Ta to the Talented Sandi Wallace

My heartfelt thanks to Australia-based crime writer Sandi Wallace for her four-star review of The Connecticut Corpse Caper.  The first book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series details the crazy antics at a haunted antebellum mansion that “launched” the P.I. careers of JJ, Rey, and Linda.

The Connecticut Corpse Caper is the first in the Triple Threat Mysteries and my first read of this author. It’s a fun twist on the traditional isolated country house whodunnit trope – the writer’s style is energetic and brims with quirky humour and description. There’s a posh mansion, tonnes of hidden passageways, a singing-talking ghost, and a cast of both likeable and unlikeable characters all required to stay a week to inherit a packet of money. When the body count rises, corpses disappear and unexpected parties make an entrance, it’s time for our amateur sleuths to get to work to solve the case. A very enjoyable cosy mystery. (Reviewed on March 11, 2020)

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WPSandi2Sandi’s love of crime stories and avid interest in policing enabled her to step into crime-writer shoes, with successful results!  She has won numerous prizes for her short crime fiction, including several Scarlet Stiletto Awards.  Her debut novel, Tell Me Why (the first in the Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series), won the Davitt Award Readers’ Choice.  Congrats Sandi!

Equally exciting is the fact that her fourth rural thriller, Black Cloud, will be released on July 22nd 2020 and her entire back-list will be republished (with more titles in the pipeline).  As an FYI, Black Cloud, Tell Me WhyDead Again and Into the Fog are currently available for at your favorite Amazon store.

At present, Sandi is working on a standalone psychological thriller—something for us readers to look forward to!

WPSandi1You can follow Sandi Wallace’s book news via her Facebook page (Sandi Wallace – Author), as well as Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.

Please connect with Sandi here:

https://www.instagram.com/sandiwallacecrime/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8431978.Sandi_Wallace

https://www.sandiwallace.com/.

Seri—ously … ?

Hi, it’s Linda.  The Boss had “stuff” to take care of today, so I stepped in.  Given the three of us at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency have had cases with multiple murders/murderers, we thought it might be interesting to look at serial killers. 

While the murderers in The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi did kill a few people who crossed their paths, we never truly viewed them as “serial killers” (or SKs, as Rey likes to call them).  They executed people for specific reasons.  The National Institute of Justice, by the way, defines a serial killer—SK—as a person who has committed two or more separate murders, generally with some psychological and/or sadistic sexual aspect.  Wikipedia defines an SK as someone who has killed three or more people.

There was a time—the latter part of the 20th century specifically—when there appeared to be a glut of them.  Remember Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, John Wayne Gacy, The Zodiac Killer, The Hillside Stranglers . . . ? 

Did you know, though, that the number of serial killers has dropped 85% in 30 years?  In fact, the FBI says they account for less that 1% of killings.  (I wonder if the writers of Criminal Minds considered that.)   Some of the reasons were that the latter part of the 20th century had turbulent times, people moved frequently, and hitchhiking was common.  Finding victims wasn’t overly difficult.  Moreover, computerized databases and data banks, and utilizing DNA for forensic purposes, didn’t exist until more recently.  Add to that: longer prison sentences and reduced parole, as well as the abundance of security cameras.

In case you were wondering as to the types of SKs, there are said to be four major ones.

Visionary

These serial killers hear—and respond to—voices or visions, which compel them to murder certain types of people.  Visionaries tend to be psychotic.

Mission-Oriented

This one experiences a need to kill certain people that fall under a given group (call girls, women/wives, transient workers, those with certain religious alliances or a particular race, as examples), but this type isn’t considered psychopathic or psychotic.

These former two tend to be focused on the act of killing and do so swiftly.

Power- & Control-Oriented

This SK experiences sexual gratification by dominating and humiliating victims.  Sociopaths, they live by their own rules and guidelines.  They also like to play God by being in control of life and death.  Many famous serial killers fall under his category.

Hedonistic

This one experiences a connection between violence and sexual gratification.  Feeling pleasure from the act, he/she has “eroticized” the experience.  A hedonistic killer takes the time to torture or mutilate a victim.  You’ll find this type of serial killer in novels and movies.

These former two are focused on the process of killing; they enjoy torturing their victims and derive delight from the slow deaths they produce.

Based on interviews and subjective data, not every serial killer falls under one type and many are more than one type.

Eighty percent of SKs are white males between the ages of 25-34 and are charismatic, bright, and mobile.  Their killings, at least initially, tend to be meticulously planned.  They also develop over time and learn from mistakes so that they can “improve” their killing methods/styles.  Women SKs, by the way, do exist and generally tend to kill for the same reasons as their male counterparts.  Unless they have a male partner, however, they don’t tend to sexually assault or physically maim their victims. 

Another general fact: many were mistreated or neglected as children and many abuse drugs and alcohol.

Other labels include “organized” versus “disorganized” and “asocial” versus “non-social”, but the majority appear to be organized and non-social.

There’s simply too much information to impart in a post, but as gruesome as some of it can be, it’s also—as Mr. Spock would say—fascinating.  If you’re interested, I’d highly recommend you go googling.

WPsk2Meanwhile, our latest case, Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha, may—possibly—feature an SK.  This crafty and creative individual is certainly keeping us, and our police pals, on our private-eye toes.

 

Day 5 – Gotta Love Shameless Self-Promotion and What Better Day . . .

. . . than Valentine’s Day!

Maybe you’d love to partake of the discount / free promotion for The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

Promotion price for both are yes, indeedy-do:  FREE

Caper: A haunted antebellum mansion, several corpses, and a slew of suspects inspire JJ, Rey and Linda, to become P.I.s.  In fact, they so loved being amateur sleuths, the trio moves to beautiful Hawaii and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with respectable success.

