Sara Mills is the author of two 1940s-era PI mysteries featuring Allie Fortune, a “female Sam Spade” operating in New York City. Sara is a wife, mother, writer, freelance editor and motorcycle racing enthusiast. She loves animals, raises Golden Retrievers, has a house full of hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, puppies and any other stray that makes its way to her door. (from her website — click here to read the rest, or you can read interviews with Sara at Cara Putman’s blog or Novel Journey) And I discovered today that she lives in Canada. I’m always looking for more Christian authors in Canada.
I’ve wanted to read Miss Fortune and Miss Match for some time. Wish I had a happier reason for deciding to order them now, but here it is: Sara’s husband Keith died suddenly last week, and she’s now a widow with three young kids. (For more details, see a recent post at Novel Journey.)
Some of her good friends at American Christian Fiction Writers have organized a blog tour to show their support and love. Her friend Ronie Kendig’s blog explains, “This isn’t an attempt to trivialize Keith’s death–I’d actually think he’d be thrilled to see so many throwing their support behind his beloved wife and the mother of his children.” (You can read the whole blog post at Craving the Supernatural)
Sara, I’m praying for you and your children.
About the books:
Miss Fortune (book one)
They call her the P.I. Princess.
Allie Fortune is the only female private investigator in New York City and she’s one of the best.
When there’s a knock on her office door at four in the morning, Allie’s first inclination is to ignore it. Someone out on the streets in the middle of the night is usually trouble, either causing it, or being chased by it, and Mary Gordon is no exception.
You can read more here or read the first chapter here.
Miss Match (book two)
FBI agent Jack O’Connor receives a letter from Maggie, a woman he used to love, saying she’s in trouble in Berlin. The FBI refuses to get involved, so Jack asks Allie Fortune to help him investigate. Allie and Jack pose as a missionary couple who want to bring orphans back to the United States.
Youcan read more here or read the first chapter here.
Both books should be available in your local bookstore or online at Chapters, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com or Christianbook.com.
I love her book covers! They look sooo cool – totally fitting with what the books are about. I totally wanna order these…
The covers are great, aren’t they? Do you like The Maltese Falcon? I’ve only seen the movie with Humphrey Bogart and crew, but I liked it enough to watch it again.
My local Christian bookstore had the second book on-shelf. I wanted to read them in order, so the staff is holding book 2 for me until book 1 comes in. Any day now I should get the phone call…
I read these books in 2009 and have thought about the characters over the years. What would have happened if there had been a third book written? I understand that the author lost her spouse and what a life altering event that must have been for her. Finishing this great series must not have been something she was able to do. Even this many years later, I would selfishly want for Ms. Mills to write something to let us know what ideas she had planned to end this series!
I’d have loved to read more in this series too, Alissa. Maybe someday, who knows? I can definitely see how tragedy would interrupt it.