Handyman witnesses a murder in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Sunbury Press has released Murder Run, Shelly Frome’s latest murder mystery, set in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.

mr_fcIn this crime novel, a wayward handyman grapples with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

EXCERPT:
Jed turned around and headed back for the cellar. Banging into things, he brushed past the mess the guy had made, located the breaker panel, flipped the switches, and climbed the stairs as the lights came back on. He called her name as he passed the kitchen and cut around the dining room, but there was no answer.

He hurried up to the bedroom and stopped short. Though he’d never entered, never gone beyond the pull-down attic ladder, he could picture exactly what should have happened. She should’ve opened her window and cried out the second Jed pulled in. Or shouted the moment the guy split. Or certainly just now when Jed barged into the cellar, hit the breaker switches, and began calling for her.

Hesitating a few seconds more, he slipped through the open door and found the bedroom half in shadow. Lit only by the little Coleman lantern he’d given her in case the power went off, knowing how frightened she was of being alone in the dark.

And there, in the dimness, he saw her. On the canopy bed, wearing a ruffled nightgown, looking half her age like a sleeping princess. Only she was lying sideways, on a slant, her back to him, clutching her raincoat. And she didn’t appear to be breathing. Didn’t respond at all even as he stood over her.

In his panic, he thought of CPR . . . but didn’t know how to do it and was afraid to touch her . . . spotted the phone cradle but couldn’t dial 911 because the handset was missing.

He found the wall switch and the bathroom lights, scoured the medicine cabinet and the nightstand for prescription vials. But there were no pills anywhere, no beta blockers or whatever it was she said she was taking. He thought of opening her mouth, at least doing that, but stepped back and froze when the motion-detecting floods flashed onto the rutted drive below, merging with the sound of squealing brakes.

He didn’t have to wait to find out what was next. First the crackle of the police radio and, in practically no time, Road Trooper Charlie Tate was up the stairs and upon him.

Tate glanced at the lifeless form on the bed, glanced back, and uttered the inevitable words:

“Right. Jed Cooper. Now how in hell did I know it would be you?”

Murder Run
Authored by Shelly Frome
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
244 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066164
ISBN-10: 1620066165
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Murder-Run-9781620066164…

Author Charles "Ted" Brusaw has passed

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of one of our authors, Charles “Ted” Brusaw.  He was the author of the Civil War novel The Roar of Battle, and an upcoming young adult novel about Benedict Arnold entitled Perlious Journey. Following is Ted’s obituary:

trob_fcBRUSAW, Charles “Ted” Of Huber Heights, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015. Ted was born in Hamilton, OH on October 2, 1931. He graduated from Clarksburg High School (Clarksburg, IN) and served in the Air Force for four years. Ted graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and retired from NCR (Dayton, OH) in 1986. He was the co-author on many text books and had three novels published. He was a member of the Dayton Elks Lodge #58 for over 20 years. Ted is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara and two sons, Steven (Chris) Brusaw of Miamisburg, OH and Scott (Julie) Brusaw of Sandpoint, ID. He leaves four grandchildren, Amy, John, Steven and Shawn Brusaw; also special friends, Carl and Mary Lewis. Viewing will be held at the Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike the evening of Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6-8 PM. Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Lodge #58 or The Hospice of Dayton in Ted’s memory. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=175465381#sthash.stUFmuUF.dpuf

"Feeble-minded" youth accused of murdering young woman

SUNBURY, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Something So Divine, J R Lindermuth’s tragic tale of murder in the rural hills of Pennsylvania.

“… reminds us of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, with similar intrigue and tension, but set in Pennsylvania ..” The Publisher

ssd_fcWhen a young girl is found murdered in a Pennsylvania rye field in the autumn of 1897, Ned Gebhardt, a feeble-minded youth known to have stalked the victim, is the prime suspect. Incidents involving another girl and gossip stir emotions to a frenzy, nearly leading to a lynching.

Evidence against Ned is circumstantial and there are other suspects. Influenced by the opinions of Ned’s stepsister and Ellen, a woman who has perked his interest, Simon Roth, the investigator, is inclined to give Ned benefit of the doubt. Then he discovers damaging evidence.

Still unwilling to view Ned as a cold-blooded killer, Roth puts his job and reputation in jeopardy as he seeks to assure a fair trial for the accused.

EXCERPT:
The dog stirred beside him. Ned Gebhardt tilted his head, listening. Though he couldn’t see the girl for the thickness of the second-growth trees, the rattle of brush told him she was coming his way. The dog whined and started to rise. Cupping a hand around her muzzle, Ned patted the dog’s head. “Be still,” he whispered.

Excitement gripped Ned as he awaited a sight of her. His foot jiggled in the leaves, and his breath came a little faster. He snuffled, drawing in the scent of leaf mold and sun-warmed wood. But Susannah thwarted his desire, cutting across the hill opposite instead of coming to where he waited. Ned pursed his lips and muttered, his tongue thrusting out to test the air like a snake while one hand plucked at his pant leg. He rose to his feet and grinned down at the dog. “She foxed us, didn’t she? Well, there’s always tomorrow.” The dog cocked its head, gazing up at him as if expected to reply.

