The Body Reader

Coming June 21, 2016

These things are always more exciting for the writer than the reader, but I wanted to share my latest cover with you. I love it, and I think it does a good job portraying the kick-ass heroine. The book is now available for pre-order, both print and e-book. This is a Thomas & Mercer release, which means the e-book is only available through Amazon. If you are a NetGalley reviewer, please keep The Body Reader in mind for your May reads!  I’d love to see some release-day reviews. They are always a big help!  If you are interested in joining my private reviewer Facebook group, send me a message, either through Facebook or through my website contact page.  We have fun release day events and drawings.  Past winners received Amazon gift cards and autographed books. ~ Anne

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The Body Reader

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Purchase links
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About the book

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive.

After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.

Have I Missed An Elise Sandburg Book?

Some people worry they’ve missed a book in the Elise Sandburg series because the second book, Stay Dead, begins after a traumatic event in Elise’s life.

There are two reasons for the jump:

  1.  Stay Dead was written eleven years after Play Dead. Technology—phones, music, social media, internet—changed drastically in that period of time. It was a challenge to bring Stay Dead into the present decade without it being too jarring for the reader. Rather than write a second book that didn’t take place in what could be considered present day, I chose to skip a couple of years in order to move the narrative closer to the technology of today.
  2. The Tremain incident felt too horrible to put on the page as it unfolded, but I’ll most likely revisit the event once Elise is finally able to face the atrocities that took place.

You haven’t missed anything. There is no book between Play Dead and Stay Dead. Thanks for looking for that mysterious book that hasn’t been written, and thanks for reading!


In the Works


 People have been asking about upcoming books, etc., so here’s  the scoop:

June 2016: The Body Reader, new crime fiction set in Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017: Elise Sandburg, book four

I want to thank everybody for their continued support of the Elise Sandburg series. The popularity seems to increase with each new book, which thrills me because whenever anyone asks me to name my favorite book child, it’s hands down the Sandburg series.

The series had an odd beginning

Play Dead was originally written over ten years ago as a stand-alone title for Penguin Putnam. My editor at Penguin loathed it. It made her extremely angry. She called David Gould “despicable, with no redeeming qualities”. I’ll never forget those words. I was told that if I did not drastically change his character they would pull all backing for the book and might not sign me for any future work—and future work would not get in-house support (this makes or breaks a traditionally published book). Normally I do what I’m “asked” because basically I work for the publishing house.

Now, I cherish a good editor. A good editor can take a book to another level.  But I loved the David Gould character, and I refused to change him, and all backing was pulled. As threats continued, I held my ground under what I now consider extreme abuse of the creative spirit.  I’ll never regret standing up for my work even though that decision set back my crime fiction career, and Anne Frasier disappeared for several years.

Flash forward: The Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer reissued Play Dead and a series was born.  And I’m able to write what I want to write.  I’ve never had anyone at T&M try to tell me what to write or how to write it.

The Minneapolis book is finished and, because of reader response to Pretty Dead,  I’m back with Elise and David. It feels good.