Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Covers--Decisions Decisions

Here I am going the extra mile for a book cover. I wrote the mystery "The Body on Ortega Highway" and had trouble coming up with a book cover.  My husband and I tried all sorts of pictures, including one of my mom and her sister hitchhiking, me hitchhiking, and a picture of a guy sitting on a suitcase by a winding country road.  Finally, my husband came up with its current cover. It is gory with the bloody meat cleaver but is true to the story, a psychological thriller about a young woman who hitchhiked and was later killed and dumped on Ortega Highway.  Her murder is investigated by a female detective who is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend.  Two men are behaving badly; but could it be the same man doing both?

For those who've read the other "Detective Santy Mysteries", this is the fourth and final book in the series.  Each book can be read as a standalone.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Here's a Murder Mystery Based On Some True Events in Orange County, California

Some of the events in this murder mystery really happened. Orange County, California had grown at a rapid pace after the veterans returned home from WWII and built their own houses in this once-rural community best known for its fruit packing houses and orange, avocado, and walnut groves.  As time went by, everyone wanted to come for the mild weather, job opportunities, and relatively cheap housing. Soon, anti-development factions arose, and people protested the further expansion of the lands, especially in Santiago Canyon where the abbey was situated.  This melting pot of different races and religious beliefs led to religious prejudice that was especially apparent when the Catholic Church bought the Chrystal Cathedral and removed memorial stones that the former pastor had promised were permanent. Tempers were running high by the time this story opened and it seemed like several people had a grudge—but was it enough to kill?

Murder at the Abbey:
A Detective Santy Mystery 
Is Available at Amazon as Both an eBook and Paperback

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Las Vegas Cozy Mystery

Who shot the charismatic leader of a group of erotic romance writers known as "The Salacious Scribes"?  Was it one of the woman writers in his "stable"? Or was it one of his groupies who discovered him with another woman?  Perhaps it was a business deal gone wrong? Find out in this cozy mystery told by an awkward 63-year-old erotic romance writer whose husband accompanies her to Las Vegas for the Adult Entertainment Expo along with their uncannily human-like black cat who keeps her in line when she finds herself attracted to the handsome investigating detective.

While I was writing this cozy mystery, my husband and I went to Las Vegas for inspiration and my descriptions of our room at the Bellagio, the famous Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum add local color to the story.

I hope you enjoy the humorous predicaments into which my main character gets herself.  Because of the sexual nature of the story, this book is for those 18 and older who have a sense of humor.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A New Orleans Mystery Series for Half-Off

Our latest mystery series is on-sale at Smashwords for 50% off during the entire month of July. All three mysteries take place in New Orleans and star female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin.

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off. That's $1.50 each.

Here's a description of the three books in the series:

This series stars female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin and takes place in New Orleans. Although the stories in the series occur in numerical order, each can be read as a stand-alone. Fighting Demons opens with my main character checking herself out of a psychiatric hospital determined to show her boss that she is up to the task of capturing a serial killer. Deadly Promises is about human trafficking. Several young women are found dead in a shipping container from Poland. Yvonne and her team must figure out how they came to meet such fate. Fifty Shades of Dead is the most recent release. In this story, a young woman goes out to dinner with a man she's just met at the theater where they've watched 50 Shades of Grey. He bears a striking to the actor who portrayed Christian Grey and also had a "red room". She decides to take a walk on the wild side with deadly results.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A New Mystery for Half-Off

This is the third mystery in a series starring New Orleans Homicide Detective and I'm offering it half-off for a limited time.

In this story, a young woman goes out to dinner with a man she's just met at the theater where they've watched 50 Shades of Grey. He bears a striking to the actor who portrayed Christian Grey and also had a "red room". She decides to take a walk on the wild side with deadly results.

All 3 books in the series can be read as stand-alones.

Enter Code UF22Y Prior to Checkout to purchase for $1.50.

