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Four murders of staff who work in the same seedy nightclub, a shady nightclub owner, and no clues as to who the murderer is. Detective David Andrews and Detective Paul Cameron are thrust together with two recruits from the United Kingdom, Cathy Adams and Krista Nolan, to solve the murders and bring to justice whoever was responsible for them. Personality clashes and strong physical attractions ensue between the four but they always maintain their strong professionalism. During the investigation, yet another member of the staff is found murdered but the evidence is gathering and soon the guilty one is caught. But the case doesn't end there. By the time the court hearing comes around, the accused has already devised a getaway plan. And the hunt is on....
Six months have passed since Paul, Dave, Cathy and Krista met and solved their first case together. Now an established power team in their precinct, the detectives are inseparable. A convict Paul arrested 5 years earlier in Brooklyn is released from prison, where he's been plotting a cruel revenge against Paul. He first makes his presence known with sabotage on Paul’s car. Then an attempt is made on Krista’s life. But these are only warm-ups, mere teasers for what he really has in store. With the abduction of Dave and Cathy, Paul and Krista soon learn their friends’ lives hang in the balance. With no clues to find their friends, they know time's running out. Paul’s nemesis always seems to stay a step ahead. Even following a tip that finally puts them on track, the ex-con calls all the shots and Paul and Krista can fear their friends will never be found or, if they are, it will be too late.
A serial cop killer is on the loose. Detectives Paul Cameron, Dave Andrews, Cathy Edwards and Krista Nolan, now a well-established power team in the Bathville Police Department must pool their resources with the rest of Massachusetts’ finest to try and find the killer before his next murder. With the distraction of special celebrations and personal conflicts, the power team experiences unanticipated dynamic challenges and major changes in their individual relationships. When one of the team does something completely unexpected and out of character, the consequences that arise from the actions set in motion a chain of events that, tied in with the killer, ends in tragedy. Is the team strong enough to overcome the consequences and find their way back to peace and harmony? Only time can tell….
Kindness is given freely and willingly. But when given to the wrong person, it can turn around and bite you. Detective Krista Cameron finds out the hard way that it doesn’t always pay to be nice. Especially when the recipient of her good intentions decides to repay her by telling her she belongs to him. He starts his obsession by bullying his way into her life, and won’t take no for an answer. Wrecking her husband’s car, ruining her home and causing physical harm to her friend are only the beginning to the obsession that will consume him, an obsession that won’t end until he has done what he has to do to get Krista as his own. Even when the obsession turns Krista’s life into a dangerous nightmare, he won’t stop. Not until she’s his.
A chance to return to their home country to work on a top-security case is a chance Cathy and Krista don’t want to pass up. Their eagerness to see the land they had left two years before, and to show it off to their husbands, Dave and Paul is infectious. But within a short time of arriving in Northern Ireland, they are thrown back into the seedier side of the country’s long, tumultuous history. The Police Service of Northern Ireland police officers are being murdered simply because of their religion, by an up and coming paramilitary organization. It is the leaders the detectives must find, with the help of the PSNI, and put an end to their reign of terror. Amidst the lush green and rugged breathtaking beauty, their own lives are soon at risk. A random shooting at a well-known park starts a cat and mouse game, where they must remain alert at all times. They stay ahead of the game until a bomb shatters whatever illusions they were winning they had. And then, the one time their guard is down, one of them nearly pays the ultimate price.
A Domestic Violence case stirs up memories. A string of bad luck foretells that worse is yet to come. An untimely, unwanted visit from a person Paul Cameron detests and wishes was dead. What else could possibly go wrong? Paul’s easy-going life is shattered when a face from his past shows up and changes his world forever. Suddenly charged with a murder he did not commit, Paul learns who his true friends are. And his enemies. A trip to New York to clear his name ends in disaster. No clues, no leads, no chance to find who the real murderer is, Paul must salvage what he can of his reputation and beat the charges against him. If he cannot, he knows his future with his beautiful, loving wife and his close partner and friends will be over.
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My most vivid memory of being an avid reader is of when I was in the region of eight or nine years old. I had just acquired a new reading lamp and, even though it was during the summer and being in the Northern Hemisphere still quite light out even at 10:30 at night, I asked my mother, who was going out to a church meeting that evening, if I could go to my room after the evening meal to read and test my new lamp. She of course said yes and off I went with a pile of books and my new lamp shining brightly even in a room bathed in early evening sunlight. It wasn’t until a few hours later when I realised I had unwittingly nearly sent my father into cardiac failure. He had spent the last hour or so looking everywhere for me, even recruiting several neighbours, my two older brothers and my younger sister to join in the hunt until finally, in despair, he had gone to the church hall to break the devastating news to my mother that I was missing. He couldn’t understand why she burst into laughter and asked him had he checked my bedroom, that I had retired there after dinner to read. I remember most vividly my bedroom door being flung open and seeing my poor distraught, but very relieved father looking at me in almost disbelief. I didn’t even get into trouble because I really hadn’t done anything wrong!
Growing up in the 70's and 80’s, I was influenced by such police television series as Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Streets of San Francisco and the British series The Professionals. I had already decided before I left school that I wanted to be a police officer but in the United Kingdom back then, there were height restrictions for both men and women and I fell short by 2 inches of the women’s requirement of 5’4”. Given my love for reading, and watching those police series, disheartened but undeterred at my failure to grow as tall as I needed to be, I quickly came to understand that I could put the two together and write about police detectives. I utilised the handsomeness of the television male stars with the beauty of the female stars to create my own detectives, two male and two female.
Writing very quickly became my passion. Even working fulltime as a medical secretary, I devoted much of my spare time to honing my characters and my first storyline. In fairness, even though I thought the first draft of Book One was a masterpiece in the making, it was actually very amateurish. My lengthy experience as a reader taught me how to develop not only the characters, but also how important it is to add detail and substance and draw the reader into the story as it develops. The finished product I have today is largely due to input from my few but faithful readers, my dearest friends and family members, who advised me that I shouldn’t have included a certain part or I should take a certain part out and it is thanks to them I have the full sized, and completely finished to my satisfaction, novel that I do today. The storyline itself had never been an issue. I had, although not necessarily in order, a beginning, a middle and an end. I made adjustments through the years but the storyline stayed essentially the same. I found I enjoyed my characters very much and, despite not holding back on giving them trials and tribulations through everyday life, I ultimately wanted what was best for them.
I deliberately made each main character as different from the others as possible. I gave each of them completely different backgrounds and upbringings but also wanted them to have the same professional capabilities to ensure an easy working life together. I thought it was inevitable they would meet and fall in love, so that was deliberately why I brought romance into the story.
Before the first book was even completed, I had come to realise I wasn’t done with my characters just yet. I had already thought up the idea of a second book in the series, to take up about six months or so where the first book left off. Although the second book holds a lot of dark content, and even a few pages of extremely violent content, the story itself could have brought my characters to an end of their literal lives. But still I wasn’t done with them and a third book came along, then a fourth, and so on until I now have 5 books completed. Is there an eighth book in the making? Stay tuned….