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If Looks Could Kill (A Suspense Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Dreyer
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Chris Jackson has secrets.

A wildly popular author of suspense novels, Chris hides away in the tiny town of Pyrite, Missouri, where she lives in a converted storefront and practices breaking-and-entering on local businesses.

Most of the citizens of Pyrite happily claim Chris as their very own celebrity. But the new police chief, Al MacNamara isn't one of them. Recently transplanted from the mean streets of Chicago, Mac hates mysteries. And Chris Jackson is a mystery.

Then, the murders begin. Murders that look suspiciously like those in Chris's books. Murders that escalate to a grisly stabbing that exactly mimicks a story no one has read except Chris, herself.

With MacNamara's help, Chris is forced to delve into the dark recesses of her past for answers. Is a madman stalking Chris? Or is Chris right to question her own sanity? Could she be committing the murders herself?

"...has as many layers as an onion and more than a few surprises." ~Gothic Journal
"Adroitly crafted and ingeniously plotted. This one is a spellbinder." ~John Lutz, author of UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD

Nothing Personal
Brain Dead
A Man to Die For
Bad Medicine

New York Times bestselling author Eileen Dreyer has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, nominated for the Anthony Award and is a retired trauma nurse. Also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, Eileen doesn't see herself actively working in those fields, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.

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About the Author

Eileen Dreyer is a forensic specialist who spent 16 years as a trauma nurse before she turned to writing. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details

  • File Size: 664 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of an author stalked by a serial killer January 19, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So far the only Dreyer book that is not based in a medical setting, it is nonetheless my favorite. The main character, a writer named Chris Jackson, is easy to relate to, both with her reclusive lifestyle and her muddy past. A murder mystery writer, the murders in her books are being reinacted in real life by a serial killer. The characters in the book are almost more enthralling than the murders, which are vividly described and hard-to-forget. The outcome of the book was a big surprise to me, which is a plus in a mystery. One of my favorite books.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating all the way May 22, 2013
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(mrs.featherpicker reviewing)

I'm still smiling after finishing this earlier today. A "true" mystery, couldn't put it down until I finished it. Seriously one of the best I've read and I've read a lot of them lately. While I've read some good ones for sure, this was, I believe, from the old school of fantastic mystery/suspense writing. The number of suspects kept growing, then changing, then growing some more. The suspects began showing other problems anyway so I kept thinking "now what!" Not a bunch of love stuff (while the impression was left that there was a budding affection growing) and that was a superb touch. Stuck to the plot and whole reason for the story in the first place. I was totally thrown at the end when it all began to unfold. WOW! Never saw that coming, at all!
I will recommend this to any and all that love good suspense stories. Not let downs here for sure.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorites September 20, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't decide if I like this book most for the complexity of the plot, the angst of the characters, or the confrontations with a self righteous bible thumping bigot. It's all beyond good, one of my very favorite books.
You have a heroine with memory and personality issues, a hero who comes to a small town to get away from danger and steps right in the middle of it, and a cast of the most amazingly twisted quirky characters ever to grace the printed page.
Not for the faint of heart, there are far too many surprises lurking around every page turn. A fabulous read, just don't look at the cover!!
And WHY isn't it on Kindle???
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate to keep judging books by their price... June 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase we are almost forced to do with this rating system (not to mention the love-hate relationship in the stars), but I have to say that for the 99 cents I paid, I found it really well-written and interesting. I guessed "who-done-it" very early on, but that didn't keep me from finishing it. It offers intelligence and wit and likeable characters. It had some flaws (not worth getting into here), but I will definitely try some of the author's other books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed This Book As An Amazon Recommendation June 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book came up on my recommendation list, the title and write up made me interested enough to download and I'm glad I did. I would call this a good old fashioned "who done it" rolled into a "whose still doing it." This is my first Dreyer novel but not my last. Well drawn characters and the town is just quirky enough without being corny. As another reviewer mentioned, it would be great to have a follow-up with Chris and Mac. A sure winner for fans of suspense and murder mysteries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp and Entertaining May 29, 2013
By Julie C
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Our heroine is funky and funny and a total basket case. Our hero is far from drop-dead handsome and has problems of his own. Both are very well written, along with the other characters in this unusual thriller. I was entertained throughout the book, and I will be buying more from this author. I'm thrilled with my discovery!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better August 4, 2013
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Last 45 percent wasn't bad, but the 55 percent was very slow reading. Took me 3 weeks to read. Kept telling myself it would get better
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a winner with me July 24, 2013
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Very disappointed with this book, it was disjointed and did not seem to flow and was difficult to follow. The storyline itself whilst a little intriguing made no sense until the very end of the book when it all came together.

I may try another book by the Author just to compare, but not a fan at this stage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story & Author!
Wow! It's been a while since I've read something this good! Couldn't figure out who the bad one was; great story and great characters all rolled up into one book!
Published 1 day ago by Jood S M
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Mystery. Written well, moved right along.
Published 17 days ago by Christina A. Carmany
4.0 out of 5 stars Great twists
Great story line. Good characters. There's just something I can't put my finger on that kept distracting me. I love a good mystery and this story hit the spot. Read more
Published 20 days ago by SusanP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by Terri Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of Writing!
Eileen Dreyer keeps me sitting on the edge of my chair or the side of my bed or wherever I happen to be reading one of her books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betty R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different
I really enjoyed this book. Mac and Chris are not your normal characters. They are quite human - flawed and funny.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars but I am sure I will like it.
I don't think I read it yet, but I am sure I will like it.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
Although predictable, it was a good read. My only criticism is that the author gave away the "villain" too soon I'd recommend it for anyone wanting to be entertained for a few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise G
4.0 out of 5 stars If looks could kill
Published 2 months ago by Julie Cato
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The whole story was exciting and every chapter made me anxious to read the next one
However the end was predictable and boring and way too short to tie the story together
Published 2 months ago by linda duty
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More About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Eileen Dreyer is actually evil twins. known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, she has published twenty-three books for Silhouette since 1986 and, under her own name(Eileen Dreyer), eight suspense novels and ten short stories. She came to publishing from the world of trauma nursing, which taught her some very important lessons, the most important being "don't sweat the small stuff," or, as her family puts it, "come see me when you get hit by a bus."

Eileen won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since then she has garnered not only a prestigious Anthony Award nomination for mystery, but five Rita Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which garnered her a place as only the fourth member in the RWA Hall of Fame.

Eileen is a voracious reader--of everything--who started writing at ten, when she ran out of Nancy Drews. She writes in two genres, because she believes in the message of both: hope and justice.(well, and because she hasn't finished that big fantasy yet)You can figure out which is which.

A frequent speaker at writer's conferences and universities all across the country, Eileen is a member not only of Romance Writers of America, but Novelists, Inc, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association. She has also assumed the mantle of unofficial mascot for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a new forensic subspecialty that, amazingly enough, has begun to show up in her work.

A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Eileen has been married for thirty-two years to husband Rick, and has two children. She also has animals but refuses to expose them to the glare of the limelight. An addicted traveler, she has sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and enjoys the kind of hands-on book research that lets her salve an insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends.

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