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Promiscuous Read and Giveaway: The Marriage at the Rue Morgue by Jessie Bishop Powell

A wedding. A monster-in-law. Two orangutans. And porn. Jessie Bishop Powell’s debut mystery The Marriage at the Rue Morgue doesn’t disappoint.

Even better?

It doesn’t follow the usual tricks of the genre. Readers have characters to care about, with real, page-turning development. Scientific details don’t lull the reader to sleep. Instead, they enhance the action. Even the details of planning a wedding are refreshing in Powell’s capable hands. I found myself fanning the book’s pages to rush to the surprising conclusion. While this book is classified as a cozy mystery, its twists and turns are anything but cozy or predictable.

And the writing.

Powell is adept at her craft. She describes without “describing.” Establishes relationships with the barest minimum of right words. The earth rumbled underneath me when something exploded. Monkey calls filtered through the gaps in my curtains, and fecal stench burned my nostrils.

Rue Morgue is a reading experience.

I enjoyed following Noel and Lance’s first adventure, and I hope we will see more.

Encourage your local library to carry The Marriage at the Rue Morgue. Jessie’s publisher focuses on libraries, and any library order will help her find an audience. In many markets, it’s as simple as completing an online form.

Don’t want to wait for your library to carry the book?

No problem.

I have an autographed copy of The Marriage at the Rue Morgue for one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment to qualify.

55 Comments Post a comment
  1. Emily Guess #

    I love a mystery. I started reading Agatha Christie when I was 10. My parents read mysteries as did my grandfather who was a distinguished English Professor .

    July 23, 2014
  2. Kir Piccini #

    I am waiting on the USPS to bring my copy, I can’t wait to read it. Jessie is a favorite author of mine. (And friend too)

    July 23, 2014
    • The giveaway copy is signed, so maybe you’ll win it. 🙂

      July 23, 2014
  3. Did someone say FREE?? Yowzah, my favorite word.

    July 23, 2014
    • With books, that seems to be everybody’s favorite word……..

      July 23, 2014
  4. Who can resist a book with a wedding, a monster-in-law, TWO orangutans, and porn. I’ve added it to my wish list.

    July 23, 2014
  5. you had me at, “Monkey calls filtered through the gaps in my curtains, and fecal stench burned my nostrils.”

    July 23, 2014
    • I rewrote that to make it more experiential. I’m glad it worked.

      July 23, 2014
  6. But you didn’t tell us about the porn part. You tease.

    July 23, 2014
  7. Library request submitted. Also NYPL is up to 7 requests (I have nice friends) for a book about Meriwether Lewis…I can’t quite remember the author, sadly.

    July 23, 2014
    • You have to tell me if they decide to carry it.

      In other NYC news…….Book Culture is going to be carrying my novel starting in October. One of the top 10 bookstores in NYC, and right in your neighborhood.

      July 23, 2014
  8. Debbie #

    Sounds very interesting. Will put it on my wish listL

    July 23, 2014
  9. This sounds like a perfect summertime read. Thanks for the suggestion.

    July 23, 2014
    • Do you want to be put into the hat for the prize? I’ll have to mail it to you if you win.

      July 23, 2014
      • No, but thanks. I already bought it on Kindle!

        July 23, 2014
  10. So happy to see your review and giveaway of this book. It’s a great read. I should know; I edited it. 🙂 Jessie deserves every sale she gets.

    July 23, 2014
  11. Sounds intriguing…looking forward to this read. 🙂

    July 23, 2014
  12. Congratulations to Jessie!

    July 23, 2014
  13. Not only do you write the best of books, Andra, but, you write the most compelling of reviews of others. I will be seeking this interesting adventure (well, except maybe skipping the monkey fecal matter, tee hee).

    July 23, 2014
  14. What an enthusiastic and compelling review, Andra. Your generosity (the review, not the giveaway) is amazing. (Well, the giveaway is generous, too…)
    You are a good egg.

    July 23, 2014
    • I know how hard it is to convince people to read unknown writers. Every little bit helps.

      July 23, 2014
  15. I’m looking forward to reading this. I prefer e-books but since it might be a while for that, perhaps I’ll need to splurge on a physical copy (of course winning one would be better!)

    July 23, 2014
  16. Andra, i can’t thank you enough for your generous review. And I just found out today that the ebook is available in kindle format today! $3 on Amazon! Thank you again!

    July 23, 2014
    • The link goes to both, so people can download it from there if they prefer.

      July 23, 2014
  17. Excellent! I’ve been looking for the next good read. This sounds like a winner, perhaps just like me? 😉

    July 23, 2014
  18. tarakianwarrior #

    Whether I win, or not, I’m going to get this one. Thanks for the recommend Andra.

    July 23, 2014
  19. My library is really the worst. I am still waiting for them to carry a book I requested TWO years ago (I have since read it on Nook). I love a good mystery!

    July 23, 2014
  20. This sounds great! I’ll have to put it on our book club list! Thanks Andra for the suggestion.

    July 23, 2014
  21. Hmm…my email did not alert me to this post. Hope I’m not too late to qualify for reading promiscuity. The book sounds delightful.

    July 23, 2014
  22. Sounds like something I’ve got to read, Andra. Thanks for the tip!

    July 23, 2014
  23. Excited for Jessie! Sounds strange and wonderful!

    Could I possibly be lucky enough to win two books in the same year?

    July 23, 2014
  24. Liked your promo. Tomorrow I am headed to a Mystery Writers Conference in California. Looking forward to it.

    July 23, 2014
  25. Sounds like an interesting read, thank you for the chance to win 🙂
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

    July 25, 2014
  26. Andra, your review alone is compelling enough to make me want to read the book. Good work!

    July 26, 2014

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