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Detective Kamira Jackson stood on the lanai of the seaside condo in Aruba, gazing across the calm turquoise sea. Lifting the hot cup of coffee to her lips, she grinned. It was the last day of her honeymoon, and Kamira guiltily felt bored. She was glad they were going home tomorrow morning.
Kamira nearly jumped out of her skin when she heard her cell phone ring. Picking up the phone, she saw the name Jack Thomas on the screen. She smiled. Jack was the Chief of Police of the Shadowbank Police Department and her best friend.
“Good morning, Jack. Everything okay at home?”
“Everything is fine. I needed to talk to you. A fresh case has come up, and I wanted to talk to you about it. Do you have a few minutes?”
Kamira, with a wide grin, felt her pulse quicken. “I have all day, Jack. Terrance, Billie, and Keisha are at the Casino for the day. Billie has been winning all week, and Terrance is losing, so they are trying their luck at the roulette tables today.”
“You didn’t go with?” Jack asked.
“No, I have no interest in sitting in a casino. I thought I would pack things up to leave in the morning. Tell me about the case.”
Kamira settled in the rattan chair on the lanai.
“Well, I’m on a tight timeline here, Kamira. An attorney, Ben Granger, came to see me last night. He is presenting a case to the Mississippi Supreme Court trying to overturn a death penalty case.
The man’s name is Gregory Campbell. They convicted him of a capital crime murdering three people twenty-five years ago and has been in the State Prison in Jackson since his conviction.”
Kamira squished her eyebrows together in confusion and said, “So what does that have to do with me?”
“Granger doesn’t believe Campbell is guilty. He’s scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in three weeks. Granger wants to use your cold case skills to help prove Campbell’s innocence.”
“Seriously, Jack? After twenty-five years, this attorney thinks he is innocent. Why?”
“Ben Granger went over the case with me last night. It looks like there were pieces of evidence not presented to the court. Plus, get this, an all-white jury tried and convicted Campbell. Gregory Campbell is black. It looks like the prosecution was flawed from the beginning and tainted throughout by racial discrimination.”
“An all-white jury? In 1996? I guess I’m not surprised. Who was Campbell supposed to have murdered?”
Kamira smiled. She heard Jack shuffling papers in the background. Her heart fluttered. She would start strong when she returned to Shadowbank.
Thank God, she thought. As much as she loved her newlywed husband, two weeks on an Island left her feeling stifled, trapped, and surrounded by water. She didn’t like the water.
“It looks like Campbell had worked at the hardware store for ten years. Convicted of killing a Henry Tate, the Monroe Hardware store owner, a sixteen-year-old kid, Jackson Smith, who had just started a summer job there the week before, and a Bessie Miller, a customer. Headshots killed all three victims. They claimed Gregory Campbell was a disgruntled employee, but Granger said Gregory claims he wasn’t even there. He had the day off.”
“Why me, Jack?” Kamira asked honestly.
Jack laughed. “Granger said he heard of Detective Jackson’s skills in solving cold cases. He knows you’re an ex-FBI agent, and he will pay the Department for your time and skills. Granger says he needs the best. He needs an answer today, Kamira.”
Kamira was silent for a moment. “Ttell Granger I will take on the case. I will be back tomorrow. Can you set up a meeting on Monday morning right away? Also, he needs to bring everything he has on the case. What about Terrance?”
Jack’s shoulders tightened. “Terrance will work with me, Kamira. We need to discover who has taken the lead in the State Line Mob. Word is they are expanding their organization into Louisiana and Georgia.”
“Wonderful. I imagine you heard this from Vittoria DeLuca?” Kamira asked.
“Yes, the old headquarters of the State Line Mob burned to the ground this week with two of the DeLuca men inside. I have my hands full trying to prevent a full-scale DeLuca crime family vs the State Line Mob war. Terrance and I can handle that. Say, I have something else I need to talk to you about.”
Kamira, her voice raising, said, “There is more?”
“It’s about Billie. Willie Mae came in yesterday. The attorney for the Buchanan estate contacted her.”
Kamira stood from her chair and began pacing the lanai. “What do they want with Billie, Jack?”
