In an effort to avoid what she knew she should be doing, Alice folk-danced professionally until her writing muse finally had its way. Now a resident of Roswell, New Mexico, Alice enjoys saying no smog, no crowds, and yes to loving her herd of wild dachshunds. Visit Alice at www.aliceduncan.net.
Come celebrate, it’s Halloween.
Sinful, Louisiana, really knows how to throw a party, and it goes all out for Halloween. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a maze of horror in the park built of hay bales. And Fortune has the perfect assignment—the executioner. Her scene comes complete with a head block, a hatchet, and a fake body with removable head. It’s the perfect setup…for a crime.
When Fortune returns from break and realizes the body in her scene is a real one and not the prop, she knows trouble is coming. Before she can shake a broomstick, Celia Arceneaux has raised the alarm and the state police show up to take over the investigation. With Carter on the sidelines and Fortune the prime suspect, Swamp Team 3 sets out to catch a real monster.
Critique: "Bruised Spirits" is the tenth volume in author Alice Duncan's "Daisey Gumm Majesty Mystery" series. A truly gifted writer who has proven herself a master of the mystery/suspense genre, Alice Duncan's "Bruised Spirits" is another uncompromisingly entertaining read from cover to cover and will prove to be an enduringly popular and highly prized addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Bruised Spirits" is also available in a paperback edition (9781614178606, $17.99) and in a Kindle format ($5.99).
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THE DAISY GUMM MAJESTY MYSTERIES, in series order