#Review “Who Cares If They Die?” by Wendy Dranfield

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5/5 Stars!

Small town life will kill you… literally!

For a boring little town, Maple Valley, Hampshire is vying for murder capital of the country.

An apparent suicide begins to take on the trappings of murder, but before ducks can be lined in a row, more deaths occur. Officer Dean Matheson dreams of earning a detective’s shield, and solving the mystery behind the woman found hanging in the woods could be his winning ticket but he needs to 1) avoid the lazy, glory-seeking detective assigned to the case, and 2) learn to keep it in his pants!

Dean, Dean, Dean! Geeze. He believes Detective Miller’s dislike for him is holding him back, but nope. Dean is holding Dean back.

Estranged from his wife because he had an affair with the medical examiner for a few months because he was needy and grieving after his brother’s suicide, (what-everrrrr, Dean) he was sizing the new prison psychiatrist up only seconds after she sat next to him at the diner’s counter. *Hard eye-roll, but holds back from flinging Kindle* So Dean, Sheila, and Beth are on my adults-behaving-badly list early into the read. Wife Linda was hiding her own sins, but Dean didn’t know that until later. However, he did react like an hypocritical ass when he found out.

Had Dean not been so single-minded… and easily manipulated, he might have solved the mystery from the woods… like I did, and this read would have been less than fifty pages! 😀  HA!

The murderer was good though, and not just in method but also persona, playing a role for all of the town, though different with each person encountered. Attention to detail was meticulous. Choosing a small, rural town was genius. The killer stays under the radar because everyone knows everyone and is in their business. Perfect. Makes me wonder exactly how long the planning took, and just how crazy is the criminally insane… crazy like a fox? And why is this killer… a killer? WOW! NICE plot twist!

Choice of most victims, unfortunately, was spot on. Their character wasn’t just questionable on some pious level, but their behavior and offenses were facts most of Maple Valley knew about so their deaths aren’t questioned at first. One is even seen as a win for the victim’s abused fourteen-year-old daughter, so who cares if they die? NICE!

As information about the serial killer—and the dead—comes to light, Dean sees the full picture, but it’s good old-fashioned police work by retired Maple Valley Detective Jones which breaks the case. Dean’s mentor and idol does the leg-work and figures it out. But will he do it before more lives are lost, including Dean’s? Loved Jones!

The spins and twists of Who Cares If They Die will keep mystery and suspense lovers turning pages right up to the end and I highly recommend it.

Enjoy!

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CoverDid she jump or was she pushed?

It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car and no name. On paper it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.

Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die?

Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes the target …

 

 

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“The Wolf Queen: The Hope of Aferi (Book 1)” by Cerece Rennie Murphy

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The Wolf Queen: The Hope for Aferi (Book 1)

by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Mythology & Folklore/Romance/Historical

3.99 at time of posting!

To fight for her future, she must first discover the magic of her past

Once great and powerful sorcerers, the Amasiti were hunted to the brink of extinction by the Hir and his followers. For four hundred years, their legacy faded from memory waiting for the hope of Aferi to be renewed…

In the Land of Yet

At the edge of the Forbidden Forest

A young woman lives alone.

Forced to fend for herself after the brutal murder of her family, Ameenah Yemini has made a life for herself as a master tanner and farmer, only venturing into the world to earn her living then return to the safety and seclusion of her home.

Until a chance encounter brings her work to the attention of the powerful Hir

And her careful life begins to unravel.

Drawn to the hidden magic that lingers in everything she touches, the new Hir insists on having her for himself, using the people around her to force Ameenah into his grasp.

When she realizes that her greatest enemy may hold the key to a secret she thought lost to her forever, Ameenah is determined to reclaim her stolen past. But, at what cost? As an ancient power waits to be unleashed, Ameenah’s choices will make the difference between awakening a new magic or delivering it into the hands of evil.

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#BlogTour “Who Cares If They Die?” by Wendy Dranfield

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CoverDid she jump or was she pushed?

It starts with the hanging woman in the Maple Valley woods; the woman with no shoes, no car and no name. On paper it’s an obvious case of suicide – but to Officer Dean Matheson, something doesn’t add up.

Then there are the other deaths, deaths that also look like suicides – but are they? The victims are all women living on the fringes of society, addicts and criminals. Who will miss them? Does anyone really care if they die?

Dean Matheson is making it his business to care, even if it means he becomes the target …

 

 

 

 

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Author Bio  Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a British crime thriller writer who lives in Nottinghamshire with her husband and 3 rescue cats.

She started writing as a young girl, thanks to her love of reading, and still has some of the ghost and crime stories she wrote back then. She occasionally reads them when she needs a good laugh.

After completing a degree in Creative Writing & Philosophy, Wendy is now both an indie author (of a dark YA novel which was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition) and a traditionally published author, with several short stories published in UK and US anthologies.

‘Who Cares if they Die’ is her debut novel, published by Ruby Fiction, and Wendy is currently writing the next in the series. They are set in the US and follow Officer Dean Matheson and his mission to become a homicide detective.

Wendy is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors.

When not writing, she wastes her time on Twitter, complaining about not having enough time to write.

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#BlogTour “Blessed Betrayal” by Livia Grant

She wanted happily ever after.
He thought he had it.

Underneath the perfect exterior of Calista Bennett’s marriage lay an ugly truth that threatens to drown her when she is betrayed.

Across town, Nickolas Mikos isn’t doing much better after his life is plunged into his new reality by his wife’s lies.

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Can Cali and Nick comfort each other’s raw pain enough to allow for a second chance at happiness, or will their fears and anger prevent them from uncovering the blessing in the betrayal?

The vodka had done its job. Cali drifted in and out of a fitful sleep while curled up on the floor of the closet. It was after midnight when she found herself awake again, unable to get back to sleep. She had only a long, lonely night to look forward to.

Cali wasn’t sure of her plan until she found herself sitting behind Kevin’s large desk again. She moved on autopilot as she looked up Nicholas Mikos in her husband’s contact list. It wasn’t surprising to find it there, they had worked together after all. She had had just enough vodka to dull her decision-making ability.

It rang several times before a masculine voice answered. “Hello?”

What the hell was she doing? She was about to hang up when he spoke again. “Who’s there? If this is another reporter looking for a story, fuck off.”

He sounded so angry. He deserved to be angry. So did she.

“Nick?” Her voice was barely a whisper, but he heard.

“Cali?”

She held her breath. Unsure if she should answer.

He persisted “Cali? Is that you?”

“Yes.” She’d been so angry before the call. Why were tears prickling her eyes at the sound of his voice?

He sighed. “I’m glad you called. I’ve wanted to call you a few times but didn’t have your number. And I didn’t know… well… you know.”

“Unfortunately, I do know.” They let a long awkward silence stretch out.

He broke the quiet. “I’ve been worried about you. How are you?”

“Probably about the same as you.”

“That bad, eh?” He tried to laugh it off. It sounded strained. They fell into silence again.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know why I called. I’ll let you go.” Cali felt foolish for calling.

“Please. Don’t go.” She heard a familiar desperation in his voice.

“What do you want me to say, Nick? Anything we talk about is only going to make us feel worse.”

“I don’t think so. I hate it, but you’re the only person who could possibly understand what it’s like. You’re a beautiful, smart woman. You didn’t deserve this to happen to you, Cali. I want you to know that.”

The tears she had been holding back fell fast. She hadn’t thought he could say anything to make her feel better, but she’d been wrong. He had somehow known exactly what she’d needed to hear.

“Thank you for saying that,” she answered through her tears. “You certainly didn’t deserve this either. No one knows what to say, you know? They either avoid me or try to cheer me up. They don’t know that maybe I need to wallow for a while, you know?”

“Boy, do I ever. I finally went into the office today, and it was brutal.”

“I went back to school today, too. Brutal is the perfect word.”

“Is that why you called?”

Cali debated lying, but then she’d be doing to him what his wife had done. As ugly as the truth was, he deserved to hear it. “No. Not really.”

“Well, I’m glad you did.”

“I bet you wouldn’t be if you’d found what I found tonight.”

He hesitated. He must have been deciding if he wanted her to continue. “Maybe you should tell me and let me be the judge of that.”

“There’ll be no unhearing the words once they’re said,” she tried to warn him.

“Just like there will be no bringing them back.”

“Would you want to even if you could?” Cali asked curiously.

She started to wonder if the call had dropped. He finally answered. “Would it make me a monster if I said no?”

“No, it makes you human. I might have said yes yesterday, but not tonight. Tonight, I hope they’re rotting in hell.”

Nick whistled the surprised kind of whistle. “That doesn’t sound good. Maybe you’re right. Maybe I don’t want to know.” He hesitated. “Like it or not, I need to know. I’m tired of the secrets—of the lies. I found a couple credit cards I didn’t know about last week. A nice little fifteen-thousand-dollar fuck-you courtesy of my wife from her grave.”

“Don’t scare me. I haven’t even braved the finance crap yet.” She hoped she didn’t have more surprises waiting for her there. “I’ve just been paying a few bills I know about. I’m dreading it. I know I’ll have to tackle it soon.”

“So if not finances, what did you find?”

“You’re sure?”

“Positive.”

She took a deep breath. “How long do you think they were seeing each other?”

He answered quickly. “Well since they met at the holiday…” his voice trailed off. He never finished his thought.

“Try a bit longer.”

“Goddamn her. How do you know?”

“I finally got logged onto his personal laptop. He had a backup file of his phone. It was how I got to his contact list. Do you have her cell phone? If you do, you could find it all too.”

“No. I never found her phone. I assumed she had it with her, and it was destroyed in the accident.”

