Monday, March 17, 2014

Millstone - Teaser Tuesday

"I hope you find this bastard. I mean, who'd kill a kid?" That's dialogue from the fisherman who found six-year-old Emily Chatburn's body on the shores of Lake Union. His heart-breaking discovery starts an investigation by Seattle Police Detectives Nick Winston and Pat Strom in this second Winston/Strom novel.

No, the murder of a child is not a pleasant subject, but author Kelly Marshall handles the story with compassion. Although some parts of the book are gritty, she balances that with sexy scenes and flashes of wry humor. Marshall  kept me guessing "whodunit" until the very end. 

In today's TEASER, Emily Chatburn's father makes a startling accusation: "She's killed another one. And I'm not letting her get away with it." (At 14% on my Kindle.)

Genre: Murder Mystery
Length: 289 Pages
Amazon Link: Millstone
Website: Kelly Marshall Books

Blurb from Amazon:
Seattle homicide detectives Nick Winston and his female partner Pat Strom have seen it all, but there’s one call every cop hates to get—a child’s murder. When the child’s father bursts into the sanctuary and accuses his estranged wife Elizabeth of killing their daughter, the man is arrested by the detectives. But the case against Cole Chatburn is stymied when a babysitter offers him an alibi for the night.

Disclaimer: Kelly Marshall is a member of my writing group, and I helped edit MILLSTONE.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.



39 comments:

  1. I do love this kind of story, even though child killings are horrific and hard to handle. But you grabbed me with the teaser and synopsis, and the setting is one I always enjoy: Seattle!

    Here's MY TUESDAY POST


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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I think you'll like Winston and Strom.

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    2. Winston and Strom are my favorite characters to write!

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    1. Me too! Even though I write with a Texas twang, I live in the Pacific Northwest and adore stories set here.

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  3. This sounds hard hitting! Child murder is never easy to read no matter the book. The synopsis does grab you though so Ill definitely have to check it out.

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    1. The vast majority of the book focuses on catching the killer, as well as Nick Winston's attraction to a major character in the story.

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  4. Ooh, this one sounds intense! Sounds like something I would enjoy it!

    Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

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  5. Looks like a gritty story. Glad there are other elements to it too.
    Thanks for stopping by

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    1. Yes, there's definitely more to the story than murder. The relationship between Winston and Strom results in some snarky dialogue, and there are some WOW sexy scenes too.

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  6. A mystery..Wow..I love mysteries and this book sounds pretty intriguing.. Nice pick.. :)

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books

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  7. another mystery fan here, so this one's got me going with the one word, 'another' !
    good play, Sandra !

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    1. Thank you for stopping by today.

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    2. I love reading and writing mysteries. I think you'll like Millstone!

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  8. Sounds intense. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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  9. I think you picked a great book to help edit from the sound of this teaser and I do love a good mystery. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/teaser-tuesday-march-18/

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    1. I'm lucky to be involved in a couple of terrific writing groups with talented writers.

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  10. Wow! Sounds deep, disturbing, and dark - but good that the author seems to be handling it well - thanks for mentioning that!

    You already stopped by - but here is mine from You Should Have Known

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  11. It sounds interesting, but way out of my comfort reading zone. So glad you enjoyed your friends book.

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  12. It's set in Seattle? I'm very interested!

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    1. Yes, both of the Winston/Strom books are set in Seattle. The first one is called THE RADIO MURDERS.

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  13. Just grabs you, doesn't it? I'll have to look at that one. Here's mine: http://pdworkman.com/teaser-from-looking-over-your-shoulder-teasertuesdays/

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  14. It's a tough subject to read but the teasers are really intriguing. Thanks for visiting my TT today :)

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  15. I don't generally go in for gritty, but with enough humor I'm good. This sounds fun, dead kids not withstanding.

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    1. One of Kelly's scenes involves a chase on horseback. So unexpected.

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  16. Sounds like a book I would like. Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Hi Sandra,

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy, despite the fact that it centres on the murder of at least one child, although it sounds from your teasers, that there may be more than one murdered child in this story.

    I am wondering whether Cole Chatburn suspects his estranged wife, or his alibi providing babysitter, of the murder?

    This sounds like another great series I should be following, so thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne

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  18. Very good teaser! I think I'd enjoy this book since I've been in a rom suspense mood recently.

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  19. Wow, this sounds very intense. I'm glad you enjoyed Millstone. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. A very strong teaser! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and that the author handled the dark theme well.
    Thank for sharing!

    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

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  21. I certainly can't imagine investigating a child's murder, but this sounds interesting. Great teaser!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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  22. Sounds like a fun read... You have me curious about the teaser!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  23. sounds like something that would keep you turning pages, that's for sure! Thanks for visiting my TT.

    Kym @ http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/

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  24. I don't think I'd be able to read this one, but it sounds like you are enjoying it.

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  25. Great Teaser! This sounds like it could be a good book. Thank you for sharing and visiting mine.

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  26. Great teaser! I don't read many murder mysteries though. :(

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