Sneak Peek Wednesday: Devil’s Gold by Amanda McKinney

Devil’s Gold
(Black Rose Mystery #1)
by Amanda McKinney
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: Feb. 13, 2018
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Death and Darkness are the norm at Black Rose Investigations . . .

Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until it takes a brutal turn.

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When he becomes suspicious that Dixie’s current case is connected to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help investigate, and keep Dixie safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.

As the bodies start stacking up, Dixie turns the town upside down looking for the killer—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.




Dixie slipped behind the wheel of her truck and clicked on her cell phone.“Ace here.”

“Ace, it’s Dixie.” She started the engine and cranked the heater.

“Dixie dear, to what do I owe the pleasure?”

“What do you know about Marden Balik?”

Marden Balik? You mean ol’ Black Magic Balik?”


“I know enough to stay the hell away from her. I heard she’s part of Krestel’s coven, deep in the mountains—heard she does voodoo and shit.”

“I don’t care about the rumors and shit, what are the facts about her?”

“Rumors aren’t necessarily untrue, you know, Dix. Anyway, Balik’s a widow. Her husband died forty years ago after contracting a rare disease, and passing away within twelve hours.”

“A rare disease?”

“Yep, and it was right after he’d told Marden that he was leaving her, for her twin sister, Agnes.”


“No shit… and…” Dixie heard him do a drumroll with his fingers. “For the cherry on top—Agnes went missing a week later, never to be seen, or heard of again… or so the story goes.”

Dixie shoved the truck into reverse. “You’re joking.”


“So, Balik’s sister, Agnes, who was Balik’s husband’s mistress, is a missing person?”


“Pretty damn interesting.”

“Yeah, it’s a forty-year-old cold case, and a pretty creepy story if you ask me.”

“Well, I ran into Balik tonight while checking out Lizzie Meyer’s apartment.”

“Maybe the witch has got Lizzie locked down in her basement… or in a simmering pot of stew with rabbits and puppies. Cute ones. Cute little puppies.”

“You’re sick.”

“Thanks. Did you find anything?”

“A pink hair tie, that fell out of Balik’s robe.”

“Uh, not exactly a smoking gun. You’re thinking it’s Lizzie’s?”

She paused. Did she think it was Lizzie’s? “Well, Ms. Balik isn’t exactly a pink kind of gal. Doesn’t fit.”

“You shouldn’t be poking around that witch’s house. I’m serious, Dix.”

“Give me a break.”

“Alright but don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“Anyway, we need to find out if John Blevins drives a black truck.”

“A black truck? What’s the make, model?”

“A newer model, that’s all I know.”

“No problem, will do. You going to the Black Crow?”

“On my way now.”

“See ya there.”


As she pulled onto the road, a chill skirted up her spine and she glanced in the rearview mirror.

Through the pitch-black night, she saw Balik’s silhouette standing in front of the dark woods. A small flame illuminated her wrinkled face, and beady, dark eyes as she lit a cigarette and watched Dixie drive away.



Meet the author…

Amanda McKinney, author of Sexy, Suspenseful Mysteries wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. When Amanda isn’t tending to her two beautiful boys, she’s hidden behind her computer screen crafting page-turning murder mysteries, peppered with titillating love scenes. Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.

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15 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Devil’s Gold by Amanda McKinney

  1. What a nice cover! I also like the premise, so I think I’ll add it to my list 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing, it’s a new one to me!

  3. Just reading the sypnosis makes me want to read suspense/mystery book in this moment! Thanks for this giveaway Kristin 🙂

  4. That excerpt is creeepy. I love it.

  5. Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂

  6. Lauren Becker on 21 February, 2018 at 11:16 am said:

    Ooh what an intriguing premise! I do love a good mystery. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  7. Oh thanks for sharing. This sounds interesting.

  8. Thanks for sharing this excerpt. I hadn’t heard of the book or the author, but I like what I read and would definitely consider starting this series. That cover is fabulous too.

  9. I am always up for a good mystery. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. Thanks for sharing. Cool Cover.

  11. Love the excerpt! Added to my TBR!!

  12. Loving the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing.

  13. The cover of that book is really interesting!

    P.S. – I just found your blog today and I love the name of your blog!

  14. Hmmm looks interesting 🙂

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