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CORNERED COYOTE (Coyote series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Harman
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Book Description

A Gripping tale that is hard to put down - One that is as Sweet as a Ballerina and as Pugnacious as a Pit bull!

Maria is tired of running from the law and comes back to the US from France. She murdered her husband, a deranged genius in self-defense and is arrested on arrival. Will she come out unscathed or will this be the biggest mistake of her life? Will she taste freedom or will she remain behind bars forever?

Follow the loveable yet eccentric private investigator, Slade Kelly, (a readers' favorite), as he tries to save Maria from seemingly insurmountable odds.

The story moves at a rapid pace, from the ghettos of Chicago to the beaches of Florida, from the streets of Los Angeles to the lush gardens of New York city. Each twist and turn comes with its own cast of colorful characters, from sleazy men in the mafia to hot, desperate women, who will do anything to make it big, in a world that is always trying to keep them small."

Other books by Dianne Harman include Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, Tea Party Teddy, and Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy.

Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category, and selected as the Book of the Month by the Goodreads Psychological Thriller group. Blue Coyote Motel & Coyote in Provence are finalists in Chanticleer’s prestigious CLUE Awards contest.

Learn more about Dianne’s books at

Editorial Reviews


By Christoph Fischer, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer:
"Cornered Coyote" by Dianne Harman is a superb and gripping sequel to the previous, and equally exquisite books in her Coyote Series. I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Review Copy of the book and devoured it within days of its arrival, despite a heavy workload of my own.

This time round Maria returns to California, trusting her cop boyfriend will get her through immigration without problems, but she is arrested for the murder of her husband.
It is her business partner, Darya, who comes to Maria's aid by getting the right kind of people to take action.
There are several romantic story lines with some very sexy scenes and great chemistry between the partners, there is excellent and convincing court room drama, legal and illegal plotting and scheming and the return of characters from the first two books. The dialogue is cleverly interspersed with the characters' thoughts, lending more perspective and spice to the scenes.

Harman has made this installment a firework of action, romance and suspense. As with her previous books she understands to build her characters in a colouful and intriguing way, always poignant and witty. Well paced, written with excellent attention to detail and a talent for fleshing out the scenes with the right amount of detail this really hit all my buttons.

Highly recommended for fans of well written crime fiction.

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  • Print Length: 211 pages
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  • Publisher: Dianne Harman (May 14, 2014)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT !!! October 29, 2014
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Well written novel, I have to admit I did not read the first two. But this book can be read as a stand-alone.

I liked the pace of the book, and the characters and action.

This story includes murder, intrigue, romance, and well-written sex scenes (I might add).

The author is a master with dialogue. I don’t want to give away the story line. It is complex. There’s deception, love, mystery, even an art thief ~ everything necessary to make a great suspenseful romance novel.

The settings range widely from the U.S. to Europe. I liked the characters Darya, Maria, and the private investigator, Slade.
If you’re a crime fiction fan and like a little romance on the side, this novel will fit the bill. It’s a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Ending to a Perfect Series September 17, 2014
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I've read all the books in The Blue Coyote Series and was very pleased that this well-written work perfectly completed the storyline throughout Dianne Harman's three books. With her entertaining style, Dianne kept us turning the pages to find that happy ending which all of us were wanting. From the very beginning when Maria was arrested to its surprising ending, the story moved swiftly and thoroughly.

I would highly recommend Cornered Coyote to anyone who likes to read suspense, intrigue, and good, exciting drama. You won't be disappointed. Ms. Harman is one of the best Modern Authors of today.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noirish and Wonderful May 30, 2014
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I'm a big Coyote fan and read the first two "Coyote" novels. One of the many things I loved about the third in the series is how it integrated the first two novels. In other words, you need not have read the first two to fully enjoy this one. Slade Kelly, a virtually noir-like PI is hired to try to keep Maria Brooks safe while she is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her husband Jeffrey Brooks, the deranged inventor of the Freedom drug. I won't go into the plot complications but suffice it to say the story thrums with tension, humor and intrigue, all done with a deft touch. I read the novel in three sittings and recommend it highly. A fine read and it gets five well-deserved stars. Kudos to Ms. Harman.

Mark Rubinstein
Author of Mad Dog House and Love Gone Mad
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with Suspense and More June 11, 2014
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When I first saw the cover of the book,I was afraid it was going to be a romance. While I love to read almost anything, I have a very difficult time getting through them, especially when they are one sex scene after another. But, in all my reading I have learned not to judge a book by its cover. I am very glad I don't because I would have missed an amazing novel. The was sex and romance, but it was appropriate to the plot.i think this novel was a great suspense novel, along lines similar to john Grisham's book A Time to Kill. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Harman's novels.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “Cornered Coyote” May 22, 2014
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This is by far the best book in the “Coyote Series!” I have waited to review this book until my husband too had a chance to read it through. His and my opinions concur… BEST IN THE SERIES!

The way the author leads us back to the first book “Coyote Motel” and refreshes our memories, makes this book so easy to follow. And it is done with such care and tact. With so much happening in this new book, reflecting back to the desert and to the motel is almost a must. We all have limited memories and slow instant recalls; it is what I call the “now, who was that?” syndrome. Great Job! The court scenes are exceptional and the sexual encounters “inspirational” (hmm). I do recommend those who have not read any of Ms. Harman’s three books in the Coyote series to get them all and start reading the first one: “Coyote Motel.” From there read “Coyote in Provence” and then, the last and the best of all: “Cornered Coyote.”

