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ISBN: 978-1-942428-18-3



206 pages
$15.97 in softcover
$3.97 Kindle

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Melody for Murder

~ A Bertie Bigelow Mystery ~

by Carolyn Wilkins

On the South Side of Chicago, one sour note can lead to murder.

When the choir director's date is shot to death, Bertie must find the judge's killer—or become the next victim.
      When recently-widowed college choir director Bertie Bigelow reluctantly accepts a New Year's date with Judge Theophilous Green, she never imagines the esteemed civil rights pioneer and inveterate snob will be found shot to death the next morning. She's even more surprised when her talented but troubled student LaShawn Thomas is arrested for the crime.
      But Bertie suspects that someone in her tight-knit social circle is really the killer.
      Is it hot-tempered Patrice Soule, the voluptuous diva and recent winner of the Illinois Idol contest?
      Is it Charley Howard, the BBQ Hot Sauce King, a self-made millionaire with Mafia connections?
      Is it the mysterious Dr. Momolu Taylor? Newly arrived from Africa, he's invented a hot new sex drug that's got some powerful politicians feeling frisky.
      Or could it be Alderman "Steady Freddy" Clark, corrupt South Side ward boss and would-be patron of the arts?
      One thing is certain: Bertie Bigelow will need to keep her wits about her to avoid becoming the killer's next victim.

Praise for Melody for Murder

After I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! A great first mystery and I eagerly await the next one! Well written with a great ending too!
~ Eleanor Shavell

In a genre replete with formula approaches and one-dimensional figures, Melody for Murder successfully stands out with its winding developments, vividly realistic moments, and the talents of a college professor turned sleuth who finds her good intentions repeatedly land her in the path of danger. It's highly recommended for any genre fan who wants fresh, lively writing and a protagonist who is neither beautiful nor a sleuthing genius—just a likeable, believable human being who finds herself involved in something outside her career and expectations.
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

What a marvelous cast of characters! The Hot Sauce King is my favorite, but there are many others: a talented music student, an insecure diva, and a sinister doctor who's not the man he claims to be. Bertie's best friend Ellen, another Metro College professor, is another colorful character. Over rum cocktails, Ellen gives Bertie sage advice on sleuthing and romance.
      The plot revolves around Testamax, a product in great demand by men of a certain age, sold by a local drug company. To reveal the ending would spoil the fun. If you enjoy humorous mysteries with a musical twist, Melody for Murder is for you! Let's hope Ms. Wilkins is already writing the next Bertie Bigelow mystery.
~ Susan Fleet

Melody for Murder is a fun, sexy, and compelling mystery filled with wonderful characters, led by Bertie Bigelow, a determined and very likeable hero. Melody for Murder is one of those 'can't-seem-to-put-it down' reads and is also one of those 'can't-wait-for-the-sequel' books. Highly recommended!!
~ Jon Damian

Delightful murder mystery with a main character that will remind you of Jessica from "Murder, She Wrote." You love her, but you just wish you could get her to stop sticking her nose in such dangerous places. Who does she think she is, trying to solve a murder?! Bertie is so lovable, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. Highly Recommend.
~ Margaret Dendler

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Carolyn Marie Wilkins is a practicing Reiki Master, a Psychic Medium and an initiated Priestess of Yemaya, the African goddess of compassion, motherhood and the ocean.
      Her other novels, Mojo For Murder and Melody For Murder feature the crime-fighting exploits of Bertie Bigelow, a forty-something choir director and amateur sleuth living on the South Side of Chicago. Carolyn's nonfiction work includes Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her, and Tips For Singers: Performing, Auditioning, Rehearsing.
      An accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist, Carolyn is a professor at Berklee College of Music. She has performed in concert throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, and South America, where she toured as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department.
      When she is not writing, teaching or performing, Carolyn maintains a private practice in healing and mediumship. Her New Age Talk Show, Carolyn's Psychic Playroom, can be seen monthly on Cambridge Community Television. Carolyn's online class, Magical Communication: How To Talk To Your Ancestors, is available on Udemy.com.
      To find out more, visit www.carolynwilkins.com.

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