Book Title: NO REST FOR THE WICKED – A John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery (Book 3)
Book Genre: Traditional Mystery
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Synopsis: When state archaeologists lift the lid on a suspicious steamer trunk buried in Nantucket’s landfill, Detective John Jarad’s world explodes. DNA holds the key to the island’s most notorious cold case crime, the Baby Alice Spenser kidnapping of 1921. Myriad family scandals emerge from the Spenser’s privileged and gilded past. Modern day events flare white-hot when a copycat kidnapper snatches a second child.
Excerpt: The fog had burned off at dawn, and the bright mid-morning sunlight streamed through the library’s mullioned windows. John was surprised to see that several of the cracked diamond-shaped panes had been mended with Scotch tape so old the vintage tape had yellowed. He resisted the urge to pick it off.
Moorhaven was a beehive of tension and forced inactivity. Jamison had cleared an antique partner’s desk to use as their command center. Extension cords snaked across the floor from every overburdened wall socket, powering their laptops, tablets, and phone chargers. A plastic drip coffeemaker sat on top of a mahogany lowboy chest of drawers pressed up against one wall. An hour ago, Jamison had glided in on silent feet to deposit a Nantucket basket filled with warm cranberry-orange muffins. Paper wrappers and buttery crumbs littered the desk. It seemed odd to John now, after learning about Moorhaven’s history that Jamison was the only staff member left in a house that used to hold dozens.
John felt wound up tighter than a clock. He shook out his hands to release the tension. The initial adrenaline rush from the kidnapper’s text message had evaporated, replaced by the steady hyper-awareness of a developing and active case. Addison had texted back confirmation that he had received the ransom message. Now they were waiting on a return response from Libby Spenser’s captors. John knew that suspense and delay were two psychological tactics criminals used in their toolkit, but knowing that didn’t help to curb his restlessness. He started to pace.
“Patience, Detective Jarad.” Chief Nunn looked up from her laptop. Her dark eyes glittered from under her half-closed lids. “I’ve been through this before, twice. It’s a waiting game. They’re working our nerves on purpose.”
About the author: Martha Reed is the author of the award-winning John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery series. Book 1, THE CHOKING GAME, was a 2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion nominee for Best Traditional Mystery. THE NATURE OF THE GRAVE, Book 2, won an Independent Publisher (IPPY) Honorable Mention for Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction. Book 3, NO REST FOR THE WICKED launched in February of 2017. Martha recently completed a four-year term as the National Chapter Liaison for Sisters in Crime, Inc. Visit her web site www.reedmenow.com for more detail. You can also follow her antics on Facebook or on Twitter@ReedMartha.