Joan West’s detective thriller “Dying for Vengeance” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Joan West’s Dying for Vengeance a detective thriller based in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, area took the top spot. Joan also took 5th with Had a Dying Fall, 7th with Courting Doubt and Darkness, and 8th with Darkness at First Light. Marie Sontag’s historical young adult novel The Bronze Dagger was second. Jess Steven Hughes took the third spot with his historical novel set in Ancient Rome, The Sign of the Eagle. Mark Mitten took 6th and 9th with his two Western novels, Hard to Quit and Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave. Dennis Herrick took two spots with his two novels the historical Winter of the Metal People and the murder mystery  A Brother’s Cold Case.  The humorous Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill by David Parmalee, a young adult novel about unusual substitute teachers, was 10th. J. Geoffrey Barber’s romantic Three Rogues at Gettysburg, a historical novel set after the battle, was 11th.  Wade Fowler’s The Compass Island Incident, a thriller that incorporates the JFK assassination, dropped from the top spot to 12th. Patchtown by Jolene (Busher) Fay and Blood Moon by S J Vermillion rounded out the top 15.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
2 2 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Historical YA
3 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 11 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
5 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
6 8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
7 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller
8 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
9 6 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
10 5 Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Humorous YA
11 10 Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
12 1 The Compass Island Incident Wade Fowler Detective Thriller
13 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Detective Thriller
14 Patchtown Jolene Fay Historical
15 Blood Moon S J Vermillion Detective Thriller

West’s four books were greatly helped by author events. Sontag’s books continue to sell well to secondary schools. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. Mitten’s books have been selling well online. Herrick continues to hold author events to maintain his sales. The others were helped by publisher publicity and/or Kindle sales.