GIVE A MYSTERY
As our community grapples with the current state of the world, Capitol Crimes is here to help alleviate your stress. Soak in these mystery novel excerpts and short stories from Capitol Crimes members.
Lonesome Highway by Nan Mahon
Down on his luck, country singer Charlie Jones and his new girlfriend Jeanne, are trying to make it from Placerville to Reno for his next gig. In the dead of a very dark night, Charlie takes a steep, deserted mountain road to avoid the police. The body of his musical partner is lying in the motel where they stayed last night. Halfway up the mountain, the car breaks down and Charlie sets out on foot to find help. He is given a ride by an old cowboy named Harley who drops him at a tavern in the middle of nowhere and disappears. The tavern is crowded with revelers and a country band. The piano player looks a lot like the dead man Charlie left behind.
The Hydra Effect by Ana Manwaring
In the second JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure, The Hydra Effect, JadeAnne reels from the death of her friend Lura. She and her faithful dog, Pepper, head to Mexico City for the funeral where Jade runs into Anibal, Lura's sexy cousin. He reveals he's working for the DEA and convinces her to join his undercover operation—a terrifying maze of human trafficking, double dealing and violence. When they discover a cache of meth, money and trafficked children in an alleged cartel safe house, JadeAnne has no choice but to rescue two teens trafficked from California, which puts her in the sights of the ruthless criminal organization, Los Zetas. Help comes from a surprising source, but not before JadeAnne faces the ultimate betrayal.