Katherine Woodbury reveres Jane Austen, Columbo, classic fairy tales, and cats.
The author of twenty-five published short stories and eight novellas, Katherine (Kate) has spent her writing career analyzing mermaids, Greek heroes, Joan of Arc, a devil’s assistant, aliens with wings, and a not-quite-dead Viking funeral bride.
Now she’s turned her writing hand to a mystery series with paranormal elements and a no-nonsense detective.
All good mysteries are grounded in social behavior. Kate began her apprenticeship of human idiosyncrasies with tributes to eighteenth and nineteenth century classics: A Man of Few Words (based on Pride & Prejudice), Persuadable (Persuasion), and Mr. B Speaks! (Samuel Richardson’s Pamela).
Next came the Victorian fantasy series, “The Roesia Chronicles,” including (so far) Aubrey: Remnants of Transformation, Richard: The Ethics of Affection, Lord Simon: The Dispossession of Hannah, and Tales of the Quest.
As well as a writer (and reader) of fantasy, history, mystery, and romance, Kate (Katherine) enjoys watching mystery shows and classic sitcoms, collecting manga, and following through on her day job: teaching humanities courses at Maine community colleges. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances...