Loretta Ross

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The Auction Block Mysteries

Meet:

Wren Morgan: a small-town girl next door with a soft spot for strays and a random collection of Interesting Stuff —  mismatched Depression glass, old pop bottles, a slingshot.  She’s an auctioneer for a small, family-owned business. Her job gives her a lot of opportunity to find unusual things, but she’d never have guessed that the best stray she’d ever bring home might very well be Death himself.

Death Bogart (pronounced Deeth):  a disabled Marine combat vet.  Down on his luck after a string of personal tragedies, he’s trying to start over as a private investigator and part-time bounty hunter.  To compensate for his physical disabilities, he’ll have to learn to rely more on his mind than his body, and he’ll have to swallow his pride and accept a little help now and then from those who’ve come to care about him.

 

#4 Death and the Viking’s Daughter

A ghost walks in Rives County.

Her name was Ingrid and she was only seventeen when she disappeared from a renaissance festival in Cincinatti the summer of 1977. Her father was visiting a supper club on the shore of Truman Lake the weekend she went missing. He swore he saw her ghost, clad in her Viking costume, beckoning him from among the trees where his living history group later established a Viking village.

Four decades later, Wren is preparing the long-abandoned supper club for an auction when the Keystone children find a hidden Viking maiden’s costume–soaked in blood. While Wren is drawn into the mystery of Ingrid’s disappearance, Death is busy investigating a forged painting and trying to make a good impression on Wren’s parents. And what about “Bob”, the unidentified body found in the woods in the mid 1980s and buried in the side lawn of the house that Death and Wren want to buy?

Death and Wren are planning a future together, but first they’ll have to unearth the secrets of the past.

Coming in February 2018 from Midnight Ink Press

 

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#3 Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel

Death and Wren Bid on Answers to the Mysteries of Love and War

When former army medic Tony Dozier is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his wife’s funeral, the prosecution charges premeditated murder and the defense claims temporary insanity. Former marine Death Bogart and auctioneer Wren Morgan think there’s more to the story.

They’re both led to the long-abandoned Hadleigh House, where Wren begins preparing the contents for auction but ends up appraising the story behind an antique sketchbook. As Wren uncovers the century-old tale of a World War I soldier and his angel, Death finds a set of truths that will change…or end…their lives.

 

Death and the Brewmasters Window#2  Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow

They call it “the Brewmaster’s Widow”; the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart’s brother died in an arson fire.

With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy’s death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?

Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine’s heart. But the Brewmaster’s Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prising them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

 

Death and the Redheaded Woman #1 Death and the Redheaded Woman

When Wren Morgan went into the old Campbell house to start cataloging the contents for auction, the last thing she was expecting was a naked dead guy on the tower stairs.  A burglary gone wrong and the legend of a lost Civil War treasure lead her to sexy, charming Death Bogart, a disabled Marine combat vet on his own quest for stolen gems.  Together, they’ll face death threats, a peeping Tom, an escaped con, and a knife-weilding maniac. If they can survive, they just might find something worth bidding on . . . .

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Reviews for Death and the Redheaded Woman:

“Ross’ thoroughly entertaining debut combines smart details about the auction business with two engaging mysteries and a uniformly appealing cast. Fans of small-town cozies, especially those by Denise Swanson, will love this, as will mystery readers who double as thrift-store aficionados and followers of auction reality shows.”—Booklist (starred review)

“[A] winning debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“The witty sarcastic banter between the lead characters was charming and endearing.”—RT Book Reviews

“Ross’ debut features a likable pair of sleuths, some local Missouri history and a nice little mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews

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11 Comments

  1. Marlyss

    Fantastic Book! It kept surprising me with every page! I am waiting for Loretta’s next book.

  2. Debi Goldstein-Carlson

    I bought the audiobook because I LOVE Amanda Ronconi – but was pleasantly surprised at the great storyline, cute characters. Although I’m not a big fan of cliff-hanger endings, I did really like the book and will probably buy the next in the series.

  3. Any word on when the second book might be available? I realize the first one’s only been out a few months, but I really enjoyed the mystery and the characters and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for them.

    • Hi, Lark! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to answer you! I’m really bad about keeping up with my website. :-[

      I just posted the information about book two. The title is Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow and it will be out on February 8, 2016. Thanks for asking! I hope you’re having a great summer! 🙂

  4. Suzie Speer

    My name is Suzie Speer. I borrowed your book, Death & the Redheaded Woman from the Richland Public Library, in Richland, WA.

    In the epilogue, the last paragraph confused me: “That’s impossible. The morning he died, Bogie snapped the back off his badge. We got called out before he had time to fix it. When he went into that fire, his shield was lying on my desk.”
    After I read that, I assumed his brother was alive.

    • shannon

      I’ve had the pleasure of reading both and I don’t want to spoil it for you. But the second book is just as good as the first but the storyline is more complex and intriguing and will leave you wanting another book to pick up in this series.

  5. Kat

    LOVED “Death and the Redheaded Woman”, got it on Audible – wonderful narration by Amanda Ronconi. Can’t wait for Book 2 – I hope that you will make it available in audio format and keep the same narrator. Thank you for a wonderful read!

  6. Shannon Brown

    I loved the first book in this series and was fortunate enough to get both books from netgalley to review. We ordered the first book for our library system and the second is on order. This was a refreshing breath of air to the cozy/ mystery genre very well developed story wonderfully written characters with a marvelous plot can’t wait for book three because the ending of two has me chomping at the bit for book three.

  7. Don Lekei

    I bought the first book because it was read by Amanda Ronconi and I am a fan of quirky cozy mysteries.

    I have been anxiously awaiting the second book but it is a no-show! No pre-orders and Redheaded Woman is not listed as part of a series. I listen to Audible, but rarely actually read books (no time and it keeps me awake).

    Any news on release date of the audio book would be appreciated.

    • Hi! I don’t have a release date yet, but it is going to be available from Audible. Amanda was working on it a couple of weeks ago, so I shouldn’t think it would be too much longer. Thanks for asking. 🙂

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