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Whodunit in June: Locked Room Mysteries

Mystery is in the air! This month, I am focusing on “locked room mysteries”—those murder stories that are isolated to a single group of people. Anyone could be the victim, and anyone could be the murderer. Who was driven to madness? What’s their motive?

I love these kinds of whodunits because they are intriguing yet not completely taxing on the brain! As secrets unravel, your mind is constantly trying to figure out how it will end, and it’s usually a twist no one has seen coming.

Although my Lost Heritage Trilogy is not a locked room mystery, the suspense builds and the dangerous culprit behind the Rossi sister’s threats is revealed in my final book, The Catalan Key. I loved adding this element of surprise and drama to a romance series, and even I didn’t know how it would end until the words came through my fingertips.

This month, I’ll be asking my social media followers some questions about their favorite mysteries. Feel free to comment with your own thoughts and insights below!

1. Do you remember the first mystery you ever read?

Mine was The Kachina Doll Mystery from the Nancy Drew Series, and it sparked a love of Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins and Hardy Boys novels in my youth.

2. What is a favorite “locked room” mystery of yours?

I loved The Guest List by Lucy Foley…not only was the setting in Ireland (one of my favorite locations), but it kept me guessing the whole time, with a quite unexpected resolution.

3. Your mystery preference: murder, secrets, or simply suspenseful?

I don’t need a mystery to end with or be revolved around a murder. I really get into the deep, dark secrets behind whatever is surrounding the mystery. That’s what keeps me hooked.

4. Are there any particular mystery settings that intrigue you more?

I love the idea of deserted places where people can’t escape. It makes the story more intimate and creepy, and gives you the opportunity to really get to know the characters involved more when they are isolated like that.

What would your responses be? I always love to hear from my readers, whether it’s their insights or a great recommendation for more fabulous books to read! What’s a favorite of yours?

If you’d like to check out how the mystery of my Lost Heritage Trilogy unravels, click on the link below to order The Catalan Key, or the entire trilogy.

The gripping finale. Will Marissa survive or succumb to darkness?

Nothing was going to keep the feisty Marissa Rossi from claiming the rightful inheritance awaiting her in Spain; not even the threat of death. All her life she has lived in the shadows of her successful sister Meg and her adored sister Mia—now it’s her chance to finally prove her worth to her family. Danger, deceit and broken trust will forever change the course of her life as two men wage a war for her loyalty—her beloved boyfriend and her childhood best friend. While secrets threaten to destroy both her dreams of becoming an artist and her very life, the mysteries of an ancient heirloom awaken her lifelong battle: will she ever be free of the demons that haunt her? With one final puzzle left to solve, Marissa must make the decision to yield to her darkness or step into the light. Life will never be the same for the Rossi sisters as The Lost Heritage Trilogy comes to its chilling conclusion.

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