In Their Blood: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Born into a life of privilege, Jeremy Stroeb loves freedom, loathes responsibility and drops out of college to start backpacking across Europe. But this free-spirited drifter crashes back to brutal reality when his parents, Rachel and Daniel Stroeb, are murdered in their home on Miami Beach. When he returns to Miami, Jeremy assumes guardianship of his teenage sister, Elise, who is traumatized and convinced the killer will be back for her. With steely, urgent resolve, Jeremy vows to find out what really happened ...
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Born into a life of privilege, Jeremy Stroeb loves freedom, loathes responsibility and drops out of college to start backpacking across Europe. But this free-spirited drifter crashes back to brutal reality when his parents, Rachel and Daniel Stroeb, are murdered in their home on Miami Beach. When he returns to Miami, Jeremy assumes guardianship of his teenage sister, Elise, who is traumatized and convinced the killer will be back for her. With steely, urgent resolve, Jeremy vows to find out what really happened to Rachel Stroeb, the respected CPA and Daniel Stroeb, the controversial professor. Determined to get on the inside of his parents' lives, Jeremy takes a job at the accounting firm where his mother worked, and enrolls at the university where his father taught. But too many details don't add up. With mounting certainty that his parents were anything but the people he thought they were, Jeremy must face the toughest questions of all. Who were Rachel and Daniel Stroeb? And when will the killer be back for the next of kin?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933515649
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 7,920
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sharon Potts a native of New York, graduated from New York's University's Stern School of Business. Before migrating to Miami, Potts worked in public accounting. In Miami, Potts served as a managing director of an International staffing company and president of an executive search/accounting recruitment firm. Sharon is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of In Their Blood, Someone's Watching, and now The Devil's Madonna. Potts lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Joe.
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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    Miami Beach murder mystery

    Does a spoiled, privileged college dropout have the wherewithal to be responsible enough to care for his sister and uncover a murderer?

    Jeremy Stroeb, a college dropout trying to find himself in Europe, refuses to come home despite pleas from his parents and sister. But his plans change when his mother and father are murdered in their Miami Beach home soon after the family returns from visiting Jeremy in Europe.

    Jeremy's parents, Rachel, a CPA, and Daniel, a professor, had recently changed their wills naming Jeremy as guardian to his younger sister, Elise. So instead of escaping to Europe, Jeremy decides to stay in Miami Beach and try to find out who killed his parents and why. He manages to get a job at his mom's firm and enrolls in the university where his father worked. But he is dogged by his uncle, who will become Elise's guardian should Jeremy fail in his duties.

    Author Sharon Potts offers several suspects for the crime, including colleagues of both Rachel and Daniel. As Jeremy delves into his parents' lives, he discovers secrets that shake him to the core. He may just find a new love interest, too.

    I found myself disliking Jeremy for his self-centeredness at the beginning of the novel. But his character did grow and I have to remember he's pretty young. The risks Jeremy takes reflect his youth, impulsiveness and naivete.

    Sharon Potts has written a gripping tale of family and intrigue which will appeal to all mystery readers. I look forward to her next release.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    Coming of Age Mystery

    Sharon Potts has written a coming of age novel combined with a mystery that definitely works. The story starts with the violent murder of Rachel and Daniel Stroeb. They leave two children, Jeremy, a 23-year-old son who is living out of the country and has never settled down and Elise, a high school student. Jeremy had flight trouble and so missed the funeral but this tragedy forces him to take responsibility and he assumes the guardianship of Elise against the wishes of his uncle. The problem is Jeremy has not really grown up himself. He has good intentions, enrolls in the school where his father was a professor to finish his degree, and gets a job at the accounting firm where his mother was a CPA. However, it soon becomes apparent to him that his real goal is to solve his parents' murders.

    Jeremy becomes involved with his father's administrative assistant who willingly helps him by giving inside information. His father was an activist and Jeremy begins to think that maybe his father's enemies killed his parents. However, Jeremy becomes even more confused as he learns some things about his father he wishes he never knew and breaks off the relationship with the assistant.

    Meanwhile, Elise is spending a lot of time with Carlos, her boyfriend because Jeremy is never home and she does not like to be in the house where the murder took place. Jeremy attempts to be there but really wants to find out who murdered his parents. At the accounting firm, he gets to know those who worked closest with his mother and learns there were inconsistencies in the accounts of the business that Carlos' father owns. Is there someone at the firm who was willing to kill his parents to keep accounting secrets? Again, Jeremy finds out something about his mother that surprises him and he realizes that both of his parents were human.

