I'm also plugging away at the second book in the Auburn Notch Mysteries.

Sheriff Promise Flynn returns, and the second book introduces
Alice Norbury and her friend Dr. Sam Chase.

Surface Waves (working title).

     Alice Norbury was a retired Boston law clerk, returning to Auburn Notch after the unfortunate accidental death of her husband, Wilson. This small summer resort town, tucked into the woods surrounding Auburn Lake, boasted a record of no criminal deaths since it was founded in 1747. All that went to hell in a hand basket when her old friend Dr. Sam Chase, a discredited USGS seismologist, arrived. It isn't long before his demons from the past catch up to him, announcing their arrival with two murders in the same week. As spring shakes off the last remnants of winter Alice finds herself between a sheriff determined to indict Sam for the murders and a homegrown terrorist determined to silence Sam before he exposes his plan.

     Live Free or Die suddenly takes
on a whole new meaning in this peaceful New Hampshire town.

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Between Good And Evil

     Years after the Willis Asylum closed, the secrets of its past lingered in its decaying halls as a reminder to the good people of Auburn Notch—when Evil closes a door, he also opens a window. Sheriff Promise Flynn was new to the town, and she was about to find out some windows should never be opened.  

     Promise Flynn is an overly impulsive Metro Detective whose disregard for procedure finally resulted in her being shot and left for dead during an investigation. To repair her bruised ego and splintered confidence she abandons the callous dark alleys of Chicago to patrol the quiet, birch-lined streets of Auburn Notch—a favorite vacation spot of her youth. For two years everything was idyllic, until the body of a young girl found in the abandoned asylum outside of town awakens the insecurities she thought her new life would insulate her from. As the new Sheriff she begins her investigation ignoring the similarities between the young woman’s death and her own case, oblivious to being unexpectedly recognized and penciled in at the top of a clever murderer’s To-Do list. Her internal struggle intensifies when a discredited crime reporter from the past suspiciously arrives in town to resurrect his threadbare reputation, along with an FBI agent chasing down a lead in a cold case. Both men quickly become entangled in Flynn's investigation and her attempts to finally put her past to rest. Flynn reluctantly accepts the murder of the young girl might be the work of the two men responsible for her hasty departure from Chicago, but Agent MacGregor insists the evidence points to a man he’s been chasing. As the rising current of her past threatens to pull her under, Flynn finds herself unprepared for option three.

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