Monday, May 21, 2018

Maine Justice Series by Susan Page Davis ends May 28th

Please welcome Susan Davis to my blog! Susan is a long time friend who I've come to admire her and her writing. She will be giving away a copy of choice of one of her first 6 Maine Justice Series so be sure to answer her questions in the comments to enter. Good Luck!


Writing Mysteries—More Challenging Every Day

From the beginning of my writing career, most of my books have included some type of crime. In my historicals, that sometimes took the form of bad guys chasing good guys. My very first published book, Protecting Amy, was a western that included theft, abduction, terrorizing, and murder. I wasn’t too worried about law enforcement procedure in 1850s Wyoming, however.

For some of them I did a lot more research on the legal aspects. For instance, in The Prisoner’s Wife, which won two prestigious awards, the main character is falsely accused of murder. I had to find out how a murder suspect would be treated in 1715. I also had to ferret out whether or not a widow could inherit her husband’s property in Maine (part of Massachusetts then) at that time. It was more complicated than I’d expected.

Now I’m writing more contemporary mysteries, and yeah, the research is still a big part of the writing process. Now you have to get the laws right, get the procedure right, get the technology right. And they’re always changing.

As I write my Maine Justice books, I rely on books and the Internet, but even more so on local law enforcement officers. I have a policeman in my church who is willing to answer quick questions anytime. Last week before Sunday school, I paused to ask Jeff a question about arraignments. As usual, he cheerfully stepped up with exactly the information I needed to write the next scene.

People are wonderful resources. Books and online sites are good too, but they don’t tell you everything. They’re also not up-to-the-minute on things like new laws, and they usually don’t tell you the regional differences in procedure. Some things we take for granted—like where to renew your driver’s license, for instance. This varies widely from state to state. So does the question of who investigates a crime.

In a lot of states, the local law enforcement agency, either municipal or county, will investigate murders that happen in their jurisdiction. But where I grew up, it was different. In the state of Maine, only the two largest cities’ police officers handled homicide cases. All others were investigated by the Maine State Police.

This is only one of the challenges of writing crime fiction, but it’s one of the big reasons why it takes me so long to write a book. I want to get it right.

Reader Questions:

Do you like to read mysteries? What’s your favorite type—cozy, historical, procedural, private investigator, or something else?

The featured book:


Ransom of the Heart (Book 7, Maine Justice series) Releases June 1, 2018

Police Captain Harvey Larson’s exhausting day takes a big detour when a teenaged girl approaches him at the diner, announcing that she is his daughter. When Harvey is on his way home from work a few hours later, his sister-in-law Abby calls him. She went to meet her husband for a dinner date and found a dead man on the floor at his place of business, and Peter has vanished. Harvey calls in his detectives and turns his car around. It’s going to be a long night, too.

Once again, Harvey depends on his wits, his faith, and his squad, the Priority Unit, to solve a tough case and carry out Maine Justice.

About Susan: 
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 novels and novellas. She writes mysteries, historical, romance, and suspense. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Faith Hope & Love Readers’ Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A native of Maine, she now lives in western Kentucky. Visit her at: www.susanpagedavis.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

Buy the Maine Justice series here: https://www.amazon.com/Priority-Unit-Maine-Justice/dp/099723086X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1488762413&sr=8-1 





31 comments:

  1. Hi, Debbie Lynne! Thanks for having me over.

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  2. I really enjoy mysteries. I'm partial to the cozy ones but I love being given clues and trying to figure out 'whodunit' as I follow the characters in the story. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  3. I think you'll enjoy this one, Loraine! It has a few surprises.

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  4. Debbie and Susan, Thanks for the fun interview! I always enjoy getting to know more about an author and their books.
    My two favorite reading genres are historical and suspense. I really enjoy historical mysteries, but I also enjoy contemporary mysteries as well. Past or present tense settings, I enjoy a good mystery, full of twists and surprises that keeps me guessing until the very end! :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of one of your Maine Justice Mystery books, Susan! ~Alison Boss

    Debbie, I am also a Feedburner follower.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for taking part, Alison! I like to read a lot of different genres, too. Sometimes it depends on my mood that day. I just finished a suspense book and a "speculative" one, and I have a mystery and a historical romance waiting to be read.

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  6. My favorite books to read are mysteries. If a murder is involved, count me in, on reading the book that is.
    We have your books in the church library.
    Thanks for all you do to keep us "in suspense".
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. You're welcome, Janet! I like murder mysteries, too. And a little suspense.

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  8. Love all types of mysteries!
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  9. Looks like you're joining a lot of mystery readers today, Mindy! Thanks for coming by.

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  10. I like historical the most. I read some contemporary, but nothing scary or gory.

    Linda - rayorr@bellsouth.net

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    1. I hear you, Linda. This series (Maine Justice) is probably not the perfect fit for you. If you were to win the drawing, I would certainly let you choose one of my historical romances.

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  11. I love the books I've read of yours Susan, and I enjoy the PI type books (law enforcement of all types), and legal suspense too.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Andrea! I read lots of different kinds of books. Just finished James Scott Bell's new suspense, Your Son Is Alive. Loved it!

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  12. I love mysteries of any sort. I read all that you have mentioned! Probably my least favorite would be those from the Victorian era, but truthfully if the story line can grab me quickly, I'll probably enjoy it! Glad to see you're Debbie Lynne's guest!
    bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. I know you're an avid reader, Connie. Sounds like you are like me and have a big "to be read" stack.

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  13. I enjoy mysteries that are more contemporary in nature. I have read the first two books in this series and am getting ready to read the third one in the very near future. I have enjoyed them and look forward to more. grandaddya[at]Comcast[dot]net

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    1. Hi, Edward! Glad I have readers like you. I was working on my next book--more of a cozy mystery--and then I had this idea for another Maine Justice book, so I had to leave off what I was doing and write down the bare bones of it!

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  14. I have said historical fiction is my favorite for years. However, I have started reading suspense lately and find myself watching for that genre now as well. Thanks for the giveaway, Susan and Debbie, I am already a follower.
    bettimaceATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thanks, Betti! Did you see The Great American Read? I watched it on PBS tonight. So many books to try!

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  15. Hello Susan and Debbie, I read a variety of mysteries. I've enjoyed the books of yours I've read, Susan. Glad there's another Maine Justice books. You'll get that cozy mystery written in time. Blessings.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I love just about all the genres of mystery.

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    2. Debbie, I forgot to say I'm a feedburner follower of your blog. Thanks.

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  16. Hey Debbie Lynn and Susan! I love mysteries! I'm excited to read this series!

    I'm a feedburner follower with psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  17. I love most all mysteries and have since I was a child.

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  18. I’m a feedburner follower. leliamae54(At)aol(dot)com

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  19. thanks, Caryl and Lucy! We have a lot of mystery lovers here today.

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  20. Mystery/suspense is my favorite genre' to read, and I just like all of them. And the Maine Justice Series is awesome. Looking forward to reading #7

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    1. Mark, thanks for taking part. I'm so glad you're enjoying this series. As I usually do, I will let anyone who's already got the featured book choose a different one. Have a great reading day!

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  21. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy learning about Susan's projects.
    Debbie Lynne, I follow you.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Congratulations! MJSH is the winner! Susan will contact you shortly.

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