Dear Killer

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Who is killing residents of a sea island community?

Marley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for the Dear Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow's yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi.

Asked to serve as the lead investigator's liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is ...

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Who is killing residents of a sea island community?

Marley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for the Dear Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow's yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi.

Asked to serve as the lead investigator's liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is startled to discover she's become Deputy Braden Mann's target as well-for romance. Yet their steamy attraction doesn't deter the pair from sorting through a viper's nest of suspects as the body count grows and the pun-loving killer plans a grizzly epitaph for Marley.

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Cathy Pickens
Linda Lovely describes the Low Country South with the curious eye of a newcomer and the affectionate detail of a long-time resident. She's managed quite a trick--combining all the slow-moving savor of a thick Southern gumbo with the crackling quick pace of a thriller, complete with a kick-@#% heroine. This is one island vacation you'll want to race through!
Joyce Lavene
I really enjoyed Linda Lovely's new mystery. Dear Killer is set in one of my favorite places--the Low Country of South Carolina--and the book's protagonist is a gritty, smart-ass security guard who is sure to win readers' hearts. Throw in a little romance and you've got it all. Dear Killer is a fantastic read!
Kathryn R. Wall
Linda Lovely perfectly captures the sights and smells of the South Carolina Lowcountry in this fast-paced debut mystery. Former Army Colonel Marley Clark is a complex and fascinating protagonist, a woman of a certain age whose investigatory skills and courage are tested as the bodies pile up on the isolated resort island of Dear. A crackling good read.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781603183314
  • Publisher: L & L Dreamspell
  • Publication date: 5/22/2011
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

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    Reviewed by Marissa
    Book provided by the author for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book


    Do you love a book that keeps you up hours past your bedtime? This book had me hooked right from the first page. The author just went BAMM! and started right in with the discovery of a murder. No lead ups, no this might happen… Just a curiously opened gate, lights that should be on are out, and a pile of clothing left near a Jacuzzi. Oh yeah. And a body.

    Our wonderfully *ahem* older heroine is a retired lieutenant colonel now working security duty for the small island resort named Dear. And, yes, many puns are played on the name, but the author has a wonderful way of illustrating this small quaint island so much so that if I didn’t already live in paradise, I’d be packing my bags for South Carolina.

    Soon into the story our wonderfully *ahem* older heroine meets a somewhat younger man, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the case. As an *ahem* older woman, it was wonderful to not only have an intelligent older woman as a lead character but also see a relationship develop. And not some stodgy “Let’s take evening walks then watch the news” type of relationship. I’m talking honest-to-goodness sexual attraction (because, yes, even women in their 50’s do get horny!). Even better, Braden appears to be attracted to Marley from the get-go.

    Linda Lovely is a new author to watch, with her second mystery, No Wake Zone (the sequel to Dear Killer) just recently released.  I’ve already started to read it so you’ll see the review here soon!


    Favorite Quote:  “An egret soared in the Carolina blue sky. As sunlight pierced its white feathers, the translucent wings glowed. Only the soothing metronome of gentle surf and the calls of quarreling seagulls broke the silence.”

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Linda Lovely's p

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    Linda Lovely's premier mystery book Dear Killer is a fun summer read. Mystery sleuths will like the main character of retired military intelligence officer Marley Clark. She is an engaging, middle-aged, widow who is drawn to excitement and mystery. She lives in the low country of the Carolinas, and the description of the environment are some of the highlights of the book. When Marley finds a male resident drowned in a hot tub, the mystery begins in earnest. Ruled a murder, Marley steps right in and is assigned a deputy named Braden Mann, who instantly captures her romantic interest. The two are not at all shy about their mutual attraction and they soon find themselves entangled not only in another murder, but in the bedroom as well. Marley's best friend and nosey neighbor Janie works at a real estate company, and she factors into the scenario as she provides both clues and intrusive visits to Marley's house.

    I really love Lovely's down-home and believable characters and Dear Killer is chock full of them. The townsfolk have their own set of values as well as loyalties, and these characteristics either facilitate or impede the ongoing investigation. At times, I felt the romantic pursuit interfered with the development of the mystery but for the most part, it was enjoyable and many readers will be happy for Marley's venture into the romantic arena after the loss of her husband. I felt a bit shortchanged on information about the lost young girl, Sharlana, as her inclusion was essential to the plot. But, all in all, I loved the book and would recommend it to mystery readers who love to explore without all the gore and mutilation of many mystery stories.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Mystery with humor and a Baby Boomer protagonist. A fun read.

    Mystery with humor and a Baby Boomer protagonist. A fun read.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Dear Killer, a winner

    Dear Island, part of the low country of South Carolina, is a wonderful place to live and work. Marley Clark has retired there, retired but working part-time as an island security officer. The most exciting "crime" she encounters is two teenage twins who must be taken home to their mommy and her live-in boyfriend. Well, there are a couple of others on the island who present a small challenge: the environmental nut who never misses a chance to bash development, the trophy wife who has almost as many enhanced parts as natural ones, and the island lush. But they all become unimportant when Marley discovers Stu stewing in the hot tub--literally--with enough vegetables for an island soiree. As a retired Military Intelligence officer, Marley knows she is in way over her head and welcomes Deputy Braden Mann from the mainland who is assigned to investigate the murder. Need I say, this is only the beginning of the story as more victims of the killer with a sense of humor are found and--what else?--Marley and Braden find themselves attracted to one another.
    Ms. Lovely's description of the low country of South Carolina and her imaginary island paint mental pictures of where we'd all like to retire--except for the murders, of course. Her feel for the people, both native and retirees, was right on. I say that as a native eastern North Carolinian and a retiree in South Florida. I felt right at home in her story.
    The wordsmithing is superb, something we don't find enough of in today's fiction market. With no hesitation, I award DEAR KILLER five stars and look forward to the next Marley Clark adventure.

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