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Circle of Influence

Circle of Influence

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by Annette Dashofy

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"Dashofy takes small town politics and long simmering feuds, adds colorful characters, and brings it to a boil in a welcome new series." – Hallie Ephron, Author of There Was an Old Woman

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania's tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a



"Dashofy takes small town politics and long simmering feuds, adds colorful characters, and brings it to a boil in a welcome new series." – Hallie Ephron, Author of There Was an Old Woman

Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania's tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President's abandoned car.

As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.


"The texture of small town Pennsylvania comes alive in Annette Dashofy's debut mystery. Discerning mystery readers will appreciate Dashofy's expert details and gripping storytelling. Zoe Chambers is an authentic character who will entertain us for a long time." – Nancy Martin, Author of the Blackbird Sister Mysteries

"The author has struck gold by delivering a wonderful story... Betrayal, teenage angst, dysfunctional relationship and deep dark secrets will keep you turning the pages in this very enjoyable debut novel." – Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings

"New York has McBain, Boston has Parker, now Vance Township, PA ("pop. 5000. Please Drive Carefully.") has Annette Dashofy, and her rural world is just as vivid and compelling as their city noir." – John Lawton, Producer/Director and Author of the Inspector Troy Series

"I've been awestruck by Annette Dashofy's storytelling for years. Look out world, you're going to love Zoe Chambers and Pete Adams, and Circle of Influence is just the beginning." – Donnell Ann Bell, Bestselling Author of The Past Came Hunting and Deadly Recall

"Dashofy does everything exactly right in this well-crafted not-quite-cozy: compelling plot, original setting and wonderfully rich characters. Her revenge-fueled tale of small town manipulation and murder will keep you turning the pages. This series is a winner!" – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author

"An excellent debut, totally fun to read. Annette Dashofy has created a charmer of a protagonist in Zoe Cambers. She's smart, she's sexy, she's vulnerably romantic, and she's one hell of a paramedic on the job. It's great to look forward to books two and three." – Kathleen George, Professor of Theatre and Writing at the University of Pittsburgh and Edgar-Nominated Author of the Richard Christie Series

"This is a terrific first mystery, with just the right blend of action, emotion and edge. I couldn't put it down. The characters are well drawn and believable...It's all great news for readers. I can't wait to meet Zoe and Pete again in Vance Township, Monongahela County, PA." – Mary Jane Maffini, Author of The Dead Don't Get Out Much

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

BRIDGES BURNED (#3) April 2015

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Meet the Author

Annette Dashofy, a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred, grew up with horses, cattle, and, yes, chickens. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service. Since then, she’s worked a variety of jobs, giving her plenty of fodder for her lifelong passion for writing. She, her husband, and their two spoiled cats live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy. Her short fiction, including a 2007 Derringer nominee, has appeared in Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, and Fish Tales: the Guppy Anthology.

