"Mikel J. Wilson did not disappoint! I was immediately engaged with the characters again, even more so this time as Wilson lets us even further into their pasts and backgrounds. The plot twists and turns will meet the expectations of Wilson's most demanding readers." R.D. Kardon, Goodreads
Release Date: October 19th, 2018
Emory Rome is back in DEATH OPENS A WINDOW, Book 2 of the Mourning Dove Mysteries and the follow-up to the national bestseller MURDER ON THE LAKE OF FIRE.
As he struggles with the consequences of his last case, Emory must unravel the inexplicable death of a federal employee in a Knoxville high-rise. But while the reticent investigator is mired in a deep pool of suspects - from an old mountain witch to the powerful Tennessee Valley Authority - he misses a greater danger creeping from the shadows. The man in the ski mask returns to reveal himself, and the shocking crime of someone close is unearthed.
How I Keep My Writing Different
Anyone who’s read one of my Mourning Dove Mysteries (Murder on the Lake of Fire or Death Opens a Window) knows they always begin with a bizarre death that could just as easily be the start of a supernatural novel. Whether it’s a lake that erupts in flames, spontaneous human combustion or a man flying into a high-rise, the murders in this series defy our logical understanding of the world, and that’s just the way I like it.
I have a “no guns or knives” policy for the instigating murders in the mysteries I write. That’s not to say a character couldn’t be killed by one of those weapons later in the book, although that hasn’t happened yet. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against stories involving bullets and blades, which have been the modi operandi for the killers in some of my favorite mystery novels. I’ve just always been a science nerd and a fantasy geek, so I enjoy blending those elements into my stories.
In addition to mystery writers like Agatha Christie and David Baldacci, one of my major influences is The X-Files. If you’re familiar with that groundbreaking series, you know that Mulder almost always leapt to a supernatural or extraterrestrial explanation, while Scully kept her ideas based in known science. I can’t think of a single episode in which Scully was proven correct in her initial science-based assessment. For the Mourning Dove Mysteries, I wanted to flip that. Although my investigators might not jump to a supernatural conclusion, the murders do appear that way initially, but they are all based in scientific possibility.
Before I begin writing a book, I conceive the opening murder. I try to visualize an interesting death I haven’t seen before, such as a girl skating within a ring of fire that envelops her. After I’m sold on the concept, I research a way to explain how someone could be murdered in such a way, which is not always easy. The opening deaths I had in mind for the series’ third book (out next year) were totally insane, and I spent months searching for a way the killer could have caused them. I had almost given up on the concept when I came across an article about new research being conducting in the scientific field I had been exploring. It sparked an idea that I was able to develop into an exciting murder plot.
My hope with the Mourning Dove Mysteries is that readers find the murders engaging enough to devise their own explanations before all is revealed – and that they’ll stick with the series until the eighth and final book.
About the author:
Bestselling mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee. Building on the success of the first book in the series, Wilson continues his “no guns or knives” philosophy for murder as he delves deeper into the lives of the characters and their evolving dynamics.