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Portrait On Wicker (The Judith McCain Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait On Wicker, April 28, 2012
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This book was better than the first one. I can see this author growing. In this book, Judith McCain has grown up and become a psychologist. In search of her missing twin sister, she goes back to New Orleans and uncovers a pedopjile ring which she helps the FBI solve. There are many surprises in this book.
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From the Author

After writing Blood on White Wicker, I started writing Double Shock but the characters from Blood on White Wicker kept calling to me.  I had to abandon Double shock and come back to Judith McCain, Tracy Carr, Mimi, and Dr. Anna.  Once again the characters had a mind of their own and continued to write the continuing story.  It, once again, went very fast and I was able to complete it in about two months.
At the end of this book, I thought I was done and so I called it the sequel to Blood on White Wicker.  If you want a condensed book of these two, you can get Southern Fried Chicken.  It is the first two books condensed into one book.

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  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS96WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have had three careers before turning to writing. I taught Mathematics in high school and community college, worked as a geophysicist in a major oil company exploring for oil and gas and worked as a counselor/psychotherapist with adults, groups, families, couples and teens. I have a BS in geology, an MCS in mathematics and an MA in Psychology. I taught Algebra II to William Faulkner's granddaughter.

My past writing experiences were writing plays for the neighborhood kid to put on when I was around 12-14 years old, writing technical reports as a geophysicist, writing research papers while working on my masters in psychology, and writing letters to judges, with recommendations, while counseling juvenile justice adolescents.

Besides writing mysteries, I like to read (anything I can get my hands on), paint landscapes in oil and in enamel on glass. I enjoy swimming and walking on the beach.

You can tell a lot about my psyche by reading my self-help book entitled THE ANSWERS ARE WITHIN. I have had many struggles in life and I like to incorporate my experiences into my writing.

A fantasy I have is to wear a Versache evening gown and dance the tango with Al Pacino.

I am a night person and can't stand morning people who wake me up early. I like relating to one or two people rather than being in a crowd. Most of my friends are for life.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie J. Bylina on January 15, 2013
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The author of "Portrait on Wicker" wrote that she penned this short novel in two months. Unfortunately, it reads like it was done in two weeks. The basic premise of the plot, centering around a bigger-than-life child pornography ring with the protagonist as one of its earliest rescued victims, is worthy of Grisham or Connelly. The craft here is not. While there are some nice twists in the story, some were just silly and coincidental beyond belief. The protagonist seemed more interested in coffee, and later sleep, as though the author figured these made for significant character traits. They did not. The flat characters could have used deeper brush strokes rather than the psychology 101 that was painted here for some seriously afflicted good and bad people.

I sensed little understanding of how the FBI or police actually do their job. Also, evidence is kept in a chain-of-custody not a chain-of-command. Silly errors like this cropped up all of the time, along with numerous grammatical issues above my usually forgiving threshold. A host of civilians would not make up the kind of impromptu FBI/police/victims/judges SWAT squad in the way they were portrayed in the book with the psychologist protagonist seemingly running most of the show. And the ending made no sense whatsoever. "This is the story xxxx told me in his own words. Of course he thought I wouldn't be around to tell anyone, that I would be dead...." Hey, nice way to ruin the ending and remove the tension out of the story as the second banana bad guys spills his guts for no good reason.

There is much repetition. The ending dragged on, and when the ultimate bad guy was revealed, it wasn't plausible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SKN Hammerstone on June 5, 2013
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As the second in the series by Peggy Holloway, I was unsure as to how it would continue seeing as the first book had wrapped up the case of the two girls being kidnapped as childred. However you see in this book that the kidnapping was only a small part of a huge case that has been going on for years longer than Judith has even been alive.
I have always loved crime thrillers and this one was no different. Holloway kept feeding the reader just a small amount of information at a time, making you want to keep going while the entire time you are wondering what is truly going on and who is involved.
It was all around an excellant book and I would definately reccomend it.
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How many of us have trusted a person who was not trustworthy? I would venture a guess that there are many of us who have been taken aback by a very conning person at one time or another in our lives.
Readers - It is my hope when you get a chance that you take the opportunity to read Blood on White Wicker, then read this sequel and you will get a chance to see how the author keeps progressing on her writing. There are bolts from the blue in this book that will surprise you.

Jeannie Walker - Award-Winning Author - "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Wallace on April 28, 2012
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This book was better than the first one. I can see this author growing. In this book, Judith McCain has grown up and become a psychologist. In search of her missing twin sister, she goes back to New Orleans and uncovers a pedopjile ring which she helps the FBI solve. There are many surprises in this book.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Schwartz on July 27, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book and read the other and am trying to find more of books by her to read.
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