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Deadly Sanctuary: A Kendall O'Dell Mystery (Kendall O'Dell Mystery series Book 1) by [Nobel, Sylvia]
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"This is one wild adventure! Lively characters, a fast-moving and engrossing tale. The main character, Kendall O'Dell is a welcome addition to the list of women sleuths-Kinsey Milhone, Deborah Knott and Carlotta Carlyle."
- Georgia A. Staton, Attorney

"Ms. Nobel has given us a different spin on the modern Western; a lively romance with a mystery element credibly linking small town Arizona and its ranching communities with metropolitan Phoenix."
- Barbara Peters, Owner of the Poisoned Pen Book Store, Scottsdale, Arizona

"If you want to sleep tonight, don't start this book at bedtime!"
- Eric Scott, Teacher, Phoenix, Arizona

"Nobel is an intelligent, witty author who has found her element: the thriller set in the Southwest with a dash of romance sprinkled in like cinnamon! Everyone's talking about Nobel and Deadly!"
- Susie's Book Nook with Susie Zappia, Maricopa County Public Library

About the Author

Sylvia Nobel is the author of "Chasing Rayna," "Dark Moon Crossing, Deadly Sanctuary," and "The Devil's Cradle," and is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Roger Patterson earned his B.S. Ed. degree in biology from Montana State University. Before coming to work at Answers in Genesis, he taught for eight years in Wyoming's public school system and assisted the Wyoming Department of Education in developing assessments and standards for children in public schools. As a former evolutionist, Roger is well acquainted with the mounting pressures that educators face from pro-evolutionary co-workers, administrators, publishers and parents.

He encourages all who read this book to pray for courage for Christian students to challenge evolutionary ideas in their classrooms, and to pray for the men and women who are teaching tomorrows leaders, today.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1907 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Nite Owl Books; 4 edition (April 28, 1998)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 1998
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HE1K7O
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Enjoy Southwest lore? Love a mystery? Recently I read a mystery by a comparatively new and very promising author who resides in the Phoenix area, Sylvia Nobel, which combines both features. Deadly Sanctuary is a fast paced mystery which takes place here in Arizona. The heroine, Kendall O'Dell, takes a new job at a small AZ newspaper and stumbles into an evil conspiracy involving the death of two teen-aged girls. Sylvia Nobel's tale of mystery will hold your attention from beginning to end. Her style is similar to Tony Hillerman. Try it--you'll like it!
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First of all, not sure how this book was ever tagged "Christian" as a reviewer mentions. Maybe the word "Sanctuary" kicked off some kind of automatic labeling? This is not a Christian book but also doesn't hold itself out to be one.

Story is a typical big city girl goes to tiny town for one reason or another (man trouble, money trouble, or in this case, both) and stirs up the locals. First, with so many references to the heroine (Kendall) having such limited funds and the newspaper she works for being on the brink of financial disaster, where does Kendall get the money to do things like pay several hundred dollars to a source? The book needs a good editor.

Characters: pretty one dimensional - handsome, rich but obviously slimy guy tries to charm Kendall (guess the author was trying to create conflict?), then there's the typical brooding-cowboy-who-clearly-has-a-secret character; small town sherriff as bad guy, etc. All quite predictable and boring.

What killed the book for me: I may have given the book three stars except for one thing. The author has Kendall's coworker, Ginger, speaking the most excrutiating dialect since she's supposed to be from Texas. Almost every sentence out of Ginger's mouth is the author's attempt at a folksy saying and Ginger says "y'all" every other word. A word to aspiring authors who studied dialogue in a writing class and want to be the next William Faulkner: PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T TRY TO WRITE DIALECT! Sit on your hands, have someone hide your laptop, call your writing sponsor! Written dialect is extremely difficult to get right, and most of the time all it does is make readers cringe in embarrassment for the author.
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I'm not usually a big mystery buff, but I thought I'd give this one a try and I'm glad I did. Now I understand what the phrase "compulsive page turner" means -- I just couldn't stop reading! It's such an imaginative plot, with so many twists and turns I can't imagine many readers figuring it out ahead of time. A definite must read.
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I'm glad this was a Kindle freebie, or I'd have been unhappy at wasting my money. I love mysteries and read many of them, but felt that this one didn't offer much. Before I'd read 20% of the book, I'd figured out the "big secret" that was supposed to be the great surprise ending. I found Kendall O'Dell to be unbelievably naive for a woman of nearly 30 who'd been working as a journalist in a large city. For example, she decides that information about one character's deep financial troubles can't be true because the person lives large and has a public image of extreme wealth. Really? Despite all the events of the past decade, she takes that at face value? Apparently she only works for newspapers--she never reads them. There's also a lot of very repetitive wording that I found distracting and grating. (Someone needs to buy this author a phrase to use in place of "I couldn't help but . . . ." Not only was it over-used, but it's technically a double-negative and shouldn't be used at all.)

I did enjoy the last few chapters when the book reached its climax and everything let loose, but it was a struggle to stick with it until I got to that point. I'm going to pass on Ms. O'Dell's other exploits.
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It was free on our nook last week so I figured I'd give it a try. Basic plot wasn't bad, but the writing was very amateurish. Read like it was written by a bored housewife who was dragged to AZ by her husbands job, read a "how to write mysteries" book and decided to give it a go. Not much of a "thinker" the narrator spells everything out for the reader. The author may live in AZ, but must not have lived here long or not lived outside of a gated McMansion type of area because the little details she includes are just wrong. Snowbirds sticking around until June? Heck they're gone by April. Closing doors and windows to turn on a swamp cooler? That's the opposite of how you use a swamper - they need windows or doors open to circulate air. Just a lot of that kind of little thing that tries to add authenticity but is off base. Maybe the author has gotten better or found an editor...but I'm not in a hurry to try anything else of hers unless it's free again.
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The main character, Kendall O'Dell, is someone everyone can relate to as she tries to untangle a murder mystery in her new hometown. She's attracted to two very different men--which one will win her favor? Loved the Arizona setting--very descriptive.
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