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‘Is it yourself?’
Detective Inspector Joseph Aloysius Rafferty winced as his mother’s voice threatened to pierce his eardrum. And, although briefly tempted to plead not guilty, he had to agree that yes, it was himself.
Surely, he demanded plaintively of his reflection in the hall mirror, a hangover, a murder, and his mother all in one morning were more than any man should be expected to cope with? Especially at six thirty and after less than four hours sleep. This was his first murder case as Senior Investigating Officer, and he was keen to do well. Of course the sadistic fates immediately put the kibosh on that by ensuring he had celebrated his promotion not wisely, but too well the night before.
To say he was feeling fragile was an understatement. The last thing he needed was his Ma putting on her best wheedling voice, and he hurried to get his excuses in before she got into her stride. ‘I can’t stop, Ma. Sergeant Llewellyn will be picking me up any minute.’
‘I won’t keep you then, son, but I didn’t know who else to turn to, and what with the wedding and all…’
Rafferty frowned, and stared at his rapidly cooling mug of tea. News of the murder had already taken its toll on his hung-over wits, but the word “wedding” on his Ma’s tongue was even more worrying, and he struggled to get his brain into gear. ‘What wedding?’
‘I know Jack’s only a distant cousin,’ she remarked briskly, ‘but surely you haven’t forgotten that he’s over from Dublin to marry my niece, Deirdre?’
That wedding. Rafferty scowled. How could he have forgotten that Jailhouse Jack, the world’s most incompetent criminal, was preparing to plight his troth and pass his genes on to the next generation? What a wonderful addition to a policeman’s close family the bridegroom would be. Thank God the happy couple would be going back to Ireland straight after the wedding, and surely even Jack could stay out of trouble for the few weeks he’d be—
‘He’s in a spot of bother, Joseph.’ After shattering his hopes, his mother didn’t pause for either of them to catch their breath but went on to explain that his troublesome cousin was being held at the Harcombe nick on suspicion of lifting a lorry load of whisky. ‘I know what you’re going to say,’ she continued, before he could get a word in, ‘but this time I’m convinced he didn’t do it.’
That would be a first, Rafferty thought, thankful that between them, the Irish Sea, and a three-times removed cousinship, usually kept Jack from embarrassing him.
‘It would be a shame if he got put away right before the wedding. Can you go and see him and sort it out, son? I wouldn’t ask, only I’ve had Deirdre here half the night, crying her eyes out. She’s scared she’ll have to cancel the wedding.’
Rafferty scowled. Better for her – and him – if she did. Jack was already causing aggravation, so God knew what trouble he’d cause if they managed to make it to the altar. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate with his first murder investigation as Senior Investigating Officer without being expected to sort out Jack’s little problem. Especially as one of his old enemies was in charge at Harcombe, and as soon as he set foot in that nick and revealed his mission of mercy, the shit would hit the fan.
His relatives were the limit, especially as some of them felt that if they must have a copper in the family, he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
Rafferty consoled himself with the thought that he hadn’t made a firm date with the looming fates. Jack could cool his heels for a bit, and then maybe Deirdre would have come to her senses. After all, he now remembered, the wedding was still two weeks off. He had plenty of time.
His Ma must have read his mind, with that uncanny ability of mothers everywhere, because she commented tartly, ‘It’s not everyone that avoids matrimony like you, Joseph.’
He ground his teeth, frustrated that she should still be harping on that. Unfortunately, the hoped-for remarriage of her braw boy was ever close to his mother’s heart. Rafferty broke in quickly before she got into her stride. ‘I haven’t the time for that, Ma,’ he told her firmly. He glanced out of the window of his Essex flat and shivered. The day was bleak, the mist off the North Sea was thick, and he could barely see the shoreline. For once he was pleased to see his Sergeant drive onto the forecourt.
But that feeling didn’t last long. He changed his mind when Llewellyn moved the car closer, and he was able to see his new sergeant’s thinly-handsome face. Llewellyn consulted his watch, and then gazed up at Rafferty’s window with a suffering-bravely-borne expression. Rafferty scowled again.
Llewellyn had transferred from Gwynedd in Wales, and Superintendent Bradley, after interviewing him, seemed to think Llewellyn was the ideal foil for him. He’d only been in Essex for a few days, but already he was getting on his nerves. All right, he was nifty with the computer, but his pernickety personality invited put downs.
Added to Llewellyn, the fact that the new Super had decided he didn’t like Rafferty’s face made him reluctant to get out of bed in the morning. Rafferty didn’t know why their new super had taken a dislike to him, but after a month of putting up with Bradley’s snide comments every time he had to report to him, the feeling was mutual. It was fortunate that his promotion had come through before Bradley was confirmed in post, because it was evident, that if Bradley had his way, he’d be bumped down a rank, not up one.
Rafferty sighed. It was turning into one of those days, and he hadn’t even left the flat yet. For once he managed to interrupt his Ma in full flow, and said firmly, ‘I really must be off. Llewellyn’s here.’ He paused, wishing he didn’t have to tell her, but he’d never hear the end of it if she had to find out from the papers. Taking a deep breath, he said quickly, ‘There’s been a murder.’ He allowed sufficient time for her to give an echo of the “M” word, before continuing. ‘Yes. It’s rather a nasty one. A young girl.’
According to Bill Beard, the desk sergeant, the girl had been brutally battered, her face left in such a state that it would have looked more at home on a butcher’s slab. ‘She was found at that private psychiatric hospital here in Elmhurst and—’
His Ma’s swift intake of breath echoed down the line. ‘It’ll be one of them dangerous cyclepaths escaped. They’re always doing it. The people in charge of these places should be locked up. You stay well away, son,’ she advised firmly. ‘Let that superintendent sort it out.’
Rafferty gave a hollow laugh. ‘I am a policeman, Ma. And I’ll be in charge of this one. They promoted me, remember?’ Still smarting from his superior sergeant’s last correction of his own imperfect use of the English language, Rafferty said, ‘And it’s psychopath, not cyclepath. Not that he necessarily is one,’ he added hastily. ‘Just because the girl was found in a psychiatric hospital, doesn’t mean one of the patients did it, you know.’
‘Doesn’t mean to say they didn’t, either,’ she retorted. She tutted worriedly .’Sly as a fox, some of them. You watch your step son.’
He intended to. ‘I’ve got to go.’ No doubt the rest of the team would already be there working hard and calling him rude names in his absence. ‘About Jack, Ma, stop worrying. I’ll see to it.’ He knew he’d never hear the end of that, either, if he didn’t. But at least she’d dropped the matchmaking mama role. For the moment. He lifted the mug to his lips.
‘Thanks son.’ Now pride edged some of the worry out of her voice. ‘I’ll tell Deirdre that “My son, The Police Inspector’s got it in hand, and Jack’s as good as free”.’
Rafferty practically choked on his tea. He wished he shared his Ma’s confidence that springing the prospective bridegroom would be as easy as catching him usually was.
‘Well, I won’t make you late for your murder. Look after yourself, Joseph, and don’t take any nonsense from any of them high and mighty doctors at that hospital. Arrest the lot of them if you have to.’
He almost laughed out loud at this blasphemy from the normally doctor-venerating Kitty Rafferty. It was only his throbbing head that stopped him. Instead, he dryly commented, ‘I’ll bear it in mind, Ma. Good-bye.’

