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Publisher: Keith Hirshland (February 15, 2018)
Category: Mystery Thriller, Detective/Police Procedural
Tour dates: May/June, 2018
Available in Print and ebook,256 pages
Daisy Burns was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events. Everyone loved Daisy. So why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina?
With no witnesses and few leads, Raleigh detective Marc Allen turns to the press for help—specifically, veteran news anchor Lancaster Heart. Heart agrees to broadcast the police department’s plea for information in his nightly newscasts.
Elderly viewer and longtime social worker Blanche Avery is positive she recognizes the photograph on the television as an older version of her friend Daisy— the young, heavily pregnant girl she met years before who made the decision to give her child up for adoption.
When Tanner Goochly Jr.—a member of a notorious crime family—becomes the victim of another point-blank shooting, Allen races to discover the connection between the murders. Could it be that Daisy was somehow involved with an illegal enterprise, or was she hiding something else, another secret to be discovered?
The body count is rising, and the suspect pool is widening. As Allen’s investigation reaches a fever pitch, he realizes that a mother’s choice could have killer consequences.
Praise Flower Girl Murder by Keith Hirshland
“Keith Hirshland gets better with each book. A wonderful crime mystery with fun twists. And if you have ever spent time in Carolina or Northern Nevada there are quite a few local tidbits to enjoy mixed in. I look forward to more from the media guy turned novelist! This is his best book yet!”-Bruce, Amazon Review
Praise Big Flies by Keith Hirshland
“Big Flies by Keith Hirshland is a great read. I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book. This novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it. ‘Big Flies’ is one mystery I highly recommend to all. 5 Stars.”-Danielle, Urban Book Reviews
“Mr. Hirshland’s style is both engaging and entertaining. He has written and delivered a thoroughly wonderful tale of mystery and intrigue. Will the author continue to write fiction? If this first novel is any indication, I certainly hope so!”-LuAnn, Back Porchervations
“Get ready, sit back, and enjoy this book, because the author really has a way with words as well as a fun and fascinating plot at hand. If you love action and surprises, you will get your fill here. If you enjoy things on the humorous and witty side, this book will fit the bill that way as well. Big Flies has plenty of great characters (both past and present), good buddies to enjoy you’ll want to be pals with too, a bit of mystifying romance, and some vivid and marvelous scenes. There will be mystery stacked upon mystery, some cool 8 track tapes with great choices in music thrown in, and fantastic, detailed twists. Get swept up in this fabulous, fun mystery by Keith Hirshland!”-Jean, Snap Out Of It Jean
“I really enjoyed following along with each person as you discover more about each one along with how four unsolved mysteries may be linked to everything. I admit that the beginning was a touch slow as you start learning about Chester and Leland, but then the story takes off like a flash. This is a great adventure and one that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed. 5 Stars.”-Jessica, J Bronder Book Reviews
Interview with Author Keith Hirshland
What initially got you interested in writing?
Thanks for this question. It’s one I never get tired of answering. We lost my parents, within a year or so of each other, and were doing what children do in that circumstance; going through all of their belongings to determine what we should save or donate. My wife, Sarah, and I were going through boxes of memorabilia that my folks had saved. They were broadcasting pioneers in my hometown of Reno, Nevada and my dad had, before that, served in the Navy.
We came across documents, pictures, awards, letters to home, medals and Presidential commendations. My wife stopped and looked at me and said, “don’t let this be your kids. You have done so much, met so many famous people and helped start two television networks. Don’t leave your kids thinking, “We had no idea dad won an EMMY or did all of this stuff!” Start a journal, write those stories down. Not for you, for them”. So I did and that became Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat). I enjoyed that experience so much I decided to try my hand at non-fiction.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I guess it was about halfway through writing Cover Me Boys. I guess, selfishly, I thought some of the stories were pretty good and golf and TV fans might enjoy them. I had my Mother-in-Law read it along the way and she agreed. I offered it up to a couple of agents who said, “it’s very good but unless you ARE famous or are dishing dirt on SOMEBODY famous, I can’t get this published in today’s climate.” They suggested Createspace and that’s where I went. I had such a good experience I used them for my two mysteries too.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
My first hope is that they take away a sense of enjoyment. I love to read and nothing makes that feeling stronger than when I finish a book I enjoy. Secondly, it’s my hope that in some small way they learn something too. So far all of my books feature a certain number of people and places that are real. That goes without saying for the memoir but the ideas for the mysteries both started with a kernel of truth.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
With the first one it was finishing it! Seriously, to have an idea, turn that idea into words, and then turn those words into a cogent, interesting, entertaining tale is incredibly rewarding. Having readers, friends and family say it’s good, or they liked it is a bonus.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Writing! Sometimes it’s so darn hard. Other times the words just flow like a river. A big challenge is not to settle, to keep trying to make the work as good as you can make it. That’s challenging and rewarding at the same time.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Go for it. Don’t ever think you can’t or it won’t be good enough. If you have a story in, and almost everyone does, give it life. Write it down. Find your rhythm, find your pace, and write.
What ways can readers connect with you?
Thank you so much for the questions.
Award winning author, Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994, Hirshland was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995. He provided his talents for the golf network for close to two decades.
The Flower Girl Murder is Hirshland’s second novel and third book. Big Flies, his first mystery novel, was published in 2016. It is the winner of the New Apple Awards: Solo Medalist Award and runner up for the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book of the Year. Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. It was Book Talk Radio Club’s Memoir of the Year”.
Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese mountain dog.
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