Necessary Evil

Necessary Evil

by Killarney Traynor


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"My name is Madeleine Warwick and I'm a woman under siege."Maddie Warwick is on the brink of ruin. Several years ago, her uncle was killed in a tragic accident resulting from the negligence of treasure hunting amateurs. To stop the invasions on her land, Maddie forged a letter disproving the existence of Civil War treasure on her farm. And it worked. Until now.Enter arrogant, mysterious Professor Gregory Randall. He knows about the forged letter and can ruin Maddie with one phone call. He won't - as long as she lets him stay on the property to search for the treasure himself. It's an uneasy relationship - a relationship that only grows more tense when Maddie's first crush returns and wants to start over. But how can Maddie even think about romance when her world is on the brink of ruin?When the anonymous treasure hunters return, more aggressive and dangerous than ever, Maddie is forced to rely on Randall - the last man she can trust may be the only one who can save her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517390334
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Killarney Traynor is a writer, actor, and history buff who lives in New Hampshire. Necessary Evil is her second book. Her first, Summer Shadows, is also based in New Hampshire. Find out more at

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Necessary Evil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Several years ago, Maddie Warwick’s uncle was killed in an accident resulting from the negligence of amateur treasure hunters. With holes endangering her family’s horse farm, she forges a letter to disprove the existence of a Civil War treasure on her farm. Until now the treasure hunters have left her in peace. A mysterious Professor Gregory Randall has arrived with proof she forged the letter. Maddie is a phone call away from ruin. Her only recourse is to let the arrogant history professor stay on the property to search for the treasure himself. With an uneasy truce in place, she hopes her life will take on some semblance of normalcy. Then the treasure hunters return, even more aggressive and dangerous. Her blackmailer may be the only one she can trust. Review: Necessary Evil is a mystery set in rural New Hampshire. Maddie Warwick runs a horse farm, though it has hit hard times since her uncle’s death. His horse stepped in a treasure hunter’s hole and threw him. In desperation to make the treasure hunters leave her farm alone, she forges a letter to disprove the existence of the civil war treasure. Professor Gregor Randall shows up, threatening to expose her, and the treasure hunters don’t seem to have given up. The story was hard to put down. It gives that rural New Hampshire feel and has the elements of mystery that make it hard to resist.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite The Chase farm is not doing so well. The bills are mounting and the recurring accidents on the riding trails are not good for business. After all, who would want their child learning to ride at a stable where the riding trails are riddled with potholes? Maddie is beside herself with worry. Her Uncle Michael was killed when his horse stepped into one of the holes at a full run. Now her best and only riding instructor has almost met a similar fate. Will the holes never stop appearing? The forged letter was supposed to insure a lack of interest in the possibility of treasure buried on Chase property, treasure from the Civil War era. When Professor Randall appears, determined to find the treasure once and for all, Maddie is put in a difficult position: allow him to stay and conduct his research, or risk his revealing the truth about the forged letter. That's when complications intensify and the man who, years ago, Maddie had a childhood crush on comes back into her life and starts romancing her. Killarney Traynor's Necessary Evil is a treasure hunt story with an interesting twist. She uses letters and diaries written from the Civil War era to help lead the sleuths on their search. These old writings help build a second story within the novel, bringing the characters of the past to life just as much as the characters in the present try to read between the lines to decode the underlying mystery. This is a very compelling read. It's a real page-turner with a little bit of everything, past and present, including a treasure hunt. Well done!