Book Excerpt Sémya Slotin Mystery Series

7 Mar


I’m happy to share an excerpt today from “Bird of Prey”, the first book in the Sémya Slotin Mystery Series. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

Detective Chief Inspector Ally Gibbons looked at Sémya Slotin and Eileen Clarke. The young Miss Clarke was still very shaky; she was the one who initially discovered the body. But Sémya Slotin was oddly calm. She was just observing. “Get me everything on these two,” she told Detective Inspector Herring next to her. She walked toward Sémya, “I’m Detective Chief Inspector Ally Gibbons. I’m sorry to meet under these circumstances.”

Sémya shook her hand, “You mean we could have met at a party instead?” Sense of humour and arroganceanother know-it-all. “Sémya Louise Slotin, nice to meet you,” she smiled back and kept looking at the forensic team.  “I’m guessing you want to take my deposition?”

“Sure. Is that a faint French accent I hear?” Ally said. She wanted to make Sémya feel like she was in control. She would get more information out of her this way.

“Parts of me are…well Eileen is still in shock so I’ll go first. It’s a long story,” she chuckled back.  She wrapped her arm around Eileen and they walked back to the kitchen. She put her long hair back in a tight bun and immediately looked much younger. “Eileen picked me up from my flat in Camden Town around six this morning. We needed to speak to Julian.”

“That’s Julian Marais-Caldwin. His car, mobile and keys were in the house. About what?” Ally said.

She and Eileen nodded back. “Johanna…she’s been scheming to have him fired from his own fashion house. I had the proof and I needed to let him know.”

“So…what you are telling me is that the victim was scheming against her boyfriend and he vanished?” Ally asked. This was going to be an easier case than she thought.

“Really, this is how you’re going to handle it? You’re just going to assume that Julian is guilty. No evidence, time or cause of death, motive?” Sémya asked Ally.

Someone watched a lot of television. Ally looked at the still very quiet Eileen. “I believe you gave me the motive Miss Slotin,” Ally added a little out of patience.

“Johanna Cartier was a sociopath who used her assistant Emma as a patsy to have Julian voted out of his own company. And Emma didn’t even know. I have her laptop in Eileen’s car. We haven’t seen Emma since the day before yesterday.  Johanna’s accomplice’s name is Peter,” Sémya said without breaking eye contact with Ally.

“Is that all?” Ally said. She put her pad down. Maybe it wasn’t such an easy case.

“They left the office around six o’clock last night…Julian and Johanna,” Eileen mumbled.

“She had cameras all around the house so we can check,” Ally told her.

“Check the entry logs for the code too,” Eileen said. She squeezed Sémya’s hand.

“Her makeup… she still has her makeup on from yesterday. I was raised by a supermodel, Detective Chief Inspector it doesn’t matter how tired they are, they remove their makeup,” Sémya said.

“Your point Miss Slotin?” Ally asked but opened her pad again.

“We found her just after around half past seven, Detective Chief Inspector, she had pallor mortis and this paleness usually occurs within twenty minutes after death. But rigor mortis hadn’t set in yet. Her body wasn’t stiffed at all, it usually occurs at least three hours after death. In fact she was still warm. Doesn’t it seem strange to you too?” Sémya squeezed Eileen’s hand back.

About The Series

Series name: Sémya Slotin Mystery

Genre: mystery/suspense/ thriller romance

First Publication: October 2013

Number of books: at least: 8

 Bird Of Prey  Teaser II

Bird Of Prey – Book one

Bird Of Prey updated CoverLength: 52000 words/ 200 pages

Release date: October 7th 2013

18+ adult content

Who killed the infamous Johanna Cartier? Sémya Slotin is thrown back in the business of solving mysteries when she found her body. With the help of her best friend Polliannah Koch, DCI Ally Gibbons and the mysterious but extremely sexy Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.

This was supposed to be an easy case… 

Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having earth-shattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive Josh Heinz. Life in London was good….until her funds ran out. Too much wine drinking, not enough wine selling!

 When fashion designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth career, all she could think of and see was money signs and a well-deserved Cuban holiday once it was solved.

What Sémya didn’t see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier. She didn’t think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin, who also happened to be Sémya’s ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn’t see the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.

Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it. One vintage wine at a time… Sémya Slotin was officially back in business!









Readers’ Favorite (free submission):

The Plot Thickens (a novella) – Book Two

The Plot Thickens updated coverLength: 23000 words/ 93 pages

Release date: December 27th, 2013

The first sequel of Bird Of Prey!
Bird Of Prey (Semya Slotin Mystery)

18+ adult content

What happened while Semya Slotin and Josh Heinz were busy solving Johanna Cartier’s murder in Bird Of Prey?

Polliannah’s story… When Polliannah Koch Guryev meets John Allen, she thinks that she’s finally found her Prince Charming a tall, blond and handsome banker. What could go wrong?
John Allen has a job to do and getting closer to the beautiful Miss Koch Guryev is supposed to be a means to an end. But then they fall in love. He’s a hit man on a mission, she’s the sister of his targets. What possible future could they have? Now he and his Russian Princess have to leave London for their safety.But it may already be too late for them…

Sony: TBA





Kobo: TBA



Readers’ Favorite (free submission):

Polliannah Got Married! – Book Three

Length: 65000 words/ 250 pages

Release date: April 28th 2014


Note: ARC will be ready this week.

 The truth this time, and nothing but the truth…

Polliannah Koch Guryev is in trouble and her boyfriend is dead. It’s not the first time amateur sleuth Sémya Slotin finds herself on the first plane to rescue her best friend, but nothing’s prepared her for what she finds in Toronto. Polliannah is a widow and her late husband John Allen was a hit man for the powerful Dovos family. What did they want from her? Why is this happening? One thing they do know: their carefree life back in London is officially over.

Sémya’s long-time boyfriend Josh Heinz knows more than he lets on, but as usual he’s not telling her anything. In fact, everyone knows more but nobody’s talking. But that never stops Sémya Slotin, Detective Extraordinaire, from finding out the truth beneath the lies…

But at what cost? Old conspiracies and secrets resurface that put them all in peril. Sémya’s worst fears about her relationship with Josh and his past are confirmed, and the rift between them may never heal.

Sémya and Polliannah’s world is falling apart. Will they be able to come out of this stronger?

Oh, and did I mention that Polliannah got married?

Author Bio



Meet Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba The Author, The Blogger, The Cheeky Reviewer

“My life journey is like my playlist, amazingly unique but full of contradictions with surprising joys with every song…”


In the past two years, while living in Canada, England and France I wrote four novels: This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… (Book one) currently available on amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. The sequel This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tune and dancers’ tales has been in January 2014. Bird Of Prey, my first mystery romance novel has been released in October 7th, 2013 and its first sequel The Plot Thickens (a novella) in December. The second one Polliannah Got Married! will be released in April 2014 or earlier. I’m currently residing in Paris, France.

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One Response to “Book Excerpt Sémya Slotin Mystery Series”

  1. Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba March 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    thank you for having me on your blog!

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