Book 4 in The Penningtons Investigate

Mystery (Traditional/Cozy)

 Date Published: June 2020

Publisher: Asdee Press


Professor Rand Cunningham is shot and left for dead on the Penningtons' front lawn, and Lyssa Pennington could be next. Who's behind the drive-by hit?

• The husband of one of Rand's conquests?

• The lawyer-brother of the student whose sexy video went viral on the Internet?

• The father of the actress passed over for a part in the movie of Rand's bestseller?

Detective Shaughnessy hunts for the badass truck seen speeding away from the scene.

Lyssa and Kyle follow a lead to Norway, where villains, trolls, and other bombshells will change their lives forever.



A look over her shoulder showed Rand standing still, his face clouded with worry. 

“What’s wrong?” 

His voice held a note of panic. “That truck is still around. I can hear its engine.”

She scanned Seneca Street to the left and again to the right. No truck. She was about to ask if he’d smoked a joint when a rumble caught her attention. A glance to her left showed a black pickup truck turning the corner two blocks away. She rubbed her arms against a sudden chill. 

“Come on.” She tugged Rand’s arm and headed them toward her dented VW Passat. They were still ten feet from the car when the roar of the truck’s motor drowned out whatever Rand meant to say. Like a monster with orange flames shooting up its side, the truck surged across the intersection.

Lyssa and Rand, frozen in place, mouths hanging open, watched it squeal to a stop and begin a slow crawl past them. 

Lyssa screamed when its passenger window slid open and the barrel of a gun pointed at them.


About the Author

C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits.


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  1. So glad to be hosted by Literary Gold today! Great title for your blog!

  2. I like the blurb. A drive by shooting. Very realistic these days. Sounds like a good mystery. Thanks for the chance.


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