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Guess what?

Guess what?

  • 19 August, 2023
  • Emily Kimelman

Jagged Truth, Sydney Rye Mysteries Book 17 is in the final stages of production. 🎉 My business manager, Jamie Davis, just finished her read through and the formatting. We are all set for an October 2nd release on my bookstore and October 9th on other retailers, so we thought it would be fun to share an excerpt from one of our favorite scenes. Enjoy!


Distant mountains make the horizon jagged. A storm to the east swirls over the open desert miles away. A plume of dust marks Sniper’s location, his tire tracks clear in the undisturbed terrain. It looks like we could keep riding out here forever.

Sniper changes course, angling toward a craggy hill—not so much a hill as a pile of rocks. The rough terrain slows him down; he has to use his feet to keep steady as he drives up the unsure surface. I close the distance between us, racing across the desert at seventy miles an hour, the rough ground made smooth by the dirt bike’s loose suspension. I’m forced to slow when I reach the bottom of the hillock. Sniper disappears over the top.

Loose rocks shift under my tires. I use my feet for balance, lurching up, and sliding side to side, stones falling away behind me. My breathing grows labored, my legs burn and my hands ache.

This could be leading to an ambush.

As I close in on the summit, I pause. The rumble of my bike’s engine and the pounding of my own heart are the only sounds. Just because I can’t hear Sniper’s bike doesn’t mean he is waiting to ambush me—he could be at the bottom of the hillock, racing across the flatlands again, too far for the sound to reach me. Instinct tells me he’s not, though. If our roles were reversed, I’d hunker down on the other side of this ridge and use that rifle from a safe distance.

I climb off the bike and push it a little higher—so that I’m just below the sightline of anyone on the other side. This next move could be stupid. But I’d rather be stranded in the desert than dead in the desert.


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Hope you're having a great summer,


P.S. The dog doesn't die.

P.P.S. Audiobook update: My narrator, Sonja Field, will be returning to her studio in late fall, and the first two projects on her schedule will be Relentless and Jagged Truth - so the audiobooks are coming but we can’t give exact dates yet. We will update via social media and the newsletter, so stay tuned.


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