Serial Date (Leine Basso Novel #1) [NOOK Book]


When a former assassin's daughter is abducted, she's drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past.

Voted a Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews.

Don't forget to pick up BAD TRAFFICK, the 2nd book in the bestselling Leine Basso Series!

Determined to leave her old ...
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Serial Date (Leine Basso Novel #1)

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When a former assassin's daughter is abducted, she's drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past.

Voted a Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews.

Don't forget to pick up BAD TRAFFICK, the 2nd book in the bestselling Leine Basso Series!

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show-- an ex-con billed as a serial killer-- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.

When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll have to fall back on her training as an assassin to stop him and rescue her daughter.

Other books by DV Berkom

The Leine Basso Thriller Series:
Bad Traffick (Leine Basso #2)
Leine Basso #3

The Kate Jones Thriller Series:
Bad Spirits (novella)
Dead of Winter (novella)
Death Rites (novella)
Touring for Death (novella)
Cruising for Death (novel)
Yucatan Dead (novel)
A One Way Ticket to Dead (novel)

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Editorial Reviews

Confessions of a Reader - Marilou George
"...Masterful storytelling...Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful: fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end..."
Indie E-Books - Indie E-Books UK
...This book is a mix of intrigue, humour (Bountiful is a particular favourite), romance, and a great selection of dysfunctional relationships all of which result in an enjoyable but light reading experience...Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?
Amazon Reviewer - Jennifer Conner
...[Berkom's] layered character development and tight tension is what makes this a great book. It asks that age old question... what would you be willing to do to save someone you love?

DV's found her groove. This book is a must read for anyone looking for something out of the box and fresh.
BloodWrites - Jen Blood
If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you...Berkom is an intelligent writer who understands the nuances of plot, the importance of pacing, and how to create complex, sympathetic characters...It's difficult to take the gaudy world of reality television seriously, so Berkom doesn't even try-she stops just shy of caricature by creating convincingly self-serving villains with compelling back stories..
Amazon Reviewer - Ruth M. Ross
Basso and Santiago sizzle.

This romantic suspense-mystery is full of snapping, realistic dialogue that never, ever spells it all out for you: brilliant.

The worst manifestations of our society are satirized to a fare-thee-well and form a backdrop that is worthy of Hiaasen; Hollywood is the perfect playground for a range of crazy characters and a few sane ones...and enough suspense to arrest the real world until you arrive at the finish line, nail-bitten and wrung out...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014009249
  • Publisher: D.V. Berkom
  • Publication date: 2/23/2012
  • Series: Leine Basso Thriller, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 591,814
  • File size: 166 KB

Meet the Author

DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two bestselling thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Many, many cross-country moves later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, an ex-chef-turned contractor, and writes every chance she gets.

For more information, visit DV's website at
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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read filled with wit

    Serial Date was a surprisingly entertaining read filled with witty writing and dark humor.

    In an unexpected turn of fate, former assassin Leine Basso is offered a job working security in Los Angeles at a gigantic hit reality show called Serial Date–where beautiful young women get to date ex-cons posing as serial killers. Though L.A.brings her bad memories, Leine can’t just ignore $2,000 a week, especially when she needs the money.

    Already there’s been one murder: one of the young women on the show was brutally mutilated and hidden in the prop closet, and it seems the killer will strike again. But is the killer one of the ex-cons or is he an outsider? Santiago Jensen, the handsome detective in charge of the case, isn’t so sure, even though all evidence seems to point out to one of the ‘bachelors.’

    Soon, the police find a letter supposedly written by the killer, a letter that reveals a very focused agenda. Then, Leine’s daughter is kidnapped by someone claiming to be the killer. Leine hasn’t seen her in years because, unfortunately, her daughter doesn’t want her in her life–a fact that tortures Leine every day of her existence.

    In order to find her daughter, Leine must use her skills as an assassin and come to terms with her own identity, something that secretly terrifies her. Soon, a grim picture emerges: is the killer someone from her past set on revenge?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Serial Date. The author has a distinct style that is witty, smart, and darkly humorous. The prose is sharp and gritty. I love satires and this one was no exception. I especially enjoyed all the subtle, indirect criticism of television and reality shows. I kept chuckling as I read.

    The story is told in multiple points of view separated by chapters, so there’s no distracting head switching. The pace is pretty quick with a fair share of exciting twists and turns. To add more flavor, Santiago and Leine provide a sprinkle of romance.

    I have to admit, though, that the fact that Leine was a former assassin bothered me a lot in the beginning, even though the author stresses the fact that she killed criminals. I kept wondering if I was going to forgive her for that. Surprisingly, I did. Leine comes out as a very human character who is deeply sorry about her past and who wants to reconcile with her beloved daughter. This emotional subplot about her and her daughter really brought the story to a higher level for me.

    Another thing I need to point out, just for those sensitive readers out there, is that there’s a lot of foul language.

    In short, I highly recommend Serial Date to those who enjoy murder mysteries with a touch of satire.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Leine Basso has issues. First she got messed up by her former

    Leine Basso has issues. First she got messed up by her former boss who messed up her life, lied to her, and told her daughter lies about her which has resulted in her daughter not speaking to her for years. Just as she thinks she has a chance to make up with her daughter, things got worse.

    Detective Jensen has his life planned out, but Leine Basso throws a monkey wrench in the works, and he’s not sure he knows it. Santiago Jensen is dark, brooding, and gorgeous.

