Book Of The Day – The Passerby

by Greg on June 18, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Murder Mystery by Thomas Ray Crowel. The Passerby has a great 4.2 star rating and is only $2.99!

“If you’re looking for a fast and interesting read, pick up Thomas Ray Crowel’s “The Passerby.” It’s a murder mystery with a unique ending. As an avid reader of mysteries, I can tell you this story reads like a true crime with real characters. Believe the five star reviews on this one, “The Passerby” is going to be a bestseller.” Book-Nut – Amazon Reviewer

The Passerby
by Thomas Ray Crowel
Rating: 4.2 Stars
Category: Mystery/Crime/Detective
Price: $2.99


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Penn County, Indiana: 1986

Eleven-year-old Trudie Brice is strangled to death in her home two weeks before Christmas. The crime goes unsolved.

Twenty years later, writer Ray Krouse is looking for material for his next book and is mysteriously drawn to the little girl’s gravesite. When Ray approaches the girl’s mother to ask if she would like to know who killed her daughter, she tells him, “They know” — a term professional investigators say people use when they know who the “they” is.

Haunted by Trudie’s spirit and believing that she deserves no less, Ray and his friend and publicist, Kick Jetton, set out on a long and trying two-year investigation to find her killer.

In a community where folks leave their doors unlocked, share their supper, keep an eye out for each other, Ray discovers the townsfolk have different theories about who committed the crime, and mixed feelings about discussing it. Some are reluctant to cooperate, though a handful eventually join Ray to put the pieces of the crime puzzle together.

Refusing to look at Ray’s new and damning evidence, the Penn County Sheriff’s Department continues to point an accusing finger at an Englishman who Ray discovers was out of the country at the time of the murder. The Department quickly informs retired officers not to talk to the writer. With that, the cold case murder of Trudie Brice is left back in the writer’s hands.

Sorting through interviews, public information files, and newspaper stories filled with details of the day of the crime, and listening to rumors upon rumors, Ray eventually narrows his list to several suspects and finally to one key suspect — a man who still lives amongst them, a man whose family has been in the community for at least three generations. It wasn’t chance or serendipity that led Ray to him. It was divine intervention.

Determined to push forward in the investigation on his own, Ray contacts the man he believes to be the girl’s killer. Can Ray convince the killer to step forward and confess?
Inspired by true events, The Passerby has all the twists and turns of a cold case murder investigation, but with an entirely unique and powerful ending.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Thomas Ray Crowel’s The Passerby is an exciting story about a small-town murder of a young girl from twenty years ago. I simply couldn’t put this book down. It was exciting and fast-paced, but not overwhelming. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something entertaining, easy to read, and that will keep them on the edge of their seat.


Crowel is a superb storyteller, even though there is no dynamic punch or shoot-em-up action, the pursuit of the murderer keeps you riveted as you try to filter through the chaff in the search for the killer.


Normally, I read a book at a leisurely pace. I could not do this with “The Passerby”–I had to know the ending and I loved it. am highly recommending Crowel’s novel!!!


If you’re a fan of cold-case murder mysteries, then Thomas Ray Crowel’s “The Passerby” is a book for your collection. It’s written in a unique and captivating style, unlike any other book I’ve read before in this genre. Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t stop. The ending was an unexpected twist for me. It was both clever and brilliant.

Get The Passerby here: The Passerby

About The Author

Thomas Ray Crowel is the author of two commercial books and three novels: SCATTERED HARVEST, THE PASSERBY, and CRY UNCLE, SUMBODY.

Based on a cold case murder, THE PASSERBY drew the attention of media and citizens which brought the case to the forefront resulting in the cold case murder being reinvestigated by the Indiana State Police. Thomas has been contacted by a Hollywood production company about movie rights on THE PASSERBY.

His latest novel, CRY UNCLE, is scheduled to be released on April 12th, the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

A lifelong Hoosier and recipient of the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, Thomas earned his B.A. from Purdue and his master’s from Valparaiso University. Visit the author’s website at:

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