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Friday, 18 June 2021

☀ The Begonia Killer: Third Chance Enterprises [3] (McGill Investigators #1) - Jeff Bond

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Begonia Killer, a Cosy Mystery Romance by (, Jeff Bond, 183 pages).

This is the third book in the Third Chance Enterprises series, a Cosy Mystery Romance.

Don't miss our guest blog by author Jeff Bond, "A Writer’s Guide to Time Management".

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below, as well as full details of the series.

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You know Molly McGill from her death-defying escapes in Anarchy of the Mice, book one of the Third Chance Enterprises series. Now ride along for her first standalone caper, The Begonia Killer.

When Martha Dodson hires McGill Investigators to look into an odd neighbor, Molly feels optimistic about the case — right up until Martha reveals her theory that Kent Kirkland, the neighbor, is holding two boys hostage in his papered-over upstairs bedroom.

Martha’s husband thinks she needs a hobby. Detective Art Judd, who Molly visits on her client’s behalf, sees no evidence worthy of devoting police resources.

But Molly feels a kinship with the Yancy Park housewife and bone-deep concern for the missing boys.

She forges ahead with the investigation, navigating her own headstrong kids, an unlikely romance with Detective Judd, and a suspect in Kent Kirkland every bit as terrifying as the supervillains she’s battled before alongside Quaid Rafferty and Durwood Oak Jones.

The Begonia Killer is not your grandparents’ cozy mystery.

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The Series: Third Chance Enterprises

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Anarchy of the Mice [1]

How far could society fall without data? Account balances, property lines, government ID records — if it all vanished, if everyone’s scorecard reset to zero, how might the world look? What savagery would take hold?

The Blind Mice are going to show us.


Molly McGill is fighting it. Her teenage son has come downstairs in a T-shirt from these “hacktivists” dominating the news. Her daughter’s bus is canceled — too many stoplights out — and school is in the opposite direction of the temp job she’s supposed to be starting this morning. She is twice-divorced; her P.I. business, McGill Investigators, is on the rocks; what kind of life is this for a woman a mere twelve credit-hours shy of her PhD?

Then the doorbell rings.

It’s Quaid Rafferty, the charming — but disgraced — former governor of Massachusetts, and his plainspoken partner, Durwood Oak Jones. The guys have an assignment for Molly. It sounds risky, but the pay sure beats switchboard work.

They need her to infiltrate the Blind Mice.

Danger, romance, intrigue, action for miles — whatever you read, Anarchy of the Mice is coming for you.

[Published 12 May 2020, 462 pages]

Dear Durwood [2] (Dear Durwood #1)

Book two in the epic Third Chance Enterprises series, Dear Durwood is a standalone mystery pitting uncompromising principle against big city greed.

Durwood Oak Jones is a man of few indulgences. One he does allow is a standing ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine soliciting “injustices in need of attention.”

This month’s bundle of letters includes one from Carol Bridges, mayor of the dusty, blue-collar town of Chickasaw, Texas. For nearly a century, Chickasaw has relied on the jobs and goodwill of Hogan Consolidated, a family-run manufacturer of industrial parts. Now East Coast lawyers and investment bankers have taken aim at the company. The citizens of Chickasaw fear it may be acquired or bankrupted, leading to massive layoffs — effectively destroying the town.

Durwood and his trusty bluetick coonhound, Sue-Ann, fly to Texas to see what can be done. They find a young CEO born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Factory workers with hammers. A good woman, Carol Bridges, who knows her town is being cheated but can’t get to the bottom of how. And lawyers.

Dirty, good-for-nothing lawyers.

Danger, romance, intrigue, action for miles — whatever you read, Anarchy of the Mice is coming for you.

For more on Anarchy, Durwood and other Third Chance novels — including real-time Twitter adventures and reader-submitted missions — visit the official series website.

[Published 5 April 2020, 175 pages]

Astroplane [4] (Sidehustle #1)

When the CEO of the world’s largest aerospace company approaches Quaid Rafferty about stealing them back their plane in midflight — Astroplane, the first craft capable of slipping seamlessly between earth’s atmosphere and outer space — Quaid has concerns.

Why does the heist need to happen midflight? How in the world are the Chinese, whom the CEO claims stole the technology, going to allow Quaid on board?

And: how come she, the CEO, is coming to him rather than taking her beef to the FBI?

For all this, Quaid needs cash and covets the call to adventure. After trying unsuccessfully to recruit Third Chance pals Durwood Oak Jones and Molly McGill, he flies to Beijing solo.

He obtains phony press credentials and uses them to interview Lijuan Shào, the blindingly attractive astronaut who’ll pilot Astroplane.

Suddenly, his concerns feel minor. What’s the job going to require, prosthetics? Hand-to-hand combat? A favor or two from Quaid’s vast network of political and philanthropic contacts in the States? Seems workable.

One $2 billion plane, coming up.

[Expected release: Spring 2022, TBA pages]

About the Author

Jeff Bond is an American author of popular fiction. His books have been featured in The New York Review of Books, and his 2020 release, The Pinebox Vendetta, received the gold medal (top prize) in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the first two entries in the Third Chance Enterprises series — Anarchy of the Mice, Dear Durwood — were named to Kirkus Reviews' Best 100 Indie Books of 2020..

A Kansas native and Yale graduate, he now lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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