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There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?
Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.
Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?
In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie’s suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.
Read an Excerpt
A man hovered over the crumpled body of the woman at the bottom of the cellar stairs. An awful, guttural sound forced its way up from deep in her lungs. A cavernous head gash bled profusely, the blood pooling, forming a red halo around her auburn hair. Her glassy, fixed eyes looked up at Callie, pleading for help. I must stop the bleeding, Callie cried. She hurried down the stairs, her feet heavy, her heart pounding. Why can’t I breathe? Why can’t I reach her? Why won’t my feet move faster? She was only steps from her aunt when the grimacing man turned toward her, then looked back to Laverne and raised his hand for a final blow.
About the Author: Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.
An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.
Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.
THE BOOK IS $0.99 DURING THE TOUR: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TWXJC6V/ref=as_li_ss_tl
19 thoughts on “Excerpt from 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery #suspense”
This sound like quite the thrilling read
A thrilling read!!!
I plan to read this for our next book club selection!
Sounds like a great mystery read.
Hi Mary, “13 Steps to the Cellar” has lots of suspense. Check out the early reviews on Goodreads.
Thank you for your comment.
I’m originally from Alabama, and scary stuff like this..is why I left.. 😂 I can’t wait to read this!
Mya, LOL. You will recognize several Alabama locations but the scary stuff happens in Maine! Follow me on Goodreads to let me know what you think after you read.
I love the cover!
Thank you Tracie!
What type of research did you do for this book?
Hi Kim, I spent a lot of time in Maine. I love the coast there, the lighthouses, the food and especially the charming town of Richmond, It was easy to write about such a beautiful area.
Sounds like a good book.
Hi Rita, Thanks for following the tour. Only a few more days till “13 Steps to the Cellar” releases!
I love a good mystery and can’t wait to check this one out, thanks for sharing!
Hi Victoria, I hope you will pre-order “13 Steps to the Cellar.” This Maine murder mystery is only 99 cents till release day 9/4.
Thank you so much for hosting “13 Steps to the Cellar.” We are on our way to release date, 9/4 and it’s great to stop here along the way!
Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn’t know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.
Thanks James for following “13 Steps to the Cellar” on the countdown to release day!
Thanks for hosting!