Welcome to the second of what I hope to be many features of new crime fiction from Oak Tree Press, a small publisher formerly based in a town just a few miles from where I was born and raised in central Illinois. After becoming acquainted with some of the great Oak Tree Press folks, I'm more than happy to be able to spread the word about their books.
Join me in welcoming author Velda Brotherton as she tells us about her new book, The Purloined Skull!
Cherokee lawman Dallas Starr, once an undercover narc on the mean streets of Dallas, has been hired as the Grace County Sheriff Department's first crime scene investigator, and he wants Jessie gone. He has his own way of solving crimes. He communes with the spirits of those involved in scenes of violence, and that's best done without a nosy reporter hanging around. Besides, reporters have no place mixing in a criminal investigation. They are liars who ruin lives just for a good story. He knows that first hand.
Jessie is soon hot on the trail of this story, and that sexy Dallas Starr, who has awakened her sleeping libido, can just get out of her way. Unexpected danger lurks in the darkness when she begins to get threatening notes. Has her past caught up with her or is she close to finding the killer? Can Dallas and Jessie solve this cold case without killing each other in the process?
Twenty-four years ago someone shot a man and buried him under a bluff. Now his head is gone. Even after the killer is found, there remains one question. What happened to the murdered man's head and why? Deep in the woods on a moonless night Jessie goes after a suspect, and Dallas is forced to run her down to solve the riddle of the missing skull.
Meanwhile Jessie and Dallas will continue to fight battles from the bedroom to the crime scene, not even loosely based on fact. And each book will have a twisted title from Edgar Allan Poe's original works, such as this one, twisted from Poe's title, The Purloined Letter.