Geri Newell Gillen's debut crime novel, Quite Perfect Dead is now available world-wide through Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, many other Amazon affiliates and Barnes and Noble. Booksellers can also order it on regular trade terms and a full returns policy from Ingram. In Montreal, the novel is available at Paragraphe Bookstore and Bertrand Bookstore, both accredited booksellers to Quebec Public Libraries. For bookstores and public libraries elsewhere in Canada, the book will be listed on Monday, November 28, 2016 for sale by Red Tuque Books (www.redtuquebooks.ca).
So what is Quite Perfectly Dead all about, and why is it making such a splash?
The novel is about Joe Cameron, a Montreal ex-cop turned Private Eye, who is hired by a woman to investigate the death of her brother, which occurred within hours of playing in a poker tournament in Las Vegas. The local police have concluded that the death was a suicide, but the sister doesn't buy it. Cameron flies to Vegas to find out the truth. The suicide theory appears to hold water, and Cameron returns to Montreal with the corpse. But after a second body is discovered in Vegas, under very similar circumstances, an investigation is launched and a cross-border task force is formed between Las Vegas and Montreal. The Vegas cop who worked both crime scenes is sent to Montreal to partner with a cop who happens to be Cameron's best friend. Cameron jumps in with both feet to help, his passion for solving crimes only surpassed by his love of women, booze, poker, and Chinese food.
Do readers like it?
You bet! Here is some of the critical acclaim that the book has received from other writers.
"The scenes Geri Newell Gillen told from the killer’s POV left me with a chill. Well done. Quite Perfectly Dead is a story written with a confident style, offering some unexpected twists that find PI Joe Cameron on the edge of a murder investigation that starts out at a Las Vegas poker tournament and shadows him to his home in Montreal." — Dietrich Kalteis, Author of Triggerfish
“The premise of the book is entirely believable, and it held my interest throughout, moving at a great pace. I felt immersed in the characters’ lives, and although this is a mystery, the motion of the book is driven by the well-developed characters. A very enjoyable read, I found myself looking for excuses to get back to it whenever I had to put it down.” — Gerry Fostaty, Whistler Independent Book Awards Finalist
"Laid-back detective Joe Cameron takes us on a rambling, funny, food-conscious tour through the underbellies (and restaurants) of two cities known for their casinos and night life—Montreal and Las Vegas. Joe's cross-border adventures on the trail of a serial poker killer will leave readers hungering for a sequel from the mischievously talented Ms. Gillen.” — Ann Diamond, Winner of the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction
“Gillen cleverly whipsaws the reader from Las Vegas to Montreal (both nicely evoked), and back again, in her fast-paced debut novel introducing likable PI Joe Cameron. I’d follow Joe anywhere. I eagerly await his next case.” — David Whellams, Author of The Verdict on Each Man Dead
And who is Geri Newell Gillen?
Geri was born in Ottawa. She grew up in Montréal, on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. She was educated in Montréal and held numerous jobs which included Chim-panzee babysitter, program typist for the Festival international du film en 16 mm, and McGill Library shelf-stacker. She finally settled on a career as a Research Technologist for a large manufacturing firm. Following early retirement, she appeased her aspiration of writing by chronicling 200 years of Newell Family History. In researching and writing these genealogical stories, and uncovering a multitude of mysteries along the way, she was drawn to writing a fictional mystery. Combining her love of poker and her quarter-century marriage to an amusing pub-loving Glaswegian, “Quite Perfectly Dead” was born. Her website is www.gerinewell.com
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