Little Red Riding Hood and the Secret Cookie Recipe

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Deputy Gabby Grimm, girl with a gun....Willie Dumfries is the real deal -- a Big, Bad Wolf who will stop at nothing to punish Sheriff Rufus Parteger. It's payback most horrific when Willie wants revenge! His target? A real-life Little Red Riding Hood alone in the dark, dangerous woods without her cell phone, at the mercy of wild predators, animal and human.

Teenager Mary Ellen Parteger, daughter of the sheriff of Latimer Falls, Vermont, drops off a favorite family cookie recipe ...

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Overview

Deputy Gabby Grimm, girl with a gun....Willie Dumfries is the real deal -- a Big, Bad Wolf who will stop at nothing to punish Sheriff Rufus Parteger. It's payback most horrific when Willie wants revenge! His target? A real-life Little Red Riding Hood alone in the dark, dangerous woods without her cell phone, at the mercy of wild predators, animal and human.

Teenager Mary Ellen Parteger, daughter of the sheriff of Latimer Falls, Vermont, drops off a favorite family cookie recipe to Deputy Gabby Grimm late one afternoon in early spring, still wearing her red fleece hoodie, and drives off on her merry way, armed with her new driver's license and a warning from Deputy Grimm to drive safely. Hours later, up at Pinkins Pass for a romantic rendezvous under the stars with her Army Special Forces boyfriend, Sam Hogan, Gabby unexpectedly finds the Parteger family car abandoned in the parking lot, Mary Ellen's purse still on the seat.

Snatched by a couple of creeps hired for the job by the vicious gangster Rufus Parteger put behind bars back when he was a cop in Providence, Rhode Island, the missing girl is in real peril and the Latimer Falls Sheriff's Department is forced to call in the Vermont State Police for help. Only one problem -- there's a bad apple with a bad secret hiding in plain sight, and he poses a threat to everyone.

Forced to flee on short notice, the sheriff and the rest of his brood hit the road in a desperate attempt to escape. One thing is clear -- Willie Dumfries has a far more extensive and powerful reach than anyone imagined -- corruption abounds, thanks to his vast, multi-state criminal empire, and jurisdictions get blurred as the crimes start to mount.

When Mary Ellen is snatched a second time, this time right out of the Vermont Department of Public Safety building, it's abundantly clear there's a serious leak somewhere. An unofficial hostage rescue team is quickly assembled from an odd mix of deputies, state troopers, FBI agents, and Special Forces soldiers. Their mission? Rescue the girl from the hired torturers, catch the corrupt cop in their midst, and find the missing Parteger family before Willie can finish the job.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499679656
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara M. Barton is the author of several fast-paced mystery and thriller series, featuring lively characters and lots of action. "Miz Scarlet" (Scarlet Wilson Mystery series) is a teacher-turned-innkeeper, who throws herself into danger with a feisty determination to make things right, relying on cohorts like "Captain Peacock" and "Colonel Grey Poupon" to help her solve the clues. Deputy Gabby Grimm (Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery series) protects the citizens of Latimer Falls, where there are more cows, goats, and chickens than people, and she has her hands full when terrorists, organized criminals, and other bad guys wreak havoc with the peaceful village of Latimer Falls, Vermont. Sydney Stansfield (Off-the-Books Mystery series), an artist and interior decorator, is the sidekick of FBI Special Agent Henry Hartman, and she is often dragged into crises that result from his investigations. Bea Jones, a former bookstore manager, is the beleaguered wife of Benedick, a CIA officer forced into early retirement, and they bicker their way through a myriad of intelligence situations of Shakespearean proportions, even as they run their Vermont bed and breakfast, hosting a variety of spies, operatives, and even a couple of war refugees.

The author's passion for writing fiction comes through each tale. "There is nothing sweeter than sticking characters in the hot seat and making them find their way out of the darkness. I'm fascinated by human behavior and I love to see characters grow as they go through tough times. Life is never fair, but I believe in heroes, those people who don't take no for an answer, who put the greater good ahead of 'me, me, me'. But most of all, I enjoy a good story, seasoned with action, memorable characters, unpredictable behavior, and a monkey wrench big enough to jam up the best laid plans. It's the perfect human storm."

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