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Dying Grass Moon

Hennessey Reed Mystery series (Book 2)

Bordello madam and amateur sleuth Hennessey Reed doesn’t go looking for trouble. But trouble has an unnerving habit of coming looking for her.

Melancholy, Idaho Territory, 1882. Hennessey Reed learns a reclusive family has been shot dead, bound in pairs, and dumped on the outskirts of town. Were they chosen at random, left as a warning, or, as members of a burgeoning religion, murdered because of their beliefs?

Encouraged by past success as an amateur sleuth, Hennessey barrels headlong into the search for the killer. Unfortunately, a laudanum addiction and penchant for Irish whiskey can be most unhelpful when hunting a murderer. So, too, strained relations with the town marshal, a cagey Pinkerton agent, and an independent wolfhound who follows her nose, but rarely instruction.

Hennessey knows present-day events are often rooted in the past. When her investigation leads her across societal boundaries and county lines, she is pitched against villains ready and willing not only to pay the ultimate price to wreak havoc and exact revenge, but also to kill whomever gets in their way …

PLEASE NOTE: This book reveals plot details, and the villain, from the first Hennessey Reed mystery ONE FOR ANOTHER.

Dying Grass Moon

Hennessey Reed Mystery series (Book 2)

Bordello madam and amateur sleuth Hennessey Reed doesn’t go looking for trouble. But trouble has an unnerving habit of coming looking for her.

Melancholy, Idaho Territory, 1882. Hennessey Reed learns a reclusive family has been shot dead, bound in pairs, and dumped on the outskirts of town. Were they chosen at random, left as a warning, or, as members of a burgeoning religion, murdered because of their beliefs?

Encouraged by past success as an amateur sleuth, Hennessey barrels headlong into the search for the killer. Unfortunately, a laudanum addiction and penchant for Irish whiskey can be most unhelpful when hunting a murderer. So, too, strained relations with the town marshal, a cagey Pinkerton agent, and an independent wolfhound who follows her nose, but rarely instruction.

Hennessey knows present-day events are often rooted in the past. When her investigation leads her across societal boundaries and county lines, she is pitched against villains ready and willing not only to pay the ultimate price to wreak havoc and exact revenge, but also to kill whomever gets in their way …

PLEASE NOTE: This book reveals plot details, and the villain, from the first Hennessey Reed mystery ONE FOR ANOTHER.

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One For Another

Introducing Hennessey Reed: Opiate addict, Bordello Madam, Tenderfoot Sleuth (Hennessey Reed, Book 1)

Shortlisted 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards
Best First Novel

She’s bold and blunt. So when young girls start dying, this Old West bordello madam will not rest until the murderer hangs.

Melancholy, Idaho Territory, 1882. Hennessey Reed, desperate to forget, suppresses her demons with whiskey and laudanum addiction. But when a girl is found dead, her injuries reminiscent of sacrifice, the uneasy peace Hennessey has found in the remote town shatters.

With the discovery of more bodies, Hennessey decides Marshal Raff Cooper needs her help to hunt down the vicious killer – although he does not, necessarily, agree. Regardless, with a Bowie hidden in her skirts and her wolfhound at her heels, Hennessey sets out, fixed on justice.

Then her best friend’s daughter goes missing…

Can she stop a madman before another innocent loses their life?

One for Another is the gripping first book in the Hennessey Reed Mystery Series of historical western mysteries. If you like flawed heroines and authentic frontier settings, you’ll love this one-woman stampede.

Lady Aline Rafferty Cole

(Hennessey)

Washington D.C., 1872

‘I think Papa’s death must be treated as suspicious.’

Lady Aline Rafferty Cole, lady of pleasure, believes her cousin’s reaction to her father’s unexpected death reeks of denial. Surely Uncle Randolph died of natural causes. Surely . . .

But when another sudden death occurs in the household, the behavior of a childhood acquaintance becomes suspicious and possible motives behind her uncle’s death are raised, Aline starts to waver.

Could Cousin Sarah be right? Was Uncle Randolph murdered after all?

Determined to uncover the truth Aline begins investigating the deaths, but her amateur detecting triggers events she could not have foreseen, and these lead to a shocking conclusion.

And a fight for her life.

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