Today I’m delighted to feature Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson. Christopher is the author of, among others, the acclaimed Detective Jack Stratton Series which has so far been read by over a million readers. The series has a broad appeal, due to it’s blend of mystery, thrills with a little romance thrown in. His latest novel is the standalone suspense thriller One Little Lie.
Over to Christopher:
My name is Christopher Greyson, and I am a storyteller. Since I was a little boy, I have dreamt of what mystery was around the next corner, or what quest lay over the hill. If I couldn’t find an adventure, one usually found me, and now I weave those tales into my stories. I am blessed to have written the bestselling Detective Jack Stratton Mystery-Thriller Series.
My background is an eclectic mix of degrees in theatre, communications, and computer science. Currently I reside in Tennessee with my lovely wife and two fantastic children. My wife, Katherine Greyson, who is my chief content editor, is an author of her own romance series, Everyone Keeps Secrets.
My love for tales of mystery and adventure began with my grandfather, a decorated World War I hero. I will never forget being introduced to his friend, a WWI pilot who flew across the skies at the same time as the feared, legendary Red Baron. My love of reading and storytelling eventually led me to write Pure of Heart, a young adult fantasy that I released in 2014
Which piece of music/song would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash. It keeps me accountable.
Follow That Dream by Elvis. Almost everyone in life says this, few do.
I’m a Believer by The Monkees. I used to sing this in the car with my daughter and it also makes me think of my wife.
Chicken Race by Lazy Guns Brisky. A fast-tempo song that makes me feel like driving with the windows down.
Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day. It puts a spring in my step and I dance to it.
What (apart from family and friends) would you find it hard to live without.
Computer (I write on it.)
Phone (I write on it.)
Ipad (I write on it.)
Can you offer a piece of advice for your younger self?
Be careful little eyes what you see.
Be careful little ears what you hear.
Be careful little tongue what you say.
Be careful little feet where you go.
Be careful little mind what you think.
Be careful little heart who you love. (I know it’s six but I don’t follow rules well.)
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you
I fed a Siberian tiger by hand.
I was an extra on Spencer for Hire
I watched the original Godzilla with the man who played Godzilla
I hold the record of breaking boards in my brother’s martial arts school—7 with 2 fingers.
I ran in the 100th Boston Marathon. (Just for fifty yards while my mother-in-law jogged by)
Tell us something you’d still like to do or achieve.
Grow old with my wife.
Walk my daughter down the aisle.
Travel to Japan.
Travel to an exotic island.
Fly a plane.
Many thanks for joining me today Christopher. Some new music choices for me, and a lovely trip down memory lane with the Monkees – I was in love with Davy Jones (even though I was only 8), I guess from answer to question 2 you’d also find it pretty hard to live without writing, I’ll let you off with your 6th answer, it’s a very important one piece if advice, even though I suspect it’s still one that we all learn from experience. Well, I doubt many people can claim to have watched Godzilla with Godzilla’, that’s definitely a dinner table story. I really hope you get to achieve your dreams, though no doubt, the first two on your list, will mean the most. But when travel is back on the menu I’m sure Japan would be fantastic.
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One Little Lie
A LIE IS A WELCOME MAT FOR THE DEVIL…
Kate had high hopes when she moved to her husband‘s hometown, but her domestic bliss was short-lived. Blindsided by her spouse’s public affair with his high school sweetheart, Kate’s determined to hold onto custody of her kids and pull herself together. When Kate’s struck in the head by a drone at her son’s soccer game and face-plants in the grass, it’s more than her self-esteem that’s shattered. The drone’s footage reveals that someone is stalking her. And though the handsome detective she’s falling for vows to protect her, Kate knows to be wary of any man making vows.
With things spiraling out of control, she tells a lie. It was only One Little Lie, but her grandmother always said, a lie is a welcome mat for the devil, and with the one she told, Kate just rolled out the red carpet. Everything she worked for begins to unravel, along with her sanity. Confused, alone, and afraid, can Kate untangle the web of lies and unmask her stalker, or will she lose everything—including her life?
The Girl Who Lived
Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered—one girl lived.
No one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right—but did she see the killer?
As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—only to discover that she’s the one being hunted.
How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect—including herself?
Pure of Heart
Orphaned and alone, rogue-teen Dean Walker has learned how to take care of himself on the rough city streets. Unjustly wanted by the police, he takes refuge within the shadows of the city. When Dean stumbles upon an old man being mugged, he tries to help—only to discover that the victim is anything but helpless and far more than he appears. The old man claims to be from Kish another world that’s being destroyed. He’s traveled through a portal called the middle stone seeking help. Certain that Dean is the one he’s been looking for, he convinces Dean to go back through the Middle Stone to try and save his world. A reluctant hero, Dean embarks on a journey where he must face dragons, wizards, and Krulgs who will do anything to stop him—but he’s not alone. Along the way, he meets an inquisitive Elvana, a courageous Dwarf and a beautiful Elven warrior. Together, the four friends set out on an epic quest where only the pure of heart will prevail.
