Dead By Midnight - Dead By, Bk 1 Author:Beverly Barton IN MURDER... — The last sounds Dean Wilson hears are a clock striking twelve and a killer's taunting words. And his death is just the first. One by one, victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight.... — AND IN LIFE... — In the ten years since her Ho... more »llywood career imploded, Lorie Hammonds has built a good life in her Alabama hometown. When the first death threat arrives, she assumes it's a joke. Then she gets a second note. Sheriff Mike Birkett, her high-school sweetheart, has avoided Lorie since she returned to Dunmore, but when investigators uncover her connection to a string of recent murders, he's drawn into a case that's terrifyingly personal.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
With every murder, the killer edges closer. Soon Lorie's will be the last name left on his list. Her only hope is to unearth a deadly secret -- before the clock runs out for good....« less
This book was so spellbinding that I could hardly put it down. I was so mesmerized by the story line and characters that I lost all track of time. As to the killer I was clueless until the very end. It was not a story that was predictable or easy to pick out what was going to happen next. It kept me totally involved all the way to the very end. One of the best I've ever read.
Another fantastic read by Beverly Barton, it continues the Griffin Powell saga. This one is about Lorie Hammonds and Mike Birkett, how they suffer through death threats made to Lorie regarding her time in LA working on a porn movie. Now years later everyone connected to the movie is being killed...and Lorie is on the list. Mike fights his attraction to her after she left him years ago with a broken heart. He's the sheriff and must protect her, at all costs. If you like Beverly Bartons books this one will not disapoint.
Lorie Hammonds dreamed of making it in Hollywood so she left Dunmore, Alabama to pursue her dream. She left behind her boyfriend, now the town Sheriff Mike Birkett (see Silent Killer for the back story).
She came home after her fantasy failed and her BFF widow Cathy Cantrell needed her (also see Silent Killer). Mike remains angry with her to the point it impacts his job as he ignores death threats aimed at her. The widower tries not to be short with his kids, eleven years old M.J. and nine years old Hannah while not understanding why they reject caring Abby Sherman who reminds him of his late wife Molly. However, Powell Agency detective Maleah Perdue takes the threats to Lorie seriously as a serial killer is methodically murdering the cast who performed in the nude in an adult film that Lorie would prefer to not count on her credits list. She will show her inner strength when the two kids become the target.
The latest Dead By romantic suspense thriller tied to the Powell Detective Agency is a tense direct sequel to the Silent Killer. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as a serial killer methodically murders the cast of a porn film with Lorie listed as an actress. As she and Mike learn via Dead by Midnight that a person cannot run from their deeds as regret and remorse are powerful feelings that never quite leave. Fans will relish this strong sequel with a fascinating unexpected potentially deadly twist that does not require reading the previous novel, although that helps with the past that haunts the present.
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A killer is going after all of the actors in a porn flick just released on DVD after 16 years. It was the only movie made by the main character in her failed attempt to become famous in LA. She's returned to her hometown to remake her life with mixed success, particularly with her old flame who despises her. Good meaty suspense and romance.