Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles, moved to Florida, and now makes her home in Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance. When she thought about it, she realized that her favorite mysteries were series where she could follow the developing relationships of the protagonist—to the point where she'd read the book twice; once for the relationship and again to follow the crime and its solution. So, she started reading romance, and found there was a genre that included mystery themes as well as a relationship. Although her genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." You can find more about her at her website,
Deadly Puzzlesby Terry Odell
When Police Chief Gordon Hepler's doctor orders him to cut down on the stress in his life or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote Bed and Breakfast. Hours away from Mapleton, where nobody knows he's a cop, he plans to relax and try to
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Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don't fit?
When Police Chief Gordon Hepler's doctor orders him to cut down on the stress in his life or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote Bed and Breakfast. Hours away from Mapleton, where nobody knows he's a cop, he plans to relax and try to forget about his eyes.
However, traveling "incognito" doesn't mean he's left his cop instincts behind. His curiosity is piqued when one of the other guests at the B&B doesn't appear to be who she claims. Before he can explore the puzzle she presents, a man shows up, pleading for help. His car's gone off the road, and his wife is inside.
Although a blizzard is approaching, Gordon can't refuse the frantic man's request and agrees to help him search. Fighting the storm, Gordon and the man struggle down a ravine to the car. What they find turns out to be one more puzzle, and it's not the last Gordon faces.
Are they unrelated coincidences? Or part of one bigger mystery? Or is he seeing a crime where none exists? Well outside his jurisdiction, with his health at stake, Gordon must decide whether to follow his cop impulses, or remember he's on vacation and let the locals handle it. All bets are off when it becomes personal.
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This is a good series. Quick read. Likeable characters. Nice setting. I have enjoyed all three.
Another fine entry in Odell’s Mapleton Mystery Series. Mapleton police chief Gordon Helpler’s wintertime vacation at a Colorado Bed and Breakfast gets off to a rocky start. Though he’s supposed to be relaxing and allowing an eye condition to heal, Gordon soon finds himself embroiled in a missing persons case. Snow storms and secretive guests at the B&B lead to a fiery homicide. Gordon’s out of his jurisdiction, but his cop instincts kick in and the complex multi-jurisdictional puzzle starts coming together. The clever killer’s wise to Gordon’s every move, and he’s a step ahead of Gordon, tying up loose ends. A well-researched novel with strongly drawn characters, rich with law enforcement details.
Gordon Hepler opens and closes this fast-paced thriller as the action follows him from beginning to end of what is supposed to be a stress-free vacation. Once a cop, always a cop; and Chief Hepler can’t seem to separate himself from the sinister events surrounding the idyllic location where he’s been ordered to take a long overdue rest. When a stranger pounds on the door of the remote bed and breakfast and begs for help to rescue his wife from their vehicle that spun out on an icy road, the vacationing chief offers to accompany the man to the scene despite the impending blizzard. After a harrowing descent to the car that has somehow slipped out of its precarious parking spot and down a steep hill, they discover the man’s wife has disappeared. The mounting snow, which has long since obscured any footprints that might give them a clue to the direction she went, threatens their return to Hepler’s car; and a freakish incident renders the chief helpless and puts his life on the line. Choosing to pull into the B&B parking lot rather than investigate the flashing lights piercing the dense whiteness a short distance away, he phones the police to report the missing woman. A highway sniper, deadly fire, and an unidentified body add to the mix; and Hepler decides that home and his job as police chief are far less stressful (and much safer) than the so-called vacation that continues to catapult him into harm’s way. Once back in his office, he sorts through a maze of seemingly unconnected information that leaves him as puzzled when he finishes as he was when he began—and the next target for the elusive killer. Deadly Puzzles is a page-turner from the first chapter to the last. If you like a thriller that you can’t put down, this is the read for you.
Deadly Puzzles is the third book in the Mapleton mystery series. Sheriff Gordon Hepler is back and better than ever. When his doctor advises him take a stress-free and relaxing vacation for his health. He goes to Tranquility Valley Bed and Breakfast. The name of the inn is the only tranquility he will find as he has his hands full with a missing woman and murder. It all starts when a man, Orrin Wardell, asks for help. He crashed his car and needs to rescue his wife. With a blizzard swirling around them they search for her, but she's gone. Gordon is uneasy. Something is off, but what. Now the wild ride begins. The action is non-stop with one mystery after another adding to the suspense, but Gordon is tenacious in his search for the truth. Each character has a secret but how do the pieces fit together. With the help of the local authorities and Ed Solomon from his local police force, Gordon keeps investigating. There are plenty of suspects and potential motives that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. Terry Odell does an excellent job creating a small town community that is filled with people you know and like. Terry brings her characters to life. I specially enjoyed the touch of romance. It blended well with the suspenseful mystery but never detracted. This book is well-plotted and filled with unexpected twists that I couldn't put the book down. Deadly Puzzles is the best mystery that I've read in a long time. I loved it! I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.