Detective Roy Agnew’s Day by Cynthia Lott

The IrisesYou’re welcome to come by my apartment in the business district if you like. Come into the lobby and I’ll buzz you up. Have you ever been to New Orleans by chance? It’s a great city. . .the alluring, mysterious, macabre sister of Baton Rouge. I love it even though it harbors a few things I’m not willing to face. Don’t get me wrong. I have faced them. . .it. . .a ghost, the supernatural. Around nine months ago. I don’t want to discuss it right now but like I said, you’re welcome to stop by. I’m in a high rise…I know. It’s not something a cop or detective usually lives in but I bought it at a good price and for the time I spend there, it’s been worth it.

I haven’t left my apartment that much lately so excuse the messiness. It’s not like me. I’ve been known to be a borderline clean freak with matching kitchen towels and placemats, food organized in my refrigerator by expiration dates, that sort of thing. I lost someone close to me and it’s been. . .difficult. I’ll pour you a glass of merlot and maybe tell you some about it. I haven’t had a lot of guests over so having you tell me about Your life sounds refreshing. I mean that. There may be a phone call I have to take though so I apologize. I’m waiting on one from my partner, Jake LaRocca. I’ve known him for a long time. Good man. I’ve been “on leave” for several months now and he’s trying to drag me back into an investigation, pull me out of my reclusive state.

I met him earlier today in the park. He visited my normal bench where I’ve been hanging out since the end of last April. I can’t believe it’s 1979 already. . .I’ve been laying low, avoiding holidays, New Years, all of that. Anyway, he stopped by to tell me about another murder in the city. . .a unique one. I live in New Orleans, right? Murders happen all the time but this one. . .she was twenty, found in a small cemetery with mardi gras beads hanging around her neck. She had been strangled, a look of fear on her face. Whatever she saw before she died. . .it scared the hell out of her. Here’s the thing. The cemetery is next door to this funeral home. . .Martin’s Funeral Home. It’s owned by this young guy, Daniel Martin.

There are things I won’t go into right now. Maybe if I have three glasses of merlot I’ll tell you more about what I experienced last year with my former partner, Brenda Shapira. But let me be clear. She was more than my professional partner. . .and I lost her. But enough of that for right now. Tell me something about yourself, get my mind off of all of this. God knows it’s all I’ve thought about for months now. I can’t tell you any additional information about the investigation right now. . .that’s why I’m waiting for LaRocca’s call. All I know is this. According to LaRocca, Daniel Martin is a mortician, plain and simple. Except it doesn’t appear to be that plain or that simple.

You can read more about Roy in The Irises, the second book in the “Southern Spectral” mystery series, published by RiverRun Bookstore, Inc. The first book in the series is The Feathers.

About The Irises

In 1979 New Orleans, detective Roy Agnew faces the loss of his professional partner and lover. Thrown into another murder investigation, he re-enters the world of the supernatural and realizes that he may be the only person able to stop the killer. In order to catch a paranormal murderer, Roy must rely on the one thing he struggles with the most: his faith.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on July 1 for the chance to win either a signed (2 winners) or an e-book (3 winners) copy of The Feathers. The print giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The e-book giveaway is open to everyone. Winners will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

Meet the author
Cynthia Lott is a librarian and researcher. The Irises is the second book in her Southern Spectral Series. Her debut novel, The Feathers, was released in August of 2014. She is a member of both Sisters in Crime, Inc. and International Thriller Writers, Inc. She enjoys reading across genres, vegetarian cooking, hiking and listening to other people’s life stories over a glass of good wine. Visit Cynthia at

32 responses to “Detective Roy Agnew’s Day by Cynthia Lott

  1. Sounds intriguing! I would love to win an e-book of the debut novel!

  2. This series sounds good but I was unable to find it on Kobo.

  3. I would like to read this book

  4. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds really interesting, would love to read this book

  5. New author for me, looks interesting, thanks for the chance 🙂

  6. NOLA is my favorite city & I’m a youth specialist in a public library. This is a match made in heaven. I need this book like a chicken needs lips!

  7. The setting is different – not many are in LA (or that I’ve read).
    want to try this one.

  8. Whoa, this intro has me hooked! New Orleans and supernatural…. what’s not to like! Looking forward to reading.

  9. Judy Weaver

    I love New Orleans! Sounds like a great book!

  10. Sounds intriguing. Thanks.

  11. The supernatural in New Orleans? What’s not to like? sounds like a great read.

  12. This does does sound intriguing! Thanks. I look forward to reading this.

  13. Sounds like an interesting book.

  14. Don’t usually read paranormal, but this sounds really engaging. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  15. Sounds quite interesting, would love to read, ty

  16. I have the Feathers on my Wish List in Amazon … I’d love to get the 2nd installment.

  17. elainehroberson

    Sounds great, but I don’t have an e-reader. Would love to win the other copy.

  18. Nicely atmospheric

  19. I love books based on New Orleans. Thank you for this opportunity!

  20. tinawhittle

    I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview, and I can tell you — it really is as awesome as it sounds! Congrats, Cynthia!

  21. This book sounds amazing. I will be getting Feathers from the library to start. Fingers, toes, and paws of my fur babies crossed. Thank you

  22. Iris’ are such a beautiful elegant flower…one of my favorites. I’m sure this book will be one of my favorites too. Hoping to win to make sure.
    Thanks for the chance!

  23. Nice job, Cynthia! Congratulations!

  24. You have my attention. I haven’t been to Louisiana yet but it is on my list of places to visit. There’s a gal named Charlaine who turned me on to books taking place in New Orleans, and I enjoyed them all. This won sounds a winner. Judy D.

  25. sallycootie

    Ooh, what an intriguing excerpt. Have to read this!

  26. Cynthia E. Blain

    This series is going to be one that both my husband and I will read I can just tell. We have been to New Orleans quite a few times over our lifetime and I really do enjoy stories about that city very much. Truly looking forward to this book.

  27. a new-to-me author/series…………
    thank you for the giveaway………..

  28. Karen Terry

    I can’t wait to read that one.

  29. Barbara Tobey

    Sounds as if there two books that I want to read.

  30. Stacie Amelotte

    Love finding new to me authors!

  31. Southern settings are so perfect for a good murder mystery.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. contest is closed.