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(Minnetonka, Minn., Oct. 11, 2013) - Today, Minnesota author Marilyn Jax’s latest novel, “Sapphire Trails,” was named first place winner in the Genre Fiction category of the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest.

“I was just so excited when I received the call. This award is a big deal,” said Jax.

The Writer’s Digest award marks the 6th time the novel has been recognized by a book award program since its release in late 2012. The book has also won the mystery category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards, the Fiction: Mystery/Suspense category of the 2013 International Book Awards and the mystery categories of the USA Best Book Awards and the Beverly Hills Book Awards. “Sapphire Trails” was named a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards. 

“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 longtime 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, but Caswell & Lombard do not believe the crimes are related. The local sheriff calls on the investigators to help solve the crimes in this riveting whodunit.

“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 multiple national award winners. Jax’s next novel, “Never in Ink” is slated for release in early 2014.

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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. 

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