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DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1
British Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder? These are just a few of the questions the detective duo must answer in this first novel in the cozy mystery series. With difficulties besetting them on all sides, including their own superintendent and a media that has decided to adopt the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ as their own personal crusade for justice, newly-promoted Inspector Rafferty has something to prove.

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2
British Detectives Joe Rafferty and his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn, in their second murder mystery investigation, set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But when it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim well, the police investigation shifts to the victim’s family, the wealthy and influential Shores. Rafferty suspects that Charles Shore, not a man known to forgive failure, will use his influence to damage Rafferty’s career should he fail to find the murderer.

DEATH LINE #3 
Third novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series, Death Line sees the detective duo trying to solve the murder mystery of the famed ‘seer’, Jasper Moon, with his own crystal ball. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them appeared very savoury. Moon was a wealthy man, but seems to have written no will; certainly, Detectives Rafferty and Llewellyn can’t find it. In a case involving as many twists and turns as a snake avoiding capture, the detectives must take their murder investigation back through the years to the victim’s youth to answer that question: ‘Who did it?’ And Rafferty fears that after such a long time, the evidence their murder inquiry needs will no longer be there to find.

THE HANGING TREE #4
Fourth novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. This murder mystery involves the detective pair in the case of the vanishing hanged man. But when the hanged man turns up in Dedman Woods for a second time, the British detectives are able to confirm that he is a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Detective Rafferty feels ambivalent about the case from the start. Not sure his desire to solve it is strong enough, he has to fight the feeling that natural justice, in winning out against the judicial sort, has right on its side. The punishment has, in his book, fitted the crime. As the usual police procedure continues towards an unwanted conclusion, Rafferty, caught between the law and his own sense of morality, feels this is an investigation that could cause him to demand his own resignation as a detective.

