Elegy in Scarlet (Hardcover)
A Scott Drayco Mystery
Crimetime Press, 9780997534719, 280pp.
Publication Date: November 30, 2016
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Description: What if a large part of your past turned out to be a lie?
Crime consultant Scott Drayco is already in the middle of a possible career-ending legal battle when word comes that his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago, is very much alive -- and charged with murder. With Drayco's father washing his hands of the matter and police convinced the woman is guilty, everyone tells him he should just walk away from the case and let the chips fall where they may.
Except, Drayco finds he can't leave it alone and is obsessed with uncovering the truth: Is his mother really a killer? Where has she been all these years? And why did she suddenly leave her husband and children to vanish without a trace?
Investigating the murder victim's colleagues, Drayco learns there are plenty who wanted the man dead, including a shadowy stalker who seems to have a mysterious connection to Drayco's mother. As he wades hip-deep into secrets, lies, and cons, he begins to question if the case is all just part of an elaborate scam ... where the only one being fooled is Drayco himself.
NOTE: This is a sequel to book #3 in the Scott Drayco series, Dies Irae, which should be read before Elegy in Scarlet if you want to avoid spoilers
Reviews: "This labyrinthine novel is great for those who love to be as intellectually frenzied as the detectives in the stories they read. They'll be eagerly flipping back to look for Lawson's strategically placed clues." (LIBRARY JOURNAL)
Prizes: Elegy in Scarlet was named a Daphne Award Finalist.
Author Biography: Author, poet, and journalist BV Lawson's award-winning stories, poems and articles have appeared in dozens of publications and anthologies. BV is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Association of Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Private Eye Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. BV currently lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna.
Promotional Information: BV Lawson's Scott Drayco mystery series has sold copies in over forty countries with translations into Spanish and Italian and has received rave reviews: "Kept me enthralled"; "Was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end" "BV Lawson has created a memorable character in Drayco"; "The woven layers of character, plot, theme, and mystery mean that you can't read it fast enough." The series has also been honored by the Maryland Writers Association, American Writers Association, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Shamus Awards, Library Journal, Killer Nashville Falchion Awards, and the Daphne Awards.
The complete chronology of the Scott Drayco series for reading in order:
Played to Death
Requiem for Innocenc
Elegy in Scarlet