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The Big Thrill Discusses COLD MURDER IN KOLTON LAKE with R. Barri Flowers

Book Cover: COLD MURDER IN KOLTON LAKEA cold case investigation
Leads to red-hot danger

Reviewing a murder from twenty years ago, FBI Special Agent Scott Lynley needs the last person to see the victim alive. Still haunted by her aunt’s death, FBI Victim Specialist Abby Zhang is eager to help. Yet even two decades later, someone is keeping clues hidden, putting Abby in the cross fire of the Kolton Lake killer. Scott’s mission is to solve the case but Abby’s quickly becoming his first—and only—priority.

R. Barri Flowers  recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss his latest romantic suspense, COLD MURDER IN KOLTON LAKE.

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R. Barri Flowers

When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?

The inspiration for my heroine protagonist was every strong, capable, and astute female l have known in my life — especially those with careers in law enforcement, while having wonderful lives away from the job as well.

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

Discovering the many real life cold cases that have come to light in recent years, captured my imagination in wanting to write about in a fictional setting.

A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?

This book was a great fit, in its subject matter, to the overall six-book miniseries, The Lynleys of Law Enforcement.

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

That cold cases, no matter how far back they go, can still be solved with determination, advances in modern day investigative work, tracking down any and every lead, and a bit of luck.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

Campus Killer (The Lynleys of Law Enforcement, Book 5).

The stakes of this case were intense.
The attraction…red-hot.

Deep into the investigation of a serial killer at her small town’s university, Detective Paula Lynley can’t refuse the help of a renowned profiler. Special Agent Neil Ramirez’s expertise could help catch the Campus Killer before another woman falls victim. Though Neil is deeply talented and easy on the eyes, Paula senses the profiler has his own dark secrets. Getting close to Neil might be good for the case, but what will it do to her heart?

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.


R. Barri Flowers is an award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of psychological, legal, mystery, romantic suspense, thriller, and crime fiction; along with criminology and true crime books. He has also edited several mystery and true crime anthologies. As an expert on criminal behavior, violent offenders and serial killers, Flowers has appeared on the Biography Channel, Investigation Discovery, and Oxygen true crime documentary series. The author is a graduate of Michigan State University’s renowned School of Criminal Justice and a recipient of its esteemed Wall of Fame Award. In his thriller novels, Flowers strives to bring verisimilitude to the characters and stories in using his expertise to go with creative juices and a vivid imagination to create gripping and realistic fiction.

To learn more about the author, please visit his website.