Friday, November 8, 2019

Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards

Murder in the Family JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards
Title: Murder in the Family
Author: Ramona Richards  
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction  
Genre: Cozy Mystery  
Release Date: September 17, 2019  

Greed Poisons Even The Sweetest Well

Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt's house . . . and all of its contents.

Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.

Molly teams with local sheriff, Greg Olson, to find the truth. But will her determination and his skills be enough, or will the killer-or killers-put an end to their efforts once and for all?

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      “You said you were both in church.” Molly said. “Did it ever make you doubt? At all? That God would put you through something like this?”
      Russell shook his head. “Why should I doubt God?”
      “You’ve met my family. They’d make Jesus doubt faith was worth it.”
      He scowled. “No. God may allow evil to exist, but he doesn’t condone it. He helps you get through it, deal with it.”
      “I’m not so sure.”
      He hesitated, looking at the house with a deep sadness in his eyes. “I do sometimes wonder why he doesn’t always give us enough strength.”
      Molly put a hand on his arm, her voice softening. “It’s not about strength. You couldn’t have stopped it.”
      His eyes narrowed in puzzlement as he studied her again.
      “You couldn’t have stopped her from being a hoarder.”
      His voice dropped almost an octave. “I’m not so sure.”
      “You know my family. You knew Liz. She spent most of her life trying to be the peacemaker. Taking in everyone’s stuff is a logical outcome.”
      He shrugged, as though unconvinced. Molly squeezed his arm, then released it. “Will you be here in the morning?”
      He nodded. “As soon as I can. Wouldn’t miss it. What are you going to do tonight?”
      “Get a motel room. Get some sleep. Check on my partners.”
      Russell frowned. “Your partners?”
      She crossed her arms. “I work with two partners, Jimmy and Sarah. The day you called, Sarah had gotten hurt while we were shooting a supercell that produced two funnel clouds. She’s in the hospital.”
      “Wow. I’m sorry.”
      Molly shrugged. “Lousy timing. But Jimmy convinced me I’d be of more use here. Get this out of the way. When Sarah’s well, we can get back to work right away.”
      “Reasonable. But are you sure you’ll be safe to stay alone?”
      Molly hesitated. “Probably for now. Bird’s mean and definitely capable of coming after me physically. But my guess is they’ll try to get around me another way first. Twenty years ago, it got ugly only after they ran out of options.”
      “That’s when Mickey got hurt.”
      “You knew?”
      “Liz told me. Just remember that I have a condo with a guest room, if you need it.” He gestured at the Explorer, curiosity on his face. “Is that really all you own?”
      “Pretty much. I own the equipment for chasing. Why?”
      “When Liz told me you were a storm chaser, I had this image of you traveling around with all this high tech gizmo gear and a slick team of experts to help you, talking in a jargon no one else could understand.”
      She grinned. “If you won’t believe everything you saw in Twister, I won’t think all Southern lawyers are Matlock.”
      He laughed. “Deal.”


Ramona Richards  

Ramona Richards is the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media, the parent company of New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Kidz, and Ascender Books. She has been an in-house editor for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine, and has freelanced for a dozen other publishers. The author of nine novels, three books of devotions, and numerous magazine articles, she is a frequent speaker for women’s and writers’ groups, and has presented at numerous conferences across the country. Her latest book, Murder in the Family, released in October from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.  

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(1) winner will receive two signed copies of Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards (it's Christmas!), a $15 Visa gift card, and a signed copy of one of the author's older books!

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love reading mysteries! Thanks for the chance to win this one! It looks so good!
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  3. I've never read a book with a stormchaser main character. Fun!

  4. I do love solving a good mystery.