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A Bouquet of Rue
A Maggie MacGowen Mystery
Wendy Hornsby
ISBN 978-1-56474-607-8
248 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication date: April 7, 2019


A missing teenage girl,
the immigrant boy she protects, a community on edge

Filmmaker Maggie MacGowen moves to France ready to settle into a new job with a French television network and a new life with diplomat Jean-Paul Bernard. Maggie soon discovers that under the peaceful veneer of the leafy Paris suburb where she now lives, there are deep and troubling fissures. At first she is an object of curiosity, the woman taking the place of Jean-Paul’s beloved, deceased wife. But as she is drawn into the search for a girl named Ophelia, and tries to stop the persecution of a Muslim immigrant boy, she is viewed by the town as an interloper, the outsider. As Maggie tells an interviewer, sometimes an outsider can hold up a mirror that reveals what we have become blind to. But are her new neighbors willing to look into that mirror? She will learn that the human spirit has tremendous resilience—until it snaps.

Edgar Award–winner Wendy Hornsby is the author of thirteen previous mysteries, eleven of them featuring investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. Her books have also won French literary prizes. A retired professor of history, she lives in Northern California.

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State University of Murder
A Nick Hoffman Mystery
Lev Raphael
ISBN 978-1-56474-609-2
256 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95
Publication date: April 7, 2019


Professors Behaving Badly


Still reeling from having escaped a mass shooting on campus, English professor Nick Hoffman finds himself on the receiving end of confessions by one colleague after another. All of them have good reason to hate the new department chair, Dr. Napoleon Padovani, who throws his weight around capriciously and cruelly. Resentment mounts on campus—with an inevitably fatal result. Chaos and confusion reign among the faculty, which then turns on its own. Can Nick and his spouse Stefan restore order and save the day? This latest series entry could almost be taken from current headlines of sexual harassment and university cover-ups. Raphael has described the university as “a unique combination of the vanity of professional sports, the hypocrisy of politics, the cruelty of big business, with a touch of organized crime thrown in.

Lev Raphael is a prize-winning author of twenty-five books in many genres His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Raphael was a longtime reviewer of crime fiction for the Detroit Free Press, a guest reviewer on Michigan Radio and other public radio shows, and hosted his own talk show where he interviewed authors like Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes. He lives in Michigan with his spouse and teaches creative writing at a state university campus.

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