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Dear Crossing: A Ray Schiller Novel (The Ray Schiller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie Doering
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Book Description

The wife of a prominent Minneapolis executive is found dead in the couple’s secluded summer home. Not just dead—murdered. The crime scene is uglier than most.

Put in charge of the case, Ray Schiller of the Widmer, Minnesota P.D. follows the evidence directly to the Twin Cities and the new widower. Unraveling Paul Davis’s carefully guarded personal life threatens the executive’s bid for the imminent opening for the presidency of ACC, the prestigious corporation founded and run by his father-in-law.

Ray’s tenacity turns up more suspects, but with lethal results. Their greed, ambition and loathing erupt in deadly in-fighting. Just as it seems the case is about to come to a sudden, unpredictable end, a shooting incident lands Ray in a situation, which could destroy his marriage as well as his law enforcement career.

Ray battles back only to learn the devil is in the details, and the details aren’t what anyone expected.


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From the Author

Thinking back to what got me started writing, I suspect it was a school assignment in the sixth or seventh grade. We were told to write the longest run-on sentence we could create. Mine ran on for a full page and told a story to boot. The task was meant to be an exercise in punctuation, but I discovered that telling a story intrigued me. That's how writing became my lifelong hobby.

When I was forty, my husband introduced me to a wonderful gadget called a computer. The prospect of dealing with perpetually clean working copies blew my mind. Long story short ... got one. I've been writing in earnest ever since.

In 2005, Darknight Theatrical Productions produced and performed my one-act play "Flight 419" in Chicago, Illinois. A number of my short stories were included in an anthology titled Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories, published by Omega Publication in 2009.

Dear Crossing is the first in the series. The second, Shadow Tag, will be published in the near future, followed by At Any Cost.

If you read my work, I solemnly promise it does not include run-on sentences. I invite you to check that out for yourself.

About the Author

Marjorie Swift Doering enjoys writing in various genres. Currently, her focus is on the upcoming completion of the third in her series of "Ray Schiller" murder mysteries. In 2005, her first one-act play, Flight 419, was produced and performed by Darknight Theatrical Productions in Chicago, Illinois. Omega Publications, in 2009, published a number of her short stories in an anthology titled Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories. In 2010, another of her short stories was published in Red Cedar, The University of Wisconsin Barron County’s journal of arts and literature. Marjorie and her husband Denny live in beautiful northwestern Wisconsin with their Springer spaniel and three crazy but lovable cats.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075IB1SK
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Crossing, a Ray Schiller Series. May 14, 2012
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Marjorie Doering has found a new and exciting niche in the murder/mystery genre that will grasp readers and keep them coming back. A broken hearted cop, who seems bent on destroying himself and the town he serves, opens the door to a ghastly murder investigation. In jail for drunk and disorderly, Officer Ray Schiller is still needed on the job until Chief "Woody" Newell can give him the boot.

Step up and meet characters who are three-dimensional and readers will discover to their delight that none are as they seem on the surface. When Paul Davis' beautiful and rich, society wife is found dead, the list of suspects starts with her ambitious husband and goes from there. Greed, lust, and a plethora of other emotions head the list of reasons for Valerie Stockton Davis' murder.

Despite an obvious case of Hero Worship by the rookie member at the station, even Neil Lloyd isn't safe from Ray's rampage. The two manages to get into a round of fisticuffs that leaves them both bruised and bloody. But may lead to the only friendship Ray has on the force and in the town.

Did the tall, dark and 'handsome' stranger who drifted through town on the night of the murder have anything to do with Valerie's death? Who is the beautiful-enough-to-die-for blonde living in real estate fit for a queen? What about sweet, fresh Amy, the waitress at the Copper Kettle? Is she as innocent as she seems?

And what does a lost cow and a massive-horned bull have to do with the whole thing?

Readers are in for a thriller they won't ever forget in, Dear Crossing, a Ray Schiller Series, by Marjorie Doering. Keep your eyes peeled at Amazon for future Ray Schiller books in the series.

