FOR LOVE OR MONEY
After several dark stories, I moved to the lighter end of the mystery spectrum with For Love or Money, releasing in May with Entangled Publishing.
Written from Holly Price’s perspective, the mystery romps through eastern Washington State with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. The relationship, with some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA amateur sleuth and a Franklin County detective, is a bigger part of the story than my darker stories.
PRAISE ~ FOR LOVE OR MONEY
Cathy Perkins is one of those authors whose talent you spot immediately and latch onto as she becomes one of your must-reads. Her Holly and JC are fun (and hot) in For Love or Money and you’ll not only laugh and enjoy the ride, you’ll be looking Perkins up to see what else she has out right now.
Toni McGee Causey, bestselling author of the Bobbie Faye series
”…an entertaining read, filled with funny snappy dialogue.” RT Book Reviews
CPA Holly Price juggles dodgy clients, flakey parent, ex-lovers and a murdered friend before she gets to the bottom line in this fast and fun read.
Patricia Smiley, bestselling author of Cool Cache
More great reviews!
*5* stars - Lusty Penguin Book Reviews
“The potent combination of memorable characters, stunning plot twists, and the dramatic reveal of the murderer makes For Love or Money a mystery that is a guaranteed hit.”
*4.5* stars - My Reading Room
If you are looking for a great romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, look no further than For Love or Money. I found it to be a thrill-ride that I could not get off of.
Holly, I loved Holly, she is so every woman. She’s leery of men with good reason. She’s home to help her mother with the business and she’s longing to get back to her high-stakes job in Seattle, or is she? She’s also curious as to what happened to her friend and becomes very embroiled in the case that her ex-fiance, JC, is lead detective on. Of course this leads to sparks of the very interesting kind. JC isn’t as developed as Holly, but I liked his wit. He’s also very determined to solve this case and keep Holly out of it, but finally realizes she won’t stay out of it. The real fun is in their back and forth. The dialog between them had me laughing and fanning myself as the sparks flew.
The plot drives this one and that’s why I say it’s heavy on the suspense. There is romance, but I think the book is mainly about what happened to Holly’s friend. And this isn’t one of those books where the lead character bumbles into everything. Holly genuinely sets out to learn from the various people that surrounded her friend and learns more than JC does sometimes. I never felt her being involved was far-fetched and I liked how she went about trying to solve things while the whole time she is also facing her demons and learning more about herself.
For Love or Money is a great romantic suspense read. I had a hard time putting it down and I look forward to reading more by Cathy Perkins. If you want to add some suspense to your summer I highly suggest this book!
HONOR CODE - a novella spun off from The Professor!
Latest news! Honor Code hit #1 in the Amazon Top 100!
The reviews are 5-star!
The opening scene is powerful in its imagery and emotion… the secondary characters added layers to the story that made me forget I was reading a novella - Renee Rearden
With HONOR CODE, award-winning author Cathy Perkins delivers a mystery NOVELLA linked to her recent mystery novel, THE PROFESSOR.
In a small southern town where everyone normally knows each other’s business, veteran detective Larry Robbins must solve the disappearance of eighty-year-old widower African American George Beason.
When evidence arises that Beason may have left town on his own, it would be easy for Robbins to close the case, but his gut instinct tells him more’s at stake. As he uncovers clues about Beason’s deceased wife and his estranged daughter, Robbins must untangle conflicting motives and hidden agendas to bring Beason home alive.
Also available as a trade paperbook here.
Praise for THE PROFESSOR:
Night Owl Suspense: The Professor: dark edgy murder mystery/romance that will keep you spellbound page after page… a great debut novel.
Novel Reflections: a suspense/psychological thriller that takes you through the inter-workings of a killer and behind the scenes of one agent trying to stop him. Cathy Perkins is a writer to watch out for, and I’m definitely looking forward to what she brings to the table next.
He presses his palm against her flank, feeling the liquid warmth of her blood, hotter than her skin. Hot, like the passion that burns inside the human beast. Hot, like the life force he has claimed.
Someone is murdering women on South Carolina’s college campuses: three women, three different schools. The Governor’s order to State Law Enforcement Agent Mick O’Shaughnessy is simple: make it stop. More political maneuvering diverts Mick to nearby Douglass College. There, instead of another dead body, he finds Meg Connelly, grad student and faculty advisor for the latest victim.
Determined to finish her master’s degree, Meg doesn’t need anybody’s help – including her estranged family – to succeed. There’s something irresistible about Mick, but the last time she let someone get close to her, she lost everything except her self-respect.
As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But Mick’s interest in Meg doesn’t just endanger her heart—it puts her in the sights of the killer.
Once he gets her alone, he can take all the time he needs…
Golden Heart finalist – Mainstream with romantic elements
Published Authors Special Interest Chapter – Book of Your Heart
Central Florida Touch of Magic
FTHRW Golden Gateway
Indiana Golden Opportunity
Read an excerpt:
Meet Meg Connelly:
Meg rolled out of bed early. Operating on autopilot, she straightened the sheets and fluffed the quilt, then padded over to her tiny kitchenette. As she reached for the coffeepot, she gave a bang-your-head-against-the-wall groan. No coffee.
Between the ridiculous meeting at the sorority house and letting that cop rattle her so badly, she’d forgotten all about going to the grocery store. She opened the cabinet and shuffled through the contents, hoping to unearth a tea bag. There were a dozen packages of Ramen noodles, five cans of soup, tomatoes, half a jar of peanut butter and random spaghetti sauce spices, but nothing containing caffeine.
She turned from the cabinet with a sigh. When she finally finished graduate school, she was never going to eat Ramen noodles again. Scholarships and a job had covered most of her undergraduate degree, but the student loans she’d needed to make ends meet kicked in as soon as she picked up her diploma. As a lowly associate at Douglass College, her salary barely covered the loan payments and the rent on her apartment.
Glancing at the clock, she did some quick mental calculations. She could walk to the store, buy coffee and bread, fix a sandwich and still make it to class on time. But she absolutely had to restock her cabinets this afternoon. She pulled on clothes and locked the door behind her. Pausing only to check her mailbox—empty—she dashed across the foyer, opened the outer door and ran smack into Mick O’Shaughnessy.
She felt like a raindrop bouncing off a boulder. He didn’t move. She splattered. His hands gripped her arms, steadying her until she recovered her balance.
“Morning, Meg.” He smiled at her. “Do I dare say I was hoping to run into you?”
“Very funny.” She shook off his hands. Retreating a step, she crossed her arms and glared. She was not going to notice how warm and strong his body was. Or the way his eyes lit up two seconds before she flattened herself against him. “What are you doing here?”
His gaze dropped, just for a second, and she remembered she wasn’t wearing a bra. If he hadn’t figured it out during the full body contact, he knew it now. She dropped her arms and then wondered what to do with her hands. Pockets…pockets would be helpful.
“I’d hoped to catch you before class. You didn’t give an actual statement last night.”
“No, Detective. I mean what are you doing here.” Her finger stabbed down, indicating her front porch.
His surprise showed. A faint blush tinted his cheeks. “It’s ‘Agent.’ Actually, I went by the sorority house. They told me your address.”
Meg gave him an assessing inspection. His clothes were casual today—khakis, long-sleeved polo shirt and loafers. A leather flight jacket draped his body like it had been custom-formed to his shoulders and chest. No one should have the right to look that good first thing in the morning. Most likely, he’d charmed her address out of whoever was working the desk at the Chi Zeta house. “Remind me to address security and personal privacy at the next chapter meeting.”
Read another excerpt here: Meet Agent Mick O’Shaughnessy