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M. S. Spencer
Romance in Suspension ~ Tales to Make You Tingle

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Contemporary romantic suspense, M/F, 1-3 flames
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Flotsam & Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair is in final edits and we
should see it this year. Here’s the story:

Who's littering the park with corpses? State Park Rangers Simon
Ribault and Ellie Ironstone are used to dealing with messy campers
and ravaging raccoons, but when three bodies wash up on the
beach, they mobilize all their powers of deduction.

Who are they and how did they get to the shore of Amelia Island?

Are they connected to the secretive League of the Green Cross? Or
linked to a mysterious Jamaican drug ring?

Ellie, new to Amelia Island, must penetrate a close-knit community if
she wants to find answers to the mystery, all while deciding
between two rivals for her affection: Thad, the handsome local idol,
and Simon, the clever, quirky bookworm.

Simon, for his part, will have to call on both his wide-ranging
research skills to solve the case, and his not-so-well-honed
romantic prowess to lure Ellie away from Thad.

Five-Star Reviews:
FIVE STARS for the Pit & the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel.
An editor who may be a villain, a publisher with a dark secret, & a
mysterious ring-a famous writer & ace reporter unearth unexpected
links to the most famous circus family in the world.
I’ve enjoyed Ms. Spencer’s books since the very first. She grabs
you with the first sentence and you find yourself tearing through the
pages to see what happens next.”.   LINK

FIVE ROSES for the Penhallow Train Incident.
An antique train, a mysterious corpse, a bank robbery, a treasure
map, and quirky romance roil a Maine town.

A wonderful romp through Maine, Egypt, and the Sudan while
Rachel and Griffin try to solve a murder, track a suspect, and even
search for the tomb of the Queen of Sheba… Throw in a whopper of
a surprise ending”.  LINK

I submitted Orion’s Foot: Myth & Murder in the Amazon in June.
Here’s the story:

Petra Steele is wallowing in self-pity after being dumped at the altar
when her brother Nick invites her to accompany him to the Peruvian
Amazon. Before she even puts her suitcase down, she’s confronted
with a murder victim. Mystery piles on mystery in a research station
peopled with a quirky assortment of scientists. Why does the
herpetologist sneak off to look for buildings? Why does the botanist
claim he’s found a missing link between birds and dinosaurs? Is the
biologist searching for a mythical monster or a living fossil? And
why did the eccentric millionaire bring his prototype telescope to the

She is drawn to Emory Andrews, the ornithologist, a gruff, big man
with a secret past, until his beautiful ex-wife shows up. More
murders, more secrets, more mysteries ensue, all in the deeply
romantic, sizzling jungle.

Also in the works: a novel of global intrigue set in 1991, as yet
untitled. Here’s the story:

In an era electric with possibility and peril Rowan Greystone,
political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet under
curiously conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous
sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical

Rowan’s professional detachment from the dramatic world events of
the 1990s-a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks, and
Vietnam’s reemergence on the world stage-dissolves as their love
affair intensifies. Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable
moments, leaving her limp and lovelorn. 

In her quest for answers, she is yanked into the dangerous world of
Michael’s work-in Washington, DC, in France, and in Spain.  Looking
for safe harbor, for her emotions and her body she submits to the
advances of a dashing French diplomat. 

Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Emile and his chateau or
the romance of international intrigue with Michael?

                                      M.S. Spencer's Books

Still available in ebook and print:
The Pit & the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel  LINK
Lapses of Memory   LINK
A Widow’s Walk   LINK
Whirlwind Romance   LINK
Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders   LINK
The Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower   LINK
The Penhallow Train Incident   LINK
Dear Philomena: Love, Lust & Murder on Chincoteague  LINK
Triptych  LINK
Mai Tais & Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine   LINK

All books are also available at Amazon, iBooks, Createspace (print),
Smashwords, KOBO, Bookstrand, and Barnes and Noble. Check
out the links at my website:   LINK

To stay current on my events, please visit my blog:  LINK

The Penhallow Train Incident is in Audio! Here’s the LINK
Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director, and parent. After many years in academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in both public and academic library systems,, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago.  All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.

Ms. Spencer has published eleven romantic suspense or murder mystery novels. She has two fabulous grown children and an incredible granddaughter. She divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.
            The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel

At midnight, in the darkness of a deserted hotel, comes a scream and a splash. Eighty-five years later, workmen uncover a skeleton in an old elevator shaft. Who is it, and how did it get there? To find out, Charity Snow, ace reporter for the Longboat Key Planet, teams up with Rancor Bass, best-selling author. A college ring they find at the dig site may prove to be their best clue.

Although his arrogance nearly exceeds his talent, Charity soon discovers a warm heart beating under Rancor’s handsome exterior. While dealing with a drop-dead gorgeous editor who may or may not be a villain, a publisher with a dark secret, and an irascible forensic specialist, Charity and Rancor unearth an unexpected link to the most famous circus family in the world.

The Pit and the Passion: Murder at the Ghost Hotel
Wild Rose Press, Imprint: Crimson Rose, January 22, 2018
Theme(s): Mystery, Humorous/Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
418 p.; 97370 words
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