Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 1

 The 9th Hour (The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 1) by Claire Stibbe

Detective TemekeNew Mexico/Arizona 2016 Book Award Finalist

Everyone has secrets. Some more deadly than others.

When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, maverick detective, David Temeke, faces a race against time to save her life.

The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders, but this new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number 9. The suspect is incarcerated in the state’s high security penitentiary but Unit Commander Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl goes missing.

Detective Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve a baffling crime in the dense forests of New Mexico’s Cimarron State Park. But time is running out. Can they unravel the mysteries of Norse legends and thwart the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his next victim?

This is the first in the Detective Temeke Crime series. A unique noiresque modern detective novel.

Watch out for more from Detective Temeke and Malin Santiago




What people are saying about THE 9TH HOUR:

“Tense action and complex psychological motivation is woven into a wonderfully satisfying novel.” ~ Kristin Gleeson – Author of the Celtic Knot Series

“An intense, superbly crafted reading experience. I guarantee you’ll go on reading well past the ninth hour.” ~ Jim Pingelly, Kingdom Writing Solutions

The 9th Hour cometh! Despite – or because of – knowing so many writers, I still feel the magic when a book comes out that makes the hairs on my arm tingle because I think it’s GOOD. I read MANY books and I only review and recommend those I really like, so of course this shows my taste as a reader. If you like modern detectives, think Ian Rankin set in New Mexico, you’ll love this. A new detective walks the mean streets of my bookshelves – Temeke. The 13th Sign Publishing.

“Gripping, innovative, brutal and yet redemptive. This is crime fiction with a serrated edge and a brilliant sheen.” ~ Marco Storey, author and speaker

“An assured page-turner that leads inexorably to a satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait for Detective Temeke Book 2!” ~Jean Gill – The Troubadours Quartet

About the author of the Detective Temeke Crime Series, Claire Stibbe:

Claire StibbeClaire Stibbe is a graduate of the Albuquerque 50th Citizen Police Academy, Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and a volunteer for Stand True 4 Blue. She will be participating in the Bernalillo County Sheriffs CPA classes in February.

Claire writes crime fiction books set in New Mexico, USA. She has written three books in the Detective Temeke Crime series. The 9th Hour, published in 2015, is a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona 2016 Book Awards for Fiction – Mystery/Suspense. The second in the series, Night Eyes was published in 2016 and the third, Past Rites was also published in 2016. She is now working on the fourth.

AWARDS: In 2012, Claire Stibbe published her first novel, Chasing Pharaohs: A novel of ancient Egypt, after visiting archaeological digs in Luxor, Egypt. Chasing Pharaohs was a gold medal recipient at Harper Collins Publishers showcase website, Authonomy. The second in the series, The Fowler’s Snare was published in 2013 and found its way to the Harper Collins Editor’s desk and was listed as One To Watch.

Stibbe has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.

Stibbe was born in England and now lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

MEMBERSHIPS: APD Citizens Police Academy, The Alliance of Independent Authors, Southwest Writers, Crime Writers, Historical Novel Society, International Crime Writers Association, Netgalley, Croak & Dagger, and The New Mexico Book Co-op.

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