COMING 06/15/2022
Hot House

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Author: Lisa Towles

Genre: Private Investigator - Thriller

Page Count: 282

Word Count: 70,272

Library of Congress Control Number: 2021951697


Hardcover: 978-1-64456-425-7

Paperback: 978-1-64456-421-9

Mobi: 978-1-64456-422-6

ePub: 978-1-64456-423-3

AudioBook: 978-1-64456-424-0

Private investigator Mari Ellwyn brings on a partner

to investigate the blackmailing of a federal judge


When a former CIA operative and private investigator Mari Ellwyn starts digging into the blackmail case of a federal appellate judge, she becomes targeted by a van following her, threatening notes in her mailbox, and a breach of her home. Teaming up with seasoned investigator and former detective, Derek Abernathy, the crime-savvy pair begin looking into the wrongful death of a mentally-ill college student, Sophie Michaud, as well as two journalists – one dead, one missing, who were writing a story on the dead college student with allegations of her connection to the federal judge. The two investigators must uncover the truth about Sophie Michaud before her killer makes them their next target. But more importantly, Mari needs to find her missing father and reconcile her broken past and family.



Hot House is an intricate maze of blackmail, surprise and suspense delivered by quirky characters, pithy dialog and LOL humor. Another hit by my favorite thriller writer, Lisa Towles. 

- Ana Manwaring, author of the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures

The plot is propelled forward by the clever use of suspense, measured action, and ingeniously written conflict. It is a moving and delightful read with cinematic scenes and characters that will stick with readers for a long after they turn the last page.

- The Book Commentary

Fans of investigative thrillers and mysteries will be the audience for Hot House, but its ability to craft a sassy, fun series of dialogues and inspections... creates an exceptional read with a powerfully unexpected conclusion, leaving the door more than ajar for a follow-up. This will attract audiences both within and beyond the thriller and mystery genres.

- Midwest Book Review

“Towles has produced a knockout novel with Hot House. Towles’s plot is as twisted and unpredictable as you would ever want a thriller to be. It’s this kind of action that will keep readers engaged in this suspenseful crime novel. Nowhere will thriller fans find a more engaging keep-you-on-your-toes read.” - Literary Titan, 5 Star Review, December 2021