Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Moscow Affair (Nicole Graves Mysteries #6) by Nancy Boyarsky

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for The Moscow Affair by Nancy Boyarsky. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the other stops on the blast for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Moscow Affair
Series: Nicole Graves Mysteries #6
Author: Nancy Boyarsky
Publication Date: September 21st 2021
Print Length: 222 pages
Genre: Mystery
"The Moscow Affair is a thoroughly entertaining and unforgettable thriller punctuated by smart dialog, richly crafted scenes, and a topical plot." –Dave Edlund, USA Today bestselling author of Valiant Savage

In this fast-paced mystery, P.I. Nicole Graves agrees to an unusual, short-term assignment working for MI6 in Russia. It sounds straightforward, even pleasant: a two-week luxury riverboat cruise on the Volga, observing a group of fellow passengers and filing a daily report on their activities. It's simple enough, except for one caveat: No matter what these people do, she’s to tell her handler at MI6—no one else, especially not the Russian police. When one of the riverboat passengers winds up dead, Nicole realizes this assignment was anything but straightforward.

Soon, Nicole is immersed in a high-stakes game of murder and espionage where trusting a stranger can be as deadly as a bullet.

"Nicole Graves is the best fictional sleuth to come down the pike since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone." –Laura Levine, bestselling author of the Jaine Austen Mysteries

The Nicole Graves Mysteries have been compared to the mysteries of Mary Higgins Clark and praised for contributing to the "women-driven mystery field with panache" (Foreword Reviews) as well as for their "hold-onto-the-bar roller coaster" plots (RT Book Reviews).

When Nicole opened the door, Kolkov was even more abrupt than on his previous visit. No greeting, just, “Get dressed. I take you in for questioning.” He talked fast and fairly vibrated with impatience.

“Why can’t we do it here like before?” Nicole said.

“Get dressed!” He shouted, pointing to the bedroom. “I give five minutes.”

Kolkov was waiting at the door and seemed to be in a tremendous hurry. As she approached, he stepped toward her and firmly gripped her by the arm, as if he expected her to try to escape. She pulled back, pointing to the closet. “I have to get my jacket,” she said, pointing to the hall closet. He let go so she could pull out her zippered hoody and put it on. It was going to be cold out, and longed for her warm coat, but it was in the hamper, stained with Chet’s blood. Before she could finish zipping up the hoody, Kolkov took hold of her arm again and was pulling her out the door.

Other passengers stared as Kolkov led Nicole down to the main deck and across the ramp to the ship next to theirs. Surely they could tell she was being taken from the ship involuntarily; perhaps they recognized Kolkov from the day before. But no one stepped forward to ask what was happening. Nicole wondered what they were thinking.

The pair of them drew an even larger audience as they walked through the four vessels anchored between Queen of the Volga and the dock. Finally, they reached the street, where a boxy black sedan was standing at the curb with a uniformed policeman at the wheel. Kolkov put Nicole in back, not relaxing his hold on her until he was about to close the door. He climbed in the the front seat, and they took off.
Nancy Boyarsky is the author of the Nicole Graves Mysteries. Her sixth installment of the series was released September 2021.

Nancy has been a writer and editor for her entire working career. She coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written textbooks on the justice system and contributed to anthologies, including In the Running about women’s political campaigns and The Challenge of California. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, West magazine, Forbes, McCalls, Playgirl, Westways, and other publications. She was communications director for political affairs for ARCO.

In addition to writing mysteries, Nancy is producer and director of the “Inside Golden State Politics” podcast.

Nancy Boyarsky will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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  1. thanks this sounds like a great read

  2. Sounds like an exciting story.

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  4. David HollingsworthDecember 14, 2021 at 4:54 PM

    Congrats on the book!

  5. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  6. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  7. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I always enjoy a good mystery.
    Great job with the excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  9. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. David HollingsworthDecember 15, 2021 at 6:54 PM

    Your books sounds fascinating!

  11. how did you chose the setting for this book

  12. sounds like a fun one

  13. On a cold day like today there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book & a fuzzy blanket!
    The ultimate in self care.

  14. I hope you are having a great day

  15. David HollingsworthDecember 16, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Sounds like a good story.

  16. The book sounds very intriguing. The cover is beautiful.

  17. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  18. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Sounds like an interesting mystery. I liked the excerpt.

  20. I hope you and your family have a great time over the holidays!

  21. David HollingsworthDecember 17, 2021 at 5:27 PM

    The cover is solid.