My new novel, Trusting Viktor is available now!

Trusting Viktor a Cleo Cooper Mystery by Lee Mims book coverHi everyone! The second book in the Cleo Cooper mystery series, Trusting Viktor is out now.  It is available in paperback and on the Kindle.  If you have read the book, I would love your feedback.  Please contact me to let me know what you think of the book, or you can leave a review at your favorite book retailer’s website.

Thanks,

Lee

 

Trusting Viktor Summary:

Betting her life savings on a risky offshore natural gas enterprise, brilliant geologist Cleo Cooper has high hopes for a big payday. But a violent attack onboard the drillship darkens Cleo’s optimism.

Days later, a man washes up on the coast near the drill site, but is it the man who assaulted Cleo? When Viktor, a promising young Russian geologist is hired as the dead man’s replacement, Cleo isn’t sure if he’s friend or foe. The truth seems to be lurking beneath the surface, and as she gets closer to it, Cleo begins to wonder if she’s standing between a murderer and a treasure worth killing for.

 

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Author Panel at Cameron Village Regional Library September 25th

I will be participating in a local author’s panel at the Cameron Village Regional Library on September 25th at 6:30pm.

During the panel we will discuss what it means to be a Southern writer, how living in the area has influenced our books and more. A question and answer session will follow.

Come out to see me and the following local authors: Suzanne Adair, Brynn Bonner, Margaret Maron, J.D. Rhoades, and Sarah Shaber.

 

Cameron Village Regional LibraryMeet the local Raleigh area authors
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605 View Map
Phone: 919-856-6710

For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events for July

I will be attending the following events in July.

 

Book signing and art show with Lee Mims – July 11, 2013 6:00-7:30pm
Little Art Gallery
432 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone:(919) 890-4111

 

Barnes & Noble Crabtree Mall – Author Signing – Monday, July 15 – 11:00am – 1:00pm
4325 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-782-0030
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/1990
POC: Elizabeth, Community Relations Manager

 

Barnes & Noble – Burlington – Author Event – Thursday, July 18 – 7:00pm
3125 Waltham Blvd
Burlington, NC 2725
336-584-0869
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2776
POC: Susan K. Ellington

 

Barnes & Noble The Streets at Southpoint – Author Signing – Friday, July 26 – 1:00 – 3:00pm
8030 Renaissance Parkway Ste 855
Durham, NC 27713
919-806-1930
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2109
POC: Cheri Hodges

Book Signing and Art Show at the Little Art Gallery on July 11th

Mimosa Lovesong by Lee Mims oil painting

Mimosa Lovesong by Lee Mims

Join Lee Mims, author and artist, on Thursday July 11th at 6pm at the Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village for a book signing and art show.  There will also be a few small surprise giveaways.  Event details are below.

Book signing and art show with Lee Mims
July 11, 2013 6:00-7:30pm
Little Art Gallery
432 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone:(919) 890-4111

Upcoming Events for June

I will be attending the following author events this June.

Triangle Writer’s Group – Book Club Discussion – Monday, June 3 – 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Triangle Town Center
5959 Triangle Town Blvd Unit 2107
Raleigh, NC 27616
919-792-2140
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2126
POC: Tara Lynn Groth, head of Triangle Writer’s Group.

 

Fox Morning News Greensboro – Live TV interview – June 4 – Morning after 9am.
FOX8-WGHP
http://myfox8.com

 

Greensboro Public Library – Mystery Book Lovers Social – Author Program with Deborah Coonts – Tuesday, June 4 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Greensboro Central Library
219 N. Church St.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
336-373-3617
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=839&recordid=12964
POC: Beth Sheffield

 

Flyleaf Books – Author Interview with Patch – Tuesday, June 25 – 7:00pm
752 MLK Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-942-7936
http://www.flyleafbooks.com
POC: Jamie Fiocco

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for May

I will be attending the following author events in May.

UPDATE: Added new event, Triangle Writer’s Group on May 23rd.  See below for more information.

