Circle of Influence

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THE RIGHT BLEND OF ACTION, EMOTION, AND EDGE...

"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 ...

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Overview

THE RIGHT BLEND OF ACTION, EMOTION, AND EDGE...

"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.

Praise for CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE:

"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:

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE #1
LOST LEGACY #2 (September 2014)

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

Author Bio: 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. Her newest short story will appear in the Lucky Charms Anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940976006
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 344,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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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  • Posted March 25, 2014

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    Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    Zoe Chambers paramedic and deputy coroner in the tight-knit rura

    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.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    4 STARS I like Zoe Chambers. This had pretty good suspense.


    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Great Story

    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 ;)]

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