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Pearls of Deception (A Short Story and Excerpts) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Arnold , Wendy Reis
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Book Description

A short story. 2700 words.

When Christina finds out her husband of twelve years is cheating on her, she takes justice into her own hands. The question is: will she get away with it?

BONUS: Includes previews of 9 other works by Carolyn Arnold

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

For the suggested reading order of each series, see Carolyn Arnold's Amazon Author Page.

THE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES falls neatly into the police procedural genre with murder investigations and forensics. Think Law & Order meets CSI. There is some foul language and limited graphic violence.

THE BRANDON FISHER FBI SERIES toys the edge between the police procedural genre and thriller genre. Due to this, you will find foul language and graphic violence in this series.

THE MCKINLEY MYSTERY SERIES ventures outside of the typical crime genre, lending itself to the cozy variety with no foul language or graphic violence. The series combines romance, mystery, humor, and adventure for a lighthearted, easy read. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S0UIC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,297 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Mess With This Woman April 6, 2012
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I just downloaded this short story, and I immediately started reading it. Since my husband was on the phone, I delayed getting dinner ready to continue reading. This story reminds me of some of the 30-minute radio shows of suspense and mystery that I listened to as a child. It is pumped with adrenalin as this wife takes her revenge on her husband and his mistress. At the end, I said, "OMG"... one would never suspect who the wife really is! And I'm not telling; worth every bit of 99 cents enjoyment! Now I have to feed my husband!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Full of Sweet Revenge? April 28, 2012
By Journey
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I love a good short story, and this one ranks with the best. From the very beginning, I was hooked on Christina's vengeful story. I could almost feel her pain and rage as she planned and plotted. I don't want to spoil anything, so just let me say that the ending was perfect! Job well done, Ms. Arnold. Can't wait for the next one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Polished Gem! July 23, 2012
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Just like the rare qualities of a pearl, Carolyn Arnold's short story, "Pearls of Deception" has many elements that make it unique, polished, and luminous. The author usually writes best-selling police procedurals and other thrillers, but has taken a different path this time, in writing about a woman's revenge against her cheating husband and his mistress. It is written in such a palpable way that you feel you are sharing the same excruciating pain and torment as the scorned wife. Arnold embraces the old school of mystery writing by telling her "woman scorned" story with exquisite detail and emotion. Her true talent shines through by her keen ability to encapsulate this riveting tale into a short story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing short story April 6, 2012
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With the short story, Pearls of Deception, Ms. Arnold switches gears from her usual best-selling thrillers to a snapshot from within of a scorned wife seeking retribution. She sets this scene from page one, grabbing the reader and taking us into Christina's world of revenge. Christina's been betrayed, she has a captive audience, and she's armed and ready for them to suffer. After all, the power has shifted. You'll be irresistibly drawn into this mesmerizing tale watching it unfold. An unexpected twist at the end will have you wondering, did Christina really get away with it or...?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell hath no fury.... April 22, 2012
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Remember to cover your tracks and whom you're married to if you're gonna screw around. This is a perfect introduction to Ms. Arnold. Will I download one of her other novels after reading this short story? Absolutely! It's short, but it had a beginning, a middle, and an impeccable end. Carolyn got an, "I'll bet!" and several head nods from me while I read, which proves she sold me on the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a home run. April 10, 2012
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A home run takes less time than an entire baseball game. Similarly, a short story takes less time than a full novel. Both are wonderful, but like a home run strikes a viewer, a short story has a brief opportunity to strike the reader. All the elements of a good story must be there. Tension, character development, plot, it just has to be succinct. Like being surprised by a mad dog chasing you when you go out to get the mail. Right now. Right there. In Pearls of Deception the author, Carolyn Arnold, meets that challenge to deliver a fascinating story of murder and solution. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge Is Now Being Served! April 10, 2012
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I love the whole revenge motif, hence the reason I write about it as well! So of course, when I heard that the incredibly talented Carolyn Arnold had penned a short revenge tale, I had to read it.

Deception. Betrayal. Retribution. Emotional turmoil and extreme rage. Dreams shattered by actions of the one she loves. What's a girl to do?

Plot, plan and lie in wait until the appropriate time, then strike out in a way that not only will you be shocked by, but is the ultimate way for someone to seek revenge.

But this fantastic short isn't just about the revenge of a scorned woman. It also brings forth the fact that even the best laid plans don't always come off without a hitch.

Snag your copy of this great short today!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A five star short story??? Not even close. July 23, 2012
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Oh, c'mon! This one started okay, but it quickly lost credibility with its flawed premise; i.e., "I've planned and I'm executing the perfect crime". The protagonist then does something so stupid...I just about had to laugh. It's almost impossible to lay out how ridiculous this story actually is without giving away the entire tale. In any event, if you like your murderesses stupid, and your scenes of the perpetration of the crime absolutely sophomoric...this one is a five star read. In reality, it rates no better than two stars, and that's only because it was free and didn't have a million errors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet revenge
The perfect plan to frame her husband for the murder of his mistress. Great very short read, the kind you used to find in a magazine, back when I read magazines before the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mari Loosen
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed!
Very disappointed! All this is, is an introduction to the book itself. This to me wasn't a short story.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia M. Poland
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearls of deception
I liked this author's writing. This story was neat and probably every woman that has been wronged has had similar thoughts, just not this advanced. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey
3.0 out of 5 stars ARC Review
I received this short story for Free in exchange for an honest review. Carolyn Arnold does a nice job of telling her story. Would have liked it to go a bit longer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by VSC
3.0 out of 5 stars Style not for me
It is just too short for me. I enjoy short stories for the times you cannot
devote hours and hours to a really long book.
This was a good premise, but just too short. Read more
Published 13 months ago by dot
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
a great little set of short stories. It will make you want to read all of them. Gives you just enough information to hook you.
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Revenge
Pearls of Deception was a great fast paced story of sweet revenge.

A woman who has been scorned to not a person to mess with. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearls of deception
This is an excellent way to let readers preview other books. It piques their interest just enough to send them to the bookstore. Ms Arnold is an excellent writer. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pamela K. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
i loved this short story. and that's just what it was. an action packed edge of your seat 14 pages ! I highly recommend this short story.
Published 19 months ago by Bunniest
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearls of Deception - good book
I really liked this book - I got it on my Kindle Fire and read it in one sitting. It's about a scorned wife but it does have some twists and turns and several real surprises! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Debra A. Pangborn
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More About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author, in her genre, with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.TM

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that doesn't keep her from dreaming big. And on par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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