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Some games leave clues.
Others leave bodies…
When Tampa newscaster, Tori Younger, learns that her childhood friend committed suicide, she has no interest in returning to her rural hometown to attend the services. However, cryptic text messages from the dearly departed’s cell phone change her mind.
Returning home, Tori follows the clues sent to her in the odd text messages until she learns that her friend didn’t commit suicide but was murdered…
Murder complicated Kate’s life. Then the hurricane hit…
Twelve months ago, a violent injury ended Kate Park’s career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Now she’s returned home to her little beach town to heal and, hopefully, mend the relationship with her estranged sister. But time is running out.
As the town preps for an approaching hurricane, Kate stumbles into a mystery—a series of murders with only one thing in common: a connection to her sister.
FLORIDA MURDER MYSTERIES
From murky swamps to sunny beaches, the exotic locales of Florida provide the backdrop to JC Gatlin’s five tales of suspense and mystery, all available in paperback, ebook, and audio.
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As the Florida West Coast braces for a Category 4 hurricane, a former Fish and Wildlife Officer finds a string of corpses that have only one thing in common: a connection to her estranged sister.
Florida Mystery Suspense Author
I live in Tampa. All my stories are set in Florida.
However, I’m originally from Texas; I grew up in Grapevine, a small town just outside of Dallas. In addition to bass fishing and boot stomping, I raised a male African lion named Hakeem. To read more about Hakeem, and more about me than you’ll ever want to know, click below!
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As a valued reader, you’re getting a sneak peek of Chapter One. I’ve posted it on Wattpad, a free app (and website) that lets readers and writers discover and share stories. Darkness Hides releases April 27th.
An hour before dawn on an unusually warm Sunday morning, Jasper Wade reversed his truck and trailer toward the concrete ramp at Corman’s Launch and guided his boat into the dark waters of Tampa Bay. He really couldn’t see much more than a grey curling mist in the pre-dawn light, settling over the bank and cloaking the water’s surface. In the distance, the twin smokestacks of the power plant lit-up with yellow lights. They twinkled like stars, but didn’t provide much light.
He didn’t need them anyway. He maneuvered by way of instinct and muscle memory. How many times had he repeated this early morning ritual? Too many to count. In a minute and a half, he’d backed onto the sloping ramp and edged his boat into the water, coming to a stop at just the right point. After forty-five years, he could’ve done it blindfolded. And in that time, as far as he could remember, he’d never had the jitters.
For some reason, his hand trembled, as if some sixth sense deep in his psyche transmitted a Morse code warning. Maybe it was that hurricane churning in the Gulf. The morning news warned it could hit the area, but it was days away–provided it didn’t turn northwest and hit the panhandle or the Alabama coast instead, which most of the models predicted. Besides, the Bay looked calm now. Not so much as a breeze. He laughed the thought away and shook his hand.
The countdown to the release of Darkness Hides begins with this promotional book trailer. In my upcoming mystery-suspense novel, a boat safety instructor investigates a series of murders that appear to have a connection to her estranged sister, just a category 4 hurricane barrels down on her Florida beach town.
Darkness Hides will be published by Millford House Press and is scheduled to release on April 27, 2021. The book trailer is available on my YouTube channel.
Want to get a continuous stream of recommendations for your next read? Bookstores, libraries, and a few book-obsessed people on Instagram a great source for book recommendations. Here are a few bookstagrams that I love and follow:
Crime By The Book
A girl investigates crime fiction from around the world, by the book.
Read This Next
Read This Next is the first of its kind digital subscription service changing how readers discover the best in independent fiction.
Lining up the best in mystery and thriller. Expect everything sweepstakes, book lists, author interviews, and crime.
The largest independent literary site in North America. News, bookish commentary, & recs for readers of all stripes.
iBooks with Bean
A girl and her dog in Jacksonville, FL. A self-professed sunset lover and professional napper posts sarcastic captions and honest reviews on a lot of thrillers, self-help, and Young Adult books.
Mojo Books and Records
Independent bookstore and great location to find used books, records, CDs, and DVDs. Located in Tampa, FL
The Book Shack
A second-generation, family-owned business in downtown Dade City, Florida, specializing in books, toys, and book-lover’s gifts.