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No Wake Zone (Marley Clark Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lovely
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Book Description

A murderer taps exotic biotech know-how to kill a billionaire and a passel of his heirs. Does greed fuel the killing spree or is it something more sinister?

Visiting her crusty 79-year-old aunt in northern Iowa, Marley Clark tries to save a billionaire when he tumbles from an excursion boat captained by Marley’s cousin. But the victim—founder of a biotech empire—is dead before his body hits the water. Soon Marley is consoling the widow, an old college friend and prime murder suspect.

As Marley becomes embroiled in the investigation, members of the tycoon’s family perish faster than overripe fruit, and the arrogant head of a security firm renews a vendetta. Once the murder spree is linked to biological weapons, Marley’s former Pentagon boss joins the probe. To unmask the villains and protect her kin, Marley taps homegrown resources and debates the wisdom of trusting a handsome attorney with a suspicious past and a killer smile.

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LHI; 2 edition (May 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for No Wake Zone! July 26, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a compelling mystery with an intelligent female sleuth, No Wake Zone doesn't disappoint. Really, how can you not love a woman who wishes she had her Glock instead of a platter of tricked-out wieners? :) Chock-full with interesting, well-crafted secondary characters (loved May!), sparkling dialogue, and a wonderfully rich Iowa setting, No Wake Zone is a fabulously entertaining and suspenseful thrillride with twists and turns that will keep you guessing whodunit right to the very end. I'll definitely be looking forward to the next installment of the Marley Clark Mystery series!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Wake Zone August 10, 2012
It took me awhile to 'get into' this author's storyline. I didn't appreciate the profanity.
That distracted me a lot. At least the sex scenes were done tastefully and eliminated unnecessary detail - which was appreciated.
After a few chapters the story became better and kept the suspense until the very end.
The mystery took some interesting twists and there was light romance and light humor woven into it.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and appreciate the opportunity to read and review the books authors and publishers offer. However I will not be adding this book to my library for the above reasons.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one May 16, 2012
By Tammy N
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great mystery by Linda Lovely!! Breathtaking descriptions of the "Great Lakes" area of Iowa as the heroine Marley Clark finds herself in the middle of another mystery and a new sizzlin' love interest. You will feel as if you are watching the mystery unfold while sitting lake-side. Full of colorful characters (you'll absolutely love "Aunt May"), suspense and wit. This is a can't miss read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read October 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Can Marley solve the mystery before someone else falls prey to a crazed murderer?

Marley is a spunky baby boomer who doesn't go looking for trouble, but trouble seems to find her just the same. A simple vacation to visit her aunt turns into a race against time as Marley tries desperately to prove that her old college friend, Darlene, is innocent of her husband's murder. I really liked the fact that not every move that Marley makes is perfect. She takes several missteps in the course of her investigation that cost her time and evidence. However, this gives No Wake Zone a very realistic feel. Ms. Lovely also makes it clear that Marley isn't superhuman. Even though Marley is strong mentally and physically, sometimes her body fails her. This makes Marley a very vivid and relatable character.

One of my favorite things about Marley is that she doesn't care what anyone else thinks. She lets her internal sense of right and wrong guide her as she navigates through life. She's the kind of woman who is always willing to help a friend, but Marley is not so naïve as to believe her friends are infallible. She's not afraid to ask her friends some tough questions when there are important issues that need to be cleared up. The fact that Marley is willing to stand up to her friends is a true testament to her character.

Aunt May is certainly the most interesting secondary character. She's a tough woman who can be a bit nosy at times, but clearly cares for her friends and family. Aunt May and her antics inject some much needed humor into a story where so many people were being victimized by a killer with a horrendous agenda. I particularly liked the time Aunt May had Marley pick up a certain item of clothing at a department store for her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Wake Zone should be called "Edge of Your Seat" July 24, 2012
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Linda Lovely's first book was a great beach read and full of plot twists that satisfied even this picky mystery lover. To my delight, her new book No Wake Zone delivers just as much punch as her first. Great setting in the Great Lakes section of Iowa and Lovely's attention to detail makes me feel I'm really there. The scene in the old amusement park is one of the best "chills and thrills" scenes I've read anywhere. And of course, Marley's Aunt May almost steals the show. The plot has more twists and turns than a roller coaster and you'll need your sleuth cap on to unravel the fast-paced ending. Enjoyed this greatly. Hope there's another Marley book in her future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second installment to the series June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
My review of "No Wake Zone" by Linda Lovely was published in Audiobook Monthly Magazine! Like Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto my review was featured in Volume 2 of this wonderful new magazine.