Hula: Our aspiring private eyes take on their first official case: discovering the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. All appears straightforward enough—until the wife is found murdered on the lovely oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda determine to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across more than one “secret” and trip over a few bodies . . . and don’t they just love the challenge(s)!

Here are various Amazon links (because I love to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

xox

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Day 4 – Some More Shameless Self-Promotion (coz I just Can’t Provide Enough)

The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie are still available for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for both:  FREE  

Caper: A haunted antebellum mansion, several corpses, and a slew of suspects inspire JJ, Rey and Linda, to become P.I.s.  The threesome moves to beautiful Hawaii and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with decent success.

Hula: Our aspiring private eyes take on their first official case: discovering the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. All seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead along the lovely oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda determine to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across more than one “secret” and trip over a few bodies.

Here are various [messy looking] Amazon links (coz I’m not that technically brilliant when it comes to them, LOL):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you.

Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

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Day 3 – More Bout(s) of Shameless Self-Promotion(s)

Aloha Wednesday.

WP2Don’t forget, please – The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse Caper (Feb 10 – 14):  FREE

A haunted mansion, a number of corpses, and a sundry of suspects motivate JJ, Rey and Linda, to become private eyes.  The trio moves to beautiful Oahu and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with not too shabby success.

WP1And starting today (through the 16th), you can also receive Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie free.

The novice private eyes take on their first official paying assignment: discovering the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Here are various Amazon links (to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you kindly!

Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

Day 2 of Another Bout of Shameless Self-Promotion

Happy Tuesday.

A quick reminder that The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse Caper (Feb 10 – 14):  FREE

If you’d like to learn what inspired JJ, Rey and Linda, to become private eyes and open their own shop—the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—please check out Caper.

Here are three Amazon links (I like to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you!

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Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

 

 

Another Bout of Shameless Self-Promotion

Extra, extra!

The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.  Here are the details, dear friends and followers:

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse CaperFREE (yes, f-r-e-e!)

Promotion dates: February 10th through the 14th 2020

Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

Please check out the antics—er—cases of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio (JJ, Rey, and Linda).  And perhaps you might wish to help boost Caper’s Popularity Index (PI) . . . ?

Here are three Amazon links (you can never have enough):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you . . . or as the Oahu-based P.I. gals would say . . . mahalo.

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I’ve been Imprinted!

Or rather, my books have now gone through imprintation (which doesn’t appear to be a valid word, actually, but hey, what’s wrong with adding new ones to the lot?)

The Triple Threat Investigation Agency series—The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi—are now formally part of the Next Chapter catalog!  How exciting is that?  The P.I. gals (JJ, Rey, and Linda) and I officially belong to a recognized publishing house.  We’d woo-hoo, big time, but no one really does that anymore . . . do they?  Oh, what the heck—WOO-HOO!

If you have a second or two, dear friends and followers, we humbly ask (beg, plead, promise to be your BFF) that you visit one or all of the links to check us out.

http://mybook.to/corpsecaper

http://mybook.to/hilohattie

http://mybook.to/cocosnuts

http://mybook.to/foreverpoi

Thank you kindly, or as the Hawaii-based trio would say, mahalo.

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What’s Wrong with One More Saturday Shameless Self-Promotion?

Gotta love those.

Hey, it’s Rey.  The Boss is de-stressing . . . again (poor thing).  So I volunteered to post today.  Topic?  An easy one—I didn’t have to give it any thought—coz the Next Chapter folks sent a cool email the other day. WPpromoA

The publishing company is expanding their book marketing and joining up with Prolific Works, previously known as InstaFreebie.  How whizbang is that?  Very!  Because this allows readers to claim a FREE preview—not the whole thing, folks—of Next Chapter books.  (JJ, Linda and I’d love for you to take a look at our adventures!)

Good news for you.  They’ve provided links to The Boss’ book page, so you can take a gander (an expression Cousin Jilly and The Boss like to use).  A favor from yours truly:  please check out the Prolific Works giveaways by clicking on these links:

 The Connecticut Corpse Caper  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/5qAjEzfK

 Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/K4tsH2TL

 Coco’s Nuts  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/7HnIyUtj

 Forever Poi  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/L9QLKnyk

Next Chapter’s super excited about this.  So are we!

Wonderful-Me Wednesday(s)!

It’s Linda on post patrol today.  Given “Shameless Self-Promotion Saturdays” is such a hit, I thought: why not have something similar mid-week?  The title, by the by, I can’t take credit for; it was Rey’s eager (insistent) contribution.

Given our illustrious leader is out and about today, the three of us—Rey, JJ, and myself—talked about what to focus on re “wonderful me”.  And who’d actually be “me”?   One of us or The Boss herself?  We flipped a coin, but lost it when it bounced over the balcony.

We opted on “me” representing all . . . the wonderful and increasingly successful Triple Threat Investigation Agency, our wonderfully challenging cases, and the weird and wired woman who puts everything in wonderful place (also known as The Boss).

Our fifth case is still being solved (we’ve got one heckuva villain), but the previous four are ready for reading, if you’re so inclined (we hope you are).  There are even two audio books—The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?—which you may have missed reading about.  If you’re interested in hearing one or both, email The Boss and she’ll send you a code for a promo copy.

Here’s to a wonderful day from the wonderful trio at the wonderful Triple Threat Investigation Agency in very wonderful Hawaii.  (As my BFF might say, if you’re gonna promote something, go the whole hog.) WPwed3