Hot House | Blitz


E&A Investigations, Book 1


Psychological Thriller

Date Published: June 15, 2022

Publisher: Indies United Publishing

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When a former CIA operative and private investigator Mari Ellwyn starts
digging into the blackmail case of a federal appellate judge, she becomes
targeted by a van following her, threatening notes in her mailbox, and a
breach of her home. Teaming up with seasoned investigator and former
detective, Derek Abernathy, the crime-savvy pair begin looking into the
wrongful death of a mentally-ill college student, Sophie Michaud, as well as
two journalists – one dead, one missing, who were writing a story on
the dead college student with allegations of her connection to the federal
judge. The two investigators must uncover the truth about Sophie Michaud
before her killer makes them their next target. But more importantly, Mari
needs to find her missing father and reconcile her broken past and

Praise for Hot House:

“The plot is propelled forward by the clever use of suspense, measured
action, and ingeniously written conflict. It is a moving and delightful read
with cinematic scenes and characters that will stick with readers for a long
after they turn the last page.” – The Book Commentary

“An exceptional read with a powerfully unexpected conclusion, leaving
the door more than ajar for a follow-up. This will attract audiences both
within and beyond the thriller and mystery genres.” – Midwest Book

“Towles has produced a knockout novel with Hot House. Nowhere will
thriller fans find a more engaging keep-you-on-your-toes read.” –
Literary Titan, 5 Star Review

“A dark, edge-of-the-seat thriller. Highly recommended!” –
Chanticleer Reviews, 5 Star Review

“This meticulously constructed, remarkable mystery deftly explores
people’s darkest flaws while revealing hard truths about the hidden workings
of the world. A fast-paced and psychologically astute thriller.” –
Prairies Book Review

 About the Author

 Lisa Towles is an award-winning crime novelist and a passionate speaker on
the topics of fiction writing, creativity, and Strategic Self Care. Hot
House is her 8th publication and won a GOLD Literary Titan Award for
Fiction. Lisa’s last four books each won numerous literary awards, and she
continues to write consistently while working full time in the tech
industry.  Her next book, The Ridders, is a political thriller that
will be released on November 30, 2022. She also serves on the board of a Bay
Area nonprofit called Bridgegood. Lisa is an active member and frequent
panelist/speaker of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and
International Thriller Writers. She has an MBA in IT Management and lives in
Oakland, California.

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