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A Sacrificial Matter by Ilona Fridl is a Pot 'O Gold event pick #historicalmystery #books #giveaway


A Sacrificial Matter


Ilona Fridl


Historical Mystery

Book Blurb:

A naked man in a graveyard… Detectives Amos and Sarah Darcy have dealt with quite a few unusual mysteries, but who cut down the naked man in the graveyard with a broadsword at midnight? When Sheriff Sam Lindsey calls on them to help solve the murder, Sarah risks her life to go undercover into a world of spiritualism and crime to find the murderer and the motive.


After anxiously watching Sarah drive down the street, Amos strode into the office to find their secretary and receptionist, Mary Flanagan, clucking over the ledger. Amos hung his fedora on the hat tree next to the door and went to her desk. “Something wrong?”

“Mr. Taylor has again not paid a penny for your watchin’ his wife. It’s been a month since we heard from him.” Her green eyes flashed in Celtic umbrage.

Amos stroked his mustache. “Hmm. It must be since I told him his wife hasn’t been sneaking out when he wasn’t home. You can’t even please some people with good news.” He thought a minute. “You can send him a letter expressing our outrage. What do you think?”

She took out a letterhead and snapped it into the typewriter. “I’ll give him a date when we’ll be expectin’ it. If it isn’t in, I’ll confront the man m’self!”

Amos chuckled. “That should move him.” Amos went into his office and went through neglected paperwork while he waited to hear from Sam. Mary appeared at the door some time later.

She handed him several envelopes for stamps. “Here’s the statements for the outstandin’ invoices. I can post them on m’way home. Sir, may I be leavin’ early this afternoon?”

“Something wrong?”

“No, sir. I’m goin’ to a lecture this evenin’ with my friend Annie. It’s at the town hall.”

Amos handed her the mail. “I’ve seen posters around town. It’s that spiritualist nonsense, isn’t it?”

“Oh, there’s a lot in this world that is not known.”

Amos snorted. “I’m sure, but most of the knowledge they have comes off the side of the road with the rest of the―manure.”

“Do ya not believe in spirits?”

“Never met one.”

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

It's a fun mystery with characters from my Dangerous Times series set in 1920s Alaska.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $15 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.

Runs March 9 – March 19, 2023.

Winner will be drawn on March 20, 2023.

Author Biography:

Ilona Fridl grew up in Los Angeles, California until she was 21 years old. She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was going to give it a year. Meeting her future husband, Mark, she has marked over 50 years in SE Wisconsin where her adult daughter, and granddaughter thrive. She started writing when she was in high school, selling a few short stories along the way. Attempting a novel in the mid 1990s, she sold her first novel in the late 2000s. She has eight novels out today. Is a member of RWA.

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2 comentarios

16 mar 2023

No funny stories but teaching my kids about st patty day and wearing green was funny,

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10 mar 2023

Thank you, Ilona, for sharing your book in our Pot 'O Gold Bookish Event!

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