Running from Arrows (A Running Store Mystery)

by T.C. Wescott


Running from Arrows
(A Running Store Mystery)
by T.C. Wescott

February 6 – 19, 2019

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

  • Does this book contain and explicit language or adult scenes? No.
  • If a series – Can it be read as a standalone? Yes.

About the Book

Running from Arrows (A Running Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery/Romance/Humor
2nd in Series
Better Mousetrap Books (January 7, 2019)
Print Length: 192 pages

One of Lacy’s beaus has a bow. Unlike Cupid, his arrows kill. There’s more than romance in the air this Valentine’s Day!

Running from Arrows is the fun, twist-filled, romantic cozy mystery romp you’ve been waiting for!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and Lacy is single. If that’s not bad enough, she has a secret admirer. Is it the compassionate, haunted detective, the ruggedly handsome businessman, the suave maître de, the guy in her running group who likes to stare, or maybe someone who’s not on her radar? She’ll find out soon enough because he’s invited her to dinner. Now the question isn’t how long Lacy will remain single but how long she’ll remain alive.

During the Sweetheart Run through the town of Cedar Mill a fellow runner is murdered and a notorious burglar called the Black Cat is found dead with an arrow sticking out of him. Somehow these strange murders are connected to the ladies of Run For It – Lacy the divorcee, Stax the quirky bookseller, and Ruby the old-time mystery novelist. They’re back in a race against time to catch an invisible killer and exonerate an innocent man!

If you love a delicious mystery dripping with romance, humor, and chills – and a Valentine’s Day dinner no reader will ever forget – then buy Running from Arrows now and run it right to the top of your TBR pile!

You’ll want to tell all your friends about Running from Arrows, but whatever you do, DON’T TELL THE SECRET OF THE SECRET ADMIRER.

Running from Arrows is part two in a series but can be read as a stand-alone.

About the Author

T.C. Wescott was born in Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma most of his life. Like pretty much every author who has ever breathed, he is an avid reader. His favorites are classic mysteries from the Golden Age, as well as just before or just after that period (which is widely considered the period between the two World Wars). His first mystery novel, Running from Scissors, was published in July 2018 and will be the first of at least three books in the Running Store Mystery series.

The Christmas Village Mystery series was launched in November of the same year with the debut title Slay Bells. The formula for his books is simple – mixing the classic, traditional detective fiction standards with all the trappings of the modern cozy mystery.

Wescott is also (under another name) the author of two award-winning non-fiction books as well as a slew of essays and articles.

Purchase Link – Amazon

My Review – 4-1/2

Lacy Purdy, a newcomer to small town Cedar Mills, Oklahoma, has a secret admirer (stalker?) who sends flowers and chocolates with creepy notes to the businesses she frequents, inviting her on a Valentine’s dinner-date. There are several contenders, but no one knows who the mystery man is for sure.

Likewise, no one knows who the “Black Cat” is – the name the town’s given to a very successful cat burglar who’s been plaguing their businesses without being caught or even seen, despite the fact he tells the cops when he will come.

As a precaution, the town decides to hold an all night party/sleep-in at several businesses on the night the Black Cat is supposed to appear. The next day, vendors will host a “cat walk” along Main Street offering samples of their wares for free.  A half-Marathon race will follow sponsored by the Run For It athletic shoe store.

Lacy and her friends Stax (owner of a bookstore) and Ruby (retired mystery writer) join the festivities and witness the town’s mayor – dressed as Cupid – shooting an arrow into a target on a rooftop to start the race. Who knew murder would also be on the agenda?  Later the three friends must put their heads together to solve a quiver full of brutal murders… without becoming victims of the mysterious “Cupid” slayer.

Running from Arrows begins at a jog as T.C. Wescott sets the scene and introduces the characters, but the story soon ramps into full race mode. The final chapters are an all-out sprint to the finish.

Wescott has a way of creating crime dramas that are fascinating and perplexing. The methods of murder he invents – as in his recent Slay Bells mystery – are truly baffling. Just how COULD that be done, you will wonder? It seems impossible. And yet it was. Half the fun of reading his books is finding out HOW the impossible crime is committed, perhaps even more so than WHO committed it. .

Aside note: Lacy and friends attend an Escape Room adventure as part of their murder investigation (though a bit of a rabbit trail).  If you’ve ever wanted to try one, this may change your mind. A time limit is given to participants to solve the hidden clues – some quite difficult – in order to move (escape) out or to the next room. I found the description of this one a bit freaky.  Just saying.


Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher


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