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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publication; 1st edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420110357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420110357
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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''The second 'Dead' thriller is a great romantic suspense that grips the audience from the moment the protagonists begin to learn of the assault on Powell and never lets go as the climax diabolically leads to the next unpublished tale. The lead pair is a terrific coupling . . . However, what makes Dead by Morning super is the serial killer, who will be considered one of the vilest of the year.'' --Mystery Gazette

Praise for the works of Beverly Barton:

''Masterful!'' --Linda Howard, New York Times bestselling author on Cold Hearted

''A powerful story that kept me up very late--with all the lights on.'' --Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author on As Good as Dead

Praise for Dead by Morning:

''The popular and dependable Barton has again created an intricately plotted, thoroughly engrossing serial killer tale that satisfactorily resolves the current dilemmas but leaves a stunning cliff-hanger.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

BEVERLY BARTON (1946-2011), an avid reader since childhood, wrote her first book at the age of nine. After that she went on to write well over seventy novels and was a New York Times bestselling author. She resided in Alabama. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over seventy novels and is a New York Times bestselling author. Beverly lives in Alabama in the U.S.

Customer Reviews

They were very fleshed out.
Zéia
Lately i've been interested in suspense and murder mysteries and this book was very good, I had a hard time putting it down.
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Good read but slow at times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stars VINE VOICE on June 20, 2011
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Dead By Morning is the second book in a trilogy. Dead By Midnight is the first book. I would recommend reading Dead By Midnight. In addition, I would also recommend The Murder Game. The Murder Game goes into details about how FBI agent Nicole Baxter and Griffin met while working a case together.

In Dead By Morning, there are two plots going on simultaneously. Both plots are linked to the Powell Agency. One is about a copycat carver killer whose mimic psychopath Jerome Browning. Browning is a carver serial killer who had plea bargained to avoid the death penalty. Jerome Browning had murdered Maleah's former college boyfriend. The copycat carver killer is methodically precise and organized. In the other plot, a serial killer is targeting families of Powell Agency employees, and killed a Powell agent. Griffin Powell believes the killer is someone from his own past who is trying to destroy him and everyone he loves. Griffin put his long-time friend Sanders, who shared his past, in charge of the case.

Maleah Purdue works for the Powell Private Security Agency as an agent. Derek Lawrence is a former FBI profiler. He was hired as a consultant. Griffin Powell assigned Maleah and Derek to investigate the copycat murders. They work well together as a team, although Maleah disliked Derek when they first met. Derek sees Maleah as a challenge. They act as if they don't like each other, but under the veneer they have bonded.

Beverly Barton did an excellent job of weaving the two storylines and the characters into a thriller novel. The last chapter in Dead By Morning has a suspenseful climax with unanswered questions. The final book in the trilogy, Dead By Nightfall, will be released on November 29th 2011.

Beverly Barton passed away. My condolence to her family. MS. Barton will be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 9, 2011
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Again, a excellent book by Beverly Barton. My only regret is not knowing that it was a cliffhanger. But, now I anticipate the next book even more. If you have never read a Beverly Barton book, don't you think it is time to start? I have all her books and have never read one I did not like.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest mom on May 17, 2011
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I need to clarify the 3 star rating for this one, I have not read the 11 books prior in this series and I think that may have been essential. There are alot of references that I think the reader already knows if he/she has been following the series. This book was lengthy, it had a long start up and it was hard for me to get "invovled" with the characters. I found myself not too fond of the main investigative team and the "original" bad guy reminded me of Hannibal Lector, just creepy! It has some twists and turns, but I would recommend reading from the beginning of this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Kopp on July 12, 2011
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The actual thriller plot is quite OK, but due to the continues romantic tension that the author tries to build up between the 2 main characters, it does not seem to move forward. They drive back and forth following clues but somehow not that much happens. And then- unfortunately for the book- they finally kiss. After that it gets really boring, as the emphasis is more around the thoughts around the kiss than actually solving murder.

I finally stopped reading it after the main Character Derek chuckled. He chuckles a lot in this book, seems like he can't talk normally. So he chuckles words. Got very annoying after a while.

if you like hard boiled serial killer plots- read something else!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zéia on October 18, 2012
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Dead by Morning has to be one of the most tedious & unsatisfying books I've read in a while. It fell flat as a pancake both as a suspense and as a romance. The plot was not fleshed out. It just trickled along, limping s-l-o-w-l-y. The characters were told instead of shown. Action was almost non-existent. Except for the kills. They were very fleshed out. The suspense was drawn out so slowly that it became non-existent, even if I did care about anything that was going on or any main character. Which I didn't. I found the female protagonist so unknowledgeable about her own motivations and antagonistic toward Derek (for no other reason than stereotyping) as to be unlikable. I liked Derek a little more, but he too was a card board cutout. Also the ending....well, I will be polite and tell you in a comment under this review. It will be a big SPOILER. So if you are interested in this novel, do not read the comments for this review. As for the crime and suspense? Slight SPOILER - I found it mildly interesting and poorly drawn out. I didn't understand why the main character, Maleah - a private detective, found it necessary to tell the truth, the whole truth about her personal life when interrogating a serial killer, giving herself emotional pain in the process. In this situation crocodile tears would not only be ok, they were called for. To my mind, if a private detective cannot bluff, prevaricate and even act at least a little, she or he has no business being out in the field. And by lying (at least a little) in this situation she would have learned one important fact, did the serial killer know anything personal about her past. So that whole story between Maleah & the serial killer seemed contrived to me in order to get Maleah to open up to Derek.Read more ›
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