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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


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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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