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Freya Smallwood’s Mystery Novel “The Raptor’s Grasp” Will Be Displayed at the 2023 San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

The Raptor’s Grasp introduces Freya Smallwood’s Cop&Doc Mysteries, featuring champion surfer cop Tor Abelove and bereft widowed Dr. Bradley. At once a police procedural of complex characters and a literary novel that culminates in a shooting, it offers broad thematic and emotional range. Even book clubs not focused on mysteries will find chat topics in “The Raptor’s Grasp.”

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ReadersMagnet will exhibit “The Raptor’s Grasp: An Abelove & Bradley Mystery” by Freya Smallwood at the 2023 San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books on August 19th, 2023. The event will occur at 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110.

Self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet will display Freya Smallwood’s first-released Abelove & Bradley Mystery, “The Raptor’s Grasp,” at the 2023 San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books. The event will occur on August 19, 2023, at 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s 7th Festival of Books will bring together San Diego residents who like reading, writers, retailers, and businesses. The festival will feature 75 authors this year. Presented by the University of San Diego and open to book lovers of all ages, the festival features interactive panel discussions, poetry readings, art and writing workshops, book fairs, and family-friendly activities.

Freya Smallwood’s “The Raptor’s Grasp” commences with the US economy in meltdown. After the violent death of a guest at a “Black Saturday” cliffside celebration, a party server and Dr. Bradley, both immersed in their separate grief, assist police and reengage with life. Bradley finds Abelove’s best witness, a young scientist brain-damaged by drowning. Soon police learn that the waiter is his father, slightly connected to the victim, and detain him. But then Mexican police retrieve the beached corpse of another guest who was alive before the waiter’s arrest. While Abelove’s interviews with scientists complicate his case with disputes about the survivability of all sea life, in moral horror he grows more convinced that the killer he seeks is someone he cannot in conscience arrest.

Freya Smallwood’s mystery novel highlights psychological complexity through brilliant characterization, captivating dialogue, and a richly developed plot. It is a gripping novel that will excite fans of multi-faceted books and detective stories.

Readers interested in “The Raptor’s Grasp: An Abelove & Bradley Mystery” by Freya Smallwood may order a copy of the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Freya Smallwood and her works by visiting her website:

Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books to check out the book’s display.

“The Raptor’s Grasp: An Abelove & Bradley Mystery”
Author | Freya Smallwood
Genre | Mystery
Publisher | Tekla Press
Published date | May 5, 2023

As an undergrad Freya Smallwood won first prize for playwriting in the University of Michigan’s Hopwood competition. After winning UCLA’s Lucille Ball Comedy Award, her thesis play received the unique honor of total production in the university’s theater season. Her first novel, Softwood, is a literary love story set in atmospheric northern Michigan.

Freya has become addicted to the fun of Tor Abelove and O. G. Bradley. Since all these books are standalone, she welcomes an offer of representation for or publication of even just one.

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