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Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Hasty Grave by Jessie McAlan - Book Tour - Book Sale - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jessie McAlan and her new book, “A Hasty Grave”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jessie and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

A Hasty Grave
by Jessie McAlan


GENRE: Amateur Sleuth



Finding a large hole on one’s property is one thing; finding a body in it the following day is quite another.

Rona and her ex-husband, Johnny, also discover a sheet of paper at the gravesite, symbols looking like code or treasure hunting glyphs.  What’s it mean?  Does it have any bearing on the man’s death?

Add to this mix the old Finley-Tennet feud and an elderly Finley’s nebulous recollection of James/Younger outlaw days. Does she have the clue to the cache’s location?

When a second death pushes Rona and Johnny into a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the killer, she learns—nearly too late--just how deeply Johnny still loves her.



She told Johnny later she didn’t know what woke her or how long she’d been asleep. Perhaps Drew’s growl pulled her from her dream; perhaps it was a sixth sense. She eased out of bed, barely breathing, and grabbed her flashlight. Drew was at the bedroom door, alternately looking at her and then back to the hallway.

Clutching the flashlight like a club, she stepped into the hall. Drew followed beside her, his presence and growls reassuring.

“Who’s there?” Her voice sounded thin in the stillness.

No voice or noise answered. No scuffle of footsteps, no crash of a falling lamp or thud against furniture signaled the invader’s presence. She swallowed and called again, forcing more volume into her words. “Whoever’s here, I’m going to let my dog loose. You’ll get bitten.”

As if to underscore her statement, Drew barked.

She stooped, patted him, and whispered, “Let’s see who’s here.”

He barked again and padded down the hall. When he got to the den, he stopped and looked back at her.
The room was dark but she didn’t want to turn on the lamp for fear of pinpointing her location to the intruder. Enough moonlight sifted through the tree branches outside and into the room for her to make out the dark forms of the furniture. Besides, she knew the layout and could most likely navigate it in total darkness. Still, she sensed someone in the room, someone who reveled in the dark.



I love a good mystery book and this book takes it even one step further throwing in an exciting treasure hunt that takes you on a whirlwind adventure!

I really liked the main characters, Johnny and Rona.  They were genuine, honest, and likable.  Both main characters and the supporting characters, were well developed and greatly described.

I am a huge cipher geek – kind of a secret (well not after this post lol) hobby of mine so I really enjoyed this element of the book.  Trying to solve the puzzle alongside the main characters, Johnny and Rona, was so much fun!

I love how this author continues to include historical references in her writings as this gives the book that little extra something!

This book has an excellent storyline that flows, terrific writing style with detailed scenes, fantastic characters, is fast paced, and keeps you completely entertained through the last page!

There are some twists and turns and unexpected moments that will keep you guessing!

This book has a lot to offer the reader such as, adventure, excitement, mystery, thriller, suspense, intrigue, romance, and so much more!

This book is book two of the Linn House Mysteries Book Series.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to all mystery, romantic, suspense readers!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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A family trip to the Big Spring area in the Missouri Ozarks introduced Jessie to the wonders of nature.  Her summer stints as a camp counselor and canoeing instructor cemented her enthusiasm.  This love of the natural world and the river flows through her Linn House mysteries.

In 2001 Jessie graduated from Webster University with a BA degree and departmental honors in English.

She lives in the St Louis, MO area, and spends as much time as she can writing mysteries and watching the barges on the river.





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**A Hasty Grave is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

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Jessie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Fabulous and Brunette -- thank you for the very nice review, and thank you for hosting this part of the review tour. I appreciate it!

  3. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description and giveaway also. We have found some great books in these tours.

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    1. I'm glad you did. Thanks for commenting and good luck on the raffle!

  5. What kind of books do you like to read? Thanks for hosting. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    2. I like to read British history between Medieval up to the regency. Real history, not historical fiction. And I like to read British mysteries, humor like Richard Armor, the classics like Alexander Dumas and Dickens, and nature books.

  6. Thanks for sharing the great post - I enjoyed reading your excerpt!

    1. Thanks a lot, Victoria. Always nice to hear! Good luck on the raffledrawing

  7. Think I'll call it a night. I've had a very long day. Thank you, Aly, for the review and for hosting, and thank you to everyone who left a comment -- I wish you luck on the raffle drawing!