Celebrate MURDER CROSSED HER MIND with Stephen Spotswood


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Murder Crossed Her Mind by Stephen Spotswood December 5Join us to celebrate the release of local favorite Stephen Spotswood's latest book in the Pentecost and Parker mystery series, MURDER CROSSED HER MIND! He'll be joined by fellow amazing author Jessica Spotswood, who just happens to be his wife! Rest assured there'll be no holds barred in what is sure to be an awesome conversation. 

The latest action-packed installment in the Nero Award–winning Pentecost & Parker Mystery series follows Lillian and Will tracking the suspicious disappearance of a woman who might have known too much. From the author of Fortune Favors the Dead and Murder Under Her Skin.

Vera Bodine, an elderly shut-in with an exceptional memory, has gone missing and famed detective Lillian Pentecost and her crackerjack assistant Willowjean “Will” Parker have been hired to track her down. But the New York City of 1947 can be a dangerous place, and there’s no shortage of people who might like to get ahold of what’s in Bodine’s head. 

Does her disappearance have to do with the high-profile law firm whose secrets she still keeps; the violent murder of a young woman, with which Bodine had lately become obsessed; or is it the work she did with the FBI hunting Nazi spies intent on wartime sabotage? Any and all are on the suspect list, including their client, Forest Whitsun, hotshot defense attorney and no friend to Pentecost and Parker. 

The clock is ticking to get Bodine back alive, but circumstances conspire to pull both investigators away from the case. Will is hot on the trail of a stickup team who are using her name—and maybe her gun—for their own ends. While Lillian again finds herself up against murder-obsessed millionaire Jessup Quincannon, who has discovered a secret from her past—something he plans to use to either rein the great detective in . . . or destroy her. 

To solve this mystery, and defeat their own personal demons, the pair will have to go nose-to-nose with murderous gangsters, make deals with conniving federal agents, confront Nazi spies, and bend their own ethical rules to the point of breaking. Before time runs out for everyone.

Stephen Spotswood is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and educator. As a journalist, he has spent much of the last two decades writing about the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the struggles of wounded veterans. His dramatic work has been widely produced across the United States and he is the winner of the 2021 Nero Award for best American mystery. He makes his home in Washington, DC with his wife, young adult author Jessica Spotswood.

He'll be joined in conversation by Jessica Spotswood! (Order her books here.)

Jessica Spotswood is the author of the fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of the feminist anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element and co-editor of Toil & Trouble. Her most recent novel is Great or Nothing, a World War II-era reimagining of Little Women, co-written with Joy McCullough, Tess Sharpe, and Caroline Tung Richmond. Jess lives in Washington, DC, where she works for the DC Public Library.

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Fortune Favors the Dead: A Pentecost and Parker Mystery By Stephen Spotswood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593310755
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 3rd, 2021

Murder Under Her Skin: A Pentecost and Parker Mystery By Stephen Spotswood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593312803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - October 11th, 2022

Secrets Typed in Blood: A Pentecost and Parker Mystery By Stephen Spotswood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593469040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - October 10th, 2023

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