Deadly Secrets

Deadly Secrets

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by Terry Odell
     
 
Mapleton, Colorado's police chief, Gordon Hepler, would rather be on the streets than behind a desk dealing with budgets and the town council, but he promised his late mentor he'd accept the position. And to Gordon, a promise is a promise, even if the person you made it to isn't around anymore. However, doubts creep in, and he wonders if he was shoved into the job

Overview

Mapleton, Colorado's police chief, Gordon Hepler, would rather be on the streets than behind a desk dealing with budgets and the town council, but he promised his late mentor he'd accept the position. And to Gordon, a promise is a promise, even if the person you made it to isn't around anymore. However, doubts creep in, and he wonders if he was shoved into the job because his mentor thought he couldn't cut it on the streets.

Everything changes when a fatal traffic accident well outside Mapleton seems connected to elderly Rose and Sam Kretzer, two of Mapleton's most beloved citizens. The arrival of Megan, the Kretzer's grown ward, and Justin, their grandson add to his troubles when Megan is mugged. In addition, Justin is renovating his grandparents' house despite their objections, and then someone breaks in and the house is ransacked. When Gordon ties the car accident to a grisly murder in Mapleton--the first anyone in town can remember--he's afraid he's into more than he bargained for.

His fears are realized when his investigation seems to link the Kretzers to a Nazi war criminal. Can he work with the big-city detective brought in to assist? Will he be able to solve the crime without revealing the secrets of his citizens?

DEADLY SECRETS revolves around a secret journal kept by a Nazi during WWII, and the lengths people will go to protect those they love. Set in a small Colorado community, Deadly Secrets deals with people trying to do what they think is right while protecting those they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013478893
Publisher:
Terry Odell
Publication date:
12/03/2011
Series:
Mapleton Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
175,911
File size:
335 KB

Meet the Author

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 primary genre is labeled "romantic suspense", Terry prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." DEADLY SECRETS is the author's first "pure" mystery, although the relationship potential is still there.

You can find more about her at her website,

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Deadly Secrets 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Agonzales More than 1 year ago
Deadly Secrets is a one of a kind mystery, infused with multi-dimensional characters, nail biting twists, and an ending that you¿ll never see coming. This small town mystery is hiding a very large secret¿ I couldn't put it down! Odell has proven herself to be an extremely talented mystery writer. I can¿t wait to read the next book in the Mapleton Mystery Series.
CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns, and characters I identified with. Not the author's usual romantic suspense, but there's definitely relationship and series potential here. An excellent mystery debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Terry Odell and have now read most of her books. I will continue to read anything she puts out as I've not been disappointed yet. Interesting and fast-paced and not necessarily on edge of seat, but a page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ended a little abruptly . . . But a good read. Mystery with a touch of romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest from the beginning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention right away becaue the mystery seemed promising, but it quickly became quite tedious so I skimmed the last half.  It can't decide if it's a mystery or a romance novel:  It has the bones of a good police procedural but the author throws in some gratuitous scenes that have nothing to do with the mystery plot.  The book is also wordy and the character development is feeble. 
LynzeeRose More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of cozy mysteries, those that don't keep me up nights afraid to close my eyes and those that don't make me part of a three-some sex scene. The Mapleton Mystery series is a good mystery, great characters, and an enjoyable read. I liked this book a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't care for romance novels, and although there was an interesting mystery, there was more romance than I expected. Unless there was some rough condensing of the story by B and N for the Nook, the author jumped from one scene to the next making me think I missed a page.
julieaz More than 1 year ago
I have read most of her books and am a real fan!
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
Police procedural married to a romantic cozy Tiny Mapleton, Colorado is the domain of newly minted Police Chief Gordon Hepler, a competent cop with some doubts about being thrust to the top of his field. His normal trouble calls trend toward the nuisance calls about a ghost in Betty Bedford's vintage clothing store. After a seven year absence from home, event planner Megan Wyatt comes back to visit her aging adoptive grandparents, Sam and Rose Kretzer. Their frailness and the furtiveness of their by-blood grandson who's also visiting raise Megan's hackles. Something's going on here and she means to get to the bottom of it. And when did Jumbo Justin turn into a hottie? Like popcorn in the microwave, events hit Mapleton in a blinding flurry. A stranger is dead. Megan is assaulted in the park. Homes are ransacked. Then Betty is found dead, and Chief Hepler's sure a ghost isn't to blame. He calls in help and rolls up his sleeves. Both story lines, the police procedural one and the amateur sleuth one, weave and diverge in a skillful manner, keeping my interest level high throughout the book. I found the book to be intricately plotted with deliberate pacing. Although I read book 2 of this series first, it was a joy to read this one and spend time with familiar characters. I very much enjoyed my visit to Mapleton and Odell's keen eye for detail.
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First five chapters are missing. Little hard to figure out what is going on.
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H1950sl More than 1 year ago
I love all his books.
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"What?"
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* she hugs u crying* im sorry i must seem weak to u.