Homosexuality - its religious, social and political implications - is the backdrop for Cast the First Stone, James Paavola's fifth book in the Murder In Memphis series. A serial killer is targeting gay men. Lieutenant Julia Todd returns from medical leave, recovering from a bullet wound and PTSD symptoms. Her first duty assignment is meant to be an easy one: crowd control. Protesters have rallied outside City Hall in response to an upcoming vote which could grant civil rights to homosexuals in the workplace. Religious leaders and politicians are represented on each side of the issue. Prominent among opposing protesters are uniformed Neo-Nazis and robed Ku Klux Klansmen. Another gay man is found dead after the protest.
November, 2015 It has been a while since my last entry – almost a year in
fact. I apologize. Life kinda got in the way: a handful of
surgeries, and our eldest daughter Shannon was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid
Leukemia. On the positive side, Shannon has very recently been declared
"in remission." We couldn't be more relieved. We are
truly grateful for all the support, love and prayers. My latest
book: Cast the First Stone: Murder in Memphis is dedicated
December, 2014. Been working on a few short stories this summer. One has just been published by Dark Oak Press as part of an anthology of short stories about murders associated with well-known Memphis Landmarks. Check out "The Silver Star" in Malice in Memphis: Bluff City Mysteries, edited by Carolyn McSparren, 2014. Available at Dark Oak Press and Amazon.
December 23, 2013 The characters in my stories patronize Memphis restaurants. They particularly enjoy good food and a relaxed atmosphere. Among others, The Brooklyn Bridge Family Italian Restaurant and Molly's La Casita Restaurant are featured in the newly released Blood Money. Molly's general manager Kelly Johnson makes an appearance, as does the Bridge's co-owner Bridgette Correale. Both women play major roles in setting the welcoming tone of their respective restaurants. Much to our sadness, Bridgette passed away. Blood Money is dedicated to her memory.