Argh Author: Melissa Yi’s White Lightning

Our own Melissa Yi is back with the ninth book in her Hope Sze medical mystery series, White Lightning. It’s out tomorrow and it sounds wonderful: romance, Al Capone, and “two centuries worth of clues.” (Remember Scorpion Scheme: “Pharoah’s Tombs, Ancient Myths, Modern Murder”?) How can you resist?

Hope Sze escapes for a romantic weekend away at the Rumrunner’s Rest, a Roaring Twenties inn once celebrated both for Prohibition’s best alcohol and the smoothest jazz bands north of the Detroit River. Then a convention of fictional villains overrun the tavern, her friend glimpses a ghost, and Hope uncovers a grisly surprise in the fireplace that may be related to Al Capone, the infamous gangster. At least two people disappeared from this very inn, and one soul will not rest in peace.

Tonight, unless Hope unravels a century’s worth of clues, death will collect several more lives. Including the one she holds most dear..

Find out more about White Lightning on Melissa’s website.

You can buy White Lightning here, buy direct from Amazon here, or go through Windtree Press for one more click.

25 thoughts on “Argh Author: Melissa Yi’s White Lightning

  1. Thanks, Jenny!

    Everyone is invited to our online speakeasy tomorrow at 19:30 ET. You can dress up like a flapper OR like a fictional villain at Rogue Con or leave the camera off the entire time because that’s your prerogative.

    Some of our guests include award-winning voice actor Robin Siegerman and Asiansploitation improv leader and actor James Cheng, who will entertain you before artisan distiller Nathalie Gamache of Gin*Eco*Logic teaches you how to mix a cocktail called the Corpse Reviver #2.

    This Zoom event is run by the Cornwall Public Library, so you’re also benefiting libraries if you come. RSVP here:
    If spots run out, email and she’ll get you in. That’s the beauty of virtual programming.

    Hope to “see” you there!

  2. Congratulations, Melissa. You got me at “convention of fictional villains”! I have been wondering: do the Hope Sze mysteries need to be read in order? Or should they be?

    1. Hi Kelly,
      I’m glad you like Rogue Con! I made it up, but I thought it was a good idea to prohibit people dressing up like real-life dictators.

      The first book in the series is Code Blues, if you’re an organized person who’d like to start with Hope landing in Montreal and finding a dead doctor in the men’s locker room.
      The crime is solved within each novel, but the relationships, including a love triangle, evolve.

      If you like more gentle mysteries and pacing, you’d start with book 1, because they turn into a thrillers at book 4, Stockholm Syndrome.

    1. Thanks, Katy L. I do love the CBC. So important to have a public media voice for Canada.

      Actually, Nathalie and I should appear on CBC’s All in a Day tomorrow at 15:45 ET, if that’s your area. 🙂

      1. Do you mean All in a Day with Alan Neal?

        If so, will try to catch it:)

        Around our house, our overall fave CBC radio show was The Vinyl Café. Agree, it’s been nice to have the resource over the years.

        1. Yes! Exactly! Alan Neal may not be able to host tomorrow, but he helped organize it and hopes to have me on later in the month to talk about the book. Tomorrow, we’ll be on D is for Dinner.

    1. Thank you, Deb. Likewise. I’ve enjoyed Furrbidden Fatality and will now make my way through your series. I’m also intrigued by your witchcraft books.

    1. A triumph. We acted out White Lightning’s opening with Rico E. Anderson streaming from LA, Robin Sigerman and James Cheng from Toronto, and artisan distiller Nathalie Gamache from Vancouver.
      Our guests came from as far away as St. Martin and Wales (yep, despite it being the middle of the night). One woman said she and her daughter were both fans, but her daughter is in China and she couldn’t miss work. Doctors and nurses and pharmacists and authors and readers and editors all came together from around the world.
      I tell you, writing is lonely and seems pointless much of the time, but this restores my faith in community, friendship, and creativity.

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