Thanks for a few wonderful hours of reading and for watching my husband go with such ease from his long obsession with Thomas Payne to become a true “Coyote” fan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars .....The Coyote series just keeps getting BETTER! May 26, 2014
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I read Coyote in Provence and Cornered Coyote in just 2 days. I flat out could not put these books down and they consumed my life for the full 2 days. Just when I thought I'd we'd see Jordan and Elena (aka Maria) happily married off we get a plot twist and WHAMMY! What a plot twist....Never saw that one coming. Enter another few characters to fall in love with. I've gotta say...these sexy detectives are gonna be the death of me! Suave, sweet talkin' Slade Kelly converges on us and boy does he have a secret to share. This book just kept coming with new turns. I experienced probably every emotion.. I teared up when Elena/Maria came back to the States only to run up against a brick wall. My heart ached for her; she gave in and followed her heart trusting that she would be safe. You'll have to read the book to see how that plays out. We also meet Darya, a beautiful cosmetics executive who has more than the cosmetics business in her color palate. This emotional roller coaster will take you places you would never think of. You'll literally fall head over heels in love with this book. I did not want the book to end. It is without a doubt an INCREDIBLE read. Kudos again Diane Harman. You've nailed it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grisham and Connelly Watch Out May 26, 2014
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Grisham and Connelly Watch Out
Grisham and Connelly watch out, `cause there's a new kid on the block. Dianne Harman makes her mark in a highly competitive suspense-thriller niche. Read the book in two short sittings and couldn't put it down. The final chapter ends happily with some last minute manoeuvring to keep you turning pages right to the close.
Cornered Coyote has it all. A beautiful protagonist trapped in a political power play, lost orphans rescued from uncertain death and woman's issues addressed with aplomb. Let's not forget the steamy, tastefully written erotica boiling behind the scenes and creating sincere love interests.
Ms Harman's newest book in the Coyote Series reads smoothly and all of her character's conflicts are carefully weaved into the plot with skillful talent. For this reader, the dialogues shined, balanced by descriptions that put an unforgettable picture in your mind's eye. Pick it up before a big six publisher takes it away and makes it into a TV series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Not much meat and some highly unlikely occurrences made this an entertaining book but not a satisfying one. Maybe a beach read.
Published 1 month ago by Sil
2.0 out of 5 stars Coyote versus the world, how does it pan out?
I was contacted by the author and received a free ecopy of Cornered Coyote (Coyote #3) by Dianne Harman in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cattereia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Close Out to the Blue Coyote Series
Cornered Coyote by Dianne Harman is the third book in her Blue Coyote Series. The series is categorized as contemporary fiction and cozy mysteries. Read more
Published 4 months ago by P J LaRue
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness at last
I enjoyed the way this story played out and was absorbed in the story from start to finish. It would be nice to read more about these characters in the future - perhaps as the two... Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Budden
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cornered Coyote is a well-written novel of love, murder and...
The Cornered Coyote is a well-written novel of love, murder and intrigue. I thought it was well developed and the pace was perfect.
Published 6 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Charismatic Characters
I love mysteries and I'm so glad I found Dianne Harman and her Slade Kelly books. Not since Lawrence Sanders' Archie McNally have I found a detective I liked as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Princess WinEmAll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Enjoyable and well done. Recommended to genre fans.
Published 6 months ago by Big Apple
5.0 out of 5 stars HARD TO PUT DOWN
Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading Dianne Harman's classic first two books in this series "Blue Coyote Motel" and "Coyote in Provence" will relish this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Al-Khemet Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series!
I’ve so enjoyed the Coyote series! This one, CORNERED COYOTE (Coyote series Book 3) by Dianne Harman, might be the best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic suspense in its best
Wonderful novel with delightfully real characters, Cornered Coyote took me on a wild journey. Mystery, romance, action and suspense, it's all there, wrapped in a beautiful prose... Read more
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Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband was a Senator. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Coyote in Provence, and Cornered Coyote - all of which are available now in the Coyote Series.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs, thus the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series and the Liz Lucas Cozy Mystery Series, which include family recipes! Kelly's Koffee Shop, Murder at Jade Cove, White Cloud Retreat, Marriage and Murder, Murder in the Pearl District, and Murder in Cottage #6 have all been on the top of the culinary, cozy, and animal charts within a week of being published, Kelly's Koffee Shop was recently voted as one of the top 30 Best Self-Published Books of 2014.

Several books in the series have been designated by Amazon as All-Stars because of their sales and Dianne has been named by Amazon as being one of their most popular authors.

An Award Winning Bestseller, Blue Coyote Motel was selected as a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month Book, and e-thriller Book of the Month. Blue Coyote Motel and Coyote in Provence were finalists in Chanticleer's CLUE awards contest.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspenseful love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert area as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane, he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician, find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning?

Coyote in Provence and Cornered Coyote complete the trilogy which spans the globe and introduces a character, Slade Kelly, a loveable irascible private eye, who many say has become their favorite literary character. The Mafia, food, wine, art, Provence, courtroom drama - all find a place in these books.

She invites you to visit her web site at:; visit her on Twitter: @DianneDHarman or email her at:

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