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From the Author

When I started writing, I thought I'd write a mystery, which is my favorite genre. However, my daughters informed me that what I was writing was actually a romance. Since I'd never read a romance, I was surprised, to say the least.

I did start reading romance, and found romantic suspense to be a good fit, and had 7 novels published in that genre (#8 will be out in 2012). But that "can I write a mystery?" question nagged, and here, with DEADLY SECRETS, is my first "official" mystery book.

About the Author

Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles and now makes her home in Divide, Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance.

However, her entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when her son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" she began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fanfiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, she wrote her first short story.

Things snowballed and soon she was writing her first original novel. Much later, she mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to her son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

With a degree in Psychology from UCLA, she loves getting into the minds of her characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do. Too often, they surprise her.

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  • File Size: 1469 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terry Odell (December 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HHWBK2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Los Angeles and now make my home in Divide, Colorado. An avid reader (my parents tell everyone they had to move from our first home because I finished the local library), I always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what I wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once I began writing, I found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery I intended to write rapidly became a romance.

However, my entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when my son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" I began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fanfiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, I wrote my first short story.

Things snowballed and soon I was writing my first original novel. Much later, I mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to my son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

I love getting into the minds of my characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do. Too often, they surprise me.

My published works include the Pine Hills Police Series, the Blackthorne, Inc. series as well as the Romantic Suspense novel, What's in a Name? and the Mapleton Mystery series. I've also published numerous short stories with The Wild Rose Press.

I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America, and its Kiss of Death chapter, as well as Mystery Writers of America. When I'm not writing, or watching wildlife from my window, I'm probably reading.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Hockley on December 7, 2011
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Terry Odell is known for her romance novels, however in this novel she combines romance and mystery.

The mystery revolves around an elderly German couple, Rose and Sam, grandparents of Justin and honorary "parents" of Megan. The latter comes to Mapleton, after many years away, in response to a "feeling" which her friend, Angie, has about Justin's intentions toward his grandparents. What is he up to?

The motive for two murders stretches back to World War 2, family matters and a surprising culprit. I don't believe in giving spoilers - it's not fair to prospective readers!

Terry Odell handled the plot differently to the usual one-on-one romance novel, having two couples in her sights. Her style is laid-back and easy, a novel to read on a rainy afternoon.

Odell focuses very much on the policing aspect of the mystery, thereby producing a story refreshingly free from endless pages of sexual encounters, which appears to be the norm in romance novels these days.

I suspect, and hope, there are more stories to come from Mapleton and that we discover what happens to these likeable couples.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lev Raphael on May 12, 2012
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Trouble comes to the lovely Colorado town of Mapleton when ghosts of W.W. II haunt people who seem outwardly happy. First there's a suspicious car accident, then assault, then breaking and entering, followed by murder and kidnapping. There's a team of police chief and sheriff trying to solve the case, but so are two appealing young sleuths, Megan and Justin, who have their own reasons for trying to solve the mystery. Odell does a lovely job of catching the ambience of a small town, as well as creating believable, sympathetic characters and an exciting, compelling plot. She started in romance novels, but clearly has a strong future ahead of her writing mysteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Weebiscuit on December 22, 2014
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I had never read anything by this author and thought I'd give the book a try since it was free. I felt that it started off fairly well but about midway through it simply imploded on itself.

First, I want to comment on a 2 star review left my Mamachu, in which that reviewer said the book dealt with the occult. It didn't. There was one character, a lady, who owned a vintage clothing store who kept calling the police telling them there were "ghosts" in her store. No one took the lady seriously, and other than her being mentioned about three times for her belief that ghosts were in the store, there was nothing more. Certainly not occult at all. This wasn't followed up on, and there were no spirits anywhere else in this book. It had absolutely nothing to do with the occult.

Now.. here's what I liked about the book... at first.... It seemed quite interesting. The writing was done well. Dialogue flowed smoothly, and I got the "feel" of Mapleton being a small town. There was definitely a mystery building up, and I was eager to get into bed each night and continue reading so I could find out what the mystery was.

However, at about half way through, suddenly the Chief of Police, who seemed like a very likeable, competent person, suddenly has a graphic sex scene with a waitress. And I mean GRAPHIC. Like fingers being inserted incertain places... etc. At that point I skipped the trash and tried to get back into the story. This sex scene had absolutely NOTHING to do with the story! Nothing at all! And the Police Chief, who was here-to-for coming off as a strong, determined man, suddenly becomes a comic strip character. When his paramour brings him dinner, he makes an obscene comment about bringing her "dessert.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By k.c. quinn on January 25, 2013
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This book was an interesting departure for this author. I truly adore the romantic suspense books she has written, this book is more of a mystery/intrigue type of story. I thought the mystery was good and I must admit I didn't guess the bad guy until quite late in the game. The writing is smooth and flows well as is usual with this author-I like the characters, they all seem a bit insecure about themselves and I don't know that they were as well described as the author has done previously. I don't know if the lack of description is because there were 4 main characters instead of the usual h/h. This is a good solidly written mystery that most will enjoy and it does keep you guessing on several fronts, right until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2014
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DISCREET! The word is DISCREET, not discrete! That being said (sorry, but that one is one of the worst offenders) I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Good mystery with a little romance thrown in...especially between Sam and Rose. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Are there more, with Gordon's and Angie's, and Justin's and Megan's stories?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Toussaint on November 28, 2014
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Tiny Mapleton, Colorado is the domain of newly minted Police Chief Gordon Hepler, a competent cop with some doubts about being thrust to the top of his field. His normal trouble calls trend toward the nuisance calls about a ghost in Betty Bedford's vintage clothing store.

After a seven year absence from home, event planner Megan Wyatt comes back to visit her aging adoptive grandparents, Sam and Rose Kretzer. Their frailness and the furtiveness of their by-blood grandson who's also visiting raise Megan's hackles. Something's going on here and she means to get to the bottom of it. And when did Jumbo Justin turn into a hottie?

Like popcorn in the microwave, events hit Mapleton in a blinding flurry. A stranger is dead. Megan is assaulted in the park. Homes are ransacked. Then Betty is found dead, and Chief Hepler's sure a ghost isn't to blame. He calls in help and rolls up his sleeves.

Both story lines, the police procedural one and the amateur sleuth one, weave and diverge in a skillful manner, keeping my interest level high throughout the book. I found the book to be intricately plotted with deliberate pacing. Although I read book 2 of this series first, it was a joy to read this one and spend time with familiar characters. I very much enjoyed my visit to Mapleton and Odell's keen eye for detail.
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