Jack could hear Kamira pacing. At least he envisioned her pacing. He knew her well.
“I don’t know. The attorney wouldn’t address the issue with Willie Mae. She is not a smiling woman. I guess she let him have it. He wants to meet with Billie as soon as he gets back. Can you relay the message?”
Frowning, Kamira answered, “I will. Contact Granger, set the meeting up, keep Willie Mae calm, and I will see you tomorrow afternoon, Jack. I am supposed to be meeting Terrance and them for lunch and will explain things. See you, Tomorrow Jack.”
Kamira disconnected the call and moved towards the shower. She needed to get ready to meet with the others.
At the Casino, Terrance, Billie, and Keisha were settling in at a round table on the terrace of the Casino’s restaurant.
Billie, taking Keisha’s hand, said, “Tomorrow we go home to our little Clifton. It has been an adventure.”
Keisha laughed, “Yes, I think it is time to go home.” Looking at Terrance with a sly grin, she continued. “I think Kamira is a bit bored.”
Terrance laughed. “I agree, but I wish someone could explain to me how a woman on her honeymoon with a fantastic husband, such as myself, finds time to bust a pick-pocketing ring for the hotel? That woman never stops.”
Billie grinned widely. “Once an FBI agent, now detective, that is who she is. I thought it was amusing watching her stakeout everyone in the place. When the woman tried to pick her pocket, I watched Kamira's famous body slam move, tossing the woman into the pool. Then watched her save the woman from drowning. That took the cake.”
“That’s my wife!” Terrance replied proudly. He looked up to see Kamira entering the terrace.
Standing, Terrance pulled the chair out next to him, kissing Kamira’s cheek as she sat down in the chair.
“I have news,” Kamira said.
As the server delivered fresh drinks, Kamira looked around the table. She looked at Terrance, who sat back in his chair, sipping an umbrella drink.
Kamira heard him say, “So you have a fresh case?”
Kamira, surprised, answered, “Yes, I do, but I will tell you more about that over dinner.
Terrance, someone burned the State Line Mobs business office to the ground. The house they held Willie Mae in. Two DeLuca men were inside. They didn’t make it.”
Terrance sat up, stunned. Looking around the table, he said, “We’re walking into mob war when we go home tomorrow.”
“Not yet, I don’t think. Jack seemed calm about it. He said he was working closely with Frank Gallucci. Now for the second part of my news.
Billie Willie Mae contacted Jack. I am not sure who it is, but there is an attorney for the Buchanan Estate, and he wants to meet with you when we get back.”
Billie and Keisha grabbed hands, looking at each other. Billie turned. “Did Jack say what they want?”
“No,” Kamira answered. “Jack said it sounded like Willie Mae drilled him hard, but the guy wouldn’t give up any information.”
Keisha looked at Billie and said, “It’s okay if they want the five million Alyce Ann Buchanan gave us before she died, so be it.”
Smiling peacefully, Keisha looked at Billie and said, “What were we going to do with the money, anyway. Since the house burned down, we have been okay staying with the Bellow sisters. We’ll look for something that we can afford for our family.”
“Hey, anything you guys need. We have your backs.” Terrance said.
The hotel manager brought each of them a platter of lobster, shrimp, and prawns, along with a chilled bottle of wine.
“Compliments of the hotel. We appreciate your work in solving the pickpocket crime ring. Are you sure, Detective, you do not want to stay in Aruba? Work as our head of security?”
Kamira laughed. “I am sure. Thank you for the meal.”
The manager of the hotel nodded and walked away while the others started eating their meals.
Billie said, “So what’s your fresh case, Kamira?”
Kamira frowned and said, “An all-white jury convicted a black man for the murder of three people. The State has him scheduled for execution in three weeks. Ben Granger is scheduled to present the case to the Mississippi State Supreme Court next week. He is working on getting the death penalty overturned. Granger wants me to investigate the original case. He does not believe the man is guilty.”
Terrance shook his head. “Sounds like we’re both going to be running full blast when we return home.”
