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BLOG TOUR: Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

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First things first – can we just have a moment of silence for that tour banner? *sigh* Killing Them Softly…AMEN. That title and pic are just a tiny bit of why you should be glad you decided to join us today! We’re here to preview and discuss this amazing first book in Rhys Ford’s newest series from Dreamspinner Press! Here to get things rolling is none other than Rhys Ford herself. Thanks for joining us today – welcome back to 3 Chicks After Dark!

A funny thing happened on the way to the murder scene… I needed victims.

Now skip this part if you’ve heard it before but see, it’s hard to be a serial killer without victims. And if there’s one thing I do like writing, it is murder.

For the introduction of Rook and Dante in Murder and Mayhem, I wanted to do something different so I reached out to my fellow authors and ask; Can I murder you?

Everyone I reached out to said yes. Some were reluctant, some were enthusiastic but mostly there was a tingle of impending doom because really, nothing says I love you like a particularly well planned murder—especially if it’s yours.

The authors I’m killing off on this tour are some of my favourites. I could kill everyone I like. Sadly, I wouldn’t have enough time and I do have to move on to other murders, other books. But I’ve gathered a few… and best of all, like in some of the better mysteries in life, there is a plot twist.

To launch the Murder and Mayhem series, I will be giving away books written by my victims as well as a $20 USD gift certificate to the eTailer of the winner’s choice.

Catch each authors’ death on the tour and be sure to enter to win! And thank you all very much.

Jacob Flores — Ebook of Choice
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Jacob is my beloved brother in coffee and sleeplessness. We’ve shared a table at GRL since the beginning and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather face the hordes with. Mostly because his smile is so bright it blinds. And he’s sweet.

 

 

 

Jordan L. Hawk — SPECTR: The Complete First Series
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I will admit to threatening to suck Jordan’s brain loose from her skull. Because she writes that damned well and I want to be as good as Jordan when I grow up. Totally envious.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Murder_Cover_Ford_smallDead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

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Read an excerpt and Purchase Murder and Mayhem here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6468

CLICK HERE FOR OUR REVIEW OF MURDER AND MAYHEM

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

!rhys_ford_headshotRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

CONNECT WITH RHYS:

BLOG / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.

Murder and Mayhem Blog Tour

June 1:  It’s About The Book
June 2: Love Bytes
June 3: MMGoodBook Reviews
June 4: Mercy Celeste & 3Chicks After Dark
June 5: The Novel Approach & Bike Book Reviews Spotlight
June 6: Sinfully
June 7: The Blogger Girls
June 8: Prism Alliance
June 9: Joyfully Jay

Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

Murder_Cover_Ford_smallRelease Date: June 5, 2015
Published by Dreamspinner Press
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

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OUR THOUGHTS:

If you’re like me, when you heard Rhys Ford had a news series coming out, it couldn’t get here fast enough. I was so ready, because I love the way she can build a complex mystery blended with some sweet, smoldering romance. Let me tell you, Murder and Mayhem does not disappoint.

Ford hits the ground running, dropping us right in the middle of the action from Page One. The pace doesn’t stop, and the mystery and suspense never falter. She masterfully conceals hints and clues, only revealing them for maximum impact. I don’t know how else to describe it –  you’ll lose yourself in it from the very beginning. It’ll  suck you in, chew you up and spit you out when – and only when – it’s good and ready. That’s not to say it’s unenjoyable – you will love every bloody second of it.

I alluded to it earlier, and it’s no big secret one of the things I love about many of Rhys Ford’s books is how romance is always part of the story but not the whole story.  This formula is definitely present here, even as she ratchets up the tension between Rook and Dante. The romance bleeds over into the mystery/suspense plot, because Dante’s M.O. is taking Rook down. They have a past – again mixed business with pleasure – so things are complicated to say the least.

That’s not to mean they can’t make it work, right? It’s the impossible situation: Dante’s a cop, Rook’s a thief. Well, reformed thief?  Either way it seems like life’s working against them. I absolutely love this case of strange bedfellows, and I was pretty much making bets the entire time about how long they’d last before they gave in to the attraction between them.  They definitely have some unfinished business, and Ford makes them work for it.  I really enjoy romances where lovers defy the odds and find a way to connect, so this story’s fulfilling on so many levels.

I have one rather random piece of advice regarding Murder and Mayhem – you might not want to eat while reading it. That’s all I’m going to say about that. ;)

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO!