The market for e-readers and e-books has been red hot over the last year, with Amazon leading the way. Amazon recently reported that the Kindle e-books even outpaced the sales of paper books. Good news for authors like Maureen Meehan Aplin, who recently released two new novels to her Mary MacIntosh murder mystery series, POISONED BY PROXY, and THE FIVE, via Kindle Books through Amazon.com. And now Maureen has something in common with Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling – a series of thriller novels and the big screen. Her novel, THE FIVE, was optioned by Blue Rocket Films and is set for production in 2011.
A sneak peak:
The sixth book in the author’s Mary MacIntosh murder mystery series centers around a serial killer (Chandler Craig) who commenced his murderous rampage before the ripe of age 12, but due to a loophole in the law, is released from juvenile detention at age 21. “Mac” hosts a reunion for her four college roommates at her family cabin in the Colorado Rockies. Within months of his release from jail, Chandler shows up at the cabin and captures each of the five with means of force, violence and torture, telling them that “one of their husbands hired him to kill one of them, and it was up to each to convince him that she was not it.” Each friend struggles with the notion that her husband wants her dead, soul searching the past, present and future of the bonds of marriage and friendship. Chandler’s mayhem and means of torture stem from his abusive and tumultuous childhood and with each act of violence committed against THE FIVE, he reveals the depths of his hatred and sorrow. Mac’s search for the truth behind Chandler’s motive to kill is entangled with the revelation of infidelity, betrayal, and conspiracy stemming from Chandler’s true birth father and a husband’s fall from professional sports grace – into a league of crime involving performance enhancement drugs that, if discovered, will certainly derail dozens of high-profile athlete’s careers.