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The Past Came Hunting [Kindle Edition]

Donnell Ann Bell
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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.


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  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • 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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,656 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
By MJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
... 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.

SPOILER ALERT

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.)

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Secondly,
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
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by mary rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Great story and I can't wait to read other books by this same author.
Published 9 days ago by #1 Amazon Fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Book
Published 1 month ago by Georgia Seitz
5.0 out of 5 stars I was pleasantly surprised how good this book was
I was pleasantly surprised how good this book was. It was light, but kept my attention. It was great reading while on my vacation.
Published 1 month ago by Marcia Speed
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm definitely reading more Donnell Ann Bell
I really enjoyed the characters, and the story of someone working to put her life back together after having made mistakes. There is humor, and drama. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Concord Book Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Entertaining book with a very predictable ending.
Published 1 month ago by David W Tutt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
EASY READ FAST MOVING. KEPT ME INTERESTED IN FINISH.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley A Delfino
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good, but very predictable. I skimmed over some.
Published 2 months ago by Ms Joann M Seurer
4.0 out of 5 stars I love a happy ending
I really liked the book although several parts were predictable. I especially liked the idea of the friendship between their sons. Most stories would have made them enemies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book so much that after I finished it ...
I really enjoyed this book so much that after I finished it I went straight to research other books Donnell Ann Bell and can't wait to get started on them.
Published 2 months ago by Rhonda Vasquez
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More About the Author

Donnell Ann Bell grew up in New Mexico and today lives in Colorado. A homebody at heart, she concentrates on suspense that might happen in her neck of the woods - writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME. She is the author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed, all of which have been Amazon best sellers. Buried Agendas is her newest release. Along with veteran police officer Wally Lind, Donnell co-owns Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group in which law enforcement experts work to help writers get their work right.

Keep up with her on www.donnellannbell.com, sign up for her newsletter, like her on Facebook, Author Donnell Ann Bell or follow her on Twitter @donnellannbell.com.


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