Expires July 23, 2018

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

A New Mystery

Fifty Shades of Dead: A New Orleans Mystery
by Louise Hathaway 

New Orleans Homicide Detective Yvonne Dauphin returns in a gripping murder mystery that explores the dark side of kinky sex and what happens when things go horribly wrong. 

Three young librarians get together for a girl’s night out at the movies to see Fifty Shades of Grey where they meet a handsome stranger who bears a striking resemblance to the film’s main character. He invites them to dinner, but only one goes with him—a vulnerable redhead who has just been served divorce papers. A few days later, her body is found behind an abandoned house in the 9th ward. Was she the victim of erotic asphyxiation? Or did her soon to be ex-husband strangle her?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day everyone! I was very close to my father and different versions of him appear in many of my Nancy Keene Mysteries. Here's a chapter from The Buried Treasure on Route 66 in which Nancy tries to persuade her father into letting her go on a trip on Route 66 in order to help an elderly woman find a missing will.

Chapter Nine: Buttering Up Dad

Nancy is waiting for her father’s flight to land at the airport in Phoenix.  She has bought a lei at her favorite flower shop and is planning to say “Aloha” when she greets him.  Finally, the 5:00 flight comes in from La Guardia.  She waves at her father as he comes to her. 

“Did the plane make a wrong turn and land in Honolulu?” he asks.

“Welcome home, Dad!” she says as she places the lei over his head. “It’s so good to see you, Dad!  I missed you!!”

“Me, too, honey.  Thanks for picking me up. It’s good to be home.”

“Why didn’t you let me drive you to the airport instead of having to call a taxi?  You should’ve woken me up.”

“I figured that you needed your beauty rest after your previous night of 2:00 a.m. cooking.”

“Speaking of cooking, I’ve made your favorite meal for dinner.”

“Coq au Vin?”

“Bien sur, Monsieur.”

“I can’t wait to get home.”

When Mr. Keene arrives home, he is escorted into the dining room by his daughter, who pours him a glass of Moet & Chandon.  “Care for some lobster bisque to start, Dad?”

“Oh, boy!” he says, as Nancy ladles out the soup from their best Villeroy and Boch tureen.

“What a welcome home!  You’ve really outdone yourself this time!”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Okay.  So, what’s up?  Why are you buttering me up like this?  What’s on your mind?”

“Well, Dad.  Since you’re asking, there is something, but let’s finish our meal together first.  Tell me all about your trip.”

“Oh no, you don’t.  Tell me right now what your latest scheme is.”

“Well, Dad.  You know how I’ve been trying to help Mrs. Wood find that will I was telling you about?”

“Nancy!  I told you to let it go.  Stop being involved in that mess.  Those stepsons mean business.”

“Well, it’s funny you should bring that up because I was thinking of getting her away from them for a while.”

“She’s not staying here.”

“Dad.  That thought didn’t even cross my mind.”

“What thought did?”

“Well, I’ve been looking at all of the clues and everything points to the newer will being buried at the Blue Swallow Motel in New Mexico.”

“So you want me to hire some people to go there and start digging?”

“Dad!  I can’t believe these thoughts coming out of your head.  Being in New York has made you very cynical, all of a sudden.”

“Okay, Nancy, what’s your plan.”

“Let me pour you another glass of champagne and I’ll tell you all about it.”


After two hours of telling her Dad everything that’s been happening with Mrs. Wood, his heart starts to melt.

“Nancy, you’ve always had a way of wrapping me around your little finger.  Okay. You may do it, but here are my rules,” her Dad says, putting his foot down.  “You may go on your road trip with Mrs. Wood and Ned, but I’m going to be coming with the three of you. I’ve been worried about this whole situation with those two stepsons, and I want to stay as close to you as possible right now.”

“Oh, Dad.  You can’t protect me forever.  I’m an adult now,” she says, wrapping her arms around his neck.

“I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you, honey.”

“That won’t happen.  We will have a long and happy life together, Dad.  The best is yet to come.”

“Well, my dear.  Once again, you certainly have lifted my spirits.  I’m even starting to get excited about the thought of taking a road trip, too.”

“That’s the spirit, Dad!”


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