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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Light Catcher Murders by Jo Cassie McRae - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jo Cassie McRae and her new book, “The Light Catcher Murders”!  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 $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jo Cassie and to increase your chances of winning!

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

The Light Catcher Murders
by Jo Cassie McRae


GENRE: Cozy Mystery



Nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country, the cozy town of Wheaton Creek seemed an idyllic place to escape the world’s increasingly harsh realities.  At least, that’s what Kate Atherton thought.

Kate once enjoyed a long, successful career with a specialized, highly secret federal intelligence agency.  Crises in both her personal and professional life drove her to early retirement and, ultimately, to Wheaton Creek, the perfect place for her and her former-military husband to escape what had come to feel like a world made up of wars, hatred, fear, and untimely death.  And, at first, the escape was all Kate had hoped for.  Then murder came to Wheaton Creek—a crime that a corrupt county sheriff seems determined to pin on Kate’s photographer friend, Lucy Celek.

Lucy’s work has been chosen to appear at a prestigious photography festival, a festival that could take her from amateur to professional standing.  All goes well until the gallery displaying her work is broken into, and one of Lucy’s photographs is vandalized.  A week later, the man Lucy suspected of destroying her photograph—a fellow photographer who was angry that his own work was not chosen by the festival committee—is murdered.  Faced with a sheriff who shows little interest in expanding his list of suspects beyond Lucy, Kate feels she must dust off her puzzle-solving skills to find the real killer.  Murder is just the beginning, though, as Kate’s amateur sleuthing begins to reveal a tangled web of crimes that go beyond anything she could have imagined.



Picking her way through the broken glass again, Kate slipped up behind Lucy.  She gave the beleaguered deputy a sympathetic smile and gently took hold of Lucy’s elbow.  “Lucy, dear.  Do you think you might want to calm down?  This officer is going to do his best to find out who did this and why.  He isn’t the bad guy here.”

Lucy wheeled on her.  “He doesn’t have to look far to find out who did this.  If he’d just listen to me and quit asking irrelevant questions!  I’ve been telling him that it has to be Stewart Wilson.  You saw how Stewart behaved after the festival.  He’s a horrible, angry, vindictive man!  Did you see how he ripped into my mural?  The bastard!  If I could get my hands on him, I swear I’d rip into him the same way!”

The deputy’s eyebrows shot up, and he shifted uneasily, his pen hovering over his notepad.  Kate’s grip on Lucy’s elbow tightened, as did the smile she showed the deputy.  “I’m sure Ms. Celek didn’t mean that, Deputy Green,” she said.  When Lucy started to disagree, Kate squeezed her arm so tightly that Lucy let out a little yelp of pain.  “She’s understandably distraught.  If you have more questions for her, might I suggest that you give her some time to collect herself?  I’m sure she’ll be more helpful when she’s feeling a bit more rational.”

“Rational?”  Lucy flinched again under the renewed fierceness of Kate’s grip and did not finish what she had been about to say.



Jo Cassie McRae is a native Texan who has lived near Austin on the edge of the Texas Hill country for over 30 years.  In addition to writing, McRae loves to read, garden, and cook.  Like Kate Atherton (The Light Catcher Murders), McRae’s bookshelves overflow with history books, biographies, historical fiction, and mystery novels.  Unlike Kate, McRae does not have a mysterious, secret former career, having worked instead as a rather ordinary legal assistant at an Austin law firm.






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  1. Jo Cassie ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you, Ally! Good morning to you, too! I'm looking forward to spending the day with you and your readers. Thank you for hosting us!

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    1. Good morning, Victoria! I hope it IS your kind of book! The story features a variety of characters, most of whom are women, and it is about the friendships between those women as much as it is about the mystery. Please give it a read and let me know what you think.

  4. Hi. I believe I read somewhere that you are in the process of writing the second book in the series. What have learned from writing this book, which you think will help you with your current book?

    1. Yes, I am working on the second book. I have learned a lot from reader feedback, and some of what I've learned is shaping the next book. For example, I've learned that--despite what Hollywood might lead us to believe--characters are as important to readers as plot. Readers like the mystery, but they love the characters and the interactions between those characters. Another thing I've learned is it's ok to push boundaries a little. I know when I wrote The Light Catcher Murders that it was not a typical cozy mystery. I hoped readers would be ok with that and, for the most part, they are. I find it very freeing to be able to focus on my story more than on a template. In my view, readers are much less rigid and more open-minded than advertisers think. On the other hand, I've learned that readers can be a bit impatient for things to get underway at the beginning of a book. I know I need to work on how I pace my opening chapter.

  5. this sounds very interesting! thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for your comment, and thank you for following the tour.

  6. If I may, I thought I'd share something that is on my mind. I noticed on Amazon today that The Light Catcher Murders is doing well in the “Women’s Friendship Fiction” category. I’m not sure what that means—aside from the fact that there must not be very many entries in that category! If that’s the case, then HOW ODD. When I think about friendships between women, the first thing that strikes me is how different those relationships appear to be from friendships between men. Unlike men, who seem to mostly want guys to “hang” with, a pack, or a club, women seem to seek friends with whom they can connect on the very personal soul level. Of course, I’m talking about genuine friendships here, not social media friendships or co-worker friendships, or any of the other transient relationships that last only as long as we stay in one place.
    It is that kind of friendship I tried to celebrate as I wrote the relationships between the women who form the main cast of The Light Catcher Murders. Each of the women is quite unique, their personalities, backgrounds, professions, interests, and personal situations so distinctive that it is difficult to imagine that they could have ever become good friends. And yet, they have. Like sisters, they may bicker occasionally, some may be annoyed by certain personality traits of others, and they have varying tolerance levels for socializing, but on some fundamental, subconscious level, they connect. The women are there for each other. They rally ‘round when one of their number is in trouble. They have each other’s backs.
    It is a marvel, this business of how and why women form friendships, and I hope to explore it further in future Kate Atherton Mysteries.

  7. Thank you, FAB, for hosting The Light Catcher Murders today! Have a great rest of your week!

  8. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a spine tingling read! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your comment. If you enjoyed the excerpt, I hope you'll give the book a chance!

  9. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you'll read the book and let me know what you think.