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News Flash: Mary Garrett is the lucky winner of JC’s book! Mary, please check your email.

Edith/Maddie here, writing on the first day of a new month from north of Boston.

I’m thrilled to welcome J.C. Kenney back to the blog. J.C. has a first book in a new series out today, and I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s the blurb:

When the manager of Marysburg Music, Darcy Gaughan, returns to work after a vacation, she expects to jump right back into work as the store gets ready for the upcoming Record Store Day celebrations. She’s also celebrating five years of sobriety and is confident that there are good things in her future. She doesn’t expect to find her boss in his office, dead from an apparent self-inflicted stab wound.

The police rule the death a suicide. Darcy, who knew her beloved boss better than anybody, knows better. She vows to get to the truth of the matter before the murderer can get away with the crime and the record store is closed forever. Along the way, she uncovers secrets and shady deals certain town residents would rather keep hidden. Secrets some would commit murder to keep under wraps. Can she assemble the clues and put them in just the right order so everything comes together like a classic jazz album? And how is she supposed to focus on finding a killer when she also needs to figure out a way to keep the record store open? Follow along as Darcy searches for the truth while learning the greatest gifts are truly those that money can’t buy.

Lucky Number Thirteen – And a Giveaway!

Hi, friends! It’s such a thrill to be visiting with the Wickeds again. How about a round of applause for them and all they do for the writing community?

I’m in the mood to celebrate and I hope you’ll join me because Record Store Reckoning, book 1 of my brand-new Darcy Gaughan Mysteries, is out today! Cue the confetti and brass band! Yes, I know I’ll probably need a new keyboard key for the exclamation point after today, but like Kool and The Gang said, celebrate good times!

How about that cover? Not too shabby, I think. One of the things that makes today so special is that Record Store Reckoning is my thirteenth published novel. Now, I know the number 13 is considered unlucky in a lot of circles. In case you didn’t know, there’s even a term for the fear of the number – triskaidekaphobia. Come to think of it, I believe Lucy mentioned the term to Charlie Brown in Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.

In my house, it’s another matter entirely. In fact, thirteen is quite the lucky number. To begin with, my lovely wife Nancy’s birthday is on the 13th. But wait, there’s more. She was born on a Friday the 13th. Some folks might feel a little triskaidekaphobic about that. Not her. She’s proud of it. And she’s the greatest thing to ever happen to me, so I think it’s pretty cool, too.

A few other fun tidbits about the number 13. It is both a prime number and a number in the Fibonacci Sequence. Each of the four seasons are 13 weeks long. There are 13 cards in each suit of a regular deck of cards. Oh, and there was a little mission to the moon called Apollo 13. That flight started out kind of rough, but what a testament to human ingenuity that everyone came home safe and sound.

Given all that, I don’t think it’s surprising that I consider 13 a lucky number. Especially when Record Store Reckoning joins that esteemed crowd of interesting tidbits. I’d like to think that means good things are in store for it.

So, how about you? Do you have a lucky number or a keepsake like a rabbit’s foot that brings you positive vibes? Tell me about them. I’m giving a signed, paperback copy of Record Store Reckoning to a lucky commenter. (U.S. only, I’m afraid) Until next time, may the Luck o’ the Irish be with you!

You can purchase Record Store Reckoning wherever books are sold or at Amazon by going to the following link:

J.C. Kenney is the Amazon and Kobo bestselling author of The Allie Cobb Mysteries and The Darcy Gaughan Mysteries. His debut, A Literal Mess, was a finalist for a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association in mystery fiction. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two children, and a cat. You can find him at

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