    This book is great. The suspense is fabulous. The killer is a twist I didn’t see coming. Granted I’m really bad at these things, but I was so far off it wasn’t even funny. I give these books 4 out of 5 clouds.

    This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    LOVED this book. Suspenseful and pretty freaking funny.

    LOVED this book. Suspenseful and pretty freaking funny.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Great Suspense!

    DV Berkom writes a fast-paced suspenseful thriller. Leine Basso is hired security for a TV reality series gone wrong. As the contestants are murdered left and right, Leine realizes she has a connection with the killer and she must find him before he kills her own daughter. Great characterization, pacing, multi-layered sub-plots that will leave you intrigued. This story is a page-turner! 5 Stars!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Reality show nightmare

    When I first saw the premise for "Serial Date," I thought--could that happpen? A few minutes of channel surfing on my television, touching on the current reality shows, and knowing their popularity had me thinking--maybe.

    "Serial Date," has a creepy killer, Azazel, who thinks his 'cause' just. To say his reaction to the show is extreme is an understatement. What makes DV Berkom's killer especially sinister is his game playing and cunning. He has an agenda for enforcing his beliefs.

    He also has a vendetta against Leinie Basso, the protagonist. The way he executes step one of his vendetta is to kidnap her daughter. Leinie was once an accomplished assassin and had started a new life, away from danger and death. Azazel's taking of her daughter drags Leinie back to the world of her old profession.

    To add another complication to the mix, the detective Leinie's been involved with, Santiago Jensen, begins to suspect something is wrong. Leinie refuses to tell him her situation, which makes Jensen more determined to find out the problem.

    "Serial Date," is fast paced with an interesting cast of characters. I could imagine Ms. Berkom developing a series out of Leinie and Jensen.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

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    Oh, yes, the dreaded ┬┐reality┬┐ show. How real are they? At least

    Oh, yes, the dreaded “reality” show. How real are they? At least in the case of the fictional Serial Date, not as real as the producers would like you to think. The male “serial killer” contestants are ex-cons, not the murderers the audience is led to believe, nor is all the action on the show as unscripted and spontaneous as they want you to believe. When a female contestant is killed, the producers have a potential public relations nightmare on their hands.

    The premise of this book is a great foundation for a thriller and could be done many different ways. What I most liked about the approach Berkom took is the main character Leine’s relationship with her daughter, and how this drove the story. Early on, it is apparent that Leine has a past that haunts her and has affected the relationship with her adult daughter, but the specifics of this are a bit of a mystery. As the details fill in and tie back to the main story, I found I was drawn that much deeper into the story as Leine’s plight made me care what happened even more, and made for an engrossing read.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 5, 2013

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  • Posted May 18, 2015

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    Serial Date + Serial Murder = Serial Killer Serial Date is a fa

    Serial Date + Serial Murder = Serial Killer

    Serial Date is a fast paced, tension filled suspense thriller that had me engrossed from cover to cover. The quirky and twisted characters made me wonder who was running the asylum. I love her covers. The colors are vibrant and they foretell the story inside.

    A brutal, heinous murder on a reality TV show brings in Leine Basso, an ex Agency assassin, to watch over the contestants. The show consists of ex cons dating hot women and pretending they are serial killers. There are plenty of suspects, but what happens when everyone is targeted by a real serial killer?

    It’s pretty bad when the cons are better people than the ones running the circus. So, let’s meet the main characters, even though the peripheral characters are important and have their own impact on the story.

    Leine Basso – she may be an assassin, but she is no psychopath. She does have feelings and desires, just like the rest of us. It pains her that her daughter, April, holds the past against her and wants nothing to do with her. She cannot escape the past, no matter how far or fast she runs, but maybe she can kill it. Evil and danger come at her from more than one direction.

    Deliciously hot and sexy Los Angeles Homicide Detective Santiago Jensen is assigned the case and the sparks fly when he and Leine meet. Would he risk his job to be with her? The heart wants what the heart wants and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop thinking of her.

    Peter Bronkowski is a sick and twisted individual. It had been his idea for the show and he is more interested in the ratings than the deaths mounting up around him. He has fears and problems of of his own that do no include Serial Date.

    Senator Buzz Runyon is a corrupt, arrogant and pathetic politician that visits the pages. He is controlled by his ‘little head” and in a very sick way. The only things he cares about is reelection and his sex games.

    Leine has no idea what is coming her way, until April is abducted by the serial killer. But that can be said for Azazel. He has no idea of the storm that will be unleashed on him. Revenge is his motivation and he will not stop, until he gets it. Leine will not stop, until she gets her daughter back.

    Serial Date is the first in a series of suspense thrillers that stand alone. It is easy reading, action packed, loaded with tension and sizzling romance. There are as many weak and twisted men as there are strong and determined women. DV shows the ugliness of human nature, but also the beauty and goodness. I love the taste of humor with my evil and DV deals with this in a way that seems real. After all, the police, medical examiners and others in awkward situations use laughter to get through the badness or discomfort.

    I read, but didn’t review Serial Date right away, so I reread it. I thought I would just skim it and refresh my memory, but I ended up reading it word for word. I think I enjoyed it better the second time around, because I wasn’t in as big a hurry to find out how everything ended.

    I would love to have a margarita at the Happy Mermaid with Leine. Gimme a call! :-)

    I received Serial Date from DV Berkom in return for an honest review. Thank you DV. It has been my pleasure! I LOVED it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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