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Monday, December 16, 2013

Heartache Motel


Heartache Motel: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Humorous Mystery, Short Stories
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Henery Press (December 10, 2013)
Heartache Motel, Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)
When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)
Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she’s going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight—and the thief’s crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good.
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My Review:

This is a book that will keep you hooked from the first novella to the last.  The authors did a very good job writing these interconnecting stories and they all made since, with the minor characters appearing in each story.  Who wouldn't enjoy spending Christmas at the Heartache Motel, which, by the way is more or less a dump.  It is filled with drag queens and Elvis impersonators.  I hadn't read any of the Rose Strickland book before, but I have read some Cherry Tucker and Nichelle Clark books.  I will definitely read more Rose Strickland novels, as that was my favorite from this collection.  I say great job to the three of you.  A great humorous, lite, holiday read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

tla-bio-00TERRI L. AUSTIN
As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers!


After seeing Paper Moon as a child, Larissa Reinhart fell in love with stories about confidence capers. QUICK SKETCH is the Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit.


LynDee headshotLYNDEE WALKER
LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. Find her at


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your stay at the Heartache;)

  2. Thanks so much for having us today, and for the great review! So glad you had fun with Elvis. :)

  3. Three great writers so how could anyone not love this book. Can't wait to get it and read it but it will just have to be after the hectic holidays I am afraid. Thanks for the great interview/post and Happy Holidays to all of you. Cynthia Blain

  4. Im reading this book and really enjoying it! Great review! =)