Novels in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series feature the cases of Mourning Dove Investigations, a PI firm in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee. 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 Scully were always the one proven right instead of Mulder. During the investigations Emory Rome, Virginia Kennon and Jeff Woodard encounter colorful suspects with aberrant secrets that twist the path to the truth. As the series progresses, we uncover more clues about Emory’s hushed past, and his relationship with Jeff continues evolving into something he can’t control.
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At 23 and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of an ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion. In a small town bursting with friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just beneath the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits him against artful private investigator Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome, smart and seductive, and he just might be the killer Rome is seeking.
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Emory Rome is back in 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.
Death Opens a Window is Book 2 of the Mourning Dove Mysteries and the sequel to Murder on the Lake of Fire.
While more revelations come to light about Emory Rome’s past and the mystery surrounding the man in the ski mask, Mourning Dove Investigations is challenged with another bizarre case.
Moments after construction tycoon Blair Geister’s death, a mysterious wandering light kills someone on her Southern estate. Is the avenging spirit of the millionairess on a killing spree, or are other forces threatening those in her inner circle? As the will is read, suspicion and jealousy arise, and fingers point to the heirs of her fortune.
Private Investigator Emory Rome and his Mourning Dove partners accept an invitation to stay at Geisterhaus and unravel its secrets before more lives are lost.