Raleigh artist, Linda Rae Blair, has traveled the U.S. extensively. With a family history of Scots-Irish immigrants to the U.S. around the time of the revolution and as a 13th generation direct descendant to John Alden & Priscilla Mullins, pilgrims of Mayflower fame, she has always been a lover of history. She combines these into sagas that are interesting to history buffs and lovers of romance and mystery.
Her characters come alive and become your friends or foes. She has an innate talent for drawing you into her stories. She has a way of pulling you into the lives of each character and not letting you go.
Her series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries, began with the December, 2010, publishing of "Hard Press'd"; #2 in the series, "Press'd Into Action" published March, 2011; #3 "Press'd To The Wall" published May, 2011; #4 "Press On" published July, 2011; #5 "Pressing Engagement" published September, 2011. "Press The Message Home" and "Press 'n SEAL" are scheduled to release in 2012.
Ms. Blair has spent many happy hours in Virginia Beach during off-season, when the winds blow cold and hard and the salty air whips at the weather-protected palms. This is the locale chosen for the first of her Preston Andrews series. Locals and visitors alike will find many familiar frames of reference in this, her latest novel.
Preston Andrews is the son of a U.S. Senator who had great expectations for his son's future in the Foreign Service or politics. Instead, Press (as he is called by his friends and coworkers) decided to become a cop. The FBI has been courting him for years, but he steadfastly remains a homicide detective on the Virginia Beach Police Department. But the FBI doesn't give up easily and, time and time again, they find ways to suck him into their toughest cases. Of course, sending their gorgeous agent, Rachel Wilding, to work with him doesn't help Press keep his distance.
An avid reader who inhales novels by Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown and others in the romance/mystery genres, her imagination takes you to a variety of places and times all in the same story.
Her novels have been described as sweeping yet compact novels in an appealing style. The Chicago Trilogy, entitled "Intersections - Love, Betrayal, Murder" spans the late 1880's to the 1970's. She takes her readers into the lives of three main characters whose fates intersect in Chicago in the 1920's.
Part 1, "Where is Harry?" is the story of an orphaned girl kidnapped, held captive in an unloving home. Only her friends provide her with the stability she craves. Her one hope is that the brother she's only heard stories about will one day find her and rescue her. In the meanwhile, she grows up and life becomes even more filled with pain and dread, including the hateful man she detests but who controls her very life--and unless someone helps her, her entire future.
Part 2 of her Chicago Trilogy, "Claire: A Woman's Journey" published in October 2008. The lovely Claire is born into wealth and New York Society and after the murder of the man she loves, is threatened by the killer. With the help of a tight circle of friends from her school days in Paris, she starts a new life as the Madam of the Woodhouse Gentlemen's Club in Chicago, Illinois.
Part 3, "Richard: It's In The Blood" is published only in the complete trilogy which will be available late September 2009. Richard comes from a family of cops. When his father is murdered and his mother is sleeping with the man he believes killed him, Richard relocates to Chicago. His life intersects with the characters in "Harry" and "Claire" as the saga takes us through the days of Bugs Moran and Al Capone and on into the 1970's.
"Elusive" is a love story that travels between 1912 Paris and 1725 Scotland. After her uncle's murder, the young heroine must flee Paris due to attempts on her life that tie to a tragic tale in her family's Scottish past.
Her New Mexico trilogy "100 Years of Brotherly Love" delves into the lives of three strong men who, at a very early age, become blood brothers and stand firmly together in times of need. There is the rich western history of a young Pony Express Rider and his friend, the son of a Pueblo Indian Chief, which eventually brings them together. NOT your usual "western"--no shoot'm ups here! Tiwa is a love story, a mystery, and story of family value and the ties that bind people to one another for life.
"The Board Game Murders" is a bow to Hasbro, Milton Brothers and their ilk who have provided so many years of enjoyment to us all! Charles Moneymaker may remind you of a certain little pudgy fellow in a top hat on some of your favorite games. In the novel he is a wealthy gentlemen in 1936 American society who, with his friend, James Reading (of the prestigious railroad Readings) is an amateur sleuth. Together they are thrown into a strange mix of company at a Christmas holiday party at the home of Marvin Cosgrove--The (Marvin's) Gardens. Well, I'm sure you get the idea! Enjoy a quick little read just packed with murder!