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A regatta, a murder, and a small town.
As dawn breaks and the horn is about to signal the start of the season's favorite race, a body drifts out from under the main city dock, sending chills through spectators and racers.
While vacationing in Lake Pines, Doctor Kerry Dearborne finds herself in the unfortunate position of not only finding the body but immediately being at odds with the current coroner when she disagrees with his reported cause of death. Kerry is positive that the unknown woman has been murdered, and she wastes no time in telling Constable Peter George what she thinks. Having more faith in Kerry than his own coroner, Constable George pulls her into the case and soon the two uncover evidence that not only proves the unknown woman has been murdered but that there is no shortage of suspects either.
As the tormented life of the victim unravels there is more to this small idyllic cottage town than anyone realizes as tensions mount, and soon the murder victim's life of regret begins to reveal itself one piece at a time.
Soon more victims fall prey to the murderer's desire to keep their crime hidden and the town residents and cottagers are put on edge as they push for answers and an arrest.
As clues point to suspects, Kerry learns that the small town of Lake Pines has more layers than she ever could have realized. But will the intrigue be enough to make her want to stay?
Murder At First Light is the first book in the Lake Pines Mystery Series and introduces Doctor Kerry Dearborne to both readers and the residents of this small northwestern Ontario town nestled on beautiful Lake of the Woods. Read this exciting murder mystery book series on Kindle eBook, Paperback or Large Print.
Read Murder At First Light and find out why small towns and big crimes always go together!
Note: Murder At First Light is the (new) first book in the Lake Pines Series. Murder at First Light was written to replace the past first book (Murder on the Water) because as the series progressed, the first book no longer introduced the characters and the town of Lake Pines in keeping with how the series began to unfold. Murder at First Light is a whole new story, so whether you’re new to Lake Pines Mysteries or not, you can enjoy this book without fear of a repeat ending.
It’s the summer of 1942, and life is starting to become more and more dangerous for Italian Jews like the Russo family.
In their quiet village, Antonio Gallo and Gabriella Russo lived as most youths did – unaware of the hope lost to their parents’ generation but believing in a future for themselves.
As rumors begin to swell about the presence of resistance fighters and a possible American armistice, Germany sends Colonel Weber to Italy and he begins to apply pressure on Caporale Gallo in a desperate effort to retain control of the southern region and its people.
Antonio and his Catholic family are layered with protection from his uncle’s place in Mussolini’s government while Gabriella’s Jewish family is left to the mercy of those around them.
For the two young Italians, the shadow of war begins to darken their plans of a future together when Gabriella’s family is forcibly transported to an internment camp in Ferramonti.
Despite Antonio’s efforts to gain information from his uncle or support from his father, he sets out on a mission to free the Russos from captivity and possible death.
Morals and loyalty begin to collide as people in the small Italian village are torn between doing what’s right and what needs to be done when the fascists and Nazis begin to rip innocent lives apart.
Antonio and Gabriella’s feelings deepen as they near the most dangerous point in their lives, and together they face the fear that every step they take forward risks tearing them apart forever.
Their love and dreams are alive among the ruins of the small town and in the face of constant danger, but eventually, they both begin to wonder if it will be enough.
"A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love and hope during WW2 in Italy, one of the most memorable books I've read!"
Read Our Forgotten Year and remember the moments of hope and love that kept their faith alive.
Includes Book Club and classroom discussion questions prepared by the author.
A DNA test, a cold case, and a suspect on the run. It all proves that a life before murder always matters.
When a teen’s DNA triggers an alert with the missing persons database, police are prompted to revisit a cold case and a murder from thirteen years earlier.
The discovery of a faulty investigation, an incomplete autopsy, and a father on the run means that Dr. Kerry Dearborne needs to succeed where the coroner before her failed.
Amid pressure from the police department to clear all cold cases, Kerry must push aside her instincts and just focus on the facts. There's a dangerous killer in the teen’s past – and they’ll stop at nothing to remain hidden.
Will Kerry be able to save the innocent teen or will she become the next victim of this savage killer?
Buy The Night Is Darkest and uncover the killer's secret today!
The Night Is Darkest is the fifth book in the gripping Lake Pines Mystery thriller series. If you like contemporary whodunits, shocking plot twists and turns, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
Crimes from the past don’t always stay hidden.
A harsh cold winter blows into Lake Pines, and with it, the murder of a much-loved local artist.
The grim discovery of the artist's body sends chills through the small town, as the local police rush to find the killer and put the residents at ease.
