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Honor Code (A Mystery Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Perkins
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Book Description

In a small southern town where everyone normally knows each other’s business, veteran detective Larry Robbins must solve the disappearance of eighty-year-old widower, African-American George Beason.

When evidence arises that Beason may have left town on his own, it would be easy for Robbins to close the case, but his gut instinct tells him more’s at stake. As he uncovers clues about Beason’s deceased wife and his estranged daughter, Robbins must untangle conflicting motives and hidden agendas to bring Beason home alive.

With HONOR CODE, Cathy Perkins delivers a mystery NOVELLA linked to her award-winning mystery novel, THE PROFESSOR.


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Honor Code is another multi-layered and intricately plotted story by Cathy Perkins that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. - Have You Heard Book Reviews

Cathy Perkin's Honor Code is a tense police procedural whose hero is a taunt mix of weariness and optimism. The book begins with the kidnapping of the old man and as the mystery unravels the layered strands of family disfunction, fading communities and fractured marriages reveal a cop whose seen it all but still strives to make a difference. The crime and its solution are riveting, but not as compelling as the detective at the center of book. - Beachside Reviews

The opening scene is powerful in its imagery and emotion... the secondary characters added layers to the story that made me forget I was reading a novella - Renee Rearden

From the Back Cover

In a small southern town where everyone knows each other's business, veteran detective Larry Robbins must solve the disappearance of eighty-year-old widower George Beason.

When evidence arises that Beason may have left town on his own, it would be easy for Robbins to close the case, but his gut instinct tells him more's at stake. As he uncovers clues about Beason's deceased wife and his estranged daughter, Robbins must untangle conflicting motives and hidden agendas to bring Beason home alive.
From award-winning author Cathy Perkins comes a mystery novella related to her recent release, THE PROFESSOR.

Product Details

  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Publishing (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009STQQIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honor Code December 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Honor Code by Cathy Perkins is a fast-paced and intriguing mystery. Although George Beason is not officially a "high risk" disappearance, Detective Larry Robbins' instincts are telling him to give this case a closer look. His investigation is full of unexpected twists and turns and raises some very puzzling questions.

Honor Code might be a novella, but Ms. Perkins does an excellent job with character and plot development. Larry Robbins is a little jaded and cynical after so many years on the job, but he has well honed instincts and a genuine concern for George Beason's whereabouts. His investigation proves to be quite illuminating for Larry in both his professional and personal lives. As the case unfolds he learns some surprising information about his new and much younger partner Jerry Jordan. The details surrounding George's late wife's death causes Larry to reflect on his relationship with his wife Sharon. His introspection is insightful and provides his character with added depth.

Larry's investigation into George's disappearance is quite interesting and meticulously detailed. While Larry uncovers several potential motives and suspects that fit in with his kidnapping theory, he cannot quite rule out the possibility that George left of his own accord. The case takes a fascinating turn and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the pieces of the puzzle fall neatly into place.

Honor Code is another multi-layered and intricately plotted story by Cathy Perkins that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

I received a complementary copy for review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid short story January 23, 2013
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This police procedural isn't the longest story but it's really well written and a good introduction to the author's style. Definitely recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than your average romantic thriller novella December 18, 2012
By Ruth
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful novella (which I received from the author in return only for a fair review), which seems to fill the word count much too quickly. I really enjoyed The Professor, and this one uses one of the secondary characters from that book, and writes an interesting, clever little mystery around one of his cases.

The writing is simple, but flows really nicely, but what I particularly enjoy (and enjoyed about The Professor as well), is how well we get to know the main protagonist. We get to see and hear his thought processes and his emotions, and also get an intriguing glimpse into his agonies. It's all extremely human, and the whole book is shot through with an underlying sadness and futility, while not hitting you in the face with it.

I can't wait for the next book by this author.

4 stars. I really liked it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced, Entertaining Read December 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I haven't read many mysteries in the last few years because they are either too dry or too easy to figure out. This one was neither of these things. I really enjoyed the characters, and I was guessing who was behind it up until the very end. If you're looking for a good mystery to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon, this is your book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Mystery With A Twist December 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The novel starts with an old man facing an assailant who uses a baseball bat to kill his dog.

Then a police detective is called when the old man is reported missing by a neighbor. At first glance it would seem George Beason has gone off in his gold Cadillac for a visit with relatives. But neighbours who know him insist he wouldn't have left this way. And when Detective Robbin's has a chance to look inside his house it's obvious it's been tossed. Finding the dog he takes it to a vet who confirms the dog was killed by blunt force trauma.

As the case continues the cracks in George Beason's family lead to a daughter who believes her dad killed her mother and the grandson who died in the service of his country may have been involved in a theft while oversees. And as Detective Robbins searches for answers he begins to look at his own life more closely and make some changes.

This is a novella you can read in an hour and enjoy but the twists and turns will leave you guessing until the end and may have you asking questions of your own life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read February 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Robbins is an older detective who works too hard for his age but doesn't know how to work less. We not only learn about his investigative skills but also about his personal life. Together these define his character. As the plot develops, the flow of the story is just as it should be: solid investigative work that is realistic and intersting. This is a first-rate detective story that I really liked. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, A Novel Not for Children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good short story March 5, 2013
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The book was well written
The characters believable
I only wished it was a longer book!
Good story but I hate these reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable February 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a well written short story...and I will emphasize short story.

It was an interesting case of an old man who disappears one night. His neighbor insists that he was very sharp in mind, but his sight wasn't good so he would not have taken his car and left in middle of the night. But he took is wallet. What kind of kidnapper let's you go grab your wallet before you go?

The more they investigate, the more convoluted it becomes but until they find Mr. Beason, they still can't determine if he was kidnapped or did he go willingly? Is he a victim or a co-conspirator?

There was an attempt to give us a little background, the home life, of our investigator, but with such a short story, it really didn't add much.

It is an intriguing plot. If you like police drama stories, it is a quick and enjoyable story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ex machina
"Honor Code" had the makings of a good detective story - interesting characters in an interesting place. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Paul M. Steinle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pretty good book
Published 3 months ago by Ishkabibble
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
This was pretty good. The story made sense and the characters were consistent. The problem I see with it, is that I never felt I knew any of the characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Mcauliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A good story of never giving up which made me want more from this author. Ms. Perkins, welcome to my expanding list of must read authors.
Published on March 22, 2013 by Koda
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MURDER MYSTERY
I would chose this book if you enjoy a good murder mystery. Some twists a long the way keeps you on your toes.
Published on February 22, 2013 by John Lindh
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent whodunit
The timeless descriptions began with the first paragraph and continued throughout the story. Ms. Perkins tale is unique because the reader not only follows the manhunt, but also... Read more
Published on February 14, 2013 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Honor Code
Very well developed characters, easy read, and kept my interest. I found myself reading "Honor Code" at every pause of my day.
Published on February 9, 2013 by James Huebner
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the...
Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the free book offerings for my Kindle. Thanks you!
Published on February 9, 2013 by NinaS
4.0 out of 5 stars t
This is a generic book review that is being written to get this book off the “to be reviewed” list. I am a reader and I don’t necessarily read all of the books I put on my Kindle.
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More About the Author

An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, handles the blog and social media for the ITW Debut Authors, and coordinated the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for CYPHER, HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.

To learn more about Cathy, please visit her website http://cperkinswrites.com


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