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The future looks bleak; Danielleâ€™s husband murdered; heart trouble in her premature infant son, David, forces her to turn to the senior Ordâ€™s for financial help. A revengeful serial killer stalks, threatens Danielle, and murders anyone connected to the Ordâ€™s; then kidnaps the infant. Can Detective March save the people he loves?
Mona Labella stormed into Sandyâ€™s office, slamming the open door into the wall like a hurricane unleashed. "What the hell you bothering my friends for? You got a problem with me, you come stick your nose in my face and tell me."
She was yelling at the top of her raspy male voice. Sandy looked up and tried to imagine what possessed her to come charging into his office like a bull in a china shop. She slammed her fist down on the desk, uttering a few well chosen expletives. A couple of detectives from the outer office came rushing in as she ranted. Sandy held up his hand to them to hold off.
"Excuse me, Ms. Labella, is it?" Sandy asked, getting up from his desk. "Was there something I could help you with?"
"You know damn well what Iâ€™m talking about. Horn told me you came throwing your weight around his place this morning, making the neighbors think there was a major drug bust going on over there. Whatâ€™s up with that--you want me, here I am, what the fuck you want?"
Sandy waved the extra men out of his office and shut the door. "I wanted to ask you some questions about your whereabouts for the past week or so." Sandy said, motioning for her to sit in the chair across from his desk.
"I ainâ€™t sitting â€˜cause I ainâ€™t staying. Are you arresting me?"
"No, merely asking if you would be so kind as to answer a few questions for me. If you sit for a few minutes maybe we can clear some of this up. Could I get you coffee, a soda, anything?"
"Can I smoke in here? â€˜Cause if I canâ€™t Iâ€™m outta here."
"Iâ€™ll get you an ashtray. Anything else?" Sandy said, reaching into a file drawer and pulling out an ashtray.
"Yeah, coffee if you donâ€™t mind."
Sandy noticed her tone mellowed considerably. He left and brought her back a steaming mug of coffee. "Forgot to ask if you wanted anything in it," he said as he handed it to her.
"Not unless you got a bottle of Jack Daniels in your desk there," she said, grinning. When she smiled Sandy noticed she had a mouth full of beautiful teeth and she was quite attractive.
"Do you know Danielle Ord?" Sandy asked, watching her closely to see her reaction to the question.
"Hell, yeah. Poor kid, her husband was murdered--that was Ruth Ordâ€™s brother."
"And Ruth Ord, you know her, too?
"I worked for the woman for nearly a year. That woman was a real go-getter. Too bad her family didnâ€™t give her the respect she deserved. Too bad that crazy-assed brother of hers had to steal all her rightful heirship."
Award winning Mystery/Suspense author Billie A Williams is a fiction, non-fiction and poetry author and has won numerous contests for her short/flash fiction stories, essays, and poetry. She is published in various magazines such as the literary magazine Thema; Guide, a Magazine for Children, Novel Advice.com, Writing Etc. WritingNow.com, and Women In The Arts newsletter as well as Sisterâ€™s in Crime, to list but a few.
Her articles, columns and features have appeared regularly in newspapers. Short stories, Flash fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Mystery Time, True Love Magazine and various anthologies and on line e-zines and web sites. She writes a bi-monthly column titled "Whodunit?â€ for Mystery Fictionâ€™s Voices in the Dark and is a contributing editor for Writingnow.com a Blueberry Press Newsletter. She also hosts her own writerâ€™s group, Word Mage. She is an active blogger; http://printedwords.blogspot.com and http://onewomansgarden.blogspot.com , as well as owning and operating a Book Club for serialized chapters of her Novel The Capricorn Goat~~January Flannel available for free to those who sign up for her mailing list http://www.billiewilliams.com/BOOKCLUB.html and a Free Writerâ€™s course at Pens In Motion http://www.pensinmotion.com , a five week series of writing lessons pulled from her three published books on writing how to write and two currently being developed.
Williams is currently a member of The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA) National Association of Women Writers (NAWW) Sisterâ€™s in Crime, Women in the Arts Program, Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC). Her website www.billiewilliams.com
She lives with her husband in Amberg, a small Northern Wisconsin community where the winters are cold and long, but the people are warm and friendly.
Billie A. Williams has breathed life into a believable set of characters you'll love or love to hate. The story is packed with enthralling plot twists that keep the reader glued to the page as the dark dynamics of relationships and crime unfold. Death by Candlelight holds rare delights in store for the murder mystery lover., --Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com
What is innocence? What is guilt? And who is really to blame for the death of Randolph Ord III?
A domineering mother, a spoiled son, and a woman who dreams of a husband, a child, and a home. The characters in Death by Candlelight are familiar, and that's what lends them their appeal. You may sympathize with them. You may despise them. But Ms. Williams brings them to life so vividly they won't leave you cold.
The gripping murder investigation in Death by Candlelight takes the 'whodunnit and how?' a step further and explores the shades of gray that make up the 'why?' Billie Williams has studied her craft and knows how to keep a reader turning pages. The plot is substantial and full of clever surprises.
The smoothly-paced story unfolds to reveal, little by little, a dramatic tale of twisted family relationships, crime, love, envy and death: the perfect mix for a murder mystery. -- Susan J. Letham, http://www.Inspired2Write.com
Death by Candlelight portrays the unbending force upon humans to repeat generational cycles of abusers and victims. Cycles that love, faith or hope can rarely supersede. Yet, with the unraveling of a murder, we are still left with a glimmer of hope. , -- Shelly Moloney, Author Star Slurry
DEATH BY CANDLELIGHT is a fast-paced read filled with a diverse cast of characters who each have their own motives for murder. Just when you think you've hit the calm after the storm, Williams' story takes the reader in a new and more intriguing direction. -- Shirley Kawa-Jump, THE VIRGINâ€™S PROPOSAL, Silhouette Romance, January 2003, Writing classes: email@example.com
Death By Candlelight,, The story? TERRIFIC. I could hardly wait to finish it.. reminds me of Sydney Sheldon.... --Judy Bozicevich, Administrative Assistant, Edward Jones Company
Every time I thought I had Death by Candlelight figured out, Williams threw in a new twist that left me thinking, I DIDN'T see that coming! Death By Candlelight isn't so much a "Who-Done-It" as it is a character driven story filled with more twists than a Colorado mountain road. It's a quick read without any lulls in the action. Death by Candlelight is a fabulous first novel by Wisconsin writer, Billie Williams. Be sure to watch her career--I'm sure we'll hear from her again--at least I hope we do! -- Beth Erickson, http://filbertpublishing.com
Fire At Thunder Ridge: "Bloody footprints in the snow--the most puzzling fire Iâ€™ve ever heard about--once wasnâ€™t enough for this book. I had to go back & read it a second time to admire Billie Williamsâ€™ inventiveness & vivid imagery all over again.â€ -- Fran Keighley, Golden Wings Award winning author.â€
â€¦I think the best word to describe Fire at Thunder Ridge is "thrilling." With action, suspense, and intrigue, Fire at Thunder Ridge is a mystery-suspense to keep the reader hooked until they finish the last pageâ€¦ Fire at Thunder Ridge is exciting and very suspenseful. I highly recommend it!, -- Beverley Bateman, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.beverleybateman.com, It's only a step from caring to killing
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 273
Paper Weight (lb): 11.6
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