Lack of evidence at the murder scene; suspects that hold a trail of deceit; as well as one of the area's worst blizzards all threaten to leave the case unsolved. However, Dr. Kerry Dearborne, the local coroner, is determined to find the murderer.
As she gets closer to revealing the true motive of the killer, a shocking secret threatens the lives of those left behind as well as those investigating the murder. Hidden secrets of a past life leave Kerry wondering if those involved are focused on betrayal or redemption.
And has her asking, “Can someone be forgiven of murder?”
Buy The Dead Of Winter and uncover the murderous plot today!
The Dead Of Winter is the fourth book in the gripping Lake Pines Mystery thriller series. If you like contemporary whodunits, shocking plot twists and turns, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
The truth emerges, one victim at a time.
When Sebastian Crow is found murdered in his secluded cottage on Crow Island, it seems like an open and shut case of a burglary gone wrong.
That is - until Dr. Kerry Dearborne arrives.
With a ghastly murder scene, no weapon, and every access locked from the inside, her gut tells her there’s something more to this murder.
To find the answer, Kerry delves into the private life of a reclusive man who seems to have had more enemies than friends in the small town of Lake Pines.
As both the police department and his family members push her to quickly close the case, Kerry interrogates possible suspects and examines Sebastian’s life. She soon uncovers a sinister picture of his hidden life putting only more questions in her path.
Will Kerry uncover the hidden secret that has plagued the Crow family and made them targets of a maniacal killer, or will she fall victim to the murderer’s rage?
Buy Murder Of Crows and reveal the true killer today!
Murder Of Crows is the third book in the gripping Lake Pines Mystery thriller series. If you like contemporary whodunits, shocking plot twists and turns, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
In the international world of espionage, sometimes government agents are sacrificed.
Even when it means killing one of their own.
Anna, an elite covert special agent, is still recovering from the violent attack that took her unit when she agrees to return to the dangerous world of espionage. Old world betrayals and long-buried family secrets begin to surface as she tries to thwart an attack on her government that threatens to have global repercussions.
Anna has been in danger before as a spy in counterintelligence – and survival for her is second nature. But to save the U.S. from certain political terrorism, she must agree to work undercover with the one agent she doesn’t trust, putting her life, and the fate of the country, in his hands.
Will she have what it takes to outrun and outwit the enemy? Or will she be forced to sacrifice secrets from her past in order to survive?
Buy The Blackwater Operative and uncover the dangerous plot today!
The Blackwater Operative is the first book in the pulse-pounding Anna Ledin Spy thriller series. If you like deceptive antiheroes, shocking plot twists and turns, action and adventure, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
Kenzie Davis is about to discover if a fake date can evolve into something more in this fun and flirty debut romantic comedy.
Agreeing to go to her ex-husband’s wedding with a guy she's never met is something Kenzie would never have imagined she’d do. After all, ever since her divorce, she’s avoided weddings (and remembering her dates' names) altogether. But when her boss offers her a career-altering opportunity that will take her to Paris, she can’t seem to find a way out of the awkward invitation, and she’s forced to step out of her comfort zone and face her past mistakes.
In addition to facing her ex-husband at his wedding, she must work with an ambitious self-absorbed marketing executive if she’s going to close the deal for NYSharp Magazine.
The meetings go hilariously awry and the mismatched duo finds they've blown the deal and possibly lost their jobs in the process.
With nothing left to lose, Kenzie arrives at the wedding only to find herself face to face with her past and the lie she’s been hiding.
But when a chance at real love arises, Kenzie will have to decide once and for all whether to fall back into her past mistakes or take a chance and follow her heart.
Can she believe in herself enough to take a chance, or will her fear of being hurt find her alone in Paris?
Buy The Plus One and risk falling in love today! ♥
“A contemporary romance novel that’s witty, cute, and laugh out loud hilarious!”
“A heart-warming romantic comedy that will remind you that true love still exists.”
Anna’s sure of two things. Loyalty comes at a cost, and patriotism has a price.
The U.S.government’s elite covert agent has just completed a job for the Russian President, fulfilling her debt to him, and allowing her to refocus her attention where it’s needed most. For her country.
In the meantime the President learned that a terrorist group is planning to attack the country, led by an unknown enemy, leaving only a handful of clues to follow. President Stuart quickly tasks her two top agents with finding and stopping the attackers, before they have a chance to trigger their dangerous plot.
