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What's new at Mill City Press this week? We've got five books making their grand entrances into the world today.



First is...

Accidental P.I. takes you on a thrill ride following the fifty-year professional career of Private Investigator David Watts, as his life story treats you to these experiences and more. From murder, rioting, gambling and drug raids to sex cases, and fraud, this behind-the-scenes peek at real-life cases shows how investigators get the job done—not like in the movies or on television.

David Watts entered the investigative field as a young New Jersey policeman at the beginning of the turbulent 1960s. His descriptions of the seedier side of the cultural revolution during that era is riveting . . . and you get to go along for the ride! Switching to the private sector, armed with a Super 8 camera, he had the guts to quit law enforcement and start his own business in 1976 and has been at it ever since.

David B. Watts, a licensed private investigator for the past four decades, specializes in fraud and business investigations. He and Linda, his wife of 53 years, worked for major law firms and the Fortune 500 in the busy New York to Philadelphia corridor on cases ranging from kickbacks to special security issues. Dave has also worked several murder cases and innumerable insurance fraud matters. 

His investigation career began in his twenties as a Plainfield, New Jersey patrolman. He was promoted to detective, then joined the Union County Prosecutor's Office as a County Investigator. These early experiences eventually launched him into a lifetime of investigation work in the private sector. His pursuit of the facts brought him into state and federal courts as well as the board rooms of major corporations. He is respected among his peers and continues to take on special investigations, now in his seventies.


Connect with David on his website, buy a copy of Accidental P.I. directly from him, or grab a copy on Amazon.


Second is...

Surviving a career in law enforcement involves a considerable amount of natural instinct, skill, luck, and intellect. Fortunately for Pat McCarthy, he possessed all of these, some more than others, at different times.

In Chicago Street Cop, you will:

• Learn what it feels like to walk through the wreckage of the worst aviation disaster in America’s history—collecting bodies and body parts.
• Go behind the scenes as McCarthy, wired by the FBI, is bribed by an organized crime figure to protect a secret gambling den in Chinatown.
• Get an insider’s view into the life of a big city undercover cop buying drugs in a violent housing project.
• Ride along with McCarthy’s FBI squad as they try to stop a gang war.
• Read about what it’s like to be a SWAT team member in a two-day standoff with a cop killer.

With a gritty and no-holds-barred narrative, Chicago Street Cop is a vivid reminder of the risks and choices that members of law enforcement face daily as they keep the general public safe from harm.

Pat McCarthy had one of the most amazing careers in law enforcement history. His twenty-six years in law enforcement included working a high-crime south side district, and special ops handling unique assignments such as a sniper on the SWAT Team of the Chicago Police Department.

His experiences also included five years as an undercover cop in Chicago's Gang Crimes Unit. McCarthy worked eleven years as a special federal investigator with a top-secret security clearance with the FBI, deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service to work on three separate federal task forces.

Asian Organized Crime and Asian Gangs were McCarthy's specialty for six years. He was a two-term president of The International Association of Asian Crime Investigators, working cases all across the U.S. and Canada.

McCarthy developed and teaches “Street Crimes,” the fastest growing law enforcement training seminar in the country, and produced the Street Cop DVD training series. Both can be viewed at

Connect with Pat on his website, buy a copy of Chicago Street Cop directly from him, or grab a copy on Amazon.


Third is...

If someone asked you what you did to get where you are today, what would you tell them? 

Author Bill Carpentier gives us his take as he looks back over his life with a critical eye—and great comic timing. He tells tales of growing up in an Italian family in Brooklyn in the 1950s (even including a recipe for egg creams), training for the Navy (during one winter on the Great Lakes), and trying to be “present” for his kids (while having to handle emergencies long distance). Don’t worry, though, his wife was always there to help him—or at least to tell him what she had already done on his behalf.