Back in Shadowbank, Mississippi, Willie Mae, Billie’s mother, and Kamira’s aunt, was on the phone with Vittoria DeLuca, head of the New York DeLuca Crime family.
“Vittoria, I am sorry about your men. Is there anything I can do?” Willie Mae asked.
“No Willie Mae, Frank is handling all the arrangements.”
“Well, Vittoria, we need to figure out who is now in charge of the State Line Mob.”
Vittoria rubbed her head as she listened to Willie Mae. The two had become quite close in the last year.
“Willie Mae, I don’t want you worrying about that right now. How is baby Clifton? Billie and Keisha will be back tomorrow.”
Willie Mae giggled. “I love my new grandson, but at my, age, caring for a newborn is trying. Vittoria, will you be arriving before we leave on our European tour earlier than expected?”
Vittoria said gently, “Now Willie Mae, I told you not to worry. Everything is being handled. Frank and Jack are in constant contact. Giovanni and Rico are there with you and baby Clifton. You are safe. Now I must make a few calls, before I join my husband, Howard, for dinner. I will call you in a few days. Please don’t worry, my friend. Goodnight, Willie Mae.”
Willie Mae hung up the phone. Hearing baby Clifton cry, she went over to soothe him back to sleep. As she held Clifton in her arms, she wondered what Vittoria meant by saying everything was being handled. That exactly what worried her.
Below find all of Kacie's books!
Book 1: Mississippi Moonshine
The Cold Case Chronicles
Forty-six years ago, two brothers were killed and thrown in the Wolf River. Can a troubled detective surface the truth before her own life is at risk?
Atlanta cop Kamira Jackson can't forgive herself for getting caught and held captive for ninety days. Feeling unworthy of her job, she flees to Mississippi only to be confronted by a police chief who isn't happy with his jurisdiction employing a Black policewoman. And she fears she's being set up to fail when she's given a decades-old murder assignment, and only six months to crack the case.
Vowing to beat the challenge and with the help of a retired veteran, Jackson retreads the slaying of two men shot point-blank and found floating in the isolated swamplands. But exposing an almost half-century conspiracy implicating too many powerful suspects might be fatally hazardous to her health.
Can the traumatized investigator overcome her nightmares and solve the cold case?
Mississippi Moonshine is the gripping first book in The Cold Case Chronicles crime thriller series. If you like fast-paced action, determined heroines, and unexpected twists and turns, then you'll love Kacie Clement's thrilling mystery.
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BOOK 2: A Shooting, A Drug Deal, and a Trail of Ants
The Cold Case Chronicles
After narrowly escaping with her life, ace Detective Kamira Jackson is back on the beat in the small town of Shadowbank, Mississippi, to dig up dirt on a string of cold cases. Her second taste of Shadowbank crime is the mysterious drive-by shooting of straight-A student Annie Ainsworth ten years ago. Out for a drive with school friends, the night turns deadly, leaving the town grieving and in shock, with few answers to follow.
The bungled investigation ten years prior has far-reaching consequences as a nameless killer remains at large. With a string of suspects casting long shadows, Kamira is determined to uncover the truth behind that tragic night, starting with the friends Annie spent that fateful evening with. Whatever became of them? Oddly enough, they were never interviewed. Mere oversight or a fiery red flag?
While Kamira scours the cold case files for hidden clues into Annie's killer, her colleague, Terrance James, looks into a counterfeiting operation that has infiltrated the community with a sea of fake currency. Organized crime has been quietly making inroads into the Shadowbank community for years, but just how deeply are they entrenched?
The very real danger hits too close to home when Deputy Joe Hopkins is found dead under suspicious circumstances. With an officer down, Kamira comes to the disturbing realization that the past and present crimes have a common thread – the State Line Mob.
Adding urgency to the investigation, Kamira and Terrance must keep their wits about them as they uncover the patchwork of clues connecting all three cases. Will they discover the truth before the mob strikes again?
Follow Kamira as she investigates cold cases and encounters characters you'll long remember after turning the last page. A Shooting, A Drug Deal, and a Trail of Ants is the thrilling second book in the Cold Case Chronicles series.
