Published by Five Star
Five Star First Edition Women’s Fiction
Board book: 304 pages
Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (October 2, 2002)
Paperback: 335 pages
Publisher: Five Star Trade (October 2003)
Constable Jinx Porter is in a fight to keep his elected position against an opponent with power and money. His only ally is his girlfriend, Raven. But Raven, a Reserve Deputy Constable, has problems of her own, and when Jinx betrays her in the worst possible way, Miss Let’s-Play-Fair is replaced by Miss Let’s-Get-Even-Texas-Style, and Raven knows both roles equally well.
“Texas attorney Laurie Moore brings her 23 years of experience in law enforcement to her first crime novel, Constable’s Run, in which Constable Jinx Porter must turn for help in his reelection bid to his girlfriend, Reserve Deputy Constable Raven. Meanwhile, Raven has her hands full dealing with a gypsy kingpin who’s put a contract out on her in this tough, at times funny tale (“Is an AIDS test multiple choice?”) of betrayal and revenge.” ~ Publishers Weekly
“Fort Worth constable Jinx Porter is fighting to stay in office and keep his political career alive. His young, unworthy opponent has a large campaign fund and zero law-enforcement experience but seems primed to take over. Jinx’s lazy, stupid treasurer won’t raise any money for the campaign. The only person who seems willing to help is his beautiful girlfriend, Raven, but she has made the mistake of insulting the prince of the gypsies and he has put out a contract on her. Then Raven learns that Jinx has a problem with fidelity, and instead of helping him with his campaign she decides to get even in a big way. The author, a 23-year law-enforcement veteran, juggles a number of over-the-top plotlines full of midgets, drag queens, ex-convicts, and women with big hair. Although readers may need a program to keep track of the cast, this novel–more a humorous look at Texas politics than a full-blown mystery–is fairly entertaining. Texas fans, especially, will enjoy the capers.” ~ Barbara Bibel, Booklist
Five Star Expressions
Board book: 452 pages
Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (October 2, 2003)
Someone’s trying to kill Constable Jinx Porter in mystery author Laurie Moore’s page-turning sequel to Constable’ Run, and everyone suspects Jinx’s ex-girlfriend Raven. But Raven has been held captive in a home invasion. The intruder needs a place to stay for the weekend until the banks open on Monday morning. His plan to force Raven to accompany him while he relieves the cashier of thousands of dollars’ worth of gold maple leaf Canadian coins necessary to start a revolution in a country in Central America is only the beginning of this witty, fast-paced novel, and Raven soon realizes her survival may depend on Jinx as much as his survival depends on her. While Jinx’s closest associates are telling him to arrest Raven, Jinx is a believer in keeping one’s friends close, and keeping one’s enemies closer. Once again, the Tarrant County Constables provide a roller coaster ride.
“Jinx Porter has returned as the Tarrant County constable following the resignation of his former girlfriend Raven. However, his second coming is not quite as pleasant as his first sixteen year term was. Deputy Ivy did everything wrong as the team went to arrest Newton Marble Eye. Instead the felon escapes but not before he shoots Jinx.
Jinx resides in the hospital with his roommate being former homicide detective Sid Klevenhagen, who abruptly dies but his body vanishes. Sid sneaks back into his room to inform Jinx that he obviously did not die, but that Jinx was the target. As Jinx struggles to survive, everyone wonders if Raven is the culprit even while every single male that she knows proposes marriage to her except the one stud she loves.
The latest Jinx-Raven police procedural is a fun tale that provides immense entertainment to sub-genre fans. The story line is as exciting as the previous books in the series, but much more personal as Jinx is the target. Laurie Moore continues to furbish a solid series with a novel that hooks the audience from the moment Jinx explains to his outrageous bunk mate what went wrong.” ~ Harriet Klausner
“Action as fast as an automatic weapon, interspersed with Texas truisms and comic relief, makes this novel truly original in voice and style…Moore’s writing wears spurs–and it sparks, too.” ~ Romantic Times
Five Star Expressions
Hardcover: 361 pages
Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (October 3, 2005)
Mystery author Laurie Moore merges her critically-acclaimed Constable series and Fort Worth police series to create this page-turning sequel to Constable’s Apprehension. Jinx Porter has only eight days to win back Raven before she gets married. Compounding the countdown, simultaneous kidnappings have them scrambling to find the perpetrators; Raven’s maid of honor, detective Cézanne Martin, is investigating the murder of Raven’s next-door neighbor; and the groom is missing. Throw in a florist up to his ears in drug dogs, a dead caterer and a confused baker and you’ve got another wild ride with the Tarrant County Constables.
“It looks as though deputy Raven’s wedding isn’t going to happen. Tommy, her intended, is a CIA operative out in the field, and all of his phone calls end with the sound of gunfire and screaming. Jinx, the constable of Tarrant County, Texas, her philandering former lover, doesn’t want to see Raven wed. Fellow officer Dell, also in love with her, feels the same. It’s hard for Raven to plan her wedding, what with investigating the murder of her elderly neighbor, and searching for Jinx’s lost cat and two missing children, one of whom is scheduled to be a human sacrifice on the summer solstice. Lots of action, lots of humor, and lots of quirky characters–including a teen voodoo practitioner, feuding bridesmaids, and an oversexed Wiccan–add to the excitement as Raven watches her detailed wedding plans disintegrate. This is the third book in Moore’s Constable series (Constable’s Run, 2002; Constable’s Apprehension, 2003), and libraries will want all three titles in this rowdy, off-the-wall, hormonally charged series.” ~ Shelley Mosley, Booklist
“…Lots of action, lots of humor and lots of quirky characters–including a teen voodoo practitioner, feuding bridesmaids and an oversexed Wiccan–add to the excitement as Raven watches her detailed wedding plans disintegrate. This is the third in Moore’s Constable series (Constable’s Run, 2002; Constable’s Apprehension, 2003) and libraries will want all three titles in this rowdy, off-the-wall, hormonally charged series.” ~ Booklist
“I always look forward to opening the cover of a Laurie Moore book for a unique taste of Texas and its savory and unsavory characters. Always satisfying…to the last page!” ~ Ruta Lee