Monday, February 28, 2022

The Magnolia Murders by Aimee Nicole Walker Blog Tour

Blog Tour. Aimee Nicole Walker’s The Magnolia Murders.

Everything old is new again in love and murder.

Work together, live together, and play together is the name of the game for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key. But one of those things changes when Chief Mendoza taps Sawyer to lead the newly formed cold case unit. His first task: solve the Magnolia Murders that spanned three decades and suddenly stopped in 2000.

Chaos ensues when a fourth Magnolia Queen contender is murdered during a preliminary round. With the pageant’s one hundredth anniversary looming, the pressure is on to produce results. Royce and Sawyer, along with their new partners, have to team up to solve the Magnolia Murders—old and new.

As the investigation continues, a surprise visitor and an unexpected phone call force the men to face painful things from their pasts. The future Royce and Sawyer dream of is within their grasp, but first, they’ll need to uproot the seeds of discontent they’ve buried deep.

The Magnolia Murders is the first book in the Matrimony and Mayhem trilogy, the second story arc for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key.

Author's Note: New readers should start with the Zero Hour trilogy before reading the Matrimony and Mayhem trilogy.

The Magnolia Murders is a continuation of Royce and Sawyer’s happily ever after as they move into the next phase of their lives—professionally and personally. Though some storylines span the trilogy, this book does not end in a cliffhanger. Heat, humor, heart, and homicide abound. You have been warned. 18+


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The Magnolia Murders by Aimee Nicole Walker

Book 1
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Royce straightened and stepped fully into his office, shutting the door behind him. Something devilish and dirty glinted in his eyes, and he crossed the room and planted his fine ass on the corner of Sawyer’s desk. “Hi. Did you miss me?”

“Terribly.” And it was true. He was excited about the prospect of leading the CCU, but he would miss having Royce as his partner.

Royce raked his eyes over Sawyer’s attire before scanning the room. “You’ve been home to change, and you set up your new office? And here I thought you might want my help.”

Sawyer scoffed. “You want to help christen my office, which is hardly the same as unpacking the boxes and organizing my desk.”


“You’re in luck, though,” Sawyer said. “I haven’t had time to write up the case report for Dingbat.”

Royce wagged his finger and tsked. “Look who’s using childish nicknames now.”

“Oh shit,” Sawyer replied. “You’re rubbing off on me.”

Royce’s grin was dark and delicious. “Every chance I get, baby.” He raked his hot gaze over Sawyer. “You’re wearing the pretentious cashmere thingy for your press conference. Nice.”

Sawyer looked down at the storm-gray sweater vest he wore over a pale gray shirt and his lucky lavender tie. He lifted his head and met Royce’s smiling eyes. “Thanks. My boyfriend bought it for me for Valentine’s Day last year.”

“Nope,” Royce said, shaking his head to emphasize how adamant he was. “I bought it just because.”

Sawyer bit his bottom lip to keep him from laughing, but his restraint lasted only a few seconds. Royce rolled his eyes when Sawyer’s mirth bubbled out of him. Sawyer cleared his throat and wiped his eyes, but Royce’s deep scowl nearly sent him into a second fit.


“Dickhead.” Sawyer replied. “Can I just point out that your ‘just because’ gift was given to me after a candlelit dinner on February thirteenth?”

“Why do I suddenly feel like I’m on the witness stand?” Royce asked.

“Answer the question, Sergeant Locke. Do you honestly expect the jury to believe the timing of your gift was a coincidence?”

Royce crossed his arms over his chest. “Objection.”

Sawyer desperately wanted to kiss his pouty lips. “The witness can’t object.”

“I’m also representing myself at the trial.”

“So that makes you the defendant. Interesting. What crimes were you charged with? Eating cheese from a squirty can?”

Royce dropped his arms and leaned forward. “I am accused of killing off any chance another man has with you. No one will ever worship your body and heart the way I do. Now and forever.” His voice was thick and husky, lighting the fuse of lust in Sawyer’s core. “And, yes, counselor, I am guilty. I bought my boyfriend the super soft sweater thingy ‘just because’ it’s the same color as my eyes, and I like to mark him in every way possible. Until today, our relationship had to be a secret at work.”



“I don’t need expensive restaurants, linen tablecloths, or wine. I just want you.”     Royce’s eyes darkened, and he ignored his sandwich to kiss Sawyer’s mouth. “But you already have me.”     “And you’re all the magic I need.”



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Magnolia Murders is the first book in the Sawyer and Royce: Matrimony and Mayhem series, which is a spin off the Zero Hour trilogy. I was thrilled Sawyer and Royce were getting another series and I couldn’t wait to read The Magnolia Murders.

For the first time in three years, Royce and Sawyer will no longer be partners. Royce is given the opportunity to run a program that helps teens, and Sawyer is promoted and made head of a cold case team. His first job is to reinvestigate the Magnolia Murders and find out who killed three young women. When a fourth woman is murdered, Royce is called in to join the hunt for the killer.

This story perfectly blends the romance and personal dramas with the couple’s professional life where they are hunting a killer. On the personal front, Sawyer and Royce are blissfully happy but Royce is trying to propose, and life and his own fears keep getting in his way. This couple is so fun and sexy, and you can really feel how crazy in love with each other they are. It just makes their stories so good to read.

On the crime front, the hunt for the killer is fast paced. A few new cop faces are added to the team that works tirelessly to work out who killed these women and why. There are lots of clues and different threads to the mystery and it was so satisfying to watch them all come together.

The Magnolia Murders is exactly the kind of story that I love to read – crime solving by a couple whose lives and loves I can completely immerse myself in. I don’t know how many books the author plans to write in this series but as long as they keep writing them, I’ll keep reading them.

This is the first book in a new series, but follows on from the Zero Hours series – which you really should read before starting this one. There you will meet Royce and Sawyer, and find out how they ended up together – I highly recommend this wonderful and unexpected love story.

We rejoin the guys happily living together... and thankfully they are truly solid. Inevitably there are ongoing discoveries and decisions to be made, but the joy of this book is that we do not need to worry about that side of things, so can relax on that score... and just get really involved in the crime solving.

I loved that the chief knows how best to give the guys a new challenge, and an opportunity to be more open at work about their relationship. Sawyer is going to lead a cold case team – and start with the Magnolia Murders. Royce is offered a youth project, and whilst doing the training, he gets called to lead on a new Magnolia Murder. So they manage to have to work together, even when no longer partners. I love this clever twist, which keeps them both in our line of sight.

Such a great cast of characters, inventive plots, and lots of soul searching make this an incredibly enjoyable read – and I am very excited to think that we will get to spend time with these guys again soon!



“You promised me a surprise.”     Royce chuckled, “It wasn’t sexual.”     “Since when?”


Author Bio

Ever since she was a little girl, AIMEE NICOLE WALKER entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people. She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day. She’d love to hear from you.

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“Sawyer?”     “Yeah,” he said huskily.     “You make me glad I’m so good with my hands.”     Sawyer’s laughter rumbled through the speaker. “That makes two of us.”


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