Saint Louis, MO – Behind Every Door by Cynthia A. Graham has been named a finalist in the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards in the category of Mystery/Thriller.
Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala to be held on May 12, 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The competition, sponsored by theMidwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) , is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers, and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence. This year’s awards, all books published in 2016 by Midwest publishers, attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories.
Behind Every Door begins when a school secretary is found murdered alongside a ditch outside of Cherokee Crossing, Arkansas. When none of the usual scenarios seem to fit, Hick Blackburn is compelled to construct the last months of her life to unearth what may have led to her death. With the citizens of Cherokee Crossing increasingly suspicious of the boys who found her body, Hick must battle the town’s narrow-mindedness and quickly find those responsible. As the investigation unfolds, it is clear that everyone has something to hide, including Hick’s own family and friends. As age-old lies come to light, Hick has to face the truth that people aren’t always what they seem. To find the killer, he will learn that having secrets isn’t a crime, but that some secrets can lead to murder.
“It is thrilling to see so many talented authors and publishers of high quality books in the Midwest,” said Midwest Book Awards Chair Sherry Roberts. “I look forward to the Gala, where we will be recognizing the achievements of all the finalists and winners as well as celebrating the strength and vitality of independent publishing in the Midwest.”
Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the upper Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other. MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information please visit: www.mipa.org.