Behind-the-Scene: New Mystery/Thriller Series

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BLOG POST #221: This week, I’m sharing some behind the scene stuff about the upcoming spin-off mystery/thriller series, Pike’s Alley Private Investigation. Book one, currently untitled, is planned to release toward the end of 2020.

In the School Marshal series, book one, Mac MacKenna had recently retired from special operations in the Air Force and returned to his hometown, Brookfield. He agreed to go undercover as the school marshal at Blackstone Academy for one school year. With the end of the school year and the end of his commitment not far off, Mac’s making plans for what he wants to do next.

In Unknown Alliance, book two in the series, Mac met Nico Stark, a self-employed, no questions asked, referral only chauffeur who lost his previous ‘dream job’ with the FBI because of booze. They became better friends in Unknown Event, book three in the series.

With Nico’s six years of experience in the FBI, eight years as an Army MP, and his master’s degree in Criminology, he can easily obtain a California Private Investigator License through the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Nico’s not sure he’ll ever be reinstated to the FBI. After assisting Mac with crime-solving in Unknown Alliance and Unknown Event, he pitched his idea to Mac that the two of them should start a private investigation business together.

Mac’s all in. But he also doesn’t want to leave Blackstone Academy high and dry. Knowing Roni isn’t ready to be the school marshal, Mac calls a fellow USAF veteran.

Stay tuned for the new Pike’s Alley PI series and more from the continuing School Marshal series. Unknown Revenge, book four in the School Marshal series, will release in 2020.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

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