Monday, 19 January 2015

BOOK SNEAK PEEK - Chicklit Celebrity Murder Mystery

And The Earth Moved

Amber Reed CCIA Mystery Book One

 “Romantic comedy meets celebrity murder mystery”

One minute you're at work making up horoscopes for the local paper, the next you're teaming up with a sexy secret agent called Charlie and trying to help solve a case for the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency...

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About the book:

Amber’s making up the horoscopes for the local paper and wishing for some excitement in her life when she gets a phone call offering her just that. It could change her life forever and plunge her into a world where she’s quickly (and scarily) out of her depth.

The call? Heartthrob actor Ennis McKarthy, her old uni boyfriend, begs her for a favour. His brother Joel has been found is dead - in very suspicious circumstances.

Desperate to keep the story out of the newspapers and solve the mystery of his brother’s death as fast as possible, Ennis has called in the specialists in the shape of the CCIA. The Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency has just the man for the job – their top agent Charlie Huxton.

But Ennis, stalked by journalists and paparazzi, doesn’t trust a stranger to handle the case on his own and keep quiet about what he might discover so he pleads with Amber, wanting her to shadow Charlie throughout the investigation.

Much to Amber’s surprise Charlie eventually agrees, leaving her wondering why. What’s he up to?

Charlie and Amber delve into Joel’s death and soon have their hands full with questioning potential suspects and the victim’s irate ex-girlfriend. 

Then they discover they’re battling something far more dangerous than they could ever have expected…and it’s not just their growing attraction for each other.

Maybe Amber’s life is about to get too exciting…


I slam on the brakes and try to stop my car ploughing into Charlie’s which is now blocking the track up ahead. Charlie is standing in front of it, hands on hips and an un-amused expression on his face. I notice he doesn't even flinch as my car screeches to a halt only a foot or so in front of him.


I watch in reluctant admiration as he reverses the car at top speed and slings it into the pull-in fifty yards down the lane in what seems like little more than a few seconds. OK. Show-off. So he’s a better driver than me. Truth be told even Noddy in his little red cartoon car is probably a better driver than me too, so the bar isn’t set very high to start with, but CCIA Charlie certainly knows how to handle a vehicle.


He nudges my knee in what I’m amazed appears to be a playful gesture. How did this happen? Are we, just a little, flirting? Maybe this is one of those ‘lull people into a false sense of security to get answers out of them’ tactics. Like that smile of his. If it is, then he doesn’t play fair.
“Come on,” he coaxes.
“I go by the name Madam Zamber,” I reluctantly admit.
I stare at my knees but out of the corner of my eyes I can see him lift a hand to his mouth, presumably to hide a smirk.
“Madam Zamber eh?” He twists back into his seat. “Nah, doesn’t suit you at all.”
“And why not?” I ask, feeling a little indignant.
He shrugs. “Too boho for you.”
“I can do boho!” I protest.
He starts up the car. “I get the feeling you can do whatever you want to.”


I try to look as though I’m perfectly at ease with the concept of breaking and entering a quarry in the middle of the night.
“Wow,” Charlie nods approvingly. “You really carry off the cat burglar look very well.”
“Ha ha, very funny!” I do a little twirl in my black stretch jeans, close fitting black jumper and flat black boots. I fix a brave smile on my face but inside I’m a nervous wreck. My whole body is quivering with nerves. And cold. The temperature has plummeted and I’m desperately trying to stop my teeth chattering.

“Help!” I shout into the phone again in desperation.
Did he hear me? Did it make any kind of sense to him? I press the phone more closely to my ear and strain to listen. More crackles and then I think I hear the end of Charlie’s reply.
On my way.
The phone goes dead. I hope Charlie did just say those words and they weren't a wishful figment of my imagination.


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From the reviews for And The Earth Moved:

"Addictive new series, approach only if you are willing to read into the early hours of the morning!!!"

 “The book is witty and light, with non-stop action and plenty of romance. I love the way the characters play off of each other, especially the leads. My next read will be book 2 in the series, PRECIOUS. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Amber and Charlie next!”

“Excellent book could not put it down. The combination of murder mystery AND romance brilliant. Look forward to reading book 2.”

Author bio:

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 3 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

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