Spotlight: Burying Daisy Doe by Ramona Richards (book excerpt + tour-wide giveaway)

Burying Daisy Doe Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Burying Daisy Doe by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Burying Daisy DoeTitle: Burying Daisy Doe
Series: Star Cavanaugh Cold Case #1
Author: Ramona Richards
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date:
November 17, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity’s darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in the town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J.T. Ellison.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ramona Richards

Ramona Richards is the award-winning author of 12 books, including 9 novels. She has also worked as an editor in Christian publishing for forty years, and is now the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media. She lives in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.

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EXCERPT

I took the saddle of flowers and bent the wires so that it perched securely on top of the headstone. I gave it a few tugs to test it, then stood back to admire my handiwork. The red silk roses, white camellias, and green fern fronds shuddered in the breeze. It was a subtle move, this cleaning of the grave, but it would definitely be noticed.

“You look like her.”

I screamed, jerked around, and stumbled backward over the duffel, landing hard on my butt. Gasping for air, I stared up at Roscoe Carver.

He leaned heavily on his cane, his head tilted to one side, watching me. His slacks and dress shirt hung loose, as if he’d lost a lot of weight, but sweat stained his underarms, chest, and neck. “Am I that scary?”

I found my voice. “I . . . I didn’t hear a car. Or footsteps.”

He pointed back toward the church with his cane. “I was already here. Back side of the church. I saw you buy those flowers. Knew you’d come here before Decoration Sunday.”

I swallowed hard and pushed up off the ground. “You’ve been waiting every day?”

He braced on the cane again. “Not much else to do. I’m an old man. Waiting is easy. Done a lot of it in my life.”

“Why?”

He gestured at the grave. “Her. Took me a bit to figure it out. Your hair’s blond. Didn’t used to be, did it?”

I shook my head.

“I knew it. You can dye the hair, but I never forget a face. Especially when I see ’em die.”

I brushed off the back of my pants. “You found her.”

“I did.” His lips pursed. Something else was on his mind.

“You knew her son. You’re the one Daddy found in Vietnam.”

“Yep.”

“Did you get to talk to him before . . . before he died?”

Another nod. “He told me about you. Thought you hung the moon. Couldn’t wait to get this over with and get back to you and your mama. You were, what . . . five?”

“Two, almost three.”

“He told me a lot. We had a few good meetings before—” He sniffed, staring at the headstone. “My daddy did that. The headstone. Not right away. Too expensive. But eventually. He felt we owed her that much.”

“Why?”

His lips pursed again, and his shoulders hunched as he looked north over the ridge. “Because we didn’t stop it. Daddy thought we should have stopped it. We knew what was going on, what was happening up and down US 11, even then. Knew that she was about to step into a mess she didn’t know was there. If we’d stopped her, maybe it would have stopped everything. But we were too scared. We had to live here. Keep living with those demons.”

Realization tightened my stomach. I took a step closer. “You saw it? You saw who killed her?”

He held up a hand. “Not me. But Daddy knew who killed her.”

“So you knew as well.”

He grew still. “No proof.”

“But you told my father. He tried to find the proof.”

“And it got him killed. It’ll get you killed too.”

“I’m not my father.”

“The men what killed them won’t care. They won’t care about that cop you’re sweet on either, if they find out he’s helping you. They don’t care about nothing but green. You get in their business, they’ll kill you too.”


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $20 Visa card and a signed copy of Burying Daisy Doe and Murder in the Family!

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