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In A Small Town Secrets Are Kept and Then They Kill
Helen Makris tried to make a new life for herself in Tarrytown, Maine where she expected to quietly live out the rest of her days pursuing her passion of photography. She never expected to attract the attentions of Colonel Kevin Smith or those of The Shaw Street Strangler a serial killer hunting the young women of the picturesque New England village.
Two Second-Chance lovers both with painful pasts, Helen and Kevin grow closer as the bodies pile up until suspicion forms around Helen's new lover and his noticeable absences from town. As The Strangler zeroes in on Helen Kevin is determined not only to prove his innocence but to keep her from becoming The Shaw Street Stranger's next victim.
Come along for a spine tingling ride that descends deep into the diseased mind of a serial killer. This chilling suspenseful thriller will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last word.
Sitting next to her with his own steaming cup of coffee, Kevin eases back and then turns to her. "Tell me about this Shaw Street Strangler character."
"Oh, him," Helen sighs and take a long sip from her mug. "I saved a lot of the papers for you, I knew you'd want to read them."
"So I do," he readily agrees. "Tell me first." Gently reaching out with one hand, Kevin gets under her bent knees to pull her legs straight and settle her slippered feet in his lap.
For the next hour or more, over cups of coffee and while the cabin warms, they sit and chat about the biggest news to hit Tarrytown in…well…in just about forever. When she finishes he sits there a long moment letting it all settle before he speaks. "You know you left both doors open last night. If there's some maniac on the loose, Ellie, you need to keep them locked."
"No, I didn't," Helen shakes her head and looks at him queerly. "I locked them before I got into the shower."
Kevin can't tell if she's placating him or if she might have had one too many Valium earlier in the day yesterday and simply thought she'd locked the doors. He does know that when he arrived he put his hand on the front door's knob and it opened, he walked in and stood in the hall listening to her sing along with Ella and waiting for her to make her appearance. If he'd been this Shaw Street Strangler character, Ellie would have been easy pickings. "How do you think I got in, Ellie?"
Ellie sighs as she takes down a long drink from her third cup of coffee. "I locked them," she whispers in protest.
"No, you didn't. The front door was unlocked and the slider was ajar." Kevin takes her hands in his. "Listen to me, El, you have to be more careful, make sure to lock your doors. Don't you know I'd go crazy if something happened to you?"
"Yes." Wishing she'd take this a bit more seriously, "I can't go through losing another woman, Ellie," Kevin confesses, "don't make me, ok?"
"I have you to keep me safe." Her hands close around his as the tenderness and sincerity in his voice wraps around her heart. "I did lock them but, for you, from now on I'll make double sure. Good enough?"
"For now." He slides the palm of his hand over the side of her head wanting to say I love you but fearing she isn't ready to hear it.
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About the Author
I'm 47 years-old and I've been married to wonderful and talented husband, Roy, for the last 27 years. Together we've raised two beautiful daughters to adulthood right here in my hometown of New London, CT.
Through my full-length novels and series I strive to bring conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples--how about a Greek God and a Fey, a retiring military man and an aging widowed hippie, a famous writer/director and a lonely hitch-hiker, or a b-grade actor and a very lucky first-time author? Since I'm never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, indeed I believe that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined, my heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without.
ALL of my works are intended for a Mature Audience Only this includes most of my non-fiction books. They are intended for those who like their reading on the dark and gritty side. They are not intended for the faint of heart or those who enjoy a sweet read.
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