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MYSTERY - January 10, 2020

THE SIDE HUSTLE by Colin Conway

A 509 CRIME STORY

Book 1 of 4

A financial blogger’s death. A detective’s shameful secret. Murder binds them together.


A young man is found dead at the bottom of his stairs.

Could it simply have been an accident or was it something more sinister?

That’s the question Major Crimes Detective Quinn Delaney must answer. Along with his partner, Detective Marci Burkett, Quinn soon discovers that there are unseen layers when it comes to this case.

Unfortunately, someone’s meddling in the investigation—a friend of the deceased hoping to help. He’s sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, causing the wrong people to take notice, and creating new problems for the detectives.

Secrets, lies, and double crosses will be exposed as they hunt for the truth.

But Quinn has his own secret he’s hiding from both his partner and the department—one which could derail his career.

Can he find the murderer while keeping his secret intact?

The Side Hustle is the first book in The 509 Crime Stories, a series of novels set in Eastern Washington State with revolving lead characters. If you like police procedurals with compelling personalities, then you’ll love this story.

In this fast-paced, thrilling journey through time, archaeologist David Preston comes into possession of a baseball supposedly signed by the legendary Ty Cobb in 1908, thanks to Ariyl Moro and her mysterious companion, Jon Ludlo. Except the ball tests out to be an impossible paradox. It was signed with a ballpoint pen (not invented until 1938) using ink that's several centuries older. But then, Ariyl and Ludlo aren't who they claim to be either.

Ariyl, a voluptuous 6-foot-3 beauty, turns out to be a tourist from a 22nd century paradise where time travel is the latest craze. Unbeknownst to her, however, her traveling companion, Ludlo, is a psychopath whose thefts are starting to alter history. In a world were even small changes in the timeline can cause catastrophic consequences, Ludlo's actions may completely destroy the future.

To stop Ludlo, David and Ariyl must solve a mystery involving Bronze Age swordsmen, modern-day Nazis, a steampunk world, Albert Einstein, some highly skeptical Founding Fathers, and a Golden Age Hollywood where the murder of a beloved movie star will spell doom for civilization.

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