Series: The Isabel Long Mystery Series #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 26 2019
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Her next case. She’s in it for good.
Just months after solving her first case, Isabel Long is in a funk. Her relationship with the Rooster Bar’s owner is over. Then the cops insist she must work for a licensed P.I. before going solo.
Encouraged by her ‘Watson’ – her 92-year-old mother – Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case. But it’s not at all clear-cut.
The official ruling is Chet Waters, an ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited his junkyard, believes he was murdered. Topping the list of suspects are dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband.
Could Waters’ death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.
REDNECK’S REVENGE IS #2 IN THE ISABEL LONG MYSTERY SERIES.
Welcome to my blog today as I open the tour with two fab bloggers. I am delighted in sharing with you a guest post from the author Joan Livingston! Excited much! I am looking forward to learning more about Redneck’s Revenge! Guess what as a special treat she has even given you an excerpt from the book!
First Person, Present Tense in Redneck’s Revenge
When I decided to write a mystery, I wanted it to be told from the point of view of my protagonist, Isabel Long. And now that I am releasing the second, Redneck’s Revenge, I am glad I stuck with that format. I also used present tense because I want my readers to feel they are part of the action but more of that later.
First, let me tell you about Isabel Long. She’s a former long-time journalist who is trying her hand at solving mysteries. After all, she has a lot of time on her hands after she lost her job managing a newsroom when the paper went corporate. Besides, her first case was also her first big story as a rookie reporter — and one of the cold case files she snagged from the newsroom on her last day.
Isabel is savvy and sassy. She’s got a great sense of humor. She doesn’t take crap from anyone. But she is a great listener and can relate well with others. Basically, she takes what she knew as a reporter and applies it to being an amateur sleuth. This comes in handy because her second case takes her to a town she is unfamiliar with and also a rather rough group of folks.
A woman hires her to find out how her father died. The cops say he was passed-out drunk when his house caught fire. She says he was murdered. Could it be the work of two drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, or an ex-husband? Isabel is going to find out.
Anyway, I wanted you to get the full picture of Isabel by letting her talk her way through my two books so far in this series — Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge. The third, Checking the Traps, will be released next year.
I also wanted my readers to focus on Isabel. I know I sometimes get a little lost when there are so many POVs in a novel I’m reading. I sometimes have to remind myself who the character is.
Why present tense? It can be tricky to write. I have written only one other book, as yet unpublished, that way. But I believe it works with Isabel because sometimes she even talks directly to the reader.
Here’s an excerpt from Redneck’s Revenge, to put you in the mood. In this scene, she’s meeting with Lin Pierce, a licensed private investigator.
All right, Lin, enough with the dillydallying. Let’s get on with it.
“As I said over the phone… ”
He waves his hand.
“Yes, that. You said you want to work for me to
“So, what would make you qualified to be an associate? Have you ever worked in law enforcement?”
I shake my head.
“A cop? No. I was a journalist for over thirty years. I started as the Conwell correspondent for the Daily Star. Adela Collins’ disappearance was my first big story.” I watch his head bounce in recognition. “I knew how to chase a story. I found the pieces and put them together. I believe the skills are transferable, except I’d never carry a gun or wrestle anybody to the ground.”
He squints as he thinks.
“I recall reading your stories. Didn’t you used to run the paper?”
“Uh-huh, for fifteen years until it got bought out,” I say. “As I explained over the phone, I’m not looking to take your cases although I’d be willing to help if you need it. I’ll find my own.”
“Well, I’ve never hired anybody and frankly, I couldn’t afford you if I did.” His voice drops. “I’d say I’m semi-retired. I own this building, so it’s convenient to keep an office. It helps with taxes.”
I was prepared for this.
“How about a buck a day? Could you afford that?”
“You work cheap, Isabel.”