My new novel "Secret Keepers and Skinny Shadows If Lee Perkins has learned one thing as a researcher and editor, it’s that when his suspicions collide with the evidence, he should always follow where the trail leads him. So when he comes across mysterious letters with information about a fifty-year-old unsolved murder, he is compelled to take notice. The victim? Bert Grayson, a known fighter and drinker from the rough side of town, found in a dark alley with his throat slit. The police ended their investigation after a couple of weeks due to a lack of evidence—or so they say. Through her letters to Bert’s sister, a young barmaid named Lillian Grace claims the whole thing was a cover-up, and the cops were in on it, too. Now it’s up to Lee to investigate Lillian’s claims and get to the bottom of a mystery more than half a century old, uncovering secrets that many have taken to their graves, and that many more have spent decades trying to forget. But after fifty years, will it be too late to bring Bert’s killer the justice he deserves? Mary A Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron and a member of the Crested Butte Writers in Crested Butte, Colorado. She has been married to her husband, Larry, for forty-six years, and together they have two children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Russell has spent five years researching the content of Secret Keepers and Skinny Shadows.
Secret Keepers and Skinny Shadows
An intricate and captivating read throughout. Russell instinctively understands the devices of suspense and tension and uses them to maximum effect. Not by stringing a series of contrived events one after another in a tedious stream of clichés, but by creating a pervasive atmosphere of intrigue and peril which genuinely immerses the reader in the culminating mystery. Written with an acerbic pen Russell moves confidently between time frames with rich thematic undertones that bring each era to life. There is enough here to sate the most demanding of armchair sleuths. "Book Viral"
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