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Mystery of the Purple Roses by Kevin S. Giles

Mystery of the Purple Roses

by Kevin S. Giles

256 pages
Kieran "Red" Maguire, crime reporter at a Montana newspaper, becomes an amateur sleuth as several seemingly unrelated murders strike his city. Each victim is left with a mysterious calling card. Red investigates as he realizes the very next victim might be -- him.

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About the Book
All through the summer of 1954 in Butte, Montana, a series of curious murders haunt Kieran “Red” Maguire, crime reporter for the Bugle daily newspaper.

They appear to have nothing in common with one another except for a single purple rose placed on each victim.

Red and his hard-nosed crime-fighting accomplice, police captain Harold “Duke” Ferndale, struggle to find clues that will solve a chilling mystery that terrifies residents of the Mining City.

Red, a love-deprived but handsome Irishman, encounters adoring women, bare-knuckle criminals, outrageous characters who roam the streets, and a relentless Bugle editor who spares no murderous details so newsboys can bark lurid headlines in uptown bars.

Through it all, Red copes with haunting memories of his pretty young mother, reminding the reader that no hero escapes the clutches of past regrets.


Being born and raised in Butte, I found "Mystery of the Purple Roses" very enjoyable and captivating. The historical facts and description of Butte establishments were quite accurate. I am anxious to read the sequel. It is a must read for mystery lovers!
- Don from Montana
“You wrote a great mystery! It kept my interest all the time, and a surprise at Who Done It. I am looking forward to Book 2 of Red Maguire, crime-solving ace reporter. Your first book had thrills, chills and murder!”
- Connie from Montana
"‘Mystery of the Purple Roses’ is a great story with a wonderful 1950s period flavour about a crime reporter in Butte, Montana. And since it says “Book 1,” I’m excited to read further about Red Maguire! Keep writing Kevin!”
- Gail from Calgary, Canada
“I just finished ‘Mystery of the Purple Roses.’ Boy am I hooked! Looking forward to the next one. I sent ‘Summer of the Black Chevy’ to friends in Washington. Heard from them yesterday it was a hit! Told them about your new book.”
- Carol from Iowa
“Read the book expecting a ride. No disappointment as I thought I had solved it but there was the “why” that plagued me. The ending brought it all together with a satisfying “ahhh”! Thanks for the good read/ride. Can’t wait for the next installment.”
- Fred from Colorado
“Covered with goose pimples, I just finished your fabulous new novel, ‘Mystery of the Purple Roses.’ You have mastered conversational writing with your masterful characters moving the book to its surprise conclusion. I can smell and taste gritty Butte, Montana. Congratulations on another wonderful achievement! A must-read!”
- Suzanne from California
“Can’t wait to read it … love that you write about Deer Lodge and Butte. I can relive my wonderful childhood. Memories flow majestically through your vivid images.”
- Brandy from Montana
“Finished ‘Mystery of the Purple Roses.’ Fun, quick, easy read. Very creative great ending!”
- Joyce from California


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About the Author
Kevin S. Giles Kevin S. Giles, a western Montana native, now lives and writes in Minnesota. He's been a reporter, editor and photographer at six daily newspapers in the United States and Australia. Giles has written and published three nonfiction books and two novels.



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