The year is 1942 and the middle of the Big Top’s summer circuit. Up and coming circus performer, Jeri Deane, finds a young clown strangled inside a beloved lion’s cage. The town sheriff’s threat to close down the Big Top won’t stop her from finding his killer. Beneath the spangles and sawdust of the canvas sky, Jeri uncovers deceit, treachery, and secrets more dangerous than any death-defying trick in the circus. Even she has much to hide. If the Big top survives the season, will she be able to face her own hidden past?
Heather Haven is the daughter of real-life Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus folk. Her mother was a trapeze artist/performer and father, an elephant trainer. Heather brings the daily existence of the Big Top to life during World War II, embellished by her own murderous imagination.
After studying drama at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, Heather went to Manhattan to pursue a career. There she wrote short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and two one-act plays, which were produced at Playwrights Horizon and well-received. Once she even ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency. She was unemployed at the time.
One of her first paying jobs was writing a love story for a book published by Bantam called Moments of Love. She had a deadline of one week but promptly came down with the flu. Heather wrote “The Sands of Time” with a raging temperature, and delivered some pretty hot stuff because of it. Her stint at New York City’s No Soap Radio – where she wrote comedic ad copy – help develop her long-time love affair with comedy.
Her first novel of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Murder is a Family Business, is winner of the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011. A Wedding to Die For received the 2012 finalist nods from Global and EPIC. Death Runs in the Family, won the Global Gold for Best eBook Mystery Fiction, 2013.
A 1940s holiday vintage mystery series, The Dagger Before Me and Iced Diamonds, stars a five-foot eleven, full-figured gal named Persephone ‘Percy’ Cole. Percy is a trail-blazing female detective with the same hard-boiled, take-no-prisoners attitude as Sam Spade, Lew Archer, and Phillip Marlow, but tops it off with a fedora and a wicked sense of humor. This series takes place on the streets of New York City during World War II, three thousand miles and sixty-odd years away from the California Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series. This new series has received rave reviews, a fact of which Heather is very grateful.
Stand-alone noir mystery, Death of a Clown, written by author and daughter of real-life circus performers, former Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey trapeze artist and elephant trainer, brings the daily existence of the circus during World War II to life. The story is embellished by Heather’s knowledge of the Big Top in its heyday and her own murderous imagination.
Author Website: http://www.heatherhavenstories.com/
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