Barking Rain Press Acquires "Speaking of Murder" from Massachusetts Author Tace Baker

Top Quote Non-profit publisher Barking Rain Press acquires worldwide print and electronic rights for the murder mystery "Speaking of Murder" by New England author Tace Baker (Edith Maxwell). End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 21, 2012 - Barking Rain Press, a non-profit fiction publisher, announced the acquisition of the worldwide print and electronic publishing rights for the murder mystery "Speaking of Murder" from Ipswich, Massachusetts author Tace Baker. Tace Baker is a pseudonym for the mystery writer Edith Maxwell (the cozy Local Foods Mysteries).

    The murder of a talented student at a small New England college thrusts linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau into the search for the killer. Lauren is a determined Quaker with an ear for accents. Her investigation exposes small town intrigues, academic blackmail and a clandestine drug cartel that now has its sights set on her. Convinced that that the key to the crime lies hidden in her dead student's thesis, Lauren races to solve the mystery while an escalating trail of misfortune circles ever closer. Her department chair behaves suspiciously. A century-old local boat shop is torched. Lauren's best friend goes missing-and the unsettled relationship with her long-time lover threatens to implode just when she needs him the most.

    "Speaking of Murder" has been assigned to Barking Rain Press senior staff editor Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Publication for both the print and eBook formats of "Speaking of Murder" is anticipated for the fall of 2012. Interested readers can preview the first four chapters of "Speaking of Murder" for free by visiting the Barking Rain Press website at

    About Tace Baker
    Tace Baker is a pseudonym for mystery writer Edith Maxwell. Tace is an old-fashioned Quaker name, which seemed fitting for the author of a series featuring a Quaker Linguistics professor. Edith is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and its Guppies subgroup, and is on the board of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker), as is the protagonist of "Speaking of Murder," Lauren Rousseau. Edith has published several short mystery stories and has a new series, the cozy "Local Foods Mysteries," featuring organic farmer Cam Flaherty and the local Locavore Club. The first book in that series, "A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die," will be published in Spring of 2013 by Kensington Publishing. Find out more about Tace Baker at her website,

    About Barking Rain Press
    Barking Rain Press is an imprint of the BRP Publishing Group (BRP), which is a non-profit publisher located in the greater Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area-a thriving hub for independent publishers, writers, and literary venues. BRP currently operates three imprints, including Barking Rain Press, Virtual Tales, and Nitis Books. Find out more about the BRP Publishing Group at their website,

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