Fore! Mystery Author Judy Penz Sheluk Talks About Golf

If you love golf as much as Judy Penz Sheluk, then you’re probably looking forward toBermuda the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., starting Thursday, April 5th, and culminating in the green jacket finish on Sunday, April 8th.

“I don’t watch a ton of golf on TV,” Sheluk admitted, “but I never miss the Masters. It’s like a right of passage: If you love golf, watching the Masters is mandatory. These are the best golfers in the world, past, present and future. It’s history and tradition and hold-your-breath moments, right alongside of “I can miss that putt” moments. It’s heartbreak and magic all rolled into one.”

Sheluk has been golfing for the last “15 or 20 years” and considers herself to be a golfer for all levels of ability. “I’m good enough to play with decent players and not annoy them too much, and bad enough to play with beginners and not intimidate them, especially since I always remember what it’s like to start out. As long as you remember the etiquette and don’t cheat, most people will be willing to golf with you.”

The idea for her latest book, A HOLE IN ONE, came to her when she was golfing— not hole-in-onethat she actually found a corpse in the woods. “What can I say? I’m always thinking of the next idea for a story.”

Synopsis: Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?


Excerpt: Arabella Carpenter let the others go first. All three managed to clear the pond with their tee shot and land on the green, but not one was anywhere close to getting a hole in one. Arabella breathed a sigh of relief—since they were sponsoring the contest, their foursome might not be eligible to win, but it still freaked her out to think someone else might. She went through her mental prep, took her swing, and watched as her ball went directly into the woods.

“Hey, you made it over the water,” Hudson said, hopping into his cart. “For someone just starting out, that’s not a bad shot.”

Arabella caught Emily’s look and smiled. He really was a nice guy. “Thanks, Hudson. Whether I can find my ball is an entirely different story. Why don’t I look for it while you guys putt in? I’m sure one of you will be able to make the shot.”

They crossed the pond on a wooden bridge just wide enough for their golf carts, parked on the path next to the hole, and grabbed their putters. Luke, Hudson, and Emily went to the green and began debating which ball to hit. Arabella trundled over to the woods, feeling stupid and hoping like hell it wasn’t infested with poison ivy. The woods were thicker than she’d expected. She walked in a couple of feet, using her putter to push the branches aside.

That’s when she started to scream.

Bio: An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime Judy Sheluk, mystery writer.jpgfiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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From Mystery Writer/Blogger, Margot Kinberg’s new book, DOWNFALL

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Apologies if you stopped by hoping to read one of my usual posts about crime fiction. Feel free to move on to the rest of your blog rounds, especially if you don’t care for authors to talk about their own releases. I won’t be offended…

…still here? Thanks!

Downfall, my newest Joel Williams novel, is now available for pre-order in Kindle format! The paperback version will be available on 16 March.

Here’s an excerpt from the novel:

Out there on that beam, three stories up – that was where he wanted to be. Curtis Templeton was going to be king of the world. He was proud of himself, too; he’d managed to get out of school without anyone knowing he was gone. Well, almost nobody knew. He’d been wanting to check out this construction site ever since the weather had started to get warmer, and now that it was…

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Brotherly Love

From Mystery-Crime Writer/Blogger Margot Kinberg

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Matt saw Amanda the minute he walked into the café. She looked excited, so whatever she had to tell him, it was probably good news. He smiled a little as he approached the table.
‘Hi, there,’ he said.
‘Matt! You made it!’ She got up and hugged him, and then they both sat down.
‘So what’s this big news you have to share?’
‘Let’s order first, and then I’ll tell you, OK? I don’t want to be interrupted.’
‘All right.’
They picked up the menus lying next to their place settings and soon made their choices.

Amanda made Matt wait until their sandwiches and coffee arrived. Then, she held up her left hand and showed him the small, but elegant, diamond ring on it.
‘Seth proposed last night!’ she sang out. Her hand shook just a bit as Matt took it to look more closely at the ring. He smiled…

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Cover Reveal for Crime-Mystery Writer/Blogger Margot Kinberg’s Upcoming New Book, DOWNFALL (pub date March 16, 2018)

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

This is the cover for Downfall:

Isn’t it beautiful? That’s because it is the work of gifted Montréal artist and writer Lesley Fletcher. I am so fortunate that she agreed to do the artwork for the cover.  Please, go pay her a visit at her web site and consider her art. You won’t regret it!

I’m also very grateful to germancreative, at Fiverr, for the sleek, sophisticated professional design of the cover. Writers, if you need a cover designer, please consider her work!

Here’s the blurb for Downfall:

 They Said It Was a Tragedy. They Said It Was an Accident. They Lied.

Second Chance is a Philadelphia alternative school designed for at-risk students. They live on campus, they take classes, and everyone hopes they’ll stay out of prison. And then one of them dies. When Curtis Templeton falls from a piece of scaffolding near the school, it’s…

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Interview & Book Review| Deadly Spirits by: E. Michael Helms

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31146881Deadly Spirits

by E.Michael Helms (Goodreads Author)
 4.46  ·   Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

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Tome Tender Book Blog features the Mac McClellan Mystery Series!

Friday, January 5, 2018
Attention: Mystery Lovers! Armchair Sleuths! Tome Tender Uncovers Great Reading Picks! Settle in and discover the Mac McClellan Mystery Series by E. Michael Helms – Set in the Panhandle of Florida.

The New Year is here, it’s time to find some GREAT New Reading!

Meet Mac McClellan

deadlyDeadly Catch

by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan Mystery, Book One
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 1616148675
Genre: Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 210
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare. . . .”

After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.
Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.
Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.

Deadly Ruse_coverDeadly Ruse

by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan Mystery – Book 2
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN-10: 1616140097
ISBN-13: 978-1616140090
Genre: Mystery/Intrigue
Print Length: 250 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts–it was only a fleeting glimpse. But to calm her shattered nerves, he starts making inquiries.

A clue leads him from his home in St. George, Florida, to a Texas orphanage. There he uncovers startling information that turns both his and Kate’s world upside-down. Diamond smuggling, sex, deceit, and murder are just part of the twisted tale that emerges from Kate’s earlier life. Using wit, grit, and the ingrained military training of a former Marine, Mac starts to fit the pieces of this scrambled puzzle together.

Further clues point to the Palmetto Royale Casino and Resort near St. George. He and Kate discover that the casino is a front for big drug deals. When they barely escape a murder attempt, Mac knows he’s on the right track.

But he better play his cards right–because losing this high-stakes game could cost him his life.

Deadly Dunes 3Deadly Dunes

by E.Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan Mystery – Book 3
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN-10: 1603813470
ISBN-13: 978-1603813471
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Paperback: 228 pages
Available from: Amazon

Hours after hiring Mac McClellan to investigate the supposed suicide of her archaeologist brother, single-mom Jessie dies in a car accident. Jessie had just showed Mac artifacts and a copy of a map Jake found, items that indicate Hernando de Soto and his explorers might have camped on Five Mile Island during the winter of 1539-1540. Studying the map, Mac determines the site lies in the middle of a planned resort, The Dunes. Declaring the area an historic site could shut the project down. Suspicions aroused, he forges ahead, even though he no longer has a paying client.

Everywhere Mac turns, greed abounds, and no one he interviews seems innocent, even Jessie’s closest friends the Deckers, who have adopted her teenage daughter. Ron Decker’s construction company is building the Dunes, and he is heavily invested in its success. Then there is the oily son and ex-stripper wife of an old curmudgeon who won’t sell the one lot the project still needs to acquire. Jake’s estranged wife Laurel had plenty to gain from his death, and as Mac continues to dig, he begins to wonder if Jessie herself had more at stake than he was led to believe.

No one is happy about Mac’s persistence, and someone is unhappy enough to crash his truck and frame him for yet another murder. But Mac isn’t giving up, no matter what the cost.

Book 3 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series.

31146881Deadly Spirits
A Mac McClellan Mystery
by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan – Book 4
Publisher: Camel Press (January 15, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1603813497
ISBN-13: 978-1603813495
Genre: Mystery
Paperback: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon

When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts–no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

Wonderful review of DEADLY SPIRITS by chloesbooksblog!


31146881Private Investigator Mac McClellan reluctantly joins his girlfriend Kate in a nightly excursion with the Palmetto  Paranormal society. During the trip the society president is found dead at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. The death though ruled as an accident raises Mac’s suspicions and when more bodies start turning up Mac is convinced there is more at play than the ghostly spirits.

This is the fourth book in the series but can read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed trying to guess who the killer was but got it completely wrong. The dialogue was witty and hilarious and I loved the interaction between Mac and his dog Henry.  4 stars from me for this good old-fashioned mystery with interesting characters.

I would like to thank the author E.Michael Helms for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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