Monday, August 21, 2017

Dead Of The Night Blog Tour + Giveaway


In Spencer County’s history, mysteries are numerous—and lethal…

As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.

Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.

Accompanied by Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg, Piper seeks to expose a truth someone wants to remain forever hidden. The investigation may have started with a thunderstorm, but Piper aims to finish it and find justice. Uncovering fragments of Spencer County’s history could prove more dangerous—and deadlier—than she ever expected.

  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books 
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2017
  • ASIN: B074HHHHX7
ISBN: 978-1-77223-308-7

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The gun was a Hubley Texan Jr., nickle-plated cast iron. “From 1940-something,” JJ had  printed a note in the detested Comic Sans font. 

“They pulled up the trees and found the gun,  badge, and rope. Those were canoe birch, or white birch, planted forty-two years ago according to old park department records. The gun was tangled in the roots. No hits yet on a missing boy from Arizona or Kentucky or Ohio—I tried there, too. Nothing from Indiana either. But it’s  early. And now for me it’s late. See you in the morning.”

The toy gun was a little more than eight inches long and weighed about a pound. The cracked  plastic inset in the handle was of a horse in a circle. There was a coat of rust on it, but thin  enough the details showed. Iron needed oxygen to rust, and being buried in the dirt had helped  protect it.

The badge was shield shaped, made of tin and bent, but Piper made out “Lone Ranger  Deputy” and a seven-digit number stamped under it. JJ’s note said the badge also dated to the  1940s, but she hadn’t pinned down the exact year.

A toy badge. A toy gun. 

The coil of rotting rope was partly nylon, filthy and stinky and knotted to form a loop. A  lasso, likely made from clothesline. The murdered boy was playing sheriff, Piper thought. That  curl of leather with two punched holes she’d looked at this morning? She realized that was a  hatband. 

The hat had likely disintegrated with the flesh and clothes. Maybe it had been straw.

But shoes? Wouldn’t there have been some trace of shoes? Or cowboy boots? They wouldn’t  have disintegrated, not entirely. Maybe he’d been barefoot. Maybe it had been summer. And  what did the piece of barbed wire have to do with it?

She shuffled into her office, typed up another job description, and posted it to the local paper,  the department Facebook page, and a Spencer County website. She noticed there were already some email applications for the detective job she’d posted this morning. There was also an email with the message WARNING in the header. She clicked it:

About Jean Rabe:

USA Today bestselling author Jean Rabe has written thirty-seven mystery, fantasy, and adventure novels and one hundred short stories. The Dead of Night is the second in her Piper Blackwell mystery series. She calls them uncozy-cozies, or cozy police procedurals…of which she’s been told there is “no-such genre.” When she’s not writing, which isn’t often, she edits . . . more than two dozen anthologies and more than one hundred magazine issues so far. She’s a former news reporter and news bureau chief who penned a true crime book with noted attorney F. Lee Bailey. Her genre writing includes military, science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, horror, and modern-day adventure. She shares her home with three dogs and a parrot.
Rabe teaches genre writing courses—at conventions, libraries, museums, and other interesting venues. Her hobbies include reading, role-playing games, visiting museums, tossing tennis balls to her cadre of dogs, and buying books to add to her growing stacks. She lives in central Illinois near three train tracks that provide “music” to type by. Visit her

Accolades for The Dead of Night

Jean Rabe always manages to surprise and never fails to deliver the goods! The Dead of Night…Highly recommended!
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author ofDogs of War and Mars One
 Jean Rabe writes the perfect mystery! I was kept guessing about everything to the very last word. The girl can write!
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter, writing as Gwen Hunter
 In The Dead of Night …a thoroughly satisfying and complex novel with deeply realized characters and beautifully vivid writing.
Jaden Terrell, Shamus Award nominee and internationally published author of the Jared McKean Mysteries

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for Cracker Barrel and Starbuck’s gift cards or a little password book. In addition, two lucky bloggers will be chosen at random to win a Starbucks or Cracker Barrel Giftcard. Open to US residents only. 

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  1. Good luck on the tour! The book sounds great of course!

  2. I usually have some crackers and a bowl of fruit handy :)

  3. Good luck with the book and tour! Excerpt is spine-tingling!

  4. I like to drink hot tea or cocoa while reading.

  5. It depends what time of the day, but some of my favorite food snacks I enjoy while reading a cozy mystery book would be popcorn, bubblegum jelly beans, apple slices, and mini-marshmallows. Some of my favorite drinks I enjoy while reading a cozy mystery book would be a nice hot cup of coffee or tea - especially the seasonal drinks at Starbucks. Looking forward to checking out this book!