Author Joylene Nowell Butler is on tour this month with MC Book Tours featuring her new novel, Mâtowak Woman Who Cries, being released Nov. 1 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.
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A murder enveloped in pain and mystery...
When Canada's retired Minister of National Defense, Leland Warner, is murdered in his home, the case is handed to Corporal Danny Killian, an aboriginal man tortured by his wife's unsolved murder.
The suspect, 60-year-old Sally Warner, still grieves for the loss of her two sons, dead in a suicide/murder eighteen months earlier. Confused and damaged, she sees in Corporal Killian a friend sympathetic to her grief and suffering and wants more than anything to trust him.
Danny finds himself with a difficult choice—indict his prime suspect, the dead minister's horribly abused wife or find a way to protect her and risk demotion. Or worse, transfer away from the scene of his wife’s murder and the guilt that haunts him...
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The smell of Leland's death seeps into the rest of the house. Investigators dressed in white jumpsuits dab away in Leland's blood and brains. I see them through the French doors and across the courtyard of our upside-down U-shaped house. I'm not deliberately watching, it's just that they're in my line of sight. Shifting to the right, I turn away and face Leland's desk. It's covered in legal documents and the papers I've just signed. My lawyer slogs through the minuscule details of Leland's business assets. I try to show interest, but I can't. I couldn't care less about his estate. I'm trying to decide who I am without Leland. I understand in part, but I can't remember why I'm this way. Honestly, I only vaguely remember me at all. And why are we going through Leland's affairs so soon? Wouldn't tomorrow be better? I don't feel right.
“Do you think they'll let me back in my kitchen today? Or will I be barred until the investigation is over?”
He glances towards the kitchen and shrugs. “We'll have an official reading of the will after the service. Shouldn't take long considering it is only you and a few charities. I want you to know that I am taking care of your affairs, Sally. You understand, don't you?”
I appreciate his concern but wish he would go. Not because I'm anxious to leave. A police car waits outside to take me to some cold hotel downtown. The church ladies are meeting with the pastor's wife at the rectory. I should be there. They're taking care of the preparations for the service on Tuesday, five days hence. My lawyer decided I should have the service as soon as possible. When I told the deacon's wife, she said she'd get back to me. Twenty minutes later she called and said all the ladies had unanimously agreed that because so many things had to be done, they'd meet today and start the arrangements. When I suggested I be there, she adamantly refused my help, but I insisted. “I have to help.” Perhaps hearing the panic in my voice made her agree. Though she was quick to add that nothing would be required of me. She didn't say it out loud, but I suspect they won't keep asking me as my lawyer does, if I understand what's happening. Of course I understand what's happening. I'm not senile. And the women at church recognize that even in grief one is capable of carrying on.
“All the joint accounts will be closed before the end of the business day,” my lawyer says. “Nothing will be left to chance. Do you understand, Sally?” I see the uncertainty in his eyes and blink. Since I found Leland's body, not blinking has become a bad habit. I must remember to blink because it shows I'm paying attention.
“And do not go to the detachment to fill out another statement. That won't be happening. If they want to talk to you, they come to you. Understand?”
When Joylene's father died in 1983, she wrote her first full–length manuscript to channel her grief. The seven-year process left her hooked and she began Dead Witness within a few weeks of finishing Always Father's Child. Today Joylene is the author of three suspense novels: Dead Witness, Broken But Not Dead, and the steampunk collaboration Break Time. While she'll admit being published didn't fix all the wrongs in her life, she wishes her parents had lived to see her success. Dead Witness was a finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards. Broken But Not Dead won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal and its sequel Mâtowak Woman Who Cries is due for release November 1, 2016.
Joylene lives with her husband and their two cats Marbles and Shasta on beautiful Cluculz Lake in central British Columbia. They spend their winters in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico.
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