Thursday, March 2, 2023

Spotlight: A Deadly Combo: A Rocky Nelson Boxing Mystery by Karen A. Phillips (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

A Deadly Combo by Karen A. Phillips

About A Deadly Combo


A Deadly Combo: A Rocky Nelson Boxing Mystery 

Traditional/Cozy Blend 1st in Series 

Setting - California 

River Rock Press (March 1, 2023) 

Number of Pages: 270

What do boxing and vintage trailers have in common? Rocky Nelson. 

Meet Raquel Nelson (AKA Rocky), a retired single woman with an attitude. In Rocky’s opinion, independent ruffians, relentless heat, wildfires, and unhealthy AQI are all part of living in the Sierra Foothills of California. 

Sisters Rocky and Bridget are enjoying each other’s company at a vintage trailerfest until they stumble over a corpse. The dead guy is none other than the local trailer restorer and Bridget was overheard threatening to kill him. Mounting evidence leads police to focus on Bridget as a person of interest. Desperate to prove her sister innocent of murder, Rocky dons her own deerstalker cap and goes sleuthing. Rocky knows a little about the job requirements, having caught her sister’s last husband in an illicit affair. Detective Thompson is on the case and isn’t happy about Rocky poking around, and lets her know in no uncertain terms. But Rocky is tenacious if not stubborn. Combined with a 78-year-old father who insists on assisting, Rocky uses her courage and skills from boxing lessons to protect her family and keep from becoming the killer’s next victim. 

This is the first book in The Rocky Nelson Boxing Mystery Series – a perfect series for lovers of small town mysteries with a cozy-noir feel featuring boxing and an amateur sleuth who will stop at nothing to save the lives of those she loves.

About Karen A. Phillips

Author Karen A. Phillips lives in Northern California and writes humorous, fun, action-packed mysteries. She has several short stories published in various anthologies. Her characters are engaging and fearless. “A Deadly Combo” is her first full-length novel. In real life, Karen takes boxing lessons but would hesitate if she had to punch anyone in the face. Let’s face it. Karen wouldn’t last one round in the ring.

Author Links 
Facebook: KarenAPhillips/Author      
Instagram: kannphillips   
Twittter: @phillips_writes 

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  1. Thank you for having me on Socrates' Book Reviews. I appreciate your support of authors and readers.

  2. I'm excited to be featured on Socrates' Book Reviews. Thank you for hosting my book!

  3. Cozy Noir sounds like an interesting mix of genres and you know I can never resist a dog on the cover! The premise of this one looks interesting. I don't think I've come across a cozy involving boxing.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Katherine! I am hoping a boxing amateur sleuth is unique. I hope you enjoy the story!


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