The boy plopped down again, drawing his knees up to his chin and sitting with arms wrapped round his legs, contemplating what to do next. He sighed in annoyance at not having intercepted the girl. Ned felt certain he knew where she’d go as he’d watched her leave home earlier that morning. I told her where to go. Why didn’t she come here? He sucked his lower lip. His disappointment souring the good mood of anticipation.

He sighed. Pap would be angry he’d skipped out on his chores. But it would be all right if he took home a couple squirrel or a rabbit. Especially rabbit. Pap’s awful fond of rabbit. Yes, that’s what I’ll do—hunt up a rabbit or two.

The warm air was heady with the odor of rotting leaves and damp earth. Almost too warm for this October morning in 1897 on a Pennsylvania hillside. But Ned knew the frost would be coming soon. He’d seen a flight of geese heading south the previous morning, and there hadn’t been any sign of frogs or turtles along the crick for the last week. A rustle overhead, and he raised his eyes to scan the canopy. Acorn caps and the hulls and shells of other nuts littered the ground beneath the nearest big tree. But it was no squirrel he spied. Only a nuthatch flitting from limb to limb.

Ned rose, brushed dry leaf litter from his trousers, picked up his shotgun by the barrel, and started up hill. The dog shook itself and followed.

Anyone watching would have had no difficulty picking Ned out of a crowd. Tall and gangly, big hands and knobby wrists protruding from the sleeves of a too-often washed cambrey shirt, strong legs encased in hand-me-down corduroy trousers, worn brogans on his big feet, he strode along with the ease of one accustomed to climbing hills and walking fields. Not yet a man, shy and immature, but with muscles and calluses defined by long hours of manual labor. He had a shock of thick hair the color of bleached corn shocks, big eyes reflecting the blue of the sky, and a protruding lower lip usually wet with dribble.

The maples were red and gold now, but the boy was oblivious to their beauty, intent on another vision flashing across the screen of his mind. He’d been sure Susannah would come to this hillside to hunt chanterelles. It was late in the season for them, but Ned had spotted a nice crop under the oaks above her father’s rye field, and he’d told Susannah. He knew her family loved these golden mush-rooms, and Ned was certain that would be her destination.

Something So Divine
Authored by J. R Lindermuth
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
226 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066126
ISBN-10: 1620066122
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Something-So-Divine-9781…

Capital Murder redux — Dead of Summer is top fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot for the third month in a row with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Darla Henry’s grief counseling classic The 3-5-7 Model grabbed the second spot. Sherry Knowlton’s recently-released Dead of Summer led Fiction at #5.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Counseling
3 NEW The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
4 Dinofiric Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
5 NEW Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
6 17 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 11 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
8 NEW The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
9 5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 19 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
12 21 Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
13 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
14 15 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 24 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
16 NEW Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
17 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry Disaster Memoir
18 30 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
19 29 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
20 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
22 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L. Moore History
23 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
24 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 Silver Moon Joanne Risso Childrens
26 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
27 12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
29 Beagle Tales 3 Bob Ford Pet Humor
30 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

cm_fcSunbury Press just posted its best July ever! Compared to last Juy, sales more than tripled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. EBook sales for the month were down over 12% from June. The company continues to see growth in print formats, while ebooks falter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder stayed on top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Darla Henry’s The 3-5-7 Model soared to #2 thanks to the author’s speaking engagements. John E Wade II’s memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, showed thanks to advertising and events in his local New Orleans market. Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 took #4 thanks to their appearances. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Summer debuted at #5, and Dead of Autumn at lucky #13, thanks to author activities. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#6) and The Closer (#10) moved up the rankings thanks to the author’s new website and blog. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #7 thanks to a recent appearance in Nashville. The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, debuted at #8 thanks to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man held onto #9 as the author is in between convention appearances. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger rejoined the list at #11 as she prepares for release of the next volume in the series. Ashley Nichole’s Found. Still Lost. was the top selling art book at #12 due to her exhibition an 2nd Floor Gallery. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, inched up to #14, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. All 8 of John L. Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series appeared on the list (15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 28). Interest remains strong from local bookstores, historical tbmato_fcparks, and retailers. Johnny Strife’s Pink Crucifix crept onto the list at #16 thanks to orders from his circle. Carolyn Perry’s Katrina memoir, For Better, For Worse, returned to the list at #17 as the 10th anniversary of the hurricane approaches. Dennis Herrick held at #24 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Joanne Risso’s Silver Moon reappeared on the list at #25 thanks to her activities. Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales series took two spots — #26 with Volume 5 and #29 with Volume 3. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #27 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #30 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter.

The company released six new titles during the month of July.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2015
The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
Keep Turning Right Rick Dapp Self-Help
White River Monster Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm