Nashville Flood is the Setting for New Novel, "The Claret Murders", a Wine Mystery

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An Inheritance at Risk and the Discovery of an Extraordinary Cache of Old Wines during Nashville’s History-making 2010 Flood Leads to Foul Play and Death in "The Claret Murders", a New Mystery Novel by a Nashville Author.

Author Tom Collins

Like the other Collins mysteries, the setting for this one is the greater Nashville TN area, but this time Music City is under assault from Mother Nature—the great flood of 2010.

The Claret Murders, author Tom Collins’ new novel being released this month, is his fourth Mark Rollins mystery adventure. Mark Rollins, the central character in Collins’ mysteries, is a modern-day hero—a protector, problem solver, and crime fighter. His “super-hero-like” powers are technology, extraordinary wealth, and friends in high places. Like the other Collins mysteries, the setting for this one is the greater Nashville TN area, but this time Music City is under assault from Mother Nature—the great flood of 2010.

The story revolves around Ann Sims, a beautiful Nashville attorney with a cover girl figure. Sims is charged with auctioning off a derelict mansion that has been left unoccupied for over fifty years. Sims discovers the old mansion’s secret, a forgotten wine cellar holding thousands of bottles of French wines from Bordeaux, priceless old clarets, including the greats—Chateau Lafite and Mouton Rothschild, Pétrus, Margaux , Latour, L’Angelus, Haut-Brion, Ausone, and Chateau Cheval Blanc including the 1947 vintage of Cheval Blanc, the greatest claret ever made. Sims has lived with a secret of her own—a secret that could cost her the fortune she is in line to inherit and end her career. Beautiful women can make poor choices in men. She was no exception. Afraid, for good reason, of the possessive and greedy men in her life, she turns to Rollins for protection. He is thwarted in his efforts to safe-guard her by Nashville’s failing infrastructure in the wake of the massive storm and flood that provides cover for the foul play in "The Claret Murders".

Collins is one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the information technology industry. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Law Technology News for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community. After selling his technology company, Juris, Inc., Collins began writing mystery adventures that use familiar Nashville venues as the backdrop for his stories. Nashville readers will relive, through his fictional account, the 2010 storm including the flooding and evacuation Gaylord Opryland® hotel. Mark Rollins adventures include: "Mark Rollins’ New Career and the Women’s Health Club", "Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker", "Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer", and the new Mark Rollins adventure, "The Claret Murders".

"The Claret Murders" (I-65 North, Inc., $15.99, 287 pages, 5 ¼ x 8, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9825898-5-4) is available from Amazon.com and other online bookstores including Barnes & Noble. E-book editions are available for the Kindle, Nook, and the IPad. Signed copies as well as a library bound hardcover edition are available by going to http://www.markrollinsadventures.com and selecting the menu item Online Store.

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CONTACT: Tom Collins, tom.collins(at)i65n(dot)com, 615-791-0356

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