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Advanced Praise for Sasscer Hill’s series debut FLAMINGO ROAD

April 18, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

“This sound mystery with thrills and hair-raising action from first to last.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“[Flamingo Road] will appeal to fans of all things horse racing, strong female protagonists, and Florida noir.” —BOOKLIST
“A fast pace and a feisty heroine put Flamingo Road in the winner’s circle. Sasscer Hill is off to the races with her new character, Fia McKee, and I’m on board for that ride!” —Tami Hoag

“Hill takes her readers on the ride of their lives as high-stakes crime collides with the adrenaline-fueled world of professional horse racing in Flamingo Road—a surefire winner, rich in authentic detail and heart-stopping suspense.” —Andrew Grant

“In her new thriller, Sasscer Hill ups the ante on her horses. Could she be the Dick Francis of her generation? Count me among those who would vote yes.” —Margaret Maron


By Sasscer Hill

Sasscer Hill introduces a new series set in the steamy underworld of Florida, FLAMINGO ROAD (Minotaur Books, April 18, 2017, 9781250096913, $25.99. Fia McKee is an all-round kick-ass protagonist, and mystery fans are sure to fall in love with her wonderful voice and clever sleuthing abilities.

Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races.

To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly’s beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles—first to find out what’s really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who is close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win.


SASSCER HILL was an amateur steeplechase jockey, as well as a horse owner who bred, raised, and rode race horses for thirty years in Maryland. Her first published novel, Full Mortality, was nominated for both the Agatha and Macavity Best First Mystery Awards. Born in Washington, D.C., Hill earned a BA in English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College. She now lives with her husband, dog, and cat, in Aiken, SC., where she still enjoys horseback riding.


By Sasscer Hill

Minotaur Books



April 18, 2017



April 11, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


 WELLINGTON, Fla. (April 5, 2017) — A five-acre working farm, 20 miles of trails and a mile-long lake are just a few of the natural elements that define Arden, the new master-planned community set to open April 29. Located on Southern Boulevard in western Palm Beach County, Arden is just minutes away from the new Publix shopping center, Palm Beach State College’s west campus, and all the shopping, dining and entertainment options of Wellington.

Developed by Freehold Communities, Arden will eventually include 2,000 homes—the majority of which will back up to a community open space, including parks, playfields, greenways, nature trails or lakes. Purposefully designed to magnify the connection between nature, health and happiness, the scenic property features miles of walking and biking trails; a central mile-long lake for fishing, kayaking or canoeing; and an expansive great lawn for events. Embracing the area’s rich agricultural history, Arden is one of the first in Florida to feature a working farm as an essential component of community life. The five-acre parcel will produce fruits, vegetables and herbs under the guidance of a full-time Farm Manager, and be complemented by a barn where residents can gather for seasonal classes and harvest events.

“This is a community for those who love the great outdoors and want a daily connection to Florida’s natural beauty,” said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of marketing for Freehold Communities.

The gracious two-story Clubhouse will form the heart of recreational activity at Arden. A resort-style pool flows over two levels. The peaceful upper pool and spa are surrounded by private cabanas for those who want some quiet time, while the lower pool offers water play areas perfectly suited for families with young children. The Clubhouse will offer plenty of separate indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for all ages to enjoy. The upper level will have an inviting Wi-Fi café serving coffees, lattes, juice and food items, including frozen treats; meeting and event rooms; and an outdoor covered patio with a fireplace. The lower level will include a fully-equipped fitness room and a private exercise studio with Wellbeats™ virtual trainers on demand.

Arden’s best-in-class amenities were developed based on comprehensive market research, and will raise the standard of expectations for planned communities in South Florida. “Our research showed that inviting gathering spaces that foster social interaction, a focus on healthy food and best-in-class fitness options were in high demand across all of our target markets,” added Maddalon. “We also found that active adults are shifting away from age-restricted communities in order to be closer to their friends, children and grandkids. Since Arden will appeal to a range of age groups, we designed the clubhouse to serve as the connective tissue for our multi-generational residents, while still providing unique and private areas for those who want some quiet time.”

Arden will offer homes in an array of sizes, styles and price points. Ryan Homes is the first of three builders announced. Sales will officially begin at a family-friendly community event in early Spring.

For more information, or to join the Founders Club, please visit www.ArdenFL.com