Xtreme Options: A Bruce Mallory Mystery

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Xtreme Options:

A Bruce Mallory Mystery

Ron Stelle

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Bryce Mallory is a retired Police Detective that the FBI uses to help with their toughest cases. Why? Bryce has a photographic memory and uncanny detection skills. Together, with his no- neck partner, Shamus Crawley, the two go head to head against the High Stakes Killer, who is terrorizing, torturing and killing DC female psychologists. But this killer has a twist. Before he begins his terrible rage against the victim he gives them a chance. A chance to go free IF they win the gamble, be it flip of the coin or toss of the dice. Each potential victim must ultimately face Xtreme Options…


The Mastermind behind Xtreme Options:

Ron Stelle

Sometimes in life we find a calling we are compelled to answer. Ron Stelle found out, through gentle persuasion by his wife, that writing was what he was meant to do. After turning on the faucet with his first novel about growing up in the sixties, the faucet has become a major waterfall. Ron writes with a passion driven by a desire to share his stories and is very, very good at bringing the reader into the world he has created. The characters are vivid and likable, well most of them anyway. Ron also has a unique way of bringing humor into his stories as well, humor that will have you laughing out loud, despite the fact that you might be on a plane while others are sleeping. 

He has written six novels from coming of age comedy to supernatural thrillers. His latest work, Xtreme Options, is a fast paced Detective Murder Mystery that throws the Irish pair of Bryce Mallory and Shamus Crawley into a whirlwind of excitement as they match wits with the High Stakes Killer, who gives his victims a chance to walk away if they win the bet. Ron enjoys playing rock guitar and drums, spending time with his wife Sandy and his children and grandchild and motivating others to follow their dreams. 


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Rob and Janelle

 

 


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Give Me Chocolate – A Kelly Clark Mystery

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Give Me Chocolate:

A Kelly Clark Mystery

Annie Hansen

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In the quaint river town of Geneva, Illinois, Kelly Clark flees California and returns to her hometown to re-start her life after a horrific divorce from an abusive husband. She accepts her sister’s generous offer to live in the apartment above Chocolate Love, her sister’s specialty dessert shop in the Historic District of Geneva.

Kelly’s life starts to turn around when she reconnects with an old flame. Just when it looks like she’s getting her life back on track, she stumbles over a dead body. The suspicious death sends her hopes for a better future plummeting. Has her violent past and the danger she faced in California followed her home to Geneva?


The Mastermind behind Give Me Chocolate:

Annie Hansen

Annie Hansen is a partner with Hansen Search Group, a staffing firm she co-founded with her husband and business partner, Brent Hansen, in 2001. She was named the winner of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship in 2011 for her submission of Give Me Chocolate. Annie is the author of The Kelly Clark Mystery Series and can be reached through her website:www.kellyclarkmystery.com. She lives with her family in the western suburbs of Chicago. Her books have been recognized by The Chicago Tribune, The Kane County Chronicle, West Suburban Living and other local publications. 


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The Naked Philosopher

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The Naked Philosopher

You could WIN a copy of The Naked Philosopher. Just click here or fill out the form below. Contest ended December 24, 2015

Paul Margolis

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Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him.

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force.

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.


Notes: 

Wow!  Paul shared some very interesting things in his interview – personally and professionally.  Plus this is a book, you simply won’t be able to put down!

Janelle’s Review:

Paul Margolis has hit a home run with his book, The Naked Philosopher. This is a book that readers just won’t be able to put down, and they’ll be salivating for a sequel! There is a grace and eloquence in the way that Margolis takes the reader on a deep dive into the emotional turmoil of Jack Pearl. Jack, a former LAPD detective, who was recently kicked off the force after being accused of a heinous crime, had grown up feeling a sense of deep rejection from his father Joseph Pearl, a world renowned philosopher. Therefore, Jack was shocked to receive a phone call from his dear old dad one morning requesting they meet for lunch. Lunch never happened though as Joseph never showed nor did he show up for his presentations or debate at the philosophy conference he was attending in Los Angeles. Joseph’s disappearance sent Jack on a roller coaster ride over the next few days as he revealed a number of well-kept secrets while he tried to find his father. As readers near the end of The Naked Philosopher, they will be shocked and wowed at Margolis’ skill as a suspense writer as he brings the story to a masterful close while simultaneously setting the stage for more by leaving Jack in a bit of a conundrum.

