Monday, June 8, 2015

Stay of Execution Blog Tour! (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Stay of Execution 
Author: Kellie Larsen Murphy
Series: Detective Cancini
Pages: 310
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Genre: Mystery
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Little Springs was just a small college town, the kind of town where everyone knew everyone and violent crime was nonexistent—until a series of rapes and murders at the college. After an outbreak of fear and hysteria, only the arrest and conviction of Leo Spradlin, the "Co-Ed Killer," could end the terror.

Years later, Spradlin is suddenly cleared based on unshakable DNA evidence, and no one is more surprised than Detective Mike Cancini. As new questions surround the identity of the true "Co-Ed Killer," Cancini struggles to accept his role in the conviction of an innocent man. Suspicions mount when Spradlin’s release coincides with a fresh wave of rapes and murders at the college, eerily reminiscent of the original crimes. Cancini is drawn back to Little Springs, caught in a race against time to uncover the identity of the latest "Co-Ed Killer" before the next girl dies…

~Serial Killers~
Andra, thanks so much for having me today and featuring my latest mystery. As a suspense writer, I’m thrilled by the popularity of crime shows on TV, at the movies, and in books. Each week, there are new crimes to solve and new murderers to catch on NCIS or Criminal Intent or CSI some other show. Same with movies and fiction. As viewer, we love it—although we’ve seen it all before. Serial killers, however, are different. Somehow, they are sicker, more terrifying. They are true sociopaths in the worst way. We are horrified by them and yet…fascinated at the same time. So we watch and we read.

Because my latest novel, STAY OF EXECUTION, features a serial killer, it got me to thinking about the way serial killers resonate and stick in your memory – whether real or fictional. For me, when it comes to the film variety, none is more memorable than Hannibal Lecter. (Admit it, when you hear the name, don’t you picture him with the mask? Still gives me chills!) Certainly, as a serial killer, his methods rank him as one of the sickest, and yet, Anthony Hopkins portrayal made him one of the most interesting characters (good or bad) of all time. He exudes a calm sophistication and an intelligence that impresses—all in direct contrast to the sickness in his soul. The recent TV series, Hannibal, is also good, but…I have to admit, while I can watch many movies more than once, Silence of the Lambs is so intense for me, it’s not one of them. If possible, it’s just too good.

Another movie featuring an unforgettable serial killer is Se7en. Kevin Spacey (also an amazing actor) is John Doe, a man offended by those who commit any of the seven deadly sins. As a killer, he is methodical, patient, and of course, twisted. Yet, in his sickness, he feels justified. His victims deserved their punishments. Even more unbalanced might be one of the first onscreen serial killers of all time, Norman Bates in Psycho. What makes Norman different is that his mental illness splits his personality and as his alternate personality, his mother, he is capable of killing. Truly chilling!

There are so many others, Annie Wilkes (Misery), Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and several from the slasher movies, but none can top those three for me. It’s on TV, however, where serial killers have recently made a splash. Dexter Morgan of Dex has to take top honors, if only because as viewers, a part of us empathizes with his reasons for committing his murders. He diligently gathers evidence of their crimes before drugging them, wrapping them in plastic, and killing them. Network TV also features a slew of serial killers ranging from Red John on The Mentalist, Hannibal, Joe Carroll on The Following, several on CSI, and more. I can’t say why we are so compelled to watch these characters (maybe I don’t really want to know), but the popularity of these shows convinces me we do.

Do you have a serial killer you love to hate?

~Try an Excerpt!~
Spradlin stood in front of the very people who’d accused him, hated him, and turned their backs on him, as though he were standing at a pulpit, a holy reverend forgiving his people their multitude of sins. A benevolent smile on his face, he spoke again, his tone soft and inviting. “I have a confession to make.”

Cancini squinted in the sun, shading his eyes with his hand, the muscles in his neck and shoulders tightening. He scanned the stunned faces in the crowd, one hand on the pistol hidden under his suit jacket. No one moved. No one spoke. They waited for Spradlin to explain, their anger turning to disbelief and curiosity.

“All those years in prison, all that time on death row, I was waiting for this moment.” He surveyed the crowd as his voice grew louder, more insistent. “I am not a stupid man. I wasn’t stupid back then, and I’m not stupid now. I made some mistakes, and those mistakes cost me the support of my friends and people who had known me my whole life. I didn’t understood back then, but I understand now.”
~Meet Kellie Larsen Murphy!~ 

Kellie Larsen Murphy is the author of A Guilty Mind and Stay of Execution, the first two books in the Detective Cancini Mystery series. She has written for several mid-Atlantic magazines and resides in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two very large, very hairy dogs.

Kellie Larsen Murphy will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via 
rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. I find the cover really creepy which is perfect for this title & story.

  2. I like the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Replies
    1. No, Thank you Kellie! What have you been up to today??

  4. The cover is quite eye catching plus the except was very intriguing.

  5. So glad you like it, John. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Interesting excerpt :) I like the mystery in the cover as well.

  7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

    1. Natalie, in my free time I'm very busy with my four kids. Thanks so much for asking and visiting!

  8. Looks like an interesting book ;)

    1. Simon, thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

  9. This sounds like a fascinating story. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

  10. I enjoyed everything about the post today. I am looking forward to reading more!

  11. Sounds like a really thrilling book full of suspense and I am looking forward to reading it, thanks for sharing it!

  12. Sounds intense. The cover definitely highlights that.

  13. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  14. I liked reading about the book. I sounds interesting for sure!

  15. Thanks for the interview. This sounds like a great book. I love the cover as well !

  16. A very spooky cover, well done !

  17. Enjoyed the excerpt! I agree that Silence of the Lambs has the creepiest serial killer. Enjoyed the Talented Mr. Ripley which was less intense on the killing part and more interesting on the "chameleon" aspect of the killer...

  18. "... very hairy dogs...."
    Sounds wonderful to me (except for the cleaning up, of course!).
    DO enjoy....