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Murder in Rock & Roll Heaven by Robin Ray - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven
by Robin Ray


GENRE:   Mystery/Sci-Fi



No one ever "re-dies" in Heaven; unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to singer Amy Winehouse. Her death, an unprecedented event in Heaven's history, has thrown a once docile world into unfortunate chaos. Because of the new uneasy alliance between angels and citizens, a freshly-arrived detective in the rock & roll town has been tasked with investigating the prime suspects, the members of the 27 Club - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. To make matters worse, a powerful angel from one of the upper levels of Heaven will soon arrive to make her ten-year inspection, a task that fills the other angels with dread since she has the power to banish anyone of them to the underworld. So, with time running out, the PI and his newly acquired sidekick, both aided by rock legends such as Eddie Cochran, Mama Cass, Kurt Cobain, Karen Carpenter and others, must quickly uncover the mystery that threatens not only to close Heaven’s doors forever, but promises to send a ripple effect through the entire universe that can rip it apart.


5:15 PM and still no Jim Douglas Morrison. The bearded singer of ‘Five to One’ was keeping his company of three waiting: Gregory pacing back and forth in front of the window, Tony spinning around on a padded, reclining office chair pretending to understand what he was reading from the law book opened in his hands, and the polygraph monitor, Eric Witherspoon, himself a past bassist in a bar band from Nebraska and former student of the angel D’Ariel. Eric, the recent consumer of four slices of 6-cheese pizzas, three stuffed cheesy breads, one piece of chocolate cake and a giant-sized cup of organic, craft brewed root beer, was comfortably sleeping with folded arms in his reclined chair. Completely forgetting he was with company, he twisted to one side, eased off his butt, and made a fart sound so loud and wet he’d better check his drawers, like, immediately. Gregory opened the window to spare himself the pleasure of the cheese-inspired wind. Just then, Jim came staggering into the office, his pants wet from who knows what, his shirt disheveled, and a road sign in his hand. Instinctively, the PI and Tony helped him sit in a chair before he collapsed on the floor.

“Before you fellas start lecturing me,” Jim managed to spit out, albeit slurred, “just know I have a history of being fashionably late.”

“What is this?” Gregory asked, pointing to the road sign as the examiner woke up.

“What?” the confused singer asked then look down and noticed the wooden item.

“Who gave this to me?” he asked, stunned. Nevertheless, he read the sign:

Jupiter Barbers – Luxury Styles

“Anybody want a haircut?” he laughed. Not amused, Gregory wrestled the sign from the singer and placed in on the desk. “Come here and give me some love,” Jim beckoned the small gathering, outstretching his arms for an embrace; when no one accepted his offer, crestfallen, he folded them across his chest. “You guys are chumps,” he groaned. “I want my money back.”


Author Interview

Here’s a horse of a different color on this book tour - what is my favorite genre of music and its musicians?

As a music listener, my tastes are far and wide and includes blues, jazz, classical, calypso, metal, ska, R & B, funk, new jack swing, classic rock and progressive rock. As a musician, I’ve played in rock, ska and reggae bands and have released my own album of dance songs. My own personal digital music collection is pretty extensive, the biggest being my classical stockpile. To date, I have music by 546 composers, and it’s a pretty narrow list because the majority of composers are from the Romantic era, and what I collect are only their symphonic and solo piano works, eschewing vocal music and chamber works because I lack the hard drive space. Still, it is a fairly large collection because of geniuses like Franz Liszt. I own 106 albums by him alone. As a completionist, that would mean I have all the piano sonatas and etudes, symphonies, tone poems, concertos, orchestral suites, etc from major brokers like Mahler, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, et. al, as well as lesser known artists like Felicien David, Hugo Alfven, Friedrich Kuhlau, and many others.

That said, the contemporary musicians I have the highest respect for are Sting, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Rush, Yes, David Bowie and Elton John. All of them are, or were, extraordinary musicians, song writers and producers, so much so that I also collect bootlegs of their live performances. Were I forced to choose the creme of the crop of this list, I’d most likely lean towards Peter Gabriel. No, wait. It’d be Sting. Oh, no. I meant Steely Dan. Anyway, there you have it. Rock musicians with a jazzy touch, intelligent lyrics and progressive leanings. Thanks for reading.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robin Ray emigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago at the ripe old age of 12. Already steeped in the rich culture and mysteries of his native land, it would only be a matter of time before he, too, became a musician and storyteller. After a short stint at Iowa State University, he became a nurse for practical purposes but never abandoned his musical and literary aspirations. Eventually, he did play guitar in several bands, committing himself to localized tours and album releases. Leaving the music world behind, he delved headfirst back into his second love - writing. To date, he has authored six screenplays, two novels, seven novellas, around fifty short stories and many poems. Thus far, he’s published six books - five fiction and one non-fiction, all available in paperback and e-book formats. His latest novel, Murder In Rock & Roll Heaven, can be purchased from the following Amazon link.

The book is on sale for only $0.99.

Robin Ray will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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