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A Measure of Madness: a New Novel in the Risky Research Series

A Guest Post by Kim McMahill

A Measure of Madness by Kim McMahill

Inspiration for a Series

I am often asked how I come up with ideas for my books. Inspiration comes from many different places including dreams, travel, childhood experience grossly exaggerated, and current issues. Most of my novels have been stand-alone adventure and romantic suspense novels, but my most recent project has been the Risky Research Series. The idea for this suspense series began to emerge as I started getting to an age when keeping fit and healthy started taking a little more effort and a lot more research.

Nearly every woman I know, myself included, educates herself about nutrition, exercise, fitness, diets, etc. in order to live a healthier life, manage a medical issue, or to lose weight. I’ve found there is so much information out there that it is difficult to sort out fact from fiction. The diet and nutrition industries are worth billions, which makes it even more challenging to ascertain who or what to trust. With so much on the line for something that impacts nearly everyone, there is plenty of opportunity for corruption and crime to infiltrate the industry, making it perfect fodder for a crime series.

So, about six years ago I started the series with A Dose of Danger, which deals with a potential miracle diet pill and those who will stop at nothing to keep it off the market. Book 2, A Taste of Tragedy, revolves around a deadly sweetener, and book 3, A Foundation of Fear, explores the role of lobbyists and politics in the industry. The latest novel in the series, A Measure of Madness, was released on April 9, 2021. There are also two short-story prequels available for free download, A Formidable Foe and Midnight in Montana. Here’s a bit more on the latest novel, A Measure of Madness.


FBI agent Devyn Nash's pursuit of a deadly organization heats up in this fourth installment of the Risky Research series.

The FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie, but attempts to bring him in result in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover. When Devyn’s partner is left fighting for his life in a Puerto Rican hospital, she becomes more determined than ever to bring them to justice.

Devyn’s decision to ignore her orders and pursue the head of Coterie to Brazil puts her job and her relationship with Sheriff Gage Harris in jeopardy, but she is unwilling to allow those responsible for so much death to live out their lives in paradise.


“Let me guess, J.R. fast-tracked it to Brazil?”

“Very perceptive, Melonis.”

“Just a lucky guess since he apparently has a fondness for Brazilian bamboo, and it just so happens to be a country without an extradition agreement with the U.S.,” Nick said.

A nurse entered and interrupted their conversation. She checked Nick’s vitals and made notes on his chart. “Don’t visit too long, he needs his rest,” the nurse stated as she hustled out of the room.

“I’ll leave you two alone. I hate always being the third wheel. Just do as Morgan says and take care of yourself. The doctors think you’ll make a speedy recover if you don’t do anything reckless or stupid.”

“Speaking of reckless and stupid, have a nice flight to Rio and try not to get killed,” Nick rasped.

Devyn shot Morgan a scathing look.

“What? How could I have said anything, you’ve been with me the whole time? He just knows you too well.”

She shook her head and took Morgan in her arms. “Take care of him, and take care of yourself.” Devyn hugged her friend tight, hoping it wasn’t for the last time.

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More About the Author

Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. She has had the opportunity to live in Hawaii, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, and Colorado, but has finally returned home to Wyoming. When not writing she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, puzzles, playing games, and spending time with family.

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