Book: Old Man Peterson - murder it's all in the family (Cops In Love Book 1) by B.L. Wilsoncategories: Book, Lesbian Romance, Queer Romance, Black Murder Mystery, Lesbian Murder Mystery, Queer Police Procedural, Lesbian Police Procedural, Queer Black Suspense, Les Murder Mystery, Rom-Les Mystery, Black Lez Suspense, Romantic Murder Mystery
B.L. Wilsonabout this book: I'd like to introduce you to my romantic murder mystery, Old Man Peterson, murder it's all in the family. It is the first volume in my "Cops In Love series." I'm fascinated with the idea that men such as Ted Bundy, John List, and Wayne Williams who commit murder but can live among us normal folks and go undetected. They look and act as we do. In fact, they could be us.
I explore that possibility through a murder mystery with a romantic bent. My novel opens with the discovery of a skeleton embedded in the wall of an apartment in Upper Manhattan. The secrets in an old woman's journals, her rapist's contradictory sixty-year-old memories and her recent statements during a murder investigation tell several versions of the same incident. The opposing viewpoints of the old woman and her rapist provide a glimpse into the 1940's and 1950's world of cash poor but land rich southern Blacks and their northern wealthier counterparts.
A second story line traces the growing attraction between the principle characters who are African Americans lesbians. Newly promoted Lieutenant Abigaile Truman and wealthy party-girl Nita Peterson Davis, develop feelings for each as the murder investigation proceeds.
The third story line chronicles the battle of wits between Nita's granduncle, Hiram Kennedy and Lieutenant Truman, for Nita's affections. The battle gets underway when the murder investigation exonerates the paternal grandmother as the prime suspect and the lieutenant finds the uncle as a more likely suspect.
The fourth story line describes obstacles a gay woman of color encounters working in a straight, mostly white, male-oriented police culture. With her passive-aggressive personality and her tenuous status as a new lieutenant, Abigail Truman is the perfect foil for her uptight captain and the prime suspect, Hiram Kennedy's crafty maneuverings.
My novel has elements of Hugh Allison's Corollary in that it has an African-American protagonist that's a homicide cop and it is set in New York's African-American community. Allison's protagonist was a Negro male detective working in the 1940's, while mine is an African-American lesbian lieutenant working in the 21st century. Had anything changed in sixty years for African-American police officers working in urban America? We both explored the question by looking at the difficulties of being the "other" in a police culture that doesn't mind using those differences for their own benefit.
I wrote Old Man Peterson, murder is all in the family because I felt the reading public might enjoy mystery novels with mature, African-American lesbians in them.
Please enjoy my novel.
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