And here is my review of "No Wake Zone":

"In the nearer term, I think various developments in biotechnology and synthetic biology are quite disconcerting. We are gaining the ability to create designer pathogens, and there are these blueprints of various disease organisms that are in the public domain – you can download the gene sequence for smallpox or the 1918 flu virus from the Internet." -Nick Bostrom

"Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire." – Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Marley is more than ready for a vacation. After her adventures in "Dear Killer", the first in the Marley Clark mystery series, going home to visit her 79-year-old feisty aunt May and her much-loved cousin Ross in small-town Iowa seems just the thing to relax. Boy, has Marley got it wrong.

Volunteering at the last-minute to waitress for Cousin Ross on his double-decker excursion boat, “The Queen”, Marley is surprised to find that the wedding reception for local billionaire Jake Olsen is to celebrate his marriage to her best friend from college, Darlene Sherbert. But the surprises don’t stop there as Marley witnesses Jake flying over the stern of the Queen and into the icy Okoboji lake waters. Diving to the rescue Marley, a 52-year-old retired Army colonel, finds herself not thanked for her attempted rescue, but instead relegated to leading the suspect list. What’s a retired Army intelligence officer to do, but investigate?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A easy reading cozy
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. I'd call Lovely's writing "folksy" with no disrespect intended. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bill Zahren
5.0 out of 5 stars One Tough Cookie
Marley Clark is one tough cookie! This a great mystery, with a nice bit of romance. Marley’s on a supposed vacation to reconnect with her family when the bodies start dropping. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cindy Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
No one turns a phrase quite like Ms. Lovely. No Wake Zone has something for everyone: Marley Clark, a kick-ass heroine from book one, Dear Killer, a cast of quirky and sleazy... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Polly Iyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really love her work -- both the ebook and audiobooks are great.
Published 6 months ago by pdxgal75
4.0 out of 5 stars good who dun it
I liked it. Good mystery. Nice continuation in the series.
Published 9 months ago by Amy K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good read. Kept my attention all the way through.
Published 9 months ago by ursascripto
5.0 out of 5 stars Resourceful Midwestern Heroine and Family Take on Scum-sucking...
Linda Lovely spins a clever yarn that manages to twist a thread of corporate espionage, with a threat of bioterrorism, all wrapped around by good guys you cannot help but like. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martha Catt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Another great Marley Clark novel. I really like it when you go down one path and ahhuh no, no, no the story ain't so facile. A really well written and paced story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. J. Rankine
3.0 out of 5 stars No Wake Zone Review
A twisted mystery with so many suspects you need a notebook to keep track of them all. A second notebook to keep track of the bodies would be helpful too. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jbshorses
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read!
I have read both Marley Clark books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The Marley Clark character , as a retired army Lieutenant Colonel is unique, and pretty believable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by EllenRT
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More About the Author

A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has always made her living as a writer, primarily in public relations and advertising fields. Now, she's focusing on her first love--fiction.

Lovely has published novels in two series--MARLEY CLARK MYSTERIES and SMART WOMEN, DUMB LUCK romantic thrillers.

Lovely's newest SMART WOMEN, TOUGH LUCK series features content that's a mite steamier than her Marley Clark mysteries. The series follows the adventures of three friend--Nexi Ketts, a forensic accountant, Riley Reid, director of security for a prestigious university, and Kate Johnson, a medical researcher. In DEAD LINE, Nexi is the main character. In DEAD HUNT the spotlight turns on Riley. DEAD CURE will tell Kate's story.

The MARLEY CLARK MYSTERIES offer a main course of thrills coupled with a generous side of humor and romance. Marley, the 52-year-old, kick-ass heroine, is a retired military intelligence officer. In DEAR KILLER, she's working part-time as a security guard on an island in the SC Lowcountry. In NO WAKE ZONE, Marley travels to Spirit Lake/Lake Okoboji, Iowa, where the author spent many wonderful summers with her aunt, uncle and cousins. In WITH NEIGHBORS LIKE THESE, the soon-to-be-published third book, Marley returns to the Lowcountry.

DEAR KILLER earned a spot in the finals of the RWA Golden Quill competition for books published in 2011. Harlequin purchased the mass market rights for both DEAR KILLER and NO WAKE ZONE for its Worldwide Mystery imprint.
IN THE WORKS--Lovely is plotting the first four books in a humorous "cozy" mystery series set on a goat cheese farm in the South Carolina Upcountry. She has also completed a first draft of an historical thriller set in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1939.

Lovely has served five terms as president of the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She's also a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), International Thriller Writers, and the South Carolina Writers Workshop (SCWW). Prior to publication, her manuscripts finaled in 15 contests, including RWA's prestigious Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier competitions, Deadly Ink, Murder in the Grove and Malice Domestic.

A native of Iowa, Linda has called the South home for more than thirty years. She and her husband live beside a lake in the South Carolina Upstate. The author's hobbies include reading, swimming, kayaking, tennis, and gardening.

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