MYSTERY MONDAYS: Luke Murphy – Kiss & Tell Released Today

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00072]How exciting to have the international best-selling author, Luke Murphy, kick off the Mystery Mondays series.

An author, an athlete, a husband and a father. Why wouldn’t I want to share Luke Murphy’s new thriller with you? First about the book, just to get you interested.

With the death of her father…

Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity.

…all hope of reconciliation is lost.

Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father’s murderer, the “Celebrity Slayer,” a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines.

Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity?

1425368_517024845062353_568710561_oNow about the author.

Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012).

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec, and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).

Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his wife, three daughters and pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).

Kiss & Tell is Murphy’s second novel. He is represented by The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

For more information on Luke’ books, visit:, ‘like’ his Facebook page and follow on Twitter (@AuthorLMurphy)

My “Baby” – a bit about Luke in his own words, but watch out – Luke may be a mystery writer, and his novel is a psychological thriller, but the following contains a hint of a love story about his writing and his wife.

This novel took me 15 years to write. Well, not exactly, but…

Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my “baby”. It’s the first book I ever even attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while playing hockey down in Oklahoma.

A lot of circumstances surround this novel, and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all of my writing, happened by “chance”. I was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a stick in a preseason game. That injury ended my season before it began.

My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, was attending a French college in Montreal, and her English professor assigned the class the task of writing a short story.

My girlfriend knew that I was an avid reader, so she asked me if I would help her develop the story, which I did. I had so much fun with the project, that when we had finished, I took one of the characters we had created and started writing my own story.

I wrote Kiss & Tell in six months, but it was nowhere even close to being publishable. Actually, it stunk. It was a practice story for me, so I left it sitting in my computer, and started writing a second book.

After I published Dead Man’s Hand in 2012, I decided to reopen Kiss & Tell and take another look. My first reaction…it was bad, written by a first-time, newbie, amateur author. But I loved the plot, cast of characters, and the potential. I didn’t want to give up on this story.

So I took everything I’d learned about the craft of writing and the industry and put it into editing Kiss & Tell. The revisions completely changed the entire book.

After I’d completed it in 2001, Kiss & Tell was written from the point of view of Jessica Philips, the primary murder suspect in the Ken Anderson investigation, and the story was told from Jessica’s first person POV.

The Kiss & Tell that came out in 2015 is told from Detective Charlene Taylor’s point of view, written in third person. Although the plot never changed, some of the characters and scenes did.

A major scene/twist change that occurred?

In the original Kiss & Tell, the identity of the Celebrity Slayer was never revealed. I was planning on turning this CS plot into a series, extending the investigation through a number of books. But, taking into consideration a suggestion from one of my editors, I decided to change that. But don’t think I don’t have more plans for the Celebrity Slayer, in upcoming Charlene Taylor books.

But that’s for another time, and another place.

Buy the book here:

Praise for Kiss & Tell

“Luke Murphy scores big with this deep psychological thriller. Just when you think you’ve got things pegged, Murphy serves up another twist. Fast paced and fun, you won’t want to put this book down.” —Tim Green, New York Times bestselling author of Unstoppable

“An intricately detailed and clever mystery featuring a tough minded but vulnerable protagonist with more than a few demons of her own. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”                 —Christy Reece, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing To Lose

“Luke Murphy’s novel, Kiss & Tell, has lots of twists and turns, and police procedures where the good guy, in this case, Charlene Taylor, is not always good. The characters come to life with suspense, drama, explosive action, and an ending you never see coming.”                                                                                     —John Foxjohn, USA Today Best-selling author of Killer Nurse

Have a question for Luke? Comment below and hear from him personally.

Next week on Mystery Mondays: Join us to find out what Horror and YA Thriller author Michael Conn has to say.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy Kiss & Tell.


23 thoughts on “MYSTERY MONDAYS: Luke Murphy – Kiss & Tell Released Today

  1. Really great to get some inside info on the author. Makes me all the more eager to order his book. Interesting how life’s misfortunes sometimes turn into new opportunities. Congratulations to Luke for overcoming his accident and for his success!

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  2. This was very enlightening regarding the first novel that’s often left in a drawer because it “stinks”. Once an author has had experience with publishing and other writing, it’s a good idea to go back to that original creative effort. Some great plots could be resurrected that way. All the best, Luke!

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  3. What a great start to the new Monday Blog. I got the Book but cannot start reading it until tonight as I still have some translating work that needs to be done. The question that I will answer after reading it is this: Is it better to read the unknown author, or is it better to know something of the background and attitudes of the author. Does it color your attitude to the book? or not. I look forward to a great read!!!

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  4. Looking forward to reading this book! I always find I am more invested in reading (and finishing) a book when I know more background info about the author. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Hi Luke, interesting that both the initial draft and final version of your book were written from a woman’s POV. Did you find any challenges with writing from a woman’s POV?

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for the question. I don’t know why I always make the POV hard on myself, since my debut novel was written from the POV of a 6’3″, 240 lbs African American LOL I have a wife and 3 daughters, so I pretty well know how women act and think, just kidding (no one knows that). To be honest, my female character, Detective Charlene Taylor, is a tomboy who acts and thinks much like a man. Actually, one of my editors suggested that I soften her up more, so I did add the feminine touch. I often asked my wife questions like: what would you do here? What if this happened? What would you think? As an elementary teacher, volunteer coach, Sunday school teacher, etc., I am surrounded by women my whole life, so it only made sense that I wrote from the perspective. I hope that answers your question.

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      1. Hi Luke, yes, thank you, you’ve answered my question. I was just curious about how an author gets into a character’s head. Best of luck with your latest book!

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  6. As Senior Editor at Imajin Books, it was my job to assist Luke in getting KISS & TELL publication ready. My job was easy, in this case. Luke is a fantastic author with a vivid imagination and a sharp sense of wit. It’s of little surprise to me that he’s a bestselling author. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

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