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CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Zoe Chambers paramedic and deputy coroner in the tight-knit rural Vance Township in Pennsylvania, has been privy to many secrets over the years, some of them her own. Secrets explode when a dead body is found in the abandoned car of the Township Board President. While a blizzard ranges Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch the investigation to find the killer, uncovering secrets that could destroy them all. I loved this debut mystery by Annette Dashofy. Zoe was realistic and her friends (and not so much friends) jumped off the pages. I'm planning on reading the second book in this series when it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Hope thisseries goes on and on!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them. Dollycas’s Thoughts A great debut!!! This one grabbed me from the start. Zoe Chambers is such a multidimensional character. Her life has had many bumps in the road so far. Living in a small town she was able to keep a few secrets but after a dead body is found all her secrets come out and even land her on the suspect list. Her life intersects with basically the entire town and relationships are tested as the investigation continues and she learns she is not the only one with secrets. The supporting characters from Police Chief Pete Adams to Zoe’s friend Rose, along with Rose’s mother-in-law and teenage kids are all so strong and all play pivotal roles. The author has a very descriptive way of writing not only her characters, but also time and place. It was like watching a movie in my mind. I found the entire story very compelling and amazed myself at how quickly I read it. This book has all the elements of a cozy mystery but it has an edgier feel with some graphic detail but is does not reach the level of the suspense/thriller genre. I am excited to read Lost Legacy set to be released later this year. Dashofy has given us a wonderful start to what I hope is a very long series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zoe Chambers:EMT and deputy coroner, has always been a hometown girl, which in a small town means you might have and or run into secrets better kept unsaid. When one of the Town Supervisors is found dead in a car, some of those secrets could get a LOT if peiple, including Zoe herself, in big trouble. It's a great read (finished it in two sittings) that I didn't want to end. The reasons get a bit muddied in the mysteries, but keep reading because you want to. Loved the chemistry between Zie and her friends an her "enemies". Hopefully, this will be a long running series of an authentic new author! [Note: I recieved this book directly from the publisher as part of a launch day giveaway. In no way did the giveaway effect my opinion, which is 100% my own (the other part of the giveaway,however, in the form of a humengous coffee mug has raised my caffine level ;)]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$2.99, 200 pages. Only two minor curse words in the whole book. It reminded me of the TV show, Chicago Fire. The main character is a female, paramedic. This book is stand alone, very well edited and number one in a series of three books so far. While not a cozy, it is still not over the top violent and gory. There is child poronography and sexual abuse, attempted rapes, murders, some violence and animal abuse. The plot is full of very interesting twists and turns. I had whodunit narrowed down to three suspects, I was unsure which one to run with, and I was both right and wrong. The ending was a surprise. Because of the adult topics, this book is highly recommended for all mystery lovers ages 18 and up. AD
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I like Zoe Chambers. This had pretty good suspense. I guessed right on small parts and missed the big pictures by far. Boy was there plenty of drama. Plenty of suspects. Clean read. Plenty of secrets. Zoe Chambers is a paramedic in a small township. She rents have a house and takes care of the barn so she can keep her horse. Zoe was a party girl in high school and that still impacts her life today. A old boyfriend of hers married her best friend. Now he is murdered. She does not believe some of the rumors she is hearing about him. His wife is still her good friend. She is also close to his two teenagers. Because it is a small township the county is taken over the murder case. The local Police Chief Pete does not like that. Pete likes to flirt with Zoe. His secretary has been arrested for stealing a computer. It being a small town a lot of things cross with one another. I like Pete and Zoe and want them to start dating. They are keeping secrets from each other. The setting is Monongahela County, Pennsylvania. Lots of farm land. I did not want to put the book down until I had finished reading it. I want to read the next book in the series Lost Legacy and see how everyone is and what happens next for the town. I was given this ebook to read and in exchange asked to give a honest review of it by Netgalley and Henery Press. publication: March 25th 2014 by Henery Press 294 pages ISBN 9781940976006
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Marla-Bradeen 7 months ago
CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE is a thoroughly engaging read. Featuring diverse characters, an action-packed plot, and an intriguing mystery, the story kept me guessing until the end. I feel it's misclassified as a cozy, but those who don't mind heavier mysteries are sure to enjoy this one. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
cj_petterson 8 months ago
One of the first things that I did was get angry at one of the characters…that’s good writing Murder, mayhem, and mystery abound in author Annette Dashofy’s fictional small Pennsylvania town in the dead of winter. Vance Township is an exciting microcosm of intrigue, and Dashofy captures all the emotion that attends entwined lives gone awry. Lies get in the way of love, and unrequited love becomes the wellspring of terrible crimes. Dashofy’s attention to detail makes places and characters come alive. The fifth book in this clever mystery series is scheduled to launch March 14, as protagonist / paramedic Zoe Chambers faces even more challenges
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Circle of Influence - Zoe Chambers Mystery 1 Author: Annette Dashofy Published: 3-25-14 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 308 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781940976006 ASIN: B00J4YASUA Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . If you have ever lived in a small town you will know how everyone seems to know everyone or at least are related to someone in some way. People on town often where multiple hats. The minister can also run the local hardware store The local dentist can coach little league or like Zoe Chambers in Circle of Influence you can be an Emergency Medical Tech and the part-time medical examiner for Vance Township. When Jerry McBirney has a long time police secretary for theft of police property (an obsolete computer from a storage room she says she borrowed not stole) Enraged, her son, Ted Bassi, confronts McBirney publically. Later when McBirney's car is found abandoned during a snow storm the surprise is not the body found in the car, but rather the identification of the man. It is not McBirney, but Ted. McBirney is the first suspect. As Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams, Zoe's boyfriend, walk a thin line to investigate the murder and McBirney, his boss who is known to take revenge on anyone who crosses him. More secrets are found as old secrets are revealed. When small town secrets come to light no one will ever be the same. As usual Dashofy has penned an intriguing story of murder with a touch of romance. You will be caught up in the story from start to finish. Filled with twists and turns and characters that are so well developed you may be forgiven for thinking they are real. Along with a believable plot Circle of Influence is a real winner and the opening book for a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery went along smoothly. It wasnt filled boring info that had nothing to do with the story. I want to see a lot more of Zoe and Pete. Thanks for the good read.
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terpOK More than 1 year ago
It is rare anymore to find a book I have a hard time putting down. This is one such book. I connected with the characters and hurt when they hurt. There is no unnecessary crudeness, gore or graphic descriptions, and very little cursing. This is a book and series, I've read the second book, I will heartily recommend.
vamay More than 1 year ago
Even better then the man of wax I can't wait until the next one
indychick More than 1 year ago
love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How stupid can Zoe be? She admitted to being a slut in high school yet moves in with a man who doesn't charge her room and board and he even buys her a horse. She says she thought he was being nice and then accuses him of rape when he wanted some form of payback. Please that was stupid on the author's part. An experienced girl like Zoe would have known nothing is free and would have known the man was after something else. Zoe liked to play the victim a lot. She ended up getting on my nerves after a while. I also thought it was stupid how there were other ambulances yet she was always called to the scene of the crime. I don't think I'll read anymore of these books unless they're free.
sunnycee More than 1 year ago
 Circle of Influence is a crackin' good read from start to finish! I mainly got it because it fit one of the tasks in the Goodreads group Seasonal Reading Challenge for "Geometry" = Circle. I had no expectations going in but am so happy I chose it! The writing is great and shows real literary talent. It was so atmospheric I could feel the cold of the January night and see the Pennsylvania countryside. I could feel the tension in the room at the township supervises' meeting and shared the grief of the family over the death of their loved one. Even though it was set in a small town this was nota cozy and had some real dark elements and depth but also had its share of lighter moments of comic relief. The characters are believable and some are likable and others not so much but still "good" characters. Zoe is a great heroine, a paramedic who has a history with some of the people involved. Pete is a good police chief and seems more likeable than some in the same role. The kids were a little bit over the top at times but I guess they needed to be for the story. There were a lot of twists and when I thought I had it all figured out there would be another twist that would make me say "WHAT????" more than once! I liked this book so much that when I finished it I clicked on the link to buy LOST LEGACY the second in the series! Yes, I am a fan of the Zoe Chambers series and the author Annette Dashofy who brought her and Vance Township to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good book! very good writing! very fast paced read. looking forward to more from this author