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.
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
Adda Leah Davis writes with warmth and passion of both people and places, bringing readers into worlds where journeys prove enlightening. She tells stories worth hearing and makes memories with her words.
Joe Tennis, author of Beach to Bluegrass and contributing editor of Blue Ridge Country
You are a lovely writer who touches the souls of the characters and the readers . . . and that is as good as it gets.
Belle Avery of Apelles Entertainment
Janie Query is an impulsive, nosey, inquisitive busybody-or so people say. She willingly admits to being curious since she is an avid twelve-year-old investigator. Unknowingly Janie helps to keep her small town safe by using her skills of reasoning in solving problems. With the help of her skittish friend, Prudence Leery no crime remains a secret around Curious Janie Query, but in this case she gets in over her head.
One night she and Prudence take a “snooping trip” into the local cemetery, the Garden of Eternal Peace and witnessed a very mysterious event. Two men, one with a rasping whispered voice, were carrying a large crate out of the cemetery. Janie and her friend hide behind a tree because she senses that they are up to no good. One man says they have to return later, so Janie plans to return, too.
Even though, Prudence thinks Janie is crazy to pursue the whispering man, Janie refuses to be deterred. Her curiosity always overrides her caution and Janie tucks her pigtails under her cap and decides to get to the bottom of this cemetery mystery. She could end up a hero-or a permanent resident in the Garden of Eternal Peace.
A giant, ancient statue of Buddha is blown to pieces in Afghanistan, and there is one man to blame: terrorist Habib Khadr. Following this magnificent display of his power, Habib is quiet for decades until he surfaces again in Mexico. He has successfully evaded Interpol, and he now plans to cross the Sierra Madre Plateau into America.
Habib leaves a trail of murders in his wake, but he arrives in North Dakota, where he is reunited with his notoriously powerful wife. Together, they form a plot to rescue their son from Americanization and destroy Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, private investigators—and spouses—Ryan Moar and Joanne Sutter have their own problems.
They investigate a young man named Moe Fouzi, who is about to marry an American heiress, although his intentions are not clear. Moe is not who he appears to be, and their investigation soon takes the detectives into the bloody path of Habib Khadr. Now, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Ryan and Joanne must fight to save America’s most prized monument and their own lives.
Detective Angela Callahan is used to taking on the tough cases. The brutally disturbing cases that no sane cop would ever want and the fiendishly clever ones that those same cops can’t solve. For the last five years, these cases have included tracking down and putting away serial killers. Methodical, maniacal, never stopping until they are caught or dead, killing machines. And so far, she’s gotten them all.
Her latest case is a strange one. Members of San Francisco’s most violent street gang are being murdered by night. One at a time, each by a single, fatal stab to the heart. Seventeen victims so far. Angela has been put on the case along with a new partner, with orders to get it closed as quickly as possible. But she soon realizes that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. As Angela begins to unravel the hidden secrets of the gang, she discovers that there is something deep and dark going on right here in her own city. Playing major parts in it are a dirty politician who will stop at nothing to achieve his dreams and a government organization that no one is supposed to know even exists. Throw in the fact that she can trust no one, not even her own department, and she finds herself facing peril and betrayal at every turn. And the only way to survive may be to put her own life, in the hands of a cold-blooded killer.
In this riveting thriller, a scrappy San Francisco detective must put everything on the line in an attempt to stop a vengeful killer’s murderous rampage that could destroy the political world as we know it.
Melonie Byars is found murdered in the flower shop where she worked. Unfortunately for authorities, there are no witnesses and no clues. The murderer did, though, leave a calling card: a carefully arranged bouquet of flowers. Seattle’s best homicide detective, Sgt. Arthur Washington, is called to duty.
Washington prides himself on his case closure rate, but this is one case he can’t crack. He is completely baffled, and the murder of Ms. Byars remains unsolved. A year and a half later, another murder occurs in the same grizzly manner. Washington is back on the case, but even the top brass of the Seattle Police Department are stumped.
Detective Washington will not let this killer get away twice. He’s determined to put a stop to the mysterious flower murders. Bodies start to pile up with the same common link. It’s not long before the city is in a panic. Paired with a new partner, Washington must catch a killer who’s made Seattle his personal bloody playground.
Admired by almost the entire hospital staff, it is believed Dr. Edgar Green has no professional equals. His success as a psychiatrist is viewed as a feather in the hospital’s cap as well as in his own. But what no one knows is that he is not as perfect as they think.
During a routine mental health meeting at the hospital, Dr. Green learns that an outbreak of suspicious fires that have plagued the city over the past year have now become lethal. As a serial arsonist continues to evade the authorities, the psychiatrist receives a strange, nondescript letter from a woman locked in a self-imposed prison who requests his help in a very unorthodox way in a desperate attempt to save herself. While Dr. Green immerses himself in Edyth Verte’s case, the alleged arsonist is arrested. But when a local psychologist is assigned to evaluate the pyromaniac in prison, she cannot shake the feeling that something does not feel right.
In this psychological thriller, a tormented soul battles dark voices as a murderous arsonist terrorizes a city desperate to escape a fiery wrath.
Emerson Sinclare is a detective of the Holy City—Charleston, South Carolina, known as one of the first cities in America. It is steeped in tradition, with family names that go back before the Revolutionary War. Even today, the markers of history can still be found on every street corner. But hidden beneath the city’s southern roots and hospitality lies a different story—one of crime, as might be found in any other twenty-first-century city in America.
Sinclare is never lacking in cases. Recently a young girl jumped off the city’s famous bridge. Another young man was found with his throat slit. And then there’s the still unsolved murder of Sinclare’s own wife. This last one haunts him, but he continues to hunt the criminals of his city with no mercy, following his own rules and using instinct to understand the criminal mind.
For Sinclare, there is no class distinction; everyone is suspect when it comes to murder. He’ll need all his knowledge of human nature to solve this newest murder. But things get personal as Sinclare suspects a recent death is somehow related to his wife’s cold case. Even in the Holy City, evil abounds. Power and greed will shake Charleston to its core.