As a reader, can you tell if an author has first-hand knowledge of her subject matter? Personally I think it always shows, which is why I’ve made write about what you know and never waste an experience my personal mantras. They not only save on all that time-consuming research but also increase your chances of actually getting it right.
We’ve owned boats for years, thanks to my husband’s ceaseless wanderlust, and I know more about the wretched things than I ever wanted to. Trust me on this! I never thought I’d have reason to be grateful for all those hours of fighting sea-sickness and staring at endless expanses of ocean, until my mind went off on a tangent one day and I started thinking about all those detective programmes featuring cold cases. A combination of unsolved crimes and life on the ocean waves? Hmm, I might just be on to something.
That’s how the Hunter Files, my marine crime mysteries featuring youngish retired detective Charlie Hunter came into existence. Charlie lives aboard his motor yacht and just wants to be left alone. No such luck! He gets dragged back into his cold cases, simply because he can’t say no. Risky Business, published today, follows on the heels of Unfinished Business. Once again Carina artists have come up with an awesome cover. What do you think of it?
The recurring theme in these books is Charlie’s desire to solve the senseless murder of his mother twenty years previously. It’s what made him give up a promising career as a jazz musician and join the police force instead. At last he seems to be getting somewhere—at least that’s what he thinks at the end of Unfinished Business. Risky Business plunges him into the murky world of fixed dog racing when Cleo Kendall tries to convince him that her father, who’s serving a life sentence for murder, isn’t guilty. Everyone thinks the case is closed. Charlie doesn’t agree, especially when his investigation points towards his difficult stepbrother, who may be involved with his mother’s murder and Cleo’s family.
Charlie delves deeper and deeper into dangerous territory but someone doesn’t want him getting to the bottom of this case–ever. Fighting against the bad guys, Charlie unearths more clues about his mother’s demise, which strike much closer to home. All he has to do now is stay alive for long enough to chase them down…
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