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'Shanghai Road,' a Whiskey River Mystery, Book 3

My original work in progress title was "Whiskey River Blues" but after I completed it, tacking on a Whiskey River Mystery just sounded well... redundant. So we'll see how this one goes... 

       Shanghai Road is set in small town Whiskey River. A farming/ranching town small enough to know your neighbors and big enough for a bad guy to move in a create mayhem. Until he's caught. Or she. 

     A newcomer to Whiskey River is Allie Espinoza. She's a young woman who's been through the system as an orphan, a street urchin, then a pickpocket in Minnesota (shockingly, the same state as the intrepid small town police chief, Alexandra Makela, but luckily, not the same town). Allie has made a clean break of her past--all of it--to become a licensed private investigator. 

     What starts as investigating insurance fraud, brings Allie to a completely different crime. Murder. 

     Of course. When new people move in, murder seems to lurk around the corner. 

     But Allie has Deputy Ben Johnson in her corner. 

     They grew up together. 

     More like Ben spent the better part of his years in foster care protecting Allie from one abuser to the next. 

     Allie and Ben parted ways when she was adopted and Ben left the orphanage. 

    Fast forward to the future. Ben is divorced with kids. Allie is a private investigator. And they don't recognize each other. So while Ben chases her down, she continues to run. 

     Until running is no longer the option. 

     Because a murderer is out there, she knows it. Ben believes her. Even without proof. 

     And Allie's going to bring the murderer down.

Expect to see this novel October, November, or December, 2024

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Downtown Whiskey River

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Allie Espinoza & Deputy Ben Johnson. He's waiting to take Allie for a ride on his 1987 Kawasaki and go solve a murder.  Stock AI photos: Adobe Stock.

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