Fiction Author Publishes Murder By Dissent, Her Second Mystery Detective Romance Novel

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  • (1888PressRelease) May 17, 2021 - United States/ — American fiction author Patricia M. Muhammad publishes her second mystery/detective romance novel, Murder By Dissent. It features a major explosion, an interracial marriage and some determined detectives set to resolve a few murders amid the Civil Rights protests of the 1960s. Actually these protests were a cover that a few sinister blacks used to easily gain access to their targets. They had no real interest in the progression of the black "race." Their motives were personal aggrandizement and a wicked cathartic release for the sincerity they could never possess and the affection that lied between one couple for which they could never ascertain. The perpetrators thought they could veil their true intent behind those who attended these protests. None count on the resolve of one lieutenant and the astute mind of one black female detective. His name was Lieutenant Davidson. Her name was Detective Jacqueline Sadie Thompson. Either worked alone. In fact, this is how Thompson began her investigation—with her station house partner, Sebastian Johnson. It was not the first time they worked together. Lieutenant Davidson saw fit for them to work on these murder cases as well. None would ever believe where it led if someone told them, but as detectives they followed the evidence. Where it led would devastate one detective and surprise another.

    Both detectives had their personal lives. Jacqueline is married to a handsome Englishman. Sebastian is their ally when it involves racial politics, but he is also their friend. The 1960s had its share of turmoil and soon enough, Jacqueline and Sebastian would see how the irrational and hateful opinions of others would somehow arrive at their doorstep. Yet they all had to live their lives and a part of it was their work. Without much delay, Johnson and Thompson decide to visit the scene of their assigned murder cases. Jacqueline's husband, William, decides to accompany his wife, breaching her work protocol. This was one thing she silently admired about him, though she would never say. Nonetheless, William believes he is the only one capable of properly safeguarding his wife no matter where she is. Jacqueline, William and Sebastian arrive at the scene. They stand at the back of the Woolworth building. There is an explosion. William instinctively grabs his wife, saving her, as they tumble away and onto the ground. They are separated from Sebastian. Jacqueline does not know whether he has survived. She returns to work to learn her colleague is in a coma at the hospital.

    Soon enough, Jacqueline isn't feeling all too well either. Her lieutenant orders her to take sick leave. William is always present to care for her and this time was no different. Jacqueline wants to resolve the cases. Her husband refuses to allow her to do any work at home. William and Jacqueline use this to convalesce. Her husband watches over her incessantly. They engage in much intimacy. Jacqueline and William can barely keep their hands from one another, appreciating every moment they have to share. Eventually his wife returns to work and visits Sebastian at the hospital, only after enlisting the help of another colleague of the hesitant Mark. Their lieutenant accepts the responsibility to investigate the explosion. Theories abound. Forensics is helpful. The motives remain unclear beyond superficial assumptions. Margaret's wife had also died at that scene of the explosion. She was shot in the back while Sebastian maneuvered to survive the falling debris. They all seek to find out who tossed the Molotov cocktail and who shot Sebastian's wife and why? Sebastian holds back a secret. Jacqueline discovers some additional facts. She still questions Sebastian for confirmation. The identity of at least one suspect has become clear, yet the motive has not. Jacqueline believes Sebastian holds the key to this. He is traumatized. Thompson believes that only when Johnson is ready to admit what else he knows, no matter how close it is to him, will he be able to accelerate his healing. Sebastian does his own investigation from his hospital bed, requesting the help of his cousins. He debates whether he will share this other piece of evidence with his detectives. He could trust Jacqueline for certain. Sebastian also wanted to protect her and her husband. His physical and mental pain is nearly too great for Johnson to bear. Thompson confronts him again. One death was at least justifiable and it was not either Johnson's or Thompson's case. Yes, race did play a key role in these murders, but it is not what the detectives initially assumed at all. After all, it was the 1960s, but all is not what it appears. Not everything is black and white. This is the political façade some blacks use to unjustifiably harm members of their own "race". These are the showboaters. They are the ones who cannot conceal their evil deeds because of their arrogance. Multiple surprises await Thompson and Johnson as to who the murderer(s) were. Not all is black and white. Sometimes it is the unreasonable "blacks" against an innocent "black". Most of the time it is envy.

    Murder By Dissent* is now available for purchase as an ebook from these online

    Amazon ASIN: B08ZDG8JVH
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    Kobo ISBN: 9781005363420
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    About the Author: Patricia M. Muhammad is a multi-genre fiction author. She writes in science-fiction/fantasy, fantasy, contemporary romance crossover, historical romance and mystery/detective romance genres. Patricia often includes multi-racial characters and interracial relationships in her books. She has written 20 novels. Patricia is currently based in the United States.
    Connect with Patricia:
    Social Media: ( @ ) pmmuhammadbooks
    Press: permissionsp ( @ ) gmail dot com

    *CONTENT WARNING: Mild note: The protagonist and her husband share intimate moments-often. Although there is only mention of legs, arms, embraces and kisses, the remaining descriptions I use allegory and references to nature to describe their intimacy. This may be considered mild to moderately "Steamy" depending on the potential reader's inclination.

    Moderate to severe discretion (abridged): This book is a work of fiction. However, the author intended to create characters and settings historically accurate to the era it takes place in, the racially tumultuous 1960s. Certain terms used as racial descriptions now considered archaic, outdated or even offensive are used to reflect the past usage by both black and white Americans of that era.

    Additional note: A portion of the main plot revolves a pivotal scene in which a few people are injured due to an explosion which destroys a building. This notice is to advise those who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD") concerning traumatic events based the recollection of certain sounds or the imagery which may encompass them both.

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