by Cathy Perkins

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HOLT Medallion ~ Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

READER'S CHOICE ~ Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Cara Wainwright thinks life can't get tougher when her mother's cancer becomes terminal--until she returns home from the hospital and finds her houseguests dead.

Greenville, SC Detective David Morris, is unsure if Cara is the suspect or the intended murder victim. As he searches for insight into her family, their mounting secrets, and the conflicting evidence from multiple crimes, his attraction to Cara complicates his investigation. Is the lure need, manipulation--or real?

While David pursues forensic evidence, Cara pushes for answers about her father's possible involvement, for at the center of the mystery stands Cypher--the company her father built and will take any measures to defend.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150732940
Publisher: Red Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
File size: 912 KB

About the Author

An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationships in her characters' lives.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, handles the blog and social media for the ITW Debut Authors, and coordinated the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for several years.

When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for CYPHER, HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.

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CYPHER 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
R_Rearden More than 1 year ago
Life throws curve balls…and sometimes it hits you right between the eyes. Cara Wainwright is still processing her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer when her house guests turn up dead. She’s devastated by their loss, horrified their killer is on the loose and furious when the police tag her as their number one suspect instead of catching the murderer. Luckily for her, Detective David Morris isn’t buying the obvious clues. The political and familial ties revolving around the investigation complicate his job. But he’s got questions, and he’s not afraid to rattle a few doors to get the answers. The investigation throws Cara and David together, forcing them to trust one another in order to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt. Mutual attraction and dangerous circumstances create a bond between the two, but obligations and the reality of their circumstances could tear them apart. I love when a book’s plot line and character development are equally strong. Ms. Perkins kept me guessing who was behind the murders and why until the real killer was revealed. The characters were interesting and well-developed. Cara is a strong heroine, both in personality and relatable faults. Detective Morris is a solid alpha hero with a gentle, nurturing side. I also appreciated the theme of strong family ties that gelled these characters at their core. Cypher delivers a solid mystery with satisfying elements of romantic suspense. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Perkins’ work.