Sanctuary by C.L. Tolbert


by C.L. Tolbert

July 1-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour


Sanctuary by C.L. Tolbert

The Thornton Mystery Series

In Sanctuary, Emma Thornton takes on another murder investigation. This time, she’s helping a former client accused of killing the leader of a suspicious cult in New Orleans. James Crosby, the head of the Japaprajnas, is found dead one late afternoon, his body draped over an iron fence in the courtyard of the nineteenth century house where he and several cult members work and live. Initially presuming the fall was an accident, police investigators quickly discover that James had received a lethal dose of a drug before he was pushed from his office balcony. The next day the police discover a syringe and a substantial amount of the drug which killed James in Stacey Robert’s bedroom and bring the nineteen-year-old cult member in for questioning. She’s arrested the next day. Stacey asks Emma to represent her. Emma, who had represented Stacey when she was a sixteen-year-old runaway, agrees to take the case. Convinced that Stacey is innocent, Emma begins an investigation into the cult and its members. But Emma’s questions uncover hidden secrets, illicit activities, and the exploitation of innocent victims. Emma’s suspicions lead her down dangerous paths where she is confronted with life threatening circumstances. Eventually she finds the killer’s trail and discovers the case’s final resolution.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: June 2, 2022
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: Coming Soon!
Series: The Thornton Mystery Series, Book 3
Book Links: Coming Soon!

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Excerpt from Sanctuary by C.L. Tolbert. Copyright 2022 by C.L. Tolbert. Reproduced with permission from C.L. Tolbert. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:

C.L. Tolbert

C.L. Tolbert grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, a culturally rich, beachy stretch of land with moss covered oaks and unforgettable sunsets. Early in her career, she earned a Masters of Special Education and taught for ten years before entering law school at the University of Mississippi. Licensed in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia, C.L. practiced law for thirty-five years, concentrating on insurance defense, and corporate litigation. She also had the unique opportunity to teach at Loyola Law School in New Orleans where she was the Director of the Homeless Law Clinic, and learned, firsthand, about poverty in that city. The experiences and impressions from the past forty years contribute to the stories she writes today. After winning the Georgia State Bar Association’s fiction writing contest, C.L. developed the winning short story into the first novel of the Thornton Mystery Series, Out From Silence, featuring the Emma Thornton. In 2021 C.L. published a follow up novel, The Redemption, a mystery set in New Orleans, which Kirkus Reviews called an “engaging and unpredictable whodunit.” C.L.’s love of New Orleans and murder mysteries continues in Sanctuary, the third book in the Thornton Mystery series. C.L. lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer, Yoda. She has two children and three grandchildren.

Catch Up With C.L. Tolbert:
Instagram – @cltolbertwrites
Twitter – @cltolbertwrites
Facebook – @cltolbertwriter



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Tour Host Info:

Book Formats: mobi, Print, Netgalley || This is the third in the series and, if needed, previous ebooks in the series can be provided
Hosting Options: Review, Interview, Guest Post, Showcase
Giveaway: There will be a tour-wide PICT Giveaway
More: According to the author Sanctuary does not include: Excessive Strong Language, Graphic Violence, Explicit Sexual Scenes, Rape, or other trigger situations. Readers may encounter content that is considered to be or refers to: LGBTQIA. Generally the content is considered to be: Clean (mild language no more than a mild swear or two, no sex, mild innuendo) content. At this time, PICT staff have not yet read this book and cannot give additional information.



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