I’ve always thought of romantic suspense as being akin to having one’s cake and eating it too. And if I had any doubts about that, a trio of new novels set in small towns and out this month would put them to rest.
The Queen of Small Town Thrillers Shiloh Walker starts off August with The Right Kind of Trouble, Book 3 in her well-regarded McKay’s Series from St. Martin’s. Local police chief Gideon Marshall has been carrying a torch for Moira McKay for as long as anyone in the small town of McKay’s Treasure can remember. But it’s also no secret Moira’s been rejecting Gideon’s overtures just as long and as politely as is possible for a well-mannered southern girl. The arrival of a mysterious stranger bent on harming the McKay clan, however, may have Moira rethinking her choices. Suddenly, the handsome policeman looks not only safe but also possibly the answer to more than one of her problems.
In her latest novel, Harper Lee Award Winning Author Carolyn Haines goes back in time to World War I in The Book of Beloved. As a young widow Raissa James is no stranger to ghosts, so when an invitation arrives from her uncle even the dark history surrounding his Alabama estate can’t keep her away. Still, she never expected a new ghost to be created before her welcome party even came to an end—much less for it to be one of her uncle’s guests, newly dead. Enlisting the help of Reginald Proctor, a self-proclaimed medium, Raissa decides to hold a séance to uncover secrets long dead and holds on the living that still remain.
And topping off our trio of new small town mysteries, New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing in Blue Moon. A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified the small town of Mundy’s Landing, if only because neither the victims nor the killer were ever identified. Now on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, the local historical society’s annual Mundypalooza has announced a hefty reward for the person who can solve the notorious case. Annabelle Bingham now lives in one of the three notorious houses where the murders took place, and she can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. Is it possible the Sleeping Beauty Murderer still walks the streets of Mundy’s Landing? Or could a copycat killer have come to town to reenact them under her own roof?
Okay, I won’t be sleeping tonight—but at least I have plenty of new books to keep me occupied. Have you ever slept in a place that once was the site of a murder? If so, do tell.