A series of violent murders sweeps the Oceanfront of Virginia Beach during the height of the tourist season, threatening the heart and soul of the city?s financial and emotional security. The victims are beautiful Russian maids working at oceanfront hotels, employed by Nikolai Ivanov?s Tsarina Enterprises, a firm also suspected of employing the women for an additional kind of very special room service, one that reaches into the highest echelons...
A series of violent murders sweeps the Oceanfront of Virginia Beach during the height of the tourist season, threatening the heart and soul of the city’s financial and emotional security. The victims are beautiful Russian maids working at oceanfront hotels, employed by Nikolai Ivanov’s Tsarina Enterprises, a firm also suspected of employing the women for an additional kind of very special room service, one that reaches into the highest echelons of society and government.
The murderer is careful, calculating and resourceful, a master of disguise and with inside information about the workings of the local police. The scenes are macabre, twisted artworks using the victims as the centerpiece.
Under extreme pressures from local political figures, an unusual team assembles to crack the case, led by Lt. Detective John Ordberg from SVU, and his special officers Tonya Jackson and Wheels Johnson. Ordberg also brings in local PI Rick Jameson and his associate Mick Gorbach, along with Michelle Paige, a Psychological Profiler and spiritual reader from The Edgar Cayce Foundation. The team is completed by Special Agent Elena Grigorevna from the FBI.
Taunted by rambling letters from the perp, Ordberg’s team gets inside the head of the bad guy and sets out to take him down, at whatever cost. This is a thriller with a roller coaster ride and a strong finish.
“This adrenaline-packed murder mystery is made even more intriguing if you happen to live in Virginia Beach. The places are familiar and the characters are bigger than life.”
From its opening pages to its unexpected climax, The Case of the Russian Maids sparkles with sharp turns, brutal action and tight dialogue, all marinated in the dark shadows and bright charms of America’s Largest Resort City. Koehler writes seamlessly between the external horrors of the crimes and the inner chess match between smart cops and an imaginative, murderous prankster.
“I suspect many, many things (never mind people). I strongly suspect you will thoroughly enjoy this mystery.”
John Koehler, the owner & publisher of Koehler Books, is a multi-talented award-winning designer, entrepreneur, ministry volunteer, and author of three books. A 1980 graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a BFA in Communications Arts and Design, John went on to graduate studies at George Washington University, in Washington, DC.
After stints as Art Director at several DC area ad agencies, John started Koehler Studios, Inc. in 1993. Since then, Kim Nelson joined the team as the Creative Director, and in 2010 bought the studio and re-christened it as Red Chalk Studios. John is a past president of the local Ad Club, and is a member of The Noblemen, a fundraising group for kids.
John has also served with Young Life Capernaum in Hampton Roads, a ministry that serves kids with disabilities. Perhaps his best known accomplishment was winning the 1991 Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia. He was also a member of the Foster’s Boomerang 2000 Team, a touring demo team that taught the NFL, MLB and others the gospel of boomerangs.
In 2005 John published his first book, Bipolar by Koehler, about living with bipolar syndrome. Since then he has given many talks around the state and in schools to help people better understand how to survive brain illness and avoid suicide. In 2007 Koehler published Benjamin, The Road to Capernaum, a novel based on a crippled man from the Bible who was healed by a certain Jewish rabbi. His latest book is My Inflatable Heart, a series of short stories about Capernaum and life recollections.
Married since 1982 to his college sweetheart, Patty, an art teacher at Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented, John is the proud father of Kimmi and Danielle, and grandfather to Lilli and Eli. John lives and works in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is John’s 4th book.
Timothy Paul Choquette is a historical restoration artisan and the former owner of True Line Masonry, a major restoration company in Boston Mass. For over 20 years Timothy has traveled the east coast restoring monuments, Churches, and municipalities in such places as Nantucket, Sag Harbor, New Bedford and Boston. In 1986 he worked along with his father restoring the famed ” Plymouth Rock.” After a life changing event and recovery, he reunited with his first love, Rebecca, married her and now resides in Norfolk Virginia. He is now dedicated to being a full time writer and working on