Saturday, August 11, 2012

Artful Dodging; The Torpedo Factory Murders by M.S. Spencer

Waiting out the rain, Milo Everhart takes stock of her widowhood and the handsome man standing in the door to the bar.  Little does she know she will meet that man again and again under both passionate and terrifying circumstances.

Tristram Brody waits for his date, too conscious of the beautiful woman sitting by the door. Little does he know that she will hate him for trying to destroy her beloved art center, and even suspect him of murder. Nor that she will be drawn inevitably into his arms.

Little does either of them suspect they will be embroiled in not one, but two murders, in which the fate of the Torpedo Factory, an art center housed in an old munitions factory on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, will be decided.

This is the third book I’ve read by M.S. Spencer and it did not disappoint me.  Her books are tightly written, her characters well-drawn and she keeps me guessing who did it right up until the end—which is difficult to do, because I usually guess at least halfway through.  But when you read her biography, you can understand how she manages it.  Ms. Spencer is well-educated, well-traveled and she brings a wealth of experience into her writing, along with a finely-honed sense of the craft.  Bravo.  I highly recommend this book.

Length:  202 Pages
Price:  $5.99
Buy Link:  Secret Cravings

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. Thank you so much Rochelle! I'm so glad you enjoyed Artful Dodging. Actually, I had to hop around and squeal a bit before calmly sitting down to write a proper thank you. I hope your readers enjoy the story as much as you did. M. S. Spencer

  2. You're very welcome. But really--I think we've established what a terrific writer you are. I look forward to your books the way I do the Kellermans or Jim Butcher.

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  4. Gawn. I think you'll love my next one (due January)--set in Sarasota, it involves sea turtles, Russian gangsters, parrots, big fish and(what am I forgetting? oh yes...) romance. M. S.

  5. Looking forward to reading Artful Dodging. I lived in Alexandria for a number of years and know the Torpedo Factory.

  6. I'm a fan, MS. What can I say? Sanford--I lived in DC and only visited Alexandria once, but I never heard about the Torpedo Factory. I feel as though I missed out on something special. Guess I'll have to go back some day.

  7. Sorry is it "Murders" or "Muders"?

  8. It's "Murders." Thanks much. I've fixed it now.
    Sorry, M.S.