Friday, March 5, 2021

Suicide Squeeze Diamond Mystery Book 2 by TG Wolff Genre: Mystery

 

  • Who designed your book covers?

The covers for my books released by Down and Out are designed by JT Lindroos (https://www.facebook.com/LindroosJT). He is a true artist, doing more than using purchased images for overlays. The cover for Diamond’s first book, Widow’s Run, is a photo JT took near his home of a cemetery, the opening scene of the book. The cover for Suicide Squeeze is also the opening scene and yes, it is a bathroom. 

For the De La Cruz Casefiles, the covers are themed on the murder weapons. Exacting Justice and Driving Reign both feature images JT took himself. In Exacting Justice, the weapon is a sharp blade, one that is never found. In Driving Reign, the victim is poisoned or forcefully overdosed on doctored wine. 

  • Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Reality sucks. Especially in 2020 and 2021 is not without its carry over. Suicide Squeeze gives your brain a 4-to-6-hour place to play where the biggest thing you have to worry about is if you ate all your [insert favorite reading snack here]. Follow Diamond through the pages of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, then come with me to my favorite parts of Scotland. And, yes, there’s a Loch Ness Monster scene. Diamond goes to Scotland, the Loch Ness Monster HAD to make an appearance. Come, fly with me. 

  • What did you edit out of this book?

I had a fantastic dream sequence where Diamond “wakes up” in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. The long she was in it, the more she began talking in verse, the meter matching the original poem. She makes a mess of it, getting pissed at the bird, which in her dream is her archenemy, a robin. After nearly destroying the room, she figures out the clue buried in the most amazing poem ever and wakes. 

Among my beta readers and editors, this scene was either their favorite part of the book or the scene they skipped. There was no middle ground. Because the scene was important to the story, I re-wrote it. The final version had essentially the same plot but was told in Diamond’s voice in about half the space. A decent compromise. 

  • Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

Diamond’s bathroom was the one my husband and I had in our second apartment. Built-in the first quarter of the 1900s, the tile, trimming, and fixtures were definitely old school. Our bathroom was white, as opposed to the more colorful version on the cover art. 

My husband, children and I went on vacation to Scotland a few years ago. The things that made the strongest impression on me are in the book, like Walker’s Shortbread Cookies – I still have to pace myself or I’ll eat a box in a sitting. Edinburgh Castle is incredible and was overrun by hordes of adults with selfie sticks when we were there. Killing someone using a selfie stick was my own way of getting even. The town of Fort Augustus on the south end of Loch Ness is a real place, as is the old abbey converted to flats. The stand-alone cabin I made up, but the streets, restaurants and gas station/ grocery store are real. The Castle Urquhart is real. I made only modest changes to the insides of one of the buildings to work for the story. Not featured enough in the book are the people of Scotland. They were wonderful hosts and I hope to go back there. Notably missing from the book is Scottish food. Go to Scotland for the scenery, the history, the mysteries, and the people. Not the food. Unless you count the cookies.  

  • Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I am not a writer who tracks or tries to be ahead of trends. I write mysteries and, inside that genre, try to be original. I write puzzles. If I am not original, readers will know the solutions before they have all the clues. One challenge these days is a reader that “games” the story. That is, instead of reading and figuring out the solution, they are focused on metadata like how much face time a character is getting. It increases the challenge for me as the originator of the puzzle to counter the metagamer. If there is one thing I love, it’s a good challenge.

 


Suicide Squeeze
Diamond Mystery Book 2
by TG Wolff
Genre: Mystery



Diamond. One name for a woman with one purpose. Or she was, until she finished her to-do list. Now she’s just a woman ready to be over with it all.

Hanna Lang is the kind of woman men write bad checks for. She has a problem. Her man, Dr. Damon Marten, disappeared in the middle of an ordinary day. The police aren’t concerned but Hanna knows better. A clandestine meeting leaves her with an address, a sealed envelope, and one last hope. An hour later, she rings a doorbell.

Before Diamond was a widow, she was CIA agent with skills illegal in a dozen countries. When her marker is called in, she has no choice but to listen. It’s just like fate throw her a curve ball, sending her the one problem she can’t walk away from. Hanna’s situation is virtually identical to her own with one exception: Hanna’s man might still be alive.

Diamond reluctantly takes the case. She dives into the mystery, surfacing in the middle of a scavenger hunt for a secret known as Poe’s Raven. It takes Diamond’s flair for the impossible to capture this bird, only to discover what’s in her hand has the potential to take terrorism to a chilling new level. And fate isn’t done with Diamond, forcing her to put it all on the line or risk setting the caged bird free.


Praise for the books by TG Wolff:

TG Wolff’s Detective De La Cruz is caught in the crosshairs of solving heinous crimes, defending himself against a wrongful lawsuit, helping an abusive drug dealer’s family, thwarting his mother’s matchmaking, and falling in love. Pit against those who subvert justice and twist the law to suit their own ends, Cruz stands true while suffering his own demons—everything a hero should be. Wolff’s unsentimental and precise writing draws readers. Add Exacting Justice to your ‘to be read’ pile.” 
—E. B. Davis, mystery author

Working with an incarcerated population, I deal regularly with people who have made poor life decisions but who can be inherently funny, surprisingly talented, or overly concerned. I know that simple labels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ don't work in the real world. In Exacting Justice, TG Wolff created characters just as messy, complicated, and dynamic as real life that keep you wanting to read page after page.” —Vincent Giammarco, Director of Behavioral Health Care






Widow's Run
Diamond Mystery Book 1


One night in Rome. One car. One dead scientist. Italian police investigate, but in the end, all they have are kind words for the new widow. Months later, a video emerges challenging the facts. Had he stepped into traffic, or was he pushed? The widow returns to the police, but they have little interest and no answers. Exit the widow.

Enter Diamond. One name for a woman with one purpose. Resurrecting her CIA cover, she follows the shaky video down the rabbit hole. Her widow’s run unearths a plethora of suspects: the small-time crook, the mule-loving rancher, the lady in waiting, the Russian bookseller, the soon-to-be priest.
 Following the stink greed leaves in its wake reveals big lies and ugly truths.

Murder is filthy business. Good thing Diamond plays dirty.


Praise for WIDOW’S RUN:

Tina Wolff’s novel is for crime-fiction fans who like it action-packed and hard-edged. Written with feisty panache, it introduces Diamond, one of the most aggressive, ill-tempered, and wholly irresistible heroines to ever swagger across the page.” —David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Dead Man’s Mistress






I am TG Wolff, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, born shortly after the river burned. I have always loved puzzles. It doesn't matter if the puzzles are made of words, numbers, or pictures. I'm not a cop or a lawyer, I'm an engineer. My stories aren't police procedurals or legal thrillers, they are mysteries designed to be solved. My stories are about the plot, the puzzle, and the fun twist of humor that makes life entertaining.





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