Launch Party for Jess Lourey’s NOVEMBER HUNT.

Last Saturday, Jess Lourey celebrated the release of NOVEMBER HUNT, at Once Upon A Crime bookstore, with family, friends and readers.

NOVEMBER HUNT is the 7th title in the Murder-by-Month Series.

November in Battle Lake, Minnesota, is cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table. It’s also deer hunting season. When Tom Kicker is killed in a hunting accident, Mira James is hired to investigate — a job that brings her closer to a P.I. license. Braving subzero temps and a shrieking blizzard, Mira uncovers a nasty secret that threatens to destroy the town’s most prominent families.

The turn-out was strong and included writers Carl Brookins, Lance Zarimba, Michael Allen Mallory, Gary Bush, Kristi Belcamino (who just signed on with the Jane Dystel Agency to sell her first mystery, a thriller tentatively called Blessed Are the Dead), and Linda Kourky.

Pat and Gary were excellent hosts and provided food and drink, with Gary using a recipe from NOVEMBER HUNT to make Twinkly Twinkie Sushi.

One reader, unable to attend, sent her husband and seven-year-old Clara Lee to procure a signed copy.

Publisher’s Weekly praises Jess for “successfully combines humor, an intriguing mystery, and quirky smalltown characters” while Brodart Vibe calls it “delight”  a “fun read.”

If you were unable to attend, Jess will be making a number of other appearances to promote NOVEMBER HUNT:

March 29-April 1
Sacramento, CA
Left Coast Crime
Sheraton Grand
Moderating “A Real Place or Not?” on Friday at 9:00 featuring Susan Shea, Michael Siverling, and Norma Lehr

April 7
Minneapolis, MN
Write of Spring
3:00-4:00 signing (Write of Spring goes from12:00-4:00, though!) Once Upon a Crime

April 25-26
New York
The Edgars
Grand Hyatt Hotel

April 27-29
Bethesda, MD
Malice Domestic
Hyatt Regency
Saturday, April 28, 10:40 am: “Small Towns, Big Secrets: Mysteries Where Everything Isn’t So Cozy”
Moderator B. K. Stevens; panelists: Dorothy Cannell, Jane Cleland, Jess Lourey, Katherine Hall Page, and Sandra Parshall

June 5
Wausau, WI
Barnes & Noble
The Wisconsin November Hunt Book Launch!
6:00 pm, open to the public

June 16
Waukesha, WI
Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
Festival of Authors and Artists
Saturday, 8:50 am, MWA University, “After the Idea” Class
Saturday, 1:00 pm, Wisconsin Women of Mystery Panel (Moderator), with Kathleen Ernst, Deb Baker, Annelise Ryan, and Victoria Houston

June 23
Dorset, MN
Sister Wolf Books
Festival of Authors and Artists