He's straight, she's gay. In politically liberal Seattle, that's not a problem until they both find the same woman irresistible. Suddenly their wonderful working relationship is intolerable.
At the center of their attention is radio announcer, Jasmine James. Beautiful and sultry, James has a sexual appetite big enough to satisfy both detectives. The two officers are not the only ones obsessed with the Love Songs host. A crazed fan kidnaps Jasmine James while four of her male listeners are discovered dead with a single bullet to their ear as her Love Songs program plays softly in the background. The pressure is on the Seattle cops to find the murderer and locate James before her air runs out.
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Jasmine James is a well-know radio personality in Seattle who has attracted a creepy stalker. Nick Winston meets Jasmine during the course of his investigation into a peculiar murder. Nick is smitten by the breathy beauty and her non-too-subtle hints that she finds him attractive, as well. When Jasmine is abducted, Nick is tenacious in his efforts to locate and save her. He and his partner, Pat Strom, pull-off an astonishing feat and manage to capture the stalker, but Jasmine’s where-abouts remains unknown. Finally, though, their dogged investigation produces results. But meanwhile, more men are dying; each with surprising similarities in circumstantial and forensic evidence. Pressure mounts on Nick and Pat to solve the murders. Then the unthinkable happens.
With enough twists to keep even the most experienced armchair sleuth guessing, this novel is an unusual and exciting foray into the seedy side of jealousy, revenge, and desire. I thought the character development throughout was outstanding. Even though the murderer’s identity becomes obvious to the reader about 75% into the book the story remained spellbinding to the very end. Well-written, intense, and savvy; this mystery will not disappoint.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always wanted to write from the first time I picked up a book. My first book was called Other Victims. It’s lost somewhere in the belly of my garage where it belongs. It was a cathartic experience to kill off an ex-husband. Oddly, enough that ex became a dear friend of mine before he passed away of natural causes. After taking a romance novel writing course at a local community college a few years ago, I started getting serious about my writing. Out of that class a group of us formed a critique group that is a nurturing support for my writing.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
One of my favorite characters in The Love Songs Murders is Jasmine James. Pampered and promiscuous, Jasmine controls the people in her life with her good looks and exceptional voice talent. Through extreme adversity, she comes to grips with her sex addiction and her appalling self-centered behavior.
Tell us about your current release.
The Love Songs Murders is a mystery involving two
homicide detectives, Nick Winston and Pat Strom. One is straight, one is gay. They banter their way through investigations until a beautiful woman turns both of their heads. Suddenly their working relationship is strained, then broken. At the center of their attention is Jasmine James, host of The Love Songs Radio Show. The popular radio announcer is kidnapped by an obsessed fan. To complicate the case, several of Jasmine’s male listeners are being murdered. It’s the detectives’ job to find Jasmine before her air runs and find out who is killing Love Songs listeners. Another big question is answered as well. Who gets the girl? Seattle
My next release is a sequel to The Love Songs Murders. The working title is The Innocent.
detectives, Nick Winston and Pat Strom are called in on the case of a murdered child. The five-year-old angelic girl is found strangled in a Seattle park. The detectives are suspicious of the mother’s boyfriend, a charismatic local preacher. But the child’s father is discovered to have some unsavory sexual charges in his past as well. The two cops sift through the clues to find the monster who took the life of the innocent child. Seattle
Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
My greatest inspiration was my high school English teacher, Larry Flanders. He was not only my English teacher, but our high school drama coach. He had such a passion for words that it stoked the literary fires in me. I recently had the distinct pleasure of reconnecting with him at a high school reunion. We have developed a lively correspondence and Mr. Flanders has invited me and my grandson to visit with him and his family in
next summer. What a treat! Michigan
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
My writing critique group has nurtured and encouraged me. The five of us meet monthly and submit our efforts to each other for review. The ladies are all very literate, encouraging and insightful. I trust them implicitly. It’s like a free editing service to boot. In August we took a trip to the
coast and spent a few days soaking up sunshine, walking on the beach, working on our individual projects, and sipping on lavender margaritas. It was invigorating and fun. Washington
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write when I have any spare minutes. My life is segmented in tiny blocks of time. I work for the Social Security Administration and am raising my grandson. He is active in Boy Scouts, school and church-related activities. It makes for a very busy life. So carving out time for writing is always a struggle. I write mostly in the early morning and on weekends. My house suffers, but I keep my eye on what’s important. Dawson, my grandson is first and my writing second.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing my books is finding time to refine them. I spit out the original, but finding the precious hours to edit and strip away the yuk is a real challenge for me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Marshall spent thirty years as a radio announcer. One of her jobs was a love songs radio show called Lights Out. She now is devoting herself to her two great passions, raising her grandson, Dawson and writing. Kelly Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest and is working on her next novel about Seattle Homicide Detectives Pat Strom and Nick Winston.
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