When the Tiger Kills: A Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller

When the Tiger Kills: A Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller

by Vanessa Prelatte


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When she was a young girl, Dawn Cimarron lost her entire family in one afternoon of brutal violence. As a result, she has dedicated her life to law enforcement. Now a homicide detective in her hometown of Mountpelier, Colorado, she and her partner, Sergeant Rafe Melbourne, find themselves in a race against time to save a missing girl from a serial killer who seems to be equally obsessed with visions of an ancient goddess and young girls with long, pale blonde hair.
Meanwhile, the two detectives must juggle the kidnapping investigation with another case, this one involving a young man who was stabbed to death, his body left under a tree. At first it looks like a simple drug deal gone wrong. However, after encounters with the victim's angry, bitter stepsister and his self-absorbed, histrionic mother, Dawn and Rafe begin to suspect that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
With the help of Dawn's husband Ty, a former Air Force major now in charge of the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, Cimarron and Melbourne work to bring a murderer to justice, even as they pull out all the stops to find the missing girl - before her time runs out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692521502
Publisher: H & S Underveq, LLC
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Vanessa Prelatte worked in a variety of fields, including hospitality, marketing, and education, before settling into her current career as a writer of fiction. She has a BA in English, which has proved to be an invaluable asset to her as she makes her way through the various stages of the writing process. Vanessa lives in the beautiful Ohio Valley, where she is working on the third novel in the Cimarron/Melbourne series.

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When the Tiger Kills: A Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Well written excellent debut novel Detectives Dawn Cimarron and Rafe Melbourne find themselves in the middle of two investigations, one a race against time as they try to identify and locate a young woman who was abducted from a park. The other involves the murder of a troubled young man where, on the surface, looks to be as a result of his lifestyle. But, things aren't always the way it first seems. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what attracted me to this story from the first chapter but I was intrigued from the beginning. Dawn Cimarron is an enigma herself and, combined with the two cases, I got hooked. She also has a very unconventional marriage that captured my interest. We learn early on that her entire family was murdered when she was twelve-years old but the details unfold sparingly over the course of the story. It wasn't clear if that had any connection to the cases so it was always in the background. This was one of the more interesting procedurals, especially since there were two investigations in play. There was a surprising twist I never saw coming with one of them and it came when I was least prepared to absorb it. The secondary relationships added to the story and there are a few I'm hoping will be featured in stories to come. I really enjoyed this debut novel, unexpectedly so. The story and procedurals are well written and I had a tough time walking away from the book. I'm very much looking forward to the next in the series. (I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)