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Thursday, 10 March 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney

GENRE

Mystery/Suspense

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Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy.  Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram's attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure.  In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, the instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.

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Excerpt:

The battered, green side door with its peeling, leprosy paint framed one small window with smudged shattered wire-glass. The door cracked just enough for a pair of bright blue eyes to peek out at him.

A voice said, “That you, Mister Craige?” The grey head was hardly visible.

“Yes,” Craige said. “Sallie Mae, that you?” Got no answer, and she didn’t come out.
                                                                                                                                        
The door left ajar; rusty hinges squeaked as Craige pushed against it and stepped into a vacuous, black void, the air heavy with a peculiar, stale warmth. He was more than queasy. It had the makings of a perfect ambush layout. Talk about the perfect setup. If Zeb hadn’t OKed the time and place, he would’ve been out of there. Except for jumbled, grimy clutter and vague outlines in a trashed yawning interior, he could make out no details. As his eyes adjusted, Craige found himself facing two frail figures who’d been standing there the whole time.

“Sallie Mae?”

With a fragile movement Sallie Mae said, “Right here. A’gatha Ruth here’s not too pleased about Zeb tellin’ you where to find us.”

“Don’t like this a darn tootin’,” Agatha said. “Nobody’s bizness.” She was testy. “Plenty robbin ‘n ‘killin’ to be took care of ‘stead of cops pokin’ in folk’s private matters. Botherin’ folks what druthers be left alone.”

“I don’t work for the police,” Craige said.

Agatha continued, “Fiddle-de-dee, who you think you’re foolin’? Tain’t a mite of difference twixt you and MacGerald ‘cept he calls it what it be—cop.” She had wizened, bottomless eyes. “Claimin’ we make corn squeezin’s.” Her ire rose. “Don’t try puttin’ no lyin’ to me. I know what the likes of you is after. Them bunch of scallywags wants you to help take away Sallie Mae’s croup potions.” Wiped her mouth with her hand. “That’s what, you’re after Sallie’s makin’s.” She didn’t care for him one bit.

“We been run out from lots’a places,” Sallie Mae said. “Lord knows, these old bones don’t take up much room, and these empty buildings ain’t no use fer nothin’ much.”

Craige interrupted, “Zeb told me you saw the killing in the bank’s garage.”

“Both of us seen it,” Agatha said. “What you want to know for anyhow? We ain’t talkin’ to no cops. Might as well git that out on the table right now. They throw us in jail, say we the ones what did it till we tell where our still wuz.”

“You see who did it?” Craige asked.

“‘Course we seen the man who done it,” Sallie Mae said. “Didn’t see no face, saw his big black car, the kind what rich folks drive.” She shook her head. “Lordy mercy, that poor woman didn’t have no chance.”

Agatha nodded, “Skeer a body plumb to death. Gives me chill blains jus’ thinkin’ on it. Like some animal, like he wadn’t mad. Jes took o’nry mean pleasure beating her.”

Craige asked, “You know it was a man?”

“Jesus my all!” Agatha Ruth spit snuff juice into a paper stuffed big peach can. “You ain’t much good at detecting if you cain’t tell whether a body be man or woman. Maybe you need readin’ glasses. Gettin’ a mite blurry myself, but I don’t have to see a body close-up to tell it was a man, and sure didn’t want that one close-up no how. Tell by the way he hit. He was hefty enough he didn’t have to put much swing to it. Kept whackin’n’whackin’, blood everywhere. Even after she mostly quit moving, he kept hittin’n’hittin’, her legs just’a jerkin’.”

Craige made a mental note to check with Fred if any clothing, gloves, anything showed DNA different from any of the victims.

“Awful!” Sallie Mae shivered. “We hunkered down so he wouldn’t see us.” The filtered light framed Sallie Mae’s dignified, wrinkled face, ancient beyond years with a proud reserve.

Agatha said, “Even after the police got there, we never told them what we seen.”

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What show from your childhood would you love to bring back?


What show from my childhood? I’m about to date myself. We didn’t have TV…radio shows remembered from before WWII interrupted the worlds of the lower 48, & Alaska of North American, 1941. The Shadow Knows, Gangbusters, The Lone Ranger (There was such a radio show). It wasn’t Shakespeare, but it was Fri & Sat entertainment from a world that still exists in scraps and pieces down twixt the mountaintops in the hollars and glens of Southron North America.

Favorite movie? Depends on the genre (which doesn’t exist) & the mood I’m in. Painting pictures with words or kickback and watch the river flow by. A touch of romance plus murder-&-mayhem OR a touch of romance galloping through the galaxies OR historical romance. Although one of my majors is international history, I realize full-well the Romanov tale of the Grand Duchesses can’t quite be (maybe). I’d still have to go with the original Anastasia with wonderful expressions/characters brought to life with Yul Brynner, Ingrid Bergman and Helen Hayes. Is that nostalgia? Yep…which likely stuffs me as a romantic for a way of life near-gone. If my mood is crash-&-bang action…Star Trek or Star Wars…the other imaginary genre I enjoy concocting.

This current title in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, Hidden Chamber of Death falls in the romance and thriller-mayhem category. Nevertheless, being raised on a farm with a big barnyard…lust & hormones & love and the games people play shape how a reader identifies with a character(s).

Thank you for hosting. It is much appreciated.


Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here



Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.

Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was just released, and Book 2 in the series, Westobou Gold, will be released in the fall.




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18 comments:

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    1. Archaeolibrarian - Thank you for hosting Hidden Chamber of Death, Book 1 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 2 galley of Westobou Gold is currently in cover design. An earlier release, the historical romance Moccasin Trace, establishes the bloodline(s) of Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow Series. Your hosting this title is much appreciated…

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. Lisa BROWN – You’re welcome…good luck - thank U for stopping by...

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      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  3. Thank you for running this giveaway, good luck to everyone!

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    1. Tim CROSS - You're welcome, & a 'good luck' to everyone as well. Thank U for stopping by, commenting...

      Hawk MacK

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  4. This is really a juicy book, that I want to read. My husband wants to read it also. On our TBR list for our summer vacation. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. MISTY – Will make a good TBR for your summer vacation, to put the scarin’ into the reader. Thank U for stopping by & commenting…

      Hawk MacK

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  5. Enjoyed the guest post and excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Eva MILLIEN – The host did a great job with the guest post & excerpt. You’re welcome to the share, & thank U for stopping by & commenting…

    Hawk MacK

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  7. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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    1. Mai T – During my early yrs in middle school. Thank U for stopping by & commenting…

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  8. Sounds intriguing and not an easy to solve story...definitely my cup of tea! thank you for the excerpt/tease!

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    1. PC – Glad U enjoyed your cup-of-tea catch on solving the twists…it was deliberate kinks to the tale being drawn. Hope U enjoy the read. Thank U for stopping by…

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      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  9. Really great excerpt - sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Victoria ALEXANDER – It was a great excerpt. Hope U enjoy it, & you’re welcome to the sharing. Thank U for stopping by…

      Hawk MacK

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  10. I loved the interview and the excerpt. Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!

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