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About the Book


A thrilling murder mystery with a cliffhanger ending!

A page-turning thriller murder mystery written in the vein of The Lovely Bones, The Changeling and Ghosts, Spiral is a suspenseful murder mystery powered by the unsolved death of a girl who turns up missing in Memphis, Tennessee’s Shelby County at the height of the Second World War.


✔Perfect blend of detective suspense and paranormal thriller

✔Could two spiritually gifted children hold the keys to this town’s future?

✔Small town cover-ups with huge consequences

It’s the roaring 1940s.


Unethical traditions that the powerful work hard to keep secret, bear a fruit that demands a hard-to-pay price in this murder mystery. The year is 1944 and a young girl, the daughter of a prominent attorney, has disappeared. What if this new girl’s disappearance in this murder mystery is linked to the abandoned girl kept hidden away in one of the Shelby County orphanages, what if the murder mystery has deeper ties to the town’s elite than anyone imagined.

As the search for the kidnapper unfolds, it becomes hauntingly clear that the attorney’s young daughter isn’t the only child that’s gone missing. Despite relentless efforts to find the girl and stop another kidnapping, it’s not until the young African American Tilson girl, a gifted child who hears from the dead, gets involved in the mystery that the crimes start to get solved. Get Spiral and find out what a dead girl, the daughter of a prominent attorney, shares with an unassuming but gifted girl, she too the daughter of a prominent, powerful family.


About the Author

Author Denise Turney is the writer of mystery and suspense novels, romance novels, African American fiction and literary novels Love Pour Over Me, Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral, Gada’s Glory, Gregory The Lionhearted, Long Walk Up, Rosetta The Talent Show Queen and Awaken Blessings of Inner Love. Book author, Denise Turney, has more than 40 years of writing experience. Look for Denise Turney’s new books in 2022: Pathways Tremendous Success, Escape To Freedom and Rosetta’s Great Hope!

She is a full-time writer whose works have appeared in popular magazines, diverse newspapers and women’s periodicals such as: Essence, Ebony, The Network Journal, Sisters From AARP , Madame Noire, America Online, Bahiyah Woman, Today’s Black Woman, Parade, Sisters In Style, Your Church Magazine, Modern Dad Magazine, KaNupepa, The Trenton Times, Family Times, The Preacher’s Magazine, Black Living, Princeton, New Jersey’s Business and Entertainment Weekly – US 1, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pif, Q, The Trenton State College Literary Review, North Carolina University’s Literary Journal and Obsidian II.

Book writer, Denise Turney, has also appeared on popular radio stations. Denise Turney has spoken at major cultural festivals, writer conferences and colleges and universities, including Black Herstory, Spelman College, Emory University, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Philadelphia Bible College and the Philadelphia Community College. She is a newspaper and magazine columnist and the editor of the literary periodical The Book Lover’s Haven which you can subscribe to by clicking Subscribe BLH.

Denise is the host of the international radio program Off The Shelf Books Talk Radio which airs on Blog Talk Radio live from 11AM-12PM/EST on Saturday and 24/7 throughout the rest of the week. She has interviewed New York Times bestselling authors like Zane, Francis Ray, Roland Martin, Patricia Haley-Glass, Paulette Harper, Valerie Coleman, Tyora Moody, Omar Tyree and Tracey Price Thompson and Grammy Award nominee, Awiatka. She loves to attend book club events, both in-person and virtually. Denise also appreciates meeting book readers whether she is on the road, attending book conferences, book festivals and book fairs, or at in-store book signings.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book, Spiral, What is it about?

Spiral is a suspense, mystery thriller that centres around a young girl and boy with paranormal abilities. Both are grandchildren of a powerful family in the small town of Greasy Plank. What they know helps to solve a kidnapping and murder mystery, events that also involve wealthy, powerful families. There are other characters in Spiral, but they’re what folks call “ghosts”.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, Spiral, is it directed at any particular market?

People who love a page-turning mystery, a story they won’t figure out until the last page, may love Spiral.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

J. California Cooper, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Gloria Naylor and Judy Blume are among my favorite authors. My favorite short story, Sonny’s Blues, was written by James Baldwin. I appreciate an author’s writing style, love a poetic writing style. Also appreciate complex, well-developed characters. These authors have a sharp, skilled pen.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

Read works of skilled authors who truly respect the craft. Write every day. Join professional writer critique groups and open up to receive honest, quality feedback. Keep writing. I believe that a good story will find its readers.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

Thank you! Please visit me at chistell.com to read free excerpts from my books, sign up for my free newsletter “The Book Lover’s Haven” and catch a recent episode of my Off The Shelf Books podcast! Would love to have you visit!

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