Grand Junction author publishes murder mystery
WHAT: Book launch celebration for mystery novel, “Debits and Credits,” by Lyn Fraser
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Artful Cup, HopeWest Coffee House, 3090 N. 12th St.
A pharmacist in Austin, Texas, gave Grand Junction author Lyn Fraser the basic plot idea of her new mystery novel, “Debits and Credits,” published by Mainly Murder Press.
The pharmacist described to Fraser a “totally” plausible scenario regarding black-market pharmaceuticals and senior citizens.
“So I ran with that,” Fraser said.
Fraser will sign copies of the novel at a book launch celebration Saturday, Feb. 8, at Artful Cup, HopeWest’s coffee house, 3090 N. 12th St. Proceeds from book sales that day will go to HopeWest, a nonprofit hospice organization.
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The story features main character, Grace Edna Edge, a woman with a lot of business savvy, but a messy personal life.
“She gets involved in a murder investigation when the best friend of her aunt is found face down (amongst) the stacks of the Austin Public Library,” Fraser said.
Evidence first points toward a heart attack as cause of death, but Grace and her aunt suspect otherwise. Using her skills as a forensic accountant, Grace discovers a black-market prescription drug scam directed at senior citizens and is ultimately led face-to-face with the killers.
A native Texan, Fraser said she has spent a lot of time in Austin. The story is set in a vibrant, multi-racial, multi-cultural East Austin neighborhood
“There’s a lot in the book about food and music and the lively environment of Austin,” she said.
Major mystery writers Margaret Coel (“Wind River” and “Catherine McLeod mystery series”) and Carolyn Hart (“Bailey Ruth Raeburn,” “Death on Demand” and “Henry O mystery series”) endorsed the book.
“Lyn Fraser has crafted a novel with suspense galore that kept me turning the pages to the very end,” Coel wrote for the book’s back cover.
Hart wrote, “An appealing heroine with financial smarts outwits the bad guys in a fast-paced, fun adventure.”
Grand Junction resident D’Ann Fuquay said she “loved the book for its wit, and humor.”
Fraser described the book as a “cosy mystery,” not a “thriller” full of gratuitous violence.
She said some of her early readers have asked when they’ll get to read more of Grace. Fraser has already started on a sequel.
While “Debits and Credits” is Fraser’s first fiction novel, she has published a short story in a literary review, has written a business textbook, now in its 10th edition, and two books on the Psalms. Fraser has a doctorate in ministry.
She teaches English at Colorado Mesa University. Before resuming her teaching career at the college, Fraser worked for the palliative care and hospice program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction. She also worked for the nonprofit hospice organization HopeWest, where she co-led Mending Hearts, a community bereavement support program. She’s volunteered for hospice for 15 years.
Additionally, Fraser taught business at Texas A&M University for 10 years.
The author will travel to Austin for a book launch in Texas on March 1.
On March 14, in Grand Junction, Fraser will lead a reading and discussion event for the Western Colorado Writers Forum, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Fraser said she will talk about the difference between genre fiction and literary fiction.
Along with fellow mystery writer Rebecca Hale, Fraser will sign books April 17, at Grand Junction’s Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road.
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