Mystery Writer Carol Pouliot

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Book 3 in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries

21st-century journalist Olivia Watson thinks traveling back in time to 1934 to attend a Halloween party with her friend Detective Steven Blackwell will be a lot of fun. And it is...until she witnesses the head of the Shipley Five-and-Dime empire murdered, and fears the killer saw her face.

The smart move is to return to the safety of the present, but Olivia possesses a secret and is about to defy the unwritten rules of time-travel. She convinces Steven to let her stay in his time and help unravel the motives behind the murder, even if it means risking her own life to save another.

When Steven delves into the investigation, he discovers how a bitter relationship, a chance encounter, and a fateful decision converged to set the stage for murder. In a maze full of unreliable clues and misdirection, dark secrets refuse to stay buried and forgotten ghosts won’t fade away. Steven is reminded that old sins cast long shadows.

Can Steven catch the killer before time runs out for Olivia?


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PRAISE FOR Death Rang the Bell 

Carol Pouliot's Blackwell and Watson make a terrific detective duo. Death Rang the Bell, the third installment in this highly inventive series, serves up a real treat--a perfect combination of mystery, time travel, and romance.

Deborah Crombie, New York Times Bestselling author of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels

DEATH RANG THE BELL brings time-travelers Detective Steven Blackwell and contemporary researcher Olivia Watson their toughest case yet. The taut police procedural illustrates the constraints investigations faced in 1934, when one of the wealthiest men in an upstate New York town is murdered on his own doorstep. The relationship between the pair deepens as the twists keep piling on. Pouliot has the period details mastered, adding realism and depth to this wholly satisfying read.

Marni Graff, author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries

In a quirk of time, present-day journalist Olivia Watson and nineteen-thirties detective Steven Blackwell share a house, a growing relationship, and now—with Olivia the only witness to a fatal shooting on the night of October 31, 1934—a murder investigation. A Halloween setting, a house where time folds back on itself, and a crime with deep roots in the past make Carol Pouliot’s Death Rang the Bell a joy for fans of crisp writing and twisty, character-driven plots.

Connie Berry, Agatha-nominated author of the Kate Hamilton Mysteries

With engaging characters, a murder mystery, and a trip back in time, Carol Pouliot’s DEATH RANG THE BELL will keep you turning the pages all night!

Nancy Allen, New York Times Bestselling Author

A delightfully immersive story, filled with surprising twists and turns, a touch of romance -- plus a heroine you will happily follow as she jumps between decades, DEATH RANG THE BELL is a truly great escape.

Alison Gaylin, USA Today and international bestselling author

Carol Pouliot’s Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries provide an intriguing glimpse into life and crime solving in the 1930s. Olivia Watson discovers the veil between current day and 1934 is thin as she steps between the two time periods to help solve mysteries that occurred long before she was born. This intriguing and beautifully written series will draw you in and make you feel right at home in a time period you’ll wish you could visit.

Grace Topping, Agatha finalist and USA Today bestselling author of the Laura Bishop Mystery Series.