The Naked Philosopher is one of the best books I’ve read this year! Paul Margolis brings you philosophy, kidnapping, hidden secrets, murder and heart gripping suspense. Readers never know from one scene to the next what is going to happen. The superbly written chapters are short and concise, but filled with amazing depth and the ability to tease readers into reading the next one and the next one and the next one. The pictures that Margolis paints for readers without really painting the picture allows their own imagination to overflow with details and possibilities. The Naked Philosopher is a suspense, thriller that everyone should have in their personal library! Simply magnificent!


The Mastermind behind The Naked Philosopher:

Paul Margolis

Paul Margolis is an award-winning screenwriterand producer who has worked extensively in both film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.

Learn more at PaulMargolisAuthor.com.


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Rob and Janelle

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Pane and Suffering

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Pane and Suffering:

A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery

Cheryl Hollon

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To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed façade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .


Notes: 

Be YOU and find your unique way of marketing your book(s).  Cheryl shares a beautiful thing she is doing with the cover of her book – listen to the interview to find out what that is.  Overall, she recommends that you just be YOU – in your writing, in your methods, in your marketing, in your book signings, in your interviews, etc.


The Mastermind behind Pane and Suffering:

Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

Learn more at http://cherylhollon.com.

 


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Rob and Janelle

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Death at Gills Rock

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Death at Gills Rock

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After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men “got what they deserved,” he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident.

Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men’s veneer of success and respectability hides a trail of lies and betrayal that stems from a single, desperate act of treachery and eventually spreads a web of deceit across the peninsula. In a dark, moody tale that spans more than half a century, Cubiak encounters a host of suspects with motives for murder. Amid broken dreams, corruption, and loss, he sorts out the truth. Death at Gills Rock is the second book in Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.


Notes: Patricia shared a couple of amazing tips during the show.  One of these included starting a “treadmill journal”.  Click here to read an article about how to do that.


The Mastermind behind Death at Gills Rock:

Patricia Skalka

A lifelong Chicagoan,Patricia Skalka is a former Reader’s DigestStaff Writer and award-winning freelancer, as well as one-time magazine editor, ghost writer and writing instructor.  Her nonfiction book credits include Nurses On Our Own,the true-story of two pioneering, local nurse practitioners.


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Rob and Janelle

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Purged: Circle City Mystery Series


Purged

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M. E. May

M.E. May (Michele May) lives in the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Paul, and their white Husky, Iris. Born in Indianapolis, she spent most of her years there or in a suburban town near there. Although she has physically moved away, her heart still lives in her hometown. She has a son, daughter, and four wonderful grandsons living in central Indiana.

She attended Indiana University in Kokomo, Indiana, studying Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her interest in the psychology of humans sparked the curiosity to ask why they commit such heinous acts upon one another. Other interests in such areas as criminology and forensics have moved her to put her vast imagination to work writing crime fiction that is as accurate as possible. In doing so, she depicts societal struggles that pit those who understand humanity with those who are lost in a strange and dangerous world of their own making.

In creating the Circle City Mystery Series, she brings to life fictional characters who work diligently to bring justice to victims of crime in the city of Indianapolis. Michele also hopes her readers will witness through her eyes, the wonderful city she calls her hometown. Learn more about Michele at www.memay-mysteries.com.

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Go Back In Time With Nostalgia City

 

Writing something he believed the world would like to read, Mark Bacon helps us go back in time with Death in Nostalgia City.

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He thinks he’s on edge now…then people start getting killed… Uptight has been ex-cop Lyle Deming default setting for years, but his new job, driving a cab in a theme park, promises to cure his chronic anxieties. Nostalgia City is the ultimate resort for anyone who wants to visit the past. A meticulous recreation of an entire small town from the early 1970s, it’s complete with period cars, music, clothes, shops, restaurants, hotels–the works. The relaxed theme-park atmosphere is just what Lyle needs–until rides are sabotaged and tourists killed. Then park founder, billionaire “Max” Maxwell, drafts Lyle into investigating–unofficially. As the violence escalates and employees get rattled, Lyle gets help. Kate Sorensen, the park’s PR director–and former college basketball player–becomes another incognito investigator. Except that she’s six-foot-two-and-a-half-inches tall and drop-dead gorgeous. So much for incognito. Together, Lyle and Kate must unravel a conspiracy of corporate greed and murder.

