Music, murder and sexual obsession in New Orleans. # 2 in the Frank Renzi murder mystery series.
Beautiful and talented, Belinda wants to be a star. But fame can be dangerous. Fourteen months post-Katrina, an armed ex-military man is stalking her. He will do anything to have her, even commit murder. When Belinda rejects him, he vows revenge. He kidnaps her and terrorizes her in a vacant Katrina-ravaged house. Will Homicide Detective Frank Renzi find the feisty flutist in time?
A murder mystery to die for! A stalker, a kidnapping, revenge and murder. DIVA has it all. See the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans and experience the pain drug dealers inflict upon a talented teenage jazz player.
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I also write non-fiction. My book WOMEN WHO DARED: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians, features Violinist Maud Powell and Trumpeter Edna White. At a time when most women stayed home to raise children, these women thrilled millions with their performances. This required enormous amounts of research, but it was worth it. Now more people know about these fabulous musicians.
My novels also require research to lend accuracy to the plot details and the settings. I consulted with an NOPD homicide detective to make sure the details about NOPD were accurate. For details about the music business, I drew on my own experiences as a professional musician. For other details, I read books, articles and magazines.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing and don’t give up. I had been writing for twenty years before my first book was published. Make your book the best it can be!
For many years award-winning author Susan Fleet worked as a trumpeter in the Boston area. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music she began writing crime fiction. In 2001 she moved to New Orleans. Her first crime novel, Absolution, was named Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009. Other novels in her Frank Renzi series have won accolades from reviewers and readers alike.
Susan blogs about true crime and has published twelve of her posts in an ebook. DARK DEEDS: Serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides. http://darkdeeds.susanfleet.com/dark_deeds_book.html#.UYvV_MqYFaI
For nine years, Susan lived in New Orleans enjoying the music, food and ambiance of the French Quarter. She now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her at
While teaching at Berklee, Susan created a course about 20th Century female musicians. Her book, Women Who Dared: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians, spotlights violinist Maud Powell and trumpeter Edna White. http://susanfleet.com/women_who_dared-vol1.html
See her profiles of other talented women at http://archives.susanfleet.com
A female trumpeter friend was stalked for seven years by a demented man who would not leave her alone. The stalker in my book is very different, far more lethal, and the victim is also different, a classical flute soloist. However, the fear and pain inflicted upon her is just as real.
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