Doubletake

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Death sneaks in the back door of the peaceful town of Twin Lakes, Texas and nothing is ever the same again.

Homicide detective, Barbara Hobkins, is thrust headlong into the investigation. A product of the "new direction" in law enforcement, her strength comes from a degree is psychology and an intuition that has served her well. But will that be enough when up against a sadistic killer?

Her partner, Keith Reeves, wants nothing more than to ...

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Overview

Death sneaks in the back door of the peaceful town of Twin Lakes, Texas and nothing is ever the same again.

Homicide detective, Barbara Hobkins, is thrust headlong into the investigation. A product of the "new direction" in law enforcement, her strength comes from a degree is psychology and an intuition that has served her well. But will that be enough when up against a sadistic killer?

Her partner, Keith Reeves, wants nothing more than to solve this case so he can have one normal night at home with his family. He fights the pressure to nail somebody, any somebody, to satisfy the powers above.

The suspect, Royce Wertco, is a teenage punk; capable of the numerous petty crimes he's been convicted of in the past, but not murder. Barbara knows this with every fiber of her being, but can she prove it?

Convinced the real killer is also responsible for a series of murders in Dallas, Hobkins tracks him to his seedy hidey-hole. There, her investigation turns into a chilling race for her life, and she almost becomes a victim of "Doubletake."

REVIEW: "The Twin Lakes Police Department has just had two murders, very close together. The modus operandi is not exactly same for both, but certain observations at the scenes suggest the authorities shouldn't rule out a single perpetrator. Both victims are female. Barbara Hobkins and her partner Keith Reeves are assigned the case. As the story progresses there is some speculation on, and disagreement about, whether there is one killer or two. It also seems that the case may mimic one from another jurisdiction. Just what kind of murderer do they have on their hands?
To complicate matters, Barbara is attracted to Gene, Tom's best friend and the principal of the high school that is peripherally associated with both cases (Tom is the widower of Barbara and Keith's first victim, and of course a prime suspect). In fact they become an item, which is definitely not a wise decision for the primary on a case.
The book is well plotted and it is obvious that the author is an experienced writer. The ending is quite satisfying and surprising. However, the characters are not well fleshed out. They don't inspire loyalty or compassion; one doesn't miss them when story is finished, isn't left yearning to visit with them again. The one character who belies this observation is Tom, and that is because his reactions and feelings following Susan's, his wife, death are very well done. He is in a complete and utter state of despair and his pain encompasses the reader." ----Martha Hopkins for Reviewing The Evidence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495498176
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/19/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Maryann Miller won her first writing award at age twelve with a short story in the Detroit News Scholastic Writing Awards Contest and continues to garner recognition for her short stories, books, and screenplays. In addition to "Doubletake" she has published several other novels, including the Seasons Mystery Series, which features two women homicide detectives in Dallas. You can find all her titles on her Amazon Author Page. She lives in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas, where she also loves to play on stage.

Margaret Sutton has headed up several unique businesses in the Dallas area. These included the production of home decorating items and a custom-design carpet sculpting business. Sutton has placed short stories in several mystery magazines such as Ellery Queen Magazine. A resident of Texas, Sutton shares her home with a pet monkey and considers herself "Willie's Mom".

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Wow - so much packed into this story. And then such a surprise e

    Wow - so much packed into this story. And then such a surprise ending! Seriously well paced. I am pleased to recommend this to my mystery reading friends. The main character was up to the task and the dialogue snappy. More please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Couldn't Put It Down!

    In the quiet town of Twin Lakes, Susan Delgrave takes her husband to school, her mind on the good news she hopes to get from her doctor. She wasn't expecting to walk into the arms of a killer. Although Susan was the first victim, she wasn't going to be the last. Detective Barbara Hobkins is assigned to the case, and is the only one who is convinced that the deaths are connected...the work of a very twisted serial killer. Now it's up to her to track down the culprit before he gets to her first. Sutton Miller is actually the pen name of Maryann Miller and Margaret Sutton, who have joined together to create a truly fascinating mystery. There are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing and plot twists galore. As an added shiver-inducing bonus, we get glimpses into the killer's mind as his madness escalates and he plans his next murder. At only just over 150 pages, there's no room for the story to drag, so it races along in top gear to the ultimately surprising conclusion. Miller's story is strong, her characters loveable and convincing, and her climax a definite shocker. Altogether a great read and one I plan on recommending to my women's reading group. However, it's best to set aside a few hours to read Doubletake, because once you get started, it's very hard to stop. I actually had to sit in the parking lot of the hospital to finish it because I couldn't wait the 3 minutes it took to drive home and curl up on the couch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    While she hunts a killer, her heart hunts love...

    A touch of horror to this mystery makes this reader give the following advice: Don't read it while you are home alone after dark. You will spend the night peering into closets and under beds if you do. During the time Policewoman Barbara Hobkins is on the team to solve a horrible mutilation murder of a school teacher's wife, she finds she might be a killer's next victim. With red herrings and false clues, talented author Sutton Miller takes the reader on hunt for a murderer as another victim is discovered. And while Barbara hunts a killer, her heart hunts love. A really fun read that will keep you reading to see if both are found. You'll hate to put this one down until you have read that last word. Highly recommended by a satisfied reader and I'm looking forward to the next book by this author. Enjoy. ¿Anne K. Edwards

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