Their discovery brings them face to face with the terrifying enemies of their government, and soon reveals the frightening plan that is about to unravel.
Amid sweeping unrest in the country, the team investigating the planned attack on the U.S. and comes to the disturbing realization that the attack is more widespread and closer than they had imagined, and they're soon in a race against time to save millions of people.
But will the frightful truth be enough to make the country's top agent quit? Or will the threat be just enough to see her through to the end?
Buy Blown and bring down the enemy today!
Blown is the fourth book in the pulse-pounding Anna Ledin Spy thriller series. If you like deceptive antiheroes, shocking plot twists and turns, action and adventure, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
The first story published revealing the events leading up to the moment William Colclough received the Queen’s award during the height of the Second Boer War in South Africa.
“In silence, as they walked, they tried to focus on the honour of carrying a fallen soldier back to their regiment. Only one of the friends was successful, the other two could only think of the fear that was rising inside them for what lay ahead.”
William enlists in the British Military with his childhood friends and they become the Queen’s soldiers with exuberance and enthusiasm that's only felt by their youth.
But the harsh wars they fight take their toll on the young Brits, and their enthusiasm begins to break under the war in the trenches.
Through the years of the hardships of wars and the feeling of lost hope, William vows to not lose sight of honour among soldiers and the dignity in doing what’s right - if only he can come out of the war alive.
Buy Order From Karoo Bridge today and join the fight today!
**Previously published as A HERO AMONG THEM**
“Grade nine is going to suck!”
That's the undeniable, irrefutable, unquestionable truth that Jayson realized on his first day of school.
Jayson who’s 15, is obsessed with social media and being 'followed' - but when he's ready to start high school and his life is turned upside down, he’s forced to decide what's truly important.
Grade 9 was supposed to be the year everything changed and he became less un-cool, but instead, everything seems the same!
To make matters worse, the second day at school finds Jayson in the middle of an epic fight in the cafeteria and lands him in year-long detention along with three other students caught at the helm.
The four teens who have nothing in common must find a way to work together if they're going to make it to the end of the year without getting expelled.
As the year, and their connection in each other’s lives evolves, Jayson realizes that each one of them has their own hurdle to overcome and that they may not be all that different from each other as he once thought.
As the group reaches the end of the school year, they are each faced with a major decision that could change their futures and will determine their place for the rest of high school.
But will Jayson and his new friends find the courage to rise above peer pressure and social expectations?
Buy Unfollowed today and determine who you want to be!
All elite covert agents have one rule. Step out of line and you become the next target.
During a black-ops surveillance of a Chinese target, Anna Ledin, a top U.S. agent, goes missing and the operation hits a dead end – or so they thought.
After Anna is found, she finds herself disturbed by fragmented memories that threaten to reveal a terrifying truth about her and her country, but she keeps them hidden as she vows to continue with the mission.
Dangerous cyber-attacks against the U.S. means the team must work fast to regain their global alliances before it’s too late, but it also means Anna must work with her country’s oldest enemy if she wants to discover the truth.
The mastermind behind the attacks has predicted most of her moves but what they didn’t count on was her willingness to survive. No matter what the cost.
However, when the chance to reveal the truth behind her disappearance is presented to her, will she refuse the furtive offer from her nemesis or will she become an enemy of her own country to uncover the truth?
Buy Rogue and bring an end to the deceitful espionage plot today!
Rogue is the third book in the pulse-pounding Anna Ledin Spy thriller series. If you like deceptive antiheroes, shocking plot twists and turns, action and adventure, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.
A dead body soon becomes a small town’s worst nightmare.
Doctor Kerry Dearborne has just one question - who’s the young murder victim on her table?
When a partially buried body is found on a popular hiking trail in Lake Pines, Doctor Kerry Dearborne begins to search for clues so she can give the young victim justice.
The grim discoveries and shocking evidence she uncovers begin to point the finger of guilt in the direction of several people around her, and she fears the unnamed victim may not find justice through the local police investigation.
Kerry becomes obsessed with giving the young victim a name, and the closer she gets to the answer, she learns a truth that is far more horrific than she could have imagined.
Will finding the truth bring the killer out of hiding or pull Kerry deeper into danger?
Buy Death At Deception Bay and reveal the true killer today!
Death At Deception Bay is the second book in the gripping Lake Pines Mystery thriller series. If you like contemporary whodunits, shocking plot twists and turns, and pages so riveting they practically flip themselves, you’ll love this series.