 

Malice Domestic Convention – Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th
Hyatt Regency Hotel
7400 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814
http://www.malicedomestic.org

 

Monroe County Public Library – Author Meet-and-Greet -Tuesday, May 14th – Late Morning
700 Fleming St.
Key West, FL 33040
305-292-3595
http://www.keyslibraries.org
POC: Norma Kula

 

Paupers Books – Sunday, May 19th, 2:00-3:00pm
11731 US HWY. 70
Clayton, NC 27520
919-550-2777
www.paupersbooks.com

 

New Bern-Craven County Public Library – “Lunch and Learn” – Monday, May 20th – 11:30am
400 Johnson St.
New Bern, NC 28560
252-638-7800
http://newbern.cpclib.org/nbccpl.cpcrl.html
POC: Sue Payne

 

Triangle Writer’s Group – Book Club Discussion – Thursday, May 23 – 6:00-9:00pm

Sola Coffee and Cafe

7705 Lead Mine Road

Raleigh, NC 27615

919-803-8983

http://www.solacoffee.com

POC: Tara Lynn Groth, head of Triangle Writer’s Group.

Upcoming Events for April

I will be attending the following author events in April.

Pomegranate Books – Group Author Event with Jenny Milchman – Monday, April 1st – 7:00pm
4418 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-452-1107
http://www.pombooks.net
POC: Kathleen Jewell, Owner
*With Jenny Milchman

 

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library – Author Event – Saturday, April 6th, 1:30 to 4:00pm
100 S. Church Street
Clayton North Carolina 27520
(919) 553-5542
Website
POC: Debbie Ragland

 

Fiction Addiction – Group Author Event – Thursday, April 25th – 5:30-7:30pm
1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
Greenville, SC 29607
http://www.fiction-addiction.com
POC: Jill Hendrix, Owner
*With Susan Boyer and Vicki Lane

Hiding Gladys review in April edition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

We are excited to announce that Hiding Gladys was reviewed by Robert C. Hahn in the latest issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine!

 

AHMApril2013webHiding Gladys review by Robert C. Hahn

Amateur sleuths can come from virtually any profession but there aren’t very many whose primary field is geology. Lee Mims’s debut novel Hiding Gladys (Midnight Ink, $14.99) introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, who shows considerable promise as a series character who can carve her own audience niche. The forty-five-year-old geologist, while prospecting on her own in spare time from her consulting business, has made what might be a rare and valuable find of granite and has made a contract with elderly land owner Gladys Walton to drill and test on her property.

A series of incidents that begins with a rattlesnake in her Jeep, followed by a stray shot that wounds her dog, Tulip, followed by the discovery of a body dumped in a well near a tenant house on Gladys’s land ought to be enough to tell Cleo that things are not going to be easy. Add to that the fact that not only is Gladys not home when she tried to call on her but her obnoxious adult children Robert Earle and Shirley make it clear that they don’t want her around.

But things get even more serious when an accident sabotages the expensive test drilling and some of the core samples are stolen. Cleo is smart enough to seek legal help to make sure her contract with Gladys will hold up, regardless of her children’s efforts, and to take steps to safeguard her claim but with the drilling costing about thirty dollars per foot—roughly thirty-five thousand dollars per day—delays could exhaust her funds before she can provide proof of a million dollar granite mine.

A couple of handsome men provide Cleo with a combination of distractions, attractions, help, and advice both good and bad. One is ex-husband Bud Cooper and the other is fellow geologist Nash Finley.

Cleo is a bit slow to recognize just how greedy and how evil people can be, but once her dander is up and she realizes that the missing Gladys is in as much danger as her mining claim, she shows courage, initiative, and resilience. Readers will want to see more of this spunky geologist with a streak of independence and a passion for her profession.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine – April Issue – Booked and Printed Section

Hiding Gladys is available for purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

My novel Hiding Gladys is now available for purchase

Hiding Gladys novel coverMy book, HIDING GLADYS, the first of three mystery novels to be published by Midnight Ink is out today, January 8th.  You can purchase a copy at the following websites:

After reading the book, you can come back to my site and let me know how you like it and ask me any questions you may have about the story.