Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Flirting with Time (The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 5) by Mary Anne Edwards

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The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 5


Detective Charlie McClung is haunted by someone leaving mysterious paper hearts in odd places for his bride, Marian. Any thought that this is the work of a harmless prankster quickly vanishes when his men are attacked and people begin to die. The stalker is growing bolder and Charlie knows he needs to act quickly but there are too many suspects, too many alibis, and too much at stake.

What people are saying about Flirting With Time

“Haunting, but in a good way. Twisty, turny, and full of heart.”
~Gretchen Archer – author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Capers

“Fans of Nick and Nora, fans of Tracy and Hepburn—rejoice. You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Mary Anne Edwards weaves a charming, entertaining and delightfully romantic tale of small town deceit. It’s as if Agatha Christie wrote Hart to Hart—and happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan – Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.

“Mary Anne Edwards has written a classic whodunit, but the deeper mystery at its heart is who and how we love. Tender, fast-paced, and rich in character, Flirting With Time delivers malice and warmth in equal measure.”
~Tina Whittle – Bestselling author of the Tai Randolph Mysteries

The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 5


Chapter 1

Marian walked into Joan’s bedroom. Everything was in its place. She thought a vase of fresh cut flowers from her garden would brighten up Joan’s bedroom. As she turned to leave, Marian saw a pump action shotgun behind the door.

“Hmm, Joan should have that beside the bed tucked in-between the nightstand and headboard,” Marian muttered to herself. “I’ll have to mention that to her.”

A banging noise on the front door startled her. She walked down the hall and stood in the upstairs open landing that overlooks the foyer. Marian saw shadows moving on the frosted glass panes in the door. There were voices. Men. At least two.

Marian felt the fine hairs on her forearms raise. A cold chill ran down her spine as the banging continued.

They’re trying to kick down the door, the thought screamed inside her head.

Marian ran back to Joan’s bedroom, grabbed the shotgun, and searched the nightstand for shells. Bingo! She grabbed the box and returned to the landing as the door gave way. It crept open. The voices were louder but subdued.

She heard her heartbeat drumming in her ears as she waited for them to enter.

“Go on! Get inside. See what that rich lady’s got.” A commanding voice goaded one of the men.

“Stop pushin’ me. There might be a dog inside.”

“She ain’t got no dog. Get in there. We’re right behind you.

Now Marian knew there were at least three intruders. She prayed the racking sound of the shotgun would be enough to scare them away. If not …? She hoped it wouldn’t come to that.

The first man snuck in. He looked around and saw the antique silver tea set displayed on the Hepplewhite sideboard. “Holy crap, Don, there’s silver stuff in here.”

Before the others could enter, Marian racked the shotgun. In a deep, steady voice, she ordered the young man, “It’s best that you leave right now, son.”

The bug-eyed boy stared at the shotgun.

Marian studied his face and wondered why the boy wasn’t in school. He couldn’t be any older than sixteen and already on the road to ruin. “Go on get out!” Marian held her aim on the boy.

“Don’t listen to her.”

Another young boy stumbled in. His knees landed hard on the hardwood floor and he yelped in pain as an older man pushed him aside.

Marian moved her aim on the older man as he pulled something out from behind the back of his pants. She saw a flash of steel as the older man held a pistol in his right hand.

“You have a choice, boys. Live or die. What’s it going to be?” Marian knew there was no turning back from her decision to stand her ground. “Live or die?”

“You boys get what you can. That skinny little girl ain’t got the guts to pull no trigger, but I do.” An evil grin slid across his wrinkled, pock-marked face.

Marian felt her stomach lurch as she pulled the trigger. She screamed at the sound of the blast and the smell of the gunpowder. Someone’s hand was on her and she screamed again as she recoiled from the touch.


She felt someone kissing her face as she was pulled into a bear hug.

“Sweetie, wake up. It’s a bad dream.”

The warm whisper in her ear woke her up, but she could still smell the gunpowder. Marian began to cry. The dream was too real.

“Shhh, you’re okay. It was just a dream, baby. A bad dream, that’s all.”

Marian clung to Charlie as she wondered why she kept having the same horrible dream. “Oh, Charlie. Every time it gets more real.” She sobbed.

Charlie worried about his wife as he held her and stroked her soft hair.

His alarm clock buzzed. He flung his arm backward and turned it off with a quick slap. “I’ll stay home with you today, sweetie.”

Marian wiped her eyes and sniffed. “No, I’ll be okay. Just a stupid dream.” She tried to roll away, but Charlie held her close. “I’ll get over it.” She kissed him. “Let me go make us some breakfast.”

“No, you stay in bed; I’ll make breakfast.”

Marian squeezed him. “I won’t argue as long as I can watch.”

“What? You think I need supervision?” He chuckled.

“No, I like to watch you, you sexy beast,” Marian whispered as she tried to shake off the nightmare. The best thing for her was to get up, do something, and not wallow in the disturbing memory. “Now let me go wash the sleep from my eyes. I’ll be in the kitchen in a jiffy.”

Charlie kissed her nose. “All right, bacon and eggs or pancakes?”

“Pancakes and bacon.”

Charlie released her and rolled out of bed. “As you wish.”

Meet Author Mary Anne Edwards...

Born in Mercedes, Texas, Mary Anne has lived in Georgia most of her life. A life-long fan of authors such as Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, and Elizabeth Peters, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Mary Anne decided to listen to the voices in her head and began writing her own series of traditional mysteries featuring Detective Charlie McClung.

The first book in the series, Brilliant Disguise, was released to critical acclaim in January of 2014. The next three in the series, A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth were released soon afterward. The fifth book in the series, Flirting with Time, will be released in June 2017, with at least five more to follow.

Mary Anne and her husband currently live in Smyrna, GA with an ill-tempered Tuxedo cat named Gertrude. Mary Anne is active in the Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.


Links to Mary Anne’s website, blog, books, etc.



Website: http://maryanneedwards.com/



LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/maryanneedwards

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maedwards58

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Buy Links Amazon

“Brilliant Disguise”http://goo.gl/OaJGwc
“A Good Girl”http://goo.gl/CBW00b
“Criminal Kind”http://goo.gl/7EzXn8
“Sins of My Youth”goo.gl/1QqMBV
“Flirting With Time”goo.gl/MPaGHH


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Mary Anne is giving away a mobi copy of Flirting With Time (Winner must have a Kindle email address) to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book  Bench. Thanks, Mary Anne, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

17 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Flirting with Time (The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 5) by Mary Anne Edwards”

  1. Good morning, Mary Anne, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I do love Charlie and Marian. Poor Marian. Nightmares like those are no fun. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

    1. Thank you for having me again. I actually had that nightmare! When I woke up from the dream I thought it would be a great opening to a book. I hope you have a brilliant day, Karen. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the excerpt this sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for sharing with us Mary Anne.

  3. This is great. However, I love the Book lol… If you haven’t read it yet, I would say GO GET IT…. 😀 I fell in love with The Charlie McClung Mystery Series and can’t wait to see what is next for Charlie and Marian.

  4. This sounds really great. Thanks for sharing it with us Mary Anne and Thank You for the chance to win.

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