 


 

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Mark S. Bacon began his career as a newspaper reporter covering, among other beats, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Glendale (Calif.) Police Department.   After writing news and features at two newspapers, he moved to ad copywriting when he joined the advertising department of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.  Bacon wrote commercials and ads for the Orange County theme park and he directed special events.

Later his career moved into other forms of communication but his early background covering a daily police beat and working for a theme park was part of the inspiration for his theme park mystery.

Bacon later wrote TV commercials for an advertising agency, was public relations manager for a financial trade association, marketing director for a southern California financial institution, and later managed his own marketing consulting firm.

For nearly 20 years Bacon had a parallel career as an adjunct college professor teaching business writing and journalism.  He taught journalism at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, UNLV, the University of Redlands and the University of Nevada – Reno.   He taught business at Fullerton (Calif.) College and Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nev.

Write Like the Pros, published by John Wiley & Sons, was Bacon’s first book.  It applies the techniques of journalism and copywriting to written business communication.  His next book for Wiley, Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing: Secrets for Small Business, was named a best business book of the year by the Library Journal, was printed in three editions and four languages.  His most recent book was Mysteries and Murder, a collection of crime flash fiction stories published by Ether Books.

He earned a BA in journalism from Fresno State University and an MA in mass communication/media criticism from UNLV.

His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Kansas City Star, Denver Post, USAir Magazine, Trailer Life, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express-News, The Orange County Register, Working Woman, and other publications.  He is a former columnist for BusinessWeek Online and most recently was a regular correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle where he wrote on travel, outdoors and entertainment.

Bacon is a former president of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.  He and his wife, Anne, and their golden retriever, Willow, live in Reno, Nevada. www.baconsmysteries.com


Always ready to open another book,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

 

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What the Fly Saw

Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall? Or have you ever thought about what the fly that is on the wall is seeing in your life? Oooh…. That might make you stop and think 😉 Seriously – Stop and ponder what the fly saw.

Frankie Bailey isn’t crafting stories about insects, of course, but she is sharing thrilling mysteries. In fact, we talked with her today about the second book in her Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series – What The Fly Saw.

Listen to our conversation with Frankie. We had a lot of fun talking with her.

 

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Frankie Bailey introduced readers to an exciting new protagonist in The Red Queen Dies, the first book in the Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series. Now in What the Fly Saw, Hannah and her partner Mike Baxter are back with an even more puzzling case.

Albany, New York, January 2020

The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow.

A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak has no known enemies. His family and friends say he was depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch and the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members–do either of them know more than they are saying?

Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to solve the riddle of Novak’s death, while unanswered questions from another high-profile case, and McCabe’s own suspicions make for a dynamite crime novel.


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Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY).  Her areas of research are crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is the author of the Edgar-nominated Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood, 1991).  She is the co-editor (with Donna C. Hale) of Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice (Wadsworth, 1998).  She is the co-author (with Alice P. Green) of “Law Never Here”: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice (Praeger, 1999).  With Steven Chermak and Michelle Brown, she co-edited Media Representations of September 11(Praeger, 2003).  She and Donna C. Hale are the co-authors of Blood on Her Hands: The Social Construction of Women, Sexuality, and Murder (Wadsworth, 2004).  She and Steven Chermak are the series editors of the five-volume set, Famous American Crimes and Trials (Praeger, 2004). They also co-edited the two-volume set Crimes of the Century (2007).

Frankie’s most recent non-fiction books are African American Mystery Writers: A Historicaland Thematic Study (McFarland, 2008), nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards, winner of a Macavity award. She is the recipient of the George N. Dove Award (2010). With Alice P. Green, she is the author of Wicked Albany:  Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era (The History Press, 2009) and Wicked Danville: Liquor and Lawlessness in a Southside Virginia City(The History Press, 2011).

Frankie’s mystery series features Southern criminal justice professor/crime historian Lizzie Stuart includes Death=s Favorite Child (Silver Dagger, 2000), A Dead Man=s Honor (Silver Dagger, 2001), Old Murders (Silver Dagger, 2003), You Should Have Died on Monday (Silver Dagger, 2007), and Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave (2011). A short story, “Since You Went Away” appears in the mystery anthology, Shades of Black (2004), edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.  The Red Queen Dies(Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne), the first book in Frankie’s near future police procedural series set in Albany, New York, featuring police detective Hannah McCabe, will be released in September 2013.

Frankie is a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Mystery Writers of America (MWA).  She served as the 2009-2010 Executive Vice President of MWA and as the 2011-2012 President of Sisters in Crime (SinC).  Website: www.frankieybailey.com.


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Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

 

 

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Fascinating Potential Coincidence in Macedonia

Our guest today, Peggy Hanson, unexpectedly became pregnant in her mid-forties, but it wasn’t an easy pregnancy. In fact, she ended up in the hospital, which meant her busy life had to come to a halt for a while. During that time, she had a dear friend suggest to her that she write mysteries. Not only was her baby growing, but the seed for writing novels had been planted.

Years later, she got those mysteries down on paper and has released the first two books in the series: Deadline Istanbul and Deadline Yemen.  Deadline Indonesia is one she is working on.

During our conversation we came to realize that there is an interesting possibility that her great aunt might have met Rob’s grandfather before he left Macedonia for the United States. (What a fascinating potential coincidence in Macedonia!) Our youngest son is named after him, and we are intrigued by this possibility. Peggy is compiling and editing her great aunt Mary’s diaries and letters from 1888-1920, which will become Unholy Death on the Orient Express (the working title). That book will be a story of early feminism and a woman’s bravery in the face of war.

Peggy is sharing her wonderful experiences from around the world by crafting fantastic fictional stories (and, of course, her aunt’s story). It is also important to her that people understand that just because we are different culturally, ethnically, religiously, etc. doesn’t mean we should hate, distrust or maim/kill one another! Why can’t we love one another!?

Deadline Yemen cover by Anne

 

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Description:

Called to Yemen to help her old friend Halima, correspondent Elizabeth Darcy combines work with the chance to repay an old debt. But the narrow, mysterious streets are populated with armed men and veiled women; who can tell friend from foe? Her first priority is to help Halima’s young brother Ali, who has become involved with religious extremists. But murder dogs her footsteps, and she is under police surveillance. Abducted along her investigative trail, Elizabeth is drawn into the terrorists’ web. She must work with two men—one Yemeni, one British—who are on a mission of their own. What are their plans? And why have they all ended up in the remote Hadhramaut wadi where the Incense Road once began? Elizabeth pieces together the plot, hoping she’s in time to save Halima and Ali. But can she save herself as well? “Peggy Hanson’s Deadline Yemen is terrific. She brilliantly captures its mystery and its fascination, and yes, its dangers as well. I know—I’ve been there.” – Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge Mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries. “I love learning something new when I read fiction, and Deadline Yemen fills the bill. This is more than a compelling mystery. It’s an education about a place filled with complications, paradox, conflict and deep beauty. In short, this book is a treasure.” – Anne Hillerman, author of Spider Woman’s Daughter, a Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mystery


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Peggy Hanson is an author and travel blogger who loves to share her international life with her readers. Peace Corps, Voice of America, teaching of English–all these have played major roles in her life. Growing up in a series of small towns in Colorado, the daughter of a mountain-climbing Congregational minister and teacher, probably helped mold her affinity to nomadism. In her adult life, she’s lived for extended periods in Turkey, Yemen, India and Indonesia.

Learn more at http://peggyhansonauthor.com/.


 

Curious,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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A Unique Relationship With His Editor

We started off a fun (and very insightful) conversation with Carl Brookin’s by briefly learning he has a very unique relationship with his editor.  Actually, Rob has a similar relationship with his editor 😉 Hate to disappoint you, but you will have to listen to find out what we mean…and we are moving on now quickly before this conversation goes in a…ah well…direction we don’t want to take it.  LOL

Carl wanted to write – always.  He loved writing in school, college, and then made sure his work was writing in some fashion over the years.  Upon retiring from Metro State University he wondered…”now what…?”  The short of it is that he took a course on how to write a mystery, and proceeded to write his mysteries. We believe this is great advice.

This conversation was filled with another great piece of wisdom – join a group of fellow writers or create one of your own.  Carl and approximately 8-9 other writers created a critique group that was loving with each other, but very honest. He shared, “we left our egos in a brown paper bag at the door.”

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Carl

Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brookins and his wife are avid recreational sailors.

He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave.

He writes the sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The third novel is Old Silver. His new private investigator series features Sean NMI Sean, a short P.I. The first is titled The Case of the Greedy Lawyers. Brookins received a liberal arts degree from the University of Minnesota and studied for a MA in Communications at Michigan State University.

Learn more at www.CarlBrookins.com.


Ready to set sail and look for a lost painting,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

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