I’m happy to spotlight a new release from Bentley Wells.
I have written mostly nonfiction for academic and reference publishers most of my adult life. For instance, I have written articles for journals, chapters for books, entries for encyclopedias, and several books. All required research, which I enjoy doing.
When I wrote The Paradise Coven, which is my first mystery, I used the pseudonym Bentley Wells, to honor my late mother. I set the story in a city that I’m somewhat familiar with (years ago, I lived there for several months). Even though I remembered certain parts of it, I researched the city to make sure what I remembered was correct. Furthermore, I researched particular characters’ areas of expertise and professions, the history of cults, and witchcraft. In short, if I was not certain about something, I researched it―online and in books. Of course, when writing fiction, dozens of writers writing fiction take liberties. For instance, a writer may describe a building that’s supposed to be on a particular street. If a reader checked, that building or even street may not exist. I’m sure readers understand this when they read fiction.
The Paradise Coven concerns homicide detectives Michael McConnell and Aaron Simmons of Columbus, Ohio, who investigate the brutal murders of two women. Unfortunately, there are no witnesses and few clues, except for unfamiliar words the killer has printed in lipstick on each victim. The words have demonic connotations, making the detectives wonder if they are dealing with a serial killer or a demon from Hell. As McConnell and Simmons dig for the truth, they discover a decades-old third murder with the same MO. This victim had ties to The Paradise Coven, a mysterious club that may be responsible for all three murders.