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Buckle up—the squabbling Trapnell siblings are back. Last time they saved the world from destruction. This time the danger is closer to home. Their father has died, leaving them equal shares of his forty-billion-dollar fortune, but now his will is missing. Worse, they’re being stalked by a menacing cowboy who may not be human.

Jill Hand recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest mystery, BLACK WILLOWS:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

No matter how much money a person has, it never feels like enough. There’s nothing like family. Laughter.

Jill Hand

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love mysteries.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

It is possible to kill someone with a boomerang. Ditto a potato gun.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

There are secrets hidden in plain sight in the ironwork balconies of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Their history is fascinating.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Hunter S. Thompson, Donna Tartt. They all have a fine sense of the bizarre.

What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you about this book, or your work in general? And please answer the question too!

Q. You’re from New Jersey. What made you base your books in Georgia?
A. My in-laws are from there. It’s a whole different world.


Jill Hand is a former crime reporter. BLACK WILLOWS is the second in the series of Trapnell Thrillers. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.