The Seduction of Miriam Cross

The Seduction of Miriam Cross


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Can Delilah Percy Powers figure out who killed Miriam Cross before she becomes the killer's next target?

Miriam Cross, author, feminist and philanthropist, disappears from her Philadelphia home. A year later, a lonely recluse named Emily Cray is brutally murdered in her bed in a small Pennsylvania town. Miriam and Emily are one and the same. As Delilah and her staff of female detectives - a militant homemaker, an ex-headmistress and a former stripper - delve into Miriam's life, they become submerged in an underworld of unfathomable cruelty and greed with implications that go far beyond the gruesome death of one woman or the boundaries of one country. Eventually Miriam's fight for justice becomes Delilah's own...until Delilah's obsession with finding the truth may prove just as deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492758785
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

W. A. Tyson's background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. The Seduction of Miriam Cross, published by E-Lit Books, is the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series. She has also authored Killer Image (Henery Press), the first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series. Find her at and on twitter ( and Facebook (

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The Seduction of Miriam Cross 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific and fresh! Love the four main protagonists -- seemingly ordinary women who work well together to solve a case. More of a thriller than a mystery, with a twist at the end. Read it in one day!
EdieN More than 1 year ago
If this is the first book in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series, I cannot wait for the second. This book was a fast paced, non-stop thriller featuring the most unusual set of women. First, there is Delilah Percy Powers, a Philadelphia based private investigator, her helpers, Barb Moore, a mother of three daughters, Margot, an ex-Catholic Nun, Natasha, a special case but also the mother of a son. All of these women, who work together, (like Charlie's Angels) try to help Lucinda Mills solve the murder of her famous writer aunt, Miriam Cross, whom it turns out was not the persona everyone thought she was. Nothing was as it seemed. Miriam thought she knew her aunt, but really didn't. This book delves into human trafficking, sex, blood, lust, love, and so many twists and turns that I don't want to give the plot away. It's a non stop read. It's even better than KILLER IMAGE, Wendy's other first novel. Can't wait for the second novels of both series. Wendy, you are an amazing author. Edie & Sam Newman
MarnieMai More than 1 year ago
This book was terrific! It was dark and edgy with a well developed plot and strong character descriptions. I was drawn in immediately and couldn't put it down. If you liked Wendy Tyson's first book, Killer Image, you will definitely love this!!
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Delilah Percy Powers operates a private investigation office in Philadelphia. One of the more interesting things about the office is that it is staffed by all women. Delilah was a week away from her marriage when her fiance was killed in a kayak accident. She mourns him still years later and his body was never found. Maybe that's why the PI business interests her so. Margot is the office manager and an ex-nun possessed with "uncanny intuition". Barb is a sensible, resourceful stay-at-home mom married to a cop. She was looking for a job with flexible hours, and working for Delilah fit the bill. Natasha is a single mom of a three-year-old boy who lived on the streets for awhile and is tough as nails. Their newest client wants Delilah to investigate her aunt's murder. Miriam Cross wrote feminist literary novels and she was found decapitated in a house she rented under an assumed name. Cross was not well liked by many people, her novels were controversial, but as the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that she wasn't the quiet maiden aunt that her niece was led to believe. The investigation uncovers links to white slavery, a financial institution's involvement, mob connections, an underground railroad system for abused women run by a nun, a hacker trying to get a job with Percy Powers, and Cross' kinky relationship with two men. I have to confess that I had trouble following the resolution of the convoluted mystery, but Tyson did keep me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I became very invested in Percy Powers Investigations, and really enjoyed the scenes among all of the women in the agency. Tyson's strong suit is writing about these interesting women. I can see this as a series of books, and I would love to find out more about these women and how they came to this point in their lives. Tyson's strong suit is writing about these interesting women.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Delilah is a fantastic character that wants to get to the truth and expose the bad people for who and what they are.  A former client approaches her to help with a recent murder that the police are not investigating at all.  From the beginning Delilah and her team must do some very handiwork to get answers. I loved the intricate puzzle that had to be figured out in order to find the killer and the reasoning, but it was hard to keep together.  There were good guys and bad guys and guys who maybe played for both teams, it was a true mystery.  The author did a fine job of slowly giving puzzle pieces to the reader, but I was still unsure of the killer(s) until the bitter end.  Even at the end more things were unraveled and even more people were involved in the crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Seduction of Miriam Cross", the latest release by WA Tyson and, per usual, it is a page turner where the reader is flipping the pages and trying to solve the mystery right along with the protagonists. Delilah Percy Powers is as a focused detective who is backed up by her staff of unlikely allies: a very structured homemaker, a nun, and a former stripper. Together these women merge their backgrounds and instincts to get to the bottom of the question of who set out to murder local Philadelphia author, feminist and philanthropist, Miriam Cross, a woman who it seems engaged in secretive personal activities that didn't match her public persona.
RoweCopeland More than 1 year ago
Tyson spins a tale so enthralling that I absolutely could not put it down. Not only was I desperate to find out who murdered Miriam Cross, particularly after the spine tingling introduction, but why was just as important. The twists that Tyson creates and the roadblocks faced by Delilah and her team of female investigators made me stay up late to see how they would either plow through or find a way around. The cast of characters are rich and fully developed throughout the story and I found myself vested in each one of them and their backstories. I cannot wait to find out more. If you like mysteries and thrillers that deal with the reality and motivation of murder and murders and not who stole a cupcake, THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS is sure to have you begging Tyson to write the next one.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is a more darker detective mystery than I have read lately. It deals with murders of women now and here in our country. So it is not a light subject but a important one. Miriam Cross was murdered and her niece hired Delilah's Detective Agency to find out who killed her. I like Delilah detective agency. The women come from different background and skill set. One was a Nun, prostitute, a teacher, and Delilah herself a lawyer. These women work well together. They are very interesting characters. I like them. Delilah goes beyond what she is hired to do. She cares about her co-workers, client and women she has met along the way. She is single with a tragic past. She owns horses and lives in a old house. The suspense is good and you are not sure who all is involved with the murder till the end. Or the full motive of why she was killed. Their are plenty of suspects and motive as they try and unravel Miriam's life in hiding for the past year. I would like to read more about Delilah detective agency in the future. Get to know her employees a little better and see what they are up too. I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of reviewing and being part of the book tour.