    In the midst of all this, we see Jeremy growing up, taking care of his sister, loving his grandfather, making mistakes but as he is finding out information about his parents, he is learning more about himself. Elise also realizes that she remembers more from that fateful night than she thought and she is in real danger. Can they figure out who is the murdered before he comes after her? Potts has written a suspenseful story that keeps you guessing throughout. She also has created interesting characters in Jeremy and Elise who you are rooting for as you see them growing up throughout the story. This is a fine debut novel and I hope she continues to write.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    In Their Blood

    Jeremy Stroeb is a lot like many kids his age who are living a comfortable life. With parents who have more than enough money to support his wanderlust, his world of rebellion and backpacking anywhere his heart took him in defiance of his parents so called "sell out world" hits hard when he receives the news that his parents have been brutally murdered in their bed and that his sister Elise is now his responsibility. His parents had named him and not his Uncle Dwight to be her guardian, angering his uncle beyond belief.

    Jeremy finds for the first time in his life of privileges, that he is now responsible for someone other than himself. In fact, he is the only one who can save his sister from the plight of being thrown into a home with her materialistic Aunt and Uncle. He has to learn the hard way how to be responsible and that way is in a lot of ways hard indeed for Jeremy.

    Through many false starts and somewhat naive moves, Jeremy takes it upon himself to find his parents killers. But during this time, he makes many decisons, some good and some bad to find the means to an end and put justice to work.

    He asks for and is given a job with his mothers old firm where he makes friends with Robbie and he learns more than someone is comfortable with at PCM, setting in motion a chain of events that are definitely dicey if not deadly for anyone who pushes the envelope too far.

    Jeremy also enrolls at his father's college where he hopes to learn more than is taught in the classroom. Such as why his father's office was set afire and why it seems the top dog of the school hated his father with a passion. Intertwined in this, is his meeting and ever growing relationship with his father's grad assistant, Marina who turns out to be someone who turns his life upside down, revealing secrets about his father he never would have dreamed possible. Though she means well, Marina is too close to the action, a fact that Jeremy finds out the hard way.

    All through Jeremy's search, his sister Elise is battling her own demons regarding the night her parents were killed. As the shock wears off, she remembers more of the night and that fact alone is enough to put her life in danger as well.

    Add to this, a grandfather who is supportive while grieving for his late wife, a detective who is working as hard as she can to find the killers, while trying to keep Jeremy and his sister safe and a myriad of other characters as well and you have a suspense novel that is impossible to put down and more impossible to turn the last page on.

    This is a book like no other. It has romance, lust, suspense, danger, missed signs, and a cast of sometimes unbelievably real characters who make the reader stop and realize that he/she has met someone just like this character in his/her life!

    I recommend this book to all who love a mystery/suspense type novel that actually "could" happen given the right circumstances and place. It is a book that rivets the reader and compels them to read until the final page is turned and the book is safely on the self ready for the next read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    This is a super amateur sleuth tale

    On elite restricted Lotus Island off Miami Beach, a trespasser murders Miami Intercontinental University controversial economics Professor D.C. Stroeb and his wife Rachel, a CPA, in their affluent home. The intruder does not harm their sixteen year old daughter Elise who was there during the home invasion and is mentally traumatized, and stole laptops; nothing else was touched.

    Their twenty-two year old shocked son, Jeremy, rushes back from Europe where he was backpacking across the continent to bury his parents and obtain guardianship of his frightened sister who fears the killer will return to finish the job. The brother of D.C. Uncle Dwight an attorney and Aunt Selma object to Jeremy being his niece's guardian; insisting he is too young and immature. Jeremy vows to learn who and why starting with questioning lead Police Detective Kuzniski. Next Jeremy obtains work at his mother's CPA firm Piedmont Coleridge Miller and enrolls at MIU. He begins digging into the work history of his late parents while connecting with his father's foreign exchange graduate assistant Marina Champlain who says the arson last fall was proof that his dad's position to end the Cuban embargo was hotly opposed. As he crunches the numbers of his findings, nothing adds up and the bottom line remains the same: his two parents dead.

