Sunday, December 15, 2019

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Covey and JayJay Get Educated by Shelton L. Williams

Shelton L. Williams

Genres: Murder Mystery / Social Thriller / Amateur Sleuth
Publication Date: September 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 209 pages

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Amateur detectives, Covey Jencks and JayJay Qualls, are drawn into a triple murder on the campus of Baker College in West Waverly in the Texas Hill Country. Both end up taking positions at the college: Covey as an adjunct instructor and JayJay as a visiting actor. 

Initially they believe that money is the motive for the murders, but over time they learn that the college is a cauldron of political and social intrigue. The college's new president and his beautiful wife, various staff members, a prominent trustee, and parties not associated with the college have the motives, opportunities, and wacky agendas that might implicate them in the murders. It turns out that a white nationalist group may be using a college house for its nefarious activities, but are they more talk than action? 

The West Waverly police are little to no help in the investigation, and Covey himself has to depart the college to deal with his father's death. JayJay takes over and makes a critical breakthrough. Upon Covey's return, the couple must rely on deception, a bit of luck, and martial arts skills to solve the crimes and to try to prevent a high-profile assassination.
“Murder Everywhere” Chapter 1, Part 2
Covey and JayJay Get Educated
By Shelton L. Williams

There were mitigating circumstances too. The deaths had occurred on campus. Others had been present. Many other alums had signed up for trusts, and Coop had concluded almost every one of these arrangements. Other, even richer alumni were still upright and in good health. Besides, Coop had only been present at the deaths, which occurred minutes apart—he had not prepared, mixed, served, or seemingly even touched the glass or cup from which the almond smells emanated. Nevertheless, he thought he might need a lawyer, and he knew I was one, so he called me. In fact, he was the first person to tell me one of my favorite lawyer jokes: How many lawyers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? I don’t know. How many can you afford? Cooper also knew that if I could help him no fee would be involved. I already owed him, big time. But, alas, I am not a criminal lawyer, and none of the geniuses I know who practice criminal law could be engaged for a fee less than the GNP of a small Latin American nation. How many of those could he afford?

Of course, I told Cooper that he did not need counsel just yet. The police, no doubt, had many more people to interview and much more evidence to gather. Coop did not personally gain from the deaths, and no one could imagine that he’d commit murder just to reach an annual fund-raising goal, right? We both assumed not. He had no real motive.

Before we stopped talking, I told him that Covey Jencks and Associates in Odessa, Texas, was doing well, and it was not all because I had barely been there over the last few weeks. Business was picking up, and I was already being booked for trips to D.C. and Austin on NTSB hearings and testimonies. NAFTA had become my specialty, and now, in late 1996, local communities were making claims that my clients’ trucks were doing all kinds of damage to their roads and highways. I already had others gathering data on the weight of the loads allowed, the inspection records of our trucks, and the road maintenance records of the communities involved. That, my friends, looked like a lot of billable hours.
I was buoyant about getting back to work after a three-year quest to solve an old crime had recently come to an end. I had found out who had been involved in the death of a good friend. Two of the three suspects were now dead, and the third had been arrested. Better yet, I had not been murdered in an investigation that took more turns than a Dallas highway mixing bowl. Even better than that, JayJay Qualls, my partner in both crime-solving and in life, was looking forward to doing more community theater at Odessa’s famous Globe Theater.

“And when will I meet this lady?” was Coop’s response.

“Oh, shucks, that’s right. She knows your stories, but she doesn’t know you.”

“She’s an actor?” he asked.

“Quite a good one,” I offered. “Why?”

“Just interesting. Trey and Patty died when they were on campus to attend our theater department’s Christmas production of Fiddler on the Roof. Has JayJay ever done that show?”

“I doubt it. There were not too many African Americans in rural Russia in the early twentieth century.”

“She’s black? You never told me that she was black. And they haven’t run you out of town yet?”

“Oh, no. Odessa is a large, cosmopolitan town compared to Mount Idy, or wherever you come from in Arkansas. We are fine.”

“Well good, but on one of your trips to Austin, bring her. Come north to West Waverly, and let’s get some real BBQ. If we’re lucky, there might even be a theater production at the college.”

“Sounds like a plan, Coop. Call me if there is any news from your end about these mysterious deaths.”

That was the last time I ever talked with Cooper Dix. Shockingly, just a month later, he was also murdered, and this time no bitter almonds were involved.

Shelton L. Williams (Shelly) is founder and president of the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and he taught for nearly 40 years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He has served in the US Government on 4 occasions and he has written books and articles on nuclear proliferation. In 2004 he began a new career of writing books on crime and society. Those books are Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and now Covey Jencks. All firmly prove that he is still a Texan at heart.
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GRAND PRIZE: signed copy of each of the author's books
SECOND PRIZE: signed copy of both Covey Jencks and Covey and JayJay Get Educated
THIRD PRIZE: Audio book of Covey and JayJay Get Educated
FOURTH PRIZE: Kindle version of Covey and JayJay Get Educated
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1 comment:

  1. I love mysteries! Hopefully I win a signed copy. But, if not, are there any review copies?