Who Shot the Officer?

An officer fires at the bootleggers.

Did the right person get sentenced for killing an officer?

 

One of them fires back.

An officer is down.

One of the bootleggers is sent to prison.

But did they sentence the right one?

Read A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN and find out. Learn about home-made stills, bootlegging, speak-easies, and the havoc this life-style plays on a retirement home thirty-five years later.

I had a lot of fun researching the era of prohibition, and the resulting crime it created. In my book, the crime continues thirty-five years later, when the person convicted is released from prison, determined to reek revenge on his partner.  What happens to our protagonist, Gwen Harris, when the ex-con captures her to facilitate his plan?

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LAWS AND OUTLAWS

Often laws prohibiting individual freedom create outlaws. Such was the case during prohibition in the twenties and early thirties of the last century. This is the case in our present day prohibition of drugs.

In my new book A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN, taking place in the sixties, we flash back to the twenties and the period of speakeasies and bootleggers. An officer of the law is shot and someone has to pay. Does the right person go to prison? What will the incarcerated one do when he’s finally released? I hope you read A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN to find out.

‘Til next time,

Carol



 

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A Sleuth in the Haven is Out!

Dear Reader

Raid during Prohibition

I think you’ll really enjoy this book for the following reasons: One of my goals from the start of writing this book was to create a multi-dimensional antagonist, to make this person genuinely interesting, to give him honorable and dishonorable characteristics.  I think this makes a book far more compelling than having just a  generic bad guy. The second reason why I think you’d enjoy this book is that you will have fun learning all about prohibition during the twenties. A lot of research went into this, and you can reap the benefits. I know I always enjoy learning something new is the mysteries I read. REMEMBER, YOU CAN READ THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS FREE. JUST CLICK ON ‘3 CHAPTERS  SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN’ UNDER THE PICTURE OF THE BOOKS.

The following is another great review by an author, teacher and writer’s mentor:
5 out of 5 stars  “Award-winning author Carol Sheldon’s fourth novel A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN is another page-turning mystery. Journalist Gwen Harris crosses paths with ex-convict Sonny Dickens who has revenge in his heart, and, she is forced into helping him as he plots murder. Gwen’s spunk and ingenuity, Sonny’s tortured psyche, flashbacks of bootlegging in California, and comic relief – what a story!”  Teresa LeYung Ryan
Here’s to happy reading,
Carol
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A Sleuth in the Haven–New Release!

SEE VIDEO BELOW!

My new book A Sleuth in The Haven is on the market, available on Amazon, Book Passage, (if you live in Marin) or by contacting yours truly. I’ve had three book readings, and enthusiasm and sales have been good. Amazon reviews are beginning to come in, and they’re all FIVE STAR.  S o why not give it a read?

Here’s one 5 star review: “Another exciting story about times bygone from the author of  A Sleuth in Sausalito and Mother Lode. Action is set in a retirement home invaded by two outsiders who have agendas for the residents, with flashbacks to the bootlegging era. This author has a real talent for bringing out the complexities of human nature, even as she keeps the action moving and keeps us on the edge of our seats!”  Vince Reigle

Don’t forget to watch the video, below!

Best of reading,

Carol

A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN follows Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Now working as a junior reporter for the Chronicle newspaper, she longs to write about the real news. She gets her chance, as bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven, a retirement home where her friend Megan lives.

 

 

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After losing files, re-writes, new incarnations, A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN has finally come to life. It is available in print and ebook formats through Amazon.

A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN follows Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Now working as a reporter for the Chronicle newspaper,  she follows bizarre and fatal events that threaten the residents of a retirement home, The Haven. Gwen gets caught deeper and deeper in the web of the attacker’s agenda. As Gwen tries to balance her work at the Chronicle with her sleuthing at the retirement home, the tight-rope she’s walking gets higher and higher.  

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New Book Almost Out!

A SLEUTH IN THE HAVEN follows Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Now working as a junior reporter for the Chronicle newspaper, she longs to write about the real news. She gets her chance, as bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven, a retirement home where her friend Megan lives. Signing on to help the investigation, she gets caught deeper and deeper in the web of the attacker’s agenda. As Gwen tries to balance her work at the Chronicle with new responsibilities at the retirement home, and a boyfriend, the tightrope she’s walking gets higher and higher. 

Here are a few questions to whet your appetite for my new book.

What sort of lucrative, but illegal business were Sonny and Charlene involved in during the 20s?

What sort of crime kept Sonny in prison for thirty-five years?

Why is he so determined to reap revenge on his sister, Charlene?

How does the antagonist get from floor to floor without using the elevator or the stairs? (The first 3 people with the right answer gets a free copy of the book!)

Why does Sonny hang around the Haven after he’s killed Charlene?

 

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What Inspires a Writer?

6e61db49f6fadb2148d27d8d4010870a-2Hello everyone, I have a guest blogger today. She is a writer and wonderful publicist. I couldn’t express the joys of writing better than she has. Enjoy the words of DENISE CASSINO below~~~Carol

     “What makes those words pour onto the page?  I write because I love words. I love our language. I love the amazing images created from mere black ink on white paper. I have loved words all of my life. I started reading avidly as a child utterly consumed by worlds and characters I would never see or meet but finally grew to know intimately. I fell in love with Rhett Butler. I discovered the Hidden Staircase with Nancy Drew and George and Bess. I am fascinated and awed by writers like Pat Conroy whose words make you smell the sea salt and taste the boiling shrimp; writers who can evoke images and emotions so profound and powerful that they linger in one’s mind forever. I love the characters that tug at you to return to them, to pick up the book and enter their realm again. I love that I yearn for those characters and places long after we’ve parted, as though homesick, wishing I could have just a few more moments with them. I love all that I learn from reading, the historical characters and events that I now know so well. I want to be able to give back what I have loved getting from others throughout my life – the joys of reading and writing.” 

                Denise Cassino, http://www.BestsellerServices.com

 

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