Dead Flowers -
Book #7 of the JP Kinkaid Chronicles
by Deborah Grabien
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price: $16.95 USD
price: £11.25 UK
price: $17.95 AUS
Available: September 15, 2012
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When the Fog City Geezers sign a recording contract with Fluorescent Records, band founder
JP Kinkaid makes an unusual decision: to record a live show as their first CD.
Praise for the JP Kinkaid Chronicles
Climbing into a tour bus named Magic with the band and his wife, Bree, he's expecting no
more than the usual glitches and problems that happen when any band hits the road. What he's
not expecting is a sudden series of interpersonal crises. Every one of those crises is
linked to Fluorescent's signing of longtime thorn in JP's side, the disruptive and unpleasant
bassist, Bergen Sandoval.
By the night of the label's CD release party at an exclusive Hollywood nightclub, tensions
within the Fluorescent artist family have reached breaking point. When Bergen dies in the
club's bathroom of an apparent coke overdose, Blacklight security chief and retired
homicide detective Patrick Ormand suspects the white powder contains more than just
cocaine - and things suddenly look bad for one member of the band family.
Grabien captures both the excitement and the incredible effort that goes into making a major music
tour a success. Brilliant descriptions of making music.
– Publishers Weekly
Promising and entertaining-and fascinating for its look at life backstage."
– Richmond Times-Dispatch
The JP Kinkaid mysteries are a breath of fresh air in the mystery novel genre and a rockin' good read."
– Mark Karan, recording artist and lead guitarist for Bob Weir and Ratdog
Rock musicians are our royalty, and Grabien shows us how the onstage magic happens. Not just for mystery
readers, this has appeal for boomers reflecting on their life stories.
– Library Journal
From the lush-life backdrops of megahuge rock dudes to the hard-scrabble lives of blues patriarchs who never
got the paydays they earned so many times over, this is how rock REALLY rolls. Grabien's saved you the
best seat in the house.
– Charles Shaar Murray, author of Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Postwar Pop and The Hellhound Sample
From spirited discussions of blues-based rock to inspired moments of band camaraderie, this is
definitely a mystery that will also appeal to rock fans.
– Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
JP’s perky narration and his love for Bree keep the pages turning.
– Publishers Weekly
A brilliant marriage of backstage skullduggery and suspense that draws you right in. Rock On, JP!
– Julian Dawson, recording artist and author of
and on piano...Nicky Hopkins - The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Man
It’s the rare music-inspired crime novel that nails both the passion of music and the deft
characterization and tight plotting required by a solid mystery, but in the JP Kinkaid
Chronicles, the author has managed something quite rare in the genre: She’s created rock musicians
who are credible human beings and not randy, coke-snorting cartoons.
– Kevin Burton Smith, Mystery Scene Magazine
While illustrating the behind-the-scenes business of a rock band,
Grabien offers a window into the life and health of a person with multiple sclerosis. Even better,
the author shows the humanity, team work, and loyalty that keep a supermusical phenomenon together.
For all mystery readers who love rock’n’roll.
– Library Journal (starred review)
A rollercoaster ride of sold-out concerts, drug rehab and enduring love.
– Publishers Weekly
A deft mystery nicely integrated with a fascinating backstage look at a rock star’s life.
– Kirkus Reviews
Here’s your all-access pass to a full-tilt, fun read!
– Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
and founder of the Rock Bottom Remainders
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