There will be seven books, already in the works, for the new series by James, The WHODUNNIT SERIES. Over the past many novels written by the author, James has discovered what it takes for a good mystery book, one that is a page turner and one of which the clues don’t come together until the last ten pages of the novel.
A great mystery novel is one that satisfies five basic elements. First, the characters. In this novel are Warren, Ariella and Megan Russell, socialites in Marble Falls, Texas. An outside character essential for solving the case is Jordan McGuire and a return of Vincent Gideon from our Gideon Detective Series. The location of the action is in Horseshoe Bay and Marble Falls in 1972. A third element is the plot. In this mystery novel, the plot has a clear beginning, middle and end with the necessary descriptions and suspense.
The fourth element of the mystery is the problem. In this novel, there are five different suspects who committed a murder. There are numerous clues, including two rare bottles of Remy Martin Louis XIII in the most beautiful crystal glass decanters.
And last, the solution. In the first novel of the series, James has done everything possible to keep secret who actually committed the murder… if it was a murder in the first place.
THIS NEW RELEASE IS DUE OUT ON VALENTINES DAY. HAPPY READING.
The Horseshoe Bay Country Club was closed for five days due to a snowstorm that was fast approaching the community of Marble Falls.
Only one day after Jordan McGuire closed the facility he was returning to his house from the home of Ariella Russell, his betrothed wife, and saw smoke coming out of one the chimneys.
Jordan drove his ’57 ‘Vette down the hill after crossing the Colorado River and stopped at the front door of the clubhouse at the end of the eighteenth fairway. There was no reason there should be any smoke coming from the chimney. He went inside to investigate.
After hearing a loud noise from upstairs, he backed into the shadows at the base of the stairwell and noticed the sister of his betrothed wife, Megan Russell, rushing down the stairs. Unknown to all, Megan and Jordan were secretly in love with each other.
The brightness of the full moon shone through the windows and reflected off the tears of the young woman as she raced out the door. Jordan listened and heard a key turn in the lock. He was frightened by what he saw and wasted no time racing upstairs. It was there where he found Ariella Russell lying dead on a sofa near the fireplace. Numerous pillows covered her body.
She appeared to have been poisoned, but purple blotches found on her neck slowly turned black showing that she had been strangled to death.
Since the case involved Ariella Russell, a leading socialite of Marble Falls and Jordan McGuire, the President of Horseshoe Bay Country Club, the DA and County Coroner, a would-be detective, became involved in the case. Soon they found that they were over their heads in “whodunnit.” They called in a famed veteran detective from Dallas, Texas, Vince James Gideon. (See nine novels in the Gideon Detective Series)
Follow the clues of the missing bottles of Remy Martin Louis XIII from the clubhouse vault. Or, the missing diamond engagement ring… or flour prints on a wide brim hat… or, who was driving the Porsche 917 or the ’72 Lemans Convertible from the Russell estate late at night. This first book in the Whodunnit Series will kick start Sidney St. James’ mystery and intrigue series.