I just ordered a print proof of my second book, Where Secrets Reside: An Outsiders Mystery. If you’ve already read the first book, In the Shadows: An Outsiders Mystery, you’ve already met some of the residents of Reynier, France. In the second book, you’ll learn more about them, and you’ll meet some new characters, too.

Here’s a sneak peek at the story’s description:

In Reynier, France, a sleepy hillside village peppered with ancient picturesque troglodyte cave dwellings, the locals value their privacy and their quiet life. Few tourists know it exits, which suits the locals just fine.

One day, after a torrential storm, a townswoman happens across a terrified soaked toddler sitting alone in the woods. She brings the toddler into town, but no one recognizes the child. Suspecting the child’s parents—rare tourists perhaps—must be lost or in trouble nearby, the locals organize a search party to find them. Their search leads instead to the discovery of a murder victim, another stranger, in one of the caves. As the investigation gets underway, the situation heats up. The residents of this once peaceful close-knit village find themselves terrorized by a possible serial killer. Facing their own mortality, they wonder whether the killer is an outsider, or one of their own? And who will be the next victim?

Captain Pascal Goddard of the local Gendarmerie has his hands full; he must solve the biggest murder case the region has ever seen. The residents will not let him rest until he uncovers the killer’s identity, putting a stop to the killing so a frantic village can return to normal. But as the list of suspects grows, some begin to worry that past history will paint them as guilty even if they are not; at least not of murder.

Where Secrets Reside is the second book in “The Outsiders” series. Praise for the first book, In the Shadows

“Impeccable Characters. . . Susan Finlay’s sense of character development in IN THE SHADOWS is impeccable. I’m very fond of this author and this story.’—Susan Wingate, Author of the award-winning, #1 Amazon bestsellers “Drowning” and the “Bobby’s Diner” series

“Atmospheric, great setting. . . the descriptive prose drew me right into a convincing story from the outset and I can only imagine that the author’s experience as a photographer, with a photographer’s eye, must be the other side of the coin to the compelling eye for setting.—Raymond Nickford, Author of “A Child From the Wishing Well” and “Aristo”

“One of My Favorite Novelists. . . Susan Finlay is an accomplished writer who can bring a story to life. It was easy for me to get lost In the Shadows. I loved this Outsiders Mystery.—Mary Enck, Author