Barking Rain Press, a non-profit fiction publisher, announced the acquisition of the worldwide print and electronic publishing rights for the murder mystery Speaking of Murder from Ipswich, Massachusetts author Tace Baker. Tace Baker is a pseudonym for the mystery writer Edith Maxwell (the cozy Local Food Mysteries).
The murder of a talented student at a small New England college thrusts linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau into the search for the killer. Lauren is a determined Quaker with an ear for accents. Her investigation exposes small town intrigues, academic blackmail and a clandestine drug cartel that now has its sights set on her. Convinced that that the key to the crime lies hidden in her dead student’s thesis, Lauren races to solve the mystery while an escalating trail of misfortune circles ever closer. Her department chair behaves suspiciously. A century-old local boat shop is torched. Lauren’s best friend goes missing—and the unsettled relationship with her long-time lover threatens to implode just when she needs him the most.
“Speaking of Murder” has been assigned to Barking Rain Press staff editor Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Publication for both the print and eBook formats of “Speaking of Murder” is anticipated for the fall of 2012. Interested readers can click here to preview the first four chapters of “Speaking of Murder” for free.