    This is a super amateur sleuth tale starring a sympathetic hero who seeks closure for himself and his hurting sister. The story line is fast-paced throughout as Jeremy works the probe into the work of his parents from inside. In some ways a coming of age story family drama, IN THEIR BLOOD is a terrific creative not by the numbers thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    I didn't find this story to my liking at all! Plot is weak and h

    I didn't find this story to my liking at all! Plot is weak and heaven knows! A poor read in all.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Multiple Meanings

    This book had it ALL. The thrills, the action, mystery, murder - even love.

    Jeremy Stroeb is the quintessential "rich kid". His parents are hard workers who got where they are through determination and love of what they do. Jeremy doesn't know what he wants to do. On the outside he seems to be a slacker living off his parent's money. On the inside - he's still just a confused kid whose last wish is to be his parents. He wants to be his own person.

    Jeremy's parents are brutally murdered, leaving him and his younger sister behind. He is forced to grow up when it seems that either his sister and his parent's legacy ends up in his greedy uncle's hands or his sister ends up with him. In conjunction with this, he wants to know what happened to his parents. To figure this out, he decides to get an internship at his mother's company and enroll at the college where his father taught.
    He thinks he knows his parents, but does he really? Jeremy has no idea that his grown-up decision to be a man and find out who killed his parents will put his own life in danger. No one is who they seem to be.

    Everyone has a secret. Someone has a secret that ended in his parent's death. Jeremy learns about himself in this book. Who is he? What does he want out of life? Does he even HAVE a life?

    This is finding oneself to the extreme. I was surprised by this book. It wasn't what I thought it would be at all. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. There were plots going on that the author sprung on the reader at the last possible moment. I had to keep reading to see what or who was around that corner. I enjoyed it, and I think you will, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Miami Beach Murder Mystery

    Rachael, a partner in an accounting firm and Daniel Stroeb, a college professor, are murdered in their Miami Beach home leaving their two children, Jeremy and Elise, alone. Jeremy is a college dropout roaming around Europe and Elise is a teenager who has been severely traumatized by finding her parents after their murder. Now, Jeremy must return home to take care of his sister but finds it difficult to change his self centered ways. Jeremy soon decides to try to find out who his parents really were and who would want to kill them. But as he discovers, there are many possibilities and he has no idea who he can trust.

    Ms. Potts has woven a very readable murder mystery that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat till the very end with this tale of a family in crisis and a young man who must grow up quickly. The story is told from Jeremy's point of view so his character is developed along with his parents as he searches for the truth. After reading Ms. Potts' biography, I feel the author has accomplished her goal of writing the story that has been brewing with a lifetime of family stories, mysteries and childhood fears while growing up in New York. And on a personal note, I am always fascinated to find how the title of books ties in to the story. I found that this title is actually a little deceptive but you will have to read the book to find out what I mean.

    I would recommend this book for high school age and above readers that love a good mystery. This book is not a hard core murder-horror story, but an enjoyable mystery with an excellent rhythm and good character development that will appeal to all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    I recommend this suspenseful book!

    This book is good from the first page. Family problems and and who do you trust? Who would kill these great people? The family takes over to solve the murder. A page turner!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    good book

    enjoyed the book very much would recommed book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    In Sharon Pott's debut, In Their Blood, she has created a grippi

    In Sharon Pott's debut, In Their Blood, she has created a gripping tale of what happens to a family after the murder of their parents. Not content to sit by and be coddled, the two (adult) children investigate their parents lives and what lead to the fateful night they were shot in their bed.




    This is a well-written, suspenseful thriller. Pott's characters are developed early so that the reader will quickly fall into the story and won't be able to put it down. Although this is a family drama, there is not the overly sappy emotions involved with other sagas. This is a smart, fast-paced thriller that belongs in the ranks of Jeffrey Deaver, Lee Child, and David Morrell.




    I was impressed with Pott's third book, The Devil's Madonna, and she did not disappoint with this one. Her writing style guarantees that I will pick up her second book, Someone's Watching next.




    Victoria Allman
    author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    To the comment below, try Patricia Cornwell or Janet Evanovich i

    To the comment below, try Patricia Cornwell or Janet Evanovich if you are looking for real mystery reads. Many of Ms. Cornwell's books are now made for the movies sort so you might get some real read with these picks. I have long passed on the Sharon Pott's line starting with this piece. They are good as easy reads but they are not hard core when it comes to true mystery reads even with all the affirmative commentary below. Everything seems so doctored of course! Good luck!

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