Joanne Pence was born and raised in northern California. She has been an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of mysteries for many years, and she has also written historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and a suspense novel with supernatural elements. The books have been selected for the North American Book Award in Mystery, the Willa Cather Literary Award in Historical Fiction, the Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Heart, Daphne duMaurier award, Independent Bookseller's Golden Scroll Award, Golden Quill Award, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Joanne hopes you'll enjoy her books, which present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences, from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past. Links to all of Joanne's books in a variety of print and e-book editions are available at her website: JoannePence.com
Four O'Clock Sizzle (An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery)by Joanne Pence
When Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield's would-be boyfriend, Richie Amalfi, is named as one of San Francisco's "most enticing bachelors," she's not amused, but she never expected it would lead to his life being threatened. As a restaurant owner, men's upscale clothing store owner, hotelier, and more--handsome bachelors all--are attacked,
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PLAYING WITH FIRE
When Homicide Inspector Rebecca Mayfield's would-be boyfriend, Richie Amalfi, is named as one of San Francisco's "most enticing bachelors," she's not amused, but she never expected it would lead to his life being threatened. As a restaurant owner, men's upscale clothing store owner, hotelier, and more--handsome bachelors all--are attacked, Rebecca realizes the danger is very real.
Who's killing the city's "enticing bachelors" and why? Rebecca must answer those questions as she grapples with her own questions and feelings about Richie. Rebecca soon discovers that where there's smoke there's fire. As she gets closer to the bachelors to learn why they're in danger, she finds their happy surface images hide troubling conflagrations below. When she's forced to dive below the steamy surfaces to learn what's really going on, only Richie has the insider knowledge she needs to do it. And while she might sizzle over Richie, the more she learns about both him and the case, the more she realizes that she may have just moved from the frying pan into the fire--with equally deadly results.
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Loved all the books with Rebecca and Ritchie. Highly recommend all of them. Cant wait for the Five OClock edition. Kudos Ms Pense. Im a big fan. CB
I can't wait to see what happens next!
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When a tabloid magazine article about Richie and several other bachelors leads to arson and murder, Rebecca has her hands full trying to figure things out. The two arson fires both used kerosene to start and appear to be the work of an amateur. Unfortunately, there was a homeless man who died in the first fire, making it a homicide. Then the owner of the clothing store where the first fire started is found de-capitated and another of the bachelors is missing. There is more to the article than meets the eye and Richie seems to know something about it, but is reluctant to share the information. Then Rebecca's sister, Courtney, and Richie go missing apparently kidnapped by the local drug syndicate. Can Rebecca save her sister and RIchie? Will she finally get the evidence needed to solve the arson and murder cases? Or will she end up a victim as well?