Marilyn Jax’s “Sapphire Trails” recognized as the year’s best mystery
(April 15, 1013, Twin Cities) – The latest novel by Minnetonka author Marilyn Jax has received its second national book award. Today, the Beverly Hills Book Awards named Sapphire Trails as the best mystery published between 2008 and 2013. Last year, the USA Best Book Awards in Los Angeles named Sapphire Trails the best mystery of 2012.
“I am truly honored and humbled, considering my book was up against titles from the major publishing houses, as well,” said Jax, who published through independent book publisher Beaver’s Pond Press of Edina, Minn.
Sapphire Trails is the third installment of the mystery series featuring private investigators Claire Caswell and Gaston "Guy" Lombard. In this book, the investigators receive an invitation from long-time friends to visit their lodge in Bigfork, Montana, a respite far away from the frenzied pace of Miami Beach. But shortly after the two arrive, a cold-blooded murder occurs at the lodge. It’s a crime bearing similarities to a recent rash of burglaries plaguing a well-to-do enclave in the neighboring community of Whitefish. The local sheriff calls on the investigators to help solve the crimes.
Sapphire Trails is Jax’s third novel. Her other two highly acclaimed titles, Road to Omalos, published in 2010 and The Find, published in 2007, are also national award winners.
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About Marilyn Jax
Marilyn Jax spent close to 20 years as a senior government enforcement investigator for the State of Minnesota. During that time she investigated multitudes of cases, including acting as a lead investigator on one of the largest real estate fraud cases in Minnesota history. She is also a retired Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Jax enjoys sharing her experience with people interested in investigative work and hopes to inspire young people to pursue a career in fraud investigation. Marilyn Jax lives in Minnesota and the Caribbean and spends time in Montana and Miami.