Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Murder in the Family
Author: Ramona Richards
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Greed Poisons Even The Sweetest Well
Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt’s house . . . and all of its contents.
Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.
Molly teams with local sheriff, Greg Olson, to find the truth. But will her determination and his skills be enough, or will the killer-or killers-put an end to their efforts once and for all?
Greg remained silent, watching Molly as she crossed and uncrossed her arms, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. The war inside her felt as if it were tearing her apart. Her entire being ached, and not a single thought would focus in her mind. “I don’t—” she started, then stopped, wiping her mouth with one hand, pure frustration making her tremble.
She thrust her arms down by her sides, her fists clenched, and it all came out in a rush, in one breath. “I don’t know what to do. Or how to feel! I should be angry at Lyric, but she seems more a victim than villain. We have no evidence on anyone else. There’s a dead body in my house, some kid—a good kid!—I didn’t even know existed and now he’s dead. Shot, maybe somewhere else in the house. There are a thousand requests for stuff out of the house—and not just Bird or Kitty or any of them. Liz left journals that are part memoir, part conspiracy theory, part recipe book, part family history. People are shooting at me, trying to burn me out. Sarah’s still unconscious and Jimmy’s ended the partnership, and I have a job offer in St. Louis, but they have to know by the end of the month, and I don’t think I can finish here by the end of the month. I literally don’t know which way to turn!”
Greg simply observed her, still waiting. Molly’s rush of energy drained away, and she slumped in the chair.
Greg came from behind his desk and sat in the chair next to her. He took one of her hands in his. “Molly, you’re trying to photograph the storm, the supercell, the vista, instead of the farmhouse underneath it.”
She looked at him, slowly absorbing what he was saying. The heat of his hands sent reassuring warmth through her. “I’m trying to take it all in at once.”
He nodded and leaned forward, focusing on her face. “And you can’t. You want to see the end of the story when you haven’t even made it through the middle yet. Stop. Don’t just read the journals for information. Read them for bits of understanding. Start making lists—you’re good at it. But compartmentalize. Don’t jumble what’s going on with you and Bird with what’s going on with the house or what’s going on in Missouri. Or the attacks. Or Lyric and Freddy. Or Liz and Freddy. Break everything down. Look at one thing at a time. Make a plan of action and stop getting derailed by sudden hits of inspiration. None of this is going anywhere.”
“So … focus on the journals while you finish with the house. Don’t think about the crimes right now.”
“Exactly. First and foremost because that’s my job.”
“That’s why you get the big bucks.”
He smiled. “Such as they are.” He released her hand and leaned back in the chair. “Freddy’s body has been removed, but it’ll be at least another twenty-four hours before we’re done. I’ll keep you posted. Now you and Russell go away. I’ll wait for Lyric’s lawyer, then get back over to the house.”
They stood, and Greg returned to his desk chair. Molly hesitated at the door. “How do you do this? Do you do it all the time?”
“I like puzzles. Mostly I like people.”
“People are the reason I chase tornadoes.” And Molly left his office, pulling the door shut.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ramona Richards is the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media, the parent company of New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Kidz, and Ascender Books. She has been an in-house editor for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine, and has freelanced for a dozen other publishers. The author of nine novels, three books of devotions, and numerous magazine articles, she is a frequent speaker for women’s and writers’ groups, and has presented at numerous conferences across the country. Her latest book, Murder in the Family, released in October from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
(1) winner will receive two signed copies of Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards (it’s Christmas!), a $15 Visa gift card, and a signed copy of one of the author’s older books!
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