BOOKS IN THE RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BRITISH MYSTERY SERIES

Game of Bones #18

The Spanish Connection #17

Asking For It #16

Kith and Kill #15

Deadly Reunion #14

Death Dance #13

All the Lonely People #12

Death Dues #11

A Thrust to the Vitals #10

Blood on the Bones #9

Love Lies Bleeding #8

Bad Blood #7

Dying For You #6

Absolute Poison #5

The Hanging Tree #4

Death Line #3

Down Among the Dead Men #2

Dead Before Morning #1

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SERIES REVIEWS

‘Darn good read.’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Great characters and story-line.’

Sergeant Llewellyn’s remark that, perhaps, ‘Someone else’ had made them a gift of Professor Babbington as the murderer, was just sour grapes, in Detective Joe Rafferty’s opinion.

But Llewellyn had planted a tiny doubt where none had existed before. Rafferty, convinced in his own mind that they had the right culprit for the murder of University Administrator, Rupert Hunter-York, forced himself to disregard Llewellyn, who was known to greatly admire Babbington. They had so much proof it was embarrassing: Babbington’s fingerprints on the murder weapon; the victim’s blood on his shirt; and his DNA on the dead man.

So Rafferty couldn’t believe it when his ‘sure thing’ slowly began to unravel. He refused to admit his growing doubts about Babbington’s guilt to Llewellyn, who continued to champion the professor, and was as convinced of Babbington’s innocence as Rafferty was of his culpability.

But then they discovered surprising new evidence, and all Rafferty’s certainty vanished into dust. He prepared himself to face the music when Superintendent Bradley came back from his expensive holiday, to find that the ‘sure thing’ he had left with Rafferty, had inexplicably become anything but. 

Unless Joe Rafferty could find some way to turn defeat into triumph

 

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Newly-promoted British Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder?

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2

A murder victim with no known enemies. A dead patriarch. And a detective who’s struggling.

Rafferty and Llewellyn set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim very well.

DEATH LINE #3

A murdered seer who failed to predict his own future. A partner who refuses to see the murder as an inside job. And a Detective who’s coming up empty. 

The detective duo try to solve the murder, with his own crystal ball, of the famed ‘seer’, Jasper Moon. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them very savoury.

THE HANGING TREE #4

A disappearing murder victim no one would miss. A witness destined to haunt him. And a Detective who felt ambivalent about getting a conviction. 

The detective pair investigate the case of the vanishing hanged man. But when the dead man turns up for a second time, they discover he was a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Was someone acting as the public executioner, dealing out their own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree?

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Interview with Savannah Mae

Author with #25KillerCozies

SAVANNAH MAE AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Savannah Mae. I’m new to self-publishing, but not new to writing professionally. For the last decade, I’ve been writing articles for multiple publications and for websites. I’ve always toyed with the idea of writing a book but pushed the thought out of my head. Earlier this year, I turned forty and declared that this year of my life would be a year of saying no to fear. I did what I thought was impossible and started writing cozy mysteries.

SC: Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I don’t recall any specific moment when I realized I’d wanted to write. I do, however, remember each and every time I convinced myself otherwise. Intuitively, I think I always believed it would happen someday.

SC: What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the second book in my Jinx Cove witches series. The first book is included in this 25-novel bundle.

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SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

My favorite is the only one I’ve completed thus far, Mayhem in Jinx Cove. I’ve probably read it a dozen times or more. I’m proud of what I’ve created and hope readers enjoy it.

SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I love mysteries. When I was growing up, the Nancy Drew series and the Hardy Boys series were staples on my bookshelves. I read them over and over again.

SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

The most challenging part for me was working up the courage to let others read it. Handing it off to beta readers and editors was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.

The most rewarding part is the process. I loved getting out of my daily routine and letting my imagination run wild.

SC: What book is on your nightstand?

I’m currently rereading Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone’s Alphabet Series.

SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

In 2017, I plan on releasing the next two novels in my series.

SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

I want to thank them for taking the time to get to know me and I hope they’ll love Mayhem in Jinx Cove as much as I do.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website/blog – http://savannahmaemysteries.blogspot.co.uk/

(Savannah is a new author, so she doesn’t have an official website yet, and no FB or Twitter as yet.)

AUTHOR BIO

Savannah Mae is the author of the Jinx Cove cozy mystery series. Purveyor of quirky, kooky, charming cozy mysteries and the mayhem that surrounds them.

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Getting closer to release date! Excited?I’ll say. I don’t know what to do with myself!

 

If you haven’t read my previous post. This is 20+ authors attempt to crack the USA Today Best seller charts. I know. Scary, right?

Authors who have been in this game for a while, are only too used to failure and rejection, so this ambitious attempt is a shot in the arm!

Our leader and inspiration for this enterprise, is our lovely fellow author, called Ava Mallory. All I can say is Go, Ava, Go!

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