Monday, June 1, 2015

'Stay of Execution (A Detective Carini Mystery)' by Kellie Larson Murphy

Stay of Execution

by Kellie Larsen Murphy



Little Springs was just a small college town, the kind of town where everyone knew everyone and violent crime was nonexistent--until a series of rapes and murders at the college. After an outbreak of fear and hysteria, only the arrest and conviction of Leo Spradlin, the "Co-Ed Killer," could end the terror.

Years later, Spradlin is suddenly cleared based on unshakable DNA evidence, and no one is more surprised than Detective Mike Cancini. As new questions surround the identity of the true "Co-Ed Killer," Cancini struggles to accept his role in the conviction of an innocent man. Suspicions mount when Spradlin's release coincides with a fresh wave of rapes and murders at the college, eerily reminiscent of the original crimes. Cancini is drawn back to Little Springs, caught in a race against time to uncover the identity of the latest "Co-Ed Killer" before the next girl dies...

A tension-filled psychological mystery, STAY OF EXECUTION is also a novel about loyalty, deceit, and the darker side of truth.

Read an excerpt:
The boy looked up at the tall trees, their branches thick and twisted, blocking the warmth from the sun. He pulled the strings of his knapsack tight and walked faster. Feet moving quickly over the slippery ground cover, he tripped, falling forward toward the round trunk of a large oak. “Stupid root. Stupid trees.” Picking himself up, he wiped his hands on his jeans, the brown, wet moss leaving marks on the worn pants. It was only then that he noticed what had caused his fall. Not a root. A leg. He stepped closer to see a bare leg, a woman’s leg, covered in dirt and leaves as though someone had tried to hide her. The boy’s eyes widened, and he screamed. Turning, he ran from the woods toward the first house he could find, still screaming.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kellie Larsen Murphy is the author of A Guilty Mind and Stay of Execution, the first two books in the Detective Cancini Mystery series. She has written for several mid-Atlantic magazines and resides in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two very large, very hairy dogs.



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  1. This sounds like a tremendously exciting story; can't wait to read it!!!

  2. I like the blurb. Sounds like a good read.

    1. Rita, thanks for stopping by. Don't' forget to sign up for the giveaway!

  3. This sounds like a great mystery.

    1. Glad you liked it, MomJane. Have a great day!

  4. Sounds intriguing and a fantastic cover~love it! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I really like the sound of this...I enjoy this type of read!

  6. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from this book?

  7. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Thanks all for visiting!

    Mai, just for fun I would love to see Leonardo diCaprio play Leo Spradlin (love the name symmety).

  9. I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt! Thank you for the post.


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