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"Deadly Sanctuary is a literary rollercoaster ride of suspense, an outstanding mystery from first to last" -The Midwest Book Review

"Nobel's whodunit is in the vein of Agatha Christie or Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame. I got hooked...that's what a good mystery should be." -Grant Smith, Sonoran News

"Sylvia Nobel's tale of mystery will hold your attention from beginning to end. Her style is similar to Tony Hillerman. Try it--you'll like it!" -Amazon book customer -- Book Review

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Sylvia Nobel is the award-winning author of the Kendall O'Dell mystery series and two romance novels, all set in Arizona. She is an accomplished public speaker and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and seven cats.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kendall O'Dell Mystery series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Nite Owl Books; Fourth Edition, Fourth edition edition (April 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966110579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966110579
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Nobel authors the intriguing Kendall O'Dell mystery series, featuring a Philadelphia transplant hoping to cure her asthma and start a new life as an investigative reporter in the small town of Castle Valley, AZ. All five of Sylvia's novels are based on actual events from local newspaper articles, many unsolved crimes. Set in the beautiful scenery of Arizona, from super heated exotic cactus laced deserts to snowy forested mountaintops, the state plays a constant character in her stories, worthy of tourism bureau note. It's obvious Sylvia loves the state where she was raised. She was born in Pennsylvania, just like her heroine. As a child the family moved to Cave Creek, a small artist community north of Phoenix. Writing became her escape and play as she developed characters who became friends.

Sylvia is a member of Mystery Writers of America. Her fast-paced, suspenseful novels are enjoyed by fans of all ages worldwide. She is also a frequent speaker at book clubs, conventions and women's groups. Her talk on the "Fascination of the Whodunit" is a hit with audiences everywhere.

Mother of two and grandmother of three, Sylvia lives in Phoenix with her husband Jerry and seven cats. Forever a cat lover, she volunteers weekly for Halo, an animal rescue organization. She also enjoys her mountain home in Prescott, Arizona, where year round temperatures stay 20 degrees cooler than the Valley of the Sun.

Sylvia has recently produced a feature film based on the first book in her mystery series, Deadly Sanctuary, a million seller! It is available on DVD through major retailers, streaming online and ON DEMAND cable. The film stars Dean Cain, Eric Roberts and Daniel Baldwin. Rebekah Kochan plays feisty reporter Kendall O'Dell, who like her creator, has flaming curly red hair! Sylvia's third book, Dark Moon Crossing has recently hit number one e-book download on Amazon. Devil's Cradle, the second book, is currently in pre-production for the second movie in the series.

Sylvia maintains an active Fan Club Newletter and social media presence and loves to hear from fans, reading every review with great interest. Several fans were recently her guests at the premiere of her movie Deadly Sanctuary. Fan contests for t-shirts and posters are frequently posted on her site.

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
Enjoy Southwest lore? Love a mystery? Recently I read a mystery by a comparatively new and very promising author who resides in the Phoenix area, Sylvia Nobel, which combines both features. Deadly Sanctuary is a fast paced mystery which takes place here in Arizona. The heroine, Kendall O'Dell, takes a new job at a small AZ newspaper and stumbles into an evil conspiracy involving the death of two teen-aged girls. Sylvia Nobel's tale of mystery will hold your attention from beginning to end. Her style is similar to Tony Hillerman. Try it--you'll like it!
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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful By BBC Addict on December 26, 2010
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First of all, not sure how this book was ever tagged "Christian" as a reviewer mentions. Maybe the word "Sanctuary" kicked off some kind of automatic labeling? This is not a Christian book but also doesn't hold itself out to be one.

Story is a typical big city girl goes to tiny town for one reason or another (man trouble, money trouble, or in this case, both) and stirs up the locals. First, with so many references to the heroine (Kendall) having such limited funds and the newspaper she works for being on the brink of financial disaster, where does Kendall get the money to do things like pay several hundred dollars to a source? The book needs a good editor.

Characters: pretty one dimensional - handsome, rich but obviously slimy guy tries to charm Kendall (guess the author was trying to create conflict?), then there's the typical brooding-cowboy-who-clearly-has-a-secret character; small town sherriff as bad guy, etc. All quite predictable and boring.

What killed the book for me: I may have given the book three stars except for one thing. The author has Kendall's coworker, Ginger, speaking the most excrutiating dialect since she's supposed to be from Texas. Almost every sentence out of Ginger's mouth is the author's attempt at a folksy saying and Ginger says "y'all" every other word. A word to aspiring authors who studied dialogue in a writing class and want to be the next William Faulkner: PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T TRY TO WRITE DIALECT! Sit on your hands, have someone hide your laptop, call your writing sponsor! Written dialect is extremely difficult to get right, and most of the time all it does is make readers cringe in embarrassment for the author.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 1999
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I'm not usually a big mystery buff, but I thought I'd give this one a try and I'm glad I did. Now I understand what the phrase "compulsive page turner" means -- I just couldn't stop reading! It's such an imaginative plot, with so many twists and turns I can't imagine many readers figuring it out ahead of time. A definite must read.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By bookfreak on January 1, 2011
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I'm glad this was a Kindle freebie, or I'd have been unhappy at wasting my money. I love mysteries and read many of them, but felt that this one didn't offer much. Before I'd read 20% of the book, I'd figured out the "big secret" that was supposed to be the great surprise ending. I found Kendall O'Dell to be unbelievably naive for a woman of nearly 30 who'd been working as a journalist in a large city. For example, she decides that information about one character's deep financial troubles can't be true because the person lives large and has a public image of extreme wealth. Really? Despite all the events of the past decade, she takes that at face value? Apparently she only works for newspapers--she never reads them. There's also a lot of very repetitive wording that I found distracting and grating. (Someone needs to buy this author a phrase to use in place of "I couldn't help but . . . ." Not only was it over-used, but it's technically a double-negative and shouldn't be used at all.)

I did enjoy the last few chapters when the book reached its climax and everything let loose, but it was a struggle to stick with it until I got to that point. I'm going to pass on Ms. O'Dell's other exploits.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hitesman on January 7, 2011
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It was free on our nook last week so I figured I'd give it a try. Basic plot wasn't bad, but the writing was very amateurish. Read like it was written by a bored housewife who was dragged to AZ by her husbands job, read a "how to write mysteries" book and decided to give it a go. Not much of a "thinker" the narrator spells everything out for the reader. The author may live in AZ, but must not have lived here long or not lived outside of a gated McMansion type of area because the little details she includes are just wrong. Snowbirds sticking around until June? Heck they're gone by April. Closing doors and windows to turn on a swamp cooler? That's the opposite of how you use a swamper - they need windows or doors open to circulate air. Just a lot of that kind of little thing that tries to add authenticity but is off base. Maybe the author has gotten better or found an editor...but I'm not in a hurry to try anything else of hers unless it's free again.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Jordan (worklifepb@msn.com) on September 21, 1998
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The main character, Kendall O'Dell, is someone everyone can relate to as she tries to untangle a murder mystery in her new hometown. She's attracted to two very different men--which one will win her favor? Loved the Arizona setting--very descriptive.
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