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One Deadly Sin

One Deadly Sin

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by Annie Solomon, Annie SOLOMON

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Revenge. Edie Swann has hungered for it since she fled her hometown as a little girl. Now she's returned, ready for payback. Armed with a list of names, she leaves each one a chilling sign that they have blood on their hands. Her father's blood. What happens next turns her own blood cold: one by one, the men she's

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One Deadly Sin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
mandersj More than 1 year ago
Romance novels are not my thing. However, I was intrigued by the fact that "One Deadly Sin" was inspired by the author's trip to a cemetery in Iowa City, and its legend of the Black Angel. Edie Swann has returned to the hometown she and her mother fled 20 years ago after her father was accused of embezzlement, and subsequently committed suicide. Convinced her husband was innocent, Edie's mother never got over his death and the public humiliation it brought their family. What's more, his gravestone is topped by a gargoyle/angel that turned black a day after it was installed. The legend states that the angel turned black because Edie's father was a guilty man, but if his innocence can be proven it will turn back to its original color. Edie is back to prove his innocence. Edie has come to town armed with a list of men she believes was involved in her father's railroading, along with a bag of tiny plastic black angels she plans to send to each man to hopefully shake things up around town. Unfortunately, each time one of the men receives their angel, they immediately die afterward. In more ways that one, beautiful Edie found she has attracted the attention of the town police chief, Holt Drennen. It doesn't take them long to begin a relationship, and Edie dreads his investigating these deaths and how they will link back to her. Less of a romance novel, more of a murder mystery, this turned out to be pretty palatable for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: Another GREAT story by this author. Can't wait to read another!
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msuzy More than 1 year ago
A new author for me. A great lead, lots of twists, but I figured out the why and who about halfway thru. However that is not unusual for me.
mahikahn More than 1 year ago
Edie Swann returns to her hometown under a new name to pay back the men responsible for her father's death. She begins leaving them messages that they have blood on their hands. But when the men start dying Sheriff Holt Drennan must investigate the woman he's fallen in love with. Edie is a Harley biker chick, uncombed hair, tattoos up and down her arms, black clothes and leather. Holt is a small town, clean cut father who is still living with his parents five years after his wife's death. These two are completely mismatched and it's hard to find any chemistry between them. Even though the book was 416 pages long the ending was rushed, unfinished, anti climactic and silly. I've read a lot of Annie Solomon's books and most of them I liked. Didn't care for this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, keeps you guessing the whole time...
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salemLA More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book very much.
Silvia More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by this Author and I loved it. This novel kept me entertained and guessing from start until end. Great mixture of romance and suspense. I highly recommend this book if someone loves romantic suspense.
24girl More than 1 year ago
As A little girl Eden Swanford and her mother left Redbud, Tennessee after her father's tragic suicide. As a grown woman she returned as Edie Swan to get her revenge on those responsible for pushing her father to his death. To prove to them that someone was on to their secret, she leaves them a black angel. A symbol they're sure to understand. and fear. When one of the men who receives the black angel turns up dead, Edie is almost glad but when the next man dies she begins to wonder if there's more to the legend of the black angels than she realizes. Believing the deaths are accidents Sheriff Holt Drennen doesn't have any reason to suspect Edie but as the spark between the two grows bigger he uncovers information that causes him to see her in a new light. Can she really be a murderer? This was a perfect combination of mystery, suspense and romance. Solomon certainly knows how to keep a reader turning pages. With all the intrigue I was pointing my finger at several different suspects but was never able to figure out who was killing people right under Edie and Holt's nose. Edie, Holt and his daughter Miranda were such a great characters. I was rooting for Edie right from the beginning and I thought it was adorable the way Miranda called Edie's tattoo a "fattoo". For the most part you know that romance books will almost always end in a happily ever after but One Deadly Sin wrapped everything nicely and I was genuinely happy for the characters (cheesy, I know). This is a must read for romantic suspense lovers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty years after her father allegedly committed suicide rather than face prison time for embezzlement and her family including her were run out of town, Edie Swann returns to her hometown of Redbud with an agenda. First she wants the truth about her dad as she refuses to believe he killed himself or he would steal money. Second she wants revenge on those townsfolk who caused her father's death.------------- No one recognizes her so to stir the pot, Edie sends black angels that are identical to her father's grave marker. The first target dies of a heart attack and a second death follows as if her list is cursed especially with black angels left behind as a trademark of the killer. As Edie and Sheriff Holt Drennen fall in love, he remains suspicious that his "angel" might be a serial killer.-------------- This action-packed yet lead character driven romantic suspense thriller grips the reader from the first step Edie takes in Redbud since she and her family were run out of town two decades ago. Needing closure and justice, her efforts awaken fear and anger in the town and a killer salivating to see her blood flow as well as internal friction between the man she loves and his family. Though somewhat over the top of the Adirondacks with the serial killer spin, no one will truly care as the romantic subplot deftly enhances the tension of Anne Solomon's exciting winner.---- Harriet Klausner
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Annie Solomon is a native to New York, a RITA-winner, and has been dreaming up stories since she was ten. After a twelve-year career in advertising, where she rose to Vice President and Head Writer at a mid-size agency, she abandoned her professional life for her first love, romance. Other titles include: Dead Ringer, Like A Knife, Dead Shot, Tell Me No Lies, Black Out, and Blind Curve. An avid knitter and soap opera fan, she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Edie Swann has hungered for revenge ever since her family was forced to flee from their small town when she was a child. More than anything, she just wanted answers. Did her father really kill himself? Was he murdered? If so, why? By who? Armed with a list of names, Edie returns to her hometown, leaving each suspect a sign that they have her father's blood on their hands. Except, one by one, the men she has targeted begin dying- leaving her the ample suspect, and still with no answers. Sheriff Holt Drennan knew the minute Edie stepped foot in his town that she was hiding something. She has a haunted and saddened look to her eyes, despite the tough, defiant exterior. Torn between the town he loves and is sworn to protect, and the woman he's falling in love with, Holt can't help but admit that all the evidence points to Edie. As the body count rises, and long-buried secrets begin to emerge, nothing is as it seems.Except the sins of the past are ready to be paid in full- with Edie's blood. I have to bow down and give credit where credit is due. Annie Solomon knows how to pace a story better than any other author I know. With the perfect elements of romance and suspense, she takes you on a ride that leaves you guessing until the very end. With realistic and relatable characters, flaws and all, even their responses to stress and surroundings were genuinely convincing. The small town gave credible true-to-life scenarios, making the book all the more powerful. The secondary characters added energy and endearment to the storyline. Without having to issue a spoiler alert, I didn't see the end coming. Bravo! One Deadly Sin is a well-written, enthralling, and fascinating read- One that won't disappoint from this rising author! Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer