Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Straight Browsing from the Library: 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Teresa Mathews will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.

Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?

In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie's suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.


A man hovered over the crumpled body of the woman at the bottom of the cellar stairs. An awful, guttural sound forced its way up from deep in her lungs. A cavernous head gash bled profusely, the blood pooling, forming a red halo around her auburn hair. Her glassy, fixed eyes looked up at Callie, pleading for help. I must stop the bleeding, Callie cried. She hurried down the stairs, her feet heavy, her heart pounding. Why can’t I breathe? Why can’t I reach her? Why won’t my feet move faster? She was only steps from her aunt when the grimacing man turned toward her, then looked back to Laverne and raised his hand for a final blow.


Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.

An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.

Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.


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  1. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

    1. HI James! Next week is release day for "13 Steps to the Cellar," I can't wait for you and your family to read.

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    1. Rita, nice to see you on the tour today! Countdown till release date for "13 Steps to thr Cellar."

  3. Great cover and excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

  4. Are you a full-time writer? If not, do the people you work with know you're a writer?

    1. Hi Kim, I spend as much time as possible writing, while also running a wholesale plant nursery. And yes the people I work with know about my writing. They are all family!

  5. Thank you for hosting "13 Steps to the Cellar!" It's great to be on your blog today.

  6. Great cover. How did the cover change through original concept to final product?

  7. Hi Bernie, Thank you! I also love the cover of 13 Steps to the Cellar. I originally had only steps on the front and my publisher said we needed something more mysterious. It only took me one look at the final cover to agree!

  8. Will this be a standalone or a series with Callie solving mysteries?