The Penhallow Train Incident by M.S. Spencer

Please help me welcome today’s guest, M.S. Spencer….


Thank you for having me today, Alicia. I’d like to talk to your readers about my romantic suspense mystery, The Penhallow Train Incident, new from The Wild Rose Press. I’d love to give a e-copy of Penhallow to one commenter, chosen at random. Please be sure to leave your email address in the comment.

A corpse, hidden treasure, and the search for a tomb equal romance and adventure in coastal Maine.

The Penhallow Train Incident is set in the fictional town of Penhallow. Midcoast Maine sits right about where the state begins to change from heading due north to “down East.” The land is quite different from the southern beaches or the North Woods. Fronting Penobscot Bay, it is a region of lakes, farms, small villages, and lobstermen. Most people have lived there for generations, and refer to anyone who moves to Maine from elsewhere as “from away.” Our heroine Rachel Tinker and her hero Griffin Tate are both from away, but when a series of murders roils their adopted town, they spring into action.



In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train, drawing Historical Society Director, Rachel Tinker, and curmudgeonly retired professor, Griffin Tate, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. With the help of the victim’s rival, they set out to locate the Queen of Sheba’s tomb. Their plans are stymied when a war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man for different crimes. It’s up to Rachel to solve a mystery that includes two more murders, if she wants to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust.

Excerpt (G): We Meet Griffin

“Say, Rachel, weren’t you taking tickets for the excursion on Saturday? You must have seen the victim. What did he look like?”

Before Rachel could answer, they heard an angry growl from the bar. “God damn it, can’t a man eat his lunch in peace? God damn ghouls around here.” Griffin scratched his stubbly chin and pointed a fretful finger at the women. “You’d think no one had ever been killed before, the way you people go on and on.”

Rachel, enchanted by the way his eyes shimmered in the sunlight, didn’t respond. Maude snapped, “Professor Tate, just because you’re an old roué doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little mystery. Not much happens in Penhallow after all. We’re entitled to some excitement.”

Griffin bristled at her. “A man is dead, Maude. This isn’t a movie.”

“Well,” she bristled back, “at least he was from away.”

Griffin gave her a long, hard look and, before turning back to his plate, muttered, “Like me.”

For some reason his words struck hard at Rachel’s heart. She couldn’t see his face, and knew it wouldn’t show the hurt anyway, but she could feel it from across the room. To a Mainer, anyone who couldn’t trace his Maine lineage back to at least the French and Indian War was considered “from away.” Locals usually felt no more than amiable indulgence for the odd critters, but now and then the innate prejudice came out. “Maude—that wasn’t nice. After all, I’m from away too.”


The Penhallow Train Incident
The Wild Rose Press, 3/30/2016, Crimson Rose Line
Contemporary romantic suspense/Cozy Mystery; Sensual (PG-PG13)
Ebook 79,665 words, Print 334 p.

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About the Author:

Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She has two fabulous grown children and a perfect granddaughter, and currently divides her time between the Gulf coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.


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Romantic suspense and mystery, they are available in ebook and print from The Wild Rose Press, I Heart Book Publishing, and all fine on-line book stores. For more information, visit

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Filed under Author Blog Post, New Release

22 responses to “The Penhallow Train Incident by M.S. Spencer

  1. msspencerauthor

    thanks for having me and Griffin today, Alicia. I hope we get lots of comments so I can reward a lucky reader with a copy of Penhallow Train Incident.


  2. Ashantay Peters

    I love your cover! So atmospheric! I also enjoyed your excerpt and wish you the best success with your book release.


  3. coryellsusan

    MAINE IS SUCH A DIVERSE AND PICTURESQUE STATE–Perfect setting for an unsettling murder mystery and characters “from away.” Best wishes!


    • msspencerauthor

      Yes, I love Maine. I have another novel coming out soon also set there–Moosehead Lake and Mooselookmeguntic! Thanks for reading.


  4. Enjoyed! Best of luck and many sales! Linda Nightingale


  5. this novel has so many great things going for it: intriguing hero, terrifically strong heroine and, sigh, Maine. Couldn’t ask for anything more.
    Best of luck M.S
    Veronica Lynch

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  6. Sounds intriguing! And I love the “from away” phrase. Your cover is fabulous! That added to your excerpt, certainly makes me what to read it. Best wishes with your release!


  7. Great cover and excerpt. Sounds like an awesome mystery!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Interesting excerpt with a unique–almost mystic–cover. Good luck with sales and promotion!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. pamelasthibodeaux

    Loved the cover and excerpt!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Melissa Keir

    Sounds wonderful! What a great character!


  11. winonabennettcross

    Penhallow! Love the title and the blurb. I am a suckered for suspense. Throw in some history and archaeological finds and I’m done for, off to buy my own copy. Good luck, Ms. Spencer. By the way, I’ve never been to Maine but it is on my bucket list (thank you, Jessica Fletcher).


    • msspencerauthor

      Thanks for your enthusiasm! I look forward to your thoughts on the book. It was a LOT of fun to write. Maine should indeed be at the top of your bucket list! M. S.


  12. Great excerpt! Have to check out this book!


  13. What an interesting excerpt – and a very intriguing cover. Wishing you many sales, this sounds like such a great book!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. msspencerauthor

    Darcy Flynn–your name came out of the hat–if you’d like a copy of The Penhallow Train Incident, please email me at! Looking forward to hearing from you. M. S.


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