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Mystery writer Rachel Sharpe is on Wednesday Writers today talking about the allure of mystery. She’s also sharing an excerpt from the third book of her Jordan James PI series, Bitter Retribution. Welcome, Rachel!
There is something about mystery novels that has captivated its readers. Whether it’s the characters or the plot itself, that genre has always reached a wide range of people. For me personally, it has always been one of my favorite genres ever since I can remember. And of all the types of mystery, detective stories or “who dun it’s” are my favorite.
That’s why I enjoyed writing “Bitter Retribution.” Set on location of a popular television sitcom filming in the Rocky Mountains, Jordan James finds herself with a front row seat to a real life murder. With time of the essence and other lives at stake, including her own, Jordan has to race to catch the culprit.
When I write, I try to write stories I would enjoy reading, which is another reason “Bitter Retribution” is such a fun book. Celebrities, snow, and murder – what better way to begin the winter season?
By Rachel Sharpe
“What started out as a star-studded vacation has turned into a sensational avalanche…”
When private investigator Jordan James decided to join her best friend on the set of her hit television series in the Rocky Mountains, she had no idea she would become a key player in a murder mystery more suited for the big screen than the slopes. With one actor dead and a killer on the loose, can Jordan uncover the culprit before another victim makes headlines on Hollywood Minute?
Bitter Retribution Excerpt
By Rachel Sharpe
“Don’t let your tears flow,” she insisted passionately from the screen. I glanced up and saw Roch and Nikole embracing while the KGB closed in on them. Slowly, a crescendo of brass arose as Roch and Nikole fought gallantly to their deaths. The credits began and I glanced at the clock. It was ten.
“What garbage,” I laughed aloud, grinning at the thought of meeting Roch Turner the next afternoon. I turned off the television and stretched. Yawning, I walked into my bedroom. After doing one more double-check, I was satisfied I had not forgotten anything. I got ready for bed before climbing beneath my heavy, down comforter and closing my eyes. Sighing contentedly, I thought with excitement about seeing Heather for the first time in six months, skiing in the Rockies, and watching a hit sitcom being filmed. This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever, I thought happily. pushing images of Rick from my mind.
As I succumbed to the tranquility of slumber, eagerly awaiting a much-needed vacation, I had no idea of the depth and complexity of the situation in which I would soon be enmeshed. I had no idea of the sheer magnitude of the vendetta in which I would find myself, a senseless dispute which began years before my own birth. If I had, I would have ripped my flight itinerary up into a million tiny pieces and stayed in the warm haven of my bed.
Want to read more? Bitter Retribution is available on Amazon.
Also Available in the Jordan James, PI Series – Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction
About the Author
Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, and Bitter Retribution, all part of the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area. Connect with Rachel on Facebook and Twitter