Elise Hepner usually writes Erotic Romance Fiction but she is now crossing over to Cozy Mysteries. I am pleased to introduce you to her new book Deadlines: A Written to Death Mystery.
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About this author
E. Hepner is the cozy mystery pen name of erotica and erotic romance author Elise Hepner. She writes small town heroines with an alternative edge put in big time situations where death, hijinks, and overall shenanigans ensue on a daily basis. Also a little romance–which they may or may not be ready for, given the pile up of dead bodies.
Some of her favorite cozies are ones by Kate Carlisle, Ali Brandon, Janet Evanovich, and Gemma Halliday. When not thinking about corpses and trickery she’s planted in front of the TV petting her demanding cat or looking up things on Google that she really doesn’t want on her internet history.
A Written to Death Mystery
Setting – Maryland
E-Book ASIN: B00OBRHGFK
Ainsley Moss never thought she’d become a representative for the dead. But as a newbie obituary writer for the Aurora Fall’s Guardian, she gets a sneak peek at her new profession. Her ex-best friend and rival newspaper worker turns up blue and stiff as a board in the women’s bathroom—after they’ve had a less than civil confrontation.
Ainsley’s in the habit of memorializing the dead, not finding them. But now she’s saddled with a motive for murder—killing to drum up obituaries in order to further her career in a dying newspaper business where everything is going digital.
When another victim meets his maker with a connection to the first victim, Ainsley has to make nice with a hard ass, bombshell Detective who’s dead set on closing the case or risk the calm of their cozy town. Ainsley’s charming, ex-boyfriend turned roommate Gage Sullivan comes to her aid as they throw themselves into deadly research. Every obituary interview brings them that much closer to finding a killer connection. While fighting her new rep as a prime suspect, her matchmaking, Stepford mother is intent on keeping her daughter’s dirty laundry under wraps and her sex addicted wealthy grandparents want to buy her way out of jail. Or at least help her learn how to make a shiv.
None too thrilled with the idea of making friends with a cell mate named Betty the Bruiser, she’ll wade knee deep into a cesspool of the town’s secrets, gossip, and lies. But with a whacky cast of characters hell bent on keeping the peace, no bit of personal information is sacred. They have to find a killer—before Ainsley loses her freedom and her chance to make peace with a fate that scares her more than anything else in life.
First I have to say Ainsley’s mother is super domineering and she is the one that sent her daughter’s into this mess. 🙂 Ainsley returns to Aurora Falls and her mother not only has arranged for job at the local newspaper but also set it up so she becomes her ex-boyfriend’s tenant. She is at her “interview” and she runs into ex-best friend who she then finds dead.
The characters in this story cozy worthy quirky. Ainsley’s mother would drive me out of the house too. Then there are her grandparents. It is nice they are so in love at their age but their public displays of affection are creepy and funny at the same time. Gage Sullivan, the ex, seems to have his head on straight but he really wants to rekindle his relationship with Ainsley.
The obituaries that are written in the Aurora Fall’s Guardian are well researched and detailed, more like short life stories that try to shine the best light on the deceased. I am more used to the ones we see in the papers here which basically just state the facts unless it is for someone noteworthy where there would be a separate article. Ainsley’s predecessor took his job very seriously and she is still finding her way but her files help her in more ways than one. She will do anything to clear her name and catch the real killer.
This book sets the foundation for a series with much promise while giving the reader a solid mystery to follow. I look forward to where the author takes her characters next.
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