Bouchercon! Sept 17-19 in New Orleans.
Looks like Cold Heart, the sequel to Cold Feet, will be out in January 2017. Patience, everyone! My favorite NC mystery writer, Margaret Maron, has read it, and says: “Fans of the regional mystery, rejoice! SBI Special Agent Stella Lavender is back, and the murder that sets off the action is even more engrossing than her first. I loved getting to see more of Stella’s sexy grandmother and the people who populate Essex County.”
Meanwhile, I’ve started the third Stella Lavender mystery: Cold Fury.
COLD FEET, a traditional mystery. SOMETIMES DEATH IS THE ONLY WAY TO SECURE A SECRET. Special Agent Stella Lavender is looking forward to an elegant outdoor wedding, a much-needed change of pace from her adrenaline-fueled work as an undercover drug agent. On the grassy lawn of the Rosscairn Castle B&B, she waits with the couple’s family and friends for the ceremony to begin. But one of them has other plans, and as the guests grow restive, the satin-clad bride is dying most horribly. When the sheriff asks for Stella’s assistance, she’s energized by the opportunity to prove herself. But why would someone kill Justine, the bride, on her wedding day? Even as a paranoid drug dealer seeks to silence her, Stella must unravel a complex knot of obsession, grief and secrets before Justine’s murderer claims another victim.
Publisher’s Weekly “Stella Lavender [is] the appealing 26-year-old heroine of Pullen’s absorbing first mystery … Readers will hope to see a lot more of Stella in future installments.”
BookList “The fast pace; multiple plot strands, which work together nicely; and the well-drawn characters, including strong-willed, intelligent Stella, distinguish this promising new series.”
Library Journal Review “Pullen’s debut introduces an engaging new detective meeting the challenge of her first homicide . . . I can’t wait to head back to North Carolina and meet up with Stella and Fern again.”
comments from writers we admire
“North Carolina’s shining galaxy of mystery writers now has another star!” —Molly Weston, Mystery Writers of America Raven Award Winner
“Cold Feet is a cool murder mystery from a hot new author I warmed up to immediately. Original characters, sharp dialogue, and clever plot very well-written.” —Chris Roerden, author of the Agatha-award winning Don’t Murder Your Mystery
“Stella Lavender, an SBI undercover narcotics agent, really wants to work homicide. Her boss should listen because she has both the smarts and the nerves. Karen Pullen combines good suspense with such nice touches of humor that this strong debut promises to turn into a habit-forming series.” —Margaret Maron, award-winning author of the best-selling Deborah Knott series
“A superb novel, a real page turner, among the best.” —Ruth Ann Hixson, veteran BookPleasures reviewer..