Author Showcase ~ A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum

A Brilliant Death

Amanda Baron died in a boating accident on the Ohio River in 1953. Or, did she? While it was generally accepted that she had died when a coal barge rammed the pleasure boat she was sharing with her lover, her body was never found.

Travis Baron was an infant when his mother disappeared. After the accident and the subsequent publicity, Travis’s father scoured the house of all evidence that Amanda Baron had ever lived, and her name was never to be uttered around him. Now in high school, Travis yearns to know more about his mother. With the help of his best friend, Mitch Malone, Travis begins a search for the truth about the mother he never knew. The two boys find an unlikely ally: an alcoholic former detective who served time for falsifying evidence. Although his reputation is in tatters, the information the detective provides about the death of Amanda Baron is indisputable—and dangerous.

Nearly two decades after her death, Travis and Mitch piece together a puzzle lost to the dark waters of the Ohio River. They know how Amanda Baron died, and why. Now what do they do with the information?

Release: April 2016
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Seventh Street Books

About the author
Robin Yocum is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Favorite Sons and The Essay. Favorite Sons was named the 2011 USA Book News’ Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program for 2013-14 and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival. Yocum is also the author of Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from the Police Beat and Insured for Murder (with Catherine Candisky). He is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Westerville, Ohio. He is well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991. He was the recipient of more than thirty local, state, and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.

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Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Brilliant Death. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 15, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

31 responses to “Author Showcase ~ A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum

  1. Wow..a bit out of my comfort zone, but it sounds interesting.

  2. When the body is not found, life is always possible. Sounds interesting. Thanks!

  3. oh boy, I’m hooked already. Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the heads up!

  4. I grew up along the Ohio River so this one really sounds interesting. It would be amazing to have a reunion after that amount of time.

  5. wendynewcomb

    This is different from what I usually read but it sure sounds good. Thank you for showcasing this book and the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  6. Tonya Urbatsch

    This sounds like a compelling read.

  7. Mary Jane H.

    There aren’t many men writing cozy mysteries yet and this one really intrigues the detective in me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a PI! I am definitely putting this one in my TBR pile and the author on my authors to follow.

  8. I love the idea of a son trying to confirm the circumstances of his mother’s death–this is very different from what I usually read, but the description makes me want to find out what happened.

  9. Interesting concept. How do 2 boys proceed?

  10. Old mysteries can be so interesting—and dangerous. I wonder what secrets are uncovered.

  11. Mary Jane – It’s definitely not a cozy. Hope you enjoy it, anyway. Dru – Thanks so much for the showcase. Robin

  12. When we loose a loved one under suspicious circumstances, I think we all have that itch to find out who, what, where, when, why and unfortunately we already know how. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway.

  13. Elaine Roberson

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  14. Rhonda Lomazow

    Sounds really intriguing with a lot of twists and turns.

  15. Celia Fowler

    I agree with Rhonda — this sounds like an intriguing story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Ooo, it does sound intriguing.

  17. Oh my, sounds like a really good read, hope I win, and than i can read and donate book to our small library, ty for the chance

  18. This sounds like an interesting read and gives you something to think about. Looking forward to reading.

  19. Seem like this would be an interesting read.

  20. Wow. Powerful book

  21. Jeffrey Tretin

    Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

  22. I live along the Ohio River. This sounds so intriguing. Thank you for the chance!

  23. Now I want to know more!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…

  24. I think this would be a good, but maybe scary, mystery.

  25. MaryAnn Forbes

    A Brilliant Death sounds so intriguing, my interest is definitely piqued. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  26. I live right by the Ohio River and would love to read this!

  27. This sounds like a good one.

  28. Totally can’t wait to read 🙂 Sounds like a great book 👍👍 Thank you for a chance to win 💟

  29. I would love to have this one!

  30. Jeanie Dannheim

    This sounds really interesting – I would love to find Amanda – or what happened to her!