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

Marjorie Doering
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Book Description

A peaceful, lakeside summer home... A gruesome murder... Valerie Davis, wife of prominent Minneapolis businessman, Paul Davis, is dead. Very dead.

Personal demons in tow, Ray Schiller of the Widmer P.D. follows the evidence to the Twin Cities, joining forces with Minneapolis homicide detective Dick Waverly. They discover many are suspect, few are innocent. The widower has good reason to keep his personal life private, and he isn't the only one--not by a long shot.

"Sweet nothings" become weapons in a war of words as intimates turn on one another. Ambition, love and hate turn the case on its head when consequences turn lethal.

In the midst of the investigation, Ray's involvement in an unthinkable incident, makes him the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. With his personal and professional life in the balance, he soon learns the devil is in the details, and the details aren't what they 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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39 of 41 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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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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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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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy mystery to read October 6, 2012
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This book was filled with twists and turns. We were lead in many different directions. The book was easy to read I was able to read it in two days. The main characters in the book were easy to form a bond with. I am not sure if there was a previous book or if the references to times before were all there was. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. It does leave you hoping that he will be able to open up to his wife and reconcile.
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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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