Book Series Recommendation | The McLaren Mysteries by Jo A. Hiestand and @WildRosePress #mystery #bo


Author Jo A. Hiestand

Genre British Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

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One year ago, Marta Hughes won a purse-choking sum of money at a local casino. She never returned home. Her body was discovered in a ditch twelve miles from her home; her car was back in her driveway. Linnet Isherwood cannot let her friend's unsolved murder rest. She convinces ex-cop Michael McLaren to return to the work he loves. He sifts through a confusing web of lies, misconceptions and veiled motives. Are anonymous late-night phone calls, a vanished hitchhiker, and a stalker wielding empty beer bottles somehow related to the case? Or maybe the woman he broke off with is seeking revenge.

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“What’s the matter with you, McLaren? I said, it’s not your case. Mr. Forester attacked Mr. Antony so severely that the wrought iron poker bent over his head, for God’s sake! That’s proof of an assault. That and Mr. Antony’s blood on it. It’s a clear case of Section 18, causing grievous bodily harm. And, if Mr. Antony dies, it’ll become a case of murder.”

The years of antagonism seemed to solidify into this exact moment. And now, in his friend’s pub, McLaren felt the determination to help others, the need that had sent him into the Force in the first place, growing within him. The anger and frustration at seeing Nigel Forester so wrongly arrested spilled out. He strode to the CSI officer, grabbed the poker, and marched into the men’s loo. Turning on the cold-water tap, he thrust the poker under the running water. As he moved the poker back and forth, he wiped the blood and hair from the tool. When he had removed all the physical traces, he straightened the poker over his knee. Satisfied, he strode back into the main room and threw the poker onto a table. The poker bounced once as it thudded against the table’s wooden surface.

“Now where’s your evidence?” McLaren barked, hatred in his eyes as he glared at Harvester.

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Author Biography

Jo A. Hiestand is the founding president of the Greater St Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime. She graduated with a BA degree in English and departmental honors from Webster University.

She writes two British mystery series that are based in Derbyshire. She’s been a secretary and a graphic designer.

Her hobbies include photography, music and researching the Scottish branch of her family.

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Author Jo A. Hiestand

Genre British Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

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One dark night, popular singer Kent Harrison goes missing after his performance at Staffordshire, England’s Tutbury Castle. When his body's found in a forest, the police investigation focuses on Kent's ex-wife, a local herbalist, a covetous colleague, and even the curator of another castle who tried to lure Kent into performing there. But his occasional singing partner, Dave Morley, seems to have the biggest motive. He's dying to make his name, money, and the big time, especially at the medieval Minstrels Court reenactment, where Kent's appearance guarantees SRO. Did Dave murder Kent to eliminate the competition...or had their partnership struck a wrong chord? To entice him into investigating, ex-cop Michael McLaren's girlfriend plays detective. But Dena ends up in great danger. Now McLaren must not only solve Kent's murder but also rescue her, a hard task when a blast of jealousy, anger, and lies mutes the truth.

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“I want a bit of information about the scene. As long as I’m here, I may as well go over it properly. It’ll save time. What do you remember about it?” He stood a moment, imagining the scene as it was one year ago. Snippets of television news items flashed in his mind’s eye, crowding into Jamie’s narrative. “White male, forty-five years old, local music teacher.”

“Last seen wearing jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.”

“At the Minstrels Court, right?”

“Yeah. He was last seen carrying a guitar case—”

“I’d heard it was a cello case.”

Jamie sighed and went on without comment. “A few witnesses said he was carrying a dark rucksack.”

“Must’ve been mistaken. That wasn’t at the crime scene.”

“Unless the murderer pinched it. Witnesses saw him drive off in a late model Land Rover.”

“Not a new Range Rover? Are you sure?”

“He was last seen talking to the castle’s curator,” Jamie said more loudly, as if volume alone would correct his friend’s misinformation.

McLaren refrained from saying the newscast had ID’d the person as a young female fan.

“But that was never verified about the curator. It could’ve possibly been his fiancée.”

The possibilities echoed in his head. Last seen…last seen…last seen in the forest near Kirkfield. Dead.

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Author Jo A. Hiestand

Genre British Mystery

Publisher The Wild Rose Press

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Janet Ennis tragically died five years ago in what the police labeled an accidental fire. But Janet’s mother, Nora, believes it to be murder and arson. And she’s hoping ex-cop Michael McLaren can prove it quickly, for she’s losing her memory to dementia. As McLaren pokes through the case details, he becomes emotionally involved with the dead woman. Yet, Janet isn’t the only person who threatens mental well-being. A series of arsons on his own property hint that he’s upset someone connected with this case.

Motives for Janet’s murder rise like the smoky tendrils of a fire. And, motive aside, the murder scene seems a bit too pat: a drought-stricken landscape eager