The Books

Cass Elliot Crime Series

THE DEVIL OF LIGHT - BOOK 1

"This debut effort is further proof that there are undiscovered novelists out there who can more than keep up with the big names. I expect we'll be hearing more of Gae-Lynn Woods in the future. Tip of the hat to a remarkable book by a promising talent."


Russell Blake, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Jet series, The Geronimo Breach, Fatal Exchange, and the Zero Sum trilogy



A BIZARRE MURDER

When young Detective Cass Elliot responds to a report of domestic violence at the home of a prominent businessman, she finds him violently murdered in the barnyard with his battered wife unconscious near the tool that killed him. Still raw from her own unsolved attack six years ago, Cass is stunned when confronted with graphic photographs scattered across their kitchen floor, and she wonders if the wife might've had cause to kill her husband.

A COVERT WEB OF LIES AND EXPLOITATION

Cass and her partner Mitch Stone delve into a cunning world of blackmail and violence - and find a cult concealed for nearly a century beneath the genteel, small town fa├žade of Arcadia in East Texas. Their investigation triggers a brutal response from powerful men who will protect their identities at any cost. They unleash a ruthless killer whose actions create a media frenzy and destroy the fabric of trust within the police department.

A PERVASIVE EVIL
Cass and Mitch circle closer to the cult's few members, following a slim lead into a night lit by fire. A night that begins with a blood ritual and ends with Cass holding a man's life - or death - in her hands and struggling to walk the fine line between vengeance and justice.


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AVENGERS OF BLOOD - BOOK 2

"Cass Elliot has my vote for Female Protagonist of the year. It's a rare talent that can wrap up one mystery and promise another on the last page, which of course, means there will be a #3 and if we're lucky, a 4 and a 5 and a 6, etc. With characters you love and those you love to hate, Ms. Woods grabs your attention from the first page and promises you'll want to know what's around the next corner of every chapter."

Daniel C. Chamberlain, Amazon Bestselling author of The Long Shooters and Battle of Fortune Wells


"When I reviewed 'The Devil of Light', I called Gae-Lynn Woods one hell of a storyteller. That hasn't changed. With "Avengers of Blood," the "Devil" sequel, she's another step farther along cementing herself as one of this generation's premiere crime writers."

Harvey Burgess, author of Kiss Her Goodbye


A DEADLY GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE IS PLAYING OUT IN FORNEY COUNTY…

Detective Cass Elliot is still on suspension after killing a fellow officer and Sheriff Hoffner refuses to sign her release papers. But when four people are murdered in one night, one with the exceptional brutality of a lynching, the Medical Examiner side-steps Hoffner to hire Cass and loan her to Forney County’s overstretched police department.

As Cass and her partner investigate, they realize that three of the murders were committed by the same person but find no connection between the victims. Their frustration intensifies when another victim survives and disappears instead of coming to the police.

Sheriff Hoffner is frantic about anonymous letters claiming one of his star officers is dirty, and Cass suspects a link to the current crimes. The pieces fall together when she uncovers the true identity of the man who was lynched, revealing connections between the victims, the killer, and an unpunished crime committed nearly fifty years ago.


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Cass Elliot Companion Novels


A CASE OF SOUR GRAPES

"The writing is taut, tough, and the stuff of poetry. Gae-Lynn’s words will drive a stake in the heart of any killer. And her understanding of human nature draws well-defined, believable characters that you would like to live in the same town you do. Simply put, nobody writes about the foibles of small town crime as well or any better than Gae-Lynn Woods. She sets the standard, then lives up to it. Believe me, by the third chapter, Maxine is no longer fiction, and you’re riding in the car with her, wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. Don’t worry. Just lean back and enjoy a wild ride."


Caleb Pirtle, award-winning author, screen writer, and editor. Winner of the William Randolph Hearst Award, the Texas Headliner's and Associated Press Awards, and three time winner of the National Discover America Award.


WINE, WOMEN, AND SONG. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Meet Maxine Leverman, lover of expensive shoes, beautiful handbags, and her lingerie wearing ex-husband's hush money. When she pleads her way into a job at family run Lost and Found Investigations, Maxine's only goal is to gain the concealed carry license and PI skills she needs to find the man who attacked her, and then kill him. (Or maybe just put him in jail, that decision can wait.)

But when she secretly takes a missing husband case on her first day at the agency, she stumbles into a high-stakes game of blackmail and murder. Maxine must unravel the links between a forgotten folk punk band, an international drug cartel, and the tangled history of the missing husband to keep the women in his life alive.