Dear Killer (Marley Clark Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this book as my husband was stationed in Beufort and it was so easy to picture everything in my mind. The writer was intelligent and kept my interest.Published 18 months ago by William Kiesel
A fun ,exciting read . Loved the suspense and the beautiful descriptions of the area . Never have been to the area but now would like to see it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gerry Schumann
I read "Dear Killer" several years ago, and I enjoyed the story very much. Recently, though, I had the opportunity to listen to K.C. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Fara
Set on a beautiful island off the South Carolina coast, DEAR KILLER is the first book in the Marley Clark detective series by author Linda Lovely. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susan Keefe
This was an enjoyable book. It held my interest throughout. The characters were fairly well developed. The villain was clearly identified fairly early but but proved elusive. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Suzan Syrett
Although I was a little suspicious of the title and really started the book out of a sense of obligation after I met the author, I was delighted with the story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Entertain me
I was thoroughly engaged in each chapter. An incredible amount of action with the main characters. I wish there were more books to read.Published on February 13, 2014 by Auntie L
I've only just discovered the wonderful writings of Author Linda Lovely, this being the 2nd book of her's I've read. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This one is awesome! It will keep you guessing & on the edge of your seat! It is packed with suspense and mystery.Published on January 19, 2014 by Michelle Loncar