May 30, 2014

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Strange Country by Deborah Coates

Today I'm highlighting Strange Country - the third and final book in the Wide Open trilogy by Deborah Coates. The book went on sale Tuesday, so read on about for more info on the books and then enter to win the entire trilogy!!

Strange Country (Wide Open #3)
Author: Deborah Coates
Genre: Rural Fantasy/Mystery
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Tor Books


STRANGE COUNTRY by Deborah Coates is the final book in a haunting supernatural murder mystery trilogy set in the vast rural backroads and byways of the American Midwest, a setting and way of life that is rarely explored in contemporary and urban fantasy.

After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, that ghosts would stay in cemeteries where they belong. But hopes are so easily dashed.

On a wintry night in mid-December, someone shoots and kills a woman with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City’s citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of federal investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easy to uncover....

Meanwhile, Hallie Michaels finds a note pinned to her front porch. “What do you fear most?” it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call, an unsigned letter left for her at the local ag supply, and finally a note stuck to her kitchen table with a carving knife, all asking the same question and with the same set of coordinates. The mysteries are piling up, and time is short...Will Hallie be able to get to the bottom of this, before the body count rises again?


“Coates plots this novel as a conventional murder mystery, with the usual paranormal activity serving as colorful filigree to a well-wrought tale of Midwestern noir.”
Publishers Weekly

Twin Peaks meets Dean Koontz in this tale of a windswept northern prairie town beset by eerie events. Deborah Coates offers a pitch-perfect sense of place, an uncanny knack for dialogue, and a complex heroine who’s mad, sad, tenacious, and tough.”
Sharon Shinn, national bestselling author of Troubled Waters

Check out the first two books:
 (click on the cover to go to Goodreads)  
DEBORAH COATES is the author of Wide Open, Deep Down, and Strange Country. She lives in Ames, Iowa, and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Strange Horizons, as well as Year's Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy.

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The fantastic people at Tor are offering (1) reader the entire WIDE OPEN trilogy! Open to US/CAN only!


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