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Something Shady at Sunshine Haven by @Kris_Bock is a Cozy Mystery Event pick #mystery #giveaway



Title:

Something Shady at Sunshine Haven


Author:

Kris Bock


Genre:

humorous amateur detective mystery


Book Blurb:


Injured in a bombing, Kate Tessler returns to her hometown in Arizona with new scars, a limp, and pain meds that give her brain fog. For the first time in her life, she's starting to feel her age (49), even though she's living like a teenager again: staying with her father, trying to understand why her sister resents her so much, and running into old friends who still think of her as Kitty.



Kate has followed the most dangerous news stories around the world. But can she survive going home?


Something Shady at Sunshine Haven is the first in the Accidental Detective series and made Barnes & Noble's list of “Handpicked Favorites You'll Love!”


Excerpt:


My childhood home had faded in the harsh Arizona sun and now showed its age—rather like me. I’d never dreamed of living here again after thirty years of traveling the world.


This is temporary. You’ll find a way out.


“Do you need help?” My sister had already hinted that picking me up at the airport had been one more burden in her busy life.


“I got it.” I eased out of the car and limped to the trunk to retrieve my travel backpack, still getting used to my new cane. My thigh throbbed where the doctors had dug out the shrapnel and stitched it back together with Frankenstein scars. My usual fast stride was an awkward hobble up the walkway. My luggage might have been “light,” considering it held everything I owned, but it still nudged the airline’s weight limit.


The front door opened, and I forced a smile. Jen disappeared inside, and Dad and I stood face-to-face.


Our smiles faltered. I dropped the backpack and stumbled into his arms. Tension drained out of my body. I blinked back tears and felt his frailty, the tremor in his hands. He smelled like Dad with a hint of a newer scent, something that only seemed to come from old men.


“Welcome home,” he whispered.


“It’s good to be home.” I needed to rest and heal, and where better to do that than in my parents’ house? In a few weeks—I promised myself weeks, not months, and definitely not years—I would be well enough to return to journalism. “How’s Mom?”


“Good. Well, you know. She’s settled in. She can’t wait to see you.”


I didn’t ask if she’d remember me. I hadn’t noticed signs of Alzheimer’s on my last visit, but that had been a year ago, and Jen assured me Mom had faded fast.


“Hey, a friend of yours runs the care home. She gave me a message for you. Said it was urgent.” He shuffled through the mail on the little table by the door.


I couldn’t think of any friends in Arizona. I hadn’t had any here since my childhood. My friends were scattered around the world, wherever news was happening. If she ran the nursing home, she might hope I’d write a story on the facility to promote it, or do some free PR work. Drat. Were people going to treat me like I had nothing better to do than give away my time?


Double drat. I did not, in fact, have anything better to do. And I wanted a nap.


Dad handed me an envelope. I leaned on the door and propped my cane against the table so I had two hands to tear open the envelope. The handwritten message inside was brief:


Kitty—Please come see me ASAP. I need your help.


—Heather Garcia


“She sounded . . .” Dad hesitated. “She asked about your journalism and begged me to bring you in as soon as possible.”

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What makes your featured book a must-read?


Reviewers say the series is a page-turner – and the midlife detective is a bonus!


“This is a fast-paced book that keeps you thinking. It’s a great jump start for this new series. I will anxiously await the second book.” – Socrates’ Book Reviews


“Something Shady at Sunshine Haven by Kris Bock grabbed me from the first page to the last.” – Novels Alive


“A great start to a new series... Readers will enjoy this new cozy mystery and eagerly wait for more sleuthing with Kate and the Coffee Shop Irregulars!” – Reading is my Superpower


“Bock’s story offers proof positive that no one outgrows the need for more maturity and self-discovery.” – Rebecca M Douglas, Author


Giveaway –

Enter to win a $15 Amazon US or Amazon Canada gift card


Open Internationally. You must have an active Amazon US or CA account to win. Runs October 12 – October 19, 2022. Winner will be drawn on October 20, 2022.



Author Biography:


Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In the humorous Accidental Detective series, a witty journalist solves mysteries in Arizona and tackles the challenges of turning fifty. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café.


Get a free Accidental Detective short story and bonus material when you sign up for her newsletter. You’ll also get a free 30-page sweet romance set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café and a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.



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4 Comments


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
Oct 16, 2022

I love cozy mysteries because they are fun & they are sort of like puzzles & I love puzzles!

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Kris Bock
Kris Bock
Oct 12, 2022

Great to be here!

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Rita Wray
Rita Wray
Oct 12, 2022

I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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N. N. Light
N. N. Light
Oct 12, 2022

Thank you, Kris, for sharing your book in our Cozy Mystery Bookish Event!

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