Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MURDER AT TWIN OAKS, Victoria James Mystery Novella 1 by C.Z. Brackett

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Victoria James Mystery Novella 1



A double murder in Bennettsville? The most excitement that sleepy town had seen in recent years was after a debutante crashed her car into the town fountain.



Victoria James Mystery Novella 1



Victoria James pulled up as close as she could to the white columned Greek Revival mansion. About a dozen cars from the local Bennettsville sheriff’s department as well as cars from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and three nearby counties surrounded the scene with their blue lights flashing in the middle of the hot Georgia afternoon.

She parked her vehicle and tried to push her way through the throng of law enforcement.

“I’m sorry ma’am, but you can’t,” started one of the deputies from another county.

“It’s o.k.,” interrupted Deputy Jefferson Hawes of the Bennettsville Sheriff’s Department, who saw her pull up. “You can’t stop Victoria James when she’s on a story. I’ll handle Ms. James’ requests.”

The other deputy nodded backed away, and Victoria smiled at Jeff.

“What took you so long, Vic?”

“Couldn’t get past all of the police cars, Jeff. What is going on?”

Jeff sighed.

“We were trying to keep this one quiet,” said Jeff.

Victoria laughed.

“Then, you‘ve failed miserably. Besides you should know you can’t keep anything quiet in this town. People know when I wash my underwear and what color it is. I got a phone call the minute three deputy cars passed Myra Evans’ house.”

“Good old Myra. God love her,” he replied.

“You know you really should hire her. I think she solves most of your cases, you know.”

“Shh. That’s between you and me, but it’s going to take a lot more than the town busybody to solve this one. And that is off the record so don’t quote me on that.”

“Mysterious, are we?”

“No, but I can’t let you leak any details on this one. That crime scene is nothing like we’ve seen before, and I’m not letting you in there this time.”

Meet Author C.Z. Brackett…

Charmain Zimmerman Brackett grew up in a picturesque Southern neighborhood filled with front porches and retirees. Her closest companions in her childhood and teenage years were the characters she found in the pages of books. In college, her love of literature, language and writing led her to pursue a degree in English. She has spent the past 28 years writing for several newspapers and magazines in the Augusta, Ga. area. In 2008, a story in a series she wrote on returning wounded warriors received second place at the Department of the Army level in the Keith L. Ware journalism competition. She has written three young adult novels, The Key of Elyon, Elyon’s Cipher and Elyon’s Light. Her debut novel, The Key of Elyon, received the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction. Her fourth novel, Fixed In The Tempest, is inspirational contemporary fiction. Under the name of C.Z. Brackett, she writes the Victoria James mystery series. Her first children’s book, Little Pearl’s Circus World, won the Georgia Writers Association’s 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the children’s category. It’s based on the true story of her great-grandmother, Pearl Clark LaComa, who began performing with her father’s circus, the M.L. Clark and Son Combined Shows when she was only 4. Brackett lives in Augusta, Ga. with her husband, Bret. They have three children, Jessica, Jeremy and Allie and a 7 year-old rescued papillon named Danni.


Links to Charmain’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MUC5JE8


Twitter: @CZBrackett

Website: www.charmainzbrackett.com


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: C.Z. is giving away an ebook copy of MURDER AT TWIN OAKS  to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, C.Z., for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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8 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: MURDER AT TWIN OAKS, Victoria James Mystery Novella 1 by C.Z. Brackett

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, C.Z., and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Thanks C. Z. and Karen. Nice to meet you!

  3. Helen Drake says:

    Hi C. Z.,
    I love mysteries and this sounds like a fun one. I also like the title.

  4. Eileen AW says:

    Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your excerpt.

  5. bn100 says:

    nice excerpt

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