A Marketville Mystery ~ Skeletons In The Attic ~ Book Blast and Giveaway

Posted: December 1, 2016 in giveaways, Mystery, Series
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Skeletons In The Attic

A Marketville Mystery #1

by Judy Penz Sheluk

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Genre: Mystery



What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there…


Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.


Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?


Enjoy this excerpt.

Leith Hampton placed the will in front of him, smoothing an invisible crease with a well-manicured hand, the nails showing evidence of a vigorous buffing. I wondered what kind of man went in for a mani-pedi—I was surmising on the pedi—and decided it was the kind of man who billed his services out for five hundred dollars an hour.

He cleared his throat and stared at me with those intense blue eyes. “Are you sure you’re ready, Calamity? I know how close you were to your father.”

I flinched at the Calamity. Folks called me Callie or they didn’t call me at all. Only my dad had been allowed to call me Calamity, and even then only when he was seriously annoyed with me, and never in public. It was a deal we’d made back in elementary school. Kids can be cruel enough without the added incentive of a name like Calamity.

As for being ready, I’d been ready for the past ninety-plus minutes. I’d been ready since I first got the call telling me my father had been involved in an unfortunate occupational accident. That’s how the detached voice on the other end of the phone had put it. An unfortunate occupational accident.

I knew at some point I’d have to face the fact that my dad wasn’t coming back, that we’d never again argue over politics or share a laugh while watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Knew that one day I’d sit down and have a good long cry, but right now wasn’t the time, and this certainly wasn’t the place. I’d long ago learned to store my feelings into carefully constructed compartments. I leveled Leith with a dry-eyed stare and nodded.

“I’m ready.”


Author Judy Penz Sheluk


An Amazon International Bestselling Author, Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose (Barking Rain Press), was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic (Imajin Books), the first book in her Marketville Mystery Series, was published in August 2016.

Judy’s short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime, The Whole She-Bang 2, The Whole She-Bang 3, Flash and Bang and Live Free or Tri.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life. You can also find Judy on

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SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC is on sale on Amazon Kindle from December 1st through December 15th. for .99 (reg. price $4.99). Get your copy HERE.


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  1. Mindy Bel says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would really like to read this book!

  2. Thank you for hosting. Good news! The 99¢ sale on this book now lasts through December 15th … grab a copy today!

  3. If something’s been buried for thirty years, someone really wanted to keep it a secret. I’m curious about it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Thanks so much for hosting me! Good luck to all who enter.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I like the idea of the meddling psychic complicating Callies mission.

  6. Thanks Stephanie. I didn’t know a lot about tarot, but I bought a deck of cards, and a book, and took some books out of the library. I soon found it that the more I learned, the less I knew! But it’s been fun to research and add it to the book.

  7. This one went on my list. :)

  8. Thanks Stormi…be sure to get it while it’s .99 on Kindle! If you’re not convinced, why not try the first 4 chapters on Amazon? I always know if a book is “for me” by then!

  9. Mary Preston says:

    This sounds like a great mystery read.

  10. Thank you Mary! I hope you check it out. It’s getting great reviews :-)