The tales of soccer “coaching” will resonate with anyone who has played (or watched) a little league sport, while the stories from the road (both his stories, and those of his staff) are sure to connect to everyone in business. With a little something for everyone—not to mention a keen look at some foibles we all share—this Dust from the Attic won’t soon be getting swept under the rug.
Bill Carpentier was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949 to an Italian mother and father - the middle of three children. During his teenage years, he developed a love for music and played drums for a group named The Dynamics. He attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and majored in Architecture. His desire was to become a New York architect but after graduation, revisited his career choices. Bill was drafted into the military and served in Viet Nam as a member of the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he attended college, followed by a career in business. After a thirty two year career in pharmaceuticals, he retired to form a consulting company - helping other business professionals get better at what they do. Two years later, Bill found a passion in writing, completing his first nonfiction book titled, the TWO HOUR leader - a book on leadership for managers leading outside sales teams.
Bill currently lives in northern California with his wife and their ten pound Shih Tzu.

Grab a copy of Dust from the Attic on Amazon


Fourth is...

Bullies, gossip, rumors, cliques . . . sound all too familiar? How can you give your kids the courage to navigate the growing-up years with strong minds and sound values?

Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time tells the story of how author Rachel Chadima received the encouragement and tools to take the road less traveled and thrive. Her parents delivered that encouragement in a very special way—on Post-it® notes inside of her lunchbox.   

Every day, Rachel found new words of support taped inside. From “You are a treasure and you are loved!” to Scripture verses reading, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13,” these notes instilled lifelong lessons and gave Rachel the roadmap she needed to navigate the sometimes treacherous terrain and flourish.

Whether you're looking for a story to give your children hope, or a guide on how to encourage your kids daily, Lessons from My Lunchbox will help your loved ones thrive.


Rachel Chadima is passionate about inspiring others to be their very best, so when the long-ignored bullying epidemic had finally been exposed, she knew she wanted to help. The lasting impact of her mom’s lunchbox notes inspired Rachel to share her story about overcoming the bullies, one note at a time, in hopes of uplifting and encouraging others. Rachel graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with her bachelor of arts degree in Communications and Journalism (Public Relations), and a minor in Family Studies. Rachel owns Mainstream Boutique in Hudson, WI, and has a love for fashion, travel, fitness, her Christian faith, and spending time with her family and friends.

Connect with Rachel on her website, buy Lessons from My Lunchbox directly from her, or grab a copy on Amazon.


Last but not least...

On the surface, it looked like Gigi Grant had it all. She managed a successful interior design firm. She had two lovely and precocious teenage daughters. And her best friends, Stacey and Vivian, were always there to offer support and share gossip over a bottle of wine. But as a single mom Gigi hardly found time for herself, balancing work, home, and of course, the revolving door of never-good-enough love interests.

Finally giving in to Vivian’s peer pressure, Gigi signs up for a Chicago Stepping dance class. Although it starts out as a fun diversion from everyday demands, Gigi is soon drawn into a turf war between rival stepping instructors, countless scandals, and other “grown folks” drama. Thankfully to guide her through the chaos is her charming new leading man, Harper Drake. Before she knows it, Gigi finds herself falling for more than just the dance...

J.E. Harris is a lawyer, a writer, an interior decorator...and, of course, a Stepper.

Harris has more than twenty years’ experience as a corporate attorney, practicing employment law for several large corporations in the Twin Cities. Harris also instructs Business Law courses for Twin Cities colleges and universities.

Harris earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree from Drake University. Harris is also a licensed interior decorator and a member of Certified Interior Decorators, International.

Harris serves her community through volunteer lawyer organizations and is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Harris is a spirited participant in the Twin Cities Stepping Community and co-owner of StepWith2, L.L.C.

Harris originally hails from Rockford, Illinois. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her two beautiful daughters and her favorite Stepping Instructor. When You Step is Harris' first novel.

Connect with J.E. on her website, buy When You Step directly from her, or grab a copy on Amazon.


Happy book birthdays, authors!


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