Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Blast and Giveaway: Murder at Eagle's Nest by Pat Duggan

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Murder at Eagle's Nest by Pat Duggan. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Murder at Eagle's Nest
Author: Pat Duggan
Publication Date: December 17th 2019
Print Length: 324 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Murder at Eagle's Nest is a gentle mystery novel set in a peaceful vacation resort in Apalachicola on Florida's Forgotten Coast. The area is still reeling after Hurricane Michael made landfall only thirty-five miles to the west, on Mexico Beach. It uncovers fraud, driven by greed and arrogance. However, everything changes when a body is discovered. The police detective brought in from Tallahassee, quickly enlists the help of two women staying at the resort, who have unusual insight. They ultimately uncover critical evidence, which unmasks the perpetrator.

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EXCERPT:
Esther invited them inside and turned to the waiting Randy and Freddy. Angelo stepped forward to make the introductions, “Good morning, thank you for meeting with us. I am Angelo Rossi, I think you know Bernice Brown the Treasurer, and this is Hazel Davies the newest owner at Eagle’s Nest. “He turned to Hazel and said, “This is Freddy Beaner,” who nodded in acknowledgement, “And I am assuming you are Randy Jacket.”

Randy stepped forward, “Yes of course, please, everyone, take a seat.” Ignoring any niceties, he turned to Angelo and said, “I understand you had asked to see us regarding the financial statements. I realize a condo association is a little different from other businesses, because it has to operate under Florida State law as a non-profit organization, but we will try to help you understand what is going on. Which expenses are you concerned about?”

Angelo did not appreciate being talked down to by Randy, but he swallowed hard and held his Italian temper, at least for the moment. He explained, “Let me give you a little background first. I own and operate a multi-million dollar business back home and Hazel here, was an auditor for a prestigious accounting firm back in Seattle before she retired.” He paused to let this piece of information sink in. Randy looked a little startled and Freddy, swallowed hard. Angelo continued, “Hazel and I looked at the financial statements, such as they are, yesterday. We had two sets of accounts, one provided to Bernice by Esther each month, and one to me from you, Freddy. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that a comparison of the monthly figures revealed that they were totally different!”

Earlier, Hazel, Angelo and Bernice had discussed their strategy for the meeting. As Bernice had already raised questions in the past and had basically been ‘blown off,’ as unreasonable or unnecessary, they were already prepared for confrontation. They had decided not to lay all their cards on the table initially, in case it shut down even the pretense of cooperation. Instead they hoped to obtain more information.

Randy’s response was predictably defensive, “Impossible, you must have made a mistake.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Manchester, England but moved to the U.S. over 30 years ago. I have an accounting background in both countries. Several years ago, I discovered an interest in writing. My two previous books, Finding God in an RV and The Power Within, document my spiritual journey. However, as a longtime lover of murder mysteries, with a passion to follow plots and figure out the perpetrator, it was time for a new direction. I decided to ‘try my hand’ at weaving my own story, and true to my character, I had to tie up all the loose ends. Murder at Eagles Nest is my first mystery novel, and I am already working on the next mystery for my amateur detectives, Hazel and Anna to solve.

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GIVEAWAY:
Pat Duggan will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
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33 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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  2. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

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  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt and think the book sounds good.

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  4. Thanks for the excerpt! It sounds like an interesting read!

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  5. Thank you for hosting my book tour. I also appreciate the positive and encourage responses from your followers. I am delighted to share with you that i am already working on the next adventure for my amateur sleuths.
    Pat Duggan

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  6. The synopsis and excerpt have caught my attention. Great title! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your comment Bernice. I hope you check it out.

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  7. Heather, thank you for hosting my book tour today.

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  8. Excellent share, saw this somewhere today as well.

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  9. I think that both your book cover and the book title are very interesting.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  11. I liked the excerpt. The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. The book cover art is attractive. The premise of this cozy is great and sounds like a excellent mystery read. Best wishes to the author on the book release.

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  13. Hi Pat!! I love a good mystery & your book sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  14. do you have family and friends read your book befor release?

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    1. Yes. I had a small group whose opinions I value highly and as a result of their input, i did make some changes.

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  15. Pat, What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

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    1. I have an accounting background and have always been interest in ways to steal or defraud people. I believe it is important for honest people to figure out how to cheat, in order to stop those who are dishonest. This unusual way of thinking seems to fit well into mystery and murder, without too much violence.

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  16. looks like a fun one

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  17. Thanks everyone for your encouraging responses, you have all helped to make this a great experience for me. I hope you will choose to get the book and I feel sure the story will not disappoint.
    I would also like to thank you for the comments about the cover. A very good friend designed it for me and I was thrilled with his work. I am really hoping he can do the cover for my next book, which is already in the works!

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  18. I am looking forward to reading this.

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  19. Thank you Danielle and Audrey for your interest. I hope you enjoy the book and as mentioned earlier, I am working on the next story for my amateur sleuths, Hazel and Anna. Hope I make you a fan!

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    1. Thank you Holly for taking time to respond. I hope you decide to check it out.

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