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Have you ever wondered what could be buried in your yard? As we’ve worked in our current yard we’ve unearthed an entire regiment of little green army men as well as the assorted other toys they must have been guarding. But what if your digging produced something more…sinister? I’m happy to have Susan Page Davis back visiting with us today to share about her latest release, The House Next Door. I think you might find this story intriguing! Let’s take a look.
(Maine Justice, book 5)
The charming stone house next door is for sale! How could there be a down side to that?
As his wife Jennifer’s due date approaches, Captain Harvey Larson decides to invest in real estate, unaware of the terror this will cause his family. The neighboring house seems ideal for Jennifer’s brother Jeff and his wife. A hidden cupboard isn’t so bad—in fact, it’s almost fun to try to solve the little mystery inside it. But the unexpected bonus some workmen find is an entirely different matter. Will any of Harvey and Jennifer’s loved ones want to live next door after they learn what’s in the basement?
At last Jennifer’s baby arrives, and Harvey takes a little time off as his squad keeps plugging away on the murder case. The men of the Priority Unit might be wasting their time, trying to prove one dead man killed another. Or is the murderer still alive and ready to strike again?
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Welcome back, Susan! What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
This is book 5 in my Maine Justice Series. I originally wrote it in Jennifer’s point of view, as a mystery she helped solved in the final days of her pregnancy. I later decided to present it in third person and add a couple more points of view, but the story is mostly the same as my original draft.
Something I added just before it went to be published was a subplot about a young man who had gone missing several years earlier in the neighborhood. This was inspired when I learned that a cold case in Maine was breaking. A man had made a deathbed confession of how he disposed of a body which had not to that date been found. The really inspiring part was that his description of the place he hid the body could have been the farm where I grew up. It turned out not to be there, but the idea made its way into this book. If you read The House Next Door, you’ll see what I’m talking about when the disappearance of the young man who mowed lawns is solved.
Wow. This sounds like a great story! Do you have a favorite character from The House Next Door? Why is this character your favorite?
Jennifer is my favorite from this story. As the mother of six children, I sympathized with her all the way to the delivery room. Jennifer is smart and loving and also impatient. She’s very human.
Realistic characters are the best! I’m almost afraid to ask, but do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I grew up in an old house with a dirt floor in the cellar, and I always wondered…
Aren’t kids’ imaginations so fun?! What are you reading right now?
Miss Julia Takes Charge, by Ann B. Ross.
That series looks like it might be entertaining. We know you’re a busy lady. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m working on a couple of projects. I’m in the final writing stages of Book 25 in the Tearoom Mysteries series for Guideposts Books. That series has been a joy, writing about cousins Elaine Cook and Jan Blake, who open a tearoom in an old Victorian house and solve mysteries.
The second one is a sequel to the novel my son Jim wrote with me (The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.). We are finally beginning to work on The Scottish Lass.
How fun! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us, Susan!
Your turn! What are you reading right now? (Besides this blog… 😉 )
More about Susan:
Susan Page Davis is a Maine native now living in western Kentucky with her husband of 41 years, Jim, who is a retired news editor. They have six children and ten grandchildren. Susan has published more than 70 novels, mostly in the Christian romance, historical romance, mystery and suspense genres.
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Also by Susan:
(Maine Justice, book 1)
Police detective Harvey Larson and a beautiful young software designer, Jennifer Wainthrop, are determined to find out what happened to Jennifer’s missing coworker. After the on-duty death of his partner and ultimate rejection from his ex-wife, is Harvey ready to start a new phase of his life? Despite the bullets and bombs that follow Harvey around, can Jennifer learn to trust him enough to be part of it?
(originally Weaving a Future)
After a handsome stranger interrupts her morning ride, Sadie McEwan knows her heart is in trouble. The man seeks to buy several mares from her father and promises to return in a few months. Could he be interested in claiming more than the horses?
Harry Cooper longs to court Sadie. But when he returns to the Shenandoah Valley, he finds Sadie changed. She’s reserved and hesitant, and Harry isn’t allowed to speak with her father–about business or his daughter’s hand. A stolen kiss leads to Sadie’s request that he leave. Before he can honor her wish, Harry learns a startling and painful truth–the woman he loves has lied to him.
Can Harry forgive Sadie for her deception? Or has the fragile fabric of romance been torn beyond repair?
The House Next Door Giveaway:
Susan has generously offered to give away a copy, print or ebook, of The House Next Door, or any other book in the Maine Justice Series. (Winner may choose, as this is book #5. The first in the series is The Priority Unit.) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.