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BOOK 3: The Last Goodbye
The Cold Case Chronicles
Once a prosperous estate, Hawthorne Plantation sat abandoned for years after the shocking death of wealthy newlywed Virginia Hawthorne in 1950. Discovered dead on the family estate grounds, the flames of suspicion were never quite extinguished after the disappearance of her husband, Allesandro. New love makes us do funny things, but murder? An unclaimed estate only added to the mysteries surrounding Hawthorne Plantation.
Enter Laura Remington, an ambitious young reporter, keen to make her mark on the world by uncovering the estate's secret past. Bold and enthusiastic, she ran down all the leads two decades later. Perhaps getting a little too close to the truth, she is found dead under equally unsettling circumstances. Another 50 years pass, and the trail may have run cold, but small towns talk and questions linger on. Was this just another tragic accident, or is there a murderous web of lies still threatening to ensnare the next generation of truth-seekers?
Once again, Detective Kamira Jackson finds herself in the thick of things looking for answers in Shadowbank, Mississippi. With her trusted partner, Terrance James, Kamira seeks out the counsel of Wynn Gunn, director of the local historical society and esteemed expert on all things Hawthorne-related. Even without a living heir identified, the historical society has painstakingly worked to restore the estate to its former glory.
But Hawthorne Plantation isn't quite ready to give up all its secrets just yet. History threatens to repeat itself when the very detectives who previously investigated Laura's death die inexplicably. There are no coincidences when murder is afoot. Can Kamira turn up the heat on this cold case before she meets the same terrible fate?
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BOOK 4: The Gravedigge
The Cold Case Chronicles
Detective Kamira Jackson and her partner in work and life, Terrance James' plans for a beautiful wedding under the gazebo, coming to a sudden halt when their venue is burned to the group at their rehearsal dinner. Aunt Willie Mae steps in to move the wedding elsewhere, but she has her eyes trained squarely on the likely perpetrators behind the crime, the State Line Mob.
As family and friends descend upon the church to witness the exchange of vows, one unexpected wedding guest is discovered bringing with him more than the usual gift.
Once again, Kamira finds herself embroiled in a cold case with fresh clues on her wedding day.
With Kamira focused on smoking out the killer hiding amongst them, Willie Mae secretly decides to take family matters into her own hands and put an end to the looming threats from the State Line Mob. As she doggedly pursues a dangerous foe, she gets much more than she bargained for.
Will Kamira discover her secret before tragedy strikes?
Join Kamira in her next nail-biting case, The Gravedigger, book four in the Cold Case Chronicles series.
BOOK 5: Journey To Justice
The Cold Case Chronicles
Once a prosperous estate, Hawthorne Plantation sat abandoned fKamira Jackson doesn't like being left in the dark, especially when it comes to her husband.
Detective Kamira Jackson is on loan to defense attorney Ben Granger. Twenty-five years ago, Gregory Campbell was convicted of three murders by an all-white jury. He is now on death row, scheduled to be executed in three weeks. Kamira must prove his innocence.
Meanwhile, police chief Jack Thomas and Kamira's husband, Terrance James, are not only searching for the new leader of the State Line Mob but trying to keep guns out of Willie Mae's hands. Can they discover who is leading the State Line Mob before they have to explain to Kamira why her family is in danger?
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Book 3: Final Secrets
It was a beautiful crisp September Sunday morning in Duluth, Minnesota. The calm waters of Lake Superior shimmered in the morning sun. Maeve Reynolds Gallucci and her new husband Frank, the right-hand man of Capo Victoria DeLuca, were starting the first day of their honeymoon. They intended to spend two secluded weeks in a Camping Cabin in Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, Minnesota. Frank liked to fish, and Maeve was looking forward to starting the new book she had wanted to read for the last few months.
Maeve has a secret. She knows she should tell her new husband, but a Mafia and Mexican Cartel war cut-offs the honeymoon before she can tell him.
When Frank is critically wounded in Mexico, Maeve must use her previous life skills to save him. Making the choice to save Frank or keep her secret puts Maeve in jeopardy and opens the door to her secret being revealed and arrested by Interpol. Will Frank forgive her for not telling him?
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