The Auction Block Mysteries
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
#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.
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.
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 . . . .
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