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The Past Came Hunting [Kindle Edition]

Donnell Ann Bell
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Book Description

Fifteen years ago a young Colorado Springs police officer arrested a teen runaway accused of aiding a convenience store robbery and attempted murder. She was innocent, but still served prison time briefly. Her testimony sent the real thief to jail for much longer. Now she’s a young widow raising a son, and the man she put in prison is free and seeking revenge. She moves to a home in a new neighborhood—then learns that her next-door neighbor is the by-the-book officer who arrested her. Now he’s a Colorado Springs P.D. Lieutenant. Like it or not, he may be the only one who can protect her and her son from the past he helped create. Donnell Ann Bell is the recipient of numerous awards for her fiction writing and the co-owner of Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group for mystery/suspense writers, which is 2,000 members strong. Donnell was raised in New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment and today calls Colorado home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611940486
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NE53WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bell's Debut a Solid Winner September 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was fortunate to receive an advanced reading copy in return for an impartial review. That said, Donnell Ann Bell's fully-drawn characters and tense conflicts made me appreciate this action-packed suspense. There's enough facts and police procedure to please CSI-type fans, but it's the characters that drive this story, not the plot. Melanie has spent her whole adult life trying to make amends for one ill-judged mistake of her youth. Joe, a career cop, knows that an attraction to the widow next door is completely off-limits because of her prior conviction. Despite that, these two people have nowhere else to turn when Melanie's past comes hunting her. This isn't a simple romance--it's two people trying to rewrite their personal history and discovering a bond despite their differences. It was hard to believe this was Bell's first book, and I can't wait to see future titles from her.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted woman in jeopardy story. September 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of THE PAST CAME HUNTING. I started reading on a Sunday morning and didn't stop until I'd finished it. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Ms. Bell has delivered a tightly plotted, woman-in-jeopardy story, with a thread of romance. It's also well written, with interestng, multi-layered characters. It was a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend it.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read.... September 24, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Past Came Hunting. Never wanting to put the book (Kindle) down, as I hoped Joe and Melanie would beat the odds of their pasts and get together. The Past Came Hunting is a prime example that not everyone or everything is as it seems.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable... March 25, 2012
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... but not perfect. I probably won't get any "helpful" votes for my comments, because I really just want to reiterate my agreement with the other 3 star ratings, as they summed up my own thoughts better than I could. I'd actually give it 3.5 stars but since I agree with the 3 star comments, I went with that, too.

Having had some disappointing experiences with free and reduced price Amazon Kindle books, I had come to expect the worst rather than the best, so this book has restored my faith in the reduced cost offerings. There were a few minor editing issues but definitely not of the quantity to detract from the reading experience. That is something important to me as a reader though, so I do notice and take it into account. That said, the author has definitely shown skill in this craft, and I'm so happy to find a new author in this format who knows how to actually write! As for the book's setting, I have spent some time in Colorado, so I'm always happy when a book takes me back there.

This book was worth more than the $1.99 price I paid, for sure, and I'll be anxious to see what Mrs. Bell comes up for us next!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner! September 25, 2011
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THE PAST CAME HUNTING was the best debut book I've read in quite a while. I'm a die-hard suspense reader all the way and I tend to find myself in a reading rut with the authors I love, which is why I'm always excited to find great books by new authors - they expand my reading horizons. For sure, Ms. Bell's book went to the top of my recommendation list, and she has taken her place with my favorite authors. Great characters, gripping story, awesome pace. Can't wait to read her next book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Past Came Hunting September 20, 2011
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The Past Came Hunting grabbed me from the opening page, I couldn't put it down. A fantastic debut for Donnell Ann Bell!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Could be stronger. March 12, 2012
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This was a good story, with a nice plot. The writing was smooth, and although I did notice several missing pieces of punctuation (mostly lost quotation marks around dialogue)it was an enjoyable read.

There were a few problems for me, though. First, there were a great number of secondary, even stock characters who would appear just in time to give one of the main characters information.


For example, the district attorney's wife appears once in the book, simply to give Joe information that really had no true baring on the story. This was ok, but after a while it seemed as if nearly all the small conflicts the characters faced was resolved this way (ex-wife showing up to cause jealousy for the heroine then the two women meet and the problem resolves itself in a simple paragraph, a recent divorcee caused jealousy for the heroine, the heroine's boss caused jealousy for the hero, as did the basketball coach, and another character, etc.)


Toward the end of the book, it seemed as if the conflicts and situations they faced were repetitive. Most toward the end could have been combined into larger conflicts, or even eliminated all together for better pacing.

All in all, I give this book a solid 3. The plot was great and the characters were very likable. The premise of an ex-con and the cop who arrested her was very intriguing. However, the author needs to work a bit on pacing and strong conflict in her next books.

I'm intrigued to see what she comes out with next, and will definitely buy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! December 13, 2011
A wonderfully written who-dun-it coupled with the perfect amount of romantic suspense. The romance is heart-warming and believable. Settle back with a cup of cocoa and a warm fire because you'll want to read from beginning to end in one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Second time around
I'd already read this book. And, I must say it was just as enjoyable the second time. Few books can have this effect on ME . . .that says it all. Read more
Published 6 days ago by halfpn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful book full of suspense .The love story was awesome couldn't put it down.
Published 7 days ago by C. A. Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, fast read
The more I read this author the better I like her. Good story, good characters, leaves you wanting more. Also like the fact that it's not a series.
Published 9 days ago by gramcam
3.0 out of 5 stars As we all know the past can be haunting!
The odds are that running away from home are not going to solve all your problems. In this case one mistake led to another and what are the odds of moving in next door to the cop... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bee Reading
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - The Past Came Hunting
While the ending is obvious early on, this is an enjoyable read nonetheless. I always enjoy books by Donnell Bell.
Published 15 days ago by Janet
2.0 out of 5 stars Some people, I am sure may find it exciting ...
Some people, I am sure may find it exciting. I did not, and did not bother to read more than half the book.
Published 15 days ago by george marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars The past
A well crafted story that immediately grabs your attention and makes you love and feel for the characters. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bhbh
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious reading. Way too many pages and a dull ...
Tedious reading. Way too many pages and a dull ending.
Published 17 days ago by Janna
5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN
Published 19 days ago by Darleen DiBello
5.0 out of 5 stars The past came hunting
A well written good book by a good author. Lots of adventure and suspense but with a good ending. I liked this book
Published 1 month ago by helen hamilton
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More About the Author

Donnell Ann Bell grew up in the Southwest and today calls Colorado home. Leaving the international thrillers to the world travelers, she concentrates on suspense that might happen in your neck of the woods - writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME.

In nonfiction, Donnell is a former business newspaper and a parenting magazine editor. In fiction, she is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist for both her 2011 debut novel The Past Came Hunting and her January 2013 release, Deadly Recall. Both have been e-book bestsellers, Deadly Recall reaching #1 on Amazon's top 100 list (Kindle), The Past Came Hunting climbing to #6 on Kindle's top 100. She's also pleased to announce Deadly Recall is a 2014 EPIC finalist in the suspense/thriller category. Betrayed is her third release from Bell Bridge Books.

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