A Trio of Debut Novels

by Karen Walch | Jul 21, 2022

Three first time authors; three diverse mysteries

Lost Apothecary
by Sara Penner

Nella, an apothecary who sells poisons to women for use on men who oppress them, has a shop well-hidden in 18th century London. She helps women, but the bulk of her business is in the shadows--until a mistake by a 12-year-old helper threatens to destroy everything. Meanwhile, in present-day London, Caroline Parcewell is on a 10th wedding anniversary trip without her husband, after learning a secret about him. Somehow, these two stories will intersect.

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The Violin Conspiracy
by Brendan Slocumb

Ray McMillian has a dream to become a world-class violinist. And he’s good–even though he grew up playing a school rental and never had a private lesson. When he learns the beat up violin from his great-great grandfather is a priceless Stradivarius, his dreams seem within reach. But everyone wants a piece of him–his family wants part of the proceeds. Then there’s the Markham family who enslaved his grandfather and claims the violin is really theirs. And finally, the violin is stolen and there are so many suspects.

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The Maid     
by Nita Prose

Molly is a maid; she loves a room cleaned to perfection. Some people call her odd, a weirdo, and she can’t always “read between the lines” or understand a person’s expressions–even though her gran has tried to teach her. Molly’s life is upended when she discovers Mr. Black dead on his bed when she goes to clean his room. Because of her responses to the police, Molly becomes the main suspect in Mr. Black’s murder. Who can she trust? Does she have any friends in the world? A book full of hope and friendship.

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