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A MIND FOR MYSTERIES by MARY L. HAMILTON
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Dead Air: A Waco Mystery

AUTHOR:  Mary L. Hamilton

PUBLISHER:  Blue Mist Books

GENRE:  Mystery/suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  Women age 30-70

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. HAMILTION TO PATTI’S PORCH. MARY SHARES THOUGHTS FROM THE MIND OF A MURDER MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE NOVEL AUTHOR.

 

 

 

MARY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF DEAD AIR: A WACO MYSTERY.

 

 

 

 

A MIND FOR MYSTERIES

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Mary L. Hamilton

 

 

 

My husband never imagined I’d be writing murder mysteries and suspense novels. He’s mystified by my interest in crime and police work, things I didn’t have time for while raising our children. But he didn’t know me back when I was devouring Nancy Drew books and Sherlock Holmes novels. He didn’t see me watching Dragnet, Adam-12, The Mod Squad, The Rockford Files, and Magnum P.I. I never told him that I once aspired to work for the FBI.

 

 

 

My interest in the criminal mind has made for some awkward moments. For example, when I needed to know the best place to hide a dead body in our county, my husband arranged an interview with a work acquaintance who had decades of law enforcement experience. After providing several suggestions for my story, this man looked at my husband and said, “If you go missing anytime soon, we’ll know who to talk to.”

 

 

 

Another time, I needed some information for a shooting scene. Since my son-in-law is a paramedic and has experience with guns, I quizzed him over dinner. In a drive-by shooting, how powerful a gun would be needed to shoot someone through a window? How much would the glass affect the trajectory of the bullets? What would the scene inside look like when emergency personnel arrived?

 

 

 

After several minutes of discussion, my husband begged, “Can we please talk about something else? This is Thanksgiving, after all.”

 

 

 

For me, writing about crime and criminals is a way of dealing with my fears. I imagine different ways to respond to an intruder, a murderer, a thief, a kidnapper. Other times, I look past the crime to its effect on the people involved. Remember the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas? We’ve learned a great deal about mass shooters since then, but at the time such events were a relatively new phenomenon. As a nation, we naturally reacted with horror and grieved for the victims, the wounded, and their families.

 

 

 

Along with my anguish over those directly affected by the mass shooting, my thoughts focused on the shooter’s family and friends who had no idea he was planning this horrific act. Imagine the shock, the guilt they must have felt as they wondered if they could’ve stopped it. Were there signs they missed? What could they have done differently to avert this tragedy? How could they not have known? Did public reaction force them to move from their community because of something they had no part in?

 

 

 

It made me wonder what I’d do if someone I knew committed a crime, someone I’d never suspect might engage in such behavior. Would I believe the evidence that pointed to their guilt? Or would I trust that person’s character?

 

 

 

How would you decide?

 

 

 

BLURB for Dead Air: A Waco Mystery:  

Jeff wasn’t the same man Kit Squires had married, but was he capable of murder?

A year has passed since Jeff lost his job as a radio host, yet he stubbornly clings to the hope of being rehired. He begs Kit to be patient for a little longer. But her physical therapy earnings alone can’t support the family, and their bank account is streaking toward the danger zone—much like her marriage.

Then gunshots blast across the airwaves of Jeff’s former show. And in the dead air that follows, he utters some troubling last words. He had no reason to be at the station. Was this why he’d asked for “just a little more time?”

Torn between believing the evidence against Jeff or trusting the integrity of the man she thought she knew, Kit’s choice puts her at odds with her son, Bryce. One of them must be wrong and that could have fatal consequences.

Was the evidence lying or had she been fooled by Jeff all along? That’s the question Kit must answer in Dead Air: A Waco Mystery, a novel about a family in crisis and the importance of character.

 

 

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF DEAD AIR: A WACO MYSTERY BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT MIDNIGHT MT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

Mary L Hamilton is the author of two suspense novels, including her latest release, Dead Air: A Waco Mystery. She has also written the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for middle-grade readers, inspired by childhood memories of the youth camp where she grew up. Mary draws all of her stories from real-life situations and focuses on characters who struggle with various aspects of faith.

 

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Comments

Mary L Hamilton From TX At 11/5/2023 9:01:07 PM

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, my husband has learned to accept the odd conversations that occur with writers. :-D I'm so glad y'all stopped by Patti's Porch. And thank you, Patti!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Always a pleasure to have you visit the porch, Mary! Thank you for sharing with my readers!

Jerolyn From Colorado At 11/5/2023 12:46:11 PM

Looks like a great book. Love the anecdotes, and glad your husband understands!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jerolyn. So glad you stopped by! Yes, understanding spouses are a definite asset for writers! Thank you for leaving a comment.

Jean From Colorado Springs At 11/4/2023 9:11:33 PM

Riveting storyline. I'm already hooked. And yes, those Thanksgiving family conversations can sure take a left turn quickly. Love everything about the work and research you did for this book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean. Thank you for joining us and sharing your thoughts. I'm sure some people overhear our conversations and wonder "what in the world are they talking about?" They don't realize we are talking about the world we've made up!

Becky Van Vleet From Colorado Springs At 11/1/2023 11:23:37 AM

Hi Mary and Patti! Mary, this book speaks of a great plot. I can only imagine some of those conversations you shared, just to get some helpful feedback for your writing! I wish you the best with all your writing endeavors. I'm thankful we have a Christian writer like you in this genre. God bless!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining us today. Mary is a great writer!

Charlene From Tulsa At 10/27/2023 10:45:56 PM

Mary’s anecdote about the unusual conversation over Thanksgiving dinner cracked me up! I had to read it to my hubby. Couldn’t wait to read the book so I already ordered it.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Charlene. LOL! I agree! It made me laugh as well, but what a wonderful example of how people sometimes just don't understand writers! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us.

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