Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Purple Heart Detective Agency


I’m hosting a starter day party today for the book tour for comedy mystery “The Purple Heart Detective Agency”. I’ll review the book on March 6. Stay tuned for the review and meanwhile, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

February 22nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 23rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 25th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

February 27th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

February 28th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

March 2nd: Author Interview @ Tea Talks

March 4th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

March 6th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

March 8th: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 10th: Book Review and Excerpt @ Books, Books and More Books

March 12th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

March 13th: Promo Post @ Majanka’s Blog

March 14th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

March 16th: Book Review and Promo @ Undercover Book Reviews

March 18th: Book Review and Promo @ Word Menagerie

March 20th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

March 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

About The Book

PHDA - Cover Front OnlyTitle: The Purple Heart Detective Agency

Author: Rock Neelly

Genre: Comedy / Mystery

“What do wounded warriors do when they return from war missing a leg or two? These tough guys start The Purple Heart Detective Agency. Using battle-tested skills, laughing all the way, when others have turned their backs, these sleuths solve mysteries. Rock Neelly’s novel is easy to pick-up, hard to put down.”

– Robert Beattie, author of Nightmare in Wichita: Hunt for the BTK Strangler

“Rock Neelly hands the reader well-defined, believable characters, caught up in a deft blend of old-school detective noir and modern technology.” 

– Brian Dobbins, author of The Witch’s Cartel and Corryville

The sudden disappearance of a magician isn’t usually cause for alarm, but it’s a different story when the disappearance isn’t part of the act.

Clay and Roddy are two war veterans – both amputees – trying to rebuild their shattered lives through their struggling Purple Heart Detective Agency. Then the beautiful Angela Thayer enters the picture, asking for their help in finding her missing friend and employer, Trevor Baker – stage name, Merlyn the Magician. The high profile case promises to jumpstart their careers…until the search leads to betrayal, intrigue and mind control. And then the murders begin…

A hard-boiled detective story of murder and mayhem, a war story of pathos and survival, an action story of intrigue and violence, a love story of abandon and betrayal, a stick in the eye of the entertainment industry, wry social commentary on how America treats its veterans of war, but mostly a rousing tale of brotherhood in war and beyond.

And of course, a foul-mouthed monkey named Jerry.



Author Bio

LoResRockRock Neelly is a Professor of Communications and English in the Cincinnati area. He has written numerous articles in magazines, journals, and books over his career. In his storied career, Rock has been a newspaper man, a sales manager, a contributing editor, and a bad guitarist in a garage band. The grandson of cattle ranchers, Rock grew up on the high plains of Kansas shooting baskets and pheasant. He currently teaches film, literature, and writing at a community college in Northern Kentucky. He lives with his wife and family in Liberty Township, OH.

The Purple Heart Detective Agency is his first novel.


  1. Jennifer McCarter says

    Rock is hands down the best teacher I ever had and I took 3 of his college courses. He does his absolute best to help you pass and become a better reader/writer. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  2. Jenny Wiehe says

    Rock is a great teacher. He made learning fun and he was very supportive. I can’t wait to read his book.

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