the author of 50 novels (mostly medical romances) … so far … published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon. In addition, she has written nine nonfiction books and countless articles for magazines such as Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Better Homes & Garden and Seventeen.

Dianne also is a generous teacher and coach. In her "spare" time, she makes fascinating road trips with her husband of 34 years, Joel Despain, and takes us along by sharing her adventures on her blog and Facebook. For her presentation for the Speed City chapter of Sisters in Crime on March 24, she will delve into her medical background and talk about writing medical scenes and keeping it real. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Barnes & Noble
8675 River Crossing Blvd, 
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sprintered Silence: Outstanding Mystery Set in Little-Known World of Irish Travelers

Sprintered Silence by Susan Furlong
Reviewed by Stephen Terrell

Susan Furlong has expertly crafted a wonderful mystery that propels the reader into an entirely new part of Americana that few know exists -- The Irish Travelers who live an isolated existence in the mountains of Appalachian Tennessee and other parts of the South. 

The Travelers really exist. They do, as their name implies, travel, following the seasons doing handiwork throughout the United States. They are a closed society, untrusting of the "settled" outside world. In their world, Susan Furlong finds a textured canvass against which to place her richly woven characters. 

Brynn Callahan is caught between the world of the Travelers and the settled world. She has returned scarred both inside and out from her experience in retrieving bodies in Iraq. Her only true companion is Wilco, her search dog who was left deaf and crippled from the same explosion that severely injured Brynn. When the body of a Traveler woman is found by Brynn and Wilco in the woods near the Traveler settlement of Bone Gap, it sets in motion a series of events that will tear at Brynn, her family and the entire Traveler community.

This is a marvelous first book in what hopefully will be a long and successful series. MUST READ for any mystery fan.

* Susan Furlong is a member of Speed City Sisters in Crime and the author of 12 mysteries.