Sunday, January 16, 2011

Excerpt from Sheryl Locke Holmes Mysteries

Sheryl Locke Holmes Mystery Series

Book 2: Ruby’s Deadly Secret

By C.L. Exline


What do you get when you add a ruby, diary, secrets, and a mansion? A motive for murder. Sheryl Locke Holmes and her best friend, Dot Watson, have been offered an exciting opportunity to explore Bridgeside, a Victorian mansion, to search for items for their antique shop. Their adventure is short-lived when they discover a diary containing dark secrets and a newspaper clipping with a warning written in what appears to be blood. They get trapped in the attic, Dot is attacked and they find out the owner died inside the house. As if that isn’t enough, Jake is spotted with another woman. Clues are pointing to Sheryl as the next target, no matter who gets in the way.

Excerpt from Ruby’s Deadly Secret

Sheryl gazed into Jake’s eyes and caressed his cheek. “I’m sorry for overreacting. For a brief moment, I thought I had lost you. I know better, but I’d just been with Mrs. Wallace and listened to how much her husband’s betrayal had hurt her. I wasn’t thinking, not with my head. Forgive me.”

“Take your hands off of me!” yelled a voice in the distance.

Sheryl and Jake looked over to see Dot being physically escorted out of the restaurant.


“Look, you little toad, take your hands off of me.”

“I better intercede before Dot gets physical.” Jake hurried to smooth things over. “Lawrence, it’ll be okay. I’ll take over.”

Lawrence let go of Dot, but glared at her before facing Jake. “She and that blonde friend of hers are not welcome in our establishment. Both are troublemakers. We run a reputable business and cannot have altercations disrupting our patrons.”

“Like I care to go back in! I wouldn’t go in that rat hole if my life depended on it,” Dot said and rubbed her arm. “You better hope I don’t get bruises from your manhandling me.”

The man snorted before stomping back into the restaurant.

“You didn’t hit Lisa, did you?” Jake asked.

“Lawrence wouldn’t let me.”

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Cassie’s Bio:

I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense, sometimes with sizzle and always with a dash of humor. Married with children, I work for a small town newspaper along the east coast. Have a two ebooks published at Wild Child Publishing, Amber's Mysterious Death and Ruby's Deadly Secret, plus two more in contract. Several short stories published at Ruthie's Club, The Erotic Woman, Erotic Bookworm, and Justus Roux. I'm a member of Erotica Author's Association, Erotica Readers & Writers Association and Desdmona's FishTank. Author's Page at: Manic Readers at




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Cassie Exline said...

Thanks so much for having me, Chris. The Holmes Series offers a lot to readers. Mystery, romance, suspense and humor. I've used gemstones in the titles of the four books as well as for the characters. Whether the character is good or evil, lives or die, will be a mystery until it's read. Like Sheryl always says, "The game's afoot."

Sarah Westill said...

Cassie, what a fun take on the old mystery!!! How very creative. :-D

Cassie Exline said...

Sherlock Holmes has always intrigued me. Then I wondered what it would have been like if he had a daughter. And Sheryl Locke Holmes Mysteries was born. Four books are under contract and I'm working on a fifth. The characters are a great.

Ursula Grey said...

I love the title of your series! Agree with Elaina...very creative! Wish you much success.