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Shattered Lens, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator (Catherine Winter Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Pendleton
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Book Description


“Hollywood is glitter and gutter. Some make it to the top and stay there, basking in the splendor of it, while others hit bottom and are engulfed by the ugliness of it.” ~Catherine Winter, Private Investigator

In this first book of the Catherine Winter Series, the stalking of two young professional print models leads private investigator Catherine Winter into the dark and dirty shadows of Hollywood's entertainment elite. Portraits of these people become distorted and out of focus as murder, pornography, illicit drugs, and blackmail, color the view while Catherine searches for truth and justice.

In her long career Catherine has seen it all and does not flinch when up against the criminal world. She is determined, open minded, and relies on her intuition in investigative work.

“Linda Pendleton’s first private-eye novel is a brilliant debut.”
~Richard S. Prather, Author of the Shell Scott Mystery Series

Linda Pendleton writes fiction and nonfiction. She coauthored the crime novel Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer with her late husband, Don Pendleton, and her suspense novel, The Dawning is about a mysterious government agency, UFOs, and the paranormal. Fractured Image: Catherine Winter, Private Investigator is the second book in the Catherine Winter Series.

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About the Author

Linda Pendleton often says her writing go from "flying angels to flying bullets." She will usually add, "But of course, not usually in the same book." Her writings cover a variety of genres: mystery/suspense, nonfiction, Comic book adaptation, and screenplays. A lifelong interest in the fields of metaphysics and the paranormal has influenced Linda's writing. In 1990, the nonfiction book, "To Dance With Angels," a definitive study of life and death and spirit communication, coauthored with her husband, renowned author Don Pendleton was published. Linda's fiction includes the crime novel, "Roulette" written with Don Pendleton, her mystery/suspense novel, "The Dawning," Comic adaptations, and screenplays. She recently completed an historical novel set in the Civil War period. She is a native Californian and a member of the Authors Guild and Authors League Foundation. Websites:

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Pendleton Artists (September 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q0XZPY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good First PI Novel February 16, 2010
Linda Pendleton has created a great female PI in Catherine Winter. My autographead copy of "Shattered Lens" arrived in the mail today. That was about 2:30 P.M. It is now 8:30 P.M and with time out for lunch and dinner, I just finished it. It was hard to put down.

Linda's characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing. Catherine Winter is a smart, funny, no nonsense investigator, yet sensuous and sexy in her sixties. She proves that not all PI work is glitz and glamour. Hard work prevails as she unravels the clues in this fast moving mystery.

The late Richard S. Prather was right, "Shattered Lens" is a brilliant debut.

I'm a fan.

Don Yarber
author of "Bodies and Beaches" and "Corpses and Canyons"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still needs some polish August 21, 2012
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This is a typical detective novel. It had enough intrigue to read it to the end, but it did have some problems that annoyed me.

The timeline was off in places. Pendelton mentions a character who's been on the police force for over 20 years, but he's not quite 40. Child prodigy?

The setting, Hollywood/Southern California, didn't play much of a role in the story. Yes, there was mention of actors and films, but this could have been set in any large city without making much of a difference. If a location is important enough to identify, a polished writer will make it almost a character in the book. Read any of J.A. Jance's or Janet Evanovich to see how location is an integral part of the story.

There were numerous places that were wordy, repetitive, or common knowledge that should have been cut. One of the more egregious is this passage: "One thing I've noticed in dining alone, is you either receive good or bad service depending on the personality of the waitress. I would guess they figure someone alone is not going to tip too well, so too often they don't give the best of service. I do tip well if the service is good." This could be said of any dining experience. It didn't need to be spelled out.

Character development was lacking in some places, with many of the supporting characters interchangeable. The primary lack of character development was the main character, Catherine Winters. I found her character to be inconsistent. While I think a PI can be both tough and vulnerable, Catherine was all over the place. Pendelton's previous writing focus has been on spirituality; perhaps Pendelton could create a PI who is more into New Age spirituality, rather than just mentioning it here and there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Mystery Right! October 27, 2009
The hardcore mystery makes a come-back! Too many mysteries these days are little more than watered-down thrillers. At last, a whodunit in the spirit of a Sherlock Holmes mystery has returned. Linda Pendleton busts out of the gate with her first novel of licensed private investigator Catherine Winter. Winter picks up a young girl for a client--a young girl wrapped up in the glitz, drugs, and porn of Hollywood life--who shortly thereafter winds up dead. And the list of suspects is neither short nor usual.

