Featured: You’re Not the Boss of My Brain by Cindy Davis

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Review: “This story is non-stop-action as the layers of crime are peeling like an onion. Each layer takes Joy down a different path.”

Can lyrics from Tom Chapin’s songs help Joy solve the murder of her ex-boyfriend, found in the debris of the Celtic Faire’s opening-night bonfire?

Joy is hauled back to Uncertain, Florida in a police car.

Her boyfriend, with whom she broke up three months ago, has been found dead in the ashes of the Annual Celtic Faire’s bonfire.

She was miles away when he died. But a witness, someone she considered a friend, said she was in town. And no one can prove otherwise.

Chief Wagner is being pressured from all sides to not only solve the murder, but also the rash of petty thefts that have hit the small town.

Could they somehow be related?

Joy thinks so, but the chief can’t let go of the idea she’s the killer.

When the body is identified as one of the contestants in the competition, and not Joy’s ex, things take on an entirely new perspective.

Cindy Davis

Meet Cindy Davis:

Cindy is best known for her murder mysteries and romantic suspense, many of which were set in her home state of New Hampshire. And have achieved considerable success.

Now, a transplant to Florida, Cindy has found herself changing not only place of origin but also genre since her latest work is a New Age fiction penned with her husband Rick

She is an award-winning freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a thousand authors.

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Review by Roxanne Burkey:

Author Cindy Davis continues the escapades of Joy Wagner in the second book in this series. This free-spirited character, Joy, enjoys living simply, traveling by motorcycle, listening to the insightful music in her head, and communicating with her raven feathered toucan, Diablo.

Joy stopped in Uncertain, Florida, and made friends with many of the town’s residents during her stay. She always lends a helping hand and is well-liked. When the sheriff brings Joy back to town and charges her with murdering her ex-boyfriend no one is happy about this turn of events. Joy makes bail and is out to find the guilty party.

Author Davis does a masterful job of bringing out the characters in rich detail. Her descriptions of the surroundings and snappy dialogue keep this murder mystery exciting, thrilling, and fun. Joy is forced to clear her name and leverages the music in her head, logic, and those folks in Uncertain she knows. I love the snippet below as the author succinctly describes the next person Joy wants to question, revealing how Danny is willing to help his friend regardless of the charges.

“The blond Adonis-handsome Dannion Leigh, aka Danny, pushes through the batwing doors wearing a smile that belongs in a toothpaste commercial. When he realizes the identity of his customer, or possibly he sees the lake dirtying the floor under my feet, he races from behind the counter.

“He stops short two feet away, which is good because Diablo chooses that moment to shake the water from his feathers. Now wetness dapples the walls also. Danny sprints back to the kitchen. When he returns, he’s carrying two towels and a roll of paper towels. One towel he hands to me. He strips off a few paper towels and gestures for Diablo to come closer. Surprisingly, he tips his head and allows Danny to daub away the excess water from his feathers. Then Danny takes the wet towel from me and hands me the dry one.
“Joy, what happened? Why are you bleeding?”

This story is non-stop-action as the layers of crime are peeling like an onion. Each layer takes Joy down a different path and provides different clues. Even Diablo helps offer clues, though not understood without reflection. Your emotions will run the gambit as you turn the pages. It is witty, exciting, nail-biting, and the surprise ending makes it worth every second.

I have enjoyed the other works by Cindy Davis. This one is another winner. I highly recommend this story and look forward to book 3.

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