By Irene B. Gardner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Crossing April 24, 2012
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Great mix of characters and situations; Ray Schiller is in the midst of personal conflict when he finds himself investigating a vicious crime and possible suspects with an unusual set of motives.
The reader is along for a great ride as he works it out. Believable characters and situations; well-written.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Read February 23, 2013
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The book was well written and did not depend on sex and/or violence to make the story. It was more complex than necessary; too many plots going on at the same time.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Mystery & Thrill April 26, 2012
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This book takes you by surprise. A high profile murder takes place in a small town and unfortunately, for the killer, this town has a great detective. The plot continues to thicken throughout the book and ends with a surprise and a twist to leave you on the edge. Great book, I highly recommend it!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Crossing = Terrific Storytelling! August 29, 2012
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The author promises no run-on sentences, and I believe her; there isn't an unneeded word in this book. The story grabs you from the first scene and demands your attention to the last page. There were no 'then a miracle occurs' contrivances, just solid well set up storytelling. The characters' actions were entirely understandable and believable, and I'll definitely be waiting (im)patiently for the next installment in the Ray Schiller series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Characters Drive This Book May 27, 2012
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Marjorie Doering's book contains a host of excellent, well-developed characters whose interactions drive the twisting plot. From big-time corporate executives to meth addicts living in decrepit trailers, this book has it all. As for who did the foul deed, the clues are there but well hidden, which is the mark of an excellent mystery book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Very original plot with many twists and turns and an unpredictable ending. The main character, Ray, a policeman fighting with his own personal demons after he finds his wife cheating on him, is a believable hero the reader quickly identifies with. He struggles to work with an inexperienced police chief and an awe-struck partner to unravel the murder of a woman found with her arm chopped off. Enjoyable, interesting characters. Great read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slow December 8, 2012
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After the initial murder and a second death - the book just slowed down too much for my taste. I usually read an average-length book in a day or two - this one took me a week to finish. I almost gave up more than once but was determined to find just who the real murderer was. Yes, it was a surprise - thus the three stars. Like another reviewer, I thought there was another book prior to this one because of the allusion to things that had already taken place. The references were confusing and slowed the pace of the novel. I also doubt that law enforcement officers would be traded back and forth like chess pieces. There were several other things that bothered me, (vicodin for migraines?????) but I don't want to be picky. All in all, it was an okay read but I doubt I'd ever read another by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Well written. Enjoyed the lack of continuous foul and worse language, the use of sex and gore as fillers for meaningful writing. One of the best reads I've had in a while. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ernestyne Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read. Scary, never figured the plot.
Published 9 days ago by Shirley Pitch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid murder mystery
Good, solid murder mystery. Well written with nicely done character development. It moves along quite nicely and was a delight to read. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Connield
4.0 out of 5 stars Deer crossing was appropriate title.
I thought it was a very good book. It was suspenseful. It was hard to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Rowan
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book very much
I enjoyed the book very much. I was just starting to get into the main character but the book ended. I rarely get around to reading sequels so that's a bummer.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Synnott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book keeps you guessing till the end
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars fast, paced kept you guessing to the end
I found the characters believable , interesting and likable.

The story was interesting and intriguing, the various plots kept me wondering who done it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by judy buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected delightful mystery
This work has decent character development and great murder mystery story. I look forward to reading more about Ray in the twin cities.
Published 2 months ago by virgi
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read on a cold night
suspensful and exciting. a good read on a cold night.
Published 2 months ago by jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this mystery murder thriller!
I really liked this book and the author's writing style. Ray Schiller is a cop in a small town and when Valerie Davis is found dead, Ray and the other cops are at the end of their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P.S. Winn
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More About the Author

Marjorie Doering was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1948. Writing since she reached the double digits, she didn't start taking writing seriously until her husband introduced her to the computer--a love/hate relationship. In 2005, her one-act play, Flight 419, was produced and performed by Darknight Theatrical Productions in Chicago, Illinois. Omega Publications, in 2009, published a number of her short stories in an anthology titled Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories. In 2010, another of her short stories was published in Red Cedar, The University of Wisconsin Barron County's journal of arts and literature.

She and her husband Denny live in NW Wisconsin with their Springer spaniel and three crazy, lovable cats.

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