by Lisa B. Thomas
(Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series Book 1)
Self Published (March 19, 2015)
Paperback: 202 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00UZLDFYW
Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down.
The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers.
Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth.
Deena Sharpe here. I’m a 50-something Southern gal from Texas with a crazy story to tell.
When I was a little girl, my mother’s cousin—we called him Uncle Matthew—went missing. By that I mean, he just up and disappeared on us. My mother got a call from her frantic Aunt Cora asking us to drive down to Maycroft where the police had found Matthew’s car abandoned on the highway. We never did find him, but not for the lack of trying.
That was the start of our Great Family Mystery.
Here it is about fifty years later, and I live in Maycroft—the same place Matthew lived when he disappeared. A few months ago, I got a call out of the blue. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office finally found his body. It wasn’t in a lake or a ditch or any of the places you’d expect. It was in their own evidence closet and had been there since the 1960s. Not only that, but we found out the poor man had been murdered in cold blood. Shot in the head. Twice.
The circumstances surrounding the discovery of his body are fascinating in and of themselves, but I won’t go into that now. What I will tell you is that my Great Aunt Cora, now in her 90s, turned to me, a newly-fired-somewhat-retired journalism teacher, to see if I could figure out what happened to her son all those many years ago.
Sound easy? Hardly.
I’m married with an awesome husband. He was super supportive of my taking on the investigation. (I think he thought it would keep me busy while I figured out what to do with myself since I quit my job.) I had no idea where this adventure would lead me.
Luckily, my brother, Russell, lives nearby in Crossbow. He knows all about guns. He volunteered to serve as my assistant sleuth and bodyguard. Russell is what some might call “crazy.” We refer to him as “eccentric.” He is one of those confirmed bachelors who is suspicious of the government and wants to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse and such. He’s a sweetheart and would do anything to help anyone. However, if you are ever in a car chase, don’t let him drive!
Did I mention that Maycroft is a small town in northeast Texas? I actually live in the outskirts of town. We call it the suburbs. We have everything you would expect, like competitive, busy-bodies for neighbors. Someday, Dallas might grow right up to the edge of town, but for now we love our small town life on the edge of the piney woods.
I need to mention my good friend Sandra Davis. She owns a thrift store here in Maycroft. She’s a big animal lover whose husband is a lawyer. I buy a lot of things at her shop for my antique booth. That’s a hobby of mine. Buying and selling old junk. Anyway, Sandra helped me figure out an important clue in Uncle Matthew’s disappearance.
Oh dear, I hope I haven’t said too much. I really want you to read the story and see if you can figure out “who done it” for your own self. But just to give you a hint, I’ll say this: Think 1963, Russians, jealousy, conspiracy, army, nosy neighbors, church suppers, maps, and ghosts. That should get your curiosity going.
To fill in the missing pieces of this puzzle, read Sharpe Shooter. It is available on Amazon in print and ebook.
About The Author –
Born and raised in Texas, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-three years as a high school Journalism and English teacher, I dusted off the laptop and released my first novel. Having grown up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Agatha Christie, I was drawn to the mystery genre.
With two grown children out of the nest, I live a quiet life with my husband and Peekapoo puppy. Besides writing, I enjoy my grandchildren, photography, traveling, and antiquing (aka. buying and selling used junk). Like my main character, Deena, I have an antique booth and enjoy treasure hunting and reselling vintage finds.
Website – www.lisabthomas.com
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/LBThomas2
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