“How much do you want to know?”

“I want it all. The truth for once.”

“I found stuff going back at least six months. I’m not sure how it started, but I found emails, texts, photos… you name it. They communicated almost daily.” She had expected him to be angry. She hadn’t expected silence.

“Nick? Are you still there?” When he didn’t reply, she tried again. “I’m so sorry. I should never have told you.”

“You did the right thing, Cali.” She heard the barely contained rage in his voice. “I just don’t know if I can believe it. I mean… not that you… I’d just like to think I would have noticed something like that, you know?”

It was Cali’s turn to get angry. “You better not be insinuating I’m lying to you. I’m not Veronica. Not every woman is a lying bitch.”

He sighed. “I wasn’t trying to imply you were lying. It’s just so… I didn’t think it could get any worse. I was wrong.”

“Honestly, as much as I hurt now, I think this will help me get over him sooner. Kevin was a bit like Jekyll and Hyde. He could be so charming when he wanted to be. The next minute he could call me every condescending name he could think of while…” She cut herself off. She wasn’t ready to share how abusive Kevin could get.

“While he what, Cali?”

“Nothing. It’s not important now. I’m sorry if this news hurt you, but I just know if you’d found this evidence, I would have wanted you to share it with me, you know? I’m so tired of his lies.”

“Cali, would you consider having dinner with me some time? Before you think I’m coming on to you or something, I’m not. I’d just like to talk with you more. I think we could help each other through some of the shit, you know? Maybe you could bring his laptop along and let me see some of the messages?”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea, Nick.”

“Which part? Dinner or the laptop?”

“Both.”

“Please. Friday night. I can have Andi sleepover at her best friend’s house.”

“Let me think about it, okay?”

“Okay. Is this your cell phone you called from?”

“Yes.”

“Then we’ll talk later in the week. Think about it, Cali. It would mean a lot to me.”

“Goodnight, Nick.”

 

USA Today bestselling author Livia Grant lives in Chicago with her husband and furry rescue dog named Max. She is fortunate to have been able to travel extensively and as much as she loves to visit places around the globe, the Midwest and its changing seasons will always be home. Livia’s readers appreciate her riveting stories filled with deep, character driven plots, often spiced with elements of BDSM.

 

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“Lakota’s Defender (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 21)” by Sarah Christian

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Lakota’s Defender (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 21)

by Sarah Christian

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Multicultural

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Leaving sharecropping in Georgia behind forever, Augusta Douglass and her family came to Sweet Town to start a new life. The youngest in the family, Augusta has watched her older sisters marry one by one until she’s the last left. She has no plans to get mixed up in any of that love business, far too preoccupied with her detective dime novels and helping with the town library. But then Jolon arrived.

Jolon Two Bulls is hunting down his lost little brother, who was separated from his family when their parents were murdered. Intent on raising his brother in Oglala Lakota tradition, he’s not looking to take a bride from outside his own people, no matter how beautiful and spirited Augusta might be. Yet when they’re forced on the run together from a cruel, violent bounty hunter, fighting the connection between them is a losing battle.

Both outcasts struggling to make their own place in the world, might they create a home together?

Historical romance comes alive in quiet Sweet Town. Established in the Dakota Gold Rush of the 1870s, Sweet Town is surrounded by gentle hills and fields of clover. It’s a place where anyone can start over and romance and redemption are never out of reach.

Sweet Town romances tell the stories of the community as its members fall in love. These clean western stories follow residents of Sweet Town from mail order brides to a cowboy with a dark past. Anyone might find a miracle when they open their heart.

 

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“This Time Forever (Mickelle Book 1, Rebekka Book 1) (Mickelle’s)” by Rachel Ann Nunes

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“This Time Forever (Mickelle Book 1, Rebekka Book 1) (Mickelle’s)

by Rachel Ann Nunes

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Inspirational

FREE at time of posting!

Mickelle Hansen never realized marriage could be so challenging. Her husband’s epilepsy has caused him to become cynical and verbally abusive, but with love in her heart and strength from her Heavenly Father, Mickelle is determined to make her marriage work. Then the worst happens. Can she ever pick up the shattered pieces of her life?

Meanwhile, Rebekka Massoni arrives in America to work for handsome widower Damon Wolfe, leaving all her hopes and dreams back in her beloved France. She has loved and idolized Marc Perrault since she was five years old, but he can offer only her friendship in return.

Can Rebekka forget Marc and learn to love another man? Both Damon and Samuel Bjornenburg, successful CEO of Corban International, hope to win a place in her heart, but Damon’s daughter doesn’t like Rebekka, and Samuel doesn’t share her faith. To make matters worse, Rebekka’s heart is still breaking over Marc. Suddenly she must make the most important decision of her entire life. Will it be the right one?

Join Mickelle and Rebekka as they search for love and self-discovery. This tender story of heartbreak, healing, and faith is one you will not soon forget.

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