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Cash’s mystery novel, FORCE OF HABIT, rockets up the Amazon chart!!!

Hey, you! Love mysteries? Love thrillers?

FoH Final coverIf so, I’m betting you’ll really enjoy my new mystery novel  Force of Habit: Sister Madeleine Investigates. Amazon has it listed in two different places, for some odd reason. So it’s available in paperback HERE for a mere $8.99. Or as an ebook HERE for only 99 cents.

The book was featured for one day only on an ereader website, which promotes new mysteries, and rocketed right up the Amazon listings as a result. I was so excited. It was even #4 in a separate listing for Women Sleuths.

Book on Kindle

Not long ago, someone wrote, saying it was their ‘favorite mystery-thriller EVER’, and it’s getting stellar reviews.

“This novel grabs from the beginning, with twists and turns which are totally unexpected. Madeleine is certainly not your ordinary nun….a great read!”

“Interesting, original characters, intelligent writing, plot kept me moving and thinking. Refreshing & original. Usually I guess mystery endings, but this one I didn’t guess the end. Great finish.”

“Guaranteed this book is not what you expect… If you really think about this book, it is very smart. If you don’t, it’s funny and exciting.”

“On the cover, Sister Madeleine looks like a disapproving kindergarten teacher. Don’t be fooled. If you really think about this book, it is very smart. If you don’t, it’s funny and exciting.”

I like that last one. So hey, c’mon, why not give it a shot? If you have a Kindle or iPad the book could be yours in seconds. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.

Only last week, a reader in Florida posted a review on Amazon. I’ve taken the trouble of editing it slightly, but here is the broad gist:

“This is not simply a mystery; it’s a comedy, and an incredibly clever one at that. The author has a way of turning phrases that makes the ordinary brilliant. Of all the books I’ve downloaded over the past year or so, this one stands out as an absolute winner. The other reviewers who mention its humor as slight or secondary have missed the point. The entire story is a farce, savaging Religion, Ideology, Government, Society, and Celebrity in one fell swoop. Its Hollywood characters are among the funniest I’ve encountered. A wonderful book from a genius writer. I’m looking forward to the next installment.”

Genius writer, eh?

Well, next day, the review was taken down. By Amazon, I believe. You can imagine how bummed I was. But it was so gushing, they must have thought I hired someone to say it.

Anyway, here’s the story.

                                ‘BILLIONAIRE SUICIDE MYSTERY’

When news reaches Sister Madeleine that her old friend Howard Barley, a global publishing tycoon, has died in grisly circumstances, she is shocked but also very suspicious. Even more so when she learns that Howard left his entire fortune and business empire to her.

Forced to abandon their familiar convent surroundings, Madeleine and her young assistant Roberta take up residence at Milkwood Hall, the billionaire’s luxurious mansion, and immediately find themselves plunged into terrible danger.     

Burned human remains, trembling floors, strangers roaming the grounds, a freezer filled with corpses, and the return of a sinister organization she was once all too familiar with – the puzzles keep piling up, driving Madeleine to use every ounce of courage and cunning at her disposal to solve them, while also tracking down a ruthless murderer before he can kill again. 
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One reviewer, in response to reading an advanced copy, said it was ‘superb’.

Someone else: “Just finished devouring Force of Habit…when does the next book come out?  I am not the world’s biggest mystery reader – very particular about my reading – but this was really addictive. Great writing.”

And another:  “Refreshingly different. A brilliant mix of fast moving action packed mystery/thriller and humour…A brilliantly conceived plot with twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end. Highly recommended.”

MysteryNet, the site for lovers of mystery books, called it: “Action- packed to the very end.”  

Michy’s Book Reviews said: “The action and voice kept me reading. If you’re looking for a good and quirky mystery-style story, this is an author and a series that should satisfy.”  

From Wendy Hines of Minding Spot book reviews: “Great characters, a twisted plot, entertaining situations and really good writing, I can’t wait for book two!”

And Tristi Pinkston – yes, THE Tristi Pinkston – said: “Cash Peters has created a gutsy, loveable main character, placed her in breathtaking danger, and brought all his readers along for the ride of a lifetime.”

You’ll feel the same way, I’m sure.

A childhood dream becomes a reality

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write fiction. Specifically, a mystery-thriller – one of those thumping good ‘mysterious lights at night, noises in the corridor outside, body in the library’  type of books. Detective stories and vintage murder stories were my fascination when I was a kid. I gobbled them up by the dozen, and long believed I was capable of creating one of my own.

With that in mind, I thought, “It’s now or never”, shelved most of my workload for the next eighteen months and wrote Force of Habit. A modern mystery with a retro twist. I did it for me, mind. To prove that I could. To validate the kid inside of me and make him proud. It didn’t even matter if nobody else liked it, as long as I liked it.

But here’s the thing:  to my delight, the reaction from those who’ve read it has been incredibly warm and amazing. Beyond anything I could have hoped for.

“Dazzling,” wrote one.

“Compelling and brilliant. Relentless and frightening.”

“It’s so COOL,” someone else said. “I love it.”

Well, yes, me too. I’m as happy with this as anything I’ve ever done, and hope you love it as well.

Published by Penner Press, it’s lots of fun. A gripping wild ride filled with action, intrigue, humor, satire, and strange, unexpected twists.

My Life as a Nun’s Mentor

I had the idea way back in 1983. I was living in Golders Green, North London at the time, renting a small bedsit.

One day, a new tenant moved in next door to me. A nun. I remember her name: Sister Margaret Sherwood. Wonderful woman. Very toothy, quite oversized and shuffling, and absolutely  clueless about everything. She was on an apostolate, she said, which, as far as I could tell, meant she’d been thrown out of the abbey, a bit like Maria, and left to fend for herself.

Though Sister Margaret was in her 70s at the time, she’d led a cloistered life for decades and knew nothing – and I mean nothing – about the modern world. She had no clue how to use a can opener, for example. She’d never watched TV, made a Panini sandwich – in fact, she couldn’t cook a thing – and she absolutely marveled at the way my electric kettle boiled water all by itself.

“That’s fan-tastic!” she’d shriek. “How does it do that?”

It was quite bizarre. Like having Catweazel come to visit. Or the apes from 2001.

For the next three years we lived together in that house. During that time, I introduced her to the concept of convenience, leading her through the basics step by step, as you would a toddler, or someone who’s just arisen from a hundred-year coma, giving her simple instructions on how to cope with life outside the convent wall, such as how to make mushrooms on toast, how a water heater works, how to vacuum a rug without sucking half of it up into the Hoover, and generally demonstrating what’s what.

It was a life-saver for her, I realize that now, and also an intensely interesting character study for me. “Somewhere in this,” I recall thinking even then, “are the seeds of a really good sitcom, or book, or movie, not sure what – but something.”

Force of Habit title pageAnd that’s where it began. The novel stems from that situation, though with a much darker, sinister edge, and a lot more car chases.

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Force of Habit: Sister Madeleine Investigates is in paperback and available as an ebook right now as well. Get it HERE for just 99 cents. No strings. Come on, why not let the kid inside of you read the novel that the kid inside of me waited a lifetime to write? You might be pleasantly surprised.

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