Friday, February 16, 2018

New Release Spotlight: MURDER IN THE ONE PERCENT By Saralyn Richard

Pub. Date: February 17, 2018
Publisher: Black Opal Books

Pages: 350

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Mystery / Thriller

A powerful and rich playboy, a rare and naturally-occurring poison, a newly divorced woman with an ax to grind, and pressure from the former President of the US are just a few of the challenges facing Detective Oliver Parrott. African-American and a former college football hero making a name for himself in the criminal justice system, Parrott answers a routine call for back-up when someone dies at a country estate the morning after an elaborate birthday party. When he learns the deceased is the wealthy former Secretary of the Treasury, Preston Phillips and just about everyone at the party has a motive to kill him, Parrot realizes this will be the investigation to make—or break—his career.

Praise for Murder in the One Percent

"An Everyman detective is asked to solve a murder in a wealthy community in which ample motives and abundant resources make everyone a suspect...Detective Oliver Parrott, who takes charge of the case, is so struck by the partygoers' consensual impressions of the selfish businessman that he realizes the case may be more about who didn't kill Preston than who did."—Kirkus Reviews

“…there’s as much intrigue here and build-up as the best the genre has to offer. Ms. Richard has a modern winner in Detective Oliver Parrott, a real cop’s cop. If there’s a sequel coming, I’ll want first dibs.”–George Wier, author of the Bill Travis Mysteries and co-author of Long Fall From Heaven

“The twists unravel, then turn around and bite you. Saralyn Richard’s take on the classic murder mystery is fresh, fun, and deadly.”—Bob Bickford, author of Deadly Kiss, ITW Best First Novel Award Winner

“… a rollicking whodunit that will make you stay up late at night and leave you guessing until the very end. Move over, Dame Agatha Christie. There’s a new kid on the block.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

"... With a crisp, felicitous prose style, and a vivid eye for the kind of detail that conjures a world and characters of dimension, Saralyn Richard stakes claim to territory pioneered by P.D. James and Agatha Christie... An impressive, page-turning debut... "—Mark Valadez, Executive Story Editor, USA Network's "Queen of the South" and Crackle's "The Oath"

“… Saralyn Richard gives the reader convincing insight into the lives of 21st century party-going one-percenters, many with a motive for murder, and a puzzle worthy of Dame Agatha.”—Susan P. Baker, author of UNAWARE, A Suspense Novel

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About the Author

Mystery and children’s book author, Saralyn Richard has been a teacher who wrote on the side.  Now she is a writer who teaches on the side. Her children’s picture book, Naughty Nana, has reached thousands of children in five countries. Murder in the One Percent is her first mystery. A member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Saralyn is now revising her second mystery, Murder at Lincoln High. She has lived in New Orleans, St. Louis, and Chicago, and now lives in Galveston, Texas. Learn more at


  1. Thank you so much, Colleen, for this post! It's an honor to be here, and I'm happy to answer any questions from readers about the book, the writing process, publishing, or whatever. I hope you'll come take A Literary Vacation with me!

    1. You are so very welcome, Saralyn!! I'm so happy to have you here!