Blackmail in the Ballroom and New Covers

cover of L. A. Niusla's mystery novel Blackmail in the Ballroom

I know I’ve been quiet for a while, but finally, some exciting news. There will be a new Cassie Pengear book coming out on November 23, 2021. I’m getting the pre-orders set up and I will post links as I get them. The book is called Blackmail in the Ballroom. Cassie gets drawn into a murder investigation when a blackmail payment is interrupted by a corpse. There’s a longer summary below.  I’ll start posting buy links when I have them.  The books will have a pre-order/new release price of $.99 then go to $4.99

And some other exciting news, you may have noticed the cover for Killing at the Carnival on the side here has changed. Since this is book 11, it seemed like a good time to update all my covers. The new ebook covers should all be up by the end of the week, the print ones will take a little longer, as print always does. It’s a little more than a tweek but not a huge change.  You can see them all on the Books page I hope you like them!

When Cassie Pengear’s cousin Milly asks her to help a friend leave a blackmail payment at a party, Cassie’s first impulse is to say no. That is until she realizes Milly will help no matter what she says, and when, not if, Milly gets in trouble, it will be up to her to get Milly out of it. But the payment doesn’t quite go as planned, being interrupted by a dead body. And as Milly was involved in the payment, Cassie finds herself dragged into investigating the murder and the blackmail in the ballroom.


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Cassie Pengear Book 10 – Three Bodies in London

cp10 three bodies copyaWell, that took long enough, but I have finally finished Cassie Pengear Book 10, Three Bodies in London.  It’s three novellas covering Cassie’s first three cases in London.  I didn’t do a pre-order this time, so it’s slowly rolling out to the different stores.  I have the links to the ones it’s already out at below.  I’ll add more as I get them.  And since it does take a little while for some of the stores to get the book in their system (and it did take a long time for me to finish it), the new release sale will last until the end of the year.  So it will be $.99 until the end of December, then go up to $4.99.  I hope you enjoy it!


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Upcoming Sale

Hope you’re all doing well.  I’m still working on book ten.  I just wanted to let you know I’ll be having a $.99 sale on book 4, A Spartan Murder.  Officially, it starts on May 8 and lasts to May 26, 2020,  but you may see the sale price turn up sooner since I’ll set it before then to make certain it populates through in time.  I’m also lowering the price on books 2 and 3 (Death at Dinner and Stabbing Set with Sapphires) to $3.99.  So if you haven’t read them yet or know someone who might like them, now might be a good time to get them.  The Smashwords sale is still going on to the end of the month too, but I’m going to change which books are in it now that I have this sale going on.  Stay well!

Upcoming Sale

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Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be having a sale on the Cassie Pengear bundle next week (starting Nov 18 officially).  I’ll start lowering the price to $.99 this weekend and the sale will run through the end of the month.  You can find all the buy links here.

Cassie Pengear Book 9: Murder Near Slaughter

cover of Murder Near Slaughter

Yes, there is finally a Cassie Pengear book 9. It’s called Murder Near Slaughter and takes place in a village in the Cotswolds . It’s available for pre-order now and it will be released September 17, 2019. Since I’m planning on doing a sale on some of the older books later this fall and that probably won’t matter much to people following this blog, I decided that, instead of the usual $2.99 pre-order/release week sale price, I’m putting it on sale for $.99 until September 21, then it will go up to $4.99. More information and links below.

Cassie Pengear was expecting a relaxing holiday in a Cotswolds village near Lower Slaughter, staying in a cottage borrowed from a friend of her landlady. She was not expecting to spend most of her first day there trying to find someone to give them the key to the cottage. And she definitely wasn’t expecting to walk in the front door and find a body on the sitting room rug. Now the local police consider her and Mrs. Albright suspects, and the London man she was counting on turns out to be Inspector Wainwright. If she wants to clear their names, Cassie will have to solve the murder near Slaughter.


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Smashwords Sale

Smashwords is having a year-end sale until January 1, and I’ve put Death at Dinner, Stabbing Set with Sapphires, and A Spartan Murder on it.  They’re 75% off, so $1.25 each, so if you’ve been waiting to get them or you know someone who hasn’t read them, now’s a good time.  Smashwords sells books in epub and mobi format, so they should work with whatever ereader you use.  The coupon codes are right on the book’s page on Smashwords.  Here are the links.

Death at Dinner

Stabbing Set with Sapphires

A Spartan Murder