When Becky McDonnell leaves her job as a feature reporter at the Boston News, she plans write a historical novel about the women’s suffragette movement in the Granite State. She moves with her boyfriend, Sean, also a reporter, to the peaceful town of Lisbon, New Hampshire, to a house overlooking Pearl Lake. Once there, she explores Pearl Lake for inspiration and meets her neighbors, the Childers brothers. Becky is appalled when she hears the brothers she met have been brutally murdered just as Sean leaves her for a dangerous assignment in Iraq.
At her lowest point, Becky meets fellow reporter Elizabeth Williamson and begins writing articles together for a local weekly newspaper. As the Lisbon police reveal more evidence to the press, Becky, being highly ambitious, sets out to solve the murders thinking that Pearl Lake holds the clues she needs. Soon, she not only becomes a person of interest to the police but also to the suspected murderers. The motive for the murders extends beyond Pearl Lake to Boston and to Toronto but not before there is further bloodshed and a threat to everything Becky holds dear.
P. A. “Perk” Parker, recently widowed and retired from the law faculty of a small college in northern California, returns to the Dust Bowl country of his youth to try to find out what happened to his father. Lyle Parker disappeared mysteriously fifty years before in search of legendary Spanish treasure. Perk had heard rumors that a dead body had been discovered in an old mine and that his dad was wanted for questioning in a murder investigation. But now Perk wants real answers.
Assisting him in his search are a pair of county librarians, local peace officers, a childhood friend, and a colorful cast of old timers with their memories. Complications develop when Perk discovers rekindled romance with his childhood sweetheart, confronts the ominous threats of a classmate who bullied him in the schoolyard, tries to follow a disappearing trail of evidence from the past, and barely survives the machinations of a stranger who does not want him to discover the truth.
Set in southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, and northern New Mexico, Grit beneath My Nails narrates the story of one man’s discovery--of the past, of nearly forgotten love, and of himself.
Navy physician LT Sarah St. John’s perfect vision of heaven includes horses and no one knows this better than her longtime friend and fellow Naval officer Jessi Colgan. When Jessi secures a week long working vacation to a renowned dude ranch in Montana the two girls couldn’t be happier to spend time at the only ranch in Montan to be built by a German defector who housed and hid German refugees.
Once Jessi and Sarah leave Virginia Beach and arrive at Hidden Mountian Ranch, the two young women find themselves submersed in hard ranch work, good looking cowboys, and even a medical emergency or two. But their vacation turns into a nightmare when Rena, a daughter of one of the ranch hands, goes missing. She’s the third American Indian teenager to be abducted from that area in four weeks’ time.
Jessi and Sarah become embroiled in the drama, which is only amplified by Mother Nature, who steps in to create havoc, leading the friends through a dangerous maze of suspense, deception, and a touch of romance.
Denise “Birdie” Beardtom of the Alaska State Troopers has barely recovered from a case that almost cost her life. A woman used to saving victims almost became one herself, which is why she’s still jumpy when another woman ends up dead under her jurisdiction. The woman was raped and murdered, and there are no clues to lead them to a possible suspect.
Birdie enlists the help of her usual team: Trooper Miles, Trooper Masonic, and Lieutenant Steven Lambert, known as “The Loo.” Together, they scour rivers and forests for any evidence of a killer who seems to have no conscience. The body count quickly rises, so the FBI sends an agent to help in the search. Despite all the expertise, Birdie finds herself no closer to finding their killer.
The Loo does his duty and heads as far away as New York City, where he uncovers startling information about the serial monster that eludes them. Again, Birdie somehow feels personally connected. She can’t shake the feeling that the killer is coming for her. She and her team have to stop him before her life becomes the next he takes.
What if no one ever had to die alone?
In 1923, in the mountains of eastern Peru, a stranger approaches eleven injured men shortly after a battle has ended. He assists only six of the wounded, all of whom die shortly after he sees to their needs; then, without a word or glance toward the other five, he leaves. The remaining men survive the journey home, telling the story of the man with bright-blue eyes and a scar upon his right hand. The tale becomes the legend of El Padre, passed down to their children and their children’s children.
As time goes by, the legend spreads beyond Peru, crossing decades and continents.
In 2008, New York investigative reporter Sam Noll has a front-page political scandal in the works—that is, until his editor reassigns him to chronicle the El Padre sightings. Although he’s frustrated, Sam slowly lets the new article become personal and persuades a quirky colleague, Ira Nevins, to assist him in the search. The discoveries lead Sam to some dangerous destinations and bring him new revelations about El Padre’s intentions—and hopefully his true identity. When Sam uncovers a strange pattern to the sightings, however, it places him on the direct path of a man many believe to be some type of angel.
Although Sam is determined to solve the mystery, he may be facing something more sinister than he originally believed—and finding the answer may be the last thing he ever does.
When a paralegal accidentally encounters a chilling murder, she finds herself in the crosshairs of a terrorist organization searching for stolen plans.
As Teddy Sanderson hurries through the city park, a pedestrian bumps against her—and then falls dead at her feet. When it’s discovered the victim was murdered, the local papers share the details of Teddy’s life, making her vulnerable to attacks from crackpots around town and from her paroled ex-husband, who wants her dead. Due to the notoriety of the case, Teddy becomes entangled in the activities of a secret organization known as the Delphi Alliance and in the work of the FBI as they attempt to curtail Alliance plans.
Meanwhile, everyone is struggling to meet deadlines. A crime reporter is attempting to gain a Pulitzer Prize by writing award-winning page-one stories, the Delphi Alliance has a specific date on which they plan to blow up a power plant, and Teddy’s ex-husband is ready to notify his hit man of the date he wants Teddy exterminated.
When Teddy and the crime reporter are kidnapped, however, the FBI whirls into action, trying to decide who has them—the Alliance or Teddy’s ex-husband—before their time runs out.
Hannah Horne Larkin just wanted to go home, back to West Virginia. Her husband, Bill, obliged. Now, Bill is dead, and the couple’s son is suspected of the murder. Hannah doesn’t know how this happened—how things went so badly. All she wanted was to rekindle the joy of her youth, but now, she finds nothing but pain.
Sergeant Keith McCauley is suspicious about what happened to Bill Larkin and also he is unexpectedly attracted to Bill’s widow, Hannah Larkin. He rarely finds cases to be cut and dry, so he delves deeper into Bill and Hannah’s pasts. Somehow, it would appear Bill’s death has to do with a business corporation, but the sergeant is having trouble making any evidence stick. Meanwhile, Hannah is haunted by her own demons.
“Adda Leah Davis, author of the Lucinda Harmon series, has taken her pen and her readers in a decidedly different direction with A Fatal Web of Deceit. She has crafted a real page-turner, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
Beckley, West Virginia, a quiet city by most standards, is the setting for Davis’s well-written story of mystery, murder, and deception. It will keep you guessing to the very end, trying to determine who the “good-guys”are or if there are any. “
Written by J. Russell Rose, author of ten books,
member of Appalachian Authors Guild, and The Virginia Writers Club