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A Meritage of Murders

What happens when a chemistry student meets a villain on campus? When the hero of a novel wants to get married but the author refuses to give his blessing? When a house avenges the death of its owner? This is just a sample of short stories with only two things in common. Murder and mayhem. Everything else about each is different—creating a unique blend of humor, fear, adventure, and adrenaline, like a meritage that combines different types of grapes to create a perfect blend. Something that is sumptuous on your tongue, satisfying on your palette, with just enough tannins to disguise the bitter almond taste of cyanide poison.

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Murder With an Ocean View

Someone is stalking what’s left of Jennifer Jameson’s family. The question is who? Her only clue comes from a great grandfather who died before she was born. According to Jack Winston’s journal from 1943, he and his wife were like toast and jam. She was sweet while Jack was always toasted. The glamorous couple solved mysteries between quips and cocktails, but because they left one puzzle unsolved, their great granddaughter must confront a killer at Robin’s Nest. Jenny teams up with a former FBI agent to identify the villain in her ancestral home before she becomes the next victim. Two interlocking mysteries will unfold within the same house. Two couples, separated by 75 years, will have one thing in common: murder with an ocean view.

Murder in Black and White

It’s 1942 and while the allies are fighting in Asia and Europe, Homicide Detective Jack Winston has been the guy sending murderers to the electric chair.  But now the Assistant District Attorney is trying to give him a turn in the hot seat.  Jack’s only ally is a young woman he dated for a short while before his own police force slapped a pair of bracelets on his wrists. Most dames would have read the writing on the wall and moved on, but not Caroline Cromwell.  She seems to know something the State of New York doesn’t.  Like when the “not guilty” verdict is announced, she knows that won’t be good enough for Jack.  He’ll want to find out who tried to give him the juice.  But there are powerful people in New York City with a different plan.  If Caroline and Jack aren’t careful, they’re liable to find out there are worse ways to die than electrocution.


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What is the connection between a homicide detective in 1943 and a murder that happens 75 years in the future? The next victim is likely to be his great-granddaughter! Can Jack Winston's journal save Jenny Jameson? Two mysteries unravel in the same "cottage" in Bar Harbor, separated in time, with only one thing in common.

Having successfully written six plays performed at three different venues, and customizing multiple, murder mystery events, Rob Lawton has just released: A Meritage of Murders, a collection of short stories, as well as, their first full length novel, Murder with an Ocean View.

Make sure to check back often to see what Rob
Lawton is doing next.

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