Hi and a huge welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at Watch Nonnie Write! Location: Chicago, Illinois, the City of the Big Shoulders, which just happens to be where I used to live.
Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:
One autographed paperback copy of Death in a Red Canvas Chair
One autographed paperback copy of Death in a Dacron Sail
One autographed paperback copy of Death by Pumpkin
So there will be three winners!
Let me introduce myself to anyone new to Saylingaway:
I’m a Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. After forty years of research and teaching undergraduates and medical students, I decided to turn my knowledge of human anatomy to the craft of mystery writing. I’m still learning my craft! In addition to the Rhe Brewster mystery series, I have written for Death South and Sea Level magazines and the Bella Online Literary Review. I live with my husband, a cat who blogs, and a hyperactive dog in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and spend a portion of every summer in Maine, researching new ideas for my books and eating lobster.
May you always have lobster!
I’ve written three books in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series so far, the fourth – Death in a Mudflat – will be out by the end of this year. There’s no end to the deadly mischief my protagonist can get into…
DEATH IN A RED CANVAS CHAIR
On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Following her discovery that the victim is a student at the local college, her investigation is thwarted by an old frenemy, Bitsy Wellington, the Dean of Students and Will, Rhe’s husband, who resents her involvement in anything other than being a wife and mother. Rhe’s interviews of college students leads her to a young woman who had been recruited to be an escort on a Caribbean cruise ship, and Rhe trails her to a high class brothel at a local seaside estate. The man behind the escort services is the owner of a chain of mortuaries and is related to the dead student. When Rhe becomes too much of a threat to the owner’s multiple enterprises, he takes steps to eliminate her. Can she survive being kidnapped and locked in a refrigerator with the dead? In this first in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Rhe more than holds her own, but can she figure out why the body was placed in the chair on the soccer field?
DEATH IN A DACRON SAIL
On an icy February morning, Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse with an unstoppable yen for investigation, is called to a dock in the harbor of the small coastal town of Pequod, Maine. A consultant to the Pequod Police Department, Rhe is responding to a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his traps. The subsequent finding of the body of a young girl, wrapped in a sail and without a finger, sends the investigation into high gear and reveals the existence of three other missing girls of the same age, plus a childhood friend of Rhe’s. Battered by increasingly vitriolic objections from her husband, the pregnant Rhe continues her search, dealing with unexpected obstacles and ultimately facing the challenge of crossing an enormous frozen bog to save herself. Will she survive? Is the kidnapper someone she knows? In Death in a Dacron Sail, the second book in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Rhe’s nerves and endurance are put to the test as the kidnapper’s action hits closer to home.
DEATH BY PUMPKIN
At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body. After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind. With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game. Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her
This is the first blog block party I’ve joined. I hope you’ll come back to visit my blog. It’s very eclectic – I never know what I will post (so far book reviews, historical pieces about the Pilgrims, art, short stories, interviews), whatever floats my boat each week.
You can find me here and
On Twitter: @rhebrewster
Hope you are enjoying the book and block party!