Tough Prose

Life shouldn't imitate art for a mystery writer.

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Tough Prose Press publishes
the Rose Leary Mysteries

 

One Too Many

Her blood dripped into the ice. Slender red ribbons twirled around and over the cubes, tinting the shimmering mix darker shades of crimson. Rose Leary stared at her injured hand.She wouldn’t have predicted so much blood. The chipped top to the damned Absolut bottle had barely nicked her, but big drops still stained her cuff and tainted the ice in the martini shaker. Vampire cocktail, straight up, hold the tissue. She squeezed her finger, blotted it with a napkin, and threw the ice into the sink.
“That’s it. Last call.”

One Too Many continues the Rose Leary Series.

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Bartender Wanted

“Some little nobody was copying the way she killed people.”

Bartender Wanted introduces the Rose Leary series, tales of chilling suspense and cold-blooded murder spiked with generous dashes of humor.

Gritty glamour in 1980s New York City doesn’t come cheap. To afford even her fifth-floor walkup, Rose Leary needs a gig. Bartending at a neighborhood joint subsidizes her writing career, even if she does fill a dead woman’s platforms.

Rose speculates about who killed her predecessor, but her novel’s looming deadline demands she dedicate all creativity to her fiction. When another bartender dies, Rose pictures her name scrawled at the top of the murderer’s hit lit. Even sarcasm can’t shield her from this coming danger.

Frightening phone calls and ominous gifts turn everyone she meets into a suspect. Dead flowers dirty her hallway, and her phone shrills menace. Terror invades her life and paralyzes her writing. Determined to defeat her fear, Rose struggles to expose the killer in a desperate race to save herself and her work.

Set in the West Village restaurant scene, Bartender Wanted resurrects a city where fishmongers and greengrocers fill the stores now colonized by designers, and brawny butchers still work in the Meatpacking District.

Written with wit, intelligence, and a distinctive style, the Rose Leary series creates a signature cocktail so intoxicating it keeps readers coming back for more.

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