Mourning Dove Mysteries, Book 2
Mystery, Crime Fiction, LGBTQ
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Date Published: Oct 19, 2019
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The Mourning Dove Mysteries series includes:
1. MURDER ON THE LAKE OF FIRE
2. DEATH OPENS A WINDOW
3. A LIGHT TO KILL BY (coming August 3)
Emory Rome is back in DEATH OPENS A WINDOW, Book 2 of the Mourning Dove Mysteries and the follow-up to the international bestseller MURDER ON THE LAKE OF FIRE.
As he struggles with the consequences of his last case, Emory must unravel the inexplicable death of a federal employee in a Knoxville high-rise. But while the reticent investigator is mired in a deep pool of suspects – from an old mountain witch to the powerful Tennessee Valley Authority – he misses a greater danger creeping from the shadows. The man in the ski mask returns to reveal himself, and the shocking crime of someone close is unearthed.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR WRITING
My name is Mikel J. Wilson,
and I’m the author of the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, which includes Murder
on the Lake of Fire, Death Opens a Window and the upcoming A
Light to Kill By. I believe two attributes help differentiate the books in
my series from many other novels in the genre.
The series adheres to a “no
guns or knives” policy for the books’ bizarre murders, which have a seemingly
supernatural but ultimately scientific explanation – like The X-Files if
Dana Scully were the one always proven right instead of Fox Mulder. When the
murderer’s weapon is a gun or knife, how the victims were killed is usually
apparent, but before the Mourning Dove investigators can search for the perpetrator
and motive, they have to first determine how the deaths were actually murders.
How did a frozen lake in the woods erupt in flames to kill a teenage
ice-skater? How did a man fly into a thirty-story window when there are no
other tall buildings around for him to have come from? How could a ball of
light bulge out from a TV screen and kill a man?
Another atypical aspect of
the Mourning Dove Mysteries is the protagonist. Murder on the Lake of Fire
introduces Emory Rome, a 23-year-old special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation. Through the course of the murder investigation, the reader
eventually realizes the primary investigator is gay, but they find out in a
very natural way – no big announcement or reveal. The nonchalant manner in
which I wrote this revelation has not been without its pitfalls. Shortly after
the book came out, I received my first negative review, and it was one not
based on merit. The 1-star review read, “Yuck! Several of the main characters
are gay. Call this fair warning.” Neither my publisher nor I realized we had to
put a warning label on a book with gay characters to protect the hapless
homophobic reader. That wasn’t the last such review the book received, but it
maintains a great rating in spite of them. Anyway, I don’t write these books to
pry open the close-minded. I write them for people who like mysteries.
About the Author
Award-winning mystery author Mikel J. Wilson draws on his Southern roots for the international bestselling Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee. Wilson adheres to a “no guns or knives” policy for the instigating murders in the series.