What makes the book so pleasurable to read outside of the brisk pace is that nothing comes easy for Winter. She has to "earn" it in the same way that Linda has earned her right to sit at the top with today's other crime writers. The inside look at Hollywood and surrounding areas rings with authenticity. As a writer, I've often been disappointed in a lot of mysteries on the shelf but I knocked this one out in no time at all. Yeah, it was just that easy. Part police procedural, part hardboiled, and all entertaining, this one's a keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! October 16, 2009
Great! Another page turner I couldn't put down from Linda Pendleton. I really enjoyed the main character, Catherine Winter, PRivate Investigator. Interesting, no nonsense, but fun, well rounded older gal. She is just as interesting and sexy as the younger ones.

She's also a great detective. Meets up with some interesting characters to solve this crime of murder. Of course things are never as easy or clear as they seem at first.

Twists and turns, a new clue, a new character, you never know what's coming. You will definitely enjoy this one.

Anne Boss
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once I started this book, I wanted to read it all August 5, 2013
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I loved Catherine. It was refreshing to read a story with a middle aged successful heroine, who had her life together. I enjoyed the setting, the mystery itself, the characters and most of all, the ending. I love a happy ending, where the good guys prevail! Good conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading June 28, 2013
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This was a great book. I love the way Catherine writes. I couldn't put the book down the last part, especially .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable February 25, 2013
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I hope there are more books to come, will be interested in purchasing them when they do. Very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly fabulous! September 23, 2012
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This is a refreshing and honest change from the typical PI stories out there. The lead character is a young-at-heart, daring, and sexy later-in-life lady who is decisive and smart. The story was well-written and very believable. I want to be Catherine Winter when I grow up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not among the best - not among the worst
Not among the best - not among the worst. The writing is good as is the editing. Some of the character development is quite good, for instance we get to know Catherine Winter... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Connield
4.0 out of 5 stars Shattered Lens
A female private investigator is investigating the stalking of two professional print models and trying to catch the unknown stalker.
Published 13 months ago by John Bilodeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much wasted time.
It started out interesting enough, but I found myself getting bored with it. There was far too much wasted space. I got 1/3 of the way thru and had to quit reading. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mike O.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Read
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm not sure why I didn't. I think it was the setting and the tone. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Erimini
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read- glad I took the chance!
I was doubtful on this one, I'm not a huge fan of mysteries with female leads, and/or written by women. They always seem a bit shallow and unrealistic to me. Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by NeverBroken
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept that needs more
I like the idea of an older female detective in LA. The storyline was interesting but fell a little flat. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Beth S.
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant mystery
what a pleasure to read a mystery with a mature female pi. interesting characters and good plotline. Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by ivalu
3.0 out of 5 stars QUICK READ
This book kept my interest though I tended to get a little lost in the myriad of characters. At times I had trouble remembering who did what. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Flexible Babe
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More About the Author

Linda Pendleton has written in a variety of genres: nonfiction, mystery novels, comic book scripting, and screenplays. As she often says, "My writing goes from flying angels to flying bullets!" Her life-long interest in metaphysics and the paranormal influences her writing. She coauthored nonfiction and fiction with her late husband, renowned author, Don Pendleton, including the popular nonfiction book, To Dance With Angels, and Whispers From the Soul.

Among her nonfiction books are Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom; and A Walk Through Grief, the story of her journey of grief following the death of her husband, Don Pendleton. Don Pendleton was known as the "father of the Action Adventure genre" and was creator of the best-selling The Executioner: Mack Bolan series, now celebrating in 2009 its 40th year in ongoing publications. Don and Linda adapted and scripted the first Executioner novel, War Against the Mafia to comic, and following Don's death Linda adapted and scripted the second Executioner novel, Death Squad to graphic comic.

Linda's fiction includes her new Catherine Winter Mystery Series: Shattered Lens, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator; and Fractured Image, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator; the suspense novel, The Unknown; a suspense thriller, Sound of Silence; an historical Civil War Period novel, Corn Silk Days, Iowa, 1862; and Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer by Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton. All are at Kindle and in Print. A number of her books are exclusive with Amazon and in the KDP and Prime program.

She also has published nonfiction e-courses, e-books, and numerous articles with Self-Healing Expressions and their sister website,

A native Californian, Linda is a member of The Authors Guild and The Authors League since 1990.

Although most of her time is devoted to her love of writing, including blogging, she also enjoys the exploration of her family's genealogical roots.

Her Websites and Blogs:

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