Cold Dark Night: Tami by @JoanHallWrites #NewBook #Trilogy #Mystery/Thriller #Supernatural

Hi everyone. It gives me great pleasure to host fellow author, Story Empire writer, and friend, Joan Hall. Joan has a new book out. I’ll let her tell you all about it >>>


Thank you for hosting me today, Harmony. It’s exciting to be here to talk about my newest release, Cold Dark Night. It’s the first novel in the Legends of Madeira series. Each book begins with a historical event that ties to modern day.

Promotional banner for new book in the Legends of Madeira series, Cold Dark Night by Joan Hall. Shows stars and gallows scaffold.

Tami Montgomery is another character that we first meet in Unclear Purposes the final novel of my Driscoll Lake series. The former newspaper owner/editor is now married to Jason, Madeira’s new police chief.

Tami is interested in history and particularly wants to learn more about the nineteenth century home she and Jason purchased. Those familiar with House of Sorrow will recognize it as the place where the reclusive Ruth Hazelton lived.

When Tami’s neighbor asks if she’d like to become involved in a historical society project, she readily agrees. Not everyone welcomes her involvement, but Tami isn’t one to back down. She soon discovers eerie coincidences in the deaths of two of Madeira’s law enforcement leaders.

And that’s just the beginning…


Tami entered the conference room behind Abbey, surprised to find Max Franklin among the group seated at the table. She grabbed an empty chair, pleased everyone smiled at her in greeting. Well, all but one. Vivian tapped her manicured nails and stared at the ceiling as Abbey made the introductions.

Emmett Landers spoke first. “I suppose Abbey filled you in.”

“Yes, she did.”

“Publishing a book is a bit of an undertaking, but one I believe is worthwhile. There are a few tomes on the history of this area, but none specifically for Madeira. What we’d like to do is interview several long-time residents. Many of them have roots going back to the town’s origin. I understand you’re a journalist.”

Tami nodded. “I owned the local newspaper in Driscoll Lake, but I’ve also worked for larger publications.”

“Then you’ve had experience with interviews.”

“I don’t have a problem talking with others or keeping them on topic. Besides, it will give me a chance to meet more people.”

 “Oh, but dear, that’s not what we want from you.” Vivian spoke for the first time. “Leave the interviewing to us. Your job is to write a section about our past police chiefs. Listing their names and the years they served shouldn’t be too hard.”

A woman of Native American descent glared at Vivian. “I think we need to include more. People wouldn’t be interested in reading a list of names. There are plenty of fascinating stories behind those men.”

Tami forced herself not to smile. She liked this woman already. She wouldn’t be one to back down from a piranha like Vivian Kincaid.

Emmett cleared his throat. “I agree with Frances. For instance, many don’t know someone killed Madeira’s first sheriff near the old jail. No one ever learned the killer’s identity.”

“I’d forgotten about Ethan Bass. The same thing happened to Lee Hazelton. Police were never able to find his murderer,” a middle-aged Hispanic woman said.

Tami’s eyes widened. “Ruth Hazelton’s husband? The woman who lived in my house?”


Cold Dark Night is available on Amazon. It’s on sale for $0.99 (US) through until June 15th. After that, the price goes to $3.99, so this is a good time for readers to grab a copy.



New husband, new house, new town… and a new mystery to solve.

Tami Montgomery thought her police chief husband was going to be the only investigator in the family when she gave up her journalism career and moved with him to Madeira, New Mexico.

But after the historical society asks her to write stories for a book celebrating the town’s history, she becomes embroiled in a new mystery. If she can’t solve this one, she could lose everything. Her research uncovers a spate of untimely deaths of local law enforcement officials. Further digging reveals a common link—they all lived in the house she and Jason now share.

Tami isn’t a superstitious person, but the circumstances are too similar for coincidence. Then she unearths an even more disturbing pattern. And if history repeats itself, her husband will be the next to die.


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My five star review for the sequel to this series is HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! We’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂 


38 Comments on “Cold Dark Night: Tami by @JoanHallWrites #NewBook #Trilogy #Mystery/Thriller #Supernatural

  1. What an enticing excerpt, Joan! I so look forward to reading this book! Best wishes with the release and thank you, Harmony, for hosting!

  2. I loved Cold Dark Night, and highly recommend it, also the sequel, House of Sorrow. Both are five star reads with wonderful characters and compelling mysteries. Congratulations to Joan. It’s great to see her featured here today, Harmony!

  3. GREAT excerpt, Joan! This one is next up on my Kindle, and I can’t wait to dig in!! Thanks for having Joan here today, Harmony. Super post, you two. And again, Joan, the very best of luck with this one. I think you’ve got a winner!! 🤗💖

  4. I loved Cold Dark Night. And its prequel, House of Sorrow. I happily recommend both. So nice to see such a great spotlight here. Wishing Joan all the best.

    Thanks for hosting, Harmony.

  5. I’m enjoying your tour, Joan! Tami quickly became my favorite character in this story, along with Oscar:) Great excerpt and moment. I loved Cold Dark Night and can’t wait for the next one!
    Thanks for hosting, Harmony:)

  6. Another lovely post about Joan’s new book. Thank you for hosting, Harmony.

    • It’s lovely to have you hear, Joan. Wishing you every success! 🙂