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Powers's third thriller (after Sunflower and Bleeding Heart), a gripping mix of a smalltown police procedural with a snazzy woman-in-jeopardy plot, will remind many of early Mary Higgins Clark and Sandra Browne. Working mother Kate Warner's peaceful life in suburban Pickard, Ill., is shattered when her eight-year-old daughter, Jenny, gets off the school bus one afternoon and disappears just steps away from home. To make matters worse, Kate's husband and Jenny's devoted dad, Richard, becomes the prime suspect. Other suspects include Richard's sophisticated business associate, a local physician and the spooky anonymous caller who keeps taunting the Warners. Despite some predictable twists, this tight suspense novel with its credible characters will keep readers turning the pages.
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"Death Angel" is a chilling, nightmarish tale, as lies, betrayal, deception and murder strike too close to home.

Powers tackles the unthinkable in this novel of grief and resilience. Your heart may be breaking, but you'll keep reading to the bitter end.

"Death Angel" is a stunning, even shocking read. It will make your blood run cold.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933515031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933515038
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Writing has always been a part of my life. In college I worked on the class musicals. My first job was in an advertising agency and I and a band of loonies wrote the twisted ads for the Christmas party. Then I worked on musical comedies for a theater group in Chicago and had a humor column in the local paper. I started writing romances but my heart belonged to the mystery genre and eventually I sold a suspense thriller to Simon & Schuster. I miss the humor writing so occasionally I write a column for the senior women's web online.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on February 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This mystery grabs your attention at the very beginning and holds it through the entire book. It is the story of Kate, a sheltered stay-at-home mom whose life is destroyed when her eight year old daughter is kidnapped, raped and murdered. Kate's husband becomes a suspect and then disappears. Kate begins to investigate her daughter's death and her husband's disappearance at the possible price of her own life. It is an excellent mystery that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know who did it, Powers throws a curve ball and you doubt your prediction and add another suspect to your growing list.

I cannot give this book 5 stars, however, because I did not care for the characters. They never seemed to fully develop and instead were superficial. I found Kate and her husband, Richard to have a strange relationship and even Kate herself was odd. She had one child and a part time job but no real friends. In some ways, her husband seemed to be dominate (he laid out her clothes for her to wear each day) but in other ways he didn't. The only character I liked, who seemed like she could be a real person, was Kate's elderly next door neighbor.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Plese on November 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In Death Angel, the tragedy of losing a child to a heinous crime is the impetus for the book's main character, Kate Warner, to dive headfirst into a world of sleuthing, danger and ultimately, revenge. As a parent, Kate's determination and courage are inspirational in the face of horrendous circumstances and utmost despair. Determined to find her child's killer and clear her husband's name, Kate takes the law in to her own hands and leads the reader on an unexpected journey into the darkness of everyday America.

Her character adds new heights to the emotional complexity of a child's murder and grips the reader like few characters can. A must read for any mystery lover and avid reader alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Lowe on November 25, 2013
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This story grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout the novel. I enjoyed the gradual revelations that the "perfect family" had secrets and issues that impacted on the police investigation into their daughter's murder. Kate, who had been dominated and "protected" by her father and then her husband, was forced by her husband's disappearance to become more assertive. I did knock a star off for the ending. As another reviewer said, the ending was far too abrupt.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2012
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Is there a second book? If not then I am disappointed. Yes it was a good read but the end peed me off. No closure for the characters. Kate thought she would do the decent thing when she returned, she didn't. The end just got me.Yes justice was served but there could of least been an epilogue. I was really into the story but the end just got me. Why did the Chief start to like her and that is what should of been in the epilogue had there been one. Would of give five stars if the ending was extended.Don't know if these kindle editions are missing pages but this has happened to more free books than I can count.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kate Warner is living every mother's worst nightmare. Her young daughter, Jenny, has been brutally murdered, and the investigation has focused on her husband. Unable to accept Richard's possible involvement in Jenny's death, Kate feels helpless in the face of public and private scrutiny.

Pickard's chief of police, Carl Leidecker, is a former member of Chicago's finest. He also knows the Warners. Leidecker dives into the case of Jenny's murder with all available resources. When Richard Warner, Leidecker discovers there's more to the family than meets the eye.

The case follows a twisted trail of leads that pull Kate Warner and Carl Leidecker in a deadly direction. Not knowing who to trust and who to blame is a dangerous game. If the killer isn't found in time, the Death Angel will be sure to strike again.

In this haunting suspense, Martha Powers weaves a spell of heartbreak and rage guaranteed to affect even the most jaded readers. She dives into the psyches of the grieving mother, a dogged investigator, and the sadistic killer. Readers will be kept guessing until close to the end, with a chilling climax sure to keep you on edge.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Author Sylvia Massara on November 22, 2013
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Well written and suspenseful, this book kept me turning the "virtual" pages.

[SPOILER] However, I couldn't take to Kate (the main character) at first as she kept information back from the police. Considering the violent death of her daughter, I thought it rather unrealistic that a woman would hold back information. I daresay, the clues seemed to point to the husband, but Kate's blind faith despite his behaviour toward her was not believable to me. The husband exhibited the textbook profile of a narcissist/psychopath, which I can see was used by the author to throw readers off the scent of the real killer. But this contradicted with Kate's motivation to protect her husband by withholding information from the police. The husband's behaviour was too blatant, I thought. I think it would have worked better if it had been more subtle. This just didn't gel for me. [END SPOILER]

Despite my comments above, I felt this made a good, suspenseful read, and I enjoyed reading the story. In the end, I came to like Kate a little as she finally decided to put her trust in the police, albeit rather too late. I knew who the killer was, but I won't spoil it for readers of this review. The plot was skillfully put together, and it had a couple of twists I didn't see coming. So overall, a good job! Finally, what touched me about this story is the grief I felt at this senseless murder of a child. The author handled this tragic issue with excellent sensitivity.
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