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Dear Killer (Marley Clark Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Two ancient biblical documents reveal long-buried secrets that could change the world as we know it. The team's mission: find the stolen documents and capture—or kill—those responsible for unleashing a coordinated and unprecedented attack on US soil. See more

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Lovely's "Dear Killer" meets all my requirements, and then some! Snappy writing? Check. Dynamic heroine? Check. Vivid array of suspects? Check, check, check! Interesting setting? I'll say. -Lowcountry Weekly 

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  • File Size: 2641 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LHI; 2 edition (May 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has always made her living as a writer, primarily in public relations and advertising fields. Now, she's focusing on her first love--fiction.

Her newest novel, LIES: SECRETS CAN KILL, is a suspense novel set in 1938, a fascinating time period between the World Wars when independent women who came of age in the Roaring Twenties face tough challenges--especially if they're suspected of murder.

Lovely also has published novels in two series--MARLEY CLARK MYSTERIES and SMART WOMEN, DUMB LUCK romantic thrillers. Her SMART WOMEN, TOUGH LUCK series features content that's a mite steamier than her Marley Clark mysteries. This series follows the adventures of three friend--Nexi Ketts, a forensic accountant, Riley Reid, director of security for a prestigious university, and Kate Johnson, a medical researcher. In DEAD LINE, Nexi is the main character. In DEAD HUNT the spotlight turns on Riley. DEAD CURE will tell Kate's story.

The MARLEY CLARK MYSTERIES offer a main course of thrills coupled with a generous side of humor and romance. Marley, the 52-year-old, kick-ass heroine, is a retired military intelligence officer. In DEAR KILLER, she's working part-time as a security guard on an island in the SC Lowcountry. In NO WAKE ZONE, Marley travels to Spirit Lake/Lake Okoboji, Iowa, where the author spent many wonderful summers with her aunt, uncle and cousins. In WITH NEIGHBORS LIKE THESE, the upcoming third book, Marley returns to the Lowcountry.

DEAR KILLER earned a spot in the finals of the RWA Golden Quill competition for books published in 2011. Harlequin purchased the mass market rights for both DEAR KILLER and NO WAKE ZONE for its Worldwide Mystery imprint.

IN THE WORKS--Lovely is plotting the first four books in a humorous "cozy" mystery series set on a goat cheese farm in the South Carolina Upcountry.

Lovely has served five terms as president of the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of Sisters in Crime and is a volunteer staffer for the Writers' Police Academy. She's also a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and International Thriller Writers. Prior to publication, her manuscripts finaled in 15 contests, including RWA's prestigious Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier competitions, Deadly Ink, Murder in the Grove and Malice Domestic.

A native of Iowa, Linda has called the South home for more than thirty years. She and her husband live beside a lake in the South Carolina Upstate. The author's hobbies include reading, swimming, kayaking, tennis, and gardening.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bobbrun on June 28, 2013
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I liked the mystery part of the book enough to have given it a 5 star rating. But, again, the Harlequin romance part turned me off. Excerpts from book.."He was nude and erect. My breath caught." "Consummation a promise just beyond our trembling reach." Okay, I don't mind sexy scenes in books if I am forewarned. Being a mystery purist, I do not like getting into the gist of the crime plot and then having to stop for an unneeded romp in the hay.
This seems to be the norm with most of the women mystery authors. There should be ratings...light romance, heavy duty sex, softcore porn, really adult language, and pure mystery as in Agatha Christie, Tess Gerritsen and others that I cannot think of right now. I don't expect many to like my review, but I would hope that some authors would take notice (if they ever do) and start putting out a good old true mystery.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deidre Thigpen on August 1, 2011
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As a real fan of mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed Linda Lovely's book, "Dear Killer." The series looks like a real winner, blending so many appealing elements. Like Carolyn Hart, Ms. Lovely has set her mystery on an island off SC, and it just gets better from there. Her protagonist is of the "hard-boiled" type of crime solver, like P.I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, but with softer edges - like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone.

Ms. Lovely took a chance of making her heroine 52 years old and the good-looking good guy cop a lot younger. That's unique to her heroine and should hit the fantasies of a lot of women out there. And (good for her) the heroine can figure out how to get herself out of trouble most dire without help from anyone until it's all over but the shouting.

The sex scenes were realistic, not shocking, sorta middle of the road for today's romantic literature. I get the feeling they were toned down somewhat to meet mainstream expectations.

I look forward to the next book in the series. Ms. Lovely gave enough introductions in this book to build an interest in the crusty old aunt for the sequel. Way to go Linda Lovely. Keep writing them this good and you will have me as a fan for life!

Susan M. Thigpen, Editor
The Mountain Laurel
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Whitfield on June 14, 2011
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I just finished Linda Lovely's Dear Killer, set in the beautiful Low Country of South Carolina with plenty of Southern charm and some Gullah history thrown in for good measure. Not only did Lovely hook me right away, but she also kept me blissfully bogged in wet sand while I tried to figure out Marley's next moves. I thoroughly enjoyed plenty of romance mixed in with shovelsful of action including killings, deceit, and cover ups. It's difficult to believe this is Lovely's first novel. I wait impatiently for the next one. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Rawls on July 17, 2011
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Dear Island, part of the low country of South Carolina, is a wonderful place to live and work. Marley Clark has retired there, retired but working part-time as an island security officer. The most exciting "crime" she encounters is two teenage twins who must be taken home to their mommy and her live-in boyfriend. Well, there are a couple of others on the island who present a small challenge: the environmental nut who never misses a chance to bash development, the trophy wife who has almost as many enhanced parts as natural ones, and the island lush. But they all become unimportant when Marley discovers Stu stewing in the hot tub--literally--with enough vegetables for an island soiree. As a retired Military Intelligence officer, Marley knows she is in way over her head and welcomes Deputy Braden Mann from the mainland who is assigned to investigate the murder. Need I say, this is only the beginning of the story as more victims of the killer with a sense of humor are found and--what else?--Marley and Braden find themselves attracted to one another.
Ms. Lovely's description of the low country of South Carolina and her imaginary island paint mental pictures of where we'd all like to retire--except for the murders, of course. Her feel for the people, both native and retirees, was right on. I say that as a native eastern North Carolinian and a retiree in South Florida. I felt right at home in her story.
The wordsmithing is superb, something we don't find enough of in today's fiction market. With no hesitation, I award DEAR KILLER five stars and look forward to the next Marley Clark adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Polly Iyer on January 13, 2012
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Dear Killer is a fun read with a terrific female role model and a devious villain. The fast moving plot and clever dialogue will keep you entertained until the last page. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrsdepass on July 8, 2013
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Not a thing wrong with this one, ticks all the boxes (although I coulda done without the romance parts, at least they weren't protractedly gooey) including a mature resolution of the May-December relationship without totally extinguishing the flame. If there was anything that bothered me just a little it was that, although Marley is on the waning side of middle age, that fact just wasn't clearly sustained for me. Maybe if she had a varicose vein or two, or confessed to coloring the gray out of her hair or looking forward to joining AARP in three years. Other than that, resolving myself to the "Dear Island" name took a little work but that was the only thing I thought was a bit of a push to get around. I confess I didn't read the substantial preview of the next book at the end of "Dear Killer," though I was sorely tempted: I don't wanna spoil enjoying the fun of the next book from the very first word. Marley rocks!
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