Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Bouchercon 21 -- 2009 First Novelists -- Part 4

Hang in there, only eight more fantastic mystery/thriller debut novels to go. For those checking in for the first time this week, I'm featuring the 21 First Novelists from the speed-dating event at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapolis. I've given you 13 so far. Today we have:


The Broken Vows mystery series begins with Lisa Bork's first entry, For Better, For Murder, published by Midnight Ink. For Richer, For Danger will be released in 2010.

"A corpse in her showroom Ferrari, an alleged violent argument with the victim, and a wad of cash hidden in her home make sports car boutique owner Jolene Asdale suspect to her Finger Lakes town and her almost-ex-husband, the deputy sheriff in charge of the investigation."

Buy For Better, For Murder from,, and through most other booksellers.


Crossing the Centerline, by Allan E. Ansorge, is published by Echelon Press.

"Someone is trying to kill Carl Fletcher, and for the life of him he cannot figure out why. After what appeared to be a hit-and-run accident that cost the life of his fiancĂ©e, the full use of his right leg, and his career, Carl seeks a new life as a charter boat captain. While he is out of town another failed attempt is made on his life. Michael McCaffery, Carl’s ex-partner in the Sheriff’s Department of Lake County, Wisconsin, finds the department is doing little to find out who is hunting Carl. Michael and Carl’s internet-addicted mother (who has been known to carry a side arm in her shopping bag) set out to find out who wants Carl dead and stop them."

To purchase Crossing the Centerline, see,, or order through your favorite bookseller.


This debut novel, City of Silver, published by St. Martin's Press, is set in 17th century Peru.

"In PotosĂ­, the richest city in the Western Hemisphere, Inez de la Morada, the bewitching, cherished daughter of the rich and powerful Mayor, mysteriously dies at the convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros, where she had fled in defiance of her father. It looks as though the girl committed suicide, but Mother Abbess Maria Santa Hilda believes her innocent and has her buried at the convent in sacred ground. Fray Ubaldo DaTriesta, local Commissioner of the Inquisition, has been keeping an eye on the Abbess, who is too “Protestant” for his tastes, and this action may be just what he needs to convince the lazy, cowardly Bishop to punish her."

Find this book at,, and through most other booksellers.


Sharon Potts is the author of In Their Blood, from Oceanview Publishing.

"An ordinary family. A quiet neighborhood in Miami Beach. A shotgun blast. Nothing will ever seem ordinary again. When his parents are brutally murdered in their own home, Jeremy Stroeb, a disillusioned college student, is determined to learn the truth. Unaware that he's putting his own life in jeopardy and his sister at risk, he tries to find his parents' killer by getting on the inside of their worlds. But in doing so, Jeremy discovers his adolescent view of his mother and father was wrong. They weren't the people he had believed them to be."

You know where:,, and through most other booksellers.

There are four more of these tempting tales of murder and mayhem left to go. Don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the rest of the story.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Lisa is a friend of mine from the Midnight Ink blog, InkSpot. Glad to see her book out and getting promoted! I can't wait to read it...

Mystery Writing is Murder

Patricia Stoltey said...

Elizabeth, my head is spinning from doing this series. Each time I looked up a website or bio or synopsis, I had to read the whole thing. The authors have interesting backgrounds, the story lines are intriguing, and I already have a box of books coming from Bouchercon that includes other novels besides these. As we always say, so many books, so little time.

Anonymous said...

In their blood sounds like a book I would enjoy. People with secrets hidden in their past. Makes for a great story with twists and turns.

Stephen Tremp