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A conversation with Diane Joyner as told by Bruce Robert Coffin

My name is Diane Joyner and I am a Portland police homicide detective. I’m originally from New York City where I also worked homicides. I moved to Maine to escape my personal troubles and start anew. For the last several years my partner on murder cases has been Detective Sergeant John Byron. You may have guessed by his title that a John is also my supervisor. There is a mutual attraction between us which has led to some trouble, in that the PD has strict rules about getting romantically involved with a coworker in the same unit, specifically one’s own supervisor. We’ve been forced to try and keep our involvement a secret from our peers, although I think some of them are starting to suspect.

My interest in John Byron is easy enough to understand. He’s tall, handsome, and very smart. And he’s a cop’s cop. A second-generation badge who hates to lose. John and I are similar in our dogged pursuit of truth and justice for the victims. We work very well together, playing off each other’s strengths to close cases.

Our relationship has its challenges, though. John’s marriage of twenty years recently ended and I think he is conflicted about his feelings. Even our respective backgrounds have become an issue. You see I am an African American from the Big Apple, while John, who is ten years my senior, was raised Irish Catholic right here in Portland, Maine. He is also struggling with the bottle. And if I’m being totally honest with you, I may have a few demons of my own. Ultimately, I don’t know what will become of John and me but I’m willing to give it a shot and find out.

Well, I’ve gotta run. I’m heading to Augusta to meet John at an autopsy. We just pulled a dead attorney out of Casco Bay. Great talking with you.


You can read more about Diane Joyner and John Byron in the second book of the Detective Byron Mysteries, Beneath the Depths.

In this latest gripping mystery from bestselling author Bruce Robert Coffin, Detective Sergeant John Byron is back—and ready to prove that no one on his beat is above the law.

When the body of prominent Portland attorney Paul Ramsey turns up in the bottom of Casco Bay, following his loss of a multimillion dollar civil trial, Byron knows it’s no accidental drowning. Golden boy Ramsey had a dark side—and Byron believes the key to solving his murder lies in uncovering those secrets someone wanted buried along with him.

With the brilliant Detective Diane Joyner by his side, Byron takes on Ramsey’s former employer, the powerhouse law firm of Newman, Branch & DeWitt. But delving further into the troubled waters of Ramsey’s past only serves to lengthen the list of suspects—unleashing a perfect storm of corruption, betrayal, and murder that only Byron can stop. If he’s not too late.

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Meet the author
Bruce Robert Coffin is a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Bruce is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mysteries from HarperCollins. The debut novel in the series, Among the Shadows, was released to rave reviews, appearing in several Amazon bestseller lists and topping the paperback fiction list in the Maine Sunday Telegram. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including the 2016 Best American Mystery Stories.

He lives and writes in Maine. Connect with Bruce at brucerobertcoffin.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Random Acts by J.A. Jance

Random Acts by J.A. Jance is the third novella in the “Joanna Brady” suspense series. Publisher: Witness Impulse, August 2016

Random ActsFrom New York Times bestselling author J. A. JANCE comes an all- new novella, in which Sheriff Joanna Brady and investigator Ali Reynolds join forces to solve a crime thathas hit dangerously close to home.

Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate—she is up for re-election as sheriff, pregnant with her third child, and her eldest is packing up to leave for college. Then Joanna is woken in the middle of the night by a call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Her mother and stepfather’s RV ran off the road at high speed and hit the pillar of an overpass.

Something about the accident seems suspicious, though, and when Joanna gets a call from Ali Reynolds, a journalist turned investigator, she accepts her offer to help. They come up with a plan to find out who was responsible…even if that person is not the villain they’d expected.

This fast-paced thriller is a prelude to DownFall, the next book in the Joanna Brady series. Joanna gets disturbing news about her parents and in a single moment, thanks to her mother, it goes from an accident to murder. The author did a great job in delivering a nicely packed and tightly woven tale of suspense with an intriguing twist with how this short story ends. This riveting page turner has me geared up for more exploits with Joanna and the gang.

My Musing ~ Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub

Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub is the second book in the Mundy’s Landing suspense trilogy. Publisher: HarperCollins, July 2016

Blue MoonNew York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub returns to Mundy’s Landing—a small town where bygone bloodshed has become big business.

Hair neatly braided, hands serenely clasped, eyes closed, the young woman appeared to be sound asleep. But the peaceful tableau was a madman’s handiwork. Beneath the covers, her white nightgown was spattered with blood. At daybreak, a horrified family would discover her corpse tucked into their guest room. The cunning killer would strike again . . . and again . . . before vanishing into the mists of time.

A century ago, the Sleeping Beauty Murders terrified picturesque Mundy’s Landing. The victims, like the killer, were never identified. Now, on the hundredth anniversary, the Historical Society’s annual “Mundypalooza” offers a hefty reward for solving the notorious case.

Annabelle Bingham, living in one of the three Murder Houses, can’t escape the feeling that her family is being watched—and not just by news crews and amateur sleuths. She’s right. Having unearthed the startling truth behind the horrific crimes, a copycat killer is about to reenact them—beneath the mansard roof of Annabelle’s dream home.

I love a book that starts with a steady tempo and then BAM you are knocked off your feet with this intensely-paced drama that deals in the present while hauntingly taking you to the past. I love the way this is set-up, giving me a look into the killer’s mind and activities, not knowing exactly who IS the killer. Mirroring the past with the kidnappings and murders keeps the town on their toes and me riveted to all that is happening on the page. I liked how the author teased us with hints, here and there, keeping the killer’s identity locked until it was time for the reveal and boy did I enjoy the capture. The author does a great job in building the scenes with compelling visualization, developing the characters and the role they play and creating a dialogue that heightened all my senses and had my heart palpitating as this whodunit progressed towards an ending befitting this well-written tome. This was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy, which we got a sneak preview.

My Musing ~ The Ex by Alafair

The Ex by Alafair is the latest novel by the New York Times Bestselling author. Publisher: HarperCollins, February 2016

The ExTwenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

Oh how this story pulled me in immediately quickly putting me in a page turning frenzy as I had to know what happened next. A phone call is how this start and the author runs with it taking me on a thrilling roller coaster ride that I did not want to get off. The set-up in this fast-paced drama contained many diversions, purposely created by the author, to keep me reading, even missing a subway stop or two. Did he do it? That’s Olivia’s mission to uncover in this suspenseful and intriguing tale that when it was all said and done, it’s the culmination of the skillful way in how this was presented and the twists and turns that delivered an engaging and gripping read.