Deadly Assumptions

Deadly Assumptions

by Terry Odell

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Rookie police officer Ed Solomon dreams of being a big-city detective, but he's stuck in small-town Mapleton. Will a string of mysterious trespassing incidents give him his chance at the big time?

Gordon Hepler and Ed Solomon are reminiscing at Finnegan's bar one snowy night, about a case that turned Gordon's career path around and had Solomon rethinking his desires to be a big-city detective. Back then, Gordon had no intentions of being a cop, and Ed was a greener-than-green rookie police officer being trained by Arch Hepler, Gordon's father.

In most places, people breaking into garden and storage sheds might not be a big deal, but in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, it's a veritable crime wave, at least according to Chief Dixon. Kids playing pranks? Or something more serious? Could these trespassers have something to do with a much bigger, big-city crime? What starts out as a perfunctory investigation soon escalates. Will Dixon, Arch Hepler, and new rookie Solomon discover the truth before Mapleton sees its first homicide in decades?

Deadly Assumptions, a cross between a cozy mystery and a police procedural, is the seventh offering in Terry Odell's Mapleton Mystery series. It, like all the others, can be read as a stand alone.

The Mapleton Mystery series:
Deadly Secrets
Deadly Bones
Deadly Puzzles
Deadly Production
Deadly Places
Deadly Engagement
Deadly Assumptions

Other books by Terry Odell include the Pine Hills Police series, the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Triple-D Ranch series as well as several short story collections and the stand alone novel, What's in a Name?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161563151
Publisher: Terry Odell
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Mapleton Mystery , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 81,221
File size: 531 KB

About the Author

From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to "fix" stories so the characters would behave properly. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she'd never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships." After writing 8 romantic suspense novels, she finally got around to writing a "normal" mystery and her Mapleton Mystery series began.

She writes the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, the Triple-D Ranch series, and the Mapleton Mystery series.

Her mystery short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion winner. You can find her high (that's altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website,, and blog, Terry's Place.

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Deadly Assumptions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Looking forward to the nxt one.
Samanthagirl More than 1 year ago
What do you find in a sleepy small town in Colorado ? Mystery comes in the form of several insignificant breakins which on their own seem nothing but put them together and what do you get? This is a really entertaining and enjoyable story which I thoroughly enjoyed.