Stillwater CoverDebut author Melissa Lenhardt joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her first novel, the first in the Jack McBride series, STILLWATER.

Show Notes

STILLWATER is Melissa’s debut novel and the start of the Jack McBride mystery series. Jack is a former FBI agent who winds up as a small town Sherriff, living with his son in Stillwater, Texas.

Melissa shares the genesis for her fictional town of Stillwater.

We discuss the long and winding road that led to Stillwaters release.

Melissa shares her fear of pitching and how she overcame that fear to find her agent.

Melissa will be in Bouchercon later this week. She discusses her plans (which includes at least one sweaty palms event) for the conference.

From the Publisher:

Melissa LenhardtFormer FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as Chief of Police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife’s disappearance a year earlier.

With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades’ old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in thirty years.

For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town—her scandal-filled past notwithstanding. Despite Jack’s murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other.

As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though fifty years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.


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