Introducing Jewels, a sexy investigative reporter with the uncanny knack for attracting deadly trouble in the first novel of the exciting dark and chilling "Jewels Trust M.U.R.D.E.R." series.
Deception. Torture. Murder.
At a remote cabin in the Uinta Mountains of Utah, a handsome and intelligent man kidnaps and kills women to practice the gruesome "cleansing" procedure he plans for Sweet Cheeks-Jewels-the woman of his dreams. Within a radical domestic terrorist organization called Jefferson's Warriors, he's known as the mysterious "Commander" and concocts an elaborate plan to use the Warriors to possess Sweet Cheeks.
Jewels, an award-winning investigative reporter, is hurled into a web of deception when she receives a desperate call from an old high school friend with urgent information; life and death information that can only be safely shared in person. Jewels breaks every speed limit to arrive at their designated meeting place, but finds her friend has been stabbed and is dying by the time she arrives. Before succumbing to death, Jewels' friend hands her a crudely drawn map to an unknown destination and makes her promise not to give the map to the cops. With her dying breath she warns Jewels not to "trust the old times." Tempted to tell the FBI Special Agent who's been hounding her for a date since her husband died in a freak accident at the Press, Jewels instead heeds her friend's advice. Tells no one about the map or the warning, yet takes precautions in case she ends up dead because of the map.
Before Jewels can figure out the meaning of her friend's warning to not "trust the old times" or decipher the map, she's kidnapped and held prisoner in a secret mountain compound. Jewels must escape before the mysterious Commander takes possession of her and performs the hideous cleansing ritual. Her best bet for survival is to form an alliance with someone in the organization. But whom shall she trust? The rough-handed he-man designated to keep her imprisoned? The militia's kind-eyed doctor? Or wait to be rescued by her friend in the FBI?
Will Jewels make the right choice in time to be spared the savage mutilation the Commander has planned for her? Or will mistaken trust lead to her torturous demise?
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)|
About the Author
She strives for what she calls, "plausible realism" in her books and garners critical details from her "police ride along" experiences as well as educating herself by attending and graduating from the West Jordan Citizen's Police Academy and receiving training as a CERT member (Community Emergency Response Team). She is currently a West Jordan Police Department VIPS (Volunteer In Police Service).
When researching Ultimate Trust (book 2 in the Jewels Trust M.U.R.D.E.R. series) her antagonist built a bomb and consequently blew up a house. To ensure the scene was "plausible" she met with the fire chief and a SWAT arson investigator who helped her "build a better bomb" for her story!
"Thinking up and plotting the dastardly deeds of demented killers is a challenge," Shirley says. "However the real fun begins when figuring out how my heroine--and her studly hero, of course--will turn the tables, outsmart the twisted murderer, and survive."
In real life, Shirley has been a victim of human predators more than once, yet lives by the motto: No matter what horrible circumstance life hurls at you, choose to survive and become stronger because of it. She uses that maxim as a guide when writing her novels.
Shirley often wrangles friends into "role playing" when researching scenes and admits she "experiments" on herself and has done so with some of the tools her bad guys use, including duct tape, a variety of rope, and handcuffs. She even locked herself in the trunk of her car and attempted to escape. Hmmm. Knowing this, you may wonder how many of the stunts described in her books she tried on herself ... but she'll never tell!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Writer tried to hard to use creative metaphors. It distracted from the enjoyment of reading the story. The word "reactively" was over used, and distracting. She often does not write in complete sentences. The story was interesting, but predictable. Deb in NH
I love this book and I can't stop reading it
Loved this book!! Can't wait to read the next one. The story kept me wanting more and was very hard to put it down!!! Definitely a great book to read!!!
Vile and disgusting. The torture of a woman was hideously described. Could not continue reading. Can't imagine a reason for thisu book and cannot imagine anyone sane reading it.
One of my favorite reads. Gripping from the start. Finished it today and immediately bought, Ultimate Trust, the second in the series of 6.