Detective Jack Stratton Series
And Then She Was Gone
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light…
The silhouette stood at the edge of the woods like a spider watching a fly enter its carefully crafted web. Only a few more steps and she’d be within its grasp.
Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house and now a baby on the way–everything she’s ever hoped for is finally coming true. But on a warm summer night on the way home from work, she vanishes. The police race to find her, but the clues don’t add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.
A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. Jack seemed destined to become another statistic, but now his life has taken a turn for the better. Determined to escape his past, he’s headed for a career in law enforcement. When his foster mother asks him to look into the girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect–including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time to save the girl? Or will he become the next victim?
They say a dangerous man is the one who had it all and lost it. But they’re wrong, it’s the one who lost everything but has a chance to get it back…
Jack Stratton’s a good guy on the ugly side of life. Eight years ago a bomb blew apart his world and he’s been picking up the pieces ever since. Guilt has driven a wedge between him and the family he loves. When Jack hears the news that his foster-sister Michelle is missing, it cuts straight to his core. The police think she just took off, but Jack knows Michelle would never leave her loved ones behind—like he did. Forced to confront the demons from his past, Jack must take action, find Michelle and bring her home… or die trying.
Entrenched in his family’s sleepy hometown, Jack uncovers a world of lies and deception along with an up-close view of his personal demons. When the hunt for his sister takes a nasty turn, Stratton must protect his vulnerable new partner and fight for his own survival.
A guilt-ridden detective. A missing sister. One final chance for redemption.
How far would you go to uncover the truth of your past?
Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest.
Why do I keep doing this…thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can’t get what happened out of my head. I shouldn’t let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I’m driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can’t break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me…but some things, I guess, I’ll never know…
Handsome police officer Jack Stratton is the “hometown hero cop with a heart of gold.” Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood and the dark secrets hidden there. With Alice (aka Replacement) by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born. Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it–but they don’t know Jack.
Jacks are Wild
Handsome, white knight, police officer Jack Stratton is back in this action-packed, thrilling adventure. When his sexy old flame disappears, no one thinks it’s suspicious except Jack and one unbalanced witness. Jack feels in his gut that something is wrong. He knows that Marisa has a past, and if it ever caught up with her—it would be deadly. Determined to buck the critics and listen to his instincts, he and his feisty sidekick Alice (aka Replacement) plunge ahead and start tracking down leads, hoping to find Marisa in time. The trail leads them into all sorts of trouble—landing them smack in the middle of an all-out Mob war between the Italian Mafia and the Japanese Yakuza. When evidence surfaces that Marisa was kidnapped, Jack must navigate through the warring parties, assassins, and cold-blooded hit men to outwit the cunning kidnappers before it is too late. As the body count rises, the stakes in this game are life and death—with no rules except one—Jacks are Wild.
Jack and the Giant Killer
A serial killer is stalking Jack’s town–and no one’s safe. But they don’t know Jack.
Jack looked up at the giant, dead body brazenly hung on the quaint Welcome to Darrington sign. He turned to the town’s mayor. “Mayor Lewis, when you said people had nothing to fear, it pricked the killer’s vanity. He’s using this latest victim to send you a message: Be afraid. Be very afraid—of him. If you want to catch this serial killer, you need to feed his ego. Tell the people he’s right. They should be scared—no one’s safe while he controls the town.”
Rogue hero Jack Stratton is back in another action-packed, thrilling adventure. While recovering from a gunshot wound and the loss of his job on the police force, Jack’s romance with feisty Alice (aka Replacement) continues to develop. When Alice gets a seemingly harmless private investigation job—locate the owner of a lost dog—Jack grudgingly assists. Little do they know it will place them both in the crosshairs of a merciless serial killer.
Can Jack and Alice stop a pack of ruthless criminals before they can Data Jack?
Jack Stratton’s back is up against the wall. He’s broke, kicked off the force, and his new bounty hunting business has slowed to a trickle. With no money coming in, Jack’s license to carry suspended, and no good job prospects on the horizon, Jack’s got it tough. He thinks things are turning around when Alice (aka Replacement) gets a lucrative job setting up a home data network. That is, until he discovers it’s for a handsome, jet-setting software tycoon. The “boy billionaire” as Jack grudgingly refers to him, takes a liking to computer-savvy Alice. Jealous, Jack thinks life can’t get any worse, but when the computer program the CEO invented becomes the key tool in an international data heist, things turn deadly. In this digital age of hackers, spyware, and cyber terrorism–data is more valuable than gold. The thieves plan to steal the keys to the digital kingdom and with this much money at stake, they’ll kill for it. Can Jack and Alice stop the pack of ruthless criminals before they can Data Jack?
Jack of Hearts
A thief on the loose. A marriage proposal rejected. A dead body…
And Jack’s vacation is just getting started.
Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their one-hundred-and-twenty-pound King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice’s answer to his marriage proposal.
When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the “Orange Blossom Cove Bandit,” a small-time thief who’s stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse?
The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears, and things take a deadly turn. Now, Jack finds it’s up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves—but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart?
What do you get when you mix the blockbuster television show Survivor with Agatha Christie’s masterpiece And Then There Were None…
Jack has a new assignment: to investigate the suspicious death of a soundman on the hit TV show Planet Survival. Jack goes undercover as a security agent where the show is filming on nearby Mount Minuit. Soon trapped on the treacherous peak by a blizzard, a mysterious killer continues to stalk the cast and crew of Planet Survival. What started out as a game is now a deadly competition for survival. As the temperature drops and the body count rises, what will get them first? The mountain or the killer?
Jack of Diamonds
‘Til death do us part…
All Jack Stratton wants to do is get married to the woman he loves—and make it through the wedding. It seems like he is finally getting his wish until he responds to a police distress call and discovers his old partner unconscious in an abandoned house. Investigators insist it was just an accident, but Jack fears there may be more to it. Sketches of women cover the walls, and among them is one sketch that makes Jack’s blood run cold—a sketch of Alice, pinned up beside an invitation to a very special wedding—his own.
Locking horns with law enforcement, Jack digs deeper. What did his old police partner see in the house? Who’s been creating these sketches? More importantly, what do they want with Jack’s bride-to-be?
When he identifies two of the women in the sketches, only to discover that they are both missing, Jack finds himself thrown into one of the deadliest cases he’s ever worked. Jack comes to a terrifying conclusion—there’s a serial killer on the loose… and Alice is his next target.
As their wedding day looms closer, Jack and Alice must work together to solve the murders and put an end to the killer. Will they catch the psychopath in time, or will their loved ones attend a funeral instead of a wedding?
Jack of Diamonds is a riveting thriller that takes murder mysteries to a whole other level. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book delivers compelling twists and crafty schemes along with some laugh-out-loud wedding antics. As Jack and Alice fight a deadly killer, their long, happy future together seems like it’s just inches from slipping away.
This time, “till death do us part” might just be a bit too accurate.
Adventures of Finn and Annie (Mini Mysteries)
Each installment of these mini-mysteries is a sweet, bite-sized read, something you can easily get through in half an hour. Every book in the series will go FREE on Amazon for a limited time every 90 days, so keep your eyes open for these deals! They’re also FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!
Finnian Church is trying to piece his life back together. After losing his leg while in the Army, he is starting a new career as an insurance investigator. Joining him is newly hired videographer, Annie Summers— a woman who lost her hearing but is trying to make it as a single mother of two. The world might see them as broken and battered souls, but as they come together to solve mysteries, they discover that they make a great team. Join this unlikely duo as they investigate their way through murder, arson, theft, embezzlement, and maybe even love, seeking to distinguish between truth and lies, scammers and victims.
The Case of the Attic Door
A man mysteriously murdered in his house. Nothing stolen, and no apparent suspects. It seems like an open and shut case, but is it?
The Case of the Dropped Groceries
Was it a simple trip and fall or is someone trying to scam the insurance company? Join Finn and Annie as they work together to solve the Case of the Dropped Groceries!
The Case of the Wayward Ride
A minister is killed in a car crash on an isolated road, and a convicted prostitute is found injured in the passenger seat. What will Finn and Annie uncover about the clergyman’s fateful ride home?
The Case of the Phantom Pet
Recently involved in a car accident, a man now claims that his precious dog, Bun, was injured during the crash, too. Can Finn and Annie solve the case and discover what really happened to Bun?
The Case of the Disappearing Diamond
When an expensive diamond and pearl earrings go missing, was the new maid responsible? Join Finn and Annie as they try to solve the case and discover what really happened!
The Case of Raining Nails
When a man files an insurance claim for his broken windshield, Finn and Annie want to believe him but how can they when he swears the damage was caused by raining nails?
The Case of a Mouse in my Soup
When a customer at Annie’s friend’s restaurant claims to have found a mouse in her soup, Annie asks Finn to uncover the truth. Was this a case of a rat in the kitchen or a made up tale to earn a quick buck?
The Case of the Missing Gift
When customer’s gift cards turn out worthless, suspicion falls onto the store owner. Is it a case of a Grinch stealing the gifts or a greedy store owner pilfering the presents?
The Case of the Slippery Dog
When a woman claims to have slipped in a department store, Finn and Annie are brought in to investigate. Did the woman really fall or is her tale a slick con job?
The Case of Lightning Strikes Twice
The first time a man’s house was struck by lightning, the insurance company thought it was a case of bad luck. But when the same man’s new vacation home is struck by lightning years later, Finn and Annie start wondering if it’s simply a case of unbelievably bad luck or something more ominous?
The Case of the Hot Car
When a college professor’s sports car is stolen and set on fire, Finn and Annie wonder if it’s the case of a joy ride gone wrong or is someone out to get the teacher?