Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Jo A. Hiestand and her new book, “A Staged Murder”! For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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A Staged Murder
by Jo A. Hiestand
Bonfire Night! The four hundred-year-old tradition of burning the straw effigy is beginning in Upper Kingsleigh, England. The torch extends… But it’s no mock figure at the end of the rope; it’s the body of a man, an American tourist. Brenna Taylor, Derbyshire C.I.D., is assigned to the case on a team of detectives under Detective-Chief Inspector Geoffrey Graham. It is the chance Brenna has been waiting for, and she is anxious to impress him.
Most villagers suspect an outsider as the killer. But when the frost-covered body of a resident is discovered, apprehension shifts and suspects multiply. Among them are the American's brother-in-law, still angry over his sister's death; the husband, who fears his wife will desert him for the American; the inebriated, penniless uncle, who clings to his nephew's fortune tighter than a cork in a wine bottle. Then Brenna becomes the target of a series of frightening pranks--the work of a harassing male colleague, or a deadly warning to leave the case? Her hunt is personal now.
While Graham tried to locate Liam, I attempted to get a sober, straight answer from Uncle Gilbert. It took longer than I expected, in part due to time wasted on a strange game of hide and seek. Arthur had practically torn apart the house before finally finding his uncle in the ballroom. It was a cavernous room, as such rooms in the manor house are. Satin-cushioned chairs lined its perimeter, ready for foot-weary dancers. A half dozen crystal chandeliers polka-dotted the ceiling, their rows of diamond-like pendants glittering in the morning sun. I crossed the hardwood floor, conscious of my footsteps.
Gilbert, amazingly enough, was conscious of them too, for he looked up at my approach. He was placidly sitting in the middle of the vast floor, putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Though all five hundred pieces were scattered about him, only a few dozen were assembled. And very creatively. One piece in particular buckled drastically from the forced fit. Still, I gave him credit. Both pieces were blue.
Gilbert’s eyes were as bloodshot as the last time I’d talked to him. And as unfocused. He craned his head back to study better who was standing beside him. Upon seeing me, he laughed and gestured toward the bare floor.
“Just the person I need! You must have been sent by Athena herself, sergeant.”
It might have been more appropriate if Gilbert said Dionysus sent me.
“Just who I need—a copper, a ‘tec to lend her great wisdom, to snoop out the errant pieces! Say you can find the missing amongst all this!” His arm flapped haphazardly in the direction of the scattered pieces. “I’m working on this tricky bit here. Need a knobby bit on the right. Blue and a funny little red stripe. If you can locate our missing member, I shall personally write a letter to your chief constable, advising him of your superior traits and recommending immediate promotion!” The puzzle piece fell to his lap as he leaned backwards in his roar of laughter.
“While you’re at it, mention I need a raise.”
A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folksinging stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of the Peak District mystery series.
Jo’s insistence for accuracy--from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area--has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.
In 1999 she returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.
Jo founded the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, serving as its first president. Besides her love of mysteries and early music, she also enjoys photography, reading, creating recipes, and her backyard wildlife. Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis home.
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