BJ Bourg is an award-winning mystery writer and former professional boxer. Dubbed the “real deal” by fellow writers, he has spent his entire adult life solving crimes as a patrol cop, detective, and chief investigator for a DA’s office. Not only does he know his way around crime scenes, interrogations, and courtrooms, but he also served as a police sniper commander (earning the “Top Shooter” award at an FBI sniper school) and law enforcement instructor.
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It's a Mystery to Me: Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem
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Hollow Crib: A Magnolia Parish Mystery
It's November in southeast Louisiana and the only thing Detective Brandon Berger wants is to keep his anniversary promise to his wife. As luck would have it, a mysterious death derails his plans. He begins to investigate the case along with his partner, Dawn Luke, and the trail leads them to the Magnolia Faith Church and its controlling pastor, Father Isaac Stewart. Suspecting the pastor has knowledge about the suspicious death, but unable to prove anything because of the tight-lipped parishioners, the case turns cold.
Further north, William Chandler takes his wife, Claire, and their infant daughter, Gracie, on a camping trip to the Skybald National Forest. The last time he was there? Twenty-two years earlier when he watched his father die in a violent accident. He's returning to quietly sort through some personal demons, but when they arrive and find a peculiar stranger talking to his Pit Bull about blowing things up, he questions the logic behind returning to the scene of his youthful tragedy. After a series of strange events, William finds himself arrested for murder. He swears he's innocent, but the evidence against him is so damning, even Claire thinks he's guilty. The Magnolia Faith Church might be the key to helping William prove his innocence, but making the 251-mile connection could be deadly.
Told from two points of view, Hollow Crib is fast-paced and suspenseful, taking readers down separate paths toward a single unexpected and explosive conclusion.
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