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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.

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Murder in Black and White

It’s 1942 and while the allies are fighting overseas, Detective Jack Winston has been sending murderers to the electric chair. But now the Assistant District Attorney is trying to give him a turn in the same, hot seat. Jack’s only ally is a woman he dated for a short while before being arrested. Most women would have read the writing on the wall and moved on, but not Caroline Cromwell. She knows something the State of New York doesn’t. Like a “not guilty” verdict won’t be good enough. As Jack and Caroline team up to prove his innocence, the body count starts to rise. If the couple aren’t careful, they’re liable to discover their wit and charm won’t be enough to save them from a fate worse than electrocution.


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Murder in Black and White is a full-length mystery inspired by true stories from in and around Manhattan during the forties, a period when almost anything could and did happen. It is a prequel to the first novel of the Robin’s Nest series, Murder with an Ocean View.

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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