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Southwest of Love and Murder by @brendawhitesid2 is a Mystery Festival pick #romanticsuspense #99c

Title: Southwest of Love and Murder

Author: Brenda Whiteside

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her...or murder to follow her.

Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.

With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.


Phoebe shuddered and stilled.

Like the aftershocks of an earthquake, trembling overtook her body. Her knees wobbled, but Mason caught her before she collapsed.

“What’s wrong?” He hugged her briefly then brought his face even with hers. “Phoebe, tell me. Why are you shaking? What’s happened?”

“Oh my God, Mason.” She spread her hands on his chest and glanced back at the bathroom. “Tell someone to call an ambulance. Hurry!”

He took a step toward the ladies’ room, but she grabbed his shirtfront. “No!” She peered around him and shouted. “Someone call nine one one.”

Mason touched his pocket. “My cell’s in the truck.” He grabbed the shoulder of a male customer, the closest person to them. “You got a cell on you?”

The man nodded and pulled a phone from his pocket.

“Call nine one one right now. There’s been…” His face questioned her.

“Someone’s badly hurt in the bathroom. Oh hell, hurry!” She thumped her palms against his chest.

The man pulled out his cell as he raced into the ladies’ room.

Phoebe wrapped her arms around Mason, tipped her chin upward, and found the words. “It’s that waitress, Mason. Carla.”

His expression went blank, from concern for her to no comprehension.

“There’s so much blood.” She stifled a gag, the sweet, copper penny reek still heavy in her nostrils. “Her throat.” A shudder rippled the length of her body. “I think she’s dead.”

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Why is your featured book a must-read?

It’s a great deal at $.99 August 6-20. And for those who love their audio, it’s available as an audiobook too.

Undercover Book Reviews

WOW!!!...a ride you sure as heck don’t see coming! 5 Stars

Lockdown/Samie Sands

The story is complex and the twists and turns are unexpected. I don't think it's like anything else within the same genre and that's what makes it stand out from the crowd. 5 Stars

Harp’s Reviews

This book is a great murder mystery. Great read that was hard to put down. 5 Stars

Giveaway –

Enter to win an e-book bundle of all 42 books featured in the Mystery and Suspense Bookish Event:

Open Internationally.

Runs August 11 – 17, 2020.

Winner will be drawn on August 24, 2020.

Author Biography:

Brenda Whiteside is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure romance. Mostly. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have decided they are gypsies at heart, splitting their time between Northern Arizona and the RV life. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW is fishing, Brenda writes stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

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Aug 14, 2020

@habusailor Thank you so much!


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Aug 14, 2020

It's always great to be here, Mrs. N.


Unknown member
Aug 14, 2020

What a great book and the whole series is another one of Brenda great creations. She continues to put out great stories with just enough suspense, romance and spice. I think I am up to date on all her books and looking for more to come.


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N. N. Light
Aug 14, 2020

Thank you, Brenda, for sharing your book in our Mystery and Suspense Book Festival. What a great deal for such a fantastic book!

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