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About Maris Soule
Maris Soule has had 25 contemporary romances, 5 mysteries, and 2 short stories published. She is a two-time finalist for the RITA award, winner of the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Contest for mystery/suspense, and has placed or won in several other contests. In addition to her hardcover mysteries, THE CROWS and A KILLER PAST, are also available as paperbacks, and all of her mysteries are available as e-books. She is currently working on getting most of her romances out as e-books.
Born and raised in California, Soule was working on a master's degree in art history at U.C. Santa Barbara when she was swept off her feet by a redhead with blue eyes. Soule now lives in southwest Michigan and winters in Florida with the same redhead. She has two grown (and married) children and two granddaughters, co-owns a pocket trawler with her husband, still draws and paints, and loves to cook (though she has been known to burn a few meals, especially if she takes "just a minute" to go on the computer). Visit her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter or at https://MarisSoule.com
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For forty-four years Mary Harrington has lived in Rivershore, Michigan, a rural community of five thousand. During that time she owned a small book store, married the town dentist, and raised a son. Two-years ago she buried her husband. She's a model citizen . . . with a secret.
Halloween eve, Mary is on her way home from celebrating her only granddaughter's eighteenth birthday. Her car breaks down within walking distance of her house. She notices she's being watched by two teen gang members and hopes, if she's mugged, they simply take her purse and run.
Sergeant Jack Rossini has been with the Rivershore Police Department for twenty-four years, and in their small department, he's the primary investigator. When he hears dispatch call for officers, he decides to help. He finds two teen gang members in need of medical attention and claiming they were attacked by an old lady.
HOW DID A SEVENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD BEAT UP TWO GANG MEMBERS?
Mary seems like any other senior citizen. But something doesn’t add up about her story.
The detective's running the risk of making the same mistake as her attackers — underestimating Mary Harrington.
A long time ago Mary did things she hoped no one would ever find out about.
Now the criminals wants revenge. Mary will do anything to keep her son and granddaughter safe.
A GRANDMA WITH A KILLER PAST
Full of twists and turns, this gripping thriller from award-winning author Maris Soule will keep you hooked.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly, John Lescroart and Robert K. Tanenbaum.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT A KILLER PAST
“The outstanding pace of this thriller made me read way into the night.” Diane
“Mary Harrington is one tough cookie, then and now. Maris Soule did a marvellous job.” Jeanie
“Loved it! Terrific twist near the end . . . Will be a hard act to follow!” Adrienne
“I'm still in the wow stage with this book. Written beautifully, I never dreamed the old lady Mary had the past that she had.” Gladys
Sergeant Jack Rossini is an enterprising police officer who begins digging into Mary’s past. He can find nothing about her life before she opened a bookstore forty-four years ago. He’s suspicious, and asks his son who works for the FBI to see what he can find. Both are told to cease their efforts by superiors.
The town of Rivershore had been built along the banks of the Ash River back in the late 1800s, and for a time was a way-stop for travellers going from Kalamazoo to Lake Michigan. By the early 1990s, the town had attracted several small companies, along with residents who preferred living in a small town and were willing to drive to Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids for their jobs. Then came the economic downturn in 2008. Now many houses are boarded up as people move away to find work.
At the veterinarian's office she runs into Cody Taylor. He looks like a bum—albeit a handsome bum—and he loves spontaneity. Bern keeps telling him she's not interested, yet the man does excite her. Cody wonders why he can't stay away from her. He knows she's not the enchanted princess from the fairy tale his sister used to tell him, but Bernadette does seem to need to be rescued.
Cody's persistence threatens Bernadette's need for control. Will she succumb to the chemistry between them? Theirs is a destiny unknown
P.J. is a C.P.A. and it’s tax time. Her expertise is working with numbers, not solving a murder. And, even though she finds the local sheriff’s deputy good looking, as long as he considers her his prime suspect and thinks she’s making up stories about deadly ladybugs and someone breaking into her house, she wants nothing to do with him. Forced to question her sanity, P.J.’s not sure who or what to believe, but if she doesn’t find the answer soon, she may be the next victim.
The Crows is a fast-paced cozy with a twist at the end.
Prior to her scheduled Mothers-to-Be meeting, P.J. Benson enters a church bathroom and overhears Brenda Cox, a friend and former co-worker, tell someone on the phone that she was caught getting the information they wanted and barely got away. P.J. tells Brenda to call 9-1-1, but Brenda says she’ll be fine and will see P.J. soon. When P.J. and the other women attending the Mothers-to-Be session hear police cars and an ambulance out front, they know it’s a serious accident, but it isn’t until the next day that P.J. discovers the victim was Brenda. The police consider the hit-and-run an accident. P.J. is certain Brenda was murdered. P.J.’s husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Kingsley, warns her not to get involved, and P.J. knows he’s right, but someone seems intent on involving her. Over the next few days, friends and family help and complicate P.J.’s life as she tries to understand what Brenda took and why she was killed. Curiosity, however, can put a person’s life in danger. Not a good thing when SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT is ready to arrive on the scene.
En un abrir y cerrar de ojos, Tyler Corwin se encontró a cargo de una niña pequeña a la que él había adorado cuando solo era un bebé, pero de la que tuvo que separarse cuando su matrimonio fracasó. En aquel momento, consideró que era lo mejor que podía hacer, pero aquella decisión, desgraciadamente, lo había mantenido apartado de su hija y, ahora, era ella misma quien, con su rebeldía, lo dejaba al margen. Si quería recuperar a Lanie, Tyler iba a necesitar ayuda... la ayuda de Shaunna Lighfeather, una mujer cálida, cariñosa y firme al mismo tiempo. Shaunna ejerció su magia con Lanie, pero el problema fue que el papá de Lanie también estaba a punto de caer en el hechizo... ¿Sería posible que la mujer que había conquistado su corazón y le había devuelto a su pequeña considerara la posibilidad de seguir junto a él el resto de sus vidas?
Greg decides to take her up on that challenge, but without letting her know he is the artist. After all, he’s sure she’s just like all the doctors who treated his hypochondriac mother.
As his broken ankle heals, Greg gets to know Doc Amy, sees how she treats her patients and deals with her own physical scars and emotional wounds. The longer he’s with her, the harder it is for either of them to ignore the sparks. But the question remains: What will Amy do when she discovers who he really is?
In Skagway, Alaska the usual crimes faced by the small police department are DUIs and missing bikes. Major crimes are not part of their usual operation. However, the day a Crystal Morgan—wife of billionaire Tom Morgan—arrives at the station announcing her stepdaughter. Misty, has been kidnapped is anything but usual. That day the chief of police is recovering in the hospital from a procedure and a senior officer with a day off is not responding to radio calls.
Although their numbers are small, Katherine and the other officers are not happy when the missing girl’s father, who can’t come himself, sends Vince Nanini, a longtime friend to help find Misty. Katherine fears Vince will be more of a hinderance than a help, but when another teenager is kidnapped, and it’s clear Misty didn’t simply run away, Vince refuses to leave Katherine’s side. As bodies are discovered, Katherine’s past is dragged into the open—a past and the terrifying memories she thought she’d buried. This kidnapping is personal, and Katherine knows she must find the missing girls before it’s too late for the girls or herself.
Sasha never again wants a man telling her what to do, but when a corporate toy company offers to buy the rights to her “My Friends” dolls, she realizes she needs a lawyer’s advice. Ross knows his priority has to be his scarred, traumatized daughter, but he’s more than willing to help Sasha, especially since he can’t keep her out of his thoughts…and would love to get her into his bed.