Murder in Midtown

A new Louise Faulk mystery, coming in March 2019:

Louise has finally gathered the courage to take the police civil service exam, but when she returns to her secretary job at the midtown publishing house of Van Hooten and McChesney, she’s shocked to find the offices smoldering from a deadly, early morning fire. Huddled on the sidewalk, her coworkers inform her that Guy Van Hooten’s body has been found in the charred ruins. Rumors of foul play are already circulating, and the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter.
 
Despite a number of possible suspects, the last person Louise expects to be arrested is Ogden McChesney, an old friend and mentor to her aunt Irene. Louise will have to search high and low, from the tenements in the Lower East Side to the very clouds above the tallest skyscrapers, to get to the bottom of an increasingly complex case . . .

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Murder in Greenwich Village on sale

Murder in Greenwich Village, the first in my new pre-WWI NYC mystery series, isn’t just out, it’s now on sale! If you’re a Bookbub slave, as I am, there’s never been a better time to load just one more ebook onto your Kindle, Kobo, or Nook!

From the back cover:

A year before World War I breaks out, the sidewalks of Manhattan are crowded with restless newcomers chasing the fabled American Dream, including a sharp-witted young woman who discovers a talent for investigating murder . . .
 
New York City, 1913. Twenty-year-old Louise Faulk has fled Altoona, Pennsylvania, to start a life under dizzying lights. In a city of endless possibilities, it’s not long before the young ingénue befriends a witty aspiring model and makes a splash at the liveliest parties on the Upper East Side. But glitter fades to grit when Louise’s Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene of a violent murder and a former suitor hustling for Tin Pan Alley fame hits front-page headlines as the prime suspect . . .
 
Driven to investigate the crime, Louise finds herself stepping into the seediest corners of the burgeoning metropolis—where she soon discovers that failed dreams can turn dark and deadly . . .

Big thanks to everyone who buys, and virtual hugs to the wonderful readers who post their reviews and ratings online. It means so much!

Net Galley

If you are registered with Net Galley, Murder in Greenwich Village is available there from now until June 1.  Just follow this link.

Goodreads giveaway!

There’s a Goodreads giveaway going on right now for Murder in Greenwich Village. Enter here for a chance to win one of ten advance reader copies. Ends April 17th!

Coming in June 2018

I’m very excited to announce that I have a new project launching this summer: a historical mystery series. The first book, Murder in Greenwich Village, is going to be released on May 29, 2018.

Kensington Books is publishing the series under my new pseudonym, Liz Freeland. The books take place in New York City in the early 20th Century, in the years before and during the First World War.

A year before World War I breaks out, the sidewalks of Manhattan are crowded with restless newcomers chasing the fabled American Dream, including a sharp-witted young woman who discovers a talent for investigating murder . . .
 
New York City, 1913. Twenty-year-old Louise Faulk has fled Altoona, Pennsylvania, to start a life under dizzying lights. In a city of endless possibilities, it’s not long before the young ingénue befriends a witty aspiring model and makes a splash at the liveliest parties on the Upper East Side. But glitter fades to grit when Louise’s Greenwich Village apartment becomes the scene of a violent murder and a former suitor hustling for Tin Pan Alley fame hits front-page headlines as the prime suspect . . .
 
Driven to investigate the crime, Louise finds herself stepping into the seediest corners of the burgeoning metropolis—where she soon discovers that failed dreams can turn dark and deadly . . .

The second book, Murder in Midtown, will be coming out in April 2019. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself! If any of you are mystery buffs, and I know some of you are, I hope you’ll look for Murder in Greenwich Village, and follow my Liz Freeland Facebook page for updates.

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Happy (Early) Holidays

Making Spirits Bright, an anthology I contributed to a few seasons ago, is part of a Kobo buy-2-get-1 free deal for the next week. The novella I wrote for it is a sequel to Miss You Most of All. So if you’ve read that book and you’re curious about what happens to the characters, “Runaway Christmas” gives you a Christmas-themed glimpse into their lives.

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Mel Blank‘Tis the season for sharing favorites. My TBR pile is one “Best Books of 2015” list from dooming me to an eternity of catch-up reading. It’s devilish the way these favorite lists tantalize me to hit the Buy button just when I’m supposed to be shopping for others.

Holiday shopping always reminds me of one favorite of mine: Jack Benny’s Christmas episode, “Jack Goes Christmas Shopping,” featuring the usual gang, plus Mel Blanc playing a clerk who’s emotionally invested in his wrapping skills.