Friday, March 19, 2021

Virtual Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Blood Mug by W.F. Ranew @wfranew @GoddessFish

Blood Mug

by W.F. Ranew

GENRE: Mystery


PI Red Farlow has a meeting with Wickham Art Center board chair in Atlanta, but when he arrives, he finds the chairman slumped over his potter's wheel with a medieval battle dagger protruding from his back.

During the investigation, other victims are discovered in the pottery studio, each meeting the same gruesome end as the chairman. Is the dagger a dramatic flourish of a twisted mind, or a more profound message?

Clues soon reveal a real estate scheme—wealthy Venezuelan investors plan to plow Wickham under and build condos on the site.

Red gets his hands muddy as he throws himself into finding the answers.


A woman in her early thirties stood leaning out and holding the screen door open. She stood about five feet four inches and wore a flower print sundress with an open back. It was short at the hem and tied seductively by a loose bow behind her neck. Her naturally blonde hair was best described as fashionably grunge. It was all over her head in a wild and crazy way. She was barefoot and sported tattoos on her beautiful white skin.

Her beauty glowed in an absolutely Southern country way, body ink aside. The lady’s accent went with her hair, dress, and feet.

Yes, ma’am.” I approached the porch and stopped to speak. “My name is Red Farlow. I’d like to ask you a few questions about a woman named Karen Rawley.”

The woman flinched. Her eyes frowned. “Oh, what’s happened to Karen?”

That’s what I’d like to find out myself,” I said. “Do you know Karen?”

Yes, of course, or you wouldn’t be here,” she said. “My named is Lucy Wallerford. Of the Wallerford clan in and around Wallerford, Georgia. We go way back yonder to the Revolution years.”

After the concisely delivered family history lesson, she seemed hesitant about what else to say.

I understand Karen left Athens in a hurry,” I said. “I need to speak with her again about a recent event in Atlanta.” …

My eyes met hers. They were black and piercing, the kind of eyes that looked right through you and absorbed everything about you. All in one glance.

Well, come on inside then.”

I held the door as she walked in ahead of me.+-

My Review:

PI Red Farlow has a meeting with the chairman of the Atlanta Wickham Art Center. Upon his arrival, the first thing he sees when he walks in the door is the chairman sitting in his chair, dead with a dagger in his back. Upon further investigation, Red finds more bodies with a dagger sticking out of their backs as well.

Does Red have a serial killer on his hands? Or is someone trying to leave a message? Are the murders a warning? Who killed these people? What is their motive?

Blood Mug follows Red as he tries to find out what happened on that horrifying day. Red takes us on a journey introducing us to the people who were murdered. We get a glimpse into their lives as to who they were and what kind of people they were.

In Blood Mug, the dead are a part of the main cast and they sure do like to hold on to their secrets, or is that the killer? Hmm… Could be either-or, but I would imagine the dead would like the world to know what happened to them.

Blood Mug holds on to its secrets until the very end keeping me guessing the whole way. When I did eventually find out who did it I was kind of shocked as I didn’t see that one coming.

And on that note, I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the Red Farlow Mysteries. I can’t wait to see what mysteries Red has in store for us in the next chapter of his life.

I highly recommend Blood Mug to all murder mystery fans! One-click your copy of this spine-chilling mystery, Blood Mug today! Be sure and check out the first three books in the Red Farlow Mysteries.  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

W.F. Ranew is the author of the Red Farlow Mysteries series of ebook s from Tirgearr Publishing. He’s launching Blood Mug (#4) on Feb. 24, 20210. Other Red Farlow stories are Rich and Gone (#1), Blue Magnolia (#2), and Eat Beach (#3).

Ranew is a former newspaper reporter, editor and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In corporate communications, he has written speeches for President Jimmy Carter and leaders of public companies, including Bank of America, CitiGroup, Equifax, NCR, The Coca-Cola Company, and ING.

Early in his career, he worked as part-time radio dispatcher for a small-town police department.

Ranew has self-published two previous novels: Schoolhouse Man and Candyman’s Sorrow.

He lives in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Author Amazon Page ~ Tirgearr author page


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W.F. RAnew said...

Thanks for hosting Blood Mug and for the review. I think you'll find the next Farlow book enjoyable, as well.

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour, I enjoyed following it!