VALLEY FEVER: Where Murder Is Contagious
27 award-winning stories set in the San Joaquin Valley by Sunny Frazier, JoAnne Lucas and Cora Ramos.
The only fiction mystery anthology highlighting this region of California.
If you’ve read your Saroyan, you might think that the San Joaquin Valley is a gentle, peaceful place, where almost everyone is a good-hearted Armenian, and everyone is happy.
If you’ve ever lived there, you know that California’s Central Valley has a dark side, too, and it gets hot. . . and very deadly.
VALLEY FEVER is a collection of stories by three women who write about the underbelly of Fresno, the “All-American City,” and its surrounding areas. These award-winning authors combine their talents and their tales to present a collection of mayhem, murder, malice, and hot-blooded passion. Some of the stories are funny, some frightening, but all are wicked.
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SEVEN BY SEVEN
Seven Deadly Tales Of the Seven Deadly Sins By Seven Deadly Authors
Forty-nine stories, each no longer than 600 words, this anthology is a MUST-READ for those who enjoy flash fiction and writers who want to learn how to do it.
Edited by Tony Burton
Authors: B.J. Bourg, Kimberly Brown, Deborah Elliott-Upton, John M. Floyd, Sunny Frazier, Gary Hoffman, Frank Zafiro
Writing a short story is never easy. Writing shorter than the usual and retaining all the elements of theme, plot, setting, and character is downright hard. In this impressive full-length volume, seven experienced mystery writers each take on that difficult task seven times over. They additionally struggle to fulfill an essential parameter set for them by the editor: to produce stories on themes chosen for them rather than by them.
Edgar Winner G. Miki Hayden
Seven writers x seven deadly sins = 49 ways of death in 600 words or less each. . .Indulge in all seven deadly sins—they’re heavenly!
Gay Toltl Kinman, author of CASTLE REINER and THE MYSTERY OF THE OCTAGON HOUSE
For a shiver or an evil grin, I highly recommend this group of deadly albeit humorous authors! Seven By Seven is a plethora of skillfully written tales that will amuse and chill you.
Babs Lakey, author of SPIRIT OF THE STRAIGHTEDGE
Each author crafted a sinfully good tale with sinfully bad characters. . .You might think there’d be a similarity in the stories for each of the Sins, but far from it. Each writer put a unique and original spin on his or her story, and you’ll enjoy them all as much as I did.
Earl Staggs, author of MEMORY OF A MURDER.
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On a blazing July day in Central County, California, snitch Johnny Blue is murdered by lethal heroin injection. The undercover narcotics detective who handled Blue goes to the Sheriff’s Department seeking his ex-girlfriend, Christy Bristol. In the past he ridiculed her hobby of casting horoscopes but now he needs her expertise to help catch the man he suspects is behind Blue’s murder, a drug dealer named Lloyd Parr.
Stuck on the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Christy becomes first a victim, then a hero, in the high-stakes game of narcotics trafficking. Through her eyes, the drug world is reduced to individual players, lost values and discarded dreams.
In the drug world of the Valley, there are no winners. Only losers.
“Fast-paced and riveting, FOOLS RUSH IN is a salute to good cops, an insider’s view of astrology, and a grim descent into the dark world of drug dealers.”
Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-winning author of LETTER FROM HOME and DEAD DAYS OF SUMMER
“In her debut novel, Sunny Frazier ratchets up the tension. The astrology is a bonus.”
Denise Dietz, bestselling author of CHAIN A LAMBCHOP TO THE BED and FOOTPRINTS IN THE BUTTER.
“Frazier does an excellent job keeping the reader on the edge of the seat.”
Lesa Holstine, The Bookbitch
“Christy is a great character. Told almost entirely from her viewpoint, we can’t help but feel her fear and cheer her on. She is strong and clever and thinks fast on her feet. This series can go in a lot of directions and I plan to be there to see what comes next.”
Kim Reis, Armchair Reviews
“FOOLS RUSH IN is an enjoyable novel, and Christy an interesting and likable protagonist. I must admit to never having been one to follow astrology, but the author makes the subject very interesting. And I love Christy’s observation that ‘Pluto was still considered a planet in astrology-speak.’”
Gloria Feit, Spinetingler Magazine
Set in the Central Valley of California, author Sunny Frazier once again explores the rich agricultural region, rural law enforcement and crimes shrouded by Tule fog in this sequel to FOOLS RUSH IN.
Amateur astrologer Christy Bristol finds herself on the fringes of Kearny society and a members-only sex club as she reluctantly takes on a missing person case. Prominent business man Avery Anders has disappeared and his wife cannot go to the authorities. When the man’s horoscope reveals an affair and mortal danger, she enlists Christy to do an investigation.
Christy’s day job with the local sheriff’s department is on the line as her investigation crosses paths with several homicide cases and surly Detective Kerwin. Could the cases be connected?
Aided by best friend Lennie Watkins, the women find themselves on a treacherous trail that leads to the Veterans Hospital, a sex-specialty clothing store, mansions of the rich, and even touches on the Viet Nam War. With only a prescription bottle and matchbook as clues, the young woman must face the Knights of Sensani and her own sexual limitations.
Christy Bristol must go where angels fear to tread.
If you liked “Fools Rush In” you will love “Where Angels Fear”. Frazier takes us into Christy’s life. Sometimes things are confusing. Sometimes they are embarrassing. But there are wonderful and warm times too. This tale has one of the best, “feel good” endings I have ever read. I laughed and I felt good for Christy. This is a wonderful story and one everyone should definitely read. You won’t be sorry. I give it a 9 of 10 on the Weaver meter.
Enjoy, Sid Weaver
Beginning with the stiletto boots and whip on the cover, Where Angels Fear pulls the reader into a labyrinth of death, domination, and fear with just the right number of humorous turns. Frazier has created a character in Christy Bristol that readers will gladly welcome into their living rooms in book after book to see how she grows and to learn more about how she uses her gift for astrology. Where Angels Fear is a delightful, fun read that proves Frazier has no fear as a writer.
T. L. Cooper
From its dark, compelling opening, ‘Where Angels Fear’ is an intriguing mystery. Christy makes an appealing and resourceful heroine, with many tangled relationship issues we can all identify with. Her friend Lennie is equally engaging and there are many nice touches of humor when she is investigating. The story moves with great pace, yet at the same time the colors, culture and cuisine of this part of California are excellently described, and overall the novel has great atmosphere. The ending is truly gripping. Christy’s relationship with her lover also develops and ‘Where Angels Fear’ rounds off with a lovely scene between Christy and Rod. I enjoyed, ‘Where Angels Fear’ very much and I look forward to reading more of this series.
can be a dangerous place. Especially for a prosecutor.
Ryan Murphy is anwho likes her Tequila cold and her cops hot. With a mouth that doesn’t know quite when to stop, her attitude plays well in front of a jury, but has a tendency to tick off judges, defendants, and other attorneys alike. Battling demons from her past and checking her self-destructive streak take a back seat to her ambition, and she’s not above skating the line just a little to get what she wants. It seems her hard work is just about to pay off. If she snags a detective in the process, well, that’s just a little lagniappe for her trouble. Life should be good.
Enter a demented psycho, with a plan to ruin Ryan’s life before he ultimately kills her.
Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Gumbo Justice is the first in a series that follows the tumultuous life of prosecutor Ryan Murphy.
A New Queen of Thrillers,
By J. M. Orenduff, author of THE POT THIEF
By Sunny Frazier, author of WHERE ANGELS FEAR and others in the Christy Bristol Mystery series“Holli Castillo has the pulse on law enforcement beyond the headlines in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Her background as a public defender lends her debut novel authenticity and a strong voice to prosecutor Ryan Murphy. Part police procedural, part legal drama, Castillo is a welcome addition to both genres.”