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New Release Monday: The Haunting of Dr. Bowen by C.A. Verstraete

Author Name: C.A. Verstraete

Book Title: The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River

Book Genre: historical, mystery, paranormal, light horror

Release Date: August 2017

Synopsis: Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

Excerpt:

Prologue

“Never did I say to anyone that she had died of fright.

My first thought, when I was standing in the door, was that she had fainted.”

—Testimony of Dr. Seabury W. Bowen, Trial of Lizzie Borden, June 8, 1893

“Why won’t anyone believe me? Why, Phoebe, why?”

Dr. Seabury Bowen shoved back the shock of white hair hanging over his forehead and wiped a wrinkled hand across his stubbled chin.

His appearance, like his surroundings, could stand a bit of major housekeeping, not that he cared a whit.

“Here, it’s here somewhere,” he mumbled.

The old man rummaged among the giant pile of documents, books, and what-not littering the large walnut desk in his study. Several minutes later, and after the search through dozens of loose papers, he saw the faded red book lying beneath a tottering pile. He pulled at it, sending the rest of the stack falling like so much unwanted garbage.

The good doctor, but a shadow of his once-robust self, flipped the pages. He stared at the offending journal entry before setting the book aside with a heartrending sob.

Chapter One

   “I saw the form of Mr. Borden lying on the lounge at the left of the sitting-room door. His face was very badly cut, apparently with a sharp instrument; his face was covered with blood.”

—Testimony of Dr. Seabury W. Bowen, Trial of Lizzie Borden, June 8, 1893

The man reached toward him with long, lean fingers. Dr. Seabury Bowen blinked and tried to make out the features of the unknown figure standing in the corner. The unexpected visitor had a broad, dark face and what looked like a band across his forehead. Bowen stretched out his arm in turn and jumped when their fingers touched, the jolt surging through him like the electricity he knew would soon replace all the gas lights.

“Seabury, dear, are you all right?” His wife, Phoebe, sounded concerned. “What’s wrong?”

Bowen breathed hard. He bolted upright and held a hand on his chest, trying to catch his breath. Still stunned, he gazed about the room, disturbed at the odd shapes until he recognized familiar things… the bureau, the armoire, the paintings on his bedroom walls. He swallowed and nodded.

“Ye-yes. I-I’m fine. A bad dream, that’s all it was. Just a dream.”

About the author:  Christine (C.A.) Verstraete enjoys putting a bit of a “scare” in her writing. He stories have appeared in various anthologies and publications including Mystery Weekly, Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime, Siren’s Call and more. She is the author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and The Haunting of Dr. Bowe, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River. Learn more at her website, http://cverstraete.com and visit her blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com.

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New Release Mondays: Edith Maxwell & Maddie Day

Today we have one very prolific author joining us for New Release Mondays. Welcome Edith Maxwell, aka Maddie Day, aka Tace Baker.

Book Title: When the Grits Hit the Fan (written as Maddie Day)

Book Genre: Cozy foodie

Release Date: March 28

Synopsis: When chef-carpenter Robbie Jordan and a friend go snowshoeing one morning in scenic South Lick, Indiana, and find a body frozen under the ice, police suspect her friend, who’d had a public tiff with the victim. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie absorbs local gossip about the victim’s past and slow-cooks her own ideas on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .

Book Title: Called to Justice (written as Edith Maxwell)

Book Genre: Historical

Release Date: April 8

Synopsis: 1888 Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is enjoying Independence Day when a mill girl is killed. After a former slave is accused, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. A mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s boyfriend come under suspicion. Rose delivers babies and hears secrets– only to be threatened by the murderer, with three lives at stake. Can she rescue herself, a baby, and her elderly midwifery teacher in time?

Book Title: Mulch Ado About Murder (written as Edith Maxwell)

Book Genre: Cozy foodie

Release Date: May 30

Synopsis: When a hydroponic farmer is found dead clutching rosary beads, organic farmer Cam Flaherty has a new murder to solve. There’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear her mom’s name before the killer strikes again?

About the author: Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries; as Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She also writes award-winning short crime fiction and has stories in the 2016 Bouchercon anthology and the 2017 Malice Domestic anthology. Maxwell writes, cooks, and lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, at Killer Characters, and with the Midnight Ink